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What is AFCAT interview process?

AFCAT is the Air Force Common Admission Test. There are four steps between you and your dream job in the Indian Air Force through the AFCAT Exam. The First stage is the written examination of AFCAT. Candidates clearing the cut-off will be called for the second stage in the AFCAT selection process. The Second stage is the Interview stage which is famous with the name of AFSB Interview. Candidates getting recommended in the AFSB Interview will go through the Medical test to get merit-in in the Air Force Academy.

AFCAT interview process is known as the AFSB Interview. AFSB stands for Air Force Selection Board. A candidate after clearing the Afcat exam has to select the Interview dates and Selection Board out of the options available to them. After that, they will receive the Call letter on their Email id. A Candidate have to report on the date and place mentioned in the Call letter on the day of Interview.

Choose the Right AFSB selection centre

Indian Air Force calls both males and females separately for Interview process. An Aspirant should fill up the details for AFSB selection process as soon as possible, as there are limited no. of seats available for any particular center. Delaying the process will let go of the chance to appear in their choice of selection board.

A Candidate should consider the following points while choosing the date and place for AFSB selection process.

  • How much time they will need to prepare for the Interview?
  • Which Center they can reach on time and with convenience?

The AFSB Interview process is a 5 day long process. The first day is the Screening day where the fate of candidate is decided on whether he will stay on the selection board campus for next four days or not. Those who pass the screening test stays in the center and those who disqualify are sent back on the same day. First time Candidates are given the travel allowance for their travel,  if you are a repeater candidate getting screened out on the first day, you are not entitled to receive the Travel Allowance.

AFSB Selection boards

There are five AFSB selection board under Indian Air Force out of which a candidate can choose one for their Interview process.

AFSB 1- Dehradun
AFSB 2- Mysuru
AFSB 3- Gandhinagar
AFSB 4- Varanasi
AFSB 5- Guwahati

Stages in AFSB Interview process

AFSB Interview is 5 day long process which is divided into 2 stages. The first stage is the Screening Test. There are two tests in the screening tests. Candidates qualifying both of them will pass the screen test and stay for next stage 2 of the AFSB Interview. In the Stage 2, Psychological test, Group tests and Personal Interview of the candidates takes place.


Stage 1 of the AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) interview is primarily focused on screening of  candidates based on their performance in the following tests.

Officer Intelligence rating Test

Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test, often referred to simply as the Officer Intelligence Test, is a standardized assessment used by various military branches to evaluate the cognitive abilities of officer candidates. The test typically assesses a range of cognitive skills including logical reasoning, problem-solving, verbal comprehension, and mathematical abilities. It helps military organizations identify individuals with the intellectual capabilities necessary for leadership roles within the armed forces.

Picture perception and Discussion Test.

The Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT) is a component of psychological testing used in the selection process of armed forces personnel. It is designed to evaluate a candidate’s ability to perceive and interpret visual information quickly and accurately, as well as their capacity for effective communication and narrative construction.

Here’s how the PP&DT typically works:

  1. Picture Perception: Candidates are shown a picture for a short duration, usually around 30 seconds to 1 minute. The picture is typically a simple, ambiguous scene depicting various characters, objects, and situations. Candidates are asked to observe the picture carefully and form their initial perceptions.
  2. Individual Story Writing: After viewing the picture, candidates are given 4 minutes to write a story based on what they saw in the picture. They are expected to create a coherent narrative that includes elements from the picture and demonstrates their imagination, creativity, and ability to think on their feet.
  3. Group Discussion: Following the individual writing phase, candidates participate in a group discussion where they share their stories with each other. Candidates are given one minute for Narration and then the 10 to 15 minutes Group discussion takes place where all the candidates have to form a common story and one of the member from group will narrate that common story. This allows assessors to observe how candidates interact with their peers, how well they communicate their ideas, and how they respond to feedback and differing perspectives.

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.


All STAGE-I qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of STAGE-II testing during next four to five days. Fifth day is for CPSS testing (Flying branch).

Psychological Tests


TAT stands for Thematic Apperception Test. The Thematic Apperception Test is a psychological assessment tool used to evaluate an individual’s personality characteristics, thought processes, and emotional responses to ambiguous stimuli. It is often administered as part of the battery of tests during the psychological assessment phase of the AFSB interview process. During the TAT, a candidate is shown 12 Pictures out of which 11 pictures and last 12th picture is a blank image. candidates are asked to create a story based on each image. These pictures typically depict various interpersonal situations, conflicts, or emotional scenarios. Candidates are instructed to describe what they believe is happening in the image, including details such as the characters’ thoughts, feelings, and motivations, as well as the potential outcomes of the situation.


WAT stands for Word Association Test. The Word Association Test is a psychological tool used to assess an individual’s thought processes, personality traits, and emotional responses based on their spontaneous reactions to a series of words. During the Word Association Test in the AFSB interview, candidates are presented with a list of  60 words one at a time, and are required to respond quickly with the first word or phrase that comes to their mind upon seeing each word. Candidates are usually given a limited amount of time, often around 15 seconds per word, to provide their responses. The purpose of the Word Association Test is to gain insights into candidates’ subconscious thoughts, attitudes, and associations. Assessors analyze the responses to identify patterns, themes, and underlying personality traits such as creativity, adaptability, assertiveness, emotional stability, and social awareness.


SRT stands for Situation Reaction Test. The Situation Reaction Test is a psychological assessment tool used to evaluate candidates’ responses to various hypothetical situations or scenarios. During the SRT, candidates are presented with a 60 series of written situations or scenarios, in the form of sentences. Candidates are then required to write down their immediate reaction or response to each situation within a specified time limit, usually around 30 seconds to 1 minute per scenario. The purpose of the Situation Reaction Test is to assess candidates’ cognitive abilities, decision-making skills, problem-solving capabilities, emotional intelligence, and judgment under pressure. Assessors analyze candidates’ responses to gauge their thought processes, approach to problem-solving, adaptability, and suitability for leadership roles within the Indian Air Force.


SDT refers to the Self-Description Test. During the Self-Description Test, candidates are provided with a blank sheet of paper and instructed to write a self-description within a given time frame, usually around 15 to 20 minutes. Candidates are asked to describe themselves, their strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals, aspirations, values, and any other relevant personal attributes or experiences. The purpose of the Self-Description Test is to assess candidates’ self-awareness, self-reflection, and ability to articulate their own characteristics, attitudes, and motivations. Assessors analyze candidates’ responses to gain insights into their personality traits, values, and suitability for leadership roles within the Indian Air Force..

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.

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.




Who can give AFSB Interview?

Candidates qualifying the AFCAT examination can give AFSB interview.

Is there any SSB Interview in AFCAT?

Yes, Candidates have to go through SSB Interview for AFCAT. However, it is known as AFSB not SSB in Air Force


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