The Air Force Common Admission Test or AFCAT is a written test conducted by the Indian Air Force twice a year to appoint IAF officers. The written test is followed by an Air Force Selection Board Interview for candidates qualifying and short-listed.
Through AFCAT, it is possible to apply for all three branches of the IAF i.e. the Flying , Technical and Ground Duty Staff. The eligibility criteria for the various branches vary. Both men and women can apply for all three branches. While for women there is a Short-Term commission only, where as for men, there is a Permanent & Short Service Commission . However, only the Commission for short services through the AFCAT is available for the Flying Branch. So, if you clear the written exam as well as AFSB, you will have the chance to join the Indian Air Force Academy.