AFCAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

AFCAT EXAM 2020 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Indian Air Force demand certain eligibility for respective posts. The eligibility are mainly related to Age, Educational Qualifications, Nationality, Marital status, Visual requirements, physical standards etc. Aspirants who are willing to become a part of this esteemed organization are advised to go through the eligibility criteria once because failing in any of the criteria will lead to cancellation of the candidate’s application.

AGE LIMIT

AFCAT welcomes young aspirants who are willing to serve Indian Air Force with passion and commitment that’s why AFCAT is willing to have young candidates in its various posts i.e Flying officer,Ground Duty(Tech. and Non- Tech). A candidate who wants to apply for the post of Flying officer needs to be in between 20 to 24 years whereas a candidate who wants to be in Ground Duty( Tech and Non- tech) branch must be in between 20 to 26 years. More information related to the posts is given below.

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

EDUCATIONAL CRITERIA

There are different educational criteria for different posts in the AFCAT exam. Generally a graduation degree is needed for every post but with specific specialization. A candidate is advised to look at the educational criteria for desired post before filling the application form. If a candidate fails to submit the desired qualification at the time of AFSB, his/her application will be cancelled. So, to avoid having any kind of disqualification, a candidate should take utmost care before filling out the application form. Essential education qualifications for various posts in tabular form is given below:

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).

Physical and Medical Standards

Height and Weight Parameters

Height and Weight Standards for Male

Height in cmAge Range (Years)
-15-1718-2223-2728-3233-37
152 46 47 50 54 54
153 47 47 51 55 55
154 47 48 51 56 56
155 48 49 52 56 56
156 48 49 53 57 57
157 49 50 54 58 58
158 49 50 54 58 58
159 50 51 55 59 59
160 51 52 56 59 60
161 51 52 56 60 60
162 52 53 57 61 61
163 52 54 58 61 62
164 53 54 59 62 63
165 53 55 59 63 63
166 54 56 60 63 64
167 54 56 61 64 65
168 55 57 61 65 65
169 55 57 62 65 66
170 56 58 63 66 67
171 56 59 64 66 68
172 57 59 64 67 68
173 58 60 65 68 69
174 58 61 66 68 70
175 59 61 66 69 71
176 59 62 67 70 71
177 60 62 68 70 72
178 60 63 69 71 73
179 61 64 69 72 73
180 61 64 70 72 74
181 62 65 71 73 75
182 62 66 72 74 76
183 63 66 72 74 76
184 64 67 73 75 77
185 64 68 74 75 78
186 65 68 74 76 78
187 65 69 75 77 79
188 66 69 76 77 80
189 66 70 77 78 81
190 67 71 77 79 81
191 67 71 78 79 82
192 68 72 79 80 82
193 68 73 79 81 83
SD 6.0 6.3 7.1 6.6 6.9

Height and Weight standards for Female

Height in cmWeight in Kg
-20-25 years26-30 years
148 43 46
149 44 47
150 45 48
151 45 48
152 46 49
153 47 50
154 47 50
155 48 51
156 49 52
157 49 53
158 50 53
159 51 54
160 51 55
161 52 55
162 52 56
163 53 57
164 54 57
165 54 58
166 55 59
167 56 60
168 56 60
169 57 61
170 58 62
171 58 62
172 59 63
173 59 64
174 60 64
175 61 65
176 61 66
177 62 67
178 63 67
SD 5 5

VISUAL STANDARD CRITERIA

There are certain visual standards prescribed by Indian Air Force for various posts like Flying branch, Ground Duty( Tech.) and ( Non-Tech.) branch. This will be tested at the time of AFSB( Interview). These standards must be fulfilled by the candidate to apply for the desired post.

Visual standard for Flying branch: A flying officer needs a keen eye to be able to detect an enemy that's why the visual standard for a flying officer has certain parameters which needs to be fulfilled by the aspirants before applying for the same. Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Flying branch. In case they report for testing they will be tested for other branches (if applied for).

PostVisual Standards
Flying Branch
  • Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for flying branch. In case they report for testing they will be tested for other branches (if applied for).
  • Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia
    • Colour vision CP-1
    • Hypermetropia : +2.0 d Sph
    • Manifest Myopia : Nil
    • RetinoscopicMyopia : –0.5 in any meridian permitted
    • Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 DMax)
    Maddox Rod Test : At 6 meters— Exo-6 prism D
    • Eso-6 prism D
    • Hyper-1 prism D
    • Hypo-1prism D
  • Maddox Rod Test : At 33 cms— Exo-16 prism D
    • Eso-6 prism D
    • Hyper-1 prism D
    • 1Hypo-1 prism D
  • Hand held Stereoscope—All of BSV Grades
  • Convergence—up to 10 cm
  • Cover test for distant and near - Latent divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete. Binocular Vision - Must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).

Visual standard for Ground Duty( Tech.) Branch :Visual standard for Ground duty (Tech branch) as shown as follows. A candidate can look at the parameters required for the post:

PostMaximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity ErrorsColour Vision
Ground Duty (Technical) Branch
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory when advised. CP-II

Visual standard for Ground Duty( Non- Tech) Branch: Visual Standard for Ground duty branch( Non-Tech) is shown as follows.

PostSub BranchMaximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity ErrorsColour Vision
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branch Administration
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.5 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl in any meridian
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in each eye CP-II
Logistics
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory. CP-III
Accounts & Education
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory. CP-III
Meteorology
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl in any meridian
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory. CP-II