Air Force Common Admission Test, better known as AFCAT is gateway for aspirants to choose their career as an air warrior in Indian Air Force (IAF). AFCAT is a written exam conducted twice a year by the IAF, once aspirants make through the written phase; they are invited to attend Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) where they undergo interviews for six days. AFCAT being one of the most popular exams in the country, lakhs of students appear for it in each exam but eventually a few hundred of the finest candidates make it through to the prestigious Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
Usually the AFCAT results are published by the the IAF around 35 – 40 days after the date of the exam; Candidates successful in it are given an opportunity to choose the date and venue of the AFSB interview from the provided list (list is updated in candidate section of the portal; can be accessed by logging in to the portal, once you clear the exam). Most of the candidates wait for the results and are not ready to choose right date and the venue or in most cases both the desired date and venue is not available to select, or the interview date get clashed with the date of some other important event. In this article I have listed top factors which you should consider while selecting the date and venue of the AFSB.
Top factors to be considered while selecting date and venue of AFSB:
- Location: The top factor which you need to consider while selecting the venue of AFSB.
Before we proceed, let me share list of all air force selection boards:
- 1 AFSB, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
- 2 AFSB, Mysore, Karnataka.
- 3 AFSB, Gandhi Nagar, Gujrat.
- 4 AFSB, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
5 AFSB, Kanchanpara, West Bengal*. (* Currently not availble for AFCAT entry)
Suppose you are from Delhi NCR, the nearest AFSB would be AFSB Dehradun or alternatively you can consider AFSB Varanasi.
Why you should prefer the nearest AFSB only?
As AFSB interview is a six days long procedure which consists of two parts i.e. 1. Screening, and 2. Rest of the procedures.
Each selection centre has a limited number of seats available to accommodate candidates hence only candidates who get selected in screening phase are retained for further five days; rest of the candidates are routed back. God forbid but what if you don’t make it through the screening phase? Imagine travelling from mysore to Delhi back on first day!
Important: In case you belong to a city where an AFSB is located, please do not select it; As per official guidelines such candidates are to be routed back on day 1 only. For example- If you are from Varanasi, don’t select it as your interview venue.
Factors to be considered while selecting date of Interview:
Usually the slots of dates range from 15 days to around 6 months from the date of the results. No matter if you are a student or a working professional; following points will help you in choosing an appropriate date.
- Check your calendar in advance to see if any important event is there which might clash with the prospective date of your interview.
- If you attempt competitive exams, do analyse calendar of exams, usually examination calendars are published by different examination boards (i.e. UPSC, SSC, IBPS etc.) in advance.
- If your friends also wrote AFCAT, you guys can choose a mutual date and board in advance. Remember there are separate date slots for male & female candidates.
- Dates of next CDS & AFCAT (written) – CDS 01 2018 – 5 Feb. 2018; AFCAT 01 2018 – 25 Feb. 2018 (expected).
Once you decided your interview date and venue and if you are planning to travel by train, make sure you check the irctc website to see if reservation is available at the prospective date. Please AFSB reimburses full fare of third AC of any express train for first time only in each type of commission (i.e. Short service commission & permanent commission).
I hope this article will help you in choosing the right venue and date for your Interview. All the best!