The AFCAT i.e. Air Force Common Admission Test in its abbreviated form is a commissioned level examination conducted by the IAF (Indian Air Force) twice in a year for the selection of male as well as female officers into all branches of the Indian Air Force except for Medical branch and Dental branch. AFCAT examination is an officer recruitment gateway in three branches of Air Force – Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Ground Duty (Technical branch - Permanent & Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branch - Permanent & Short Service Commission).



    Questions / Duration

    Marking Pattern

    Maximum Marks

    Genral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitute

    100 Question/ 120 minutes

    1/3 negative marking






Notification Release Date

25 November 2021 (Tentative)

12 April 2022 (Tentative)

Application Start

25 November 2021 (Tentative)

12 April 2022 (Tentative)

Application Last Date

12 December 2021 (Tentative)

29 April 2022 (Tentative)

Release of Admit Card

12 February 2022 (Tentative)

18 June 2022 (Tentative)

Exam Date

10 March 2022 (Tentative)

12 August 2022 (Tentative)

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Flying (SSC)- 100
Ground Duty (Tech.)- 120
Ground Duty (Non Tech.)- 100

Availability of Forms

June & December/p>

Exam Schedule

August & March

Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status

20 to 24 for Flying,
20 to 26 for Ground Duty
Male/Female & Unmarried

Educational Qualification

There are various qualifications for various branches yet the minimum qualification is Graduation passed or appearing with 60% Marks

Selection Procedure

Written Exam conducted by Air Force followed by SSB Interview conducted by Air Force Selection Board(AFSB)


The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.


What Is AFCAT?

AFCAT (Air Force Common Entrance Examination) is an entrance test for aspirants willing to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officers in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical)..

What is the Eligiblity for AFCAT?

Eligibility criteria for various branches / courses of AFCAT are mentioned below: - Age limit: It varies according to branch viz. Flying Branch (AFCAT and NCC admission): 20 - 24 years, For Ground Duty (technical and non-technical): 20 - 26 years. Greduation passed or appearing with 60% marks.

What is the Selection Procedure for AFCAT?

The selection for various posts in the Indian Air Force(IAF) will depend on 3 steps. These steps are : Step 1: AFCAT (Written Test) Step 2: Interview Round Step 3: Medical Examination Round

What is the Cut Off for AFCAT?

The cut-off range for AFCAT on average basis varies from 110-120. EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) average cut off is 80 marks.

What Is the Syllabus for AFCAT?

General Awareness Verbal Ability Verbal Ability Numerical Ability Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

What is the Exam Pattern & marking Scheme for AFCAT?

Genral awareness,verbal ability in english, numerical ablity and reasoning total 100 questions in 120 minitus. The negative marking is 1/3.

What Is the exam schedule for AFCAT?

AFCAT is held twice every year. Exam Schedule for AFCAT 1 and 2 is as follows : - Availability of Forms – Paper- I December | Paper- II June/July Exam Schedule – Paper-I March | Paper-II August

Which Stream Student Can Apply For AFCAT?

For Flying Branch -A candidate of Science Stream with subjects Mathematics and Physics can apply for AFCAT. For Other Branches - A candidate must be a graduate in any stream from a recognized university.

What is the minimum percentage of AFCAT?

Flying Branch: A candidate must have passed class 12th with minimum 60% marks in Mathematics and Physics. Other Branches- A candidate must have passed graduation course (UG) with the at least minimum passing marks.

Can an NRI apply for AFCAT?

A person having foreign citizenship cannot apply for AFCAT but If He/She has an Indian passport and documents supporting his/her claim of Indian citizenship then they can apply for AFCAT.

What is the training process for AFCAT?

18 months (1.5 years) of training at Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

How Tough is AFCAT?

It can be difficult to easy depending upon the candidate's understanding level and preparation level. So one has to do preparation accordingly.