What is the purpose of the AFCAT Exam

The AFCAT exam is conducted twice yearly by Indian Air Force (IAF), with the purpose of recruiting Class-1 Gazetted Officers in flying and ground duties(technical and non-technical). Millions of students appear for this exam to become Indian Air Force Officers and to contribute to their nation by protecting India’s freedom. For the selection process, student candidates must perform well in written tests, interviews, medical fitness tests, and the All-India merit list. Aspirants should be aware of the AFCAT syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility and Age limit. The AFCAT 2022 exam has already been administered. 


AFCAT 2022 (2)  exam was held on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of August 2022. AFCAT 2022 Result has been declared on 23rd September 2022. The result is available for all candidates on the official website of IAF afcat.cdac.in. AFCAT exam 1 and 2 have been held for 2022, respectively. AFCAT exam 2023 will be held around the last week of February 2023 for admission to January IAF courses.

AFCAT Exam qualification for Flying branch

Flying branch: Minimum 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a three-year graduation degree OR BE/BTech degree (Four years course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR cleared the Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers India or Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% or equivalent from a recognized university.

AFCAT exam qualification for Ground duty technical Branch:

The AFCAT exam can prepare an individual for The Technical Ground Duty post which is divided into two categories such as Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) and Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical). Both posts require a minimum of 60% marks in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation or post-graduation in Engineering and Technology from a recognized university.

AFCAT Age Eligibility Criteria 

For Flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry, candidates must be 20 to 24 years old. The upper age limit for candidates holding a valid Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable for up to 26 years. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch – For the post of Ground Duty Branch, candidates must be 20 to 26 years.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria – Marital Status 

Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are not eligible for the exam. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply; however, during the training period, IAF will neither provide them with married accommodation nor can they live out with family.

Syllabus for Written Test 

Numerical or Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Military Aptitude and Reasoning.

AFCAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section:

The AFCAT syllabus under the section assess parameters mathematical and reasoning ability. Numerical ability sections of the AFCAT exam are easy to a moderate extent. The questions would be asked on topics such as Number system, Time, HCF and LCM, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest, and compound Interest, Pipes and Cistern.

AFCAT Syllabus- General Awareness

Under the general knowledge section, the AFCAT syllabus questions are designed based on current events in various fields: Science, History, Politics, Environment, Geography, Defence, Culture and Heritage, Sports, and Current affairs. Thus, students must be aware of National and International news. Around 20 questions are asked in this section.

AFCAT Syllabus- Verbal ability

This AFCAT syllabus under this section analyses the proficiency of the student in English. Around 30 questions are asked in this section. The unit comprises Comprehension, Basic Grammar, Error detection, Tenses, Fill in the blanks, Sentence completion, Synonyms and Antonyms, idioms or phrases, Testing vocabulary, and One-word substitution.

AFCAT Syllabus- Reasoning and Military aptitude test

This section under the AFCAT syllabus comprises of questions based on the following topics: Missing Figures, Figure Classification, Coding and Decoding, Spotting the Embedded Figures, Sequencing, Odd One Out, Analogy, Venn Diagram, Pattern Completion, Dot Situation Analysis, Blood Relation etc. 

Exam Pattern for written test

The mode of examination for AFCAT is online; for all the candidates of the AFCAT exam, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The questions involved in the AFCAT exam adheres to the AFCAT syllabus available on the official website.

In AFCAT, there are a number of 100 questions with maximum marks being 300 in a duration of 2 hours (120 minutes) covering General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. There is a marking of +3 in case of a correct answer and a marking of -1 mark in case of an incorrect answer. Under EKT, students will be given 45 minutes, a set of 50 questions with maximum marks being 150, covering topics about Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics. Correct answer being +3 and Incorrect answer being -1 and no marks for unattended questions.


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