AFCAT 2018 – Indian Air Force (IAF) is expected to conduct AFCAT (2) 2018 on August 18 and 19. AFCAT admit card has been released online on August 2. The mock test of AFCAT has been released by IAF on July 26, 2018. Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted for aspirants who want 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. As per AFCAT eligibility criteria, candidate’s age should be between 20 to 26 years and must be a graduate. Both male and female candidates are eligible to apply for AFCAT 2018. Total 158 vacancies have been released for the post of commissioned officers in Flying or Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) of IAF.
AFCAT 2018 is conducted in two stages - exam and Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview. However, candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical branch) are required to take an additional test, Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The application form of AFCAT 2 was released on June 16 and candidates were able to register till July 15, 2018. It was mandatory for candidates to provide Aadhaar card credentials while filling AFCAT application form 2018. Read below for more details on AFCAT 2018 such as dates, application form, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, admit card, syllabus, result, cut off and selection procedure.
AFCAT 2018 – Overview
Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Indian Air Force (IAF)
Commissioned officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches
Number of vacancies available
Level of examination
Online Exam, EKT (for Ground Duty Technical Branch), AFSB Interview
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
AFCATadmit cardissued from
August 2, 2018(10:00 am onwards)
Date of AFCAT 2018 online exam
August 18 or 19, 2018
AFSB Interview dates
To be announced
Declaration of final result
To be announced
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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.
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 perDefenceMatrix
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.
Must be a citizen of India
20 – 24 years (as on July 1, 2019)
Ground Duty (Technical and Non Technical)
20 – 26 years (as on July 1, 2019)
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 formwas July 15, 2018. The registration feewas Rs. 250 whichcandidates were able to fill online. Candidateswere able to fill the AFCAT application form using the steps provided.
- Register for the exam by entering details like name, email id, mobile number.
- On successful registration, Registration ID and Password was generated.
- The samewas 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
- Candidateswere 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 mandatoryto 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.
The admit card of AFCAThas been issued by Indian Air Force (IAF) on August 2, 2018 from 10 am onwards. Candidates can download the online 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 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
General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
EKT(For Ground Duty Technical Branch only)
Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics
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 will announce AFCAT result 2018 separately for each exam stage – online test and AFSB Interview. 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. 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
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
- 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.