Recruitment Notification of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)-01/2017 (Courses commencing in January 2018)

New Delhi: Indian Air Force (AIF) has invited applications form Indian Citizens (men and women) for the courses commencing in January 2018 for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) / Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches.  The last date for submission of online application is 29 December 2016. This scheme of recruitment of Indian Air Force is popularly known as Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT).

Selection Procedure: All applicants whose applications are submitted by due date will be called for AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) on 26 February 2017 (Sunday) at one of the examination centres. The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Sample question papers and syllabus of AFCAT/EKT is available on IAF career website EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for ground duty (technical) branch to pass both AFCAT & EKT.


Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of AFCAT/EKT will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kancharapara. Candidates who opt for flying branch can opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi only. The testing would consist of three stages as given below:

(a) Stage-I: Test consisting of Intelligence Test along with other tests will be conduct ed on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Those candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.

(b) Stage-II: Testing consisting of Psychological, Group Tests and Interview will be conducted on subsequent days (Five Days).

(c) For Flying Branch: Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to eligible candidates. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the (CPSS)/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.

For detailed eligibility conditions, candidates are requested to refer the official career website of Indian Air Force  .

Training: The recruitment notification of Indian Air Force (AIF) informed that the training is scheduled to commence in the first week of January 2018 for all courses.  The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.

For online submission of application, candidates should visit the official career  website of Indian Air Force and  follow the instructions candidate login.

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