AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020
Shristi Kirti, 25 Nov 2019, #IAF AFCAT

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Indian Air Force (IAF) has prescribed AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates. eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 mention the set of norms in terms of nationality, age, educational qualification and physical standards that candidates must fulfill in order to appear successfully for the exam. As per the AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020, the age of candidates must be between 20 to 24 years. The minimum educational qualification required for AFCAT is graduation. However, AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria varies according to the branches for which the candidates want to apply.
Latest: AFCAT Registration Form is Released. Please fill before December 30, 2019

Before filling the application form, candidates must ensure that they fulfill AFCAT eligibility criteria. AFCAT 2020 online test will be conducted in three stages – online test, AFSB Interview which will be followed by the medical test. Candidates who qualify all the three stages will be eligible to appear in the AFCAT course commencing from January 2021. To know more about AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020, candidates can go through the article below.

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the exam, candidates must fulfil all the conditions prescribed by Indian Air Force (IAF).

Nationality – Candidates must be citizens of India to be eligible for AFCAT 2020

Age Limit – As per AFCAT eligibility criteria in 2020, the age requirements of candidates applying for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branch has been provided below. IAF will accept only that date of birth which is entered in Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate during application form submission and request for further change will not be entertained by the authority.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Limit

Branches

AFCAT Age Limit (as on July 1, 2020)

Flying Branch

20 to 24 years (Born between July 2, 1996 to July 1, 2000)

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch

20 to 26 years (Born between July 2, 1994 to July 1, 2000)

Note: For Flying Branch, upper age limit of candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years (born between July 2, 1994 to July 1, 2000).

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Educational Qualification

The educational requirements for the different branches of AFCAT have been provided below.

For Flying branch

Candidates must have passed class 12 with minimum 60% in both Mathematics and Physics and

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (3 years) in any discipline from a recognised university.

Or

  • Hold B.Tech/ BE degree with minimum 60% from a recognised university.

Or

  • Have cleared section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India with minimum 60% from a recognised university.

For Ground Duty (Technical branch)

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE(L)}: Candidates must have passed class 12 with minimum 60% each in Physics and Mathematics and also holds four years Bachelor’s degree or integrated post-graduation degree in Engineering/ Technology from a recognized university.

Or

Candidates who have cleared sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India/ Graduate membership exam of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with at least 60% in the following discipline:

  • Communication Engineering

  • Computer Engineering/Technology

  • Computer Engineering and Application

  • Computer Science and Engineering/Technology

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Electronics Engineering/Technology

  • Electronics Science and Engineering

  • Electronics

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering

  • Electronics and Computer Science

  • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering

  • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)

  • Electronics and Computer Engineering

  • Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering

  • Electronics Instrument & Control

  • Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering

  • Instrumentation & Control Engineering

  • Instrument & Control Engineering

  • Information Technology

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)} - Candidates with minimum 60% in Mathematics and Physics in class 12 and bachelor’s degree (4 years)/integrated post graduation in Engineering/ Technology from a recognized university are eligible to apply for the exam. Candidates who have cleared section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% in any of the disciplines mentioned below:

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Aeronautical Engineering

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering and Automation

  • Mechanical Engineering (Production)

  • Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)

  • Mechatronics

  • Industrial Engineering

For Ground Duty (Non-Technical branch)

Administration and Logistics: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree of minimum three years from a recognised university in any discipline with at least 60% or equivalent or should have cleared section A and B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with 60%

Accounts: B.Com degree or equivalent with at least 60%

Education: MBA/MCA/MA/MSc degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/Statistics/InternationalRelations/International Studies/Defence Studies/Psychology/Computer Science/IT/Management/Mass Communication/Journalism/Public Relation with 50% aggregate and 60% during graduation. For integrated courses, the minimum duration must be as per UGC guidelines with a minimum aggregate of 50%.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Marital Status

  • Candidates below the age of 25 years must not be married during the commencement of course.

  • Widowers/Divorcees below the age of 25 years are not eligible for the exam.

  • During the training period, marriage will not be permitted. Candidates doing so will be discharged and such candidates will be liable to refund all expenses incurred upon him by the Government.

  • Candidates above 25 years of age who are married can apply for the exam. However, during training accommodation will not be provided for their family nor will the candidates be allowed to live out with family.

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria – Physical and Medical Standards

The physical and medical requirements as prescribed by IAF are as follows:

Height and weight parameters

For Flying Branch, the minimum height of candidates (both male and female) should be 162.5 cms. Leg length must be between 99 and 120 cms. Thigh length must be less than 64cms while the sitting height must be between 81.5 to 96 cms.

For Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branch), male candidates must be at least 157.5 cms. The minimum height requirement for female candidates is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and candidates from northeastern states, minimum height will be 5 cms less while for Lakshadweep candidates, minimum height accepted for eligibility will be 2 cms less.

Visual Standards of AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020

For Flying Branch

Requirements

Vision standard

Minimum distant vision

6/6, 6/9

Corrected with glass (for Hypermetropia)

6/6, 6/6

Colour vision

CP-I

Hypermetropia

+2.0 d Sph

Manifest Myopia

Nil

Retinoscopic Myopia

-0.5 in any Meridian permitted

Astigmatism

+0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D maximum)

Maddox Rod Test at 6 meters

Exo-6 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypro-1 prism D

Maddox Rod Test at 33 cms

Exo-16 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypo-1 prism D

  • Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible

  • Handheld Stereoscope - all BSV Grades

  • Convergence - up to 10cms

  • Cover test for distant and near - Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete

  • Candidates must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth)

For Ground Duty (Technical branch)

Maximum Limits of Refractive Error

Visual Acuity Errors

Colour Vision

Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory when advised

CP-II

For Ground Duty (Non-Technical branch)

Sub Branch

Maximum Limits of Refractive Error

Visual Acuity Errors

Colour Vision

Administration

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: - 3.5 D Sph

Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual acuity - 6/6 in both eyes

CP-II

Logistics

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: - 3.5 D Sph

Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual acuity - 6/6 in better eye and 6/18 in worse eye

CP-III

Accounts and Education

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: - 3.5 D Sph

Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual acuity - 6/6 in better eye and 6/18 in worse eye

CP-III

Meteorology

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: - 3.5 D Sph

Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual acuity - 6/6 in better eye and 6/18 in worse eye

CP-II

Other AFCAT eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must not have any disease of the bones/joints

  • They should not have a past history of mental breakdown/fits

  • Candidates must not possess a sign of functional/ organic disease of heart and blood vessel; blood pressure of candidates should be normal

  • Candidates will be rejected if evidence of disease of internal organs is found

  • Candidates with un-operated inguinal hernia will be rejected

  • Candidates must not have hydrocele, varicocele or piles

  • Candidates will be rejected if an abnormality is found during a urine test

  • X-Ray of candidates’ chest is mandatory

  • Hearing of candidates must be normal and they must not have past/ present disease of ear, nose, and throat

Spinal Conditions for Flying Branch

As per AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020, candidates who are applying for Flying branch must not have a past medical history of disease/ injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints. If candidates have a history of spinal fracture, prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment, their candidature will be rejected.

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Important Points

Some of the chief points related to the eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 has been provided below.

  • Admission at all stages of examination is granted provisionally.

  • The eligibility of candidates is verified at any time before/ after online exam or AFSB test. Candidates not fulfilling eligibility conditions are deemed as disqualified from the recruitment process.

  • Conversion of CGPA to percentage in degree will be on the basis of procedure prescribed by the University.

  • Candidates in final year of graduation are eligible to apply provided they do not have any backlog and have secured 60% till the semester attended by them for which result has been announced.

  • Candidates who have previously failed the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS)/ Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) or is Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy are ineligible to apply in Flying Branch.

  • Those admitted to National Defence Academy (NDA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai and Gaya but were removed on the interdisciplinary ground will not be eligible to apply for AFCAT 2020.

AFCAT Application Form 2020

IAF is to release the AFCAT application form on December 01, 2019 in online mode. The last date to fill AFCAT 2020 application form online is December 30, 2019. After filling the online application form of AFCAT 2020, candidates will have to pay an online application fee of Rs. 250 irrespective of category and gender. No applications will be considered successful if the online application fee is not paid.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What if I qualify the AFCAT exam but do not pass in EKT, then will I be considered in the merit list.

Answer:

If you pass in AFCAT exam but not in EKT then you will be eligible for ground duty branch since EKT is for Technical Branch only.

Question: Is there any age relaxation in AFCAT for OBC candidates?

Answer:

No, there is no such age relaxation given to any candidate on the basis of category.

Question: How many times can I appear for the AFCAT exam?

Answer:

There is no such limit on the number of attempts you can make in AFCAT, however, you can appear as many times as you wish, provided you are within the age limit determined by the

Question: Will be eligible to appear for the exam if I have got married last year.

Answer:

If you are above 25 years of age and married, then you can apply for the exam. However, married candidates below the age of 25 years are not eligible.

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I want to join Indian Air Force in flying batch but I have confusion that how I can join

Rehan Alam Student Expert 10th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You can give AFCAT examination conducted twice a year for the Flying officer in Indian Air Force if you have a technical background that is BTECH/BE. The exam is conducted in August(AFCAT-2) and January(AFCAT-1). The form is available a month prior to the exam.

The AFCAT has GK, VERBAL, MATHEMATICS(QUANTITATIVE) and REASONING(LOGICAL). Students who clear the cutoff are required to clear the SSB.

You could read more about it here:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/afcat-2019

Hope this helps. Thank You.

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