The very first thing you must do after looking at the eligibility criteria is to go through the AFCAT exam pattern. This will give you a clear understanding of the exam. With a clear idea about the exam pattern, you can make a strategy accordingly.
AFCAT will be a one-day exam followed by an SSB (Interview). The AFCAT exam pattern consists of four sections. Furthermore, candidates who will apply for the technical posts on Ground Duty have to attempt an additional test named EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test).
Note: The AFCAT and EKT exams will be conducted in English only.
|Exam||Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|AFCAT||General Awareness||100||300||2 hours (120 Minutes)|
|Verbal Ability in English|
|Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test|
|EKT [For Candidates with one of the choices as (Technical) Branch]||Mechanical||50||150||45 Minutes|
|Electrical & Electronics|
Apart from the AFCAT exam pattern, you must also be aware of the AFCAT marking scheme. There will be a penalty for wrong answers. The details of the AFCAT marking scheme and penalty for wrong answers is given in the table below.
AFCAT Exam Marking Scheme
|AFCAT Exam 2023 Marking Scheme||Considered Marks|
|For correct answers||3 mark|
|For wrong answers||1 mark|
|For not attempted||0 (no marks)|
The AFCAT-1 –cy– exam will consist of online tests which will consist of objective-type questions. The questions will only be available in the English Language only. The candidates will not have any option to choose their medium of the exam.
Air Force Selection Board (AFSB)
After obtaining the minimum qualifying marks in the online AFCAT exam as fixed by the IAF, you will be called for further process i.e. Air Force Selection Board (AFSB). You will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards.
NCC Special Entry/Meteorology aspirants will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centres. The AFSB centres are at-
- Dehradun (1 AFSB)
- Mysore (2 AFSB)
- Gandhinagar (3 AFSB)
- Varanasi (4 AFSB)
Note: If you have opted for a flying branch, you can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore, and Varanasi. Other candidates are required to choose the AFSB date and venue by themselves on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate a call-up letter for AFSB interview.
You have to be physically fit when you report for SSB in order to be able to undergo various tests at AFSB. You should aim to achieve an ability to-
- Run 01 mile (1.6 km) in 10 minutes
- 10 push-ups and 3 chin-ups
Any presence of narcotics or drugs in the body will lead to your debarment from further process. To read about this in detail you can read the AFCAT official notification. Also, Permanent body tattoos are strictly prohibited.
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