The candidates who will qualify , shall be inducted to courses. Candidates can apply online through the official website of India Air Force via afcat.cdac.in

  • Short Service Commission (SSC) Flying Branch
  • Permanent Commission (PC) / Short Service Commission (SSC) Technical Branches
  • Ground Duty (and Non-technical) Branches.

Flying Branch (Short Service Commission)

Graduation (min 3 years) in any discipline with min 60% marks and have passed Maths and Physics as subject at 10+2 level B.E/

B.Tech from a recognized University with min 60% marks.

Age Limit : 20 to 24 years as on 01.01.2018 (born between 02.01.1994 to 01.01.1998 including both dates). Upper age limit for

candidates holding valid and Current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years i.e. born between

02.01.1992 to 01.01.1998 (both dates inclusive).

Min Height : 162.5 cms with correlated weight

Min Vision : 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

Technical Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

Education : 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

Age Limit : 20 to 26 years on 01.01.2018 (born between 02.01.1992 to 01.01.1998 including both dates)

Min Height : 157.5 cms with correlated weight, women - 152 cms

Ground Duty Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

Education : Graduate degree (Min 3 years) in any discipline with min 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with a min of 60% marks or equivalent. for Administration and Logistics posts, or

B.Com (Min 3 years) with min 60% marks for Accounts posts, or

MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International studies / Defense studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT / Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate all paper put together in Post Graduation (Minimum two year programme) and 60% marks in graduation for Education posts

Age Limit : 20 to 26 years on 01.01.2018 (born between 02.01.1992 to 01.01.1998 including both dates)

Min Height : 157.5 cms with correlated weight, women - 152 cms

Candidates, who have failed the PABT test earlier, are not eligible for this exam.

Educational Qualifications

Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and (a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or;

BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or;

Candidates who have cleared Section A & B Exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}

Candidates with a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognised University OR Cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:

  • (aa) Communication Engineering
  • (ab) Computer Engineering/Technology
  • (ac) Computer Engineering & Application
  • (ad) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
  • (ae) Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • (af) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • (ag) Electrical Engineering
  • (ah) Electronics Engineering/Technology
  • (aj) Electronics Science and Engineering
  • (ak) Electronics
  • (al) Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • (am) Electronics and Computer Science
  • (an) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
  • (ao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
  • (ap) Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • (aq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
  • (ar) Electronics Instrument & Control
  • (as) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (at) Instrumentation & Control Engineering
  • (au) Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (av) Information Technology

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}

Candidates with a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University OR cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:

  • (aa) Aerospace Engineering
  • (ab) Aeronautical Engineering
  • (ac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • (ad) Mechanical Engineering
  • (ae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation
  • (af) Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  • (ag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
  • (ah) Mechatronics (aj) Industrial Engineering

Administration

Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Logistics

Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Accounts

Com degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Education

MBA/MCA or MA/M.Sc. degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry / Statistics /International relations/International Studies /Defence Studies/ Psychology / Computer Science/IT/Mgt. / Mass Communication /Journalism / Public Relation with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate all papers put together in Post-Graduation (Minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in graduation (both recognised by UGC/Competent Accreditation Authority)

NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)

NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Jan 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. OR BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR

Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Meteorology

Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment /Geo-physics/Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each

AFCAT Selection Procedure

All applicants whose applications are submitted by due date will be called for 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

Sample question papers and syllabus of AFCAT/EKT is available on IAF career website careerairforce.nic.in

EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for ground duty (technical) branch to pass both AFCAT & EKT

Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of AFCAT/EKT will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kanchrapara. Candidates who opt for flying branch can opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi only. The testing would consist of three stages as given below:

Stage-I

Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself

Stage-II

Psychological test, Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days

For Flying Branch

Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the CPSS/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply

Physical Fitness Test:

Candidates will be required to complete 1.6km run in stipulated time frame of 9 Min,  100 Meter run in 16 sec, furthermore 20 Pushup and Sit-ups in 1 minute,  should be able to do 3 chin-ups and should be able to swim 25 meter.

AFCAT Centres

Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Alwar, Aligarh, Allahabad, Ambala, Amritsar, Bareilly, Behrampur (Odisha), belagavi, Bengaluru, Bhagalpur, Bhilai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bhuj, Bikaner, Bihar Sharif, Chandigarh, Chhapra, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi and NCR, Dhanbad, Diu, Durgapur, Faridabad, Ganganagar, Gaya, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Guntur, Gurugram, Guwahati, Gwalior, Haldwani, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, jalpaiguri, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kakinada, Kannur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kohima, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kota, Kurukshetra, Leh, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Meerut, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Nizamabad, Noida, Pathankot, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Rajkot, Ranchi, Roorkee, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar, Solapur, Sonipat, Srinagar, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tinsukia, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Udaipur, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vellore, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal.

AFCAT Exam Pattern

For the preparation of the examination, a candidate should go through the exam pattern first. By going through the exam pattern candidate will get an estimate about the marking criteria.

Time Duration: 02 hours

Number of Questions: 100

Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer

Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer

Number of Sections: 4 (Verbal ability, Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning and Military aptitude)

Mode of Examination: Online

AFCAT Application Process

Online applications will be accepted through the official recruitment websites of Indian Air force ‘https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in’.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, please click on “CANDIDATE LOGIN” in the career website of IAF https://careerindiaairforce.cdac.in or careerairforce.nic.in and follow the instructions and https://afact.cdac.in

Candidates are advised to read the notification for AFCAT 2019 and the detailed guidelines for filling up online application as given in the website careerairforce.nic.in prior to commencement of filling up online applications

While filling online application, it is advisable to keep the relevant documents readily available, as details are to be filled as per matriculation and other educational certificates. Please save your recent colour passport size photograph (size 10 to 50 KB) in the computer for uploading it with your online application form

Please note that utmost care needs to be taken while filling up the online application

Details of AFCAT centres are appended and would be allocated as per availability of seats at AFCAT centre. The centres are allocated on first cum first basis and candidate might get another centre beyond his/her choice on delayed submission of application. No change of centre will be entertained

Please note that information filled up by the candidates in online application form will be considered final and no amendments will be allowed subsequently

AFCAT 2019 Examination Fee

Examination Fee for AFCAT Entry

Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay the examination fee of Rs.250/- (not applicable for NCC special entry and Meteorology)  to be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application

No cash or cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of examination fee. The examination fee can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.