Indian Air Force is a part of Indian Armed Forces and it takes care of the airspace.To become a part of the Indian Air Force is a blessing and a dream of many aspirants.Thousands of candidates apply for the AFCAT Examination to become a part of this elite group of Gazetted A officers but only a handful of them can make it to the final merit list. AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is a national level defence entrance examination conducted by the Indian Airforce to recruit young aspiring candidates for various level of posts such as Flying Officers, Ground Duty (Technical and Non- Technical) Gazetted Officers. The exam is conducted two times in a year and is named as AFCAT-I and AFCAT-II.


Conducting BodyIndian Air Force (IAF)
Official Website
Posts Flying branch, Ground duty (Technical branch), Ground duty (Non-Technical Branch)
Mode of Application Online
Question Type Multiple Choice Question’s (MCQ’s)
No. of Question 100
Marking +3 Marks for Correct Answers and -1 for Incorrect Answers
Duration 2 Hours


AFCAT-I EXAM notification has been released in December and the exam will be held in the month of February 2020, where as the notification for AFCAT-II will be out in the month is June, the exam of the same will be held in the month of August. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official website for upcoming AFCAT-II notification related information. All the AFCAT exam related information will be updated here once the notification is out. Aspirants are advised not to wait for the notification and should start their preparation for the examination as soon as they can. All the relevant information related to the AFCAT examination i.e. syllabus, Eligibility criteria and other useful information is already available here in the website.


Before start preparing for the AFCAT examination, a candidate must go through the AFCAT exam syllabus first, a syllabus gives an idea about the whole examination and also the sections/topics involved in it. In AFCAT examination syllabus four sections are involved which further have subsections, the mains sections that are included in the AFCAT Exam syllabus are: English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Reasoning/MIlitary Aptitude. A candidate will be judged on the basis of aptitude in these sections. A candidate having a good grip on English and General Awareness will have an upper hand in the AFCAT exam.

English LanguageGeneral AwarenessNumerical AbilityReasoning and Military Aptitude Test
Comprehension History Decimal Fraction Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
Error Detection Geography Time and Work  
Sentence Completion/Filling in with correct word Civics Average  
Synonyms Politics Profit & Loss  
Antonyms Current Affairs Percentage  
Vocabulary Environment Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest  
Idioms and Phrases Basic Science Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)  


In order to crack the exam, the very first thing candidates must do after looking at the eligibility criteria is to analyse the AFCAT Exam pattern. This will give them a clear understanding about the AFCAT exam. A candidate can make a strategy according to the AFCAT exam pattern and by following it, he/she will be able to crack the examination. AFCAT exam is a one day exam followed by the SSB(Interview). The AFCAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections and those are: General awareness, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Military Aptitude Test and Logical Reasoning. There is an additional AFCAT written exam for the candidates who wants to apply for technical post in Ground Duty. They have to give a test named as EKT( Engineering Knowledge Test). To apply for a technical post in AFCAT, a candidate must hold a technical degree in among these three branches i.e. Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics and Computer Science). The AFCAT Exam pattern is as follows:

ExamSubjectDurationNo.of questionsMaximum Marks
  • General Awareness
  • Verbal Ability in English
  • Numerical Ability
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
2 hours 100 300
EKT(for Ground Duty technical branch only)
  • Mechanical
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Electronics
45 minutes 50 150


The official notification of AFCAT-II exam 2020 is expected to be released soon. Until the official notification for the same releases , it is advisable for the candidates to do not just sit but start preparing for the examination. It would be better if a candidates will start early. You can start your preparation from now and plan it accordingly. AFCAT-I is known to happen in the month of February for which the notification has been already released in the December, so there are very less chance of a date shift. The AFCAT II Exam Dates 2020 will be updated here as soon as the official notification will release.


EventsTentative Dates
Notification Date June 09, 2020
Commencement of Application Form June 15, 2020
Last Date to Apply Online July 14, 2020
Release of Admit Card To be notified later
Online AFCAT Examination September 19, 2020 and September 20, 20


Being a part of the Indian Air Force is not only a matter of pride but it also comes with a sense of responsibility. One of the reasons candidates find this job pleasing is that the Indian Air Force provides a handsome salary to their commissioned officers along with various other allowances.

There are basically three posts that comes under AFCAT:

  • Flying Officer.
  • Ground Duty(Tech.)
  • Ground Duty( Non-Tech).

The pay scale of each of the post differs from each other as structured by the Indian Air Force. A flying officer has a pay band of approximately ( 15000-36000) along with various allowance provided by the IAF such as Dearness allowance, Military service pay,Travel allowance, Grade Pay, Kit maintenance etc.

Based on the nature of duty and place of posting ,officers are eligible for the other allowance as well such as: allowance based on type of duty such as Fyling, Technical and Field Area, allowance based on place of posting like Flying, technical field area and special compensatory ( Hilly Area).

After the successful completion of AFCAT assessment, AFCAT salary of commissioned officers based on their post area is as follows.

  • Flying branch salary- 85,000 approx.
  • Ground Duty( Tech) salary- 74,000 approx.
  • Ground Duty( Non-Tech)- 71,000 approx.

Other allowance like Flying allowance and technical allowance are 11,000 approx and 2500 approx. respectively.

Flying branch salary 85,000 approx
Ground Duty( Tech) salary 74,000 approx
Ground Duty( Non-Tech) 71,000 approx


As a matter of great respect and pride, defence jobs are considered one of the most prestigious jobs of all time. Aspirants eagerly wait for their exams to come. The Indian Air Force release its notification two times a year to give aspirants an opportunity to be a part of this esteemed organization. AFCAT release vacancy based on availability on the different posts and commission. AFCAT Vacancies details for AFCAT-II will be updated as soon as the notification for the same releases.

EntryBranchPC/SSCCourse NumberVacancies
AFCAT Entry Flying SSC for Men & Women 210/21F/SSC/M & W SSC - 74
Ground Duty (Technical) {Aeronautical Engineer Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer Mechanical} PC for Men and SSC for Men & Women
  • 209/21T/PC/99AEC/M
  • 209/21T/SSC/99AEC/M & W
  • AE(L) : PC-40, SSC-26
  • AE(M): PC-23, SSC-16
Ground Duty (Non- Technical) {Administration & Education) PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women
  • 209/21G/PC/M
  • 209/21G/SSC/M & W
  • Admin: PC-23, SSC-16
  • Edn : PC-08, SSC-08
NCC Special Entry Flying PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women
  • 210/21F/PC/M
  • 210/21F/SSC/M & W
10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC
Meteorology Entry Ground Duty (Non-Technical) PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women
  • 209/21G/PC/M
  • 209/21G/SSC/M & W
Meteorology: PC-10 SSC-12


The aspirants who are willing to apply for any post under AFCAT examination , should first have to ensure that they are eligible for the respective post. AFCAT specifies certain criteria for the aspirants in the notification, candidates are advised to look into the AFCAT exam 2020 eligibility criteria to ensure about their eligibility. Some very important points to keep in mind before applying for the post are: a candidate must: (a) a citizen of India. (b) must fulfil Physical and Medical standards (c) must fulfill visual standards for flying branch (d) must fulfill height and weight parameters. The AFCAT Exam 2020 eligibility criteria also includes Age, Educational qualification,Marital status etc.


As AFCAT recruit young candidates for the post of flying officer and Ground duty officers it is very important for a candidate to check the age limit criteria prescribed by the Indian Air Force in its AFCAT recruitment notification. Flying officers must be in between 20 to 24 years of age whereas a Ground duty officer( Technical and Non- Technical) needs to be in between 20 to 26 years of age. Following are the AFCAT Exam 2020 eligibility criteria related to age:

Name of the PostAge Criteria
Flying Branch Minimum Age: 20 years / Maximum Age: 24 years
Commercial Pilot Licence Holder Maximum Age: 26 years
Ground Duty (Technical & Non-technical) Branch Minimum Age: 20 years / Maximum Age: 26 years


AFCAT EXAM 2020 requires different educational qualification for different posts. In order to fill for the desired post a candidate must read the AFCAT Exam 2020 educational qualification required for the examination. Following are the AFCAT educational qualification table , a candidate must go through it before applying for the same.

Name of the PostEducational Qualification
Flying Branch
  • Must be a Graduate in any discipline (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/B.E/B.Tech 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
Ground Duty (Technical) Branch
  • 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
  • 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 (Non-Technical) Branches
  • 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.
  • 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).


Other than the age limit, nationality and educational qualification, the marital status of a candidate is also one of the important aspects to look at before applying for the AFCAT 2020 examination. Following are some criteria required for a candidate in order to apply for the exam: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and Divorcees that are below 25 years of age are not eligible to sit in the AFCAT examination.

Candidates that are married and above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during their training period they will neither provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.


Aspirants need to take utmost care while filling out the application for AFCAT-II. Any incorrect details will lead to cancellation of the applicants selection. The Application link will be live once the notification for AFCAT-II releases. For candidates who want to fill out an online registration for AFCAT need to have Aadhaar card with them.

Following are the details showing the process of filling online application for AFCAT:

  • Candidate first needs to open the link provided for official website of the Indian Air Force.
  • Click on the( Candidate Login) given in the home page of AFCAT( Link will be live soon)
  • Now click on the “NOT REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE “ link.
  • Now a candidate needs to create a login id . He/she will receive a system generated password.
  • Sign in with Login and system generated password.
  • Candidate can reset the password and login again.
  • Click on Selection entry: a candidate needs to choose between the two (a) AFCAT (b) NCC special entry.
  • Now click on “ Application form Filling” and start filling the form.
  • First fill in your personal details and then “ save and continue”.
  • Now you need to fill your Qualification Details” again save and continue.
  • Now comes Course preference, in this the candidate have to choose the course he/she wants to pursue.
  • Communication details need to be filled by the candidate for any further communication purposes.
  • Applicant have to upload documents like Sign And thumb impression( size of each jpg/jpeg must be between 10kb to 50kb)
  • A candidate needs to choose the examination centre from where he/she wants to give the exam.
  • At last, a candidate needs to click on the “ Declaration” and then click on the Save and Continue.
  • After that a candidate needs to make payment which is to be made through online only.
  • A fee of rupees 250 will be applicable for the candidates other than( NCC Special entry and Metrology, women candidates and SC/ST candidates along with some others).
  • After successful payment a registration number will be displayed a candidate needs to save it for further process.


Soon after you fill out the application form, AFCAT will release a link to download the AFCAT admit card. Candidates can login from their respective Login ID and password and they will be able to download the AFCAT admit card which will show the examination date along with examination time and examination centre. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official website soon after they fill out their application form.


To get an idea about the difficulty level and minimum qualifying marks, previous year cutoff helps a lot. We have provided the AFCAT AND EKT exam previous year cutoff of respectively to give candidates a fair idea about the minimum qualifying marks. Following are the details of AFCAT exam previous year cut off:

YearAFCAT 1 Cut OffAFCAT 2 Cut Off
2011 85 88
2012 135 143
2013 144 116
2014 128 123
2015 126 144
2016 132 148
2017 150 160
2018 155 140
2021 133 -

Previous Year cut off for EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test)

YearAFACT 1 Cut OffAFCAT 2 Cut off
2015 55 52
2016 52 60
2017 60 60
2018 60 55
2021 50 -


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