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Every year The Indian Air Force conducts Air Force Common Admission Test or AFCAT to recruit eligible candidates to the Armed Forces. To all those who think clearing AFCAT Exam will let you touch the sky with glory, you are wrong. There is someone still waiting for you on the ground. AFSB or Air Force Selection Board Interview is the next challenge faced by the candidates who have cleared the AFCAT written test. AFSB interview is a 5 day long selection process. Yes, you read it right. Give me a high five for that. This five day AFSB interview process is one among the most challenging tests of the nation. Always make sure you put an extra effort to practice for the AFSB Interview along with the preparations for the AFCAT written test. Let’s do a walk through for 5 days of the AFSB Interview process.
AFCAT AFSB Interview 2022
A candidate after clearing the AFCAT written test should generate a Call-Up-Letter for the Air Force Selection Board or AFSB Interview which can be done through https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in/ or https://afcat.cdac.in/AFCAT/
Candidates who have cleared AFCAT 2022 can select the convenient selection centre and will be then called by the Air Force Selection Board for the Interview. The list of Selection Boards are given below.
- Dehradun (1 AFSB)
- Mysuru (2 AFSB)
- Gandhinagar (3 AFSB)
- Varanasi (4 AFSB)
- Guwahati (5 AFSB)
Candidates who have applied for the Flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Varanasi and Mysore centers. Candidates should make sure that they are physically fit to undergo all the tests of AFSB.
The 5 day Interview process has 2 stages. Stage 1 is basically a screening test for the candidates which involves Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test and Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PPDT). Stage 2 involves Psychological test, Group Test and Individual Interview.
|DAY||STAGE OF AFSB||TYPE OF TEST||TEST DETAILS|
|DAY 1||STAGE 1
OIR – Verbal and Non Verbal
PPDT – image displayed for 30 seconds, write a story in 4 minutes. Group Test.
Psychological Test –
TAT-Thermal Apperception Test
WAT-Word Association Test
SRT-Situation Reaction Test
|STAGE 2||Group Test||
Group Planning Exercise
Progressive Group Task
Half group Test
|DAY 4||STAGE 2||Group Test
Final Group Task
|DAY 5||Conference Day||
Entire Assessment of each candidate, declaration of result
OIR : Verbal and Non Verbal Test.Candidates are provided with 2-set of booklets with 40 questions each with a time limit of 15-17 minutes (for each booklet).
PPDT : images are displayed for 30 seconds and candidates should write a story in 4 minutes. Group of 10-15 candidates will be formed. Everyone will share their story, come to a common conclusion. Time limit of 2 minutes is provided to an individual and 5-6 minutes for a group to narrate.
Psychological Test :
- TAT – 12 images are provided to create a story for each for 4 minutes.
- WAT – 60 words will be displayed on screen each for 15 seconds and candidates are supposed to frame sentences.
- SRT – Booklets with real-life situations are provided and candidates should pen down and write their reactions. Time-30 minutes.
- SDT – Candidates should describe themselves, share opinions related to their parents, friends, etc, time limit-15 minutes.
Group Tests :
Group Discussion : 2 topics are provided and group discussion is to be conducted, the time for each being 30 minutes.
Group Planning Exercise : Groups provided with a story and challenges. Candidates are expected to provide realistic solutions.
Progressive Group Task : Candidates are supposed to complete 4 given hurdles.
Half group Test : Same as PGT, only difference is that this time its a smaller group
Lecturette : 4 topics will be provided and candidates should share opinions on one.
Individual Obstacles : 10 given obstacles should be completed by the candidates within 3 minutes.
Command Task : Candidate is made the commander and is supposed to solve a given hurdle while working as a team.
Final Group Task : Group is given a task and the same should be completed in the given time.
Individual Interview : Individual Interview with respective officer is conducted.
CPSS – For the candidates of Flying branch.
If the candidate has successfully cleared all the processes, he will have to undergo a medical test at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru for which a date will be allotted. A final merit list will be prepared based on the written test, AFSB Interview and the medical test which will tell you whether you have made it to The Indian Air Force. Read AFCAT Selection Process 2022 for more information. AFCAT AFSB is a tough and challenging climb but the view will be worth it. So let’s take you through some preparation tips to ease your climb.
AFCAT AFSB Interview Preparation Tips
- IAF requires leaders to lead the nation’s Armed Forces. You better work on your Leadership and reasoning skills.
- Improve your general knowledge.
- Make a habit of reading journals and newspapers regularly.
- Be up to date with news and events of different sectors and departments of the government
- Improve your knowledge on the Indian AIr Force. Learn the history, terms and recognised officers and events,
- Improve your communication skills and speak to the point. Try mock discussion with your peers and family to build confidence.
- Be loud, fluent and composed.
- Take mock tests for OIR Tests and PPDT tests.
- Improve your physical and mental strength.
- Exercise and maintain your body. It will help you ace the physical tests. You should aim to achieve an ability to run 1 mile (1.6 kms) in 10 minutes, 10 push ups and 3 chin ups.
- Permanent body tattoos are not permitted except on the Inner face of forearms and reverse side of the palm / back (dorsal) side of both hands for which a candidate will be required to sign a Self-declaration Certificate.
- Use or possession of narcotics is banned.
- Always be a good listener and answer to the point.
- Practice on writing stories of about 70 words in 4 minutes. It will help with creating stories on spot tests.
- Always be punctual and be on time. Being early beats being better.
- Always make sure that you carry all the important documents to be submitted. Make a checklist for the same.
- Let it be any interview, always wear formals and be confident in your attire.
- No slippers, Only Shoes!
AFCAT AFSB Interview Preparation Guides
It’s true that you can’t learn everything from books, but the more you read the more you learn. Here are some of the selected books best for the preparation of AFCAT AFSB Interview.
- Manorama Year Book – Mammen Mathew
- SSB Interview – The Complete Guide – Dr. N.K. Natarajan
- AFCAT Exam Guide for Flying and Technical Branch – R. Gupta
- Let’s Crack AFCAT – SSB Crack
- Word Power Made Easy – Norman Lewis.
Hope this article was helpful for you to prepare for the AFCAT AFSB 2022 Interview. Keep working hard because dreams don’t work unless you take action. Let there always be courage in you to pursue your dreams.