AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 - 3:42 p.m. IST by Aayushi madavi
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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Indian Air Force (IAF) has released the eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 in its notification. Candidates who fulfil AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria can apply for the exam. AFCAT eligibility 2020 is decided on the basis of age, marital status, nationality, educational qualifications, and physical standards of the aspiring candidates. According to AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria, an applicant must be 20 to 24 years of age. All the candidates applying for AFCAT must be a graduate. AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020 is further specified as per the branch for which the candidates wish to apply. Read the article below to know more about AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria.
Latest: Direct link to download AFCAT 2020 admit card will be activated after February 3 on the official website afcat.cdac.in

AFCAT 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on February 23 and 24, applications for which are ongoing from December 1 to 30, 2019. The exam is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned/Class 1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branches) in the Indian Air Force. There are three stages in AFCAT selection process - online test, AFSB interview and medical test. Candidates have to qualify one stage of the exam to appear for the subsequent stage. Candidates who qualify all the stages of the exam will be enrolled in the AFCAT course commencing from January 2021.

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility

The Indian Air Force has prescribed eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 wherein candidates are given details about the age limit, nationality, marital status, education qualification and any other requirement to be eligible to apply for the exam. The AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020 is described below in detail for technical and non-technical posts.

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Nationality: A candidate aspiring to appear for AFCAT 2020 must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit: Candidates filling the application form of AFCAT 2020 for flying must be 20 to 24 years of age while those applying for ground duty can be 20 to 26 years of age. The age specified by candidates must match the date of birth in their matriculation certificate or high school certificate or else the applications will be rejected by IAF. The branch wise AFCAT eligibility criteria for age is given below

Age Limit for AFCAT 2020

Branches

AFCAT Age Limit (as on January 1, 2021)

Flying Branch

20 to 24 years (Born between January 2, 1997 to January 1, 2001) inclusive of both dates.

Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current DGCA issued Commercial Pilot License is 26 years. Such candidates must be born between January 2, 1995 to July 1, 2001 (both dates inclusive).


Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch

20 to 26 years (Born between January 2, 1995 to July 1, 2001 - both dates inclusive)

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility - Educational Qualifications

It must be noted that the educational qualifications required for different branches of AFCAT are different and explained below. The table gives branch-specific details of the eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020.

  • Candidates must be graduates or above

  • Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any backlogs. They should have secured a minimum of 60% marks up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application. They are required to submit proof of passing their degree by November 15, 2020.

  • Where candidates are awarded CGPAs instead of percentage, the conversion of grades/ CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on their University certified procedure.. In case the University does not have any scheme for such conversion, CGPA will be converted into 10 points scale and multiplied by 10 to get equivalent percentage

  • LLB qualified and integrated/ dual degree candidates may get an opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF. However, this may be after commissioning..

Academic Criteria for AFCAT

Branch

Academic Qualifications required

Flying Branch

Candidates must have obtained a minimum 60% marks in both mathematics and physics in class 12. They must have hold any one of the following

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

Or

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

Or

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


Ground Duty (Technical)


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% specified disciplines given below in a table

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.
    OR

  • Candidates who have cleared section A and B exam of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% in any of the disciplines mentioned below in a table

Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

Administration and Logistics: Any one

  • Bachelor's degree (three years) from a recognised university in any discipline with at least 60% or equivalent
    OR

  • Section A and B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India)/Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with 60%.


Logistics: Any one of the following

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

  • Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Accounts: Degree in commerce or equivalent with at least 60%


Specializations allowed for Ground Duty (Technical)

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE(L)} - Specializations allowed

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)} - Specializations Allowed

Aerospace Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering and Automation

Mechanical Engineering (Production)

Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)

Mechatronics

Industrial Engineering


AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Marital Status

Stringent rules regarding the married status have been issued by IAF. The AFCAT eligibility criteria 2020 in terms of the marital status is as follows

  1. Candidates under the age of 25: Must be unmarried at the time of the course commencement

  2. Widowers/Divorcees under the age of 25: Such candidates are not eligible for AFCAT 2020

  3. Candidates over 25 years: Such candidates if married will be allowed to appear for the exam but will not be provided family accommodation during the training period. They will also not be allowed to stay with their family during this period.

  4. Marriage during the training period: This is strictly not allowed. Candidates going against this rule will be discharged and will be liable to pay the expenses incurred by the government on them.

Medical and Physical Standards as per AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

IAF prescribes the following medical and physical standards in the eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2020 -

Eligibility Criteria of AFCAT 2020 for Height and Weight

Height for Flying Branch -

  • Minimum height for both male and female candidates - 162.5 cms

  • Length of legs - 99 to 120 cms

  • Thigh-length while sitting - <64 cms

  • Height while sitting - 81.5 to 96 cms

Height for Ground Duty

  • Minimum height for male candidates - 157.5 cms

  • Minimum height for female candidates - 152 cms

  • Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon - 5 cms less than the above mentioned

  • Candidates from Lakshadweep - 2 cms less than the norm specified above

Candidates can check the ideal height and weight for AFCAT 2020 from the images provided below -

For male candidates

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For female candidates

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Medical Fitness Test

Candidates are required to be physically fit while appearing for the SSB interview. Candidates must be able be able to perform the following tasks in the fitness test of SSB Interview -

  • 1 mile run in 10 minutes
  • 10 push-ups
  • 3 chin-ups

Who are not eligible for AFCAT 2020?

Certain candidates are not eligible to apply for AFCAT 2020. The criteria for such cases is listed below.

  • Candidates who have failed the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS)/ Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt

  • Flight Cadets suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy

  • Candidates who were admitted to an earlier course at the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy Gaya but were removed on grounds of indiscipline

  • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services

  • Candidates who have been convicted on criminal charges as well as those who are still stuck in a criminal case

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria for Already Employed Candidates

Certain formalities must be taken care of candidates who are either employed with the government or government-owned undertakings. These are in the form of a No objection certificate. The details are as below

  • Candidates employed in Government-owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations are required to produce NOC at the time of AFSB testing. NOC is mandatory irrespective of the candidate being a permanent, temporary or contractual employee.

  • In case communication is received from an employer to withhold permission to the candidates who have applied for/ are appearing for AFCAT, their candidature is liable to be cancelled.

  • In case the employer refuses to provide NOC for any reason, that refusal must be taken in writing and submitted to AFSB.

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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.

Question: Is permanent commission given after applying for AFCAT flying branch?

Answer:

No, only short service commission to those in AFCAT flying branch.

Question: Can women apply for AFCAT 2020?

Answer:

Yes, women can apply for AFCAT 2020, but it must be noted that recruitment will be done on short service commission and not permanent commission.

Question: How can I edit an incorrectly filled entry in AFCAT application form?

Answer:

Aspirants must be extra careful while filling the application form of AFCAT 2020 since no changes will be allowed after its submission. 

Question: I am a student of class XII. Can I apply for AFCAT 2020?

Answer:

No, a candidate must be a graduate (post graduate for some posts) in order to apply for AFCAT 2020. 

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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?

AnkiT KunwaR 19th Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,


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.
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what are the post in airforce for girls

Malini S N 25th Jan, 2020

There are three ways by which you can render your to Indian Air Force if you are a female.One is by joining the Flying branch. Female candidates of age 19 to 23 years can opt for flying branch.The eligibility for this is that you should be have a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of 60% marks and had maths and physics as subjects in your class 12.Other is the technical branch for which the age limit is 18-28 years and you should have a degree in Aeronautical engineering from any recognized university with 60% aggregate.The third one is Government duty Branches in which you will be posted in any of the fields of Logistics, Accounts, Education, Administration and Medical & Dental Branch.Qualification for this will differ based on the post you are applying for.

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I am in 12th. Can i apply for AFCAT which is open now?

Manisha Gupta Expert 8th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

AFCAT exam is conducted to recruit the candidates at the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC)/Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches.

As per the eligibility you should be graduate, The eligibility varies to the post. As you told that you are in Class 12th then you are not eligible to apply for AFCAT.

To check the further information you can go through with the given below link.

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

Good Luck!


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if I clear the exam of air Force x &y grp then how many chances to get the job

KISHORE LOHRA 29th Dec, 2019

dear ajay ,

if you clear the airforce group x or group y exam then there is a 50% chance to get the job because clearing the written exam will not provide you the job it only allows a candidate to go for next level which is the physical fitness test and medical .for getting a job in airforce you must have a good physical strength for clearing physical fitness test ,and most of the candidate does this mistake that they prepare for written test but not for physicalfitness test and they disqualified.

so if you want to get the airforce job then you must prepare yourself for both written exam and physical fitness test.

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i am in B. sc final year . can i elligible for afcat now

Mridusmita Deka 22nd Jan, 2020

Hello
You are definitely eligible for AFCAT provided you had Maths and Physics in 10+2 with 60% marks in each subjects. Indian Air Force (IAF) prescribes the eligibility criteria of AFCAT . The eligibility of AFCAT is decided on the basis of age, marital status, nationality, educational qualifications, and physical standards of the aspiring candidates.
AFCAT is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned/Class 1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branches) in the Indian Air Force. There are three stages in AFCAT selection process - online test, AFSB interview and medical test. Candidates have to qualify one stage of the exam to appear for the subsequent stage.

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