AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is a recruitment examination organized by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The examination is held twice a year in the months of February and August, applications to which are made available in December and June respectively. AFCAT 2018 Examination can be taken by both Male and Female Candidates who have completed their Graduation. AFCAT is officer recruitment gateway in 3 branches of Air Force – Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Technical branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission).
Suggested: Learn in detail about the CDS Exam.
Difference between AFCAT and CDS
- AFCAT is different from CDS in the sense that CDS examination offers recruitment to all the three military forces while AFCAT examination is specifically meant for the recruitment of Air Force Officers only.
- Through AFCAT, officers are recruited in 3 branches of Air Force – Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Technical branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission). However, the CDS exam is only meant for recruiting Flying Officer for Permanent Commission.
List of Contents
- Number of Vacancies.
- Language of Examination.
- Mode of Answering.
- Date of Examination.
- Eligibility Criteria.
- How to Apply?
- Admit Card.
- Examination Pattern.
- AFCAT Syllabus & Books.
- AFCAT 2017 Cut Off.
- Important Dates.
- Important Links.
AFCAT 2018 Vacancies
Currently, no information regarding AFCAT 2018 vacancies has been released. Stay tuned for more information in future.
Language of Examination
AFCAT 2018 (both 1 and 2) exam will be conducted in both English and Hindi languages.
Mode of Answering
AFCAT 2018 1 and 2 exams will have Pen-and-Paper Based Offline mode for answering.
AFCAT 2018 Exam Date
The AFCAT 2018 exam is held twice a year in the months of February and August.
AFCAT 1 2018 is expected to be held in the 4th week of Feb 2018.
AFCAT 2 2018 will be held in the 4th week of August 2018 tentatively.
AFCAT 2018 Eligibility
Flying Branch (Short Service Commission)
- Secured 60% marks in both Physics and Maths in 12th or Equivalent Exam from a recognized board.
- Secured 60% marks in Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University.
- Secured 60% marks in their B.E. or B.Tech Degree from a recognized University.
- Secured 60% marks in A and B Examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University.
Candidate should be aged between 20 and 24 years as on 1st July 2019. Therefore, candidates must have been born after 2nd July 1995 and before 1st July 1999.
Upper age relaxation will be 2 years for Candidates with a valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India).
Ground Duty (Technical) (Both Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)
The technical branch of AFCAT 2018 has two subcategories based on candidate’s graduation discipline:
Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
- Applicants must possess a minimum of 60% marks in both Mathematics and Physics in 12th or equivalent exams.
- Along with the above condition, a candidate must have passed a minimum 4-year degree (Graduation/PG/Integrated) in Engineering/Technology from a recognized university.
- Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual study with at least 60% marks.
Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanics)
Same as Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) except for the disciplines accepted.
Age should be between 20 and 26 years as on 1st July 2019. Therefore, an eligible applicant’s DOB can fall in between 2nd July 1993 and 1st July 1999 (both inclusive.
Ground Branch (Non-Technical)
Administration & Logistics
A graduate from a recognized university with a minimum 60% marks as aggregate in any discipline.
Passed Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with 60% aggregate marks (at least) from a recognized university.
Graduate in commerce with at least 60% aggregate marks.
A degree of MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT /Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation with minimum 50% aggregate (2 years program atleast). Along with this, candidate must have scored 60% marks in graduation.
Aged between 20 and 26 years measured on 1st July 2019.
AFCAT 2018 Application Form
Candidates can fill the AFCAT 2018 (1) form Online which will be made available on their official website in the 2nd week of December 2017.
AFCAT 2 2018 applications shall be made available in the 1st week of June 2018.
Photograph and Signature Specifications
- The applicants have to upload their color passport sized scanned photograph (10KB-50KB) in JPEG/JPG format.
- Uploading a signature is not required in AFCAT 2018.
AFCAT 2018 Fee
AFCAT 2018 (both 1 and 2) application forms are free of cost for all categories.
Steps of Applying
Steps of filling the application form for AFCAT 2018 shall be uploaded soon.
AFCAT 2018 Admit Card
- AFCAT 2018 Admit Card will be available on AFCAT 2018 website two weeks before the written exam. The Candidates must take a print out of the Admit Card, as no Hard Copy of the same would be sent via post.
- It is mandatory to carry the Admit Card at the time of exam along with other identity proofs like Aadhar Card, Voter Card, Driving Licence, etc., without which the applicants would not be allowed to appear for the exam.
- Link for downloading the admit card will be uploaded soon.
AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern
AFCAT 2018 (both 1 & 2) Examination has two stages of selection—Written Examination and SSB Interview.
In Addition to the above two tests, Candidates will have to go through:
- An EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) stage if they are applying for Ground Duty (Technical) Branch.
- A PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) stage if they are applying for Flying Branch.
|Particulars||AFCAT Written Exam||EKT Test (For Technical Ground Duty only)||SSB Interviews|
|No of Questions||100 questions.||50 questions||–|
|Marking Scheme||3 marks for the correct answer.
-1 mark for wrong answer
|3 marks for the correct answer.
-1 mark for the wrong answer
|Total Marks||300 marks||150 marks||–|
||Engineering Discipline related subjects||
|Mode of Answering||Pen/Paper Mode (OMR sheets)||Pen/Paper Mode (OMR sheets)||–|
|Type of Questions||Objective Type/ MCQs||Objective Type/MCQs||–|
Written Exam Pattern
The AFCAT 2018 (both 1 & 2) written exam constitutes the 1 step of IAF recruitments. It is a 2-hour long objective type test with 100 questions in total. For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 3 marks.
There is no division of sections as such but the paper will comprise of questions from the following topics:
- General Awareness
- Verbal Ability
- Quantitative Ability
- Logical Reasoning
- Military Aptitude Test
1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Staff Selection Board (SSB) Interviews
On clearing the written examination, the candidates will receive a call letter inviting them for the SSB (Staff Selection Board) Interviews. The SSB interviews involve the following 2 Stages:
Stage-I involves the following 2 tests:
- Officer Intelligence Rating Test
- Picture Perception and Discussion Test
Qualifying candidates will move to the Stage-II of the SSB Interview.
Stage-II involves the following 3 tests:
- Psychology Test: Written Exam
- Group Test: Combination of Indoor and Outdoor Activities
EKT Exam Pattern
EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is a meant for testing candidate’s engineering knowledge (as the name explains). The test is compulsory for candidates applying for Technical Ground Duty branch.
The EKT test will take place just after the AFCAT 2018 exam. It is a 45-minutes long test with 50 questions. Each correct answer is given 3 marks while 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer.
AFCAT 2018 Syllabus
Candidates can check the detailed syllabus of AFCAT 2018 along with recommended books at http://edupadhai.com/afcat-books/.
AFCAT 2018 Results
- AFCAT 01 2018 results will be tentatively declared in the 1st week of April 2018.
- AFCAT 02 2018 results shall be out by the 1st week of October 2018.
- The candidates qualifying in the written examination will be allowed to appear for the SSB Interviews.
- Candidates will be provided nearly 15 days to select a venue for SSB interviews out of 6 AFSB centers.
AFCAT 2017 Cut Off
|AFCAT Written Exam||150/300|
AFCAT 2018 Important Dates
AFCAT 01 2018
|Release of Notification for AFCAT 2018 (I)||1st week of December 2017|
|Submission of Online Applications||1st week – last week of December 2017|
|AFCAT 01 2018 Admit Cards||Last week of January 2018|
|Exam Date of AFCAT-I 2018||Last week of February 2018|
|AFCAT 01 2018 Result Declaration||1st week of April 2018|
AFCAT 02 2018
|Release of official Notification for AFCAT 02 2018||1st week of June 2018|
|Submission of AFCAT 02 2018 Online Application||1st week – last week of June 2018|
|Publication of Admit Cards||Last week of July 2018|
|Exam Date of AFCAT 02 2018||Last week of August 2018|
|AFCAT 02 2018 Result Declaration||1st week of October 2018|
|Application of Link||Link|
|IAF Official Website||http://indianairforce.nic.in/|
|Indian Air Force Official Recruitment Website||http://careerairforce.nic.in/|
|Air force Official application portal||Yet to be Released.|
|General Physical Standards||http://www.careerairforce.nic.in/index1.asp?lang=1&ls_id=124&lid=87&level=3&pid=61|
|Additional Standards for Flying Branch||http://www.careerairforce.nic.in/index1.asp?lang=1&ls_id=124&lid=87&level=3&pid=61|
|AFCAT 2 2017 (2) notification||Yet to be published.|