AFCAT 2018
Anangsha Patra, 07 Sep 2018

AFCAT 2018 – Indian Air Force (IAF) has released the result of AFCAT on September 7, 2018. Candidates qualifying AFCAT online exam were able to select AFSB Interview date and venue till September 23 (upto 12 am). To select interview date and venue, candidates had to log in to their account using email ID and password. Candidates of Kerala region whose exam was postponed due to heavy rain and flood was conducted on September 22 and 23. The cutoff and marks of candidates in the online test are expected to be declared by October 1, 2018.

AFCAT 2 online exam was conducted on August 18 and 19, 2018. The exam on August 18 was held in two shifts – 9:45 am to 11:45 am and 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm whereas the exam on August 19 was held in one shift (morning) after which Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) was conducted. AFCAT 2018 has been conducted for candidates aspiring to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) for grant of Permanent or Short Service Commission. 158 vacancies have been released for the post of commissioned officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) of IAF.

Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted in two stages – online exam and Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview. However, candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical branch) were required to appear for an additional Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). As per AFCAT eligibility criteria, candidates must have been graduates between 20 and 26 years. Both male and female candidates were eligible to apply for AFCAT 2018.


AFCAT 2018 – Overview

Exam Name

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

Conducting Authority

Indian Air Force (IAF)

Posts offered

Commissioned officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches

Number of vacancies available


Level of examination

All India

Exam mode


Exam stages

Online exam, EKT (for Ground Duty Technical Branch), AFSB Interview

AFCAT Exam Dates 2018

S. No.




AFCAT notification released on

May 30, 2018


AFCAT 2 application form to start from

June 16, 2018


Last date to register

July 15, 2018


Last date of application fee payment

July 15, 2018


Availability of mock test

July 26, 2018


AFCAT admit card issued from

August 2, 2018(10:00 am onwards)


Date of AFCAT 2018 online exam

August 18 and 19, 2018


Supplementary exam for Kerala region

September 22 and 23, 2018


Declaration of result (AFCAT/EKT)

September 7, 2018


AFCAT cut off for online test

By October 1, 2018


AFSB Interview dates

To be announced


Declaration of final result

To be announced

Latest: AFCAT 2018 Mock Test available - Click here


AFCAT Mock Test 2018

The mock of AFCAT has been made available online on July 26, 2018. Candidates will need to login using hall ticket number and email ID. AFCAT 2 mock test will help candidates to get a better understanding of the examination process as well as get familiar with the format, pattern and marking scheme of the exam. By practicing mock test, candidates can enhance their question-solving skills and manage time effectively during the exam.


AFCAT 2018 Vacancies

The vacancies announced under AFCAT 2 for Permanent or Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and non-Technical) are given below.




AFCAT entry




Ground Duty (Technical)

AE (L): PC-22, SSC-30

AE (M): PC-10, SSC-14


Ground Duty (Non-technical)

Admin: PC-8, SSC-12

Logistics: PC-1, SSC-4

Accounts: PC-3, SSC-5

Education: PC-3, SSC-4

AFCAT Pay Scale


Pay as per Defence Matrix



Flying officer

Rs. 56100–110700


Rs. 15500

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

The eligibility criteria of AFCAT has been announced by the exam conducting authority along with the notification. Candidates must fulfill the following AFCAT eligibility criteria to be eligible for the exam.

Eligibility Parameters





Must be a citizen of India

Age limit


20 – 24 years (as on July 1, 2019)

Ground Duty (Technical and Non Technical)

20 – 26 years (as on July 1, 2019)

Academic qualifications


10+2: 60% each in Maths and Physics

Graduation: 60% aggregate in any discipline


Clear Section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers/Aeronautical Society of India

Ground Duty (Technical and Non Technical)

10+2: minimum 60% in Physics and Maths

Graduation: minimum four years degree graduation/ integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognized University


Cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of 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 Institution of Engineers (India)/Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Accounts: B.Com. degree from recognised university with minimum 60%

Education: MBA/MCA/MA/MSc degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ International relations/ International Studies/ Defence Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relation with minimum 50% aggregate in all papers put together in Post-Graduation and 60% in graduation

AFCAT Application Form 2018

Indian Air Force (IAF) had released the online application form of AFCAT 2 on June 16, 2018. The last date to fill the application form was July 15, 2018. The registration fee was Rs. 250 which candidates were able to fill online. Candidates were able to fill the AFCAT application form using the steps provided.

Part-I Registration

  • Register for the exam by entering details like name, email id, mobile number.
  • On successful registration, Registration ID and Password was generated.
  • The same was also sent to candidates registered mobile number.

Filling up of Application Form

  • Login using Registration ID and Password to fill other details in AFCAT application form
  • Select the entry
  • Candidates were required to fill their personal information, educational qualification, course preference and communication details
  • Upload passport size photograph, signature and thumb impression as per specifications.
  • Candidates had to select exam centres
  • Sign the declaration
  • Make the payment
  • Submit the application form and take its printout

Following documents are mandatory to fill AFCAT application form

  • Aadhaar Card was made mandatory to Register
  • 10th/ Matriculation Pass Certificate
  • Scanned Copy of Photograph, signature and thumb impression
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (If applicable, and wants to avail the age relaxation) for candidates applying in flying branch

AFCAT Exam Centres 2018

AFCAT 2018 will be conducted across 107 cities in the country. Candidates have to enter their preferences of AFCAT exam centres while filling the application form. Candidates can choose 5 test cities as per their preferences. Candidates will be allotted centres as per their choice. Candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.


AFCAT Admit Card 2018

IAS will release the admit card of supplementary exam for Kerala region scheduled to be held on September 22 and 23 soon. For exam conducted on August 18 and 19, the admit card of AFCAT was issued by Indian Air Force (IAF) on August 2, 2018 from 10 am onwards. AFCAT admit card was available online till the last day of exam. Candidates can download admit card using their user ID and password. Candidates qualifying the online test of AFCAT have to login into their respective accounts for selecting centres and dates for AFSB Interview. While appearing for AFSB interview candidates have to carry AFCAT admit card, call up letter, documents and duly filled associated forms.


AFCAT Exam Pattern 2018

The exam pattern of AFCAT highlights the overall structure of exam. The online test of AFCAT carries 100 objective type questions from General Awareness, Verbal Ability, English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude. While EKT paper consists of 50 objective type questions from Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics. Total marks allotted for AFCAT is 300 while EKT carries 150 marks. As per the marking scheme, three marks will be awarded for correct answer in AFCAT while one mark will be deducted for incorrect answers. Both online test and EKT will be conducted in English. The detailed AFCAT exam pattern is given below.




No. of Questions

Max Marks


General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

2 Hours



EKT(For Ground Duty Technical Branch only)

Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics

45 Minutes



AFCAT Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of AFCAT provides the topics and chapters that candidates must cover for the exam. As per AFCAT syllabus 2018, the standard of questions asked in Numerical Ability will of Class 10 level while for other subjects it will be of graduation level. Candidates can check below AFCAT syllabus.

English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases

General Awareness: History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.

Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability


AFCAT Answer Key 2018

Indian Air Force (IAF) releases the answer key of AFCAT. The answer key will provide the right answers to all questions asked in the examination. The answer key will be released for all sets of the question booklet. Using the answer key, candidates can cross check their answers provided in the exam. With the help of AFCAT 2018 answer key, applicants can estimate their probable score in the exam.


AFCAT Result 2018

Indian Air Force announces AFCAT result 2018 separately for each exam stage – online test and AFSB Interview. The result of the online test has been declared on September 7, 2018. However, the indivivdual marks secured by candidates in the test will be made available along with the cutoff by October 1. Candidates qualifying the online test by securing the cutoff will be eligible to appear for AFSB for Psychological and Intelligence Test. Only those candidates who clear both AFCAT and EKT will be considered for Technical Branch. The roll number of qualified candidates of online exam will be made available in PDF file. Those who will appear for the exam have to login into their account to view the marks of AFCAT/EKT. The final result will be declared after conclusion of AFSB interview. All India Merit list is prepared based on candidate’s performance in AFCAT/EKT and AFSB Interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of merit list.


AFCAT Cut off 2018

The cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates are required to score in order to be eligible for the next stage of the exam i.e AFSB Interview. The cutoff of AFCAT online test is scheduled to be declared by October 1, 2018. Candidates securing the qualifying cutoff in the online test will become eligible to choose centres for Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) interview. IAF decides AFCAT cut off for online exam out of 300 whereas for EKT out of 150 marks. The previous years’ AFCAT cut off is given below.

AFCAT Previous Year Cutoff



Online test



























What is AFCAT 2018 Selection Procedure?

The step-wise selection procedure of AFCAT 2018 is explained below:

Step 1: Candidates have to first apply for the exam as per the advertisement. Only those will be allowed to appear for online test whose applications have been accepted by the examination authority. Candidates qualifying the online exam are called for AFSB Interview.

Step 2: Qualified candidates will receive call letter for AFSB Interview. They are required to report at one of the AFSBs at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar and Mysuru.There candidates have to undergo the following tests to ascertain their suitability potential as an Officer in IAF.


The selection procedure for STAGE 1 and STAGE 2:

Stage 1 is a screening test comprising Officer Intelligence rating Test and Picture perception and Discussion Test. Those who clear this stage are eligible to appear for Stage 2.

Stage 2 is conducted for four to five days. This stage comprises the following activities

  • Psychological Tests
  • Group Tests
  • Interview
  • Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test for flying branch candidates

Step 3: Conduct of Medical Examination for candidates recommended in AFSB Interview.
Step 4: Preparation of final merit on the basis of written test and AFSB interview, subjected to medical fitness and vacancies available in various branches.

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