Eligibility / Exam Pattern

AFCAT

Eligibility Criteria

Age – The age range for flying is different than the age range for Technical ground duty.

  • Flying – The age range for flying branch is 20-24 years.
  • Technical – The age of candidate must fall between 20-26 years for this post
  • Ground duty – The candidates must have his age in between 20-26 years for this post.

Flying Branch

As a Graduate/ Engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:

CDSE (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION) (FOR MEN ONLY)

  • Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.
    Sr. No 1 Eligibility
    Age

    Marital Status

    Nationality

    Gender

    20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)

    Unmarried

    Indian

    Men

    Educational Qualifications: 

     

     Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech (Four Year Course).

    Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

    No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.

NCC SPECIAL ENTRY (FOR MEN ONLY)

(Through NCC Air Squadrons / DG NCC)

  • As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.
    Sr. No 1 Eligibility
    Age

    Marital Status

    Nationality

    Gender

    20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)

    Unmarried

    Indian

    Men

    Educational Qualifications: 

     

    Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level

    OR

    BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent

    Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

    NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate.

SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

  • You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.
  • Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.
    Sr. No 1 Eligibility
    Age

     

     

     

    Marital Status

    Nationality

    Gender

    20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course)

     

     

    Unmarried

    Indian

    Men and Women

    Educational Qualifications: 

     

    Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.

    Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Technical Branch-

Sr. No 1 Eligibility
Age

 

Marital Status

Nationality

Gender

20 to 26 Years for Graduates and Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course)

Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.

Indian

Men and Women

Educational Qualifications: 

 

 Graduation degree (minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum 60% marks  or equivalent.(with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)

Entry into the Technical Branch is through two schemes, both via AFCAT

UNIVERSITY ENTRY SCHEME(UES) 

For candidates studying in Pre-Final year of B-tech/BE degree course

For men only. Grant of Permanent Commission.

Educational Qualifications: The candidate must be currently studying in Pre-final year of BE / BTech degree course with choice of subject as mentioned above. There must be No backlog / arrears of papers of previous semesters at the time of SSB Testing. On completion of degree, minimum 60% of marks in aggregate in all papers put together are mandatory.

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING COURSE

After completion of Engineering degree or while in your final year/semester of Engineering

For both Men and Women. Permanent Commission (for men) / Short Service Commission (For men and women)

Marks – Must have scored a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in any one of the  listed disciplines.

Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of SSB testing and they produce provisional/ original degree issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Ground Duty Branch

Sr. No 1 Eligibility
Age

 

Marital Status

Nationality

Gender

20 to 26 Years for Graduates and Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course)

Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.
Indian
Men and Women

Educational Qualifications: 
 
Graduation degree (minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
As a Graduate/ Post Graduate you can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches

1.       ADMINISTRATION BRANCH

2.       ACCOUNTS BRANCH

3.       LOGISTICS BRANCH

4.       EDUCATION BRANCH

5.       METEOROLOGY BRANCH

Physical Standards:

 

1. Height and Weight: Minimum height: 162.5 cms with correlated weight, Leg Length : Min – 99 cms. Max – 120 cms. Thigh Length: Max – 64 cms. Sitting Height : Min – 81.5 cms. Max – 96 cms.
2. Vision: Minimum Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) if the following conditions are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination:-

(a)       LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.

(b)       The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.

(c)       At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.

(d)       The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.

(e)       Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorities whose decision on the fitness would be final.

AFCAT 2017 Exam Pattern:

The AFCAT will have of 100 multiple choice questions and each question will carry three marks. So Question paper will be 300. The negative marking is applicable; there is one-third negative marking in AFCAT 2017 exam. For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be subtract as penalty.

AFCAT

The AFCAT 2017 paper will consist of four sections:

 

1. General Awareness
2. Verbal Ability
3. Numerical Ability
4. Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

Selection Procedure

Here are the important information associated with AFCAT selection procedure, please go through the same:

There are various stages of selection procedure.

Stage 1 will be an intelligence test. It is a kind of screening test after clearing which candidates will be able to go for further stages.

The second stage will include Psychological, Group Tests and Interview which will be organized over five subsequent days.

For Flying Branch: Candidates will have to undergone through a test conducted by Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS). It will be conducted once in lifetime.

How to apply for AFCAT 2017

1.      The interested and eligible candidates may apply online from official website http://careerairforce.nic.in/ or by following the below given steps:

2.      Applicants are recommended to Click on ‘New Registration’ link below

3.      Fill in all the demanded details and information in the registration form and Submit

4.      Then a User ID and password will be sent to your email which you provide them earlier while filling your form.

5.      Use that User ID and password to login by using the ‘Login for Online Application’ link.

6.      Correctly fill all your details on application form.

7.      Upload recent color passport size scanned photograph, signature and a thumb impression.

8.      When uploaded photograph submit your form. After that take a hard-copy (printout) of the application form for further reference.

9.      Candidates will receive Registration ID in their email, when he/she successful completion their application  submission.

Syllabus-2017(Click here)