Exam Detail

AFCATAir Force Combined Admission Test

  • Test Level-: National Level
  •     Eligibility-: Graduation
  • Duration-:2 Hours
  • Stream-: Civil Services
  • Medium-: Multiple
  • Examination Mode-: Offline
  • Total Questions-: 100

 An officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. To be able to lead and control, requires the ability to motivate yourself, inspire others and make tough decisions efficiently. When you join to become an Air Force Officer, we’ll help you develop your leadership and management skills, preparing you fully to take on the challenge of leading in real life situations. Lessons in team work, developing communication skills and confidence, honing strategic and dynamic thinking and preparing you to face pressures with ease are grilled into an Officer during his training. The Air Force teaches you all, not only making men and women of young boys and girls but making them leaders in life. An officer’s strength of character and strong moral compass make him/her stand out from the crowd at all times.

         As an Officer in the Indian Air Force, you will inherit a glorious heritage and timeless traditions of the IAF, blended perfectly with the latest technology.

          As an officer in the Indian Air Force you will strategise, lead and manage. Depending on your qualifications, you could join one of the various branches in the IAF. Broadly the Air Force has three branches with further sub-streams :

(a) Flying Branch 

  • Fighters
  • Transports
  • Helicopters

(b)  Technical Branch 

  • Mechanical
  • Electronics

(c)  Ground Duty Branch 

  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Meteorology

 1. Flying Branch (Eligibility Criteria)

As a Graduate/ Engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:

CDSE (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION) (FOR MEN ONLY)

  • Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Age - 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Gender - Men only.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech (Four Year Course).
  • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.
  • Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements are released by UPSC in the months of June and November

NCC SPECIAL ENTRY (FOR MEN ONLY) 

(Through NCC Air Squadrons / DG NCC)

  • As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.

​Eligibility criteria:

  • Age –20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Gender - Men only.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR
  • BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent
  • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate.
  • Advertisement Schedule: NCC Cadets are to apply through respective NCC Air Squadrons/DG NCC.

SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

  • You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.
  • Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Age - 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course). 
  • Nationality - Indian 
  • Marital Status – Single 
  • Gender - Men and Women. 

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

Technical Branch (Eligibility Criteria)

Aeronautical Engineering Branch

  •  As an officer in the Ground Duty (Technical) Branch, you propel and manage your team to ensure that the Indian Air Force remains airworthy. You would be incharge of some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world by joining one of the sub branches based on your qualification.
  • General Eligibility for Aeronautical Engineering Branch are (applicable for men and women):
  • Age - 20 to 26 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Marital Status - Candidates below the age of 25 years should be unmarried

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING COURSE

  • After completion of Engineering degree or while in your final year/semester of Engineering
  • For both Men and Women. Permanent Commission (for men) / Short Service Commission (For men and women)
  • Marks - Must have scored a minimum of 60% marks in any one of the qualifications listed.
  • Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of SSB testing and they produce provisional/ original degree issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • Advertisement Schedule - Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.
  • Educational Qualification for Aeronautical Engineering Branch – Depending upon your stream of Engineering and subjects studied, you could join one of the sub branches of the Ground Duty (Technical) branch. Check the educational qualification required for the sub branches.
  • AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS 
  • AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING MECHANICAL 

Ground Duty Branches (Eligibility Criteria)

(For Graduates/ Post Graduates)

Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force. 

General Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty Branches

  • Age - 20 to 26 Years for Graduates and Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course). 
  • Marital Status - Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - Both men and women.  

As a Graduate/ Post Graduate you can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches

ADMINISTRATION BRANCH

  • Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • Responsible for the efficient management of both human and material resources. Some of the officers of the Administration Branch are selected and trained to carry out the following duties also:
  • Air Traffic Controller  – Involves maintaining an orderly flow of traffic and airspace management.
  • Fighter Controller  – Involves close contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduation degree (minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum 60% marks  or equivalent.

ACCOUNTS BRANCH

  • Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • Responsible for efficient financial management of funds.You will also act as internal auditor to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • B. Com. degree (minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent.

LOGISTICS BRANCH

  • Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • Responsible for materials management of all Air Force resources. You would ensure efficient supervision of inventories, and involve in procurement processes of various ranges of equipment.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduate degree (minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent.

EDUCATION BRANCH

  • Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • Educational Qualifications
  • MA/M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International Relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT / Management / MBA / MCA / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relations with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together in Post-Graduation (minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in Graduation  (both recognised by UGC / Competent Accreditation Authority).

METEOROLOGY BRANCH

  • Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • As a Meteorology Branch Officer you would be involved handling the latest satellite imagery and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, you would render specific advice to the operators on all aspects of weather.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Post Graduation Degree in any science stream / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo-physics / Environmental Biology. All candidates should have scored a minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers of Post Graduation put together and should have studied Maths & Physics in Graduation with minimum of 55% marks in both subjects.

Exam Pattern

Mode of Test
Written
Total Duration
2 hours
Question Type
Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ’s)
Total no. of question
100
Total marks
300
Negative marks 
1 for every wrong answer
Subjects
Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude

Selection Process: 

Candidates applied for AFCAT will have to go through the selection procedure as follows:

For Ground Duty (Technical) Branch:

Candidates will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Selected candidates will have to under go further testing of two stages.

  • Stage-I: consists of Intelligence Test along with other tests, document check.
  • Stage-II: consists of Psychological test, Group Tests and Interview.

For Flying Branch: 

Candidates have to go through Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Intelligence Test, Psychological test along with other tests, document check, Group Tests interview & CPSS (Computerised Pilot Selection System) and or PABT would be administered to eligible candidates.

For Ground Duty (Non  Technical) Branch: 

Candidates have to go through Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Intelligence Test, Psychological test along with other tests, document check, Group Tests, interview.



 

Application Process

  • Open the official site of Indian Air Force
  • Find the link for “New Registration” and click the on it.
  • Fill up the instructions as per the field specified in the registration form.
  • Once the registration process completes, a user ID and password will be sent to your registered email ID.
  • Now “login for online application” by using the same user ID and password.
  • Fill up the application form along with requisite details and upload your thumb impression, recent passport size photograph and signature.
  • After completion of filling up process of the application form take a print out for the same.
  • Once the application process gets completed, you’ll receive a registered ID to your mail.

Verbal Ability English: 

  • Comprehension, Error Detection, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Testing of Vocabulary, Sentence Completion etc.

Numerical Ability: 

  • Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, and Simple Interest, Profit & Loss.

Reasoning & Military Aptitude:

  • Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

General Awareness:

  • History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, Civics, Basic Sciences, Defence , Art etc.
  • AFCAT 1 2011 Cut-off – 85
  • AFCAT 2 2011 Cut-off – 88
  • Cut-off of AFCAT 1 2012 – 135
  • Cut-off of AFCAT 2 2012 – 143
  • AFCAT 1 2013 – 144
  • AFCAT 2 2013 – 116
  • AFCAT 1 2014 – 128
  • AFCAT 2 Cut-off 2014 - 123/300 and EKT - 45/150
  • AFCAT 1 Cut off 2015: 126/ 300 for AFCAT and 55/ 150 for EKT.
  • AFCAT 2 Cut off 2015: The cut off marks for AFCAT 2/ 2015 held on 13 Sep 15 is 144/ 300 for AFCAT and 52/ 150 for EKT.
  • AFCAT 1 Cut off 2016: 132/300 and 52/150 (EKT).
  • AFCAT 2 Cut off 2016: 148/300 and 60/150 (EKT)

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