AFCAT written exam is a national level competitive exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) twice every year in February and August to select officers for all its branches, except for the medical and dental branches. The AFCAT written exam is followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for shortlisted candidates. The AFCAT written exam is followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview (SSB) for shortlisted candidates.
For all passages other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, applicants need to experience the AFCAT.
You can apply for all 3 branches of the IAF, namely Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branches, via AFCAT. The conditions for eligibility differ for various branches. All three branches can be applied by both men and women. While for women there is short service commission only in all the three branches, but there is Permanent as well as Short Service Commission for men. But only the Short-Service Commission for the Flying Branch is available through AFCAT. Therefore, you have the opportunity to join the Air Force Academy if you pass the AFCAT written exam and then also clear the AFSB.
Online Test: All registered candidates are required to first appear for the online test. The question paper of AFCAT will carry questions from General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. EKT question paper carries questions from subjects -Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics. Maximum marks allotted to AFCAT are 300. The test paper of EKT carries total 150 marks.
AFSB Interview: Candidates declared successful in AFCAT exam are called for AFSB Interview. The interview comprises three stages.
For Flying Branch: Candidates applying for flying branch are required to appear in Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).