AFCAT(Air Force)

Started on 1st January 2018


AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is a recruitment examination organized by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The examination is held twice a year in the months of February and August, applications to which are made available in December and June respectively. AFCAT 2018 Examination can be taken by both Male and Female Candidates who have completed their Graduation. AFCAT is officer recruitment gateway in 3 branches of Air Force – Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Technical branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent & Short Service Commission).

Vacancies Per Course – Currently, no information regarding AFCAT 2018 vacancies has been released. Stay tuned for more information in future.

Notification  – Indian Air Force career website (link) or (link).


Only Indian citizens can apply for the examination.

Flying Branch (Short Service Commission) & NCC Special Entry
Educational Qualification
  • Secured 60% marks each in Physics and Maths in 12th or Equivalent Exam from a recognized board. Secured 60% marks in Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University.


  • Secured 60% marks in their B.E. or B.Tech Degree from a recognized University.


  • Secured 60% marks in A and B Examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University.

In case of NCC, candidates must have acquired NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate  apart from the above specified criteria.

Age Limit

Candidate should be aged between 20 and 24 years.

Upper age relaxation will be 2 years for Candidates with a valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India).

Ground Duty (Technical) (Both Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

The technical branch of AFCAT 2018 has two subcategories based on candidate’s graduation discipline:

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

Applicants must possess a minimum of 60% marks in both Mathematics and Physics in 12th or equivalent exams. Also, the candidate must have passed a minimum 4-year degree (Graduation/PG/Integrated) in Engineering/Technology from a recognized university.


Cleared Section A & B 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 study with at least 60% marks. List of accepted disciplines has been published in the official notification.

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanics)

Same as Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) except for the disciplines accepted (Check the notification for accepted disciplines).

Age Limit

Age should be between 20 and 26 years.

Ground Branch (Non-Technical)
Administration & Logistics

graduate from a recognized university with a minimum 60% marks as aggregate in any discipline.      


Passed Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with 60% aggregate marks (at least) from a recognized university.


Holding a B.Com degree with at least 60% aggregate marks.


A degree of MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT /Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation with minimum 50% aggregate (2 years program atleast). Along with this, candidate must have scored 60% marks in graduation.

For Integrated degrees, minimum 50% marks in all paper put together is acceptable.

Age Limit

Aged between 20 and 26 years .

Candidates below the age of 25 years should be unmarried (windows & divorcee are also ineligible) at the time of course commencement

Married candidates above 25 years of age are permitted.

Meteorology (Non-Technical)

Candidate must be in possession of 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).

How to Apply – Apply Online on IAF Website (Link) as per dates given in the Notfication in the months of Jun and Dec.

Training Academy – AFA, Hyderabad

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