About AFCAT Exam

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is an entrance examination conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the selection of Class-1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (technical as well as non-technical). The AFCAT exam is held twice a year in the months of February and August/September. Its applications are accessible twice a year, in June and December. Through AFCAT, candidates can apply for all three branches of the IAF: the Flying Branch, the Technical Branch, and the Ground Duty Branch. However, eligibility requirements differ depending on the branch. The Indian Air Force conducts the AFCAT exam in order to recruit candidates for: 

  • Flying Branch
  • Ground Duty Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Non-Technical Branch

AFCAT Exam Highlights

Conducting OrganisationIndian Air Force
Exam LevelNational
Language of the ExamEnglish
Mode of ExamOnline
AFCAT GenderMen and Women
AFCAT Age Limit

Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years

Ground Duty: 20 to 26 years

AFCAT Educational Qualification

60% in Maths and Physics in 10+2


AFCAT Physical Eligibility


Flying Branch – 162.5 cm

Ground duty (Tech-Non tech)Male -157.5 cm

Female -152 cm

Official Websitehttps://afcat.cdac.in

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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria


According to the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, the candidate must be an Indian citizen.


For Flying Branch: Candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 24 as of July 1st, 2023, i.e. born between July 2nd, 1999 and July 1st, 2003.

For Ground Duty: 20-26 years old as of January 1st, 2023 They must have been born between January 2nd, 1997 and January 1st, 2003.

Marital Status:

  • Candidates must be unmarried.
  • Widows/widowers and divorcees under 25 are not able to take the exam.
  • Married candidates over the age of 25 may apply, but they will not be supplied with married housing or permitted to live with family throughout their training time.

Educational Qualification:

At least 50% marks in each Maths and Physics in 12th. Completed B.E/ B.Tech from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks. A minimum of 60% or equivalent in Sections A and B of the Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India examination from a recognised university. 

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AFCAT Selection Process

The Indian Air Force administers the online test. For non-technical students, the AFCAT Written Exam is the only requirement for passing the first stage; for technical candidates, the AFCAT EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is required. The AFCAT Exam selection procedure consists of the following stages:

  1. Online Exam
  2. Air Force Selection Board Interview
  3. Clinical Examination
  4. Merit List

AFCAT Exam Pattern

When it comes to appearing for an online entrance exam, it’s better to be aware of the exam pattern. The table below illustrates the exact exam pattern of the AFCAT exam.

ExamAFCATEKT (only for technical)
Mode of ExamOnlineOnline
No. of Questions10050
Maximum Marks300150
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)45 minutes
Sections in PaperGeneral Awareness, Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability in English, and Reasoning & Military Aptitude TestMechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking1 mark1 mark


  • The total exam duration is 2 hours.
  • There are in total 100 questions.
  • For every correct answer, +3 marks will be added
  • The wrong answer will fetch -1 marks
  • No marks will be given for unanswered questions.

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AFCAT Syllabus

General Awareness

This section assesses the applicants’ general knowledge. The questions are based on ongoing, current happenings in numerous sectors all throughout the world. This section has about 20 questions. It include topics such as:

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Art and Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Environment
  • Defence
  • Basic Science


This section assesses the student’s English competence. This section also includes linguistic knowledge gained through understanding. This section’s total number of questions will be around 30. It include topics such as:

  • Comprehension
  • Basic Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks 
  • Tenses
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary
  • One Word Substitution

Numerical Ability

This section checks the knowledge, accuracy, speed and numeracy of the individual in solving the numerical ability questions. Fundamental mathematical concept related questions are asked in this section. It include topics such as:

  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss

Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

It include topics such as:

  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Venn Diagram
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Sequencing

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AFCAT EKT Syllabus

The AFCAT EKT is a 45-minute exam that is followed by the AFCAT. Candidates are given a half-hour timeframe to complete the AFCAT EKT Exam. The AFCAT exam has a total duration of 2 hours and is administered online.

The AFCAT EKT Syllabus includes a General Engineering section that covers subjects that are similar to different fields of engineering. There are also questions from the specialised section dependent on the candidate’s field of study. These are the following:

AFCAT Syllabus Topics
AFCAT EKT Fundamental Engineering SyllabusEngineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics, and Engineering Drawing
AFCAT EKT Allied Engineering Topics SyllabusControl Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, , Instrumentation, Antenna, and Wave Propagation, Electrical Engineering, Radar Theory and Microwave Engineering
AFCAT EKT Computer Science Engineering SyllabusInformation Technology, Network Theory Design, Computer Networks, Switching Theory, Analog, and Digital Electronics, and Electronic Devices
AFCAT EKT Mechanical Engineering SyllabusMaterials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Science, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Engineering Mechanics, and Machine Drawing
AFCAT EKT Electrical & Electronics Engineering SyllabusMicrowave Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Control Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

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