AFCAT Exam for Indian Air Force – A to Z Details

AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. AFCAT was started by Indian Air Force in 2011. It is a common exam for joining the three branches of Indian Air Force i.e. Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch. It is similar to other aptitude exams like banking exams.

It is conducted twice in a year by Indian Air Force. Minimum education qualification required for it is is graduation. Graduation final year students can also appear in AFCAT but they have to produce the degree till a prefixed date.

After passing AFCAT written exam, candidates will be called for SSB interview at one of the Air Force Selction Boards(AFSBs) at

  1. Dehradun,
  2. Mysore,
  3. Gandhinagar  OR
  4. Varansi.

The testing would consist of 3 stages as given below:

Stage 1: Screening Test

Stage 2: Psychology+GTO+Interview

Stage 3. PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test)

 & Medical Examination

Two things make AFCAT different from other entries. First thing is that , candidates are provided with a privilege i.e. they can choose out of four above mentioned selection centres and date of SSB interview according to their convince .Second thing is that both male and female candidates can appear in AFCAT .

 As the written result is declared candidates have to login with their user name and password in candidate section of Here they can select centre and date out of given time slots.

 Eligibility Conditions

Course Age Limits Educational Qualifications
Flying Branch 19-23 Years Graduates in any discipline or BE/BTech
Technical Branch 19-23 Years Technical graduates(4 years course)
Ground Duty Branch 20-23 years

20-25 years

20-26 years

20-27 years

For graduates

For post graduates/LLB(5 Years integrated course)

For LLB(3 Years)

For M Ed/PhD   etc.


Afcat written exam consist of a single paper having 100 questions from   General Awareness, Numerical Ability, English & Reasoning and Military Aptitude.

Exam Duration No. of Question Max. Marks
AFCAT 2 Hours 100 300

Marking Scheme for AFCAT Exam

Correct Answer +3 marks
Wrong Answer -1 marks


There is no fixed cut off for passing afcat .But  past  few  Cutoffs  are listed below:

Exam Cut Off Marks
AFCAT I 2011 85
AFCAT II 2011 88
AFCAT I 2012 135
AFCAT II 2012 143
AFCAT I 2013 144
AFCAT II 2013 116
AFCAT I 2014 127


  1. PABT is only for PILOT entry in flying branch.
  2. Candidates should have secured a minimum of 60% marks in graduation.
  3. Candidates should not have any present backlog.
  4. Afcat Notifications comes in june-july and sep-oct.
  5. Written exam result is declared within 45 days of conduct of exam.


All  afcat exam centres are listed below.   Candidates has to select  from the below listed centres according to their convenience at the time of  application form filling .

Ambala, Adampur, Amritsar, Allahabad, Agra, Aizwal, Ahmedabad, Barnala, Bathinda, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Chabua, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Darbhanga, Gorakpur, Gwalior, Guwahati, Halwara, Hashimara, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Jalandhar,Jorhat, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Kalaikunda(kharagpur), Kochi, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mohanbari, Mysore, Nal (Bikaner), Nagpur, Ojhar (Nasik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Blair,Salua(kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Saharanpur, Shillong, Silchar, Sulur (Coimbatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara and Varanasi.

AFCAT Syllabus

  1. General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Sciences, Defense, Art, Culture,Current Affairs, Politics etc.
  2. 2. Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, and Simple Interest
  3. Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Sentence Completion, Error Detection, Antonyms, Synonyms, and Test of Vocabulary etc.
  4. Reasoning and MilitaryAptitude: Spatial Ability and Verbal Skills.