What to do after clearing the AFCAT Exam? - AFSB Interview Selection Procedure

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : March 16th, 2022

AFCAT 1 2023 was conducted on 24, 25, and 26 Feb 2023. If you have successfully cleared Stage 1, you are  eligible for the interview stage at Air Force Selection Boards located across the nation. At the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), you undergo various tests in order to ascertain your suitability and gauge your potential as an officer in the Indian Air Force.

Here in this article, we will tell you about the entire AFSB interview selection process 2023, AFSB Interview dates, AFSB interview timeline. This phase is conducted for the candidates who clear the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam.

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AFCAT 1 2023 Important Dates, Expected Result Date, SSB Selection Dates

Below are the important dates for AFCAT 1 2023, this includes the Result Date for AFCAT 1 2023, AFSB Selection dates for AFCAT 1 2023 etc. You can check the following dates below.


Important Dates

AFCAT 1 2022 Notification release date.

1st December 2022

Application process start date.

1st December 2022

Last date to apply online.

30 December 2022

Admit card release date.

10 February 2023

AFCAT 1 2023 exam date

24 to 26 Feb 2023

Result Date

13 March 2023

AFSB Selection Dates 

13 March 2023

About Air Force Selection Board Interview (AFSB)

AFSB Interview is one of the hardest interviews in the nation. It evaluates forthcoming candidates for enrollment in the Indian Air Force. Subsequently, mental arrangement holds unmistakable prominence over physical planning, although physical wellness will be an additional favorable advantage.

For Indian Air Force: There are 4 Selection Centres of the Indian Air Force.

  • Uttarakhand: 1 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Dehradun
  • Karnataka: 2 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Mysore
  • Gujarat: 3 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Gandhi Nagar
  • Uttar Pradesh: 4 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Varanasi 
  • Assam : 5 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Guwahati

Did you know about all officer-like qualities?

The AFSB interview conducted to identify the 15-character traits called “Officer Like Qualities” in a candidate. It is done by the following procedure:

  1. Mansa (To know your thoughts; Psychological tests are conducted for this)
  2. Vacha ( speech; Interview conducted for this)
  3. Karma (deeds or actions; Group testing is done for this)

AFSB Interview Process Schedule

Day 1 (Reporting and Screening):

  • In the Air Force, the Reporting day is regarded as Day 1 of SSB and the testing starts on the same day.
  • The candidates are generally received at the railway station by an officer(s) of the board and from there, candidates are taken to the selection centre in a bus.
  • An ‘Opening Address’ takes place where an officer of the board tells you about your stay for the next 5 days.
  • Document verification is the next step here the original documents of the candidates are verified.

After the reporting, you have to go through multiple tests. The first day involves 3 tests:

Day 1 Tests

Officer Intelligence Rating Test Consists of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2)

  • On the first day ‘Officer Intelligence Rating Test’ is conducted which consists of Verbal and Non-verbal Tests. 
  • Here you will get two booklets having 40 questions each. A total of 15- 17 minutes are given for each test.

Click here to know more about - Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)

Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PP&DT)

This test can be further categorized into:

  1. Picture Perception: 

In this test, an image is displayed for the time period of 30 seconds and the candidates need to note down its details such as sex, age, and mood of the characters, action performed by them. The candidates have to write a story based on that image within 4 minutes.

  1. Group Discussion: 

A group of 10-15 candidates is formed from the batch. In this test each candidate needs to narrate his/her story and then discuss it in the group, to reach a common conclusion.

Click here to know more about - Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PPDT)

The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of these tests. Those candidates who are shortlisted stay for the rest of the tests. 

Day 2 (Psychology Test):

Psychological Test is conducted on the second day. Following tests take place on this day:

Psychology Test

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT):

12 images (including 1 blank) are shown to the candidates and then they need to write a story on each for 4 minutes.

Click here to know more - Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Word Association Test (WAT):

A total of 60 words are displayed on the screen each for 15 seconds each and the candidates need to write down a sentence that comes to their mind on seeing the word.

Click here to know more - Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Situation Reaction Test (SRT):

A booklet is provided to the candidates with 60 real-life situations and the candidates are required to write their reactions to these situations. A total of 30 min is given to complete this exercise.

Click here to know more -  Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

Self-Description Test (SDT):

Candidates need to write a few paragraphs covering their self-description. Candidates have to write the opinion of their parents, teachers, friends etc. and the qualities the candidates wish to develop. A total of 15 minutes is given for this exercise.

These tests are conducted to test the psychological suitability of a candidate for the defence forces.

Day 3 (Group Testing - I):

Group Testing is conducted on Day 3. Here several outdoor tests are conducted where the candidates need to take part in groups. This day involves the following group tests:

Day 3 (Group Testing - I)

Group Discussion:

The group discussion is conducted on two topics (1 of Current affairs and the other on social issues) back to back. The discussion is usually 20-30 minutes each.

Group Planning Exercise (GPE):

Here the candidates are clubbed in the group of 10 – 15 people and are then given a story based on a model containing some challenges. Candidates need to identify the problems and provide a practical solution for it.


Progressive Group Task (PGT):

Candidates need to clear all 4 given obstacles collectively in a group for which some helping material is provided with load.

Half Group Task (HGT):

It is similar to  PGT, conducted with a smaller group over a single obstacle.

Day 4 (Group Testing - II):

Day 4 is also dedicated to Group Testing. These are the tests conducted on this day:

Day 4 (Group Testing - II)


Each candidate is given a chit containing  4 topics out of which he needs to choose one and speak on it for 3 minutes.

Click Here for topics of Lecturette

Individual Obstacles (IO):


In this test, the candidate needs to clear 10 given obstacles within 3 minutes which are marked from 1-10 based on the difficulty level.

Command Task (CT):


A candidate is made the commander and is given an obstacle similar to HGT which he/she needs to overcome with the help of his team members.


Final Group Task (FGT):


In this test entire group is required to complete the assigned task similar to PGT in the given time.

Personal Interview:

Personal Interviews can be conducted on days 2, 3, and 4 after the respective daily tasks have been completed. Interviews are usually related to everyday experiences, education, work, family, hobbies, interests,  achievements in academics, general awareness, etc. 

Here is the preparation strategy to clear the interview.

Click Here for more details on the Personal Interview 

Day 5 (Conference):

Day 5 is the last day in which the assessor starts with a closing address, then the conference of candidates starts.

  • A board conference is conducted where all the officers who assessed the candidates in the previous days are present. Each assessor discusses among themselves with respect to the suitability of a candidate.
  • Each candidate then appears individually before the board where their total assessment is narrated, and the board makes a recommendation accordingly.
  • The candidates who are borderline are given certain situations and then a collective decision is taken.

After the result is announced the shortlisted candidates are retained for further medical examinations.

You can also check the SSB Interview Process that familiarizes you with the complete SSB process. You can also join our Online Classroom Program for SSB Interview Course which includes 

  • A 30-Day Detailed Study Plan 
  • 50+ Classes (Live+Recorded)
  • Extensive Focus on Interview Preparation
  • Dos & Don'ts of Each Test with Illustrations

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  • Weekly Practice & 1 - 1 Feedback from Ex-Assessor of SSB Board
  • Individual Feedback to All Students in Psychology & Interview
  • PDFs to Boost your Prep


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  • As we all know that both AFSB and SSB are interviews for the Defence forces. AFSB stands for the Air Force selection board and recommends candidates only for the Indian Air Force. You can also check Difference Between AFSB and SSB Interview.

  • You can select AFSB interview dates for AFCAT 2 2022 after the deceleration of AFCAT 2 2022 result. You can select the dated by logging through https://afcat.cdac.in/AFCAT/ with your AFCAT 2 2022 credentials.

  • There were 4 AFSB initially but in recent times 1 more AFSB center was included. Below is the list of AFSB centers.

    • Uttarakhand: 1 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Dehradun
    • Karnataka: 2 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Mysore
    • Gujarat: 3 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Gandhi Nagar
    • Uttar Pradesh: 4 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Varanasi 
    • Assam : 5 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Guwahati

  • In the Air Force, the Reporting day is regarded as Day 1 of SSB and the testing starts on the same day. For most of the AFSB the reporting time is in the morning at 6 AM.

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