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AFCAT Eligibility and Selection procedure

The Indian Air Force has published the AFCAT 2017 notification seeking applications from eligible male and female candidates interested in a career in the Air Force’s Flying Branch or Technical and Ground Duty branches.

The following is a compilation of some of the most important details that you should know before applying:

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT 01/2017:

 

  • Flying Branch (203/18F/SSC/M&W)

 

Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st Jan 2018 i.e. Born between 02nd Jan 1994 to 01st Jan 1998 (Both Dates inclusive). Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. Born between 02nd Jan 1992 to 01st Jan 1998 (Both dates inclusive)

(b) Educational Qualifications: Graduates (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Maths & Physics at 10+2 level or BE / B Tech degree (Four year course) or cleared section A & B Exam of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent

Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply

  1. Technical Branch (202/18T/PC/ M 202/18T/ SSC/M &W)

Age: 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2018 i.e. born between 02nd Jan 1992 to 01st Jan 1998 (both dates inclusive)

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) AE (L): Candidates applying for AE (L) branch would be eligible if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate membership examination of the institute of electronics and telecommunication engineers by actual studies

All candidates applying for AE (L) branch should have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) AE (M): Candidates applying for AE (M) branch would be eligible if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Section A and B examination of

Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies

All candidates applying for AE (M) branch should have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together

  1. Ground Duty Branch (200/17G/PC/M and 200/17G/SSC/M&W Courses)

Age: 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2018 i.e. born between 02nd Jan 1992 to 01st Jan 1998 (both dates inclusive)

Administration and Logistics: Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any disciplines with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or a Post Graduate Degree/equivalent Diploma in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together

Accounts: Graduate Degree in Commerce (B.Com) (Minimum three year degree course) with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (M.Com) /CA/ICWA with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together

Education: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together

Physical Standards

i) Height and Weight: Minimum height – Men & Female 5 cms  with correlated weight

ii) All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorites whose decision on the fitness would be final

Type of Commission

Permanent Comission: Candidates joins as Permananet Commission (PC) officers would continue to serve fit the age of superannuation

i) Short Service Comission: The Engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is 14 years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable)

ii) The initial tenure for Short Service Commission officers in Technical and Ground Duty Branches would be for a period of ten years

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 exam centers

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 www.careerairforce.nic.in

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:

Stage-I – Test consisting of Intelligence Test along with other tests will be conducted 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

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

For Flying Branch – 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 further details, including AFCAT pay and allowance and AFCAT eligibility criterion, visit AFCAT Notification 

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