Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Every year Lakhs for candidates write AFCAT exam and the number of defence aspirant are increasing day by day. AFCAT exam is one of the best and the most famous defence exam among aspirants for obvious reasons. In this post, we are talking about the upcoming AFCAT exam Branch & Course Number: Flying Branch (short services commission ) Technical Branch(short services commission and permanent commission) Ground Duty Branch(short services commission and permanent commission)
Eligibility criteria for AFCAT
For Flying Branch: Candidate should be Graduates in any discipline from a recognized university with minimum of 60% marks and should have passed Maths & Physics at 10+2 level or BE/B.Tech. degree (four year course) or cleared Sections A and B of examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society with minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
For Ground Duty (Technical): Candidate should have a minimum of 60% marks in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four year degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology or cleared Sections A and B of examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the relevant disciplines.
FOR GROUND DUTY (NON-TECHNICAL) (For Graduates/ Post Graduates)
Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force.
General Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty Branches
Age20 to 26 Years
or Graduates and Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course).
Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.
Both men and women
As a Graduate/ Post Graduate you can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches:
Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission(forMen&Women) Responsible for the efficient management of both human and material resources. Some of the officers of the Administration Branch are selected and trained to carry out the following duties also
- Air Traffic Controller – Involves maintaining an orderly flow of traffic and airspace management
- Fighter Controller – Involves close contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.
Graduation degree (minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
Permanent Commission(for Men) /Short Service Commission(forMen&Women) Responsible for efficient financial management of funds.You will also act as internal auditor to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.
B. Com. degree (minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)Responsible for materials management of all Air Force resources. You would ensure efficient supervision of inventories, and involve in procurement processes of various ranges of equipment.
Graduate degree (minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent
EDUCATION BRANCHPermanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
MA/M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International Relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT / Management / MBA / MCA / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relations with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together in Post-Graduation (minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in Graduation (both recognised by UGC / Competent Accreditation Authority).
Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)As a Meteorology Branch Officer you would be involved handling the latest satellite imagery and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, you would render specific advice to the operators on all aspects of weather.
Post Graduation Degree in any science stream / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo-physics / Environmental Biology. All candidates should have scored a minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers of Post Graduation put together and should have studied Maths & Physics in Graduation with minimum of 55% marks in both subjects.
Age Limit (as on 01-01-2018):
- For Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years
- For Ground Duty Branch: 20 to 26 years
General category candidates have to pay Rs.100 and the postal charge through Challan.
Syllabus for AFCAT
- General Awareness
- Verbal Ability in English
- Numerical Ability
- Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
max. questions 100 ; max..marks 100*3=300,2hrs
AFCAT exam also contains the Negative Marking Scheme for each and every wrong answer. 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer
Rounds after qualifying AFCAT
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) will be held for candidates applying for technical branch.After this test,
- Stage 1 (intelligence test and other test),
- Stage 2 (Psychological Test, Group Tests and Interview)
- Stage 3 (CPSS and PABT for Flying Branch) will be conducted.
- At last Medical Examination will be conducted.