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Air Force Common Admission Test 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 7th April, 2021
Air Force

The Indian Air Force conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) to recruit eligible candidates as Class-I Gazetted Officers in both Flying branch and Ground (Technical and Non-Technical) duties. The exam is conducted twice a year in February and August/September.

AFCAT is the opportunity given to aspiring candidates to serve the nation and join the Indian Air Force in both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission or Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles. The job is very respectful as you get to serve your nation, and the officers are given many responsibilities.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Twice in a year
Purpose of the Exam Selecting Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical)
Conducting Body Indian Air Force
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AFCAT Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidates must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    1. Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and
      1. Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. OR
      2. BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. OR
      3. Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination 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.
    2. Ground Duty (Technical) Branch
      1. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}: Candidates with a minimum of 50% 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 recognized University OR cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
        • Communication Engineering
        • Computer Engineering/Technology
        • Computer Engineering & Application
        • Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
        • Electrical and Computer Engineering
        • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
        • Electrical Engineering
        • Electronics Engineering/ Technology
        • Electronics Science and Engineering
        • Electronics
        • Electronics and Communication Engineering
        • Electronics and Computer Science
        • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
        • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
        • Electronics and Computer Engineering
        • Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
        • Electronics Instrument & Control
        • Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
        • Instrumentation & Control Engineering
        • Instrument & Control Engineering
        • Information Technology
        • Spacecraft Technology
        • Engineering Physics
        • Electric Power and Machinery Engineering
        • Infotech Engineering
        • Cyber Security
      2. Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}: Candidates with a minimum of 50% 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 OR cleared Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
        • Aerospace Engineering
        • Aeronautical Engineering
        • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
        • Mechanical Engineering
        • Mechanical Engineering and Automation
        • Mechanical Engineering (Production)
        • Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
        • Mechatronics
        • Industrial Engineering
        • Manufacturing Engineering
        • Production and Industrial Engineering
        • Materials Science and Engineering
        • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
        • Aerospace and Applied Mechanics
        • Automotive Engineering
        • Robotics
        • Nanotechnology
        • Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering
    3. Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches
      1. Administration& Logistics Passed 10+2 and Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination 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.
      2. Accounts Branch Passed 10+2 and done graduation in any of the following streams with 60 % marks or equivalent from a recognized university:-
        • B. Com Degree (Min three years course)
        • Bachelor of Business Administration (with specialization in Finance)/ Bachelor of Management Studies (with specialization in Finance)/ Bachelor of Business Studies (with specialization in Finance)
        • Qualified CA/ CMA/ CS/ CFA
        • B.Sc. with specialization in Finance

  4. Age Limit
    • Flying Branch– 20 to 24 years,
    • Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branch – 20-26 years,
    • Candidates having a Commercial Pilot License– 26 years.

  5. Restrictions on Attempts
  6. There is no such restriction on the number of attempts as long as the age criteria is being fulfilled.

AFCAT Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application December 1, 2020
Last Date of Application December 30, 2020
AFCAT-I Admit Card Release February 5, 2021
Starting Date of AFCAT-I Exam February 20, 2021
AFCAT-I Result Date To be notified.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam: 

  • The AFCAT and EKT will be conducted in two days.
  • AFCAT written exam consists of four different sections- General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude.
  • EKT is for Candidates with one of the choices as Technical Branch (Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics)
  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer, one mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer and no marks for unattempted questions.

Pattern for AFCAT Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 AFCAT Written Exam

The exam is conducted to test the eligibility of the non-technical candidates.

Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer 300
Total Marks* 300

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Engineering Knowledge Test (Technical) Branch

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)

The exam is conducted to test the knowledge of technical candidates.

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 45 mins 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer 150
Total Marks* 150

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) Interview

After clearing the Written Test the candidates have to appear in the Interview conducted by Air Force Selection Board (AFSB). The test is conducted in three stages at the selected centers of AFSB.

AFCAT Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for AFCAT Written Exam

1 AFCAT Written Exam

General Awareness

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

Verbal Ability

  • Basic Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Tenses
  • Error Detection
  • Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate words
  • Synonym and Antonym
  • Sentence Completion
  • Testing of Vocabulary

Numerical Ability

  • Profit and loss
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound interest
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance [Trains, Boats & Streams]
  • Ratio and Proportion, Percentage

Reasoning and Military Aptitude

  • Odd one out
  • Venn diagram
  • Analogy
  • Sequencing
  • Spotting the embedded figures
  • Coding Decoding
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot situation analysis
  • Blood relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification

Syllabus for Engineering Knowledge Test (Technical) Branch

1 Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)

Fundamental Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Drawing

Allied Engineering

  • Control Engineering
  • Telecommunication System
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Radar theory
  • Instrumentation
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Antenna
  • Wave Propagation

Mechanical Engineering

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines
  • Machine Drawing
  • Material Science
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Engineering Mechanics

Computer Science Engineering

  • Information Technology
  • Network Theory Design
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Computer Networks
  • Switching Theory
  • Electronic Devices

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • Analog, and Digital electronics
  • Microwave Theory
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Electronic Devices
  • Control Engineering
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Syllabus for AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) Interview

  1. Stage-I: Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.
  2. Stage-II: The Psychological test will be conducted on Day 1(Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days.
  3. For Flying Branch: Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the CPSS/ PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible.

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