AFCAT: Airforce Common Admission Test 2019

Dates | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus | Salary

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is conducted twice every year (AFCAT I & II) by Indian Air Force. With AFCAT-I already done in the month of February 2019, it’s time to target AFCAT –II.

And with the notification releasing soon, these are some important information that will help you plan your preparation.

Through this exam, an appointment to the post of commissioned officer in flying and ground duty (technical and non-technical) post is made. This exam is conducted twice in a year all over India.

If a candidate successfully qualifies in the exam and complete the inducted course, then they are appointed for the permanent commissioned or short service commission post.

The appointed officials will be placed as per choice in the following respective branches

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

Exam Dates for AFCAT 2019

Unlike many exams, AFCAT exam is conducted twice in a year. AFCAT-I & AFCAT-II are held in the month of February and August respectively.

Dates for AFCAT-II

Official notificationJune 2019- 3rd week
Starting Date of Online ApplicationJune 2019-3rd week
Last date of form submissionJuly 2019-3rd week
The download of the admit card15 days before the exam
Computer-based exam3rd week of August 2019
Announcement of result2019, October

Dates for AFCAT-I

Official notification01 Dec. 2018
Starting Date of Online Application01 Dec. 2018
Last date of form submission30 Dec. 2018
The download of the admit card01 Feb. 2019
Computer-based exam16 Feb. 2019 & 17 Feb. 2019
Announcement of resultApril 2019

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT Exam

Eligibility criteria for technical, non-technical and flying staff are more or less the same.


For defense service, only Indian citizen can apply.

Age Limit

The following eligibility criteria for respective branches are necessary in order to appear for the AFCAT 2019

Flying Branch

For flying job, candidate’s minimum age should be 20 whereas the maximum age cannot be more than 24.

The candidate who holds a commercial pilot license issued by DGCA will get 2 years of age relaxation. For them, the maximum age limit will be of 26 years.

Ground Staff (Technical & Non-Technical)

For technical & non-technical post minimum age of the candidate should be 20 years whereas the maximum age of the candidate can be 26 years.

** NOTE: All candidates whose age is below 25 years should have an unmarried marital status whereas those whose age is above 25 & married can apply for a job but staying with the family will not be allowed.

Educational Qualification

The following education qualification is necessary for the respective branches

Flying Branch

  • In this branch, only those candidate can apply who have mathematics & physics as a compulsory subject in 10+2 with 60% of marks in each of them.
  • Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute with 60% marks.
  • Degree in BE OR B.TEC from recognized university or institute with 60% marks.
  • The candidate who has cleared section A & B examination of Associate membership of Institute of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with 60% marks or equivalent.

Ground Staff (Technical) Branch

  • Those who have maths & physics in 10+2 with 60% of marks in each subject and a minimum of four-year degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in engineering/ technology from recognized university or institute.
  • The candidate who has cleared section A & B examination of Associate membership of Institute of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Ground Staff (Non-Technical) Branch

Minimum three-year degree course in any discipline from a recognized university or institute with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Exam Pattern for AFCAT 2019

AFSAT exam is conducted in three steps. The candidate will have to face a written test followed by an interview and a medical test. AFCAT exam is conducted in English only. Details are mentioned below: –

Computer-Based Test (CBT)

In this test, objective type questions with multiple options will be asked. Every question will carry 3 marks, and the duration of the exam will be of 2 hours.

Section Number of question Maximum marksDuration
Quantitative Ability2575120 min
Logical Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test2575
Verbal Ability2575
General Ability2575

EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test

Those candidates who will apply for the technical post will have to give another exam.

This exam will test the candidate’s technical knowledge and skills in computer science/ mechanical/ electrical/ electronics subject depending upon your specialization field.

ExamNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
EKT or Engg. Knowledge Test5015045 mins


  • Only candidates from engineering background and candidates who have applied for Ground Duty (Technical) will have to appear for EKT.
  • For each correct answer, 3 marks will be awarded.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
  • Both AFCAT – CBT and AFCAT – EKT will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • The exam will be conducted in English language only


Once a candidate qualifies in computer-based test and engineering based test (for the technical post), they will be called for interview.

It is an interactive session with the senior officer where your spontaneity and behavior in a tough or complex situation is checked.

Medical test

As we all know, getting a defense job without a medical test is not possible. There is a prescribed medical parameter on which a candidate’s fitness is tested. It is compulsory for every candidate to qualify in this test.

We all know that the job of defense personnel is very tough both mentally and physically, so along with physical fitness, mental strength too is needed.

Syllabus for AFCAT Exam

The syllabus of AFCAT Exam is divided into 2 sections

  • CBT (Computer Based Test)
  • EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test)

Syllabus for CBT or Computer Based Test

In a computer-based written exam question from 4 sections will be asked. Syllabus for all these 4 sections is mentioned below.

Quantitative AbilityLogical Reasoning & Military Aptitude Verbal AbilityGeneral Awareness
Decimal and FractionOdd One OutComprehensionHistory
Time and WorkAnalogyError DetectionGeography
AverageCoding and DecodingSentence CcompletionCivics
Profit & LossFigure ClassificationFill in the blanksIndian Polity
PercentageSpotting the Embedded FiguresSynonymsCurrent Affairs
Ratio & ProportionDot Situation AnalysisAntonymsEnvironment
Simple InterestSequencingVocabularyBasic Science
Compound InterestVenn DiagramIdioms and PhrasesDefence
Time and DistanceBlood RelationArt & Culture
Missing FigureSports

Syllabus for EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test

In EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) some questions will be from general engineering and the rest will include specialized subjects.

Engineering Knowledge TestGeneral EngineeringSpecialist Paper For Each Engineering
Modern PhysicsComputer and Electronics
MathematicsElectronics and Communication
ComputersElectrical and Instrumentation
ElectricalAeronautical Engineering

What is the difference between AFCAT & CDSE?

Both these exams are conducted for selection in defense services only, but the major difference is that through AFCAT, candidates are selected for appointment in Indian Air Force.

Whereas CDSE (Combined Defense Service Exam) is held for the appointment of the candidate in all the three wings i.e.  Army, Navy & Air Force. AFCAT exam is conducted by Indian Air Force but CDSE is conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

How to apply for AFCAT Exam?

Registration for the exam of AFCAT can be made online. Candidates are requested to fill in the form through the official website of Indian Air Force.

Candidate should have a valid email id and a mobile number so that they can receive all the notification sent by AFCAT to inform them about the exam and results.

The registration process will complete after filling all the information and payment of the fee. Payment of fee can be made through credit card, debit card or through internet banking.

Once you successfully complete your online application process, E-receipt and application form carrying all your details will be generated. Candidate can keep a print out of these details for future reference. The subject for EKT exam should be filled in the registration form.

Application Fee

Application fee to apply for this exam is Rs 250/-

Job Profile of AFCAT officers

One can join the Indian Air Force as an officer in the flying, technical or the ground duty branches depending on his/her educational qualification.

These three branches of the IAF have further sub-streams:

Flying Branch

Fighter pilots, Transport pilots, Helicopter pilots – You would be working as any of these pilots both during peace and war. You can get into the flying branch as a graduate [through CDS exam (men), through AFCAT exam (men & women), through NCC special entry (men)]. You can also get in after 10+2 by qualifying the NDA/ NA exam.

Technical Branch

Mechanical, Electronics – You would be taking care of some of the most sophisticated equipments in the world – You can get into this branch through the exam, AFCAT or through University Entry Scheme (UES.)

Ground Duty Branch

Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education, Meteorology – As part of these mentioned departments, you would be looking after and maintaining human & material resource/ managing funds, work as internal auditors/ work as air traffic controller or fighter controller. You can get into this branch by qualifying AFCAT.

Salary of AFCAT officers

You start earning even before become an Air Force officer, during your last year of training – a monthly stipend of Rs. 21,000.

Pay StructureAmount (Rs.)
Pay BandRs. 15,600 – 39,100
Grade PayRs. 5400/-
Military Service PayRs. 6000/-
Dearness AllowanceRs. 28,890/-
Kit Maintenance AllowanceRs. 500/-
Transpost AllowanceRs. 3200/-
Additional Allowances
Flying AllowanceRs. 11,200/-
Technical AllowanceRs. 2500/-
Total (Flying Branch)Rs. 74,264/-
Total (Technical Branch)Rs. 65,514/-
Total (Ground Duty Branch)Rs. 63,014/-


Working in a defense sector and serving the nation has always been a matter of pride.

In the history of India, the Indian Air Force has always proved its capability and capacity. The motto of Indian Air Force Navhah Sprsam Diptam” (Touch The Sky With Glory) truly define its achievement.

If you don’t want to settle for an ordinary 9 to 5 job then this field perfectly suits you. This piece of detailed information about the exam may help you prepare accordingly.

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