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About Exam

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a prestigious examination for aspirants eager to soar in the skies with the Indian Air Force. Catering to both flying and ground duty branches, AFCAT assesses an individual's aptitude, knowledge, and suitability for the demanding roles within the IAF. Embark on a dedicated preparation journey on our website, where cutting-edge practice tools meet the high standards of aerial defense, readying you for a valorous career amidst the clouds.

Exam Pattern

The Air Force Common Admission Test - AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force, the exam is held twice a year to select Class I Gazetted officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

AFCAT is a gateway for candidates, both male and female, to join the Indian Air Force as officers for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles. 

AFCAT Exam is held twice a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force.  

Here is the selection process of the AFCAT: 
  • Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam for the Non-Technical candidates; and AFCAT+EKT for the Technical candidates. 
  • Stage 2: AFSB Interview.
  • Stage 3: Medical Test.
For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). 

ExamAFCATEKT (for Technical)
  • General Awareness
  • English Language
  • Numeric Ability
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
  • Mechanical
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronics
No of Questions10050
Duration2 Hours45 Minutes
Negative Marking1 mark1 mark

The questions will be Objective type and the language of the questions will be English only for both AFCAT and EKT. There is a provision of negative marking in this exam. For every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted as penalty. No scribe is allowed in any case whatsoever.


Eligibility Conditions
  1. Nationality : Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. Age Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry: 20 to 24 years. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years 
    Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years  
  3. Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training. A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family
  4. More details can be found on AFCAT official site here
Educational Qualifications
Flying Branch:
 Candidates should have mandatory passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and 
  • Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. 
  • OR BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. 
  • OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. 
Ground Duty (Technical) Branch: 
Candidates with 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 recognized University OR cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) Fore more info on full List of Educational qualification details please check at official website
AFCAT paper have 4 sections
  • General Awareness
  • Verbal Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test
The standard of Maths will be of Matriculation level. The standard of other subjects will be that of graduation level of Indian Universities. Here is the syllabus of the AFCAT exam:

AFCAT English Syllabus
  • Comprehension
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion/ Filling in of the correct word
  • Synonyms, Antonyms and Vocabulary
  • Idioms and Phrases
AFCAT Maths Syllabus
  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
AFCAT GK Syllabus
  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Polity
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment
  • Basic Science
  • Defence
  • Art & Culture
  • Sports
Syllabus of Reasoning and Military Aptitude
  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Figure Classification
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Sequencing
  • Venn Diagram
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures