AFCAT 2024 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Age Limit, Exam Pattern

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is a national level test that is regulated every year for the aspirants who wish to join IAF (Indian Air Force). This test is commenced by Indian Air Force to select talented candidates in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches. The selection of the candidates is done as per their performance in the Online Written Exam and the Interview Round which is conducted by the authorities of the Indian Air Force. Aspirants who select the Ground Duty (Technical) branch need to appear for the AFCAT CBT Exam and the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The frequency of the exam is two, i.e. it is organized twice a year. While millions of students appear for this examination and join the prestigious Air Force Academy. Check all the details about AFCAT 2024 given below.

Both male and female candidates will be able to apply for this exam and appear for it accordingly. In order to crack the exam with good marks, aspirants must be well-versed with the examination pattern and syllabus of AFCAT which we have provided in this post. In addition to that, you will get more information about AFCAT 2024 such as Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Application Fee, Exam Pattern, Selection Process, and More.

AFCAT 2024 Overview

Name of the Exam AFCAT 2024
Conducted by Indian Air Force
Name of the Post Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) and Gazetted Officers in Flying Branches
Vacancies Notify Soon
Level of test National
Frequency Twice a year
Application Mode Online
Online Registration Date June 2024 (Expected)
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Total Number of Questions
  • AFCAT: 100
  • EKT: 50
Exam Language English language
Selection Process Written test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination
Salary Rs 85,000 (approx)
Official Website www.afcat.cdac.in

AFCAT 2024 Important Dates

Events Dates
AFCAT 2 Notification 2024 Release Fourth week of May 2024
AFCAT 2 Notification 2024 (Official) 1st week of June 2024
Commencement of Application Process 1st week of June 2024
Last Date to Apply Online Last week of June 2024
AFCAT 2 Admit Card 2024
AFCAT 2024 Exam Date August 2024
AFCAT 2024 Result
Release of Cut Off

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit:

Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) Branch: The age of the candidate should be between 20 – 26 years for the Unreserved category.

Flying Branch: Candidates holding a Commercial Pilot License will get relaxation up to 26 years as its upper age limit. The age of the candidates must be between 20 and 24 years.

Educational Qualification:

Flying Branch:

The candidates must have done Graduation with a minimum of 3 years or equivalent with having a minimum 60% marks in any discipline from a well recognized University.

Technical Branch:

Aspirants must have separately passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks along with a four-year graduation / integrated post graduation qualification in Engineering / Technology from a recognized university/ board/ institute.

Ground Duty Branches

Administration & Logistics: A Bachelor’s Degree (Minimum three-year degree course) with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in any discipline is required.

Accounts: A B. Com. Degree (three-year degree course) with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a well-recognized university should be there.

Education: A MA/ MBA / MCA / M Sc Degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate is required to be eligible.

Physical Standards

Flying Branch:

Minimum height 162.5 cms,
Leg Length Min – 99 cms, Max – 120 cms.
Thigh Length Max – 64 cms
Sitting Height Min – 81.5 cms. Max – 96 cms

Ground Duty:

Height(Male aspirants) 157.5 cms
Height(Female aspirants) 152 cms

AFCAT 2024 Application Form

  • Go to the official website of AFCAT which is www.afcat.cdac.in
  • Now, on the homepage of the website complete the signup.
  • On the next page, applicants need to click on the registration link and register for the same.
  • Create a login id and the applicant will get a password in his/ her registered email id.
  • After successful registration, candidates need to sign in with a registered email id and a system-generated password.
  • Login with the credentials and read all the instructions carefully. Also, upload the requisite documents in the application form according to the formats mentioned in the application form.
  • Click on the application form filling and make the application fee payment through online mode and keep a copy of the acknowledgment slip

Application Fee:

Candidates applying for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee.

Exam Pattern

There are two sections in the AFCAT paper:

  • Section I: 100 questions
  • Section II: 50 questions

Each question will be of 3 marks with a negative marking of -1 for every incorrect answer provided. The maximum mark in the AFCAT examination is 300. The question paper of EKT will be for total of 150 marks. Candidates must appear for the online CBT AFCAT in person.

Exam AFCAT EKT
Section General Awareness, Military Aptitude Test and Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability, Reasoning Ability Allied Engineering, Fundamental Engineering, Specialization Topics
Exam Duration 02 Hours 45 mins
Number of Questions 100 50
Marks 300 150

Selection Process

Indian Air Force will send call letters to all the exam participants who pass the AFCAT/ EKT 2024 to appear for the second stage of shortlisting i.e. AFSB Testing.

AFSB Testing Stage 1

It involves the following two tests:

  • Officer Intelligence Rating Test.
  • Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP&DT).

Stage 1 is also known as the screening test and candidates who fail to clear the test will be rejected and will not be invited to appear for AFSB Testing Stage 2.

AFSB Testing Stage 2

All the qualified candidates of Stage 1 will have to appear for AFSB Stage 2 and will have to clear the following tests:

  • Psychological Tests: These are written tests and are organized by professional psychologists.
  • Group Tests: These tests will be having physical and mental activities to assess the candidates on various physical and mental parameters.
  • AFSB Interview: In this round, the interviewing officer conducts a personal round of interviews for the participant.
  • Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test: This test is compulsory for only those candidates who have registered for the Flying Branch.

Medical Examination

Selected candidates will be called for the medical examination further. The Indian Airforce has specified only two centers for Medical Examination which are the Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME) and the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru. After the commencement of the medical examination, the authorities will prepare a final merit list based on the marks scored by the candidate in written and AFSB interviews. All the participants would receive the joining letter of the concerned training academies they have registered to.

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