AFCAT

UPSC Exam Forum (IAS Civil Services,NDA,CDS,AFCAT)

What is AFCAT Exam?

The full form of ‘AFCAT’ is Air Force Common Admission Online Test. The AFCAT exam takes place twice in a year in the month of February and August. It is a multiple-stage exam conducted by Indian Air Force to select candidates as Class-I Gazetted officers in Flying & Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) branches.

This is for the first time AFCAT exam is taking place in online mode. Once you are selected after qualifying all the stages, you will have to undergo a training of 74 weeks, if you are selected in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches & a training of 52 weeks, if you are selected in Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches at Air Force Training Establishments.

 

Overall, there are 3 criteria on which the eligibility of a candidate for AFCAT 2019 exam - Education and Age. You need to qualify following eligibility standards to apply for this exam. Apart from that, the candidate must be a citizen of India. Read below to know the eligibility criteria for AFCAT exam:

I. Age Limit (As on Jan 2020)

Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry

  • Minimum Age: 20 years

  • Maximum Age: 24 years

Commercial Pilot Licence Holder

  • Maximum Age: 26 years

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-technical) Branch

  • Minimum Age: 20 years

  • Maximum Age: 26 years

Note - Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widowers and Divorcees below 25 years of age are also ineligible.

II. Educational Qualification

1. Flying Branch

  • You must be a Graduate in any discipline (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/B.E/B.Tech from a recognized University.

OR

  • If you are a Final Year/Semester students, you are also eligible to apply, provided you produce Degree Certificate issued by the University as per the date fixed by AFSB.
  • There will be no minimum percentage bar for Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) entry.

2. Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

(a) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}.

  • You should have a minimum of 60% 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 recognised University

OR

(b) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}.

  • You should have a minimum of 60% 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 recognised University

OR

  • You should have cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks.

3. Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches.

(a) Administration & Logistics

  • You should have a Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

OR

  • You should have cleared section A & B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

(b) Accounts

  • You should have B.Com. Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

4. NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)

  • You should have NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 15 December 2015.

  • You should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2.

  • You should be a Graduate with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

5. Meteorology

  • You should have a  Post-Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment /Geo-Physics/Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each).  

III. Physical and Medical Standards

The guidelines with regard to Physical and Medical standards for candidates are given below:

  • You must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.

  • The Height and Weight Parameters is as follows:

    • You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals.

    • Flying Branch - The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms, Leg Length: Min - 99 cms, Max -120 cms, Thigh Length : Max – 64 cms, Sitting Height : Min - 81.5 cms, Max - 96 cms There is no concession for age/sex/region.

    • Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch - The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

    • You also need to satisfy the Visual Standards for the branch you have applied for.