AFCAT Exam Notification

Indian Air Force has invited applications from eligible male and female candidates to join as Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying & Ground Duty branches (technical & non-technical). The application process has already commenced. You can apply for the exam till December 30, 2021. The recruitment is taking place to fill in the vacancies for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non- Technical) branches. The online exam will be conducted on February 12, 13 & 14, 2022. Check out the complete details further.

Vacancy 2021

Defence jobs are considered one of the most prestigious jobs of all time. Aspirants eagerly wait for its notification to be released. The Indian Air Force releases its notification two times a year to give aspirants an opportunity to be a part of this esteemed organization. AFCAT releases vacancies based on availability on the different posts and commissions. Indian Air Force has released the official notification for AFCAT-1 exam in order to recruit 317 vacancies for the Flying branch and Ground duties for (both technical and non-technical) posts.

AFCAT Entry Flying SSC for Men & Women SSC - 77
Ground Duty (Technical) Aeronautical Engineer Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer Mechanical PC for Men and SSC for Men & Women
  • AE (L):
    • PC - 19
    • SSC -76
  • AE (M):
    • PC - 07
    • SSC - 27
Ground Duty (Non- Technical) Administration & Education PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women
  • Admin:
    • PC - 10
    • SSC - 41
  • LGS:
    • PC - 08
    • SSC - 31
  • Accts:
    • PC - 04
    • SSC - 17
NCC Special Entry Flying PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC

Type of Commission in Indian Air Force

You can join the Indian Air force through Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC). Short Service Commission (SSC) is for both men and women officers whereas Permanent Commission (PC) is only allotted to men. Further details are below

(a) Permanent Commission (PC) for Men- PC officers that are generally men would continue to serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.

(b) Short Service Commission (SSC) for Men & Women- SSC Officers for Flying Branch (Men and Women) can serve the Indian Air Force for 14 years from the date of Commissioning (Non-extendable).

Please note that the initial tenure for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) SSC Officers would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability, and merit.

How to Apply

To apply for the AFCAT-01/2022 exam, you need to follow the following instructions step by step. Please note that in case you fail to fulfill any of the requirements prescribed by the IAF in the official notification, your candidature will be rejected. Be very careful while filling your application form. Try to apply for it as soon as you can to avoid any last-minute rush. You need to take utmost care while filling out the application for the AFCAT-1 exam. Any incorrect detail can lead to the cancellation of your application. You can apply for the same till December 30, 2021. Please note that you need to have your Aadhaar card with you during online registration for AFCAT.

S. NoDescription
1. Sign up Format
(a) Full Name As per 10th Matriculation Passing Certificate- all in alphabet of max 50 characters
(b) Fathers Name In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(c) Mothers Name In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(d) Email id email id (to be used for Sign-in)
(e) Nationality Indian
(f) Mobile Number 10 digits
(g) Secret Question Select one from options
(h) Secret Answer In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(i) CAPTCHA Enter alphanumeric text shown
2. Personal Information
(a) Type of Entry Applicant has to choose entry to IAF through one of the options (i) AFCAT (ii) NCC Special Entry (iii) Meteorology Entry
(b) Candidate’s Name (As per 10th/matriculation passing certificate) These fields will be auto filled from the signup data entered by the applicant.
(c) Candidate’s Fathers Name (As per 10th/matriculation passing certificate)
(d) Candidate’s Mothers Name (As per 10th/matriculation passing certificate)
(e) Email Address  
(f) Secondary Email Address Email id other than which the applicant has signed- up with
(g) Nationality  
(h) Mobile Number  
(i) Candidate’s Visible Identification Mark In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(j) CPSS/PABT Status Applicant has to choose Passed/ Failed/ Not appeared; If passed fill the details from (i) to (iv)
(i) CPSS/PABT Batch Number Numeric Value
(ii) CPSS/PABT Date of Passing DD/MMM/YYYY
(iii) CPSS/PABT Chest No. Numeric Value
(iv) CPSS/PABT attended at which Air Force Selection Board Choose one from the list Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Mysore, Varanasi
(k) Do you have a current valid Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA? Select Yesor No
(l) Are you serving Airman of IAF? Select Yesor No If Yes, fill the details from (i) to (iv)
(i) Select Rank in IAF Choose one from the list
(ii) Service Number Alphanumeric
(iii) Current Posted Unit Alphanumeric
(iv) Select Command Choose one from the list
(m) Select Gender Male or Female
(n) Select Marital Status Married or Unmarried
(o) Date of Birth DD/MMM/YYYY
(p) Confirm your Date of Birth DD/MMM/YYYY
3. Qualification Details
(a) Education Level Choose one from the list 10 + 2 + Graduation 10 + 2 + Graduation + Post Graduation 10 + 2 + Integrated Post Graduation
(b) Select Graduation Level Choose one from the list, based on above selection Graduate Options A Graduate Options B Graduate Options C Graduate Options D
(c) Select Qualification Degree For Group A, B, DChoose from - AMIE / ASI / IETE - Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Technology For Option Center B.Com etc.
(d) Course Duration (in years) Numeric (4) four years for A, B, D Numeric (3) three years for C
(e) Name of College/ Institute In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(f) Name of University In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(g) Date/ Expected date of obtaining the Graduation DD/MMM/YYYY
(h) Enter Aggregate/ Gross Percentage Numeric 2 digit
(i) Do you have Current backlog? Select Yesor No
(j) 10+2 / Higher Secondary School Details
(i) Enter Aggregate/ Gross Percentage as per your 10+2 / Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet Numeric 2 digit
(ii) Enter Physics Percentage as per your 10+2/ Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet. Enter 0 (Zero), if not applicable. Numeric 2 digit
(iii) Enter Mathematics Percentage as per your 10+2/ Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet. Enter 0 (Zero), if not applicable. Numeric 2 digit
4. Course Preference
(a) Courses Applicant to select from the list of courses - Flying - Ground Duty (Technical) - Ground Duty (Non-Technical) A list of courses would be displayed for which a candidate is eligible as per the education qualification and age. Candidates are to mandatorily choose all courses as per their own preference. The registration process would not proceed further till the time all courses have been selected by the candidate. Candidates eligible for technical branch have to additionally select EKT paper as per their preference.
5. NCC
(a) NCC Air Wing C Certificate If applicant is joining through NCC
(i) Serial No. Number
(ii) Name of NCC Unit In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(iii) Year Numeric 4 digit (YYYY)
6. AFSB/ SSB appeared Candidates Applicant has to choose Passed/ Failed/ Not appeared; If Passed fill details from (a) to (e)
(a) Batch No. Number
(b) Enter Place Of Appearing Alphabets
(c) No of Days at AFSB From (DD/MMM/YYYY) to (DD/MMM/YYYY)
7. Source of AFCAT information
(a) Source List of information Newspaper, Employment News
(a) Year of appearing Numeric 4 digit
(b) GATE Score Numeric 2 digit
9. Communication Details
(a) Permanent Address
(i) Enter Full Address Alphabet and Numbers of maximum 100 characters
(ii) Select State/Union Territories Choose any one from list of states displayed
(iii) Select City Choose any one from list of cities displayed
(iv) Pin Code Numeric 6 digits
(v) Nearest Railway Station Alphabet of maximum 50 characters
(vi) Landline Number STD code and Landline Numeric 11 digit
(vii) Aadhaar Card Number 12 digit numeric number of the applicant as appearing in Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI.
(viii) Check if Permanent Address is same as Correspondence Address. If ticked, the Permanent address details are populated in the Correspondence address.
(b) Correspondence Address
(i) Full Address In alphabet and numbers of maximum 250 characters
(ii) State Choose any one from list displayed
(iii) City Choose any one from list displayed
(iv) Pin Code Numeric 6 digits
(v) Nearest Railway Station In alphabet of maximum 50 characters
10. Upload Documents Size of each file is to be between 10 KB and 50KB
(a) Photograph Upload un-attested recent passport size colour photograph (front portrait without headgear, except for Sikhs)
(b) Signature Upload scanned image of own signature in JPEG/ JPG format
(c) Thumb Impression Upload scanned impression of the thumb in JPEG/ JPG format
(d) Declaration by the candidate Check
11. Select Exam City 5 choices based on preference from the list of exam cities

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

  • Visit the official website of the Indian Air Force i.e.
  • Click on the (Candidate Login) given on the home page of AFCAT ( Link is live)
  • 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 a system-generated password.
  • Click on Selection entry: a candidate needs to choose between the two (a) AFCAT (b) NCC special entry (c) “Meteorology 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 in your Qualification Details” again save and continue.
  • Now comes Course preference, in this, the candidate has to choose the course he/she wants to pursue.
  • Communication details need to be filled in by the candidate for any further communication purposes.
  • You have to upload documents like Recent Picture, Sign and thumb impression (size of each jpg/jpeg must be between 10KB and 50KB)
  • You also need to choose the examination center.
  • Click on the “Declaration” and then click on the Save and Continue.
  • After successful payment, a registration number will be displayed and a candidate needs to save it for further process.
  • A Serving Airmen can also apply for the AFCAT exam. He is required to apply like other applicants provided he has to apply as per the service format given through the service channel.
  • Aspirants that are already serving in Government organizations including in the Armed Forces, Government-owned industrial undertakings, or other similar organizations also need to apply only after obtaining necessary permission from their departments concerned. Also, they have to produce a No Objection Certificate at the time of AFSB testing.
  • In case you fail to produce the NOC, your candidature will be rejected.

Application Fee

After a successful online application, you need to make a payment of Rs 250 which is to be made through online mode only. This fee will be applicable to the candidates other than NCC Special Entry and Meteorology entry.

For All Posts Rs. 250/- (non-refundable)

Admit Card 

AFCAT will release a link to download the AFCAT admit card after January 28, 2022. You are required to log in from their respective Login ID and password and click on the “DOWNLOAD ADMIT CARD” link to download the AFCAT admit card from the website. The admit card has all the details regarding the examination date along with examination time and examination center. In case you don’t receive your admit card in registered email id or are not able to download the same. You can enquire from AFCAT Query Cell at C-DAC, Pune.

Items to be brought to the examination venue

  • e-Admit Card for AFCAT  (to be downloaded from the website).
  • Aadhaar Card (Original)
  • Another valid photo identity card such as PAN card/ passport/ driving license/ voter identity card/ college identity card or any other valid photo identity proof, with details of name, father’s name, date of birth, and a clear photograph.
  • Two passport size color photographs- same as the photo uploaded during the online application
  • Ballpoint Pen (Blue or Black)

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You can apply for the AFCAT 2021 recruitment till December 30, 2021.
Yes, the recent AFCAT -01 notification is meant for both men and women.
There are a total of 317 vacancies announced by the Indian Air Force this time under AFCAT -01 recruitment.
Yes. Women will be eligible to apply for both Flying & Ground Duty posts.
After the selection process for AFCAT 01/2022 has been completed, the courses will commence in the first week of January 2023.
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