When i was a child say about 10 yrs old someone asked me what would you do when you grow up ? and i replied i will be a soldier. Now when i have a child of 10 yrs his answer is the same. We are brave and we love our nation that is the reason why we have one of the world’s largest army and air force. Let us see what Indian Armed Force is ..Members of the air force Navy coast guard and army together form the Indian Armed Forces which is also known as Defence Forces as it is ruled by the Ministry of Defence. The most demanding way to enter Indian armed forces is through NDA & CDS AFCAT NCC. Candidates respond to the advertisement and participate in the written exam. The candidates who successfully clear the written exam are invited for Psychological Tests which is a written tests that is conducted by a Psychologist at the same time they attend a Group Tests which consist of interactive indoor and outdoor activities and are a combination of mental and physical work. This is followed by Interview which involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer. All candidates are informed that details of above mentioned tests will be explained by the selection board during the selection process.
STEP 1 – RESPOND TO ADVERTISEMENT FOLLOWED BY WRITTEN TEST
- For NDA and CDSE
- The advertisement for NDA is released twice a year in the months of June and December and for CDSE in the months of July and Novemberby UPSC.
- Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.
- The written tests are conducted by UPSC only. For details visit www.upsc.gov.in
- AFCAT – Air Force Common Admission Test.
- For all entries other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, candidates have to undergo the AFCAT.
- The test is conducted twice a year in February and August
- Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December. Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.
- The test is conducted all across India by the Indian Air Force
- NCC entry
- Air Sqn NCC Senior division ‘C’ certificate holders are to apply through DG NCC/ respective NCC Air Squadron
STEP 2 – SSB (Services Selection Board) TESTING
All the candidates who successfully cleared Step 1, will receive a Call letter asking them to report to particular Air Force Selection Board. The name of cities where these board are namely Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, Mysore and Kancharapara. At the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), you undergo following tests in order to ascertain your suitability and gauge your potential as an Officer in the Indian Air Force.
- Stage I Testing
- Officer Intelligence rating Test
- Picture perception and Discussion Test
Stage I is a screening test. Those who qualify Stage-I are eligible to undergo Stage II testing. Stage I disqualified candidates are routed back after announcement of results
- Stage II Testing
All Stage I qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of Stage II testing during next three to four days
- Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
- Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work.
- Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer.
These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.
The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:
|Day 1||Phase I testing – Officers Intelligence Rating Test & Picture Perception and Discussion test|
|Day 2||CPSS / PABT * (for Flying Branch) followed by Psychological test|
|Day 3||Group tests / Interview|
|Day 4||Group tests / Interview|
|Day 5||Group tests / Interview|
|Day 6||Group tests / Interview / Conference|
* Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.
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 – CONDUCT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
If you are recommended by the Selection Board, you will be sent for the medical examination either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.
STEP 4 – PREPARING ALL INDIA MERIT LIST
An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance in the written test and AFSB interview, subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available in various branches / sub branches, joining instructions are issued to join one of the Training establishments.
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