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AFCAT 2019 FAQs – What is AFCAT ? and more


AFCAT Exam – 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions for AFCAT- Air Force Common Admission Test.



1.What is AFCAT?

AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test and is also referred to as the Indian Air Force Exam. AFCAT is a national level competitive exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to select officers for all its branches, except for the medical and dental branches. It is a for the recruitment of Commissioned Officer vacancies for Grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying & Permanent Commission (PC)/Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches.


2.How many times a year is AFCAT?

It is conducted twice a year, once in Feb and then August. And notifications for both the exams are out two months before.


3.What is EKT in relation to AFCAT?

EKT stands for Engineering Knowledge Test. It was started in the year 2014 conducted by Indian Air Force along with AFCAT-II (Air Force Common Admission Test). It aims at testing the basic knowledge of an engineering graduate applying for technical entry through AFCAT.


4.What is the time duration for AFCAT?

The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning general awareness and military aptitude. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. 


5.What is the Age Criteria for AFCAT?

Age limit: The candidates have to be 20 to 24 years old as on 01st July 2019 (Date of Birth inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02nd July 1993 to 01st July 1999 (both dates inclusive). Technical branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01st July 2019 i.e. born between 02nd July 1993 to 01st July 1999 (both date inclusive).


6.How many Candidates appear for AFCAT?

About two lakh appear for AFCAT for all branches put together.  Out of it a maximum of ten thousand get called for AFSB procedures.  Of these, nearly 7000 people get sent out on the first day itself at AFSB after the initial screening test, which is almost on the lines of AFCAT which they have already written.  Then, finally about 350 or so get recommended for various branches.  Maybe, about 20-30 of these finally turn out to be medically unfit.  Out of the left over, about 250 or so get called based on their merit/performance in the AFSB selection procedures.


7.What are the options you can apply for after AFCAT?

Through AFCAT you can apply for all the three branches of the IAF which are Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branches. The eligibility criteria for different branches vary. Both men and women can apply for all the three branches. While for women there is short service commission only in all the three branches, for men there is Permanent as well as Short Service Commission for men. However for Flying Branch only Short Service Commission is there through AFCAT. Thus if you clear the written exam and then clear the AFSB also then you have a chance of joining the Air Force Academy.


8.What are AFCAT Exam Details

The written exam is an exam of 2 hour duration. It consists of 100 questions and each question carries 3 marks. Thus for every correct answer a candidate gets 3 marks, for every wrong answer one mark is deducted and there is no marking for any question left blank.

The paper consists a mix of variety of fields. There are questions from Current Affairs, Math, Reasoning, English, History, Geography, Science, Polity, Economics etc. After the written exam the results are declared and a cut off is fixed.

Candidates scoring above the cut off are called for AFSB interview. This interview is a personality test conducted for duration of 6 days. This personality test is conducted in two stages and consists of tests like Intelligence test, Psychological Tests, Group Tasks and personal interview. The written exam is followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for shortlisted candidates.


9.What is the eligibility Criteria for appearing for AFCAT?

Flying Branch –Age should lay between to 23 years at the time of course commencement. The candidate must be a Graduate (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech degree (Four year course) from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Technical Branch- The age must lay between 18 to 28 years at the time of course commencement. For details on education candidates can refer to the advertisement.

Ground Duty Branch-The age must lie between 20-23 years for Graduates, 20-25 years for Post Graduates, 20-26 years for LLB (Three year course after graduation) and 20-27 years for M.Ed/PhD/CA/ICWA. For details on education qualification you can refer to the official advertisement.


10.How difficult is AFCAT?

It is considered a moderate level paper.  Analysing the question paper and then preparing according to the syllabus will sail you through the exam. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, arithmetic, static general knowledge and English Grammar are the arenas to be considered while in the entrance exam stage.

1.English-(20–25 questions)

Antonyms/Synonyms, Cloze Test, Idioms, and passage. Tip- Install some GRE words app like MAGOOSH and prepare it thoroughly.

2.General Studies(covers Current Affairs, Science everything) ~20–25 questions

No amount of preparation is enough for getting a cent percent score in GS part. Tip- cover last six months of current affairs from some GK capsule


3.Quantitative Aptitude (15–20 questions)

This is the most easiest part and you can have 100% accuracy in this part. Just go through quantitative aptitude  books


4.Logical reasoning and Military Aptitude (25–30 questions)

13 Responses to “AFCAT 2019 FAQs – What is AFCAT ? and more”

  1. arun kumar says:

    sir mera afcat Ka admit card nahi show kar raha hai

  2. sweta kumari says:

    my height is 155 cm . can I apply?

  3. sir mera sirf ek hi sapna hai mujhe air line main job karna hai

  4. sunil samantaray says:

    sir i am studying bsc 1st year having physics honers can i eligible to apply for this exam

  5. deepak kumar says:

    Sir ; I have a one year post graduate diploma in web designing. Am I eligible for afcat?

  6. ujjwal says:

    I was met with an accident and I lost my two teeth. After this I have implanted my teeth. Can I fill the eligibility criteria. Tell me sir.

  7. rahul rai says:

    Sir mera result show kar rha hai..login page me February-2015 nhi show kar rha hai …to kaise login karoooo…

  8. mallika says:

    how iam apply for ascat exam

  9. Deepika says:

    Hi Sir,

    if we have missed july 2015 notification,when can we expect next AFCAT notification for female short service ground duty job??

  10. revati says:

    entrance forms of indian air force after 12 science date of froms to apply

  11. bksingh says:

    is there any sectional cutoff for FCAT

  12. Rachit Bhatia says:

    I have a post-graduate diploma in mass communication. What do I fill in the education level?

  13. Darshan Kumar says:

    I’m in final year…
    I’m quite good at English and Geopolitics but weak at Maths and Reasoning…
    My DOB is 14/12/1997…
    I wanna apply for AFCAT ground duty….
    What branch should I go for???

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