Many serving airmen of the Indian Air Force and especially candidates who are joining the Indian Air force as airmen want to know if they can apply for the AFCAT Exam as airmen while serving in the Indian Air Force. Like ACC entry, which is a service entry for Army, Navy and Air Force other ranks serving personnel, candidates can also apply for AFCAT exam if they are eligible by age and educational qualification. Serving Airmen are required to apply like other applicants. In addition, they would have to apply as per the service format given in AFO 11/ 2015 through service channel.
NOC for Government Employees: The applicants who are already in Government Service including serving in the Armed Forces, Government-owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations also need to apply only after obtaining necessary permission from their departments concerned and they are required to produce NOC at the time of AFSB testing, failing which they will be routed back without being tested. NOC is mandatory irrespective of the candidate being a permanent, temporary or Contractual employee.
Permission of Employer: Candidates should note that in case communication is received from their employer to withhold permission to the candidates who have applied for/appearing in the examination, their candidature is liable to be cancelled. In case the employer refuses to provide NOC for any reason, that refusal is to be taken in writing and submitted to AFSB.
Applicants are not required to submit any certificate, along with their applications, in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, etc. However, certain mandatory documents are required to be carried in original at exam centres, the details of which is enumerated in para 8(e).
Contact/ Reference Details during Registration & Communication. While filling in the application form, the applicants must ensure that they provide their valid and active e-mail IDs as the IAF would use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages throughout the selection process. On successful submission of the online application form, the candidate will receive a confirmatory e-mail on their registered e-mail ID. As such, all communication to the IAF should invariably contain the following particulars without which no
request would be entertained.
(i) Branch, Course Number and Year of Examination.
(ii) Transaction Number (for queries on payment).
(ii) Registration Number (as given in Payment Status & Admit Card).
(iii) Hall Ticket Number (as given in Admit Card).
(iv) Name of Applicant (in full and in block letters).
So yes, airmen and other ranks of the army and navy can apply for the AFCAT exam if eligible.
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