About IAF AFCAT 2019

Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) twice annually in the month of February and September to recruit candidates as Commissioned/ Class 1 Gazetted Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branches) and Meteorology entry for grant of Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Indian Air Force. AFCAT is conducted in two stages – online exam and SSB Interview conducted by Air Force Selection Board. Candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical branch) have to appear for additional Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) which is conducted to test candidates’ understanding and capability in the proper application of the subject.

Frequency: 2 times a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Indian Air Force
Duration 2 Hours

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IAF AFCAT Aug 2019 Important Dates

IAF AFCAT (Session Aug 2019)

Past Dates and Events

17 Sep, 2019

Result | Mode: Online

24 Aug, 2019 - 25 Aug, 2019

Exam - Online test | Mode: Online

05 Aug, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

01 Jun, 2019 - 30 Jun, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

IAF AFCAT Air Force Common Admission Test (Session Feb 2019)

Past Dates and Events

08 Mar, 2019 - 12 Mar, 2019

AFSB date and venue selection | Mode: Online

05 Mar, 2019

Result - Online test | Mode: Online

30 Jan, 2019 - 17 Feb, 2019

Admit Card - Online test | Mode: Online

16 Feb, 2019 - 17 Feb, 2019

Exam | Mode: Online

01 Dec, 2018 - 30 Dec, 2018

Application | Mode: Online

01 Dec, 2018

Advertisement | Mode: Online

IAF AFCAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

IAF AFCAT EKT Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India

Age Limit: Candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical), the age limit is 20 to 26 years of age

Marital Status: Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried. Widows/ widowers and divorcees below 25 years of age are not eligible to apply for the exam

Educational Qualification: Candidates who have opted for Ground Duty (Technical branch) should hold the following educational qualification to be eligible for the examination:

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


Candidates clearing sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of 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

IAF AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

AFCAT eligibility criteria are prescribed by Indian Air Force (IAS) along with the notification. The eligibility criteria of AFCAT 2019 has been provided below.

Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India

Age Limit: Candidates applying for Flying Branch should be between 20 to 24 years of age while for Ground Duty (Non-Technical) candidates, the age limit is 20 to 26 years of age

Marital Status: Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried. Widows/ widowers and divorcees below 25 years of age are not eligible to apply for the exam

Educational Qualification:

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.


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


  • 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 (Non-Technical branch)

Administration and Logistics: Candidates should hold bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from a recognised university in any discipline with minimum 60% or equivalent or should clear section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India)/ Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with 60% or more

Accounts: B.Com degree with at least 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 50% aggregate and 60% during graduation. For integrated courses, the minimum duration should be in accordance to the UGC guidelines with a minimum aggregate of 50%.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

The authority releases the application form of AFCAT for all aspiring candidates. All eligible candidates can fill the application form along with the payment of application fee of Rs. 250 in online mode using credit/debit cards and net banking.

Steps to fill AFCAT application form:

To fill AFCAT application form, candidates must had to first register for the exam. After successfully registering for the exam, candidates had to choose their selection of entry. Candidates had to click on the instructions and then mark the checkbox to move on to fill the application form. In the part of application form filling, candidates had to furnish information such as personal, educational qualification, course preference, communication details, uploading of documents, selection of exam city followed by signing of declaration. In the next step, candidates had to pay the application fee of Rs. 250. Candidates who had paid the fee should check ‘Payment Status’. If the registration number was being displayed in the ‘Payment Status’ then the payment had been made and candidates had applied successfully for the exam.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
SC, ST, OBC, General Online Female, Male ₹ 250

IAF AFCAT 2019 Syllabus

Error detection
Sentence completion/filling in of correct word
Antonyms and testing of vocabulary
Idioms and phrases
General awareness
Current affairs
Basic science
Numerical ability
Decimal fraction
Time and work
Profit and loss
Ratio and proportion and simple interest
Time and distance (trains, boats and streams)
Reasoning and military aptitude test
Verbal skills and spatial ability

IAF AFCAT 2019 Preparation Tips


The preparation tips help candidates prepare for AFCAT 2019 in a more systematic way. With the help of the preparation tips, candidates can secure better marks in the exam. AFCAT preparation tips 2019 has been given below.

  • Go through the syllabus and familiarise with the exam pattern
  • Devise proper study plan so as to cover the complete syllabus in time
  • Prepare notes, diagrams, formulas and go through them on a regular basis
  • Thoroughly revise the topics after completion
  • Solving sample papers, practice papers will help candidates understand weightage, types of questions and difficulty level of the exam

IAF AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern

IAF AFCAT EKT Exam Pattern

Candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical branch) must appear for additional online test - Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The test is held for half an hour immediately after the completion of AFCAT online test. The exam pattern of AFCAT Engineering Knowledge Test is given below.

AFCAT exam pattern for Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT):



Number of questions

Total marks






45 minutes

Computer Science

Electrical and Electronics

IAF AFCAT Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of AFCAT is provided by Indian Air Force (IAF). The exam pattern allots details such as the number of questions, duration and total number of marks of the exam. AFCAT exam pattern 2019 for the various exam stages have been provided below.

AFCAT exam pattern for online test:



Number             of questions

Total             marks



General Awareness



120             minutes

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Reasoning and Aptitude Test

Marking Scheme:

For correct answer: 3 marks

For incorrect responses: 1 mark

For unattempted questions: No marks

IAF AFCAT 2019 Admit Card

Indian Air Force (IAF) issues the online admit card of AFCAT 2019 for all those candidates who fill the application form successfully. Candidates are able to avail the admit card through username and password. The link to access AFCAT admit card has also be sent to candidates’ registered email ID. The admit card of AFCAT 2019 is released separately for the different stages of the exam. The steps to download admit card are as follows:

Step 1: Click on the link

Step 2: Enter username and password

Step 3: Type CAPTCHA code

Step 4: Click ‘Log In’

Step 5: The admit card is displayed onthe screen

Step 6: Download and print copy of admit card

IAF AFCAT 2019 Exam Centers

State City
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Haryana Ambala
Punjab Amritsar
Odisha Berhampur
Karnataka Belgaum
Bihar Bhagalpur
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Rajasthan Bikaner
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Jharkhand Dhanbad
Daman and Diu Diu
West Bengal Durgapur
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Kerala Kannur
Nagaland Kohima
Maharashtra Kolhapur
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Puducherry Puducherry
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla

Documents Required at Exam

  • Aadhaar card
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Voter card
  • College Identity card
  • AFCAT Admit card

IAF AFCAT 2019 Result

The result of AFCAT online test is announced online by Indian Air Force (IAF) in April 2019. The result is  declared in the form of pdf file. On the basis of AFCAT result 2019, candidates are selected for AFSB Interview. The final result is announced after the completion of Interview/ AFSB stage. The final result is prepared on the basis of marks secured in both stages of the exam – online test and AFSB Interview.

Steps to check AFCAT result:

  • Click on the link
  • Login using email ID and password
  • Enter security code code
  • Check status of AFCAT result

IAF AFCAT 2019 Cutoff

Indian Air Force (IAF) will determine the cutoff of each stage of AFCAT exam. The cutoff of AFCAT 2019 will be declared along with the result for each stage of the exam. Candidates must secure more than or equal to the cutoff determined by IAF to be shortlisted for subsequent stage of the exam. The final cutoff will be announced after the completion of AFSB Interview. Candidates securing the minimum final cut off or more will be shortlisted for recruitment as Commissioned/ Gazetted Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) for grant of Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission.

IAF AFCAT 2019 Selection Process

Indian Air Force (IAF) will conduct AFCAT 2019 for recruitment of candidates as  Commissioned/ Gazetted Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branch) for grant of Short Service Commission or Permanent Commission. Candidates will be selected for recruitment on the basis of two exam stage – online test and AFSB Interview. In order to be selected for AFSB Interview, candidates must obtain the minimum cutoff in the online exam stage, as determined by the authority. AFSB Interview will be conducted in two stages – Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is qualifying in nature and comprises Officer Intelligence Rating Test, Picture Perception and Discussion Test. Candidates shortlisted on the basis of Stage 1 will be called for Stage 2. The second stage of interview will contain psychological test, group test, and interview. Candidates applying for Flying branch will have to appear in additional Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS). Candidates qualifying the interview stage will need to appear in medical test after which final merit list will be prepared based on online test and interview.

IAF AFCAT 2019 Counselling Centers

State City
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Karnataka Mysuru
Gujarat Gandhinagar
Uttar Pradesh Varanasi

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Class 10 certificate
  • Class 12 marksheet
  • Certificate of graduation/ post graduation degree
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) from employer if candidate is Government employee
  • Commercial Pilots License issued by DGCA (if applicable)
  • NCC certificate (if applicable)

General Information

Questions related to IAF AFCAT

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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:


Hope this helps. Thank You.

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