How to Join Indian Air Force

How to Join Indian Air Force


AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. This test is held twice a year by Indian Air Force. The first exam is held in the month of February and the second in the month of September to select Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). AFCAT is an opportunity for both male and female aspirants who wish to join the Indian Air Force for both Short Service Commission (SSC) and Permanent Commission (PC) for both technical and non-technical roles.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in both written exams and the Air Force Selection Board interview which is (AFSB). Candidates applying for the technical ground role have to appear for both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for AFCAT the candidate has to fulfill some eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for flying branch are the age limit is 20-24 years. The candidate having a commercial pilot license is relaxed up to 26 years.

The age limit for ground duty technical and non-technical branch is between 20-26 years.

Educational qualification and Eligibility required for AFCAT:

The candidates applying for the Flying branch have to fulfill these educational qualifications. Candidates must have passed with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics and Physics in Class 12th and Graduation in any discipline with 60% or equivalent Or BE/ BTech with 60% or equivalent. Or Candidates have cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with 60%.


The candidates applying for ground duty technical branch of Indian Air Force:

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics):

The candidates must have Passed Class 10+2 with 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics and must have four years degree in Engineering / Technology. On the other hand, the candidate must have cleared Sections A and B of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with 60% in disciplines specified by the examination authority.

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical):

Candidates must have passed 10+2 with 60% in Physics and Mathematics and degree/integrated post-graduation in Engineering/Technology or the candidate must have cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with minimum 60% marks or equivalent in certain disciplines specified by Indian Air Force (IAF).

What is the exam syllabus for AFCAT?

AFCAT- General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

EKT – Mechanical, Computer Science, and Electrical & Electronics.

What is the exam pattern followed in the exam AFCAT and EKT?

The question paper of AFCAT will have a total of 100 objective questions. The total marks allotted to the test are 300. EKT will have a total of 50 questions. The maximum marks allotted to the test are 150. The exam is conducted in the English Language.

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