Indian Air Force
SELECTION SYSTEM & MEDICAL EXAMINATION
Designed to pick out the very best, our four-step selection procedure is
scientific and thorough. You can be a part of Air Force family going through
this process and proving your mettle. If you are wondering what this process
involves, then click on any of the selection procedure steps below:-
Step 1 – Receipt of Applications and Written Test
Step 2 – Testing Officer Like Qualities
Step 3 – Conducting of Medical Examinations
Step 4 – Preparing All India Merit List
Step 1 - Receipt of Applications and Written Test
- The selection procedure begins immediately after you send your
application forms. All application forms are first checked for eligibility
after which you will receive a call letter for written test.
- If you seek entry into the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your
applications need to be sent to UPSC, New Delhi. UPSC conducts a written
test twice a year in April & August (NDA) and April & September (CDSE).
Advertisements for the examinations are released about six months in
advance. Qualifying in these exams take you to step two.
- Air Sqn NCC Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate holders can apply for NCC
special entry for induction into Flying Branch through DG NCC / CO NCC Unit.
Based on recommendations of DG NCC, they are directly called for SSB
- If you apply for Flying branch (SSC), Technical branch (PC/SSC) and
Ground Duty branches (PC/SSC), you are required to send your application to
Concerned Command HQs (as per details mentioned in the adveretisement) for
Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). All applicants whose applications
are received by due date are called for AFCAT at one of the examination
centres. For scheme of syllabus and sample question paper of AFCAT click
Step 2 - Testing Officer Like Qualities
- 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 and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Boards, you undergo a number of
psychological tests, an interview and group tests, which are collectively called
the Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) Tests.
- These tests are designed to gauge your potential and suitability as an
officer in the Armed Forces.:-
- The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a
- The Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor tests.We expect
active physical participation from you.
- The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing
- The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing Officer.
These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the
The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:
||GROUND DUTY BRANCHES
||Pilot Aptitude Battery
||Intelligence Tests/ Psychological
||Intelligence Tests/ Psychological
||Phase I & Psychological
- * 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.
- ** Phase I of testing gets over on 1st day for all type of entries
except NDA/CDSE/NCC/Direct entry for which it gets over on second day. Only
those candidates who qualify in Phase I shall be retained at AFSB for
further testing of Phase II. NDA/CDSE candidates who do not qualify the PABT
will still be tested for their second/third choice.
- 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 recommending you or not. Those recommended by
the AFSBs will require to fill up certain documents at the Boards and
subsequently move to the next step.
Step 3 - Conducting of Medical Examinations
- If you have applied for the Flying branch and are found suitable by the
Selection Board, you would be sent to the Air Force Central Medical
Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru
for a thorough medical examination.
- If you have applied for the Technical or Ground Duty Branches and are
found suitable, you may be asked to return home and await a call for a
medical examination or be sent directly for the medical examination.
Step 4 - Preparing All India Merit List
- An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance at
the AFSB and subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies
available in various branches / sub branches, Air HQ would issue joining
instructions to join Air Force Academy for the training.