Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) - 2017 (Courses Commencing : July 2018)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) - 2017
Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) Examination 2017 is a competitive examination which is organized to fill suitable candidates for the officers in Flying Branch and Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) in the Prestigious Indian Air Force. General Duty (Technical) has two trades as follows :
  1. Aeronautical Engineers(Electronics)
  2. Aeronautical Engineers(Mechanical)
While Ground Duty (Non-Technical) has four trades given below :
  1. Administration
  2. Logistics
  3. Accounts
  4. Education[post_ads]


Educational Qualification

1. For Flying Branch : Graduation Degree (With at least 60% marks in each of Mathematics and Physics at class 10+2).
2. For Ground Duty Technical : B.E./B.Tech. (With at least 60%marks in Physics & Mathematics at class 10+2).
3. For Ground Duty Non-Technical : 
  • For Administration & Logistics : Graduate Degree in any Discipline with at least 60% marks.
  • For Accounts : B. Com. degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks.
  • For Education : MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT /Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation with a minimum of 50% marks.
For more details you can refer the image given below :
Educational Qualification AFCAT

Age Limit

  • The age limit to appear for the flying branch is in between 20 to 24 years as on 01 July i.e. born between 02 Jul 1994 to 01 Jul 1998 (both dates inclusive).
  • The age limit to appear for other Examinations is 20 to 26 years as on 01 July 2018 i.e. born between 02 Jul 1992 to 01 Jul 1998  (both dates inclusive).[post_ads_2]

Selection Procedure

All applicants whose applications are successfully submitted by due date will be called for AFCAT to be held on 27 August 2017 (Sunday), immediately after it Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) will also be conducted for Ground Duty (Technical) branch along with AFCAT.
  • AFCAT will be of two hours and will contain multiple choice questions (MCQs) on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Sample question papers and syllabus of AFCAT/ EKT is available on IAF career website
  • EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (technical) branch to pass both AFCAT & EKT.
Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of AFCAT/ EKT will be called for SSB INTERVIEW at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar or Varanasi. Candidates who opt for flying branch can opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi only. The testing would consist of three stages as given below: -

  1. Stage-I : Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.  
  2. Stage-II : Psychological test, Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days. 

  • For Flying Branch. Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the CPSS/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.

How To Apply

You can apply for the Examination through online by visiting the official website of Indian Air Force that is Before filling online application you should be well prepared with relevant documents readily available, as details are to be filled as per matriculation and other educational certificates. Please save your recent colour passport size photograph (size 10 to 50 KB) for uploading it with your online application form. 


You can refer detailed Notification issued by Indian Air Force for syllabus of the examination, schedule of the Examination, the download link for the same is given below.