About AFCAT EXAM:
India Air Force Invites Indian Citizens (MEN AND WOMEN) To be a part of INDIAN AIR FORCE as COMMISSIONED OFFICERS in FLYING AND GROUND DUTY (TECHNICAL AND NON-TECHNICAL) Branches through Airforce Common Admission Online Test.
Age- (a) Flying Branch- 20 to 24 years. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years.
(b) Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches- 20 to 26 years.
Type of Commission-
(a) PC for Men- Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation as per their branch and rank.
(b) SSC for Men & Women- (i) The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non extendable).
(ii) The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty (Tech and Non-Tech) branches would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability and merit.
STEP 1- WRITTEN TEST
·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.
STEP 2- AFSB (AIR FORCE SELECTION BOARD) TESTING.
If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a Call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar and Mysuru. At the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), you undergo following tests in order to ascertain your suitability and gauge your potential as an Officer in the Indian Air Force.
Stage 1 Testing
·Officer Intelligence rating Test.
·Picture perception and Discussion Test.
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.
Stage 2 Testing
All STAGE-I qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of STAGE-II testing during next four to five days. Fifth day is for CPSS testing (Flying branch).
·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.
·Candidates who have applied for flying branch and have been recommended, will also have to undergo Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test .
These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.
STEP 3- MEDICAL EXAMINATION.
STEP 4- Preparing All India Merit List.
Pay on Commissioning (As per 7th CPC)-
Pay as per Defence Matrix
Rs. 56100 - 110700
Allowances- In addition to pay, allowances are applicable based on the nature of duty/ place of posting and it includes Flying, Technical, Field Area, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Special Force, Siachen, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Area and Remote Locality Allowance.
Privileges- Air Force Officers are entitled to furnished accommodation, comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents, Canteen, Officers’ Mess, loans at subsidised rates, LTC, etc. Leave (60 days annual and 20 days casual) subject to service exigencies.
Insurance- Rs 75 Lakhs Insurance Cover (on contribution) is applicable to serving officers. Additional cover of Rs 12 Lakhs (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers.
Sports and Adventure- Indian Air Force provides state of the art facilities to play various sports and adventure activities (sky diving, microlight flying, mountaineering, water rafting etc.).
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Official Website: https://afcat.cdac.in/AFCAT/