How to join Indian Air Force as an Officer: Get full details here

How to join Indian Air Force as an Officer: Get full details here

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 November by UPSC.

Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.

The written tests are conducted by UPSC only. For details visit

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.

STEP 2 - SSB (Services Selection Board) TESTING

If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a Call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at 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.

1. 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

2. 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.

The 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 an extraordinary test. It is pointed toward surveying an up-and-comer's inclination to be prepared as a pilot. PABT is being utilized as an autonomous choice gadget to draft expected officials into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT contains 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) involves two sections. This test evaluates osmosis of the preparation and the capacity of a person to peruse and decipher the dials of an instrument board of an airplane. The up-and-comers who score the base set down standards are exposed to the machine test. The machine test incorporates the Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-appointment expertise of the person. These tests are directed on a solitary day and controlled just a single time in a lifetime. 

At the Conference hung on the most recent day, all the Assessors for example the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, talk about your character and choose if to suggest you. Those suggested by the AFSBs will be needed to top off specific archives at the Boards and along these lines move to the following stage. 


On the off chance that you are suggested by the Selection Board, you will be sent for the clinical assessment either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru. 


An All India Merit List is assembled based on your presentation in the composed test and AFSB talk with, subject to being restoratively fit. In light of the opening accessible in different branches/sub-branches, joining directions are given to go along with one of the Training foundations.

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