AFCAT 2018: Exam Date, Syllabus, Application, Results, Admit Card

AFCAT 2018: Exam Date, Syllabus, Application, Results, Admit Card

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Last updated on August 16th, 2018 at 03:21 pm

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AFCAT 2018 (1) registrations are open now. 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.

AFCAT 01 2018 Updates

AFSB testing will start from 30th April 2018.

AFCAT 01 2018 written exam results have been declared. Follow to check your result.

What’s New in AFCAT 2018?

  • NCC Special Entry (Flying) & Meteorology Branch: This year’s AFCAT examination will also be used to recruit NCC Special Entry into flying branch and Meteorology branch under the Ground Duty section.
  • Aadhar Card: From 2018 onwards, Aadhar card has been made mandatory for AFCAT application.
  • Mode of Answering: From this year onwards, the written test will be computer-based test (CBT) i.e. candidates will have to use mouse to report answers on a computer screen.
  • Application Fee: AFCAT 2018 will not be free of cost, rather an application fee of Rs. 250 shall be taken as application fee.
  • Scanned Signature & Thumb Impression: Unlike the previous years, candidates must upload their scanned signature and thumb impression (left-hand thumb impression for male and right-hand thumb impression for female) this time.

Difference between AFCAT and CDS

  • AFCAT is different from Combined defense services exam (conducted by UPSC) 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.
Read in detail about AFCAT exam 2019

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AFCAT 2018 Important Dates

AFCAT 02 2018 (Announced)

EventsTentative Dates
Release of official Notification for AFCAT 02 201830th May 2018
Submission of AFCAT 02 2018 Online Application16th June – 15th July 2018
Publication of Admit CardsLast week of July 2018
Exam Date of AFCAT 02 201818th August 2018 – 19th August 2018.
AFCAT 02 2018 Admit Card2nd August 2018 (10:00 AM IST) (Released)
AFCAT 02 2018 Result Declaration1st week of October 2018

The tentative vacancies announced by Indian Air Force for AFCAT 02 2018 have been tabulated below.

BranchSSC (Short Service commission)PC (Permanent Commission)
Ground Duty (Technical)AE(L): 30

AE(M): 14

AE(L): 22

AE(M): 10

Ground Duty (Non-technical)
  • Admin: 12
  • Logistics: 4
  • Accounts: 5
  • Education: 4
  • Admin: 8
  • Logistics: 1
  • Accounts: 3
  • Education: 3
NCC Special Entry (Flying)10% seats out of CDS vacancies
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) [Meteorology]1410

Language of Examination

AFCAT 2018 (both 1 and 2) exam will be conducted in both English and Hindi languages.

Mode of Answering

From AFCAT 2018 onwards, a computer-based test will be used as mode of answering.

AFCAT 2018 Exam Date

AFCAT 2 2018 will be held on 18th and 19th August 2018.

AFCAT 2018 Eligibility


Only Indian citizens can apply for the examination.

Flying Branch (Short Service Commission) & NCC Special Entry

Educational Qualification
  • Secured 60% marks each in 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.

In case of NCC, candidates must have acquired NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate on or after 2nd June 2016 apart from the above specified criteria.

Age Limit

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)

Educational Qualification

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. Also, the 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. List of accepted disciplines has been published in the official notification.

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanics)

Same as Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) except for the disciplines accepted (Check the notification for accepted disciplines).

Age Limit

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)

Educational Qualification
Administration & Logistics

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.


Holding a B.Com degree 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.

For Integrated degrees, minimum 50% marks in all paper put together is acceptable.

Age Limit

Aged between 20 and 26 years measured on 1st July 2019.

Candidates below the age of 25 years should be unmarried (windows & divorcee are also ineligible) at the time of course commencement i.e. January 2019.

Married candidates above 25 years of age are permitted.

Meteorology (Non-Technical)

Candidate must be in possession of 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).

Final Year Candidates

Final Year candidates can apply for the examination provided the applicant should not have any present backlog and must have secured minimum 60% marks up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared.

Also, candidate must be able to present the proof of passing the degree by 30th May 2019.

AFCAT 2018 Application Form

AFCAT 2 2018 applications forms are available till 15th July 2018.

AFCAT Previous Year Papers with Answers are available for download in PDF format.

Download FREE AFCAT Sample Papers designed by team of experts.

Photograph and Signature Specifications

  • Colored passport sized scanned photograph – 10KB-50KB – JPEG/JPG format.
  • Scanned Signature – 10KB-50KB – JPEG/JPG format.
  • Thumb Impression (left thumb for male candidates and right thumb for female candidates) – 10KB-50KB – JPEG/JPG format.

AFCAT 2018 Fee

For the first time, an application fee of Rs. 250 will be applicable for AFCAT 2018.  

Application fee can be paid by either of the following methods:

  1. Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Challan payable at Axis Bank or HDFC Bank.
  3. Net Banking.

The given application fee is not to be paid by candidates applying for Meteorology and NCC Special Entry.

Steps of Applying

Following major steps are involved in AFCAT 02 2018 application form:

  1. Candidate Registration.
  2. Application form filling.
  3. Uploading the documents.
  4. City Selection.
  5. Payment of application form fee.

AFCAT 2018 Admit Card

  • AFCAT 2018 (2) Admit Card is now available on AFCAT 2018 website from 2nd August 2018. 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.

Candidates can download the cards from

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.
ParticularsAFCAT Written ExamEKT Test (For Technical Ground Duty only)SSB Interviews
No of Questions100 questions.50 questions
Duration2-hours45-minutes6 days
Marking Scheme3 marks for the correct answer.

-1 mark for wrong answer

3 marks for the correct answer.

-1 mark for the wrong answer

Total Marks300 marks150 marks
  • General Awareness.
  • Verbal Ability.
  • Quantitative Ability.
  • Logical Reasoning.
  • Military Aptitude Test.
Engineering Discipline related subjects
  • Phase I testing – Officers Intelligence Rating Test & Picture Perception and Discussion test
  • CPSS / PABT * (for Flying Branch)
  • Psychological test
  • Group tests / Interview
  • Conference
Mode of AnsweringPen/Paper Mode (OMR sheets)Pen/Paper Mode (OMR sheets)
Type of QuestionsObjective Type/ MCQsObjective 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:

  1. General Awareness
  2. Verbal Ability
  3. Quantitative Ability
  4. Logical Reasoning
  5. 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
  • Interviews

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

AFCAT 2018 Results

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

SubjectCut off
AFCAT Written Exam150/300
EKT exam60/150

Important Links

Application of LinkLink
AFCAT 02 2018  notification
AFCAT 02 2018 Admit Card
AFCAT 2018 official website
General Physical Standards
Additional Standards for Flying Branch

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Rajeshwari Ranjan

Do notify me regarding the following exams and dates for joining IAF through emails


online forms are been released

Love kumar

I am belongs to EEE branch can i apply for it


yes u can

Poonam chand Patel



Dreams to join IAF…. LUV U IAF

Vidya Sagar Trivedi

Let your dreams comes true…



Priya yadav

My childhood dream to join IAF.. love you IAF


Same here priya,my name sumant ,IAF means dream

Vidya Sagar Trivedi

I am extremely dedicated to join defence specially IAF…


Can women apply for ground duty non-tecnical branches in afcat 1/2018?


Yes u are eligible


hii I want to know today is the last date for the afcat form 23rd jan?


yes u can

Virendrasinh Rathod

Sir i have completed diploma in fabrication Technology and I’m pursuing BE in production engineering(last semester) i have equivalent certificate of 12th from Gujarat secondary and higher secondary education board.
Can i apply for flying branch?
Please reply…

Praveen Das R

Sir Iam studying BBA (Airline and Airport management)
And iam going to complete my second year. So there is one more year left. So can I apply to Ground duty (non-techinal branch) when iam completing my last year.


I have registered for afcat 2 2017 ,do I need to again register for afcat 2018?


Hello everyone.. I have completed BCA ( bachelor of computer applications) am I eligible for non-techinical branch?

Deepshikha Joshi

Sir I m a student n doing my graduation it’s my last year can I also apply for this


Iam livya.k i completed my diploma with inter can i apply for this????? Plz rpy me sirrrr

Rajiv patel

Sir maine B.E. kiya hua h kya main non tecnical branch m apply kr skta hu kya?

anupal lahan there any percentage criteria in the 10+2(physics and mathematics) to apply AFCAT flying branch.
I have obtained 69% in physics and 40% in mathematics in 10+2 class, now am i elligible to apply for AFCAT 2018 flying branch??

ankit Kumar

Am I eligible for any post in IAF? I am currently studying in B.Sc. (3rd Year).


I am pursuing my degree final year… can I apply for afcat exam?

Aarti Sachdeva

Hello Sir,

Do let me know for flying branch there is overall 60% in physics and maths or in each we should have 60%.
Thankyou Sir.

Aarti Sachdeva
Abhijit Mahata

I born on 1st January 1994. Can I apply for flying branch? Plz inform me sir.


Hey I do not have 60% marks in physics and maths in 12th BuT I do have 70% in bsc. Maths so am I eligible

bappan dass

Can I apply AFCAT , my 12th mark is not 60% but % is 61% in mechanical engineering

govind purbiya

Sir I have completed my graduate BE in civil Branch so can I apply this opportunity….. Sir kya me technical or flying dono mese kisi ek k liye apply kr skta hu sir doubt mujhe esliye LGA kyu ki meri BE civil engineering se h or usme electronic or mechanical ka de rkha h to sir pls doubt clear kijiye or btaye ki kya civil engineer wale bhi dono k liye apply kr skte h

Suraj Singh

I am 3rd year student and i got 60.11 in aggregate of 4sem result and awaiting 5th sem result. Am i eligible? I know i can give online exam by faking it but i want to get through in first attempt. Please Help me in this.

kartik sood

is the final year appearing student eligible for AFCAT 2018 ?

Amol Naiknaware

My date of birth is 11/12/1992, can I eligible for any course


i have bsc degree can i apply for none technology ground duty branh

deepak purohit

sir i m final year student of btech civil engineering..
how i can join iaf as a civil engineer in indian air force?


I born on 13 sep 1992 can i apply for afcat 2018?

Pranaya chavan

Hello sir ,
Today i am student of 11th standard can i eligible for the giving AFCAT exam

Nisha Singh

I have completed my diploma with 67 % and pursuing my btech in cse last year, can I apply for ground duty technical??


I sign up and login so many times.. But IAF website not responding.. Still application form is not available on website. Websites show only application form available at 5pm-7pm.. But in between that time also website not available.. Any one kindly send me exact application form link please.

Ankita Sharma

Sir..i have completed B.Sc.(bachelor of science)…am i eligible for ground duty branch..??


Sir any height demand

Mahesh Pattnaik

Hello sir,
I don’t have 60% in maths and physics in +2.
I have completed my Btech with 70%.
Am i qualified for any of the post?
Please let me know

Mahesh Pattnaik

Hello sir,
I don’t have 60% in maths and physics in +2.
I have completed my btech with 70% aggregate.
Do I have any posts to apply?
Please let me know sir.

Pooja jadeja

I have done bechlors in Business administration can i apply for administration?
My birth date is August,1994

Srivani goud

Sir…if I attend afcat1…am I eligible to write afcat2..??


can’t fill up the form ?
Is the site having some issues ?
has anyone filled up the AFCAT 2018 ?

srishti sharma

I cleared AFCAT 2 2017, but I won’t be able to go for next round, can I give the exam again in Feb 2018?

Bharath doma

Good morning sir I completed my graduation with botany,zoology, chemistry with 70% and completed MSC in zoology wit 71% can apply for this afcat non tech -ground duty …and give clarity which post is suitable for me to apply according to my subject and please give full clarity of all non tech ground duty positions like accounts,education like etc..thank you


Sir adhar card has not been issued in assam
What shall we do then ?


Sir , Iam a final year B.E graduate of Electronics and Communication Stream. In which categories of IAF i’am eligible to apply.

Pranov Roy

Hey……I don’t have 60 % each in physics and math in 12th.but I do have 69% in bsc (physics) and I have passed my graduation in 2015….My age is 24 years .Am I eligible to apply afcat 1 2018…And what are the posts for which I can apply…. please reply

Namdev kadam

Sir i have got 56 marks out of 100 in hsc math …am i eligible to give afcat


Sir I completed Bsc ,I was born on 1 Feb 1990 OBC category can I applyed for Any post


Sir, I have completed Diploma in mechanical engineering with 67% after my ssc exam and now I’m pursuing BE in mechanical branch this is my final year of engineering, can I apply for AFCAT 2018?


Hi,sir i was completed ECE with 69.5% can i apply this job.


competed my graduation can i apply for this


i completed my graduation can i apply for this


Sir I m a student of engineering it’s my last year can I apply for this. i m studynig in a computer 10th,& 12th i got above 60% but my result of 3 yrs of degree not aggregate 60%. bt i knw my 4th year result will be 60% .can i apply for this plz guide me


I am currently pursuing in Nanotechnology. Can i apply for AFCAT?


I filled the form and Make the payment as well but I realised I filled 13% less marks in 12th Marks section.
Now what to do ?
Please help me


Don’t mind it it if you are select one option are available that’s CSV (certificate subject verification)
It is a time when you will clearance certificate

Subhash kumar manjhi

Hallo sir I m perusing Ba economic honours and I have got 85,67 percent Marc in 12th, m I aligibil or not. Please reply