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AFCAT selection process 2017 for flying branch, technical branch and ground duty branch

AFCAT selection process 2017: AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test is a written exam conducted by Indian Air Force twice every year to induct officers in the IAF. AFCAT is a common entrance exam for various post in IAF.

AFCAT selection process

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In this article we will discuss the AFCAT selection process thoroughly from the Medical/Physical Standards to the SSB (Services Selection Board) all phases.

So lets understand the AFCAT selection process.

AFCAT 2017 selection Process

Below is the AFCAT 1 selection process 2017 step wise. We have divided the entirely selection process of AFCAT in different steps (Total 4 steps).

STEP 1- AFCAT 2: Selection procedure for AFCAT STEP 1

  1. All the candidates who are eligible for AFCAT exam and submitted the application form successfully will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) which is being conducted twice in a year.
  2. Candidates who clear the written exams (AFCAT and EKT) successfully and get short listed for next round (SSB) will be called at Air Force Selection Boards (AFSCs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar or Varanasi for further testing.
  3. All the shortlisted candidates will receive call later to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, Mysore and Kancharapara.

STEP 2-SSB : Selection procedure for AFCAT STEP 2

SSB interview selection process at AFSC is basically being conducted in two stages, Stage 1 and stage 2:

  • Stage 1: Day 1
    • Stage 1 is generally called screening test.
    • Stage 1 comprises of Officer Intelligence rating Test, Picture perception and Discussion Test.
    • Once you cleared the Stage 1, You will go through the documents check to ascertain the eligibility for the branch, you applied for.
    • Only the qualified candidates from stage 1 will go to the stage 2.
    • And those who unfortunate to qualify the stage 1 needs to return home on the same day after the announcement of results.
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  • Stage 2: Day 2 to Day 6
    • All the stage 1 qualified candidates will undergo stage 2 testing for the next three to four days.
    • Day2 : CPSS / PABT * (for Flying Branch) followed by Psychological test  will be conducted.
    • Psychological Tests is a written test which is being conducted by a Psychologist.
    • PABT-Pilot Aptitude Battery Test is a unique test which is being conducted for Flying Branch Only.
    • Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 will be packed with group test and interviews.
    • Accroding to Indian Air Force official website, Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work.
    • whereas Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer.
    • All the test which is being conducted will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.
    • Day 6: sixth day will include Group tests / Interview / Conference.
    • 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 EXAMINATIONS : Selection procedure for AFCAT STEP 3

  • All those who have sailed through step 2 and get a recommendation by SSB will be kept for medical examination
  • Medical Examination will be either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.

STEP 4-ALL INDIA MERIT LIST: Final Selection process of AFCAT STEP 4

If you have made through all the early steps, We would say you are a genius and true hero no matter you make it finally or not.

  • At final step An All India Merit List will be declared.
  • This list is compiled on the basis of your performance in the written test and AFSB interview, subject to being medically fit.
  • Also the merit list depends on the vacancies available in various branches / sub branches, joining instructions are issued to join one of the Training establishments.

That’s all folks, we have covered the AFCAT selection process 2017.

Latest Updates

AFCAT 1 2017 Notification and Exam Date

  • Date of Notification: Dec 2016
  • Start of receipt of applications: Dec 2016
  • Last date for the receipt of applications: Jan 2017
  • Date of Exam:  Feb 2017
  • Expected date of result: Mar 2017

Still if you have something to ask regarding afcat selection process and other thing, please hit your comment in below box, we will respond as soon as possible with appropriate answer.


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  1. In the selection process GD will conduct or not?

    1. Dear Manish, Yes after the Written Test Board Will Conduct SSB which will include GD also.

  2. Dear sir
    In AFCAT all India merit list; weightage of NCC -A grade certificate will be given or not.
    If yes then how much numbers are given as weightage in list.

  3. do they conduct afcat and ekt in one day or two days?

    1. AFCAT and EKT is conducted on Same day

  4. what is height and weight criteriya

    1. Hi arun Height and Weight criteria for AFCAT is , Minimum height : 162.5 cms with correlated weight.
      Leg Length :
      Min – 99 cms
      Max – 120 cms.
      Thigh Length :
      Max – 64 cms.
      Sitting Height :
      Min – 81.5 cms.
      Max – 96 cms.

      Vision: Minimum Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

      more detail read here

  5. for technical branch do we have to give EKT after AFCAT

    1. Yes, For technical branch you need to appear for AFCAT EKT exam

    2. Please note that AFCAT and EKT is conducted on Same day

  6. i got 152 in afcat exam and the cut off was 150 .now i am going to SSB so is there any problematic situation for me due to my low scorce

    1. Not at all, You need to clear the cut off marks irrespective of how much you score.

  7. Hi sir,
    This is praveen.
    I have persued my MBA in finance, now I am planning to go for afcat 2 what all the things I need to do now, can please suggest me.

  8. Hi sir,
    This is praveen.
    I have persued my MBA in finance, coming under this year passed out batch. Now I am planning for afcat 2 2017. Can you please guide me how to possess/proceed.

  9. Hi. I’m gayathiri.Is IAF selection process is tough?.Please guide me.And Can last year MSC student apply AFCAT exam?.

  10. Sir, I have completed my graduation, but I had atkt in my exams but cleared them already. Plz tell me, am I eligible for the afcat exam.
    Thank you

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