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Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

In news:

Towards enhancing the digital India initiative, IAF has brought in Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) a GoI undertaking under Ministry of Electronics and IT for conducting the first ever on-line Test for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Selection Test for Airmen Recruitment (STAR).


The maiden online AFCAT for selecting officers was planned to be conducted on 25 Feb 18 simultaneously at 536 Centres in 99 cities covering 25 states and 3 Union Territories. C-DAC did the tie-up with various Government and Private Educational Institutions as exam centres.

The Indian Air Force (IAF)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the airforces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

 It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honored India's aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.

 After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed after only three years.

Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation VijayOperation MeghdootOperation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. The IAF's mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force.