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Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) Exam: Complete Details

Indian Air Force conducts a nationwide common entrance exam named as AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) for the induction of young active graduates and enthusiastic youth who wish to join the Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officers.

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is held by the Indian Air Force twice (usually in February and September) every year for the recruitment of serving officers in various branches of the Indian Force which covers-

• Flying Branch ( Short Service Commission)

• Technical Branch ( Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

• Ground Duty Branch ( Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

Broadly the Air Force has three branches with further sub-streams – 

Flying Branch



Technical Branch



Ground Duty Branch






Most of the defense aspirants wish to get into the Indian Air Force to serve their Country. So if you want to achieve your dream then it is essential to gather information about the various entry schemes that will enable you to join this prestigious organization.The below table depicts the various entry schemes based on the Qualifications of the aspirants:

Education Qualification
Valid Branches


• Flying Branch

• Ground Duty Branch

• Technical Branch


• Flying Branch

• Ground Duty Branch

• Technical Branch

Post Graduate

Ground Duty Branch
1) Flying Branch
  • Education:

    Graduation (min 3 years) in any discipline with min 60% marks and have passed maths and physics as subject at 10+2 level OR B.E/ B.Tech from a recognized University with min 60% marks.

  • Age Limit:

    20 to 24 years as on 01.07.2017 (born between 02.07.1993 to 01.07.1997 including both dates). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and Current commercial pilot license issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years i.e. born between 02.07.1991 to 01.07.1997 (both dates inclusive).

  • Min Height:

    162.5 cms with correlated weight

  • Min Vision:

    6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

2) Technical Branch
  • Education:

    Four year degree qualification or have cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with 60% marks.

Candidates interested for the technical branch need to give Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) exam along with AFCAT.

  • Age Limit:

    20 to 26 years on 01.07.2017 (born between 02.07.1991 to 01.07.1997 including both dates)

  • Min Height:

    157.5 cms with correlated weight, women – 152 cms

Entry into the Technical Branch is through two schemes, both via AFCAT : 

1) UNIVERSITY ENTRY SCHEME (UES) (Presently NO Requirements exists)

The candidate must be currently studying in Pre-final year of BE / BTech degree course with choice of subject as mentioned above. There must be no backlog / arrears of papers of previous semesters at the time of SSB Testing. On completion of degree, minimum 60% of marks in aggregate in all papers put together are mandatory.

  1. For candidates studying in Pre-Final year of B-tech/BE degree course
  2. For men only. Grant of Permanent Commission.

  3. Educational Qualifications 

 Advertisement Schedule: December every year (through AFCAT).


Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of SSB testing and they produce provisional / original degree issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

  1. After completion of Engineering degree or while in your final year/semester of Engineering.
  2. For both Men and Women. Permanent Commission (for men) / Short Service Commission (For men and women)
  3. Marks

 Must have scored a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in any one of the  listed disciplines.

Educational Qualification for Aeronautical Engineering Branch

Depending on your stream of Engineering, you can join one of the sub branches of the technical branch.

3) Ground Duty Branch
  • Education:

    Graduate degree (Min 3 years) in any discipline with min 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with a min of 60% marks or equivalent. for Administration and Logistics posts. B.Com (Min 3 years) with min 60% marks for Accounts posts. 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 of 50% marks in aggregate all paper put together in Post Graduation (Minimum two year programme) and 60% marks in graduation for Education posts

  • Age Limit:

    20 to 26 years on 01.07.2017 (born between 02.07.1991 to 01.07.1997 including both dates)

  • Min Height:

    157.5 cms with correlated weight, women – 152 cms

  •  Candidates, who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) earlier, are not eligible for this exam.

  •  Final year students can also apply for AFCAT 2016 exam given that they have secured 60% marks in aggregate with no present backlog and must be able to provide provisional or original degree certificate before commencing the training (July 2017).

How to Apply
  1. Open the official site of Indian Air Force
  2. Find the link for “New Registration” and click the on it.
  3. Fill up the instructions as per the field specified in the registration form.
  4. Once the registration process completes, a user ID and password will be sent to your registered email ID.
  5. Now “login for online application” by using the same user ID and password.
  6. Fill up the application form along with requisite details and upload your thumb impression, recent passport size photograph and signature.
  7. After completion of filling up process of the application form take a print out for the same.
  8. Once the application process gets completed, you’ll receive a registered ID to your mail.

Also candidates are advised to read the Notification of AFCAT 02/2016 along with the detailed guidelines for filling up the online application form as given on official website.

Who All Can Apply

Candidates appearing in final year/semester examinations may apply for all courses commencing in July 2017 provided that they fulfill the following condition:

Candidates should not have any present backlog and should have secured a minimum of 60% up to the last semester/year for which the results have been declared at the time of online submission and at the time of SSB.

Candidates must be able to provide Provisional/Original degree Certificate issued by the University latest by 15th June 2017.

Candidates who will be shortlisted 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. At AFSB you has to undergo the following tests in order to ascertain your suitability and scale your potential as an officer in the Indian Air Force.

 Stage 1 (Testing)

Stage 1 is a screening test.Only those Candidates who will qualify Stage-1 will be eligible to undergo Stage-2 testing. The Stage 1 disqualified candidates are routed back after the announcement of results.  

In Stage 1 Testing  Candidates will have to undergo the following Tests:

  1. Officer Intelligence Rating Test.
  2. Picture Perception and Discussion Test.
Stage 2 (Testing)

All the Stage 1 Qualified candidates will undergo the following tests as part of the stage 2 testing during next three to four days –

1. Psychological Test are Written tests which are held by a Psychologist.

2. Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of physical and mental work.

3. Interview involves a personal session with an interviewing officer.

For Change in Interview Dates

Request for change of SSB interiew date must be avoided. However, as an exception, such change may be considered based on the circumstances of the case.Request for such changes should be forwarded to the respective AFSB from where the call letter for SSB interview has been received and not to AIr Headquarters / AFCAT Cell. The AFSBs may consider change of date at their discretion. The E-mail ID and telephone numbers of AFSB Centers / contact details of AFSBs are available under the link of CONTACT US at official website

Exam Syllabus
  1. Verbal Ability English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Testing of Vocabulary, Sentence Completion etc.
  2. Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, and Simple Interest, Profit & Loss.
  3. Reasoning & Military Aptitude: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
  4. General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, Civics, Basic Sciences, Defence , Art etc.
Exam Pattern
Mode of Test
Total Duration 
2 hours
Question Type
Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ’s)
Total no. of question
Total marks 
Negative marks 
1 for every wrong answer
Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude
Important Dates
Notification Date June 04, 2016
Starting Date for Online Application  June 04, 2016
Last Date for Online Application  June 30, 2016
AFCAT 2 2016 Examination Date August 28, 2016
Commencing Date for training  July, 2017 (Tentative)
Quick Read on EKT 2 2016  EXAM

If you are new to AFCAT or have applied for AFCAT 2 2016 Examination , then you must have come across the term EKT.

  • EKT which is known as Engineering Knowledge Test is held by the Indian Air Force for those candidates interested particularly in the Technical Branch.
  • EKT is conducted along with AFCAT exam only for those candidates who are willing to join the Indian Air Force Technical Branch.

It consists of 2 Parts – 

General Engineering (40 Questions)
 Specialized Paper (35 Questions)
  • General Engineering – Based on the topics which are common to multiple branches of Engineering.
  • Specialized Paper – Based on the Knowledge of the discipline of the candidate’s degree. These Disciplines mainly include – 
  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Aeronautical Engineering
  3. Electronics and Communication Engineering
  4. Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering
  5. Computer Engineering
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