Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) – 1/ 2017 has been notified by the Indian Air Force to give an opportunity to join the Force as Commissioned Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) branches. The test aims to shortlist eligible candidates 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 Ground Duty (Technical) branch includes courses in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics/ Mechanical), while Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branch includes Administration, Logistics, Accounts and Education.
The applications for AFCAT 2017 has commenced from December 3 and will remain open till December 29, 2016. The applicants will also be given a final chance to make online modifications of submitted applications on 30 & 31 December. The modifications can be made for name (spelling) and address only.
The eligibility criteria for these courses differ from each other. To check the criteria related to education qualification, age limit, physical standards, etc, the candidates are advised to go through the official notification carefully. The notification as well as online application form for AFCAT 1 2017 is available at official website careerairforce.nic.in. Upon successful registration, the candidates will receive the unique Registration number which they should note down for future correspondence.
AFCAT comprises of two tests : AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). While AFCAT is common for all applicants, EKT is applicable for candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch. Both the tests will be conducted across 61 cities called as AFCAT Centres on February 26, 2017. AFCAT would be of two hours duration and will contain questions to test verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude of the candidates. EKT would be taken immediately after AFCAT and would be of 45 minutes duration. The candidates declared qualified in AFCAT will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Board (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kancharapara.
The applicants can reach the AFCAT cell for clarifications regarding AFCAT and application procedure at Toll-Free Number 1800-11-2448 or normal phone number 011-26160458. The AFCAT cell would entertain queries from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday). The candidates can also send the queries at email@example.com. The AFCAT cell would remain open till February 26.
The training of finally shortlisted candidates will begin in the first week of January 2018. The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) branches is 74 weeks, while it is 52 weeks for Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branch.