AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam

AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test and is also referred to as the Indian Air Force Exam. AFCAT is a national level competitive exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to select officers for all its branches, except for the medical and dental branches. The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force twice every year, once in February, and the other time in September for selection of Officers in various branches of the force including:

  • Flying Branch (Short Service Commission)
  • Technical Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)
  • Ground Duty Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

  1. Flying Branch
    • Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st Jul, 2018 (born between 02nd Jul, 1994 to 01st Jul, 1998) both dates inclusive.
      Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (Indian) is relaxable upto 26 years (born between 02nd Jul, 1992 to 01st Jul, 1998) both dates inclusive.
    • Educational Qualifications: Graduates (minimum 3 years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level or B.E./B.Tech degree (4 year course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.
      Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.
    • Min Height: 162.5 cms with correlated weight.
    • Min Vision: 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other.
  2. Technical Branch
    • Age: 20 to 26 years as on 01st Jul 2018 (born between 02nd Jul 1992 to 01st Jul, 1998) both dates inclusive
    • Educational Qualifications: Four year degree qualification and have cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with 60% marks.
    • Min Height: 157.5 cms with correlated weight, women - 152 cms
  3. Ground Duty Branch
    • Age: 20 to 26 years as on 01 July 2018 i.e. (born between 02nd Jul 1992 to 01st Jul, 1998) both dates inclusive.
    • Educational Qualifications: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.
      Administration and Logistics: Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or a Pass Graduate Degree / equivalent Diploma in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers
      Accounts: Graduate Degree in Commerce (B.Com) (Minimum three year degree course) with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (M.Com) / CA/ICWA with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.
    • Min Height: 157.5 cms with correlated weight, women - 152 cms.

AFCAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The Air Force Common Admission Test will consist of 100 questions and each question will be of three marks. The total number of marks for all questions will be 300. There will be negative marking, and for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted. All questions are multiple choice questions. This exam has four sections as given below:

  1. General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.
  2. Verbal Ability: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.
  3. Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.
  4. Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates may apply online through the website www.careerairforce.nic.in

Instructions to Apply Online:

  • Log on to the website www.careerairforce.nic.in.
  • Click on "Candidate Login".
  • Click on "New Candidate" to start the Online Application process.
  • Fill all the five parts of online applications carefully including part 5 where you need to upload photograph, signature and thumb impression.
  • Submit the application and retain User Name and Password for future use.

Instructions to Apply Offline:
You can send your fully filled offline application form along with supporting documents and recent passport size photograph to " AFCAT Cell". These have to be posted to the Address: AFCAT Cell, Post bag No. 5, R K Puram Main P.O, New Delhi 110066

AFCAT Centres

Ambala, Amritsar, Allahabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barnala, Bathinda, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Chabua, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Guwahati, Halwara, Hashimara, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jorhat, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kalaikunda(Kharagpur), Kochi, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mohanbari, Mysore, Nal (Bikaner), Nagpur, Ojhar (Nasik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Blair, Salua (Kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa,Saharanpur, Shillong, Silchar, Sulur (Coimbatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Varanasi.

AFCAT Selection Process

IAF conducts a written examination as the first phase for the selection of Officers through AFCAT exam. The selection is done in three phases including.

  • Stage-I: Written Examination
  • Stage-II: Document verification
  • Stage-III: Interview

Stage-I: Entrance Test

  • Test nature: Written
  • Total Duration: 2 hours
  • Questions type:¬†Multiple Choice Questions¬†(MCQs)
  • Total no. of Questions: 100
  • Total marks: 300 (each question worth 3 marks)
  • Negative marking: 1 mark for every wrong answer
  • Subjects if Written test
    1. Verbal Ability
    2. Numerical ability
    3. Reasoning
    4. General Awareness
    5. Military Aptitude

Stage-II: Only candidates, who clear the stage-I, will be promoted to stage-II where document verification will be done to ensure the eligibility of candidates.

Stage-III: Stage-III of the AFCAT selection process involves Psychological Test, Group Test and Interview conducted by the Staff Selection Board (SSC).