Air Force Common Admission Test
Click here to download AFCAT 2013 Notification for Men
Notification has been advertised just last week for the training courses starting from July 2014. As per this notification, while the submission of online form has started from 8th June, 2013, the last date to apply for AFCAT 2013 is 7th July, 2013. AFCAT 2013 written exam would be conducted on 25th August, 2013. Both men and women can apply for this recruitment exam.
Click here to download AFCAT 2013 Notification for Women
This blog post tells you in a nutshell what is AFCAT and than helps you to apply for the same by quoting the relevant important information on eligibility and forms from above notification. At the same time, it also archives the info as a reference material for future AFCAT exams like AFCAT 2014/AFCAT 2015. Another follow-up blog article titled: AFCAT Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books
would help you prepare for this exam.
But before that let us know about AFCAT in brief.
What is AFCAT?
AFCAT is a common recruitment exam conducted twice every year by IAF (Indian Air Force) in the month of February/March & July/August, exam notification for which comes out in the months of December/January and June/July every year. While the February/March exam is called AFCAT-01 (as it is the first exam in the year), the July/August AFCAT exam is called AFCAT-02.
It is called a Common Admission Test as it is conducted for all three branches of Indian Air Force. i.e. Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branches in a single exam.
AFCAT training course duration is: for Flying & Technical branch 74 weeks (1 and 1/2 year) and for Ground Duty branch 52 weeks (1 year) in Air Force training establishments. AFCAT is conducted for SSC (Short Service Commission) in Flying Branch and both SSC as well as PSC (Permanent Service Commission) for Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branches. After successful completion of AFCAT courses, you are recruited as a Flying Officer in Indian Air Force.
Salary offered post AFCAT, after training period:
After successful completion of the training, you are commissioned as a Flying Officer with following approximate gross salaries:
Flying Branch: Rs. 63,694/=
Technical Branch: Rs. 54,944/=
Ground Duty Branch: Rs. 52,444/=
You are also entitled to get other benefits like free furnished accommodation, rations, medical benefits, LTC etc.
Eligibilities for AFCAT:
So are you interested to join IAF through AFCAT? If yes, than check the eligibilities by going through the blog post of mine titled: Eligibility for AFCAT
Selection process for AFCAT:
At first you have to appear in AFCAT exam to be conducted on 25th August, 2013 On being selected in AFCAT, you would be called for AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) Interview.
AFCAT 2013 Application Form:
On being selected in Stage-1 & 2 of AFSB Interview, if you had appeared for flying branch or technical branch you have to undergo one more written test- PABT
(Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) for flying branch and EKT
(Engineering Knowledge Test) for technical branch. There is no further written test for Ground Duty Branches after Stage-1 & 2 of AFSB Interview.
You can learn more about AFCAT Selection process in my blog post titled: AFCAT Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books
.Also, if you are appearing for the flying branches, please visit my blog post: IAF PABT: What is it & How to prepare
You have to apply through AFCAT 2013 Online Form.
How to fill the AFCAT application form is given very clearly in following page:
Click here to download instructions for filling AFCAT 2013 Application Form
AFCAT 2013 Online form:
Click here to find AFCAT 2013 Online Form
AFCAT 2013 Important Dates:
Date of AFCAT 2013 Notification: 8th June, 2013.
Start date for submission of AFCAT 2013 Online form: 8th June, 2013.
Last date for submission of AFCAT 2013 Online form: 7th July, 2013.
Date of AFCAT-01 2013 exam: 25th August, 2013.
Next AFCAT 2013 Exam Date Notification:
Some of you may want to appear in AFCAT again and hence would like to know what would be the exam date for the next AFCAT date. Each year AFCAT is held twice - in February & in August. For the next exam, i.e. AFCAT February 2014 (i.e. AFCAT-01/2014) exam, please check this website
in December 2013.
Hope with above information you can apply confidently for AFCAT 2013 February exam. How to prepare for AFCAT? Find this in my subsequent blog post titled: AFCAT Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books