Indian Air Force (AFCAT) online application are invited for the courses commencing in Jan 2019 for grant of SSC in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. online application are also invited for grant of PC/SSC for Fly branch through NCC Special Entry Scheme and Meteorology. Registration for online applications through website will open on 21 Dec, 2017 and Close on 23 Jan, 2018.

Important Date :

  • Start Date : 21 Dec, 2017
  • Last Date : 23 Jan, 2018.
  • Exam Date : Feb, 2018.

Age Limit for AFCAT 2018 Indian Air Force by

Flying Branch : 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan, 2019 i.e. born between 02 Jan, 1995 to 01 Jan 1999 (Both dates inclusive). upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current commercial pilot Licence issued by DGCA is relax able upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 Jan, 1993 to 01 Jan, 1999.

Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches : 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan, 2019 i.e. born between 02 Jan, 1993 to 01 Jan, 1999.

AFCAT Syllabus :

The AFCAT Question Paper will have 100 questions. All questions will be of three marks each. For every correct answer the candidate will get three marks and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted under negative marking. The total time allotted for the paper is two hours.

Each Question Paper will have questions from the following topics:-

  • General Awareness – History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.
  • Verbal Ability in English – Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.
  • Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Selection Process for AFCAT 2018

Step-I AFCAT – AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST For all entries other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, candidates have to undergo the AFCAT. The test is conducted twice a year in February and August. Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December. Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement. The test is conducted all across India by the Indian Air Force.  STAGE-I is a screening test. Those who qualify STAGE-I are eligible to undergo STAGE-II testing. STAGE-I disqualified candidates are routed back after announcement of results.

Step-II : All STAGE-I qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of STAGE-II testing during next three to four days Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist. Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work. Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer. These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.

The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:

  • Day -1 Phase I testing – Officers Intelligence Rating Test & Picture Perception and Discussion test
  • Day-2 CPSS / PABT * (for Flying Branch) followed by Psychological test
  • Day 3,4,5 Group tests / Interview
  • Day 6 Group tests / Interview / Conference

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

At the Conference held on the last day, all the Assessors i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, discuss your personality and decide on whether to recommend you or not. Those recommended by the AFSBs will be required to fill up certain documents at the Boards and subsequently move to the next step.

Step-3 Medical Examination:  If you are recommended by the Selection Board, you will be sent for the medical examination either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.

Step-4 : An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance in the written test and AFSB interview, subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available in various branches / sub branches, joining instructions are issued to join one of the Training establishments.

Application Fee for AFCAT 2018 Indian Air Force by

Rs. 250 for all type of candidates.

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