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AFCAT - Air Force Common Admission Test Information

Complete AFCAT InformationWant to become a commissioned officer or a pilot in Indian Air Force? Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted by IAF to select suitable candidates for further SSB interview testing. Read on to know more about eligibility, medical standards, educational qualifications and how to apply or register for AFCAT exam online.

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Branches and courses of IAF to apply through AFCAT

AFCAT exam is conducted by Indian Air Force for the following courses in various IAF branches. There are six branches available in IAF.

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch
  • Administrative and Logistics Branch
  • Medical Branch
  • Education Branch
  • Accounts Branch

Flying Branch in IAF

Flying branch in Indian Air Force is the best and ace branch which consists of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots and navigators. Pilots and navigators enjoy the maximum pay and allowance benefits among all branches of IAF. Being a pilot in IAF requires tremendous courage and great amount of professionalism. in order to become a pilot in IAF, one needs to qualify in Pilot Aptitude & Battery Test i.e., PABT examination conducted at the time of SSB interview. Once you qualify in PABT exam and recommended by the AFSB board, you will be absorbed into Flying Branch. According to the performance in the training period, cadets are allotted type of aircraft he will be flying. There are three categories of fighter pilots viz., Fighter, Transport and Helicopter. Accordingly specialised training will be given in the allotted aircraft type.

Eligibility criteria of flying branch

Age : Candidates wishing to apply for Flying branch needs to be aged between 19 to 23 years of age at the time of course commencement. Persons with Commercial Pilot License (CPL) are exempted two years in the age eligibility criteria by IAF.
Educational Qualification : Any graduate with 60 percent aggregate from a recognized university can apply for the Flying branch courses. 

Current job openings in Flying branch of IAF : Currently, IAF has invited the applications from eligible male and female candidates for the following Flying branch courses.

Technical Branch in IAF

Technical branch is associated with maintenance of all machinery used in IAF. There are two sub branches in IAF i.e., Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) and Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical). Technical officers are eligible for technical allowance. Being as a technical officer in IAF is also challenging as they need to be updated with day to day technological advancements.

Eligibility criteria for technical branch

Age : Age of the applicant should be between 18 to 28 years of age at the time of course commencement.

Educational qualification : Applicant must be an engineer or studying in final year of engineering from recognised university with 60 percent aggregate in all papers. AMIE and IETE students and graduates can also apply for technical branch courses.

Candidate should have studied at least eight essential subjects prescribed by Indian Air Force to apply for AFCAT entrance examination.

Essential subjects for Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) technical branch : Following are the complete list of subjects for AE(L) branch.

(L1) Physics / Engineering Physics (L2) Mathematics / Engineering Mathematics (L3) Engineering
Graphics  /  Engineering  Drawing  (L4)  Electrical  Engineering  /  Electrical  Technology  (L5)  Control
Engineering (L6) Microprocessors (L7) Digital Electronics / Basic Electronics (L8) Computer Networks
(L9) Information Technology (L10) Network Theory Design (L11) Telecommunication Systems  (L12)
Electronic Circuit Design (L13) Radar Theory  (L14) Switching Theory (L15) Instrumentation (L16)
Microwave Engineering (L17) Antenna and Wave Propagation (L18) Electronic Devices.

Essential subjects for Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) technical branch : Following are the complete list of subjects for AE(M) branch.

(M1) Physics / Engineering Physics (M2) Engineering Maths / Mathematics (M3) Engineering Drawing
/ Graphics (M4) Automotive Engineering / Plant Engineering / Industrial Engineering
(M5) Engineering Mechanics / Strength of Material (M6) Aerodynamics (M7) Thermodynamics and
Applications  /  Heat Power Engineering (M8)  Heat  and Mass Transfer (M9) Theory  of Machines
(Kinematics  and  Dynamics  of Machinery) (M10) Fluid Mechanics  / Turbo Machines (M11) Flight
Mechanics (M12) Machine Drawing / Machine Design (M13) Mechatronics  (M14) Material Science /
Metallurgy (M15) Vibrations  (M16) Workshop Technology / Manufacturing Technology / Production
Engineering (M17) Hydraulics and Pneumatics   (M18) Aircraft Structures.

Current job openings in technical branch of IAF : Currently, IAF has invited the applications from eligible male and female candidates for the following technical branch courses.

Ground Branch

Ground branch includes Administrative & Logistics branch, Accounts branch and Education branch. For all ground branches, IAF conducts Ground Duty Officer's Course i.e., GDOC. Mainly ground duty officers deal with administrative and accounting tasks required to support various facilities to the technical and air crew of Indian Air Force. 

Eligibility criteria for ground branches 

Age : For graduates, age limit is set from 20 to 23 years. For post graduates and LLB graduates, age should be from 20 to 25 years. Whereas, for M Ed / Ph D /  CA  / ICWA graduates, maximum age limit is set to 27 years.

Educational qualification : For Administrative and Logistics branches, graduates with 60 percent aggregate marks or post graduates with 50 percent aggregate marks can apply. For Accounts branch, B. Com students with 60 percent aggregate marks or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce 
(MCom) / CA/ ICWA with 50 % marks can apply. For education branch, applicant should be post graduate in any discipline with 50 % aggregate marks.

Current job openings in technical branch of IAF : Currently, IAF has invited the applications from eligible male and female candidates for the following ground duty branch courses.


  1. how many times I can write AFCAT....

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    1. There is no limit of available chances in AFCAT as of now. So don't worry about number of attempts available. Just go on and give your best.

  2. as am pursuing will there be any disadvantage of not selecting in ssb....
    as if i get selected then i have to leave my

    1. Dear friend,
      you need to make a decision as to join or not. Joining armed forces definitely will affect your regular studies. But if you want to study after joining the defence, all of the forces do provide opportunities to all officers to pursue M Tech through IITs with two year paid leave.

  3. is having 60% marks in all subjects required to appply for technical branch(electronics)? I mean if I got 4 point (in 10 point system) in one subject but an aggregate of 7, can I apply?

    1. Percentage is asked as a n overall aggregate percentage. No individual subject matters. You are eligible to apply for AFCAT 02/2013.

  4. i cant access my AFCAT account now and i didnt take my call letter. How can i get my call letter now? Can i attend AFSB interview without call letter?

  5. i want to ask that those person who are in Air force selected by group x test and persuing engineering through distance from a recognised university are eligible to give Air force common admission test.

  6. I have Done M.Tech...Now applying for AFCAT..will there be any problem..regrading Eligibility, I am M.Tech and Requirement is B.Tech..Which i have completed in 2009..?? Kindly Reply...Thanks

  7. I am 7th semester B.E. student civil engineering....

    I have read only 5 out of 18 subjects mentioned in list.

    .so can I apply for AFCAT ?

    1. No CHinmay,
      you can't apply for AFCAT examination.

  8. I am doing my btech aerospace engineering will i be elegible for afcat entrance

  9. I am perusing Electrical and electronic engg I eligible for engineering branch

  10. what is the salary paid during training period?

  11. I have added two subjects by mistake for in my application for AFCAT AE(E). Will it affect my selection process? But since I am an Electronics Engineer, I have added all the subjects which is for qualification.

  12. sir,, i just want to know that when afcat examination form comes out and in which month the exam is going to be taken......

  13. I have done my B.E mechanical engineering .I had studied the subjects they listed . can i apply for that

  14. m in c.a final ..... am eligible 4 coming afcat exms

  15. Hi I am currently working as a Software Engineer i am 23 yrs old ,Can i goin the technical branch of the IAF ,if so what are the books to refer

  16. hllo, how much percentage is required in 10+2??? however i have above 60% in mechanical engineering. So, am i eligible?

  17. my aggregate in B.E(Mechanical) is i allowed to sit for the ssb....i have already given the written test.

  18. i 'm in be civil engineering 6 sem with 8 points can i eligible for afcat or can civil engineer can give the exam of afcat ???? please reply

  19. My date of birth is 11.11.1990. I will be 23 in 11th November this year.

    Am i eligible for AFCAT ?

    Please reply

  20. respected sir/mam ,i got through the written exam of afcat 2 2013 with 128 marks.................unfortunately my interview date is feb 24................where i have my mtech semster exams at d same tyme..............hence i wanna prepone the interview if possible...............sooooooooo my respected dignitaries..............please suggest me how to prepone the interview date................and also say can my name in d merit list...........and how many marks in d interview i should get?waiting for ur precious answer

  21. anyone tell me i can fill .afcat 1 2014 application form bcs when i click on candidate login page is open and after clik new candidate message apper ...registration for website is close

  22. Hi.. I'm studying 3rd year B.Tech ( Pre-final Year) Electronics, and I want to apply for AFCAT 1, 2014. Am I eligible for the exam with my present qualification?

    If I'm eligible, should I select qualifying education as " Engineering Equivalant F " or " Graduate option B"..??

    Should I enter Qualification Duration in Application Part-2 as "3" (as this is my 3rd year) or "4"(likely to be spent to achieve Graduation).?

  23. I am pursuing metallurgical engg from IIT but i have studied atleast 8 subjects mentioned in technical officer requirements...
    Am i eligible to apply...plzzzzzzzz reply... in a dilemma..

  24. sir,i am in year...when i can give my first attempt of AFCAT..please tell Email.Id. is

    1. You can appear in Air Force Common Admission Test when you will be studying in final year of graduation.

      So prepare well from now onward for both AFCAT and SSB interview.

  25. sir maine abhi 12 th pass ki h aur mjhe air force pilot bn na h ?to sir m kaise nd kon sa exam du?/? sir please reply...

  26. Sir, I am appearing my final yr bca and my result will be declared by july end. My estimated pc% is arnd 80+. In wich entry can I apply? I wil b turnin 22 dis june. Also tell me da qns pattern of afcat and wen nxt afcat will be?

  27. Hello Sr I have got 60 %marks in my honours papers (history) and pass my B. A exam with first class can l apply for afcat

  28. i cant log in to the candidates log in in website. there is no option to register for new user. i have once applied and attended AFCAT exm. Is it the prob???

  29. sir i cant log in to the candidates login page of . I am appliying first time in AFCAT exam . There is a problem that the candidate login link is opening but there is not a option for appliying for new candidate .i passed my 12th class . so pleas sir give the information about this ......

  30. I am in final year of engineering and i have 3 backlogs currently with 65% overall aggregate. Am i eligible to apply for AFCAT? Quick reply will be appreciated, thanks in advance!

  31. open university student are eligible or not for AFCAT...??


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