AFCAT 2019: Important Dates, Application Process, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Admit Card, Result

Published on : 18th December 2018    Author : Om Prakash
AFCAT Exam

AFCAT 2019: AFCAT, short for Air Force Common Admission Test, is one of the ways to realize your dream of working with the world’s 4th top air force in terms of personnel and aircraft assets. It is basically an online exam which is conducted by Indian Air Force every year induct officers in the IAF. You can apply for all three branches of the IAF through AFCAT — Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Branch.

The AFCAT 2019 exam notification has been released by the Indian Air Force and it is going to be held on 16th February 2019 and 17th February 2019. All the information which you may require for the exam has been mentioned below. Make sure to go through the information thoroughly.

AFCAT 2019 Important Dates

Name of the Events

Dates of AFCAT I (Announced)

Dates of AFCAT II
(Tentative)

Exam Notification 2018

01-December-2018

June 2018

Online Application form date

01-December-2018

June 2018

Application Form Last date for receiving

30-December-2018

July 2018

Admit Card Available

01-February-2019

August 2018

Exam Date

16-February-2019 and 17-February-2019

September 2018

Exam Result

April 2019 (Tentative)

October 2019

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AFCAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

There are certain eligibility criteria which you need to follow when applying for AFCAT exam. You must meet these eligibility conditions otherwise you will not be eligible to appear for the exam.

  • Nationality

Only an Indian citizen can apply for the vacancy announced in AFCAT notification.

  • Age:
    • Flying Branch Through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry: If you are applying for Flying Branch, your age must be 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2020. This means that you must be born between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2000 (including both dates). If you are holding a valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India), you are eligible for relaxation up to 26 years which means that you must be born between 02 January 1994 to 01 January 2000 (including both dates).
    • Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: If you are applying for Ground duty, your age must be 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2020 which means that you must be born between 02 January 1994 to 01 January 2000.
  • Marital Status:

If you are below 25 years of age, you must be unmarried at the beginning of the course. If you are a divorcee/widow/widower (with or without encumbrances) and below 25 years of age, then also you will not be considered eligible. Also, if you marry subsequent to the date of your application while successful at SSB or medical will not be considered eligible for training. In case you marry during the training period, you will be released and become liable to refund all the expenses incurred by the government on you. On the other hand, if you are above 25 years of age and married, you will be considered eligible to apply, however, neither will you be provided married accommodation nor you will be allowed to live out with your family.

  • Date of Birth

IAF will consider your date of birth according to the documents which include Matriculation, Secondary School Leaving Certificate, Certificate recognised by an Indian University (equivalent to Matriculation), extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University (certified by the proper authority of the university), Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. Documents related to age such as affidavits, horoscopes, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and similar documents will not be considered.

Note: If your Matriculation/Higher Secondary Exam certificate does not show your date of birth or it just shows your age by completed years or completed years and months. In such cases, you can provide a self-attested/certified copy of a certificate from Principal/Headmaster of the institution from where you completed the Matriculation/ Higher Secondary examination showing your date of birth or extract age in the records of Admission Register of the institution. Moreover, when entering the date of birth, you must take utmost care as any variation found in your date of birth entered in the Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, you will be considered disqualified.

Educational Qualification

Flying Branch: You must have passed your 10+2 with at least 60% marks each in Mathematics and Physics and

  • You should have done graduation with at least 3 years degree course in any discipline from a recognized university with at least 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

  • You should have completed your BE/B.Tech degree from a recognized university with at least 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

  • If you have cleared Section Aeronautical Society of India or A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) from a recognized university with at least 60% marks or equivalent.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

  •  Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) AE (L): You should have passed 10+2 with at least 60% marks in Mathematics and Physics and pursued a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Technology/Engineering from a recognized institution OR you should have cleared Aeronautical Society of India or Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Graduate membership exam of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with actual studies with at least 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:

 

Name of Disciplines

 

Name of Disciplines

1.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Electronics.

11.

Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering

2.

Information Technology.

12.

Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering

3.

Computer Science and Engineering/Technology

13.

Instrument & Control Engineering

4.

Electrical Engineering

14.

Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)

5.

Electronics and Communication Engineering

15.

Electronics Instrument & Control

6.

Computer Engineering/Technology

16.

Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering

7.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

17.

Instrumentation & Control Engineering

8.

Communication Engineering

18.

Computer Engineering & Application

9.

Electronics and Computer Science

19.

Electronics Engineering/ Technology

10.

Electronics Science and Engineering

20.

Electronics and Computer Engineering

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  • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) (AE (M): You should have passed 10+2 with at least 60% marks in Mathematics and Physics and pursued a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Technology/Engineering from a recognized institution OR you should have cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with actual studies with at least 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:

 

Name of Disciplines

 

Name of Disciplines

1.

Aerospace Engineering

6.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

2.

Aeronautical Engineering

7.

Mechanical Engineering

3.

Mechanical Engineering and Automation

8.

Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)

4.

Mechanical Engineering (Production)

9.

Mechatronics

5.

Industrial Engineering

 

 

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Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches

  • Administration & Logistics: You should have completed your graduation (minimum 3 years) with at least 60% marks or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university or you should have cleared Aeronautical Society of India or section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) with at least 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized university.
  •  
  • Accounts: You should have a B.Com degree (minimum 3 years degree course) with at least 60% marks or equivalent from a recognised university.

NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)

For NCC special entry (flying branch), you must have acquired NCC Air Wing Senior Division “C” certificate on or after 01 January 2017. You should have passed 10+2 with at least 60% marks each in Mathematics and Physics. Also, you should have graduated with at least three years degree course in any discipline with at least 60% marks or equivalent from a recognised university. OR you have cleared Aeronautical Society of India or section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) with at least 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized university. OR you should have a BE/B.Tech degree (four-year course) with at least 60% marks or equivalent from a recognised university.

AFCAT 2019 Application Form Availability

The AFCAT 2019 application form will be made available to candidates on the official website from 01 December 2019. You are required to fill the details appropriately to avoid cancellation of your candidature. When filling the application form, you need to be very careful about spelling mistakes, overwriting, and entering incorrect information. If you would have made any mistake while filling the form, you will not be able to make the correction later once you would have proceeded with the “Make Payment” option.

NOTE: Before applying for the AFCAT 2019, make sure that you meet eligibility criteria in the suggested manner.

Steps to Apply for AFCAT Exam

  • Go to the link https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in, or https://afcat.cdac.in to apply for the AFCAT exam.
  • Make sure to keep your Aadhaar Card ready when making the online registration.
  • Click on the “CANDIDATE LOGIN” option on the Home page. It will lead you to AFCAT Sign-in page.
  • On this page, you will need to click on the “NOT YET REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE” option. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete registration.
  • Your login credentials will be sent to your email address with which you would have registered for the AFCAT exam account.
  • Now, you will need to sign-in using your registered email id and system generated password and reset your password.
  • Then sign-in again to your account and select “AFCAT”; “NCC SPECIAL ENTRY FOR FLYING BRANCH”.
  • Then read instructions carefully by clicking on the “INSTRUCTIONS” option. After going through the instructions, select the checkbox to acknowledge that you have read and understood instructions.
  • Next, click “APPLICATION FORM FILLING” and fill out the following details as instructed:
    • NOTE: Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to go to the next step.
    • Personal Information
    • Qualification Details
    • Course Preference
    • Communication Details
    • Upload Documents
  • When uploading the documents, make sure the size of each jpg/ jpeg file should be between 10 and 50 KB.

NOTE: If you upload inappropriate images with your application, your documents will be considered invalid and your candidature will be rejected at any stage of the selection process.

  • To make EXAM CITY SELECTION, go to the drop-down menu and chose from it.
  • Accept Declaration and click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to go to the next stage.
  • After that, click “MAKE PAYMENT” – Online (only applicable for AFCAT).
  • Click “PAYMENT STATUS” to check whether payment is made successful. If you see the Registration Number showing on the screen, it means that payment made by you is successful.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of AFCAT 2019 will be as follows:

ITEM

DETAIL

Medium of Exam

English

Mode of Exam

Online (Computer-based test)

Question Paper Type

Objective (MCQs)

Number of Sections

4 Sections – General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

No. of Questions

100

Total marks

300

Marks awarded for each correct answer

+3

Marks deducted for each incorrect answer

-1

Duration

2 Hours (120 minutes) for AFCAT and 45 Minutes for EKT

AFCAT Exam 2019 Syllabus

As the AFCAT exam is based on General awareness, English, Mathematics and Reasoning, and military aptitude, the syllabus for the exam is as follows.

General Awareness
(Part 1)

Verbal Ability in English
(Part 2)

Numerical Ability
(Part 3)

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
(Part 4)

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics
  • Basic science
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Art and culture
  • Environment
  • Defense
  • International current affairs
  • Basic Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Tenses
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence completion
  • Testing and Vocabulary
  • Simple interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Decimal fraction
  • Simplification
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Verbal skills and spatial ability
  • Sets based on arrangement
  • Data interpretation
  • Embedded figure
  • Missing character
  • Rotated blocks
  • Analogy
  • Hidden figures

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How to get Admit card of AFCAT Exam?

To download admit card, go to the website https://afcat.cdac.in and click on the “DOWNLOAD ADMIT CARD” option after -1 Feb 2019. The admit card will be sent to your register email address.

NOTE: If you do not receive admit card on your email address, you can inquire from AFCAT QUERY CELL, Pune (Phone No. 020-25503105 or 020-25503106, E-Mail: afcatcell@cdac.in).

AFCAT Selection process

  • Candidates, who are shortlisted on the basis of their written exam, will be called for the screening test, which is Stage-I Testing.
  • The screening test will check candidates’ picture perception and discussion test to check officer intelligence rating test.
  • Candidates, who qualify the stage-I will be called for stage-II testing.
  • Stage II will take psychological test and group test to check interaction and personal conversation with the interviewing officer.
  • The whole process may take at least 5-6 days.
  • Candidates who qualify interview will be called for medical examination.
  • When the whole process is over, all India merit list will be made on the basis of written test and interview.

AFCAT 2019 Result

The result of AFCAT-I will be declared in the month of March 2019 and AFCAT-II in the month of October 2019.  The dates may be tentative. So, candidates need to keep abreast of the latest information declared by IAF.


AFCAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: In how many times AFCAT exam is conducted in a year?

A: AFCAT exam is held twice a year.

Q: What are the dates for AFCAT exam 2019?

A: AFCAT I will be held in February 2019 and AFCAT II will be held in September 2018.

Q: What are the different eligibility criteria for this exam?

A: For eligibility criteria of AFCAT exam, kindly refer to the eligibility section of AFCAT mentioned above.

Q: Are there any physical and medical standards for the AFCAT exam?

A: Yes, there are certain physical and medical standards that you must meet to be eligible for the AFCAT exam. You must be physically fit according to the prescribed standards. On the other hand, a medical examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM, Bengaluru as per the candidates recommended by the AFSB. If you fail to appear for the test on an allotted date, it can lead to the cancellation of your candidature. For complete information on physical and medical standards, you can check out the notification of AFCAT on the official website AFCAT Notification.

Q: Which subjects are covered under the AFCAT exam?

A: The subjects include General Awareness, English, Numerical, reasoning, general awareness, and reasoning & military aptitude. You can refer to the syllabus section above for more information.

Q: What is the mode of selection?

A: Candidates, who qualify the written test will be called for the interview. The process of interview is very tough and candidates are tested on various parameters to gauge their officer intelligence calibre. An all India merit list is made keeping candidates’ written and interview scores into consideration by the panel. For further information, you can visit the official notification at Click Here.

Q: What is the duration of the interview process?

A: The interview process is a long process and may take around 5-6 days for different screening tests of candidates.

Q: When will the results of AFCAT 2019 exam be declared?

A: The results of two parts of AFCAT 2019— AFCAT I and AFCAT II—is more likely to be declared in the month of March 2019 and October 2019 respectively.

Q: How should candidates prepare for this exam?

A: Candidates need to be academically good and intelligent and quick-witted. Apart from having book-based knowledge, they also need to have excellent communication skills and presence of mind.

Q: Is physical and mental fitness important for AFCAT 2019 exam?

A: Yes, apart from the academic background, candidates should be physically and mentally fit for this job. So, they should take care of their health. The job of IAF is tough and strenuous. So, it will be difficult for feeble candidates to become IAF officers.



3 Comments

Kallu - January 4, 2019REPLY

Sir afcat ka paper pattern kaisa hoga hindi English dono m hoga sir

chirag bhatt - April 9, 2019REPLY

only English .. and it is online exam...

Kallu - January 4, 2019REPLY

Sir afcat 2019 ka paper pattern hindi m hoga ki english m hoga sir