AFCAT 2020 - Indian Air Force (IAF) has released AFCAT result 2020 on March 17 in online mode. Candidates who qualifed the online exam can select their AFSB centre from March 18. AFCAT 2020 exam was conducted on February 22-23 in online mode across various exam centres in India. According to the exam analysis shared by candidates who appeared in the first shift of the exam, the question paper was of moderate-difficult level and candidates made 65-72 attempts out of 100 questions. IAF released the admit card of AFCAT on February 04 and the application form was available from December 1 to 30, 2019, while the notification was released on November 23, 2019, for 249 vacancies. IAF has conducted the exam to recruit candidates for the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC)/Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. AFCAT will be conducted in three stages – online test, AFSB Interview and medical test. Those candidates who qualify all the three stages will be eligible to appear in AFCAT course commencing from January 2021. Post successfully completing the course they will be recruited for various posts in AFCAT and will be paid a remuneration of Rs. 56100 - 110700. To know the complete information about eligibility, the application process, important dates, download of admit card, result and more, read the article below.
Latest: AFCAT 2020 Result has been released on March 17.
AFCAT 2020 - Overview
Air Force Common Admission Test 2020 (AFCAT 2020)
Commonly known as
Exam Conducting Authority
IAF (Indian Air Force)
Minimum Qualification to Apply
20 - 24 years for Flying Branch
Stages of Exam
|Exam Duration||AFCAT: 2 hours|
EKT: 45 minutes
Various Posts under -
Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Tech) Branch,
Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch
AFCAT 2020 - Important Dates
Candidates wishing to apply for the exam must be aware of the important AFCAT exam dates related to the exam so that no event can be missed. Refer to AFCAT important dates 2020 mentioned in the table below -
AFCAT 2020 Important Dates
Release of AFCAT Notification
November 23, 2019 (Released)
Online Application begins
December 01, 2019 (Released)
Last date to fill online application form
December 30, 2019
Admit Card release date
February 04, 2020 (Released)
AFCAT 2020 exam dates
February 22, and 23, 2020
Declaration of results
March 17, 2020 (Released)
Date for the release of cut off marks
March 17, 2020
AFSB interview dates
Declaration of final results
Indian Air Force has declared the result of AFCAT 2020 in online mode on March 17. IAF will announce the AFCAT 2020 result separately in three stages - online test, AFSB Interview, and the final result in online mode. All candidates who qualified the online test can access the AFSB date selection link from March 18. The final merit list will be announced by the authority by taking into consideration the aggregate marks scored by the candidates in the online test and AFSB interview
The exam conducting authorities has released the cut off of AFCAT 2020 along with the result on March 17. Cut off marks is the minimum marks a candidate must score to qualify for the next stage of the exam. The cut off of AFCAT 2020 is determined by IAF in order to shortlist the candidates. AFCAT 2020 cut off will be published for all the three stages – online test, AFSB Interview and final cut off. Based on the cut off of the online exam, candidates will be shortlisted to appear for AFSB Interview. After the interview, IAF will prepare a list of candidates to appear for the medical test. Post commencing the medical exam, IAF will prepare the final cut off to enrol candidates for various branches of AFCAT.
Indian Air Force has released the admit card of AFCAT 2020 on February 04. Candidates who have successfully applied for AFCAT 2020 can download their hall ticket through the AFCAT login. To download AFCAT 2020 admit card, candidates must use their login credentials - email and password. IAF will also email the admit card of AFCAT 2020 to the candidates. The admit card will be released separately for both the online test and AFSB interview. The last date to download the AFCAT admit card is February 23, 2020.
IAF has released the AFCAT 2020 online application form on December 01, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form online from the official website from December 01 to 30, 2019. Post filling the online application form of AFCAT 2020 candidates have to pay an online application fee of Rs. 250 for all candidates irrespective of category and gender. No application will be considered successful if the online application fee is not paid.
Steps to fill the AFCAT 2020 Application Form
Candidates must follow the below-mentioned steps to fill the AFCAT application form successfully:
Step 1 - Registration
Step 2 - Entry selection
Step 3 - Filling of details
Step 4 - Uploading of photograph, signature and thumb impression
Step 5 - Exam center selection
Step 6 - Signing of declaration
Step 7 - Fee payment
Indian Air Force determines the eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 for all candidates who want to appear in the exam. AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria consist of various components like the required age limit, nationality, marital status and education qualification of the candidates appearing. Read more to know about the AFCAT eligibility criteria in detail:
Candidate must be a citizen of India.
Candidates applying for Flying branch must age between 20 and 24 years while those applying for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branch must age between 20 to 26 years of age.
Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried during the time of commencement of the course. Candidates below 25 years who are widows, widowers, and divorcees are not eligible to apply. However, those candidates can apply who are more than 25 years and are married.
Candidates must pertain certain education qualification to appear in AFCAT 2020. The table below contains the educational requirement of candidates as per the official notification.
AFCAT 2020 - Education Qualification
10+2: 60% each in Maths and Physics
Graduation: 60% aggregate in any discipline
BE/B. Tech degree with a minimum of 60%
Clear Section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers/Aeronautical Society of India with minimum 60%
Ground Duty (Technical)
10+2: minimum 60% in Physics and Maths
Graduation: minimum 4 years degree graduation/ integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from a recognized University
Cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India/ Graduate membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with minimum 60%
Ground Duty (Non-Technical)
Administration and Logistics: Graduate degree (any) with minimum 60% or equivalent
Clear section A and B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
Accounts: B.Com degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 60%
All candidates must know about the exam pattern of AFCAT 2020 before applying. The exam pattern will get candidates acquainted with the sections from where the questions will be asked, the mode of exam, the total questions that will be asked, total marks allotted, and the duration of the exam. The test will contain 100 objective type questions from six sections - General Awareness, Verbal Ability, English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude. Candidates will be given 120 minutes to complete the test. For candidates willing to apply for the Ground Duty (Technical) Branch will have to appear for Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) for 50 questions based on Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic. The AFCAT 2020 online test will be conducted for 300 marks while EKT will be held for 150 marks.
AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
Verbal Ability in English
Numerical Ability and Reasoning
EKT (For Ground Duty Technical Branch only)
Mechanical, Computer Science
Electrical and Electronics
IAF prescribes the syllabus and releases it along with the official notification. AFCAT 2020 syllabus contains all topics and chapters from where questions can be asked in the examination. AFCAT syllabus 2020 contains topics from four sections – English, General Awareness, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. It is important for the candidates to know the syllabus before preparing for the exam.
AFCAT Exam Centres 2020
The exam centres are the venues where the test will be conducted. AFCAT 2020 exam is expected to be conducted at 104 centres spread across various major cities in India. While filling the application form candidates will be given a chance to select the exam centres of their choice. Candidates will be able to select about 5 exam centres of their own choice. Candidates will be informed about the exam centres through the AFCAT 2020 admit card.
The conducting authorities do not release the question paper of AFCAT exam on the official website. Candidates can check previous year question papers of AFCAT from the official website for exam preparations. With the help of AFCAT question papers candidates can also check the exam pattern, topics to be asked in the exam, marking scheme and etc.
The Indian Air Force will not release the answer key of AFCAT 2020. But various coaching institutions will release it soon after the exam is concluded. These answer keys will be based on the memory of the candidates who have appeared for the exam. Candidates can refer to the answer key of AFCAT 2020 to evaluate their probable score and predict their chances of qualification.
After completion of recruitment selected candidates will get basic pay along with other benefits as AFCAT salary. The allowances included in the salary of AFCAT are dearness allowance, travel allowances, house rent allowances, loan facilities, children's education etc. For more details, candidates can check pay scale of AFCAT 2020 as per the rank from below.
- Flying Branch Salary Rs. 85,372/-
- Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary Rs. 74,872/-
- Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary Rs. 71,872/-
AFCAT Contact Details
Contact AFCAT cell for any queries
Address - Director of Education, West Block - VI, Air HQs(RKP), RK Puram, New Delhi – 110066
Tele: 011 – 23010231 Extn:2112- 6245, 6246
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - AFCAT 2020
Question: Is AFCAT exam online or offline?
The exam is conducted in online mode.
Question: How many seats in AFCAT?
IAF has released 249 vacancies in 2020.
Question: What is the eligible criteria for the AFCAT exam?
The age limit is 20-26 years. The education qualification must be graduation with PCM in 10+2. Candidates belonging to another stream in 10+2 can also apply but only for ground duty.
Question: How many attempts are allowed for AFCAT?
There are no minimum attempts, however, a candidate must not cross the age limit.
Question: What is the difference between AFCAT and EKT?
AFCAT is for all candidates while EKT is an additional test for candidates who want to join IAF as a technical officer.
Question: Is the AFCAT exam difficult?
No, the online test is not that difficult. However, the AFSB and medical round is difficult to crack.
Questions related to AFCAT
my dream is to become air force pilot.so I m preparing for AFCAT.but as I belongs yo female gender should I know when I can apply for AFCAT.and also if I wouldnt get select in IAF then is there any other option?
Girls can join the IAF only through AFCAT after your graduation. There is still a possibility of entry through NCC if you hold a 'C' certificate.
You can also apply after your BTech. With your BTech, you would be eligible for Technical branch (depending on your specialisation in BTech) or for the Flying branch as well.
Feel free to put down your queries in the comment section.
i just want to know about afcat exam
Registration- 130 Dec 2019
Admit card available- 423 Feb 2020
Exam- 2223 Feb 2020
Results available- 17 Mar 2020
AFCAT February 2020/Syllabus
Reasoning and military aptitude test
whether joining indian air force will be in demand in future ? should I choose indian air force or become great engineer like elon musk and i am interested in both ? but I need a valid reason to join armed forces so that I can make an impact in the world and I need to know importance of it in future
Thank you for your query. I feel this should be you choice. But I will try to give the advantages of both the Air force and engineering options and you can choose which is beneficial for you to join:
Engineering: Engineering is of many difference types such as Civil, Aviation, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and so on. Engineering has the following benefits:
- Lot of Job opportunities
- Salaries from 4 Lakhs per Annum to 12 Lakhs per month
- 4 Year of study
- Prospects of getting a teaching job higher
- Opportunity to serve the country
- High salary
- Prospect of growth in the position higher
All the best
i had a appendix surgery in 2015. i am studying aeronautical engineering 3rd year..so i want to appear for the AFCAT exam this year in September. Can I be eligible for airforce as i went through the surgery long back that is in 2015??
i have compleated my PUC i humanities and compleated diploma in aeronautical engineering and i have applied and got my admit card. is there any problem regarding my eduction can i able to write the exam?
Unfortunately you are not eligible for IAF AFCAT.
There is no post for candidates holding Diploma degree in Indian air force.For joining any post in Indian Air Force, one must possess a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level. And a Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or a B.Tech degree.
I hope this helps.