AFCAT (I) 2019: Important Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Syllabus, Application Process, Result, Vacancies

AFCAT Exam

The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts the AFCAT exam for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in Flying & Permanent Commission (PC)/ Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) branches. The entrance test is conducted twice a year (AFCAT I in February and AFCAT II in August) for Indian citizens (both men and women) ‘to be a part of the Indian Air Force as commissioned officers in flying and gourd duty (technical and non-technical branches)’.

Types of Commission – (As Per the Official Statement)

  1. Permanent Commission (PC) for Male - Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.
  2. Short Service Commission (SSC) for Make & Women -
    1. The engagement period for Flying Branch (Male and Women) SSC Officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non-extendable).
    2. 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.

AFCAT 2019 Latest Updates – The admit cards for AFCAT (II) 2019 are available on the official website from 5th August 2019 till the exam date. The AFCAT (II) 2019 exam will be conducted on 24th and 25th August.

AFCAT 2019 Overview

Name of Exam

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Authority

The Indian Air Force

Mode of Application

Online

Mode of Exam

Online

Branch Names

Flying Officer

Ground Duty (Technical & non-Technical)

Website

careerindianairforce.cdac.in or afcat.cdac.in

AFCAT Exam Date

16th and 17th February 2019 AFCAT (I)

24th and 25th August 2019 - AFCAT (II)

 


AFCAT Exam 2019 Important Dates

Check out the table below for important dates of AFCAT I and AFCAT II 2019:

AFCAT 2019 Events

AFCAT (I) 2019 (Announced)

AFCAT (II) 2019 Dates (Announced)

Online application form submission starts

01-December-2018

1st June 2019

Closing of form submission

30- December -2018

30th June 2019

Availability of admit card

30-January-2019

5th August 2019

Exam commences

16-February-2019 & 17-February-2019

24th and 25th August 2019

Declaration of result

6th March 2019

October 2019 (tentative)

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AFCAT Exam 2019 Pattern & Syllabus

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern (Scheme of Online Examination):

The AFCAT first attempt exam 2019 will be conducted online. Applicants filling in the online application form within the due date will be allowed to take up the test on either 16th February (Saturday) or 17th February (Sunday). Candidates who have applied for Ground Duty (Technical) branch are supposed to appear in both AFCAT and EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test).

AFCAT exam 2019 will have General Awareness, Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability in English and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test subjects. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours. Within the stipulated period, candidates have to answer 100 questions that carry 300 marks in total. The underneath table clarifies it better. 45 minutes will be given to complete EKT exam for ground Duty Technical Branch.

Exam Name

Subjects

Time Allotted

No. of Questions

Total Marks

AFCAT

General Awareness, Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability in English and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

120 minutes

100 questions

300 marks.

EKT for Ground Duty Technical Branch only

Computer Science, Mechanical and Electrical & Electronics

45 minutes

50 questions

150 marks

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  • Question Type: Objective-type questions
  • Language: English for both EKT and AFCAT
  • Marking Scheme: Each question carries 3 marks. However, one mark would be deducted for every wrong answer. No marks will be given for unattempted questions.
  • Standard: Matriculation level for Numerical Ability Questions. Graduation level for other subjects.

AFCAT 2019 Syllabus:

Both male and female candidates appearing in the exam in February will have to be well-versed with English, General Awareness, Numerical Ability and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test.

English

General Awareness

Numerical Ability

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Comprehension

History

Decimal Fraction

Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

Synonyms

Basic Science

Time & Distance (Trains/Boats Streams)

 

Error Detection

Culture

Average

 

Idioms and Phrases

Politics

Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest

 

Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary

Current Affairs

Percentage

 

Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word

Civics

Time and Work

 

 

Sports

Profit & Loss

 

 

Defence

 

 

 

Art

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

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AFCAT Exam 2019 Eligibility

The first and foremost qualification that an AFCAT aspirant must possess is that “he should be a citizen of India”. Check out the complete eligibility criteria below –

Age –

  • For Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on January 01, 2020. The candidates should have been born between 02 January 1996 and 01 January 2000 (both dates inclusive). Relaxation in the upper age limit is provided to those who hold valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence (issued by DGCA India) up to 26 years.
  • For Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch: The applicants must be20 to 26 years old as on January 01, 2020, i.e. they should have been born between 2nd January 1994 and 1st July 2000 (including both the dates).

Education Qualification –

  • For Flying Branch: Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) with a minimum 60% marks from a recognised University. OR, BE/B.Tech degree (four years programme) with at least 60% marks from a recognised University. OR, candidates who have qualified Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) from a recognised University with at least 60% marks are eligible.

All candidates should have mandatorily passed 10+2 level of education with at least 60% marks in each Physics and Mathematics.

  • For Ground Duty (Technical) Branch:

    • Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics): Candidates with at least 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+ 2 level and a four-year graduation/ integrated post-graduation degree in Engineering/ Technology from a recognised University are eligible. OR, those who have cleared Sections A and B of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with at least 60% marks.
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical): Minimum 60% marks in Mathematics and Physics in class 12th examinations and a four-year graduation/ integrated post-graduation degree in Engineering/ Technology from a recognised University. OR, must have cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with minimum 60% marks.
  • For Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branch:

    • Accounts: B.Com degree or equivalent with 60%marks from a recognised University.
    • Administration & Logistics: Graduate degree (any discipline) with at least 60% marks from a recognised university or cleared sections A and B examinations (60% marks) of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers India or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University.
    • Education: MCA/MBA or M.Sc/MA degree in English/ Mathematics/ Statics/ Physics/ Chemistry/ International Studies/ International Relations/ Defence Studies/ IT/ Management/ Computer Science/ Psychology/ Journalism/Mass Communication/ Public Relation with at least 50% marks and 60% marks in graduation degree. For integrated courses, minimum marks requirement is 50% marks.
    • NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch): Candidates need to showcase the “NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 2nd June 2016”. This certificate is mandatory. Aspirants with at least 60% marks in each Physics and Mathematics at 10+ 2 level and a four-year graduation from a recognised University are eligible. OR, those who have cleared Sections A and B of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) with at least 60% marks.

Physical and Medical Qualification –

The Indian Air Force keeps a close eye on the physical and medical standards of the candidates. The applicants must be physically fit and should meet the prescribed standards. They will further undergo the medical examination conducted at IAM, Bengaluru or AFCME, New Delhi. It is compulsory for both male and female candidates to undergo the medical test. Those who skip this important stage will only find their candidature getting rejected. Heights, physic, visual standards and other important parameters will be checked by the concerned department.

Look for the official notification for physical and medical qualification here.

Marital Status –

If an applicant is above 25 years of age, he or she must have tied the knot. However, such candidates will ‘neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family’. Widows and divorcees, below 25 years, are not eligible for the exam. This is to notify that ‘marriage is not permitted during training’.


AFCAT Exam 2019 Application Process

The AFCAT (II) 2019 application process was conducted from 1st June to 30th June 2019 at the official website. Candidates were advised to keep the pre-requisite documents ready beforehand. Here’s how you can fill the online application form.

  1. Log on to www.afcat.cdac.in or www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in
  2. Go to the ‘CANDIDATE LOGIN’ tab on the top bar and click it.
  3. This will lead you to AFCAT Sign-in page.
  4. If not registered, click on the ‘NOT YET REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE’ link.
  5. Use your valid email ID to receive a password, which would help you to ‘sign-in’
  6. Use the login credentials that you have just received. Change the password and log out.
  7. Now you need to log in fresh and then select “AFCAT”; “NCC SPECIAL ENTRY FOR FLYING BRANCH”; “METEOROLOGY BRANCH”.
  8. Read ‘INSTRUCTIONS’ carefully proceeding to provide various details
  9. Select ‘Application Form Filling’ – where you would need to provide Personal Information (Save & Continue), Qualification Details (Save & Continue), Course Preference (Save & Continue), Communication Details (Save & Continue) and Upload Documents (signature, photo, thumb impress, etc.).
  10. The next step is to select the ‘Exam City’ from the drop-down menu.
  11. Declaration’ - Save & Continue to proceed to the fee payment page
  12. Payment will be made online (credit card, debit card and net banking). Once the amount is released, you can check the ‘Registration Number’ to ensure the payment is successful.

Requisite Documents for AFCAT (II) 2019 Registration -

Candidates are advised to keep the following documents ready while filling in the online application form.

  • Matriculation certificates and other educational certificates
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Save the scanned image of your recent coloured passport size photograph on your computer. The size of the image should be between 10 to 50 KB.
  • Credit card, debit card for fee payment.

AFCAT (II) 2019 Application Fee -

Candidates registering for the AFCAT entry are required to pay the examination fee of ₹ 250/- (non-refundable).


Other Details

Exam Timing for AFCAT and EKT -

The AFCAT and EKT exams will be carried out in two days as per the underneath schedule -

Activity

16th February (Day 1)

17th February (Day 2)

1st Shift (AFCAT)

2nd Shift (AFCAT + EKT)

1st Shift (AFCAT)

2nd Shift (AFCAT + EKT)

Reporting time

8 am

12.30 pm

8 am

12.30 pm

Admit card, photo, thumb impression, ID proof, sign on attendance biometrics and seating verification

8 am to 9.30 am

12.30 pm to 2 pm

8 am to 9.30 am

12.30 pm to 2 pm

Going through the instructions

9.30 am to 9.45 am

2 pm to 2.15 pm

9.30 am to 9.45 am

2 pm to 2.15 pm

AFCAT

9.45 am to 11.45 am

2.15 pm to 4.15 pm

9.45 am to 11.45 am

2.15 pm to 4.15 pm

EKT – reading of instructions

 

4.15 pm to 4.30 pm

 

4.15 pm to 4.30 pm

Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)

 

4.30 pm to 5.15 pm

 

4.30 pm to 5.15 pm

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Note: Candidates appearing at the exam centre after ‘the pre-exam verification process’ has commenced will not get an entry under any circumstance. The verification process will start at 8 am for Shift 1 and at 12.30 pm for Shift 2.

AFCAT 2019 Centres -

  • A: Agra, Agartala, Allahabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Ambala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar
  • B: Bareilly, Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bhuj, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Behrampur (Odisha), Bikaner
  • C: Chennai, Chandigarh
  • D: Darbhanga, Dehradun, Coimbatore, Delhi/NCR, Diu, Dhanbad, Durgapur
  • G: Gorakhpur, Ganganagar, Guntur, Gwalior, Guwahati
  • H: Hissar, Haldwani, Hyderabad
  • I: Imphal, Itanagar
  • J: Jabalpur, Jalandhar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jalpaigudi, Jamshedpur, Jammu, Jhansi, Indore, Jorhat
  • K: Kannur, Kakinada, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kanpur, Kohima, Kolhapur,  Kota,  Kolkata,  Kurukshetra
  • L: Lucknow, Leh
  • M: Mangalore, Madurai, Mumbai, Meerut, Mysore
  • N: Nasik,Nagpur, Nizamabad
  • P: Pathankot, Puducherry, Patna, Port Blair, Pune
  • R: Rourkee, Rajkot, Rohtak, Ranchi, Rourkela
  • S: Shillong, Sambalpur, Shimla, Solapur,Silchar, Srinagar
  • T: Tinsukia, Thane, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirunelveli,Tirupati
  • U: Ujjain, Udaipur
  • V: Varanasi, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Vellore, Visakhapatnam
  • W: Warangal

AFCAT (II) Admit Card 2019 -

Candidates can download the AFCAT (II) admit card from the official website from 5th August 2019. The call letter will also be sent to the registered email IDs of the candidates provided at the time of registration. Under any circumstances, it will not be sent through the post. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the admit card. If there are any discrepancies in the admit card details or any issue in downloading the same, inform the AFCAT Query Cell at 020-25503105 or 020-25503106 or email at afcatcell@cdac.in.

How to Download AFCAT (II) Admit Card?

  • Visit the official website of AFCAT.
  • Enter your registered email ID and Password, followed by CAPTCHA image to log in.
  • That’s it! You can now download the call letter and take a printout for future reference.

AFCAT (II) Result 2019 -

The AFCAT (II) result 2019 will be tentatively announced in October 2019. The exact result dates are not announced yet. The result for AFCAT (I) exam was declared on 6th March 2019. Candidates can check the result through the official website.

How to Download AFCAT (II) Result 2019?

  • Visit the official website of AFCAT.
  • Enter your registered email ID and Password, followed by CAPTCHA image to login.
  • That’s it! You can now see the result and the scorecard in PDFC. You can take a printout for future reference.

AFCAT (II) cut-off 2019

Soon after the result is announced, the authority will release the AFCAT cut-off 2019, which would contain the minimum marks to qualify the exam. The cut-off marks will basically be based on the difficulty level and the number of candidates turned up for the exam.

 

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1 Comments

Kunal - January 11, 2019REPLY

can we attempt this exam twice in a year ?