CDAC had to cancel AFCAT 2018 exam at several centres due to technical difficulties. An official notice to this effect has now also been updated on the Air Force Common Admission Test 2018 website.
The notice says
“Few exam centres have been cancelled due to technical reasons. Candidates of these centres will get revised admit card and the new date of exam shall be communicated to them.”
AFCAT was held today on February 25, 2018, in two shifts. The first shift of AFCAT 1 2018 started at 7:30 and ended at 9:30 AM. The second shift started at 12:15 PM and ended at 2:15 PM. For the candidates who had the exam, AFCAT answer key has been published by subject experts.
Exam was cancelled at many centres – exact numbers have not been reported by CDAC but as per a survey done, the AFCAT 2018 exam was cancelled at the following exam centres.
- Azam Campus, Pune
- Baghel Computer Center, Allahabad
- Balaji Computers ,Narela
- Bhagwati Institute Of Technology And Science Ghaziabad, Hapur Road
- Bizzlone Management Solutions, Urbanone, Vadodara
- Bm Group Of Institutions – 2, Village Hari Nagar (Dumha), Teh- Farrukh Nagar, Disttgurgaon,123506
- Chandigarh University
- Cmr Technical Campus,Kandlakoya,Hyderabad
- Confinet It Solutions Pvt Ltd-2 Plot 4, Bolton Compound, 14/3 Mathura Road , Faridabad, Haryana 121003
- Cosmocrats-2 Rz-7 New Delhi Public School (Dps) Matiala Dwarka Sector 3 New Delhi 110059
- Excellent Test Centre, Naraina, New Delhi
- Flora Institue Of Science And Tech,Pune
- Gitm Bilaspur Gurgaon
- Heera College , Tvpm
- Iamr 8th Mile Stone Delhi Meerut Road Duhayi Ghaziabad 201206
- Ilm College Of Engineering And Technology,Technovillage, Methala, Keezhillam, Perumbavoor, Ernakulam, Kochi, Kerala,683541
- J P Institute Of Technology & Management -2,4.0,Km,Stone,Mohanlal Ganj-Kanpur Road,By Pass,Mohanlal,Lucknow,227305
- Jbh Digital Mundka New Delhi
- Lakshya Online Centre
- M A Rangoonwala College
- Mbc 2 Park, Thane
- Mohanlal Ganj
- New Edge Soft Solution Rohtak
- Omega Online Test Center-1,B-101,Pushpanjali Enclave,Outer Ring Road,Pitampura,Delhi,110034
- Patparganj No 3 New Delhi
- Pro Skills Consulting Pvt Ltd, Survey No. 37 Kothwa Budruk Pune
- Rangoonwala College Pune
- Sai Online Assessment Center-3, Functional Industrial Estate, Patparganj, New Delh92
- Sree Rama Engineering College
- St Andrew’s College Gurugram
- Today Education Centre-1, Nk2, Indraprastha Colony, Sector-32
- Today’s Education Centre, Faridabad
- Vadodara Urban One Complex
- Vidyavardhini-2, Vasai, Mumbai
According to notification by IAF / CDAC, AFCAT will be conducted on another date for those candidates whose AFCAT exam was cancelled.
For the hundreds or thousands of candidates who have to appear in the exam again, new exam date will be communicated by email. Candidates should thus check their registered email ID, the one they used to apply for AFCAT 2018, regularly to know the new date of exam.
They cannot use the AFCAT Feb 25, 2018, admit card for the re-exam. Instead, new admit cards will also be issued. Centres will also probably change. New exam centre assigned to them, if CDAC/IAF assigns new centre, will be informed through AFCAT 2018 admit card.
The initial shock of many students who faced the exam cancellation of AFCAT 2018, both in first and second shifts, has worn down now. Now their main focus is to revise what they had learnt so far for AFCAT exam. They are advised to go through AFCAT 1 2018 answer key with questions.
Indian Air Force (IAF) decided to conduct AFCAT exam in online mode for the first time, for which, it collaborated with CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing). Now that exam will be re-conducted for a particular set of students, other questions arise: Will the difficulty level of questions be different? When will AFCAT (1) 2018 Result be announced? Will scores be normalized?
Until now Indian Air Force used to conduct AFCAT exam in offline exam. The count until now is fourteen (14), and there have seldom been any issues with the conduct of exam.
The fault does not lie in the mode of exam – several exams are held in online mode, very smoothly, all year round. There are CAT, GRE, GMAT to name a few.
In the recent past, even Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducted online exam. Railways is India’s largest employer in terms of statistics, and has a staggeringly large number of test takers. Figure this: More than 92 lakh candidates appeared in RRB NTPC exam. RRB NTPC has been the largest online exam in India till date. This year it is conducting two exams RRB ALP 2018, and RRB Group D 2018.
It ought to be the prerogative of exam conducting bodies to make sure that technical concerns are taken care of before the exam is conducted. What troubled the candidates in AFCAT 2018 cancelled case today was that they came to know of the issue when they reached the centre. All that trouble of preparing, sleepless night before exam, and going to centre to be met with such a notice. At least candidates could have been informed a day before.
With that said and done, candidates who will have to appear for AFCAT 2018 exam on a new date should stay tuned for new exam date. CDAC/IAF will definitely take requisite measures that such concerns do not arise again. Best of luck for AFCAT 2018 again!