Selection And Training Of Technical Branch Officers In IAF
Selection and Training of Technical officers in IAF. The Officers for Technical Branch in Indian Air Force are selected through AFCAT Entry. The Exam is conducted twice a Year. C-DAC conducts the AFCAT under the aegis of IAF. The Candidates need to give two exams i.e AFCAT and EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) in order to join Technical Branch of Indian Air Force.
Along with AFCAT, EKT has 3 papers
AC – Computer Science and IT Engineering
AL – Electrical and Electronics Engineering
AM – Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
The pattern of EKT exam is
Part 1 – Fundamental Engineering
Part 2 – Specialized Topics
Part 3 – Allied/Core Engineering
The total 50 questions will be there in EKT. The marking Scheme is 3 marks of correct answer and 1 mark negative for Wrong Answer. Candidates clearing AFCAT and EKT are called for AFSB Interviews at Mysore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar and Varanasi. After the recommendation from AFSB, the candidates must undergo Medical Examination. Successfully clearing Exam, AFSB, Medical Examination and Merit, the Candidates are called for training in Indian Air Force.
The Initial training is conducted for 22 weeks in Air Force Academy, Dundigal. The next phase of training is conducted at AFTC Air Force Technical College, Bangalore. The Training at AFTC is divided into 2 terms of 24 weeks each.
The Cadets are trained in understanding the Aircraft Systems, Radars, Communication Devices, Weapon systems and other Technical Particulars of Indian Air Force. The Training module is designed to give both theoretical and Hands on experience for the Cadets. The Air Force Technical College also trains the Engineers from Army, Navy, HAL, DRDO and other Sister services. The Cadets of friendly nations and cadets of Civil Aviation are also trained at AFTC.
After successfully completing the training, the Cadets are graduated from AFTC with commissioned rank of Flying Officer. Later the Engineering Officers join their respective Units/Squadron for further Advanced Hands on training and serving in the Squadron as technical officer.
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