AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. This test is conducted by the Indian Air Force for selection of 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). AFCAT is conducted twice a year (in the month of February and August)

Examination Details

  • Forms- December & June
  • Exam-February & September
  • Age Limit – 20 to 26 yrs


  • FOR FLYING BRANCH : Degree from a recognized university With 60 % & 12th Passed with 60% marks in Each Physics & Maths
  • For Ground Duty Technical: Degree from a recognized university With 60 % marks
  • For Ground Duty Non-Technical: Degree of a recognized University with Physics , Mathematics, chemistry, statistic, International Relation ,Defence studies, Psychology, computer science , IT, Management , Mass Communication etc. with a 50% marks in aggregate all papers put together in Post Graduation and 60% Marks in Graduation.

For Ground Duty Non-Technical:

(a) Age:

For Graduates 20 to 23 Years
For Post Graduates / LLB ( Five years
Integrated course).
20 to 25 Years
For LLB (Three years course after Graduation). 20 to 26 Years
For M Ed / Ph D / CA / ICWA 20 to 27 Years

Exam Pattern for AFCAT

The AFCAT is an objective exam for the session of two hours. It is an objective type exam contains the following syllabus, such as:
a) Verbal Ability in English– Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms (meanings of English words), Antonyms (opposite meanings of English words) and Vocabulary evaluation.
b) Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.
c) Reasoning and Military Aptitude– Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.
In the exam, the total number of questions is 100 and marks for each question is 3 where the negative marking for each wrong answer is 1.

Total Marks 100
Time 2 Hrs.
Negative mark for each wrong answer -1
Mark for each correct answer 3 marks

The question paper for AFCAT is quiet easy.  The engineering students who have prepared for their placement during their final semesters or the people who have prepared to write the bank exam or IBPS may find this quite easy.

Type of Commission

Permanent Commission: Candidates joining as Permanent Commission (PC) officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation.
Short Service Commission:
(a)The Engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is Fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable).
(b) The initial tenure for Short Service Commission be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to willingness, service for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to willingness, service requirements and availability of vacancies.