Indian Airforce AFCAT:

Indian Air Force Are Invited to Online Application Form for the Recruitment / Admission Under Air Force Common Admission Test AFCAT 2020. The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force. Both male and female aspirants can join flying and ground duty (technical and non-technical) branches through AFCAT 2020. This exam is conducted to recruit Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). Interested candidates can submit online applications for AFCAT through the official website

Important Dates for Indian Airforce AFCAT 2020:

  • Starting Date for Apply Online:15/06/2020
  • Last Date for Apply Online: 14/07/2020
  • Last Date Pay Exam Fee: 14/07/2020
  • Exam Date: 03-04 October 2020
  • Admit Card Available: September 2020

Click here to download AFCAT Admit Card 2020: Link to Download Admit Card

Application Fee:

  • AFCAT Entry: 250/- for All Candidates
  • NCC Special Entry: 0/-
  • Metrology Entry: 0/-

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT 2020:

Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India

Educational Qualification:

  • Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and Graduation with a minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. 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%.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branches)

  • Administration: Passed 10+2 and Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Education: Passed 10+2 and Post-Graduation with 50% in any discipline.

Meteorology: Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream with a minimum of 50% marks.

Ground Duty (Technical Branch):

  • Aeronautical Engineer(Electronics){AE(L)}: Candidates with a minimum of 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognized University.

Age limit: The age limits prescribed for the exam are different for different branches.


Age Limit

Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry

Candidates should be between 20 to 24 years. The upper age limit for candidates having a Commercial Pilot License is relaxed up to 26 years.

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch

The age of candidates should be between 20 to 26 years.

Marital Status:

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Widows/Widowers and divorcees below 25 years of age are also not eligible.
  • Candidates who marry to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training.
  • Those who marry during the period of training will be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the government.
  • Married candidates above 25 years are eligible to apply but during their training period, they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family.

Selection Process for AFCAT 2020:

  • AFCAT Written Exam is the only criterion for clearing the first stage for the Non-Technical candidates; while AFCAT EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates.
  • Declaration of result 
  • Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) interview.
  • Medical Test
  • Final Merit

Online Test / Written Examination:

Mode of examination: Online mode

Duration of examination: 2 hours for AFCAT and 45 minutes for EKT

Language of Exam: English language

Type of questions: Objective questions

All registered candidates are required to appear for the AFCAT online test. The test comprises questions from General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. The EKT, which is conducted for candidates with one of the choices as Technical Branch, comprises questions from Mechanical, Computer Science, and Electrical & Electronics. The maximum marks allotted to AFCAT are 300. The test paper of EKT carries a total of 150 marks.



No. of Questions




(For both Non-Technical & Technical Candidates)

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



2 Hours

Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT-For Technical Candidates)

Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics



45 Minutes


1. Both AFCAT Written and EKT Exam will be conducted in English Medium only.

2. Each question will consist of 3 marks both in AFCAT written and EKT Exam

3. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

4. Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable.

5. The Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

Declaration of the result:

The AFCAT result is announced online on the official website. Candidates need to login to their account by entering email ID, password, and captcha code. The result displays the qualifying status, section-wise marks, overall marks, and cutoff marks. On the basis of the AFCAT result, candidates are called for AFSB Interview. 

AFSB Interview:

Candidates declared successful in the AFCAT exam are called for AFSB Interview. The interview comprises three stages.

AFSB centers:  Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB), and Varanasi (4 AFSB).

Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day.

Stage II: Psychological tests are conducted on Day 1(Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after the document check for the next five days.

For Flying Branch: Candidates applying for the flying branch are required to appear in the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

Final Merit List:

The final merit list is prepared from amongst the candidates who secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in the written exam and AFSB test. All candidates are placed in the order of merit on the basis of total marks secured in written exams and AFSB tests. 

AFCAT Medical Fitness Test:

To qualify the SSB interview round, the candidates should need to have physical fitness. They should need to perform the below-mentioned fitness exam for qualifying the SSB interview:

  1. 10 push-ups

  2. 1 mile run in 10 Minutes

  3. 3 chin-ups

Syllabus for AFCAT 2020:

General Awareness Syllabus for AFCAT: 

This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section.

The major topics covered in this section are given below:

  1. History

  2. Sports

  3. Geography

  4. Art and Culture

  5. Current Affairs

  6. Politics

  7. Civics

  8. Environment

  9. Defense

  10. Basic Science

English Syllabus for AFCAT:

This section tests the proficiency of students in English. The knowledge of the language through comprehension is also a part of this section. The total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.

The important topics for this section are:

  1. Comprehension

  2. Basic Grammar

  3. Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word

  4. Tenses

  5. Error Detection

  6. Sentence Completion

  7. Synonyms and Antonyms

  8. Testing of Vocabulary

Numerical Ability Syllabus for AFCAT:

This section is to check the knowledge, speed, and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems. Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  1. Decimal and Fraction

  2. Simple Interest & Compound Interest

  3. Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

  4. Percentage

  5. Ratio & Proportion

  6. Time and Work

  7. Average

  8. Profit & Loss

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Syllabus for AFCAT:

  1. Odd One Out

  2. Analogy

  3. Venn Diagram

  4. Pattern Completion

  5. Dot Situation Analysis

  6. Blood Relation

  7. Missing Figures

  8. Figure Classification

  9. Coding and Decoding

  10. Spotting the Embedded Figures

  11. Sequencing

EKT Syllabus Syllabus for AFCAT:

EKT is conducted for candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch. The syllabus comprises topics from Mechanical, Computer Science, and Electrical & Electronics. This section comprises a total of 50 questions. The test carries a total of 150 marks. AFCAT EKT is a 45-minute exam and is followed by AFCAT. The total duration for the AFCAT exam is 2 hours and the mode of examination is online.

The AFCAT EKT Exam Syllabus has a General engineering part that is based on the common topics of multiple branches of engineering. Also, based on the degree of the candidate, there are questions from the specialized part.

Some topics are common for every branch, which includes Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Drawing & Physics.

The Detailed syllabus is shown below:

Engineering Mathematics: Matrix Algebra, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Stokes, Theorems of integral calculus, Gauss and Green’s theorems. Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, First order differential equation (linear and nonlinear), Complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’ series, Sampling theorems, Random variables, Mean, Median, Mode and Standard deviation, Discrete and Continuous Distributions, Fourier transform, Laplace transforms, Z-transform.

Engineering Physics: Description of Motion in One, Two and Three Dimensions, Units for measurement, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Heat and Thermodynamics, Magnetic Effect of Currents, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves, Magnetism, Ray Optics, and Optical Instruments, Laws of Motion

Engineering Drawing: Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting, Projection of straight line, planes and solids, Isometric Projection, Sectional Views of solids, Full section, Intersection of surfaces

EKT Syllabus for Computer Science Engineering:

Fundamental Engineering

  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing

Specialized branch topics

  • Information Technology
  • Network Theory Design
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Computer Networks
  • Switching Theory
  • Electronic Devices

Allied Engineering Topics

  • Control Engineering
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Radar Theory
  • Instrumentation
  • Antenna and Wave Propagation
  • Microwave Engineering

 EKT Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering;

Fundamental Engineering syllabus

  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing/ Engineering Graphics

Specialized Branch topics

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Machine Drawing

Allied Engineering Topics

  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Power Plant Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering


EKT Syllabus for Electrical & Electronics Engineering:

Fundamental Engineering syllabus

  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing

Specialized Branch topics

  • Microwave Engineering
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Electronic Devices
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Allied Engineering Topics

  • Switching Theory
  • Computer Networks
  • Radar Theory
  • Network Theory Design
  • Instrumentation
  • Information Technology

Previous Year IAF AFCAT Cut Off:


AFCAT Cut Off (out of 300)

EKT Cut Off (out of 150)

AFCAT 01/2019



Salary of Indian Air Force AFCAT:

During training, a stipend of Rs. 52,600 will be paid to trainees of the Indian Air Force. The total duration of the training for AFCAT is 1 year.

The is the latest breakdown of AFCAT salary for a commissioned officer (Per Month)

  • Pay Band ( all Branches ): ₹ 56,100 Per Month
  • Level 10 in the Pay Matrix: VIIth CPC – 56,100-1,10,700
  • Military Service Pay:  ₹ 15,500 Per Month
  • Flying Branch: Rs. 11,250 per month
  • Technical Branch Officers: Rs. 2,500 per month
  • In addition to these, officers are also entitled to other allowances such as Transport Allowance, Children Education Allowance, etc

The branch-wise pay scale of AFCAT:

Flying Branch Salary

Rs. 85,372/-

Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 74,872/-

Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 71,872/-

Allowance for AFCAT:

  • Dearness Allowance
  • Ration Money
  • House Rent Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Special Duty Allowance
  • Dress Allowance
  • Medical Allowance
  • Hardship Allowance