AFSB Interview, elaborated as Air Force Selection Board Interview is the next step after clearing the entrance test for Indian Air Force. Candidates, who appear for AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) and clear it successfully, are called for AFSB Interview.
After checking the aptitude and the knowledge of candidates through the written test, the recruitment board now tests candidates’ Physical and Psychological abilities. This is done through Interview, Group tasks and Psychological tests. Check AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern
Candidates who have appeared for NDA (National Defence Academy) or CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination), and have chosen flying as their preference, are also eligible to appear in AFSB Interview. The candidates are called to one of the four locations of AFSB, which are Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar and Varanasi.
The AFSB Interview is a 5-6 day process. Many candidates are not completely aware of what happens in these 5 days. We bring you complete information about what happens in AFSB interview during the stated period of time.
The procedure starts by reporting on the railway station of the city in which your interview is. Generally, the reporting time is around 6.45-7 AM and you have to be right on time. Latecomers (for whatever reason) will not be tolerated. The boarding and lodging is provided for free. However, if you have your guardian or parents or anyone else with you, they will have to make their own adjustments.
You will be taken to the interview center by bus. First, you will have to fill some necessary forms. After this, you have to appear for the OIR Test (Officers Intelligence Rating Test). This test is followed by PPDT (Picture Perception and Discussion Test). The results of these tests are announced around 3 PM. The candidates who have been selected are allotted rooms, whereas the candidates who are not selected, have to go back. The document check is done immediately after that, and the selected candidates are free for the remaining part of the day.
Day 2 of your interview process includes only two tests, the PABT test (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) and Psychological Tests.
Candidates who have applied for Flying branch have to appear for PABT test. This test generally starts at 12 in the noon. After this, the board conducts the Psychological tests. The psychological test generally lasts for 2 hours. After appearing for both the tests, candidates are free and stay in their rooms.
There is no fixed schedule for these 3 days, the only certainty is that you have to appear for the interview and GTO tasks in these days. The time and date of these is decided by the board and candidates can check their timings on the notice board.
The GTO tasks include 9 activities, which are Group Discussion, Military Planning Exercise, Progressive Group Task, Snake Race, Lecturette, Half Group Task, Individual obstacles, Command Task and Final Group Task. On the other hand, the interview lasts for 30 to 60 minutes, in which you will be required to carry all your certificates regarding academics and extra-curricular activities. Most probably, you will have one free day during these three days.
Day 6 is often called Conference Day. The conference is a place where you will get to see all the officers in their Army uniforms. This day is reserved for declaring your result, while some of the candidates may also have their interview before the conference as well.
Candidates are called in the conference and their result is announced. The candidates who are selected are asked to stay for further formalities, while those who are not selected have to depart.
Precisely, the schedule of AFSB Interview is as follows: -
|1||Reporting, OIR, PPDT, Forms|
|2||PABT, Psychological Test|
There are some things that candidates will need to keep in mind during the process. These are as follows: -
Medical Test: - Candidates must note that medical test will not be done during these 5-6 days. Candidates will be given date for it and they will have to appear at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (New Delhi) or Institute of Aerospace Medicine (Bangalore). The board is the final authority to decide your fitness.
Items to be carried along: - Candidates must carry 1) one pair of White Shirt or T-shirt, 2) Shorts or Trouser or Track Suit or Salwar-Kameez and 3) Socks with pair of white sports shoes. Along with this, candidates must have proper stationery (pen/pencil/ink) and clothing according to season. Candidates are also advised to carry medium sized locks to safeguard their possessions.
Other instructions: - Candidates need to know that there is no special arrangement for safe custody of your cash or valuables, therefore, candidates must not carry excess money or valuables with them. Candidates are not allowed to carry their electronic devices like mobile phones or laptops in board’s premises.
Apart from these, candidates are expected to maintain strict discipline during the process. Any kind of indiscipline or violation of rules will lead to cancellation of candidature.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.