Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is an entrance examination conducted by Indian Air Force to select eligible and desirable candidates for multiple posts in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non – Technical). Serving in such a commendable and respected field is an honour in itself. AFCAT exam is conducted twice every year by Indian Air Force (IAF) and millions of students appear to ace this exam and join reputable Air Force Academy and get a commission as an Air Force Officer. This adventurous field offers possibility to both male and female candidates to serve. To crack the exam with good marks, aspirants must be well – versed with the AFCAT Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process.

AFCAT Age Limit:-
(1) Flying Branch: - Applicant’s age should be at least 20 years and the upper age is capped at 24 years for flying branch. Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years
(2) Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches: For ground duty, the minimum age is 20 years and the upper age limit is capped at 26 years.
Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.

AFCAT Educational Qualification:-
Flying Branch:- Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a three – year degree in graduation or a BE/B Tech degree with a minimum of 60% marks, from a recognised university.
Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty (Technical) Branch:-
(1) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) AE(L):- Minimum 60%c marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a graduation/post – graduation degree in the field of engineering and technology from a recognised university.
Steps to Apply for AFCAT
Step 1- Registration Process
Click on the link provided below or visit the official website.
A new page will appear. New Users will have to register first.
Click on New User Register
A new page will appear to enter your mobile no. and email to register yourself.
An OTP will be sent on your mobile no. and email, fill and click on “Submit”.
A Login Id and Password will be sent to your registered mobile no. and email id.
Step 2- Login
Login using the Registration Number and Password. Select the post.
Fill up other details such as educational qualifications etc. depending upon the educational qualification of the candidate.
Pay examination fee as applicable, online using Credit/Debit Card or Internet Banking
Candidates are required to upload their scanned colour photograph and Signature (in English or in Hindi) in JPEG format.
Login with Registration Number and Password in the link for “UPLOAD” and thereafter, upload the file/scanned filled
Upload all the required certificates
Submit the application. Print out the acknowledgement for records.
Selection Process:-
Indian Air Force sends call letters to all the candidates who clear the AFCAT/EKT to appear for the second stage of selection, i.e. AFSB Testing.
AFSB Testing Stage 1:-
This includes the following two tests:-
1. Officer Intelligence Rating Test
2. Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP & DT)
Stage 1 is called the screening test and candidates who do not clear it will be rejected and will not be called for AFSB Testing Stage 2.
AFSB Testing Stage 2:-
All Stage 1 qualified candidates will have to appear for AFSB Stage 2 and undergo the following tests:-
• Psychological Tests: - These are written psychological tests and conducted by professional psychologists.
• Group Tests: - These tests involve mental and physical activities to examine the candidates on various mental and physical parameters.
• AFSB Interview: - In this round, the interviewing officer takes a personal round of interviews for the candidates.
• Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test:- This test is mandatory for only those candidates who have applied for the Flying Branch.

Medical Examination:-
Recommended candidates will be called for medical examination. After the medical examination, a final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the marks scored by the candidates in written and AFSB interviews. The shortlisted candidates would be given joining letters of the respective training academies they have applied to.
Time Duration:- 2 Hours
EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test):- 45 Minutes
AFCAT Exam:-
Type of Questions: - Multiple Choice Questions
Time Duration: - 2 Hrs.
Number of Questions: - 100
Max. Marks: - 300
Subjects: - Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude.
There is a negative marking of 1/3rd mark in all students.
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.
No. of Questions: - 50
Max. Marks: - 150
Note: - Candidates who are opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch have to pass both AFCAT and EKT.
AFCAT Syllabus:-
The candidates preparing for Air Force Common Admission Test must begin with their preparation with the latest AFCAT Syllabus for scoring good marks in the entrance test.
Syllabus for English Section:-
It consists of at least 20 questions and the level is from moderate to difficult. Questions would be asked from comprehension, cloze test, synonyms and antonyms, idioms and phrases and error spotting.
Syllabus for General Knowledge:-
This section consists of questions from Indian History, Politics, Economics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Current Affairs. The level of difficulty of questions is from easy to moderate.
Syllabus for Reasoning Section:-
Questions would be asked from Series, Venn Diagram, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Non Verbal questions, Verbal Reasoning, Military Aptitude, etc.
Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section:-
The questions asked in the Mathematics sections of AFCAT are of Easy to Moderate level and would be asked from Number system, HCF and LCM, Time, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Pipes and Cistern, etc.