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AFCAT ENTRY (SSC FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

The Air Force Common Admission Test abbreviated as AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force, the world’s 4th largest Air Force. The exam is held twice a year in the month of February and August to select Class I Gazetted officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

AFCAT is a gateway for candidates, both male and female, to join the Indian Air Force as officers for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles.

When selected for the training process through AFCAT, candidates have to undergo a 74 weeks training session if selected for Flying and Ground Duties. In case of Ground Duties for Non-Technical role, the training is of 52 weeks held at Air Force Training Establishments.

In 2018, AFCAT was conducted online for the first time since the exam was introduced. The online exam was followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for the candidates who have cleared the online test.

AFCAT Eligibility

An AFCAT aspirant is evaluated on the basis of 3 set criteria prescribed as the minimum eligibility of the candidate to appear for the exam. It is mandatory for the candidate to first check all the eligibility criteria and make sure that all the pointers are met before actually applying to sit for the exam.

On the basis of Age Limit
Branch Age Limit
Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry Minimum Age: 20 years

Maximum Age: 24 years

Commercial Pilot License Holder Maximum Age: 26 years
Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch ) Minimum Age: 20 years

Maximum Age: 26 years

Note: Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widowers and Divorced candidates below the age of 25 are also ineligible.

On the basis of Educational Qualification
Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry
You must be a Graduate in any discipline (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/BE/BTech from a recognized University

 

If you are a Final Year/Semester students, you are also eligible to apply, provided you produce Degree Certificate issued by the University as per the date fixed by AFSB.

 

There will be no minimum percentage bar for Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) entry.
Commercial Pilot License Holder
(a) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}.

You should have 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

 

(b) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}.

You should have 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

 

You should have cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks.

 

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch )
(a) Administration & Logistics

You should have a Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

 

You should 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.

 

(b) Accounts

You should have B.Com. Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 

NCC Special Entry Flying Branch
You should have NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 1 January 2017.

 

You should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2.

 

You should be a Graduate with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 

Meteorology
You should have a  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).

 

 General guidelines: The guidelines with regard to Physical and Medical standards for candidates are given below:

You must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.

The Height and Weight Parameters is as follows:

You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals.

On the basis of Physical and Medical Standards
Flying Branch
The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 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
  •          There is no concession for age/sex/region.
Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch
The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch is 157.5 cms.

  •          For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cms.
  •          (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less.
  •          In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

You also need to satisfy the Visual Standards for the branch you have applied for.

AFCAT Exam Dates 2019

5 Aug ’19 AFCAT 2 Admit Card 2019 Release date
24 Aug ’19 AFCAT 2019 exam
25 Aug ’19 AFCAT exam 2019

AFCAT Pattern 

AFCAT exam is conducted online as Computer Based Test from this year. It is mandatory for candidates opting for ground duty technical role to appear for both AFCAT and EKT(Engineering Knowledge Test). EKT will also be conducted along with AFCAT.

The selection process of AFCAT includes the following steps:

Stage 1: Online AFCAT test

Stage 2: SSB (Service Selection Board) Interview

Online AFCAT test

        Exam             Subject Duration No. of Qs Max. Marks
AFCAT General Awareness, Verbal ability in English, Numerical Ability, Military Reasoning and Aptitude test   120 Mins  100 300
EKT (Ground Duty Technical Branch only) Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics   45 Mins 50 150

The online examination will comprise objective type questions and will be in English only for EKT & AFCAT candidates. Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

It is mandatory to opt for Ground Duty technical to appear for AFCAT as well as EKT.

AFCAT Syllabus 

English General Awareness Numerical Ability Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
-Comprehension

– Error Detection

– Sentence Completion/Filling in with correct word

– Synonyms

– Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary

Idioms and Phrases

-History

– Geography

– Civics

– Politics

– Current Affairs

– Environment

– Basic Science

– Defence

– Art

– Culture

– Sports

– Decimal Fraction

– Time and Work

– Average

– Profit & Loss

– Percentage

– Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest

– Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

– Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

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