Air Force

Preliminary examination dates: 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th Oct 2018

Main examinationn: 30th Nov 2018

AFCAT 2018 Overview

The Air Force Common Admission Test abbreviated as AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force, the world’s 4th largest Air Force. The exam is held twice a year in the month of February and August to select Class I Gazetted officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

In 2018, AFCAT was conducted online for the first time since the exam was introduced. The online exam was followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for the candidates who have cleared the online test.

AFCAT is a gateway for candidates, both male and female, to join the Indian Air Force as officers for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles.

When selected for the training process through AFCAT, candidates have to undergo a 74 weeks training session if selected for Flying and Ground Duties. In case of Ground Duties for Non-Technical role, the training is of 52 weeks held at Air Force Training Establishments.

AFCAT 2018 Eligibility

An AFCAT aspirant are evaluated on the basis of 3 set criteria prescribed as the minimum eligibility of the candidate to appear for the exam. It is mandatory for the candidate to first check all the eligibility criteria and make sure that all the pointers are met before actually applying to sit for the exam.

On the basis of Age Limit

Branch

Age Limit

Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry

Minimum Age: 20 years

Maximum Age: 24 years

Commercial Pilot License Holder

Maximum Age: 26 years

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch )

Minimum Age: 20 years

Maximum Age: 26 years

Note: Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widowers and Divorced candidates below the age of 25 are also ineligible.

On the basis of Educational Qualification

Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry

You must be a Graduate in any discipline (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/BE/BTech from a recognized University

 

If you are a Final Year/Semester students, you are also eligible to apply, provided you produce Degree Certificate issued by the University as per the date fixed by AFSB.

 

There will be no minimum percentage bar for Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) entry.

Commercial Pilot License Holder

(a) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}.

You should have a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated Post-Graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University

 

(b) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}.

You should have a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University

 

You should have cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks.

 

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch )

(a) Administration & Logistics

You should have a Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

 

You should have cleared section A & B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 

(b) Accounts

You should have B.Com. Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 

NCC Special Entry Flying Branch

You should have NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 15 December 2015.

 

You should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2.

 

You should be a Graduate with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 

Meteorology

You should have a  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).  

 

 

General guidelines: The guidelines with regard to Physical and Medical standards for candidates are given below:

You must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.

The Height and Weight Parameters is as follows:

You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals.

On the basis of Physical and Medical Standards

Flying Branch

The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms,

  •          Leg Length: Min - 99 cms, Max -120 cms,
  •          Thigh Length : Max – 64 cms,
  •          Sitting Height : Min - 81.5 cms, Max - 96 cms
  •          There is no concession for age/sex/region.

Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch is 157.5 cms.

  •          For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cms.
  •          (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less.
  •          In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

         You also need to satisfy the Visual Standards for the branch you have applied for.

AFCAT 2018 Process

Step 1: Fill AFCAT 2018 Application Form

  • At this stage, the candidates will have to fill the application forms for AFCAT. The forms are available online on the official website of India Air Force.
  • While filling up the form candidates has to select the preferred venue.
  • After submission of the form, the online generated Hall ticket is sent to the email ID of the candidate (the email ID provided by the candidate during filling up of the form).

Step 2: Download AFCAT 2018 Admit Cards

  • The AFCAT 2018 admit cards will be made available on the official website for downloads. The candidates will need their email address and the full name in order to download the admit card.
  • AFCAT admit card is an important document having variety of information. We advise to preserve the admit cards until the admission process is successfully conducted.

Step 3: Appear for AFCAT 2018 Entrance Test

  • Students need to appear for AFCAT 2018 entrance exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section.
  • Aspirants are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before commencement of the exam.

Step 4: Check AFCAT 2018 Exam Result

Authorities at the India Airforce will be declaring the results for AFCAT 2018 entrance exams on their official website. The candidates shall check their AFCAT 2018 results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.

Step 5: Commencement of Training

Indian Air force will commence with the training of selected candidates though Medical test and Interview. When selected for the training process through AFCAT, candidates have to undergo a 74 weeks training session if you are selected for Flying and Ground Duties. In case of Ground Duties for Non-Technical role, the training is of 52 weeks held at Air Force Training Establishments.

AFCAT 2018 Exam Centers

Allotment of Online test centres for AFCAT will be made on first come first serve basis. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to get the desired test centres. Candidates should make a note that no requests for changing the test centres will be entertained.

Agartala

Jhansi

Agra

Jodhpur

Ahmedabad

Jorhat

Aligarh

Kakinada

Allahabad

Kannur

Aizawl

Kanpur

Ambala

Kharagpur

Amritsar

Kochi

Andaman

Kohima

Bareilly

Kolhapur

Beherampura

Kolkata

Belgaum

Kota

Bengaluru

Kurukshetra

Bahadurgarh

Leh

Bhagalpur

Lucknow

Bhawanipatna

Madurai

Bhilai

Mangalore

Bhopal

Meerut

Bhuj

Midnapore

Bhubaneshwar

Mumbai

Bikaner

Mysore

Chandigarh

Nagpur

Chennai

Nasik

Coimbatore

Nizamabad

Darbhanga

Pathankot

Darjeeling

Patna

Dehradun

Puducherry

Delhi

Pune

Dhanbad

Rajkot

Diu

Ranchi

Durgapur

Rohtak

Faridabad

Rourkee

Ganganagar

Rourkela

Gautam Budh Nagar

Sambalpur

Ghaziabad

Shillong

Gorakhpur

Shimla

Greater Noida

Silchar

Guntur

Solapur

Gurugram

Sonipat

Guwahati

Srinagar

Gwalior

Thane

Haldwani

Thiruvananthapuram

Hisar

Thrissur

Hyderabad

Tinsukia

Imphal

Tirunelveli

Indore

Tirupathi

Itanagar

Udaipur

Jabalpur

Ujjain

Jaipur

Vadodara

Jaisalmer

Varanasi

Jalandhar

Vellore

Jalpaigudi

Vijayawada

Jammu

Vishakapatnam

Jamshedpur

Warangal

AFCAT 2018 Dates

Get all AFCAT 2018 important dates such as registration date, application date, admit card date, exam date, result date and counselling date. Sign up so that you don’t miss a single exam date or an update on AFCAT 2018 exam.

  • Jun 16 - Jul 15

    Application forms

  • Aug 01

    Admit Cards

  • Aug 18 - Aug 19

    AFCAT 2018 exam

AFCAT is held twice a year in the month of February and August for recruitment in Indian Air Force. Candidates can take a look at AFCAT 2018 important dates to stay tuned with important exam related updates.

AFCAT 2018 Application Form

Candidates can fill online applications for AFCAT by visiting the official website of the Indian Air Force. We have given a step by step guide for candidates to fill AFCAT 2018 application forms online.

  1. Register on the official website of AFCAT
  2. Fill the application form with all the required details
  3. Make the payment of application fee as prescribed by the authorities.
  4. Note that the payment of fee is to be made online using your Debit card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets or other online payment options.
  5. Make sure that you use a valid email address to register so that the authorities can keep you informed with the latest exam related updates.
  6. Keep the scanned copies of the required documents ready for upload.
  7. Submit the application form and take a print out to be preserved and utilized for future references.

AFCAT 2018 Pattern

AFCAT exam will be conducted online as Computer Based Test from this year. It is mandatory for candidates opting for ground duty technical role to appear for both AFCAT and EKT(Engineering Knowledge Test).

EKT will also be conducted along with AFCAT.

The selection process of AFCAT includes the following steps:

Stage 1: Online AFCAT test

Stage 2: SSB (Service Selection Board) Interview

Online AFCAT test

AFCAT 2018 Syllabus

Take a look below at AFCAT 2018 syllabus to get an idea of the topics covered in the question paper.

English

General Awareness

Numerical Ability

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

-Comprehension

- Error Detection

- Sentence Completion/Filling in with correct word

- Synonyms

- Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary

Idioms and Phrases

-History

- Geography

- Civics

- Politics

- Current Affairs

- Environment

- Basic Science

- Defence

- Art

- Culture

- Sports

- Decimal Fraction

- Time and Work

- Average

- Profit & Loss

- Percentage

- Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest

- Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

- Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

AFCAT 2018 Admit Card

Indian Air Force is responsible for the release of AFCAT admit cards. The exam admit cards were made available online on the official website of Indian Air Force on February 9, 2018. Only those candidates who successfully registered for the exam were issued the AFCAT 2018 admit cards.

AFCAT 2018 admit cards were available for downloads on the official website. However, the authorities also mailed the AFCAT admit cards to respective candidates on their registered mail ID.

AFCAT 2018 Cut-Off

Take a look below at AFCAT cut offs for past 9 years from 2011 to 2018. 

Exam Year

Cut Off Marks

AFCAT 1 2018

    155 – 165 (Expected)

AFCAT 2 2017

         160

AFCAT 2018 Results

AFCAT 2018 August exam results declared. 

The Indian Air Force is responsible for the release of AFCAT results. The exam results are made available online on the official website of IAF. On successful release of AFCAT results, candidates who have qualified for SSB round will be called for further selection process at the Air Force Training Establishments.

Aspirants need to obtain a minimum score in order to meet the minimum cut off for selection. Given below is a step by step guide to check AFCAT results online:

AFCAT 2018 Counselling

SSB

On qualifying the CBT, a candidates will be eligible for SSB interview. The SSB interview involves 4 stages.

Stage 1: Officer Intelligence Rating Test – Picture perception and discussion test. In case a candidates fails to clear stage 1, they will be disqualified the same day.

Stage 2: Includes the following to be conducted over a period of 3-4 days.

  •          Psychology Test (Written)
  •          Group Test (Activities)

AFCAT 2018 Preparation Tips & Guide

Study the AFCAT exam pattern in detail  

A candidate is advised to study the exam pattern and marking scheme thoroughly before commencing with the exam preparation. Candidates should also have a knowledge of the subjects and topics involved in the exam syllabus and what will exactly be the nature of AFCAT question paper.

Take a look at PYPs/Mocks and previous year AFCAT Cut Offs

It is important to study and understand the exam cut offs. As this will give candidates an understanding as to what score to obtain in order to crack the exam and make it to the final recruitment process.

All the exam toppers have always suggested to practice PYPs and mocks in order to score well in the examination. This will help to anaylise the time taken to solve the question paper and the type of questions that appear in the exam.

AFCAT PYPs are made available on the official website for aspirants. One can easily download the desired study material and commence with the AFCAT exam preparation.

Design a study plan

Strategising a study plan is very important while preparing for a government exam. Enlisted below are a couple of things to note down while preparing for AFCAT exam.

What are the topics you are well versed with?

What are the topics where you require practice?

What are the topics where you can perform average?

Once you are sorted with these questions and have three different list of topics under these categories, you can plan and study accordingly. Start with the weak areas and slowly move towards the well versed areas of study. Figure out the time required to study basis your analysis.

AFCAT 2018 Vacancies

Types of Commission offered through AFCAT 

PC for Men – Candidates joining as PC officerscan continue to serve till theage of superannuation as per their branch and rank.

SSC for Men and Women – The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of commissioning.

The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty for both technical and non-technical branches would be for a period of ten years. Extension of four years may be granted but it will be subjected to the suitability, willingness, service requirement and vacancies available.

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