Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

Twice a year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) issues an official notification AFCAT Exam inviting qualified persons to apply for commissions in the Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches, as well as the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission. Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements can apply online at Candidates must pay the AFCAT application fee of Rs. 250/- online in order to submit the AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) application form online. Applicants are encouraged to stay up with the latest AFCAT Exam news by visiting the AFCAT website.

AFCAT Exam Highlights

AFCAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2023

Candidates must be Indian citizens in order to take the AFCAT exam. For your convenience, the AFCAT eligibility criteria for various branches/courses are listed below.

AFCAT Age Limit

It varies as per the branch. Here is a brief detail of the age limit and relaxation:

  1. As of July 1, 2021, Flying Branch (AFCAT & NCC Entry): 20 – 24 years.
  2. As of July 1, 2021, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years.
  3. The IAF accepts the DOB listed on the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Degree, or on a certificate issued by an Indian university.

AFCAT Marital Status

At the time of the course’s start, candidates must be single.
Widows, widowers, and divorcees under the age of 25 are also ineligible.

AFCAT Education Qualification

  • A minimum of 60 percent grades is necessary for graduation from a recognised university with a three-year degree in any discipline.
  • A minimum of 60% in each of Maths and Physics at the 10+2 level is required for Flying Branch.

AFCAT Exam Pattern

It is mandatory for all the candidates to know the AFCAT exam pattern while applying for the exam.

  1. There will be a total of 100 MCQs will be asked.
  2. There are four sections – Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Military Aptitude.
  3. The candidates will be rewarded three marks for each correct answer.
  4. There will be a negative marking of one mark for each incorrect attempt.
ParticularsAFCATEKT (Only for technical)
Exam ModeOnlineOnline
Exam LanguageEnglishEnglish
Exam Time2 Hours45 minutes
Total Questions10050
Total Marks300 marks150
Marking Criteria+3 Mark for each correct answer
-1 Mark for each incorrect answer
+3 Mark for each correct answer
-1 Mark for each incorrect answer
Number of SectionsVerbal ability,
Numerical Ability,
General Awareness,
Reasoning and Military aptitude
Computer Science,
Electrical & Electronics

AFCAT Exam Syllabus

The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be Matriculation level, according to the notification. The questions in other subjects, on the other hand, will be at the graduate level (Indian University).
The following is a summary of the AFCAT 2022 syllabus:

EnglishComprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms, and Phrases.
General AwarenessHistory, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.
Numerical AbilityDecimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams).
Reasoning and Military Aptitude TestVerbal Skills and Spatial Ability, Data Interpretation, Embedded Figure, Missing Character, Seta Based on Arrangements, Rotated Blocks, Hidden Figures & Analogy

AFCAT Selection Process

The AFCAT selection process for 2023 consists of 2 stages: the AFCAT written test and the personality test.

Stage 1: AFCAT Written Test

  • The intellectual test is made up of objective-type questions that are administered in 104 different locations.
  • The IAF will compile a list of candidates who achieve the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as determined by the IAF.
  • Candidates who pass the Online AFCAT will be invited to appear before one of the Air Force Selection Boards.
  • Candidates who applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be called to one of the AFSB centres for AFSB testing.

Stage 2: AFSB interview

  • Candidates must be intellectually and physically fit according to the authorities’ standards at this level. The interview will last 5 days.
  • Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB), and Varanasi (3 AFSB) are the AFSB centres (4 AFSB).
  • Only Dehradun, Mysore, and Varanasi are available to those who choose the flying branch.
  • In order to create a call-up letter for an AFSB interview, candidates must choose their own AFSB date and place it on the AFCAT official website or

AFCAT Final Selection

  • Candidates must achieve the IAF’s minimum qualifying marks in both the written examination and the AFSB test.
  • The names of the qualifiers will be placed in order of merit based on their total marks in the written examination and the AFSB tests.
  • The IAF shall decide on the form and manner of communicating the examination results to individual candidates at its discretion.
  • In the Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches, 10% of the openings are designated for NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate holders.
  • The number of vacancies, performance in the selection process, and the candidates’ choices will all influence the allocation of PC/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches.

AFCAT Exam Cut-offs

AFCAT Exam YearAFCAT CutoffEKT Cutoff
AFCAT II 202115718
AFCAT I 202116530
AFCAT II 202015340
AFCAT I 202015540
AFCAT II 201914250
AFCAT I 201913350
*Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)*

AFCAT Exam Vacancy

Approximately vacancies will be filled through the AFCAT exam. The category wise break up is given as follows:

Entry  Branch  Vacancies
AFCAT Entry  Flying   SSC – 96
Ground Duty
  • AE(L) : PC- 20,SSC-78
  • AE(M) : PC- 08,SSC-31
Ground Duty (NonTechnical)
  • Admin : PC- 10,SSC-42
  • Edn : PC-04, SSC-17
NCC Special Entry  Flying 
  • 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for
  • 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC
Meteorology Entry  Ground Duty (NonTechnical)
  • Meteorology : PC- 06,SSC- 22

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