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.
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|
|Level of test||National|
|Frequency||Twice a year|
|Online Registration Date||June 2024 (Expected)|
|Mode of Exam||Online (Computer Based Test)|
|Total Number of Questions||
|Exam Language||English language|
|Selection Process||Written test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination|
|Salary||Rs 85,000 (approx)|
AFCAT 2024 Important 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 Admit Card||—|
|Exam Date||August 2024|
|Release of Cut Off||—|
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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
Candidates applying for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee.
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.
|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|
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.
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.