WHAT IS THE AFCAT WRITTEN EXAM?
AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. This test is generally conducted by the Indian Air Force to select the officers in all branches of the IAF (except medical and dental) viz. Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Technical Branch (Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission). This test is conducted twice a year (in the month of February and August). You can get the advertisement for the same in employment news, national leading daily, and India Air force website in the months of December and June respectively.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AFCAT EXAMINATION?
Now you can apply for AFCAT applications online only. The earlier scheme used to allow candidates to apply offline (by post) but now it has been discontinued. Candidates can apply online through website www.careerairforce.nic.in by using a valid and current email address only after notification is released.
ELIGIBILITY FOR AFCAT WRITTEN EXAMINATION
The eligibility criteria with respect to age limit, educational qualifications, etc. for AFCAT are mentioned in the advertisement published in the Employment News as well as the same is displayed on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in. The minimum qualification required is graduation.
Women candidates may also apply for AFCAT. For details regarding age limit, qualifications, eligibility for various branches, etc. please refer to the advertisement published in the Employment News as well as the same displayed on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in. The minimum qualification required is graduation.
EXAM PATTERN OF AFCAT WRITTEN EXAMINATION
The duration of AFCAT is two hours. It consists of 100 questions. Each question carries three marks, and there is also negative marking in AFCAT, for every wrong answer one mark is deducted. AFCAT is an objective test and the scheme of syllabus contains General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude. A sample paper and old question papers are available on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in
SYLLABUS FOR AFCAT WRITTEN EXAMINATION
General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Polity, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, etc.
Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.
Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit and loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, and Simple interest and other topics of basic numerical ability.
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability, Verbal reasoning, Non-verbal reasoning, and Logical reasoning.
For viewing the detailed syllabus please see the link below.
RESULTS OF AFCAT EXAMINATION
You can get the results of the AFCAT written exam in 3-4 months after the written exam. The same can be viewed on https://careerairforce.nic.in. Being a competitive exam and there is no fixed cut off percentage for passing. Candidates who perform better are sent the call letters for SSB interviews. The final merit list is prepared after the SSB interviews final result and displayed on the Indian Air Force website. Joining instructions are sent to students based on vacancies available as per the merit list.