AFCAT eligibility, AFCAT eligibility for men and women as flying officer

AFCAT Eligibility Conditions for men and Women as Flying Officer

Know whether you are eligible to become flying officer via AFCAT

Air Force (AFCAT) is an exam which can give you wings for all of you who have the dream of working between the sprawling jets can turn this dream into reality through this exam. Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a written exam conducted by Indian Air Force twice every year to induct officers in the IAF. Indian air force invites AFCAT eligibility for men and women as flying officer.

AFCAT eligibility for Men and Women as flying officer


  • An individual can apply for AFCAT through short service commission (SSC) in flying branch.
  • SSC in flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension. The AFCAT eligibility criteria for men and women as flying officer are 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).
  • Upper age limit for candidates holdings valid and commercial pilot licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years (at the time of commencement of course)  Education qualification for both men and women in flying branch should be Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University.
  • As per AFCAT eligibility criteria for men and women in flying branch, a candidate should have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Final Year students are also eligible to apply.

1.Physical standards

Physical standard is another parameter of AFCAT eligibility criteria for men and women in flying branch. Any candidate applying for AFCAT or aspiring to become a flying officer in the Indian Air Force should have these below mentioned compliance for the recruitment.
1. Height & Weight

  • For physical requirements in flying branch the minimum height for both men and women should be 162.5 cms with correlated weight.
  • Leg Length should be minimum 99 cms and maximum 120 cms. Thigh Length should be maximum 64 cms.
  • Sitting Height should be minimum 81.5 cms and maximum should be 96 cms.

2. Eyesight

  • For Vision Minimum Visual Acuity should be 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia and Manifest Myopia should be nil.
  • LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) if the following conditions are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination.
  • LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  • The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as by IOL master
  • At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication
  • The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns
  • Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

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