The Indian Air Force Academy (IAF) conducts the AFCAT in order to select the eligible male and female candidates for various courses of IAF that starts in January 2012/ July 2012 for grant Short Service Commission (SSC), a wing branch and regular short services commission in Technical and Ground Duty Branches. The number of applicants from Karnataka seeking admission to IAF is gradually increasing. As per the IAF Training Command in Bangalore, it was 4679 candidates who applied for AFCAT in March 2011 but the number candidates for August 2011 AFCAT was only 4029. Karnataka has registered the highest number of applicants for AFCAT March 2011 followed by Andhra Pradesh with 3157 applicants and Tamil Nadu with 2871.
Sources said that “IAF has received a very good response from Karnataka, not just for the Entrance exam but for the Campus Recruitment too. In a fast track recruitment conducted for technical branch in HKBK college this year, overall 2069 students had participated in the recruitment process out of which 218 students including 28 girls were Shortlisted”. IAF authorities see the change as a positive indication, as more youngsters from Karnataka have joined the Armed Forces. The State of Karnataka has given birth to many great military leaders in the history of India.