AFCAT 2018: Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Dates


AFCAT is conducted by Indian Air Force. IAF AFCAT 2018 will be held in the month of February. Candidates can appear in Air Force Common Admission Test 01/2018 to get selected for Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent / Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non Technical) Branches courses commencing in January 2018. Know all about AFCAT 2018 such application form, eligibility criteria, admit card, answer key, selection process, result here.

AFCAT 2018: Indian Air Force invites applicants to join IAF as Commissioned Officers in Flying, Ground Duty (Non-Technical) and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches through Air Force Common Admission Test. The courses will start in the month of January, 2019 and its online application form will be accessible in the month of December, 2017. All AFCAT 2018 aspirants can collect here all its related information of AFCAT including eligibility, exam dates, exam pattern etc. simply by exploring this post.

Exam Date

AFCAT 1 2018 Dates

Sl. NoEventsImportant Dates
1.Date of release of AFCAT 1 2018 notificationDecember, 2017
2.Online application will be accessibleDecember, 2017
3.Online application process will endDecember, 2017
4.Admit card available—-
5.Written examFebruary, 2018
6.Date of releasing result—-

AFCAT 2 2018 Dates

Sl. NoEventsImportant Dates
1.Date of release of AFCAT 2 2018 notificationJune, 2018
2.Online application will be accessibleJune, 2018
3.Online application process will endJuly, 2018
4.Admit card available—-
5.Written examSeptember, 2018
6.Date of releasing result

Application Form

Candidates have to apply only online on IAF career website www.careerairforce.nic. as per schedule mention above. Candidates are advised must ensure their eligibility before applying online application.

While filling Online application, it is advisable to keep the relevant documents readily available, as details are to be filled as per matriculation & 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. In case any information is found to be incorrect then the candidature is likely to be cancelled at any stage of the selection process. Submission of more than one application will result in cancellation of candidature.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

Age: 20 to 24 years (flying) 20 to 26 years (technical & group duty) as on 01 Jul 2018.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Graduates (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline with minimum 60% marks and Passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level
  • BE / B.Tech degree (Four year course)
  • Cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute of Engineers (India)
  • Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.

Physical Standards

  • Height and Weight: Candidates should have required height and weight. All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorities whose decision on the fitness would be final.

Candidates appearing in final year/semester examinations may apply for all courses commencing in January 2018.

AFCAT Exam Pattern

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. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.

AFCAT Selection Procedure

All applicants whose applications are submitted by due date will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT/EKT) will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kancharapara. The testing would consist of three stages as given below.

  • Stage-ITest consisting of Intelligence Test along with other tests 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. Those candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I testing or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.
  • Stage-IItesting consisting of Psychological test, Group Tests and Interview will be conducted on subsequent days (Five Days).
  • For Flying Branch:CPSS (Computerised Pilot Selection System) and / PABT would be administered to eligible candidates
  • Change of Interview Dates:Request for change of AFSB interview date should be avoided. However, as an exception, such change may be considered based on the circumstances of the case. Request for such change should be forwarded to the respective AFSB as mentioned in the call letter and not to Air Headquarters/AFCAT Cell. The AFSBs may consider change of date at their discretion.
  • Medical Examinationwill be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM Bengaluru based on the recommendations at AFSB.
  • Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and declared medically fit will be detailed for training in the order of all India Merit list depending on the number of vacancies available in various branches/ sub branches. Grant of PC / SSC in Technical and Ground Duty Branches would be based on number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.

Pay, Allowances and Other Benefits

Pay and Allowances: Flying Officers will be entitled to Pay in Pay Band of 15,600 – 39,100 per month along with Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Dearness Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Transport Allowance. In addition, other allowances are applicable based on nature of duty / place of posting and would include Flying Allowance, Technical Allowance, Field Area Allowance, Special Compensatory (Hill area) Allowance, Special Force Allowance, Siachin Allowance, Island Special Duty Allowance, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer Allowance, Hard Area Allowance and Remote Locality Allowance. On successful completion of Training, the newly Commissioned Flying Officers would be entitled to approximate gross monthly emoluments in different branches including Transport Allowance of major cities as follows:-

  • Flying Branch:- 82,050
  • Technical Branch:- 71,550
  • Ground Duty Branches :- 68,550
  • Benefits:In addition to the Pay & Allowances, Officers are entitled to Furnished Accommodation, Comprehensive Medical Cover for self and dependants, Leave Travel Concession, Leave (60 days Annual and 20 days Casual) subject to service exigency, supply of entitled rations, canteen & Officers’Mess facilities and many more.
  • Insurance: 75Lakh Insurance Cover (on contribution) is applicable to serving officers. Additional cover of 10 Lakh (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers.
  • Traveling Allowanceby the shortest route of AC-III Tier/AC Chair Car or actual normal bus fare to the candidates appearing in AFSB for the first time will be reimbursed. Change of address, if any, must be intimated to the Board well before your arrival. You shall furnish the railway ticket/ bus ticket (hard copy) to the Board, failing which no TA will be paid. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the government authorized rules. No TA is admissible, if you have already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is AFCAT the same as the UPSC exam for NDA / CDSE entry?

 No. AFCAT and UPSC exams are different. UPSC conducts exam for entry into NDA (after Class XII, for males only). Entry through CDSE (after graduation, for males only in IAF) is also conducted by UPSC. The UPSC exam for NDA / CDSE is primarily for Flying Branch (Permanent Commission). For further details you may refer to the UPSC website.

Are women candidates eligible to apply for AFCAT?

Yes, women candidates may also apply for AFCAT. For details regarding age limit, qualifications, eligibility for various branches etc. please refer the advertisement published in the Employment News as well as the same displayed on the website Minimum qualification required is graduation.

I need to send any documents / self-addressed envelope to AFCAT Cell for Admit Card etc.?

  No. There is no requirement of sending anything by post to AFCAT Cell. Applications are to be made online only.

What is the scheme of exam for AFCAT?

Duration of AFCAT is two hours .It consists of 100 questions. It is an objective test and the scheme of syllabus contains General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude.

Whether qualifying in AFCAT will make me an officer in the IAF?

 AFCAT is only one of the steps involved in the entire selection process for getting selected as an officer in the IAF. On clearing the AFCAT, shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB (Services Selection Board) Testing. If recommended by the SSB, candidates will undergo medical fitness tests conducted by Air Force medical authorities. Subsequently, subject to medical fitness, a merit list will be prepared depending on the number of vacancies available in various branches of the IAF.

Is there any fee / registration charges etc. for AFCAT?

No. There is no fee / registration charges of any kind for applying / appearing in the AFCAT. Please note that no money is charged or taken at any stage during the entire selection process. If anyone demands money / bribe, you may approach Air Force authorities. However, no TA or any other allowance is paid for appearing in the AFCAT. Candidates have to make their own arrangements for reaching the exam centre, accommodation etc.

I am meeting the age criteria as per the advertisement. However when I am filling up the form online, it is showing error indicating I am not eligible.

Please read the advertisement carefully. The age given in the advertisement, say between 19 to 23 years for example, is as on 01 January 2014. Are you meeting the relevant age as on that day. Recheck and then fill the form. The advertisement in fact also indicates born between dates. So refer the advertisement, ascertain your eligibility, and then fill the form.

I am not a science graduate. Am I eligible for the flying branch?

Graduate (minimum three years course) in any discipline from a recognised university who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate (all papers put together) and have passed Maths and Physics at the 10+2 level are eligible to apply. Please refer the advertisement / website for detailed notification regarding eligibility criteria.

I have a Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India). Am I eligible to apply in the flying branch?

You may apply if you meet age criteria and other educational / medical criteria. Please note there is certain age relaxation for CPL holders. However, one needs to meet the educational qualification criteria. Also note that the age relaxation is for holders of CPL issued by DGCA (India) only. CPL issued by any other body / country may not qualify you for age relaxation etc. Also note that even the Student Pilot Licence (SPL) issued by DGCA (India) does not qualify you for age relaxation.

I have an engineering degree, yet I am not eligible for technical branch. How is that?

 For technical branch, you also need to fulfil the criteria as given in Para 4 of the advertisement. You need to have a minimum of eight subjects from the individual list of AE (L) or AE (M) branch subjects. To amplify, one should have studied eight subjects from at least one list exclusively i.e. to say one cannot have five subjects from the list of AE(L) and remaining three from AE(M) list. All eight subjects should be from one list only. If that is not the case, then you may not be eligible for technical branch. You may however be eligible for flying / ground duty branch (if meeting age criteria and other medical standards etc.).

My university has awarded CGPA. How do I fill up the marks column?

In case of candidates being awarded Grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of Grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the Bachelor’s degree.

In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Do I write the marks in decimal form or only in two digits?

Ignore the decimal. Write complete figures only. Please note that you need to have 60% aggregate marks in all papers put together if applying on the basis of graduation. 59.9% is NOT equal to 60%. You need to have 60% aggregate and above if applying on the basis of graduation. Same is the case if applying on the basis of post-graduation, marks have to be 50% or above.

I am interested in applying for flying branch. I have filled up all the columns correctly to my knowledge. Yet, it is showing that I am not eligible for flying branch.

 Please check if you have filled all columns properly. Check the age and educational qualification criteria firstly. Also check if you have filled the PABT column correctly. Also check if you have written correctly regarding Physics and Maths in Class XII.

 What are the cut-off marks for passing in AFCAT?

There is no standard cut-off. It varies depending on various factors like the number of vacancies etc

I am having problems uploading my photograph, thumb impression and signature?

You need to upload passport size photograph (size 10 to 250 KB) in jpg / jpeg format. Uploading of Thumb impression and signature is not mandatory


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