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11 BASIC AIR STAFF COURSE: OFFICERS STARTER KIT Date of Commencement: 01 Jan 2011




1. Command and Staff Training (C & ST) in the IAF, has played an integral part in the process of preparing officers to assume higher responsibilities in the service. While the efficacy of the training programmes was never in doubt, a concerted effort was required to make the system more robust and plug the gaps in training if any. 2. A study was carried out to consider modifications in the existing curriculum and training pattern. Based on the findings of the study, the C & ST was restructured. Officers will no longer be required to take the Officers Promotion Examinations (OPE) B & C. The JC Course has been re-designed to form two courses viz. BASCO and ISCO. 3. The restructuring is in line with the dynamic role of the IAF in the coming years as elucidated by the former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi The IAF must train and be equipped to handle a vast spectrum of operations that includes conventional air campaigns, military operations other than war and out of area contingencies. Besides, we should assimilate and adapt contemporary technologies and achieve synergy, by seamlessly integrating with other services to improve joint war fighting potential. 4. This Starter Kit is to be read in conjunction with the policy on Restructured Mandatory Courses for Officers issued by Air HQ (Air HQ/S 18950/20/7/Trg (GIII) dated 06 Oct 06) and HRP PART I/PO/FA/33/2006, HRP PART I /PO/FA/05/2009 dated 16 Jan 09 and various other policies issued on the subject from time to time. 5. All student officers would do well to remember that the end state of all training in the IAF is to meet the operational objective of Winning the War. To this end all training needs to be dovetailed with the Doctrine of the IAF. 6. Student officers are advised to read this Starter Kit carefully to achieve a positive start.

Chief Instructor Faculty of Leadership and Administration



INTRODUCTION Aim 1. The aim of this course is to impart knowledge in employment of Air Power and general service subjects to officers of the rank of Flt Lt to function in field assignments and judge their suitability for promotion to the rank of Sqn Ldr. 2. The course aims to impart training in Air Power, Administration and allied subjects to junior officers to assist them in functioning effectively in the field. Additionally, it endeavours to develop conceptual thinking, teaches the basics of staff work and enhance soft skills essential for an officers growth in service. The course envisages encouraging officers to improve their overall performance, accept greater responsibilities and qualify to progress in their career. The course-design caters for:(a) (b) (c) (d) Inculcation of habit of self-study at own pace & convenience. Periodic evaluation of assimilation of knowledge. Providing a personal library of reference material. Absence from duty station for shorter spells.

Course Structure 3. The Basic Air Staff Course (BASCO) is structured into two parts. (a) Distance Learning (DL). This part covers all subjects included in the course syllabus and is spread over a period of nine months. (b) Contact Programme (CP). The DL component is followed by a Contact Program conducted by the Faculty of Leadership and Administration (F L&A) at AFAC for four weeks. DISTANCE LEARNING (DL) 4. Eligibility. All officers (PC and SSC both) will undergo this course. The eligibility is minimum 3 years service. 5. Specialist department at the Faculty of Leadership and Administration (F L&A), set up at AFAC, will undertake the task of Distance Learning. However, the despatch and receipt of the DL material will be undertaken through Training Coordination Office (TCO). 6. Course Duration. A course duration is for a cycle of twelve months, starting one each in January & July every year. The syllabus of BASCO would be covered in a period of nine months and three months are kept as a lead time before commencement of the CP. The detailed course schedule is given in Appendix G. 7. Syllabus. The syllabus of the DL aims at the following:(a) To cover the entire DL syllabus of BASCO over a period of nine months.

RESTRICTED 4 (b) (c) Stress assimilation through self study. To assist a Student Officer to develop his reading and analytical habits.

Study Material 8. The study material is in tune with the stated aims and objectives of BASCO and is drawn from what is generally perceived to be required for an officer to function as a section commander. All effort is made to update course material with the latest orders and policies on the subjects covered. Besides inter branch studies, Regional Studies/ Current Affairs have been included in the BASCO. The courseware is sufficiently user friendly and lucid. The topics of Regional Studies/ Current Affairs are not exhaustive. Only a few important topics have been included. Student officers are advised to read further on other important topics of Regional Studies/ Current Affairs. 9. The courseware has been divided into Must Know and Could Know. Could Know portions in the chapter have been boxed in dotted lines (- - - - - ) and the rest of the portions being Must Know. 80% of the questions in the ET & FE will be from the Must Know and the balance from the Could Know portions of the syllabus. Certain chapters are for general reading and awareness and you will not be tested on these. 10. The study material has been compiled into a CD consisting of 12 books, each with its own connected assignments (The study material of all the courses can be browsed by clicking on TRAINING button on the AFAC website and navigating through Training Co-ord Wing web pages). While the12 books are being despatched in a single CD, the assignments would be despatched into two instalments (hard copies). The nine months period of Distance Learning would thus be split into approximately two halves. The first set of assignments (1st & 2nd Qtrs) is being sent with the CD. 11. The sets would be sent through Regd SDS addressed to the Sqn/ Flt Cdr, HRM Sqn of the parent unit of the Student Officer. The Student Officer is required to ensure that the receipt of study material is promptly acknowledged by the Sqn/ Flt Cdr, HRM Sqn to AFAC. In addition, an e-mail acknowledgment directly from the Student Officer (when feasible) is desirable. A Student Officer may interact with the Faculty as often as needed through telephone/ AF Net / post/ e-mail only for subject related queries. The details of e-mail IDs, telephone and addresses are given at Appendix A to this booklet. The assignment IDs are given at Appendix B. Assignments 12. The DL scheme includes submission of periodic assignments. Assignments form a very important aspect of Distance Learning. The salient aspects of assignments for BASCO are:(a) There are a total of four sets of assignments. Each set has eight assignments in 1st & 2nd QTR (total two sets x 8 = 16 assignments) and ten assignments in 3rd & 4th QTR (total two sets x 10 = 20 assignments) to be completed over the period of nine months (36 in total). All assignments are self contained with specific instructions to attempt them.

RESTRICTED 5 (b) These are open-book assignments and are application oriented as the DL progresses. (c) Each assignment is a mix of objective and subjective questions, with the latter increasing progressively as the cycle advances. (d) Check Assimilation exercises have been included in the text itself. You are to attempt them while reading the lesson. The Key (Answers) are given at the end of the chapter. Do not be tempted to look at the Key before hand. The Check Assimilation exercises however do not form part of assignments. (e) The suggested method of attempting subjective questions is given at Appendix C. 13. The following points are to be kept in mind while attempting the assignments. (a) The Student Officer must fill their service particulars on all assignments. Full particulars to be written on each separate sheet, on the top right hand corner (Service Number, Name, Branch, E-Mail ID, AF Net No., Unit, Station, Command, Subject and Assignment ID). (b) The Student Officer must use his/ her own language. Copying (cut & paste) is not permitted. Do not copy each others assignments. You will be penalised, for the same, besides inviting disciplinary action. (c) Objective type questions of each subject should be answered on the original question paper itself and subjective type questions on separate sheets and are to be stapled alongwith the objective type questions subject wise. Do not write the answers of two subjects on the same sheet and do not staple all assignments together. (d) All assignments are to be hand-written using both sides of the sheet, neat and adhering to the conventions of Minor SD. Student Officers are to strictly follow the basic conventions like structuring the contents in suitable paragraphs, para numbering and headings. A SD sheet has been provided to help you in this. Use good quality paper of A4 size to answer subjective questions wherever required. Do not submit loose sheets. (e) No secret/ confidential information is to be included in the assignments. For the purposes of exercises, if required, they should be classified as Instructional-Secret/ Confidential. Blank assignments are not to be submitted. They will be treated as not submitted and invalid. (f) Casual approach in assignments, or plagiarising when evident, will attract penalty. (g) Student Officers are required to sign at the bottom of each page of the assignment booklet. 14. The completed assignments are to be stapled properly and handed over to the Sqn/ Flt Cdr HRM Flt at the parent unit as per the instructions accompanying the study material and a written acknowledgement obtained. Officers on course/ TD/ leave may opt to send the completed assignments directly to TCO by Regd/ Speed Post under intimation to his Sqn/ Flt Cdr HRM (avoid sending it through private couriers). Officers are advised to complete the assignments and despatch them in advance in case some TD/ leave is planned in between the course.

RESTRICTED 6 15. A Student Officer would be deemed to have completed the DL component only when he/ she has submitted all 36 assignments and the Service Paper. Completion of DL component is a pre-requisite to undergo the Contact Programme. Non completion of DL on the scheduled date will invite penalty for late submission as indicated in para 23. 16. Loss in Transit. Assignments received at the college by the TCO will not be acknowledged. However, non submission of assignments in accordance with the schedule would be intimated through a signal message to the concerned units. It would be in the interest of the Student Officer to monitor the receipt and acceptance of his/ her assignment(s). In case of any loss in transit the Student Officer must ensure that the assignment is re-submitted afresh promptly. All Student Officers are to keep a photostat copy of their assignments and script of all exercise and bring the same along with them when they are detailed for CP. 17. Evaluation and feed-back. All assignments would be evaluated at the F L&A. There is no pass percentage for assignments. However, the score obtained in assignments would be added to the overall score to determine final grading/ ranking of the Student Officers, and would have a bearing on their Grade Point Average (GPA)/ Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). 18. The College would endeavour to forward a feedback (both positive and negative aspects) to each Student Officer at the end of each semester on his/ her assignments. In case it is observed that there is lack of involvement/ casual approach to the assignments, the Stn Cdr/ AOC would be intimated for suitable remedial action. Mediated Interaction 19. The most important aspect for success of any DL course, is its mechanism to provide learner support to its Student Officers. During the course of the DL, a Student Officer may seek clarification of his/ her doubts, both curriculum and noncurriculum based, as well as offer suggestion(s) through the following means:(a) Letter (Maintain normal courtesies of service correspondence)/ telephone/ AF Net / e-mail. (b) Use the local expertise available in units and stations (Adm, Accts, Lgs, Tech & Flying Branch Officers) to enhance knowledge; clear doubts if any. Change of Address 20. A Student Officer must promptly (R) promptly intimate any change in his/ her address/ location to the TCO to ensure receipt of future courseware/ other material/ correspondence at the new address/ unit. Service Paper and Presentation 21. With an aim to induce a habit of original thinking, develop an analytical approach to a given subject and to generate logical expression amongst the Student Officers, this training programme incorporates writing and submitting of a Service Paper as part of BASCO. Student Officer to undertake requisite research and submit a hand written script of minimum 1500 - 2000 words on a topic allotted by the Faculty of Leadership and Administration, along with the completed

RESTRICTED 7 assignments of 3rd Qtr. The course officer would be required to give a presentation on the same subject during the Contact Programme. 22. Marks and Weightage. The Service Paper would merit a total of 80 marks of which the written script and presentation, 30 for service paper and 50 for presentation. The paper would be assessed for its originality, application of professional knowledge, depth of analysis, logical presentation and MSD. The scripts would be written in own handwriting in English using his/ her own language. Please ensure that the length of paper is not less than stipulated. The Service Paper Script should be submitted along with the completed assignments of 3 rd Qtr. Delayed Submission 23. The Student Officers must adhere to the schedule of assignments, service paper scripts. Set of full assignments of the particular quarter should be submitted together to this College and a record of the same is to be maintained. Partial set of assignments will not be accepted and processed. It will be considered as non submission of assignments. Any delay in receipt of assignments and scripts will attract a penalty as given below:(a) Delay upto 30 days. - 10% Marks of Total Marks. (b) Delay from 30 to 60 days. - 20% Marks of Total Marks. Delay beyond 60 days till one - 50% Marks of Total Marks. week before CP. However, in case of delay owing to circumstances/ exigencies beyond the control of the Student Officer, Commandant of this College may consider waiver of penalty. The Student Officer is to submit an application providing reasons/ justification for delay duly recommended by his/ her Stn Cdr/ AOC which should accompany the delayed assignments and scripts. The waiver, if agreed to, is applicable only to that specific assignment and script. Subsequent assignments & scripts must be sent as per the original schedule. 24. Notwithstanding the above penalties, non submission of assignments and scripts one week before commencement of contact programme will be considered as non completion of the DL and the officer will be routed back without being permitted to attend CP. It will be the officers responsibility to confirm receipt of all assignments & scripts and completion of DL in all respects before proceeding for CP. 25. All communications to TCO must have the course number written on top of the envelope (i.e. No. 11 BASCO). CONTACT PROGRAMME 26. The contact programme of BASCO comprises of four components:(a) Entry Test (ET). (b) (c) (d) Academic component. Non-academic component. Final Exam (FE). (c)

RESTRICTED 8 Entry Test 27. On joining the CP, all Student Officers would have to appear in an online composite Entry Test at AFAC. This test would be conducted on the second day of CP and would cover all subjects in the syllabus. The test would primarily comprise of objective questions. All Student Officers are required to prepare well before arriving at AFAC. Academic Segment 28. The academic segment devotes itself to the academic syllabus, offering clarifications on grey areas. Contents of these discussions will be based on assignments and Student Officers feed backs, specific difficulties expressed by the Student Officers, the Entry Test as well as the experience of the L&A Faculty. It may be noted that the duration of the CP does not permit structured form of classes to teach all topics. Hence, it is essential that:(a) Student Officers communicate difficulties to the CI, F L&A during the course of the DL component. (b) Each Student Officer has a list of such difficulties and doubts with him/ her when reporting for the CP. Non-Academic Segment 29. The non-academic segment, and the soft-skill segment, devotes itself to group presentations, leadership capsules, public speaking exercises and Out Door Training (ODT). Guest lectures and visits which would form part of the CP. Final Exam 30. The CP will culminate in a Final Exam. A total of 12 hrs have been earmarked for conduct of Final Exams. It is advisable that a Student Officer brings the study material of the DL curriculum for reference and revision. 31. The Final Exam has four papers of three hours duration each. Each question paper would be of 60 marks and a Student Officer would need to secure a minimum of 50% (30 marks) in each paper to pass. The distribution of subjects, paper-wise, and syllabus is placed at Appendix D. 32. This score, along with those for assignments and Entry Test will decide pass/ fail in the course. On failure in the FE the Student Officer is to render a written consent to this College for detailment for a second/ third FE alongwith the CP of the subsequent course as per approved flow chart available with the college. A minimum of two months of preparatory time at the parent unit will be ensured by Air HQ. The written consent will be forwarded to Air HQ JDPO-I/ CGen alongwith the end of course report, to enable detailment of second/ third FE [Refer Para 4 (a) & (b) of Air HQ letter No Air HQ/19390/ In-Ser/SD dated 28 Feb 08] . The scheme of evaluation and weightage are explained in Part III of this booklet.

RESTRICTED 9 Successful Completion of the Course 33. In order to complete the course successfully, it is mandatory that an officer:(a) Complete the DL (i.e it is mandatory on the part of an officer to submit all the assignments & Service Paper). (b) Attends the contact programme with the following provisions:(i) (ii) Passes ET (Min score of 50%). Passes FE (Min 50% marks in each paper).

(iii) Scores an aggregate of 60% in the overall result of the course, which includes DL, ET, and FE. 34. Failures. The pass percentage for ET is 50% of the total marks. Failure in ET will entail the officer to be routed back to the parent unit and will be counted as one attempt against maximum three permissible chances for successful completion of the course. Inability to successfully complete the course within the three permissible chances will render the officer INELIGIBLE for promotion to the next rank. 35. Three attempts have been granted toward successful completion of the course only to facilitate the officer. However, it is to be clearly understood that with each failure, the degree of difficulty in attaining the next rank will only increase, because the officer may be required to undertake two courses simultaneously. (i.e. the DL of the next course may start while the officer is still struggling to clear the CP of earlier course in second or third attempt). Conduct 36. Student Officers would be detailed to undergo the Contact Programme within three to six months after completion of Distant Learning. Around 5 to 6 Contact Programs, each of four weeks duration, (45 - 50 officers per course) for each BASCO, would be conducted in a calendar year. Three weeks would be devoted to training and one week for conduct of the Final Exam (FE). Joining instructions would be issued separately for Student Officers detailed for CP by AFAC. Voluntary Withdrawal/ Cancellation 37. Since these courses have direct bearing on the promotion of an officer, voluntary withdrawal/ cancellation/ postponement of the course by an officer will be permitted only under exceptional circumstances by the Dte of PO. All such cases are to be forwarded through a personal application with recommendations through proper channel to Air HQ (Dte of PO). Adverse Career Certificate is required to be attached with such applications. Cases of Copying or Resorting to Unfair Means 38. Use of unfair means will be strictly dealt with in all phases of the courses and would attract a hefty penalty. Assignments not written in hand will be taken as intention of copying. It is forbidden to plagiarise/ copy from other Student Officers assignment or using a scribe to write your assignments. Once detected, the case will be put up to the Comdt, AFAC who will send an Op Immediate signal to the CO of

RESTRICTED 10 the concerned Student Officer with a copy to the Station, Command and Air HQ (Dte of Trg). Comdt will also despatch the evidence to the concerned Station/ Unit. The parent Station/ Unit will investigate the matter in the same sprit as laid down in para 23 of AFO 11/97. If use of unfair means is detected during ET/ FE at AFAC, Comdt AFAC will initiate action as per the provisions of AFO 11/97 (Refer para 29 of Policy on Introduction of Re-structured Mandatory Courses: Officers). EVALUATION AND WEIGHTAGE 39. The evaluation scheme for the course has been so designed to endorse demonstrated performances during both the phases of the course viz. the DL and CP. Additionally, it caters for re-tests so as to afford the Student Officers adequate opportunity to complete the course. With this aim in mind two distinct assessment groups viz. the Academic group and the Non-academic group, have been created. Academic Group 40. This group comprises of the assignments (DL), ET and FE. The first two have been so formatted as to perfectly align with the four subject groups of the FE. A minimum of 50% is a must in a composite ET (includes B1, B2, B3, B4) and individual FEs to be declared pass. For example, a Student Officer would be declared passed in Question Paper B-4, which comprises Air Power, Regional Studies, History of Air Force and Met, if he/ she passes the composite ET with 50% and scores 50% marks, in FE of B4. Moreover he/ she will require to score an overall aggregate of 60% in the course, which includes DL, ET, and FE. 41. A Student Officer would be allowed a maximum of three chances to qualify in all the papers of the ET and FE. Only the original scores in the first attempt (assignments, ET and FE) would reckon towards the final ranking/ grading and Grade Point Average (GPA). It is therefore in the interest of a Student Officer to score consistently good marks in all the assignments and qualify for the Contact Programme of BASCO with a high score since his/ her original scores in all assessments i.e. DL, ET and FE would affect his/ her relevant standing at the end of the course and award of the Grade Point Average. This aspect must be clearly understood by the Student Officers. 42. Weightage. The academic group would merit 400 marks i.e. four subject groups of 100 marks each. The assigned weightage for the three sub-components of these Groups is as tabulated below:Components Assignments Entry Test Final Exam Stage Distance Learning Contact Programme Contact Programme Weightage 20% 20% 60%

The detailed weightage system of DL Assignments is given in Appendix E. It may be noted that assignments have different weightage subjectwise. The individuals

RESTRICTED 11 mark in an assignment is converted to the individuals weightage in that particular assignment which accounts towards counting the total DL weightage out of 80. The same weightage conversion system applies to ET and FE also. The ET & FE weightage systems are given in Appendix F. Non-Academic Group 43. This group comprises assessments of all such elements of training other than academic group. The sub components of this group include the Service Paper, Public Speaking, Class Participation and Out Door Training. There is no pass percentage for the elements of this group. However the marks scored for various components of this group would be merged with the score of academic group to ascertain the overall grading of a Student Officer and his/her relative ranking in the merit list as well as award of the GPA. 44. Weightage. Max marks for the non-academic group would be 200. Weightage for the components of this group is indicated below:Components Service Paper (Script and presentation) Public Speaking Class Participation & Tutorial Discussion Out Door Training Overall Grading and Merit 45. The overall grading of a Student Officer would depend on the aggregate assessment obtained by him in both the academic and non-academic groups. It is, therefore, essential that a Student Officer performs consistently well throughout the course. Individual course report would be despatched to Officers parent unit and Air HQ. Grade Point Average (GPA) 46. The GPA and CGPA system has been devised to encourage continued good performance of Student Officer for a major part of their service career. It includes conversion of aggregate marks obtained in all mandatory courses to a GPA value and subsequently a CGPA value is arrived at by involving the weightage assigned to each of such courses. 47. GPA. The GPA is on a nine point scale. The total aggregate mark obtained by a Student Officer in a course is converted to GPA by multiplying the overall percentage obtained by a factor of 0.09. The GPA so obtained would then be rounded off to the nearest two decimal figures, e.g. an officer scoring 95 marks out of 100 would get a GPA of 95 x 0.09 = 8.55. This implies that a GPA of nine is possible only on a score of 100 marks in aggregate. 48. The stipulations for successful completion of the course have already been covered earlier. While individuals get GPAs, the course performance also needs to Stage DL + Contact Programme Contact Programme Contact Programme Contact Programme Weightage 40% 30% 15% 15%

RESTRICTED 12 be assessed. In addition, a generic assessment of an individuals performance will also be given as under: Generic Assessment Below Average (Fail) Average Above Average Exceptional % age of Marks 59.9% and below 60% to 74.9% 75% to 84% 85% and above GENERAL 49. Aspects of military training including service ethos and the customs and traditions of IAF would continue to be given desired focus during the Contact Programme. Towards this drill, PT & games etc. would form part of the course. 50. Absence from Contact Programme. Under normal circumstances officers will not be permitted leave of absence during the CP. However, officers required to absent themselves due to extraordinary circumstances including service exigencies e.g., attending a Court of Inquiry, Summary of Evidence, Court Martial etc. may be permitted by Air HQ to withdraw from the CP. Officers who are not present for more than two working days due to any reason will be routed back to parent unit under intimation to HQ TC and Air HQ (Dte of PO). CONCLUSION 51. The efficient and effective conduct of Basic and Intermediate Air Staff courses would enable the IAF to have well trained man power to meet organisational objectives. These courses have replaced the erstwhile promotion exams, and are also linked to career prospects. It is therefore expected that a Student Officer will take this course with all its attendant seriousness. Bibliography 1. 2. 3. Air HQ/S 18950/20/7/Trg (G III) dated 06 Oct 06. Air HQ/C 98847/8/PO 5 dated 11 Oct 06. Air HQ letter No Air HQ/19390/ In-Ser/SD dated 28 Feb 08. GPA 5.3 and below 5.4 to 6.74 6.75% to 7.64% 7.65 and above

RESTRICTED 13 Appx A (Refers to Para 11)


1. The Faculty of Leadership & Administration (F L&A) at the Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore will conduct the DL element of BASCO. 2. A Student Officer may contact the Faculty for resolving any query, both curriculum and non-curriculum based, as indicated at para 11 of this booklet:Postal Address & Telephone: (a) Curriculum related queries The Chief Instructor, Faculty of Leadership & Administration, Air Force Administrative College, Kamaraj Road, Red Fields, Coimbatore- 641018(TN) Tele AF Net (b) : : (0422) - 2222611; Extn 7320 (OR) 7322 43277320 (OR) 43277322

Admin related queries Training Co-ordination Officer (TCO), Air Force Administrative College, Kamaraj Road, Red Fields, Coimbatore- 641 018(TN) Tele AF Net : : 0422 - 2222611; Extn 7310 43277310

3. A Student Officer may be sent certain important informations on his/ her e-mail (Personal/ Unit) as written on assignments apart from forwarding hard copy of the same information separately.

RESTRICTED 14 Appendix B (Refers to para 11) ASSIGNMENT IDs : 11 BASCO

Book No 1 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 1 7 7 8 9 10 11 11 12 12 1 7 8 9 10 11 11 12 12 12 Subject SD AFL AP HOIAF PO PA PC SEC SD AFL AP PO PA SE PC SEC SD AC AC AFL AP RS ADM ADM MAINT MET SD AC AFL AP RS ADM ADM LGS MED MGMT 1 Qtr 13 14 13 All 13 58 13 1 10 st

Chapters rd Qtr 3 Qtr 4 59 47 4 9 12 All 48 11 18 57 14 58 14 16 14 18 9 13 All All nd

ID 4 Qtr 89 9 14 58 7 13 58 14 19 20 26 All All All


11BS 01 SD 01 01 11BS 02 AL 01 02 11BS 03 AP 01 03 11BS 03 HT 01 04 11BS 04 PO 01 05 11BS 04 PA 01 06 11BS 05 PC 01 07 11BS 06 SC 01 08 11BS 01 SD 02 09 11BS 02 AL 02 10 11BS 03 AP 02 11 11BS 04 PO 02 12 11BS 04 PA 02 13 11BS 05 SE 02 14 11BS 05 PC 02 15 11BS 06 SC 02 16 11BS 01 SD 03 17 11BS 07 AC 03 18 11BS 07 AC 03 19 11BS 08 AL 03 20 11BS 09 AP 03 21 11BS 10 RS 03 22 11BS 11 AD 03 23 11BS 11 AD 03 24 11BS 12 MN 03 25 11BS 12 MT 03 26 11BS 01 SD 04 27 11BS 07 AC 04 28 11BS 08 AL 04 29 11BS 09 AP 04 30 11BS 10 RS 04 31 11BS 11 AD 04 32 11BS 11 AD 04 33 11BS 12 LG 04 34 11BS 12 MD 04 35 11BS 12 MG 04 36

LEGEND FOR ASSIGNMENT ID 1. First two characters stand for Course No. 2. 3rd and 4th characters stand for Name of Course i.e BS = BASCO 3. 6th and 7th characters show the Book No. 4. 9th and 10th characters show the subject. i.e. SD = Staff Duties. 5. 12th and 13th characters show the Quarter No. 6. Last two characters show the Assignment No.

RESTRICTED 15 Appx C [Refers to Para 12(e)] METHOD OF ATTEMPTING SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS 1. The following points need to be kept in mind while attempting subjective questions in general: (a) Essential of a Question. While framing the questions, a precursor to the question is generally given in the first part which lays down the framework within which the answers are expected. Student Officer need to keep this in mind while attempting the question. (b) All questions carry certain core issues that need to be recognized and addressed adequately to meet the requirements of the question. Given below is one such example: Q. Instances in post-Cold War era have shown that an active involvement in the international affairs is one of the methods to further interests of a country. India had its own reasons not to involve in the Iraq imbroglio of 2003. In your opinion, how could India contribute in post Saddam Iraq, and what could be the pros and cons in terms of its impact on Indias foreign policy? Analysis. (i) The matter given in italics form the precursor to the actual question. The core issues are highlighted in bold italics. (ii) The question addresses two issues, India contribute in post Saddam Iraq, and pros and cons in terms of its impact on Indias foreign policy. The question also clearly states an assumption that India did not actively involve in the Iraq imbroglio, but if it desired so, what could be the areas? (c) Hence, every question needs to be studied in this manner and suitable answers to the core issues need to be given. (d) Introduction and Conclusion. The MSD mandates an introduction and a conclusion of the answer (Specifically in Air power/Area Studies assignments). Introduction should carry the broad frame work of the answer while the conclusion should summarise the opinion brought out in the answer. It is important to limit the introduction and conclusion to three to four lines each. (e) Brevity. The answers need to be, preferably in point form. Writing irrelevant matter to fill up the answer sheets is sheer waste of effort and time. (f) Structure. Answer needs to be structured neatly in paragraphs and sub paragraphs as per the requirements of the question. Writing the entire answer in one continuous paragraph will result in Evaluator fishing for required points in the whole paper. It is very important to differentiate, between writing what is asked in the question and what the student officer knows on the subject.

RESTRICTED 16 (g) A fair amount of time is necessary to coalesce your thought, to write a cogent and well structured answer. All parts of the answer need to be allocated appropriate length/weightage. (h) Word Limit. Along with the framing of question, a model answer is also prepared by the faculty. Based on this model answer, the word limit is decided. Apart from seeking ability to comprehend and analyse a subject, the student officers ability to summarise thought processes and communicate the same in shortest possible manner is also tested in the process. Hence exceeding word limit drastically will invite negative marks. (j) Writing. The hand writing needs to be deliberate and legible. Good ideas and thought processes will not be communicated if the writing is illegible. The DS does not have any method to clarify what is written. Hence it is important to write neatly and legibly. A SD sheet is enclosed to help you write neatly and ensure proper MSD. (k) Language. There is no embargo on referring to books and study material for gaining inputs to answer a question. However, these inputs are to be restricted to gain knowledge and not repeat the text verbatim. The ideal process would be to study the material, understand the gist and attempt the answer in ones own language. Flowery language or jargon is to be avoided. 2. Apart from the above, the faculty gives due credit for ingenuity and visible effort put in while evaluating the answers.


Subject Contents Administration and Organisation Security Personnel: Officers

B1 Personnel: Airmen Personnel: Civilians Service Ethos B2 Air Force Law Staff Duties Accounts Management B3 Maintenance Logistics Medical Air Power Regional Studies: India and its Neighbourhood B4 History of Air Force Met

RESTRICTED 18 Annexure 1 to Appx D SYLLABUS - BASCO B1: ADM & ORG, SEC, PERSONNEL AND SERVICE ETHOS Administration Organisation of Air HQ and Command HQ. Organisation of the Indian Army. Organisation of the Indian Navy. Administration. Responsibilities and duties of officers. Fire Fighting Organisation and Services. Fire Prevention, Fire Fighting and Common Fire Appliances. Station Health Organisation. Establishment and Strength. Office Organisation and Management Concepts (Quality of Life and Job Enrichment). Stationery, Forms and Office Equipment. Station/Unit Standing Order Station/Unit Routine Order. Casualty reporting and documentation. Reporting of Aircraft Accidents/Incidents. Travel Concession to Next of Kin. Classification of work services. Works procedure. Board of Officers. Officers Mess. SNCOs Mess. Ration and its Distribution. Station Catering Organisation. Ceremonial Parades and Guards of Honour. Flag Codes and Star Plates. Uniforms and Mess Dresses

RESTRICTED 19 Security Air Force Security Organisation. P & S Units. Security at an AF Station. Role of Liaison Units. Passive Air Defence. DSC Administration. Dog Squad. Piloting and out riding. Formation of Garud Task Force for Special Air Force Tasks. Sources of Information and Espionage. Security of Information. Security of Material and Sabotage. . Security of Personnel and Subversion. Physical Security. Identity Documents, Passes and Permits. Search and Seizure. Classification and Handling of Protected Documents. Computer Security. Personnel (Officers) Leave Rules and LTC. Documents. Personnel Occurrence Reports. Appraisal Reports. Personnel (Airmen) Selection & Training. Terms & Conditions of Service. Leave Rules. Promotion Examinations. Remustering. Promotion, Appointments, Reversion and Reduction. Appraisal System. Commissioning.

RESTRICTED 20 Personnel (Civilians) Terms & Conditions of Service. Retirement and Miscellaneous Service Conditions. Leave Rules Non-Industrial Employees. Discipline: General Principles and Conduct Rules. Disciplinary Authorities and Penalties. LTC Civilians. Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM). Welfare. Service Ethos The Code of Honour. Social Etiquette and Service Courtesies. Calling On. Invitations. Officers Mess. Dining-In Night. Guest Night. Miscellaneous Air Force Customs. B2: AIR FORCE LAW Air Force Law Introduction to AF Law. Principles of Natural Justice. Service Privileges. Air Force Offences. Arrest, Custody and Suspension. Sexual Harassment at Work Places. Civil Offences General. Law of Evidence. Civil Suits. Formal Charge Sheet. Summary Disposal of Charges. Summary of Evidence. Courts of Inquiry General. Courts of Inquiry - Special occurrences.

RESTRICTED 21 Court martial: Constitution, Composition and Jurisdiction Concurrent Jurisdiction. Reciprocal Powers of Command. B3: STAFF DUTIES, ACCTS, LGS, MAINTENANCE, MEDICAL AND MANAGEMENT Staff Duties Duties of the Staff. Principles of Service Writing. Conventions of Service Writing. Service Correspondence. Service Papers and Statement of Case. Registries: Preparation and Transmission of Official Despatches. Filing System in the IAF. Signal Messages. Orders and Instructions. Accounts General Accounting Terms. Contingent and Miscellaneous Charges. Procurement of Stationery. Annual Training Grant (ATG). Amenities, Comforts, Entertainment and Sports Grant (ACES). Education Training Grant (ETG)/ Library Maintenance Grant (LMG). Non-Public Funds in IAF. Management of NPFs. Fundamentals of Accounting. Rules for Recording of Transaction. Maintenance of Cash Book. Maintenance of Ledger. Bank Reconciliation Statement. Welfare Organisations in IAF.

RESTRICTED 22 Logistics Logistics Management, Organisation and Administration. Equipment Administration. Local Procurement. IMMOLS Maintenance Maintenance Policy. Maintenance Organisation in IAF. HQ MC & Units of MC. Role of MT in IAF. Maintenance Safety. Concept of Flight Safety. Medical Armed Forces Medical Services. Medical Evaluations and Categorisation. Injury Report. HIV/AIDS. Counseling and suicide prevention Management Management: Its Nature, Importance and Principles. The Functions of Management. Personnel Management. Development of Leadership Concepts. Motivational Theories. B4: AIR POWER, METEOROLOGY, HISTORY OF AIR FORCE, AND REGIONAL STUDIES Air Power The Nature and Principles of War. Evolution of Air Power. Roles, Characteristics and Limitations of Air Power. Doctrine of Air Power.

RESTRICTED 23 Centre of Gravity/Vulnerability. The Structure of Air Power and Types of Air Operations. Control of the Air. Air Defence. Air Defence Planning. Air Defence Organisation in India. Air Space Control in the Tactical Battle Area. Aerial Reconnaissance. Basics of Aerial Reconnaissance. Counter Surface Force Campaign. Offensive Air Support Organisation in India. Planning, Control and Direction of Offensive Air Support. Electronic Warfare. EW Missions. Basics of Information Warfare. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. Meteorology WMO/IMD. Met Services in IAF. Nature of Met Observations. Atmospheric pressure/ temperature. Surface Winds. Clouds. History of Indian Air Force History of the IAF. Reorganisation and Expansion of IAF. India and Its Wars Role of the IAF.



1. Indo Pak Relations

2. Sino-Indian Relations 3. Indo Bangladesh Relations 4. Indo Bhutan Relations

ISSUES (a) Genesis. (b) Shimla agreement/other treaties. (c) Confidence building measures/terrorism. (d) Sports/Cultural exchanges. (e) Sir Creek. (a) Border issues. (b) Economic relations. (c) Chinese exports A threat to Indian market. (a) Population migration. (b) Support to insurgency. (a) History of relations. (b) Economic relations. (a) (b) (a) (b) (a) (b) (c) (d) (a) (b) Genesis of Tamil revolt. LTTE and peace talks. Political instability. Indo-Nepal relations. Strategic importance. Indo Afghan relations. Indian interests. Post war re-construction. Political system. Trade relations.

5. Indo-Sri Lanka Relations 6. Indo Nepal Relations

7. Afghanistan

8. Indo - Myanmar Relations

*Study of Regional Studies/ Current Affairs is dynamic. What is very important today may be a non issue some years later. The syllabus for BASCO therefore covers studies on our immediate neighbours, and a wide range of topics/that are currently in news. Some of these may be deleted/ substituted at a later stage based on the topicality of the issue at that point of time.


Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Adm & Org Regional Studies Accounts History of IAF Personnel Officers Personnel Airmen Personnel Civilians Service Ethos Security Air Power Air Force Law Subject Assignment No. 11BS 01 SD 01 01 11BS 01 SD 02 09 11BS 01 SD 03 17 11BS 01 SD 04 27 11BS 02 AL 01 02 11BS 02 AL 02 10 11BS 08 AL 03 20 11BS 08 AL 04 29 11BS 03 AP 01 03 11BS 03 AP 02 11 11BS 09 AP 03 21 11BS 09 AP 04 30 11BS 03 HT 01 04 11BS 04 PO 01 05 11BS 04 PO 02 12 11BS 04 PA 01 06 11BS 04 PA 02 13 11BS 05 PC 01 07 11BS 05 PC 02 15 11BS 05 SE 02 14 11BS 06 SC 01 08 11BS 06 SC 02 16 11BS 07 AC 03 18 11BS 07 AC 03 19 11BS 07 AC 04 28 11BS 10 RS 03 22 11BS 10 RS 04 31 11BS 11 AD 03 23 11BS 11 AD 03 24 11BS 11 AD 04 32 11BS 11 AD 04 33 Maintenance Meteorology Logistics Medical Management 11BS 12 MN 03 25 11BS 12 MT 03 26 11BS 12 LG 04 34 11BS 12 MD 04 35 11BS 12 MG 04 36 Max Marks 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 25 25 25 25 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 40 40 20 20 20 40 40 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 Weightage 2 2 2 2 5 5 5 5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 2 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 3 3 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 2 2 2 1.5 2

Staff Duties


Appx F (Refers to Para 42) WEIGHTAGE FOR ENTRY TEST (ET)

Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Subject Staff Duties Air Force Law Air Power History of IAF Personnel Officers Personnel Airmen Personnel Civilians Service Ethos Security Accounts Regional Studies Adm & Org Maintenance Meteorology Logistics Medical Management Max Marks 10 20 12 1 3 3 3 2 4 4 6 5 1 1 1 1 3 Weightage 10 20 12 1 3 3 3 2 4 4 6 5 1 1 1 1 3


Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Subject Staff Duties Air Force Law Air Power History of IAF Personnel Officers Personnel Airmen Personnel Civilians Service Ethos Security Accounts Regional Studies Adm & Org Maintenance Meteorology Logistics Medical Management Max Marks 30 60 36 3 9 9 9 6 12 12 18 15 3 3 3 3 9 Weightage 30 60 36 3 9 9 9 6 12 12 18 15 3 3 3 3 9

RESTRICTED 27 Appx G (Refers to para 6) 11 BASIC AIR STAFF COURSE: OFFICERS SCHEDULE OF DESPATCH OF COURSEWARE AND RECEIPT OF ASSIGNMENTS 01 JAN 2011 31 DEC 2011 CYCLE Despatch from AFAC 1. Set - 1 (Consisting of one CD containing all the 12 books with starter kit and related reference material in e-format and 8 assignments each for 1st & 2nd Qtr in hard copy) - 15 Dec 10. Set - 2 (Consisting of 10 assignments each for 3rd & 4th Qtr) 30 Apr 2011. First feedback report: 15 Jun 2011. Second feedback report: 15 Nov 2011.

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Receipt at AFAC Completed assignments of 1st - 15 Mar 2011. Completed assignments of 2nd Qtr - 30 Apr 2011. Completed assignments of 3rd Qtr along with handwritten Service Paper Script - 31 Jul 2011. Completed assignments of 4th Qtr 30 Sep 2011.

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