The Air Force common admission test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air force for the selection of Class-1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). The exam is organized twice a year, in February and August/September. And millions of candidates participate in this exam and wish to join the recognized Indian Air Force Academy and become the Indian Air Force Officer.
This exam is the opportunity for both male and female candidates who aspire to be a part of the Indian Air Force for serving Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Ground Branch for both Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission.
The selection process consists of 2 stages:
Candidates interested in going for Ground Duty (Technical) have to give both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
|Managing Body||Indian Air Force|
|Purpose||Recruitment of Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying Branch for short service commission only and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) for both Permanent and Short Service Commission|
|How any Times Exam is conducted?||Twice a year|
|Indian Air Force Head Quarters||New Delhi|
|The current chief of Indian Air Force||Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria|
Indian Air Force (IAF) prepares the list of candidates who qualify in the online AFCAT exam by obtaining the minimum qualifying score and are called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards for the interview located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, and Mysuru. This phase is followed by a medical test and then the final merit list is made.
The mode of the exam is an online Computer Based Test and the medium of the exam is English only. AFCAT Exam is a national-level online exam and holds primary importance. Its official website is www.afcat.cdac.in. The application form has to be filled and submitted in the online mode only. Being a part of the Indian Air Force will be a glorifying experience and pride and an honour in itself.
The AFCAT (2) notification was released on June 1, 2021, for the recruitment of 334 vacancies. And AFCAT (first) was conducted in February 2021. Indian Air Force has announced the official notification to select the Indian citizens (both Male and Females) in the elite force as Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical).
The Detailed Notification contains everything such as vacancies, eligibility criteria, Type of Commission (Short service commission and Permanent Commission), Exam Pattern, Selection Process, Application Process.
Read below to know detailed Information about AFCAT 2021 Notification
|Events||AFCAT 1 Dates||AFCAT 2 Dates|
|Release of AFCAT Detailed Notification 2021||1st December 2020||1st June 2021|
|Online Registration Starts||1st December 2021||1st June 2021|
|Online Application Ends on||11th January 2021||30th June 2021|
|AFCAT 2021 Admit Card||05th February 2021||August 2021|
|AFCAT 2021 Exam Date||February 20, 21 and 22||August 28,29 and 30|
|Declaration of Result||March 2021||October 2021|
Indian Air force had set out AFCAT (ll) 2021 Application correction Form window on July 26, 2021. Candidates can edit the details in the form till 5 pm on 28th July. Candidates just need to log in with their credentials and do the corrections, if they made any mistakes.
As per the latest update, AFCAT 2021 (second) Exam will be held on August 28, 29, and 30, 2021. And AFCAT 2021 (first) Exam was held on February 20, 21, and 22, 2021.
|Exam 2021||AFCAT (1)||AFCAT (2)|
|Online Exam Dates||20th Feb. 2021
21st Feb. 2021
22nd Feb 2021
|28th Aug 2021
29th Aug. 2021
30th Aug. 2021
|Declaration of Result||9th March 2021||October 2021|
The exact date of the AFCAT (2) result has not been out. Candidates are advised to check the Chegg website regularly or check it on the official website of AFCAT https://afcat.cdac.in.
Candidates who fill the application form of AFCAT 2021 have to pay the registration fee online through a Credit card/Debit card/Net Banking after filling the form. The Registration Fee to be paid is discussed below.
The fee is the same for all the categories
The candidates must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for AFCAT Exam 2021.
The candidate must hold the citizenship of India as a per of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955.
Age Limit differs according to the branch:
It is mandatory to opt for Maths and Physics in 12th Std. and obtain a minimum of 50% marks each in both of them and Graduation with a minimum three years degree in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or a 4-year BE/B.Tech with minimum 60% marks from a recognized university or the Candidates who have passed Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with minimum 60% marks from a recognized university.
Passed in 12th STD and have completed graduation with a minimum 3 years degree course in any discipline from a recognized university and have attained a minimum of 60% marks.
Completed MBA/MCA or MA/M.Sc in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/Statistics/International Relations/International Studies/Psychology/Defense Studies/IT/Management/Journalism/Science/Mass Communication with a minimum 50% marks in their degree
B.Com Graduate with minimum 60% marks.
Also, the candidates need to be physically and mentally fit
Indian Air Force has announced a total of 334 vacancies for AFCAT (ll) 2021 along with the notification. Before that total of 235 vacancies were set out for AFCAT (l) 2021 for different branches of AFCAT. And there is no intake of women in Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branch).
Also, 10% seats out of Combined Defense Service Exam (CDSE) are reserved for Permanent Commission (PC) and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for Short Service Commission (SSC) are reserved for the NCC Special Entry Flying Branch. The Bifurcation of branch-wise vacancies is given below.
|Ground Duty (Technical)||AE(L): PC-20,SSC-78
AE (M): PC-08,SSC-31
|Ground Duty (Non-Technical)||Admin: PC-10,SSC-42
Edn: PC-04, SSC-17
|Meteorology Entry||PC-06, SSC-22|
During the period of training, candidates will be given a stipend of Rs. 56,100. And the tenure of training is 1 year. After the successful completion of training the payment will be according to the following method:
Salary fixed in level 10 pay matrix: 7th Pay Commission- 56,100-1,77,500
And the salary in-hand branch wise is given according to following
|Flying Officer||INR 85,372||INR 11,250 per month|
|Ground Duty (Technical)||INR 74,872||INR 25,00 per month|
|Ground Duty (Non-Technical)||INR 71,872|
In addition to the above Military Service Pay of Rs.15,500 per month is also included. Officers also receive other allowances such as TA, DA, Children Education Allowance, etc.
Along with the salary and allowances, there are other additional benefits given to IAF officers.
AFCAT 2021 online test includes the numerical ability questions of matriculation level and if we talk about other sections questions will be of graduation level.
There will be questions from Comprehension, cloze Test, synonym and antonym, idioms and phrases, error spotting.
There will be questions from History, Geography, Political Science, current affairs, Defense-related questions, general science, miscellaneous.
This subject will comprise questions from Series, Venn Diagrams, Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning, spatial ability, Syllogism, Blood Relations, etc.
This subject can ask questions from Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Speed Distance and Time, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, etc.
It is for the candidates applying for Ground duty Technical Branch, there will be questions from Fundamental, Specialized, and Allied Engineering Topics in all the three sections of the Exam.
|Exam Time||2 Hours||45 minutes|
|Marking Scheme||+3 will be rewarded for each correct answer
-1 will be deducted for every wrong answer
No marks are allotted to the un-attempted question
|+3 will be rewarded for each correct answer
-1 will be deducted for every wrong answer
No marks are allotted to the un-attempted question
|Number of Sections||
Candidates qualifying in the online exam of AFCAT will be called AFSB Interview which is organized in the following stages:
Officer Intelligence Test along with Picture Perception and Discussion Test. All the candidates qualifying in this stage have to subsequently go for the documentation check to ensure that they are eligible for the branch they have applied for.
After the monitoring of documents, there will be Psychological tests along with Group Tests and Interviews
There will be a computerized pilot selection system CPSS for the recommended candidates in the Flying Branch only.
AFCAT (first) admit card was released on 5th February 2021, but second AFCAT admit card will be released soon at the official website of the Indian Air Force. The following steps need to be followed for downloading the admit card:
The first AFCAT result was declared on 9th March 2021. AFCAT (ll) result is likely to be announced in September.
AFCAT ( 2nd) Application Form Correction window was opened from July 26-28, 2021 at the official website of the Indian Air Force. The Registration was started on June 01 and the last date was 30th June 2021. The following steps need to be followed for filling the online application form.
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Yes, Maths and Physics subjects should be opted in 12th STD, for appearing in AFCAT Flying Branch Exam.
The candidates will get a basic salary of Rs. 56,100 at the time of training. But after the successful completion of training their pay scale will lie in the range of 56,100-1,10,700.
Yes, A candidate can apply for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branch.
The age limit for AFCAT flying branch is 20-24 years. And for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) 20-26 years.
The fee is Rs. 250 for all the categories.
Yes, you can edit the details. The application form correction window opened from July 26-28.
The level of questions is tough. However, competition is quite tough as there are millions of aspirants.
The total vacancy in the second AFCAT exam 2021 is 334.
There is no limit. But you just need to be within the age limit.
It will be notified in September along with the result.
No, there is no sectional cutoff. You need to clear the overall cutoff to qualify for the interview.