AFCAT January 2021 Course to Commence at Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal from 31 Jan: Check Air Force Training Duration, Physical Fitness, Pay/Stipend, Allowance & Other Instructions

AFCAT January 2021 Course to Commence at Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal from 31 Jan: Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued instructions for shortlisted candidates who will start their training for January 2021 Course at Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal, Telangana.

Created On: Jan 5, 2021 18:00 IST
AFCAT January 2021 Course to Commence at Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal from 31 Jan: Check Air Force Training Duration, Physical Fitness, Pay/Stipend, Allowance & Other Instructions
AFCAT January 2021 Course to Commence at Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal from 31 Jan: Check Air Force Training Duration, Physical Fitness, Pay/Stipend, Allowance & Other Instructions

AFCAT July 2020 Course Commenced at Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal: AFCAT January 2021 Course at AFA, Dundigal would commence from 30th January 2021. The reporting Date for all candidates featuring in the merit list is from 27th to 29th January 2021. The reception counter would be set up at Hyderabad Airport and Secunderabad Railway Station. All candidates are to contact TWA AFA on Mobile No. 9550330638 and share their travel details to make necessary arrangements for pick up.

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Let’s look at the Indian Air force (IAF) Instructions for Training at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Telangana in Detail:

TRAVEL

Candidates are entitled to travel by any mode of travel to Secunderabad, however, they are entitled for reimbursement of AC III rail fare by mail/express trains or actual fare whichever is less.  They will be entitled to road mileage allowance as admissible under the rules to Grade II officers.  They are supposed to travel at your own expense and the amount you are entitled to will be refunded at AFA Hyderabad. All candidates are to be in possession of train/ bus/air tickets and supporting documents to claim the same.  Airmen candidates are entitled to travel by mode/ class entitled to their present rank from their unit to AFA.

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RECEPTION

A Reception Centre will be established at Airport Hyderabad and Secunderabad Railway Station Exit Gate from 0900 hrs- 1800 hrs on the day of your arrival.  Candidate’s move from Airport / Railway Station to Air Force Academy will be arranged by the Reception Centre. The Movement Control Officer (MCO) at the railway station can also be contacted for guidance.

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REPORTING

Candidates are required to report for training on the due date and time as specified in the Call letter which has been sent to them by post /scanned copy by email.  Reporting late without proper authority is not permissible.  In case you report early please make your own arrangement until you report to Reception Centre as per laid down instructions.

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DURATION OF TRAINING AND FITNESS

The duration of training and fitness are given in the subsequent paragraphs:-

  1. The duration of training will be 74 weeks for Flying & Technical Branch and 52 weeks in case of Non-Technical branches. However, this period may be subject to variations due to service exigencies.
  2. The training at AFA demands a very high level of physical fitness. Outdoor activities are given equal importance as academics. Failure to achieve the desired standards in outdoor training and academics will result in termination of training. Candidates will be required to participate in athletics, cross country and games, so they should keep themselves fit to undertake physical exercise like sit ups, push-ups, short and long distance running, swimming etc. If they have any sportswear/ equipment like football boots, tennis racquet or golf sets, please bring them along. The minimum standards expected at AFA are given below:-

Male Candidates

Event

Age Bracket

Minimum Standard

1.6 KM

Upto 25 years of age

<08.00 min

1.6 KM

26-30 years

<09.00 min

100 mtr

Upto 35 years of age

16 Sec

Push-Up (in 01 min)

Upto 35 years of age

20

Sit-Up (in 01 min)

Upto 35 years of age

20

Chin-Up

Upto 40 years of age

03

Swimming- 25 Mtr free style

-

Own time

Jump (swimming)

-

7.5 Mtr (Ht)

Female Candidates

Event

Minimum Standard

1.6 KM

<09.00 min

100 mtr

19 Sec

Push-Up (in 01 min)

20

Sit-Up (in 01 min)

15

Chin-Up

02

Swimming- 25 Mtr free style

Own time

Jump (swimming)

5 Mtr

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ACCOMMODATION

Candidates will be provided suitable accommodation during the period of training.  It will be free of cost for those joining Flying/ Ground Duty Officer Courses whereas on rent as per government rates from Under Training Flying Officers (i.e. of Tech Courses / Met branch of Ground Duty Officer Course).  Permission to live out under own arrangement will not be granted during training period.

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MESSING

Free Messing will be arranged in the Flight Cadets’ Mess as per the entitlement.  Candidates may be charged for allied services as per the current rates.

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MEDICAL FITNESS

The standards of medical fitness are as under:-

(a) Free medical facilities will be provided to you during the training period.  Please note that candidates will not be entitled to claim any compensation for any injury sustained while under training.  If they have any injury or have fallen sick after your Air Force Medical Examination, they are required to intimate to AFA about the same on arrival.

(b) A medical certificate as per format at Appendix ‘B’ completed by the candidate and signed by a qualified medical practitioner is to be furnished to AFA on their arrival.

(c) Candidates are required to maintain your medical fitness throughout the training. Candidate’s medical examination was conducted at Air Force Medical Establishments to ascertain his/her medical fitness as per laid down standards (including body weight) before reporting for pre-commissioning training.

Another medical examination would be held immediately on your arrival at AFA and these standards will be reconfirmed. Candidates will be admitted for training only if they are found medically fit as per the laid down standards. In case they are found medically unfit (including on grounds of obesity) on arrival at AFA, they shall not be permitted to commence training and will be routed back. The ideal body weight requirements are given in the tables below:-

IDEAL WEIGHT IN KILOGRAMS FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS AND HEIGHTS OF

MALE CANDIDATES (PERMISSIBLE UPTO 01 SD)

Height in cm

AGE RANGE

18-22

23-27

28-32

33-37

38-42

152

47

50

54

54

54

153

47

51

55

55

54

154

48

51

56

55

55

155

49

52

56

56

56

156

49

53

57

57

56

157

50

54

58

58

57

158

50

54

58

58

58

159

51

55

59

59

59

160

52

56

59

60

59

161

52

56

60

60

60

162

53

57

61

61

61

163

54

58

61

62

61

164

54

59

62

63

62

165

55

59

63

63

63

166

56

60

63

64

64

167

56

61

64

65

64

168

57

61

65

65

65

169

57

62

65

66

66

170

58

63

66

67

67

171

59

64

66

68

67

172

59

64

67

68

66

173

60

65

68

69

69

174

61

66

68

70

69

175

61

66

69

71

70

176

62

67

70

71

71

177

62

68

70

72

72

178

63

69

71

73

72

179

64

69

72

73

73

180

64

70

72

74

74

181

65

71

73

75

75

182

66

72

74

76

75

183

66

72

74

76

76

184

67

73

75

77

77

185

68

74

75

78

77

186

68

74

76

78

78

187

69

75

77

79

79

188

59

76

77

80

80

189

70

77

78

81

80

190

71

77

79

81

81

191

71

78

79

82

82

192

72

79

80

83

82

193

73

79

81

83

83

SD ±

6.3

7.1

6.6

6.9

6.8

IDEAL HEIGHT-WEIGHT CHART FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS FOR

FEMALE CANDIDATES (PERMISSIBLE UPTO 01 SD)

Ht in cm

Weight in Kg

AGE RANGE

20 - 25 years

26 – 30 years

148

43

46

149

44

47

150

45

48

151

45

48

152

46

49

153

47

50

154

47

50

155

48

51

156

49

52

157

49

53

158

50

53

159

51

54

160

51

55

161

52

55

162

52

56

163

53

57

164

54

57

165

54

58

166

55

59

167

56

60

168

56

60

169

57

61

170

58

62

171

58

62

172

59

63

173

59

64

174

60

64

175

61

65

176

61

66

177

62

67

178

63

67

± SD

5

5

The following procedure will be followed in respect of candidates who are either ‘Obese’ or ‘Overweight’:-

Obese.

(aa) Candidates would be routed back home and if eligible and willing be asked to report for the next course. He/ She would be informed in writing by Commandant AFA that should he/ she be found ‘Obese’ on reporting for the next course, their candidature would be cancelled.

(bb) In case candidates who were re-flighted for being ‘Obese” are still found to be ‘obese’ on reporting for the next course their candidature would be cancelled by the Competent Authority and they would be routed home immediately by Commandant AFA.

Overweight

(aa) Candidates found ‘Overweight’ will be allowed to join the training establishment as a Flight Cadet or a Under Trainee Officer.  All Flight Cadets or Under Trainee Officers who are found ‘Overweight’ will be given a written warning (First) at this stage prior to commencement of training.  His / her training will commence with an undertaking that in case he / she does not attain the ‘Normal’ weight criteria within 11 weeks (half the course duration), his / her training would be terminated.  The weight of these Flight Cadets and Under-Trainee Officers would be checked every three weeks and at the completion of a total of 11 weeks.  Those Flight Cadets or Under Trainee Officers who attain the ‘Normal’ weight criteria at any stage would not be checked any further.  However, those Flight Cadets or Under-Trainee Officers who do not attain the ‘Normal’ weight criteria at the end of 11 weeks, would be administered a second written warning and a TRB for failure to be within Normal Weight criteria would be carried out.  These Flight Cadets or Under Trainee Officer would be re-flighted to the next course and would be routed back home on completion of the TRB.

(bb) The weight of Flight Cadets and of Under-Trainee Officers who were routed back for being ‘Overweight’ would be checked on reporting for the next course to ascertain if they are within the ‘Normal” weight criteria.  If the Flight Cadet or Under-Trainee Officer is found to be with the ‘Normal’ weight criteria, his / her training would commence.  However, if the Flight Cadet or Under-Trainee Officer is still found outside the ‘Normal’ weight criteria, he / she would be given third written warning.  A TRB would be carried out for termination of training and the Flight Cadet or Under-Trainee Officer would be routed home on completion of the TRB, i.e. the Cadetship / Under Trainee Officer status would be cancelled in accordance with the extant orders / instructions.     

LEAVE/ DISCIPLINE

Conditions pertaining to leave and discipline are given as:-

(a) While under training, no leave will be granted except on medical or compassionate grounds. Wedding ceremonies, festivals and similar occasions will not be considered as compassionate reasons for leave. Grant of leave will always be subject to exigencies of training. If a trainee fails to report at the Academy after expiry of the leave period, his / her commission / Cadetship is liable to be terminated in absentia. Cost of training and other expenses upon such termination become payable by him / her or his / her guarantor to the government, as in the case of voluntary withdrawal from training.

(b) While undergoing training at AFA, you will be governed by the rules and regulations in force and those which may be laid down in future. An indifferent attitude towards training may amount to deliberate failure and termination of training and he / she may be required to pay the entire cost of training. U/T Flying Officers / Flight Cadets considered undisciplined and suspended on these grounds will be debarred from entering Defence Services in any capacity. Technical & Met branch trainee officers will be governed by AF Act 1950 and Rules thereof. Therefore, they may be tried by a Court Martial or punished otherwise for any of the offences as laid down in the Act.

(c) Ex-airmen Cadets / Under-Trainee Officers are entitled for free railway conveyance of FRW by entitled Class, once annually during the term break to and from their homes.

CLOTHING

To equip candidates with correct kitting requirements during training, as also subsequently during their service career, post commissioning, certain items (including various uniforms) will be issued to them on their arrival at AFA, whose payment will be effected through the outfit Allowance which they will be entitled to. Certain other items will also be issued to them on arrival at AFA and payment effected subsequently. Some of these items are:-

  1. Curtains
  2. Pillows
  3. Swimming Costume
  4. Rain Coat
  5. Water Bottle
  6. Glass drinking
  7. Coffee Mugs
  8. Table Lamps
  9. Buckets & Mug
  10. Blanket
  11. Hangers
  12. 04 Bed sheets and 02 Pillow Covers
  13. Sport Shoes (One Pair, predominantly white colour)

Candidates should be in possession of the following items of clothing on arrival at AFA:-

  • Towels (Minimum 02)
  • Slippers
  • Mosquito Net (Single bed)
  • Handkerchief White (One dozen)
  • Night Suit (As per requirement, min 02 pairs)
  • Dressing Gown (01)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hangers (Six)
  • Electric Iron (01)
  • Pillow covers white (Standard Size) (Minimum two)
  • Bed sheets white minimum two
  • Sports Shoes (One pair running shoes predominantly white colour of reputed brand)
  • Shirts White full sleeves – Two (Tie collar, single pocket, single stitching)
  • Trousers White – Two (side pockets, single pleat, side buttons on waist line for adjustment             without belt loops, narrow bottom 18”)

To ensure uniformity and correctness of pattern, the following items will be issued to the candidates by the Academy on payment / issue, as applicable

(a)        Sports T-shirts Squadron colour                      :           Two

(b)        Academy Blazer                                              :           One

(c)        Black Socks Nylon                                           :           Two pairs

(d)        Air Force Tie                                                   :           One

(e)        Academy Tie and Scarf                                   :           One each

(f)        Shorts White                                                   :           Two

(g)        T-shirts White                                                 :           Two

(h)        Trousers White                                               :           Three

(j)         Shirts White full sleeves                                 :           Three

(k)        Socks White                                                     :           Two pairs

(l)         Black Shoes                                                     :           One pair

In case of airmen candidates, the cost of the items listed above would be met from the pay and allowances that they receive during their training at AFA.

The Academy has a well-stocked Unit Run Canteen, to meet day to day requirements.  AFA has a State Bank of India branch operating within the campus and an ICICI ATM.

POCKET ALLOWANCE

You must carry at least Rs 10,000/- as pocket allowance to meet your initial kitting requirements. This is to meet the cost of kit issued to you and not covered by outfit allowances. This may be carried by a DD to be in favour of PMC, Flight Cadets’ Mess payable at SBI Dundigal/ Secunderabad/ Hyderabad.

Candidates joining Technical Courses are advised to bring the books listed below:

  • Microprocessor and interfacing by Douglas Hall
  • Microprocessor Systems, the 8086/88 family by Liu and Gibson
  • Teach yourself Unix Common for AE (Electronics)
  • Any DOS Preliminary Book and AE (Mechanical) streams
  • Unix Programming by Rebecca Thomas
  • ‘C’ Programming language by Kerningam,Ritche
  • Theory and Problems in programming language ‘C’ Schaum series by Bryan Gottfried
  • Automobile Engineering – for Mechanical stream
  • Text book on Communication Engineering, Radar and Microwave Engineering-Electronics stream      

RESIGNATIONS / WITHDRAWAL

Please note that in case a candidate wish to withdraw from training for any reason whatsoever or refuse to accept the commission, if offered, he/she will be required to pay the entire cost of training to the Government as per the undertaking given by them/ their parents/ guarantor. This amount will have to be deposited by the candidate before his/her resignation or request for withdrawal from training is forwarded to the higher authorities by the Training Institute.

DOCUMENTS

Following documents, duly completed, must be handed over to the Training Coordination Officer on arrival, without which you will not be permitted to join course:-

  • Undertaking as to Form of Oath / Affirmation as per Appendix-A” (Please refer para 29 also).
  • Medical certificate as per Appendix ‘B’
  • Declarations etc. duly executed / completed as per Appendices ‘C’ to ‘E’ & ‘J’.
  • All Original Certificates from 10th standard to the qualifying examination.
  • Passport size photographs (min 15 photographs).
  • PAN Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • Driving License (DL)
  • Voter ID
  • Passport

(Of the documents mentioned from sub para (h) to (k), one is mandatory)

Note:   Candidates should have PAN card on arrival. If not in possession, must have applied for the same prior to reporting for training. This is required to facilitate payment of stipend.  Candidates are advised to open bank a/c with SBI or any national bank that are having core banking facilities, prior to reporting to AFA.

MISCELLANEOUS

Candidates are neither allowed to keep any pets nor any private servants at AFA. Use of the following items is not permissible, so please do not bring them:-

  1. Music / Wireless sets.
  2. Motor Cycles, Bicycles and Cars.
  3. Air Guns, Pistols, Fire arms and ammunitions.
  4. Articles of value such as jewellery etc.
  5. Electric heaters.
  6. Radio/Transistors.
  7. Mobile Phone(s).

WILL

You are required to execute a ‘WILL’, the text of which is given at Appendix ‘F, and hand over the same at AFA.

MARRIAGE

Candidates less than 25 years of age are required to be unmarried in order to join training. ‘Unmarried’ excludes widows and divorcees even though without encumbrances. However, marriage is no bar for candidates above 25 years. However, you will not be permitted to marry during the period of training nor will you be allowed to live with family during the period of training (living in or out), even if you are above 25 years of age and married.

CHARACTER AND ANTECEDENTS

Candidate’s Permanent Commission on probation/ Short Service Commission on probation/ Provisional Short Service Commission is subject to satisfactory verification of his/her character and antecedents by the police/ civil Government authorities. His/her commission will be terminated forthwith in the event of adverse report being received from the police/ civil Government authorities or in the case of non-submission of original degree certificates.

PAY / STIPEND

(a)   For Flying / Ground Duty Branches.     As a Flight Cadet, you will receive a fixed stipend of Rs 56100/- per month for the full period of training. On successful completion of training, you will be commissioned in the rank of Flying Officer.

(b)  For Met branch only. Your stipend will be converted to pay for all purposes on successful completion of training with retrospective effect and the allowances admissible on such pay will be paid thereupon on such conversion.

(c)  For Tech Branches. On commissioning, your pay will be in the integrated pay band of a U/T Flying Officer.

GROUP INSURANCE

Candidates will be insured under the Air Force Group Insurance Scheme (on contribution) as applicable.

Gratuity - On completion of their tenure they shall be paid Gratuity at the rates applicable.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

The candidate will be administered an Oath/ Affirmation of allegiance (as per the format mentioned in Appendix-A) at the appropriate phase of your training (in respect of UTFOs)/ upon commissioning (in respect of other Flight Cadets).  Should he/she fail to take such oath/ affirmation, his/her training/ commission shall be terminated and he/she shall be liable to repay to the government the entire training costs and other expenses and for this purpose, his/her failure shall be deemed to be due to a cause within your control. He/she shall also be debarred from joining the IAF at any time in the future.  Further, failure to take an oath/affirmation of allegiance even after commissioning, as and when directed by the authority, will entail termination of his/her commission on that ground.  Officers will remain on probation for a period of six months in case of Permanent Commission Officers and one year in case of Short Service Commission Officers.  Airmen candidate will be governed by AFI 20/76 during the training period.

Terms and conditions of service for various branches are as governed by government rules amended from time to time.