No.5 Air Force Selection Board is the recent addition in the inventory of Air Force Selection Boards. The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha inaugurated No 5 AFSB Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. No.5 AFSB has been housed inside Air Force Station Kanchrapara which was set up on September 1, 1942, as a base for P-51 Mustangs, B-25 Mitchells and P-38 Lightnings of the United States Air Force. It fell into disuse after the end of World War II. However, now infrastructural development and all facilities required for selection of candidates have been established at this base.
One thing to note here is that this selection center is now almost exclusively being used to interview in-service candidates from various entries. The selection rate is almost nil as the whole batch is generally washed out. This is also one of the toughest to reach among all SSBs in India.
Air Force Station Kanchrapara was set up on September 1, 1942. It was home to several P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell and P-38 Lightning airframes during that time and was quite a busy air force station then. After World War II, however, this airstrip was closed and left abandoned. During all these times, it was used by the local inhabitants and the NCC for physical training purpose.
How To Reach No.5 AFSB, Kanchrapara
Rail – EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) Trains run from Sealdah quite frequently. ‘UP’ trains going towards Krishnanagar City, Shantipur, Ranaghat, Chakdaha & Kalyani Simanta from Sealdah will be stopping at Kanchrapara Railway Station. ‘DOWN’ trains go towards Naihati, Barrackpore, Dumdum, Sealdah, Budge Budge, Princep Ghat & Majherhat. There is no direct train from Howrah. Candidates are to note that the local trains are overcrowded. So you need to take care of your belongings.
Road – Kanchrapara is well-connected to various areas of the state. However, no direct government road transport is available. Candidates will have to depend on various private bus services as given below:
- No. 85: From Barrackpore Court – Shyamnagar – Naihati – Kanchrapara.
- No. 88: From Barasat – Amdanga – Jaguli – Kanchrapara.
- No. 22: From Kanchrapara – Haringhata – Nagarukhra – Nimtala.
- No. 27: From Kanchrapara – Kalyani Simanta.
Air – The nearest Airport i.e. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is almost 45 Km away from Kanchrapara. National Carrier Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Indigo and other major airlines have frequent flight to & from this airport. It will take almost another 2 hours to reach Kanchrapara in case you are travelling from airport to Kanchrapara using public/private transport.
No.5 AFSB, Kanchrapara Contact Details
Chendua P, West Bengal- 743145.
Reporting Point: Kanchrapara Railway Station.