Air Force Common Admission Test commonly known as AFCAT is an entrance examination conducted by Indian Air Force to select eligible and desirable candidates for multiple posts in Flying and Ground Duty [ Technical and Non- Technical]. AFCAT is conducted twice every year and millions of students appear to ace this exam and join reputable Air Force Academy and get commission as an Indian Air Force Officer. Indian Air Force has released AFCAT 2020 Notification on 24th November 2019. Indian Air Force has released notification to Indian citizens (Men and Women) to be part of its elite force as Group A Gazetted Officers for courses commencing in Jan 2021. To crack the exam with good marks, aspirants must be well-versed with the AFCAT 2020 Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process. This exam has brought out the possibility of serving in an adventurous field for both male and female candidates which are befitting to the Young minds and flexibility of this dynamic generation. Serving in such a commendable and respected field is an honor in itself.
AFCAT 2020 Notification
Indian Air Force has released the notification for Indian citizens (Men and Women) to be part of its elite force as Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non-Technical] branches for courses commencing in Jan 2021. Indian Air Force conducts AFCAT 2020 examination which stands for Air Force Common Entrance Test for admission in elite Air Force Academy. Candidate who are willing to join Indian Air Force as an officer can now apply online for the same.
AFCAT Apply Online 2020
AFCAT 2020 Notification has been released by Indian Air Force on 24th November 2019. The Online application of AFCAT 2020 exam is started on 1st December 2019. The last date of AFCAT Apply Online 2020 is 30th December 2019. Interested and Eligible candidates can apply online by clicking on the link mentioned below:
Important Dates: AFCAT 2020 Exam
In the latest notice released by Indian Air Force, AFCAT 2020 notification has been released on 1st December, 2019. AFCAT 2020 Exam important dates are tabulated below:
|AFCAT 2020 Notification Date||24th November 2019|
|Commencement of Application Form||1st December 2019|
|Last Date to Apply Online||30th Dec 2019|
|Release of Admit Card||4th February 2020|
|AFCAT 1 2020 Exam Date||22nd and 23rd February 2020|
AFCAT 2020 Application Fee
Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee.
AFCAT Salary 2020
- Cadet in the final year of training will be given a stipend of Rs. 56,100.
- After successful completion of training, level 10 in the Pay Matrix of seventh central Pay commission will be allotted to the young Air Officers [56100-1,10,700]
- Military Service Pay- 15,500 will also be included.
Flying Branch- Rs 11250 per month. Technical Branch Officers: Rs 2500 per month. In Addition to these officers are also entitled to other allowances such as TA, DA, Children Education Allowance, Ration Money Allowance etc
AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern
In the Table Below, we have provided you the exam pattern of AFCAT 2020 Exam.
|Name Of Exam||Time Duration||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Subjects|
|1. AFCAT 1 2020||2 Hours||100||300||Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Military Aptitude|
|2. EKT( Engineering Knowledge Test)||45 Minutes||15||100||Technical|
AFCAT Exam (Multiple Choice Questions)
Time Duration: 2 hrs
No. of questions: 100
Max marks: 300
Subjects: Verbal ability, Numerical ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude.
There is a negative marking 1/3 in all sections.
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.
No. of questions: 50
Max marks: 150
Note: Candidates who are opting for Ground Duty (technical) branch have to pass both AFCAT & EKT.
AFCAT 2020 Syllabus
Syllabus for English Section:
This section of AFCAT Exam consist of at least 20 questions and level is from moderate to difficult. Questions would be asked from comprehension, cloze test, synonym and antonym, idioms and phrases, Error spotting.
Syllabus for General Knowledge:
This section consist of questions from Indian History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Current Affairs. The level of difficulty of this section is from easy to moderate.
Syllabus for Reasoning Section:
Questions would be asked from Series, Venn Diagram, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Non Verbal questions, Verbal reasoning, military aptitude etc.
Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section:
The questions that are asked in the Mathematics sections of AFCAT are of Easy to Moderate level and questions would be asked from Number system, HCF and LCM, Time, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Pipes And Cistern etc.
AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria for Ground Duty and Flying Branch.
(A) Age criteria:?
(i) Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2021 i.e. born between 02 January 1997 to 01 January 2001 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 January 1995 to 01 January 2001 (both dates inclusive).
(ii)Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches. 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2021 i.e. born between 02 January 1995 to 01 January 2001 (both dates Inclusive).
Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.
(B) Educational Qualification:
- Flying branch: Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a three-year degree in graduation OR a BE/BTECH degree with a minimum of 60% from a recognized university.
- AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Ground duty(Technical)Branch:
(i)Aeronautical engineering (Electronics)(AE(L)): Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation/post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.
AFCAT 2020 Selection Process
Indian Air Force will send call letters to all the candidates who clear the AFCAT/EKT 2020 to appear for the second stage of selection i.e AFSB Testing.
AFSB Testing Stage 1
It includes the following two tests:
- Officer Intelligence Rating Test.
- Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP&DT)
Stage 1 is called screening test and candidates who do not clear it will be rejected and will not be called for AFSB Testing Stage 2.
AFSB Testing Stage 2
All Stage 1 qualified candidates will have to appear for AFSB Stage 2 and undergo the following tests:
- Psychological Tests: These are the written psychological tests and are conducted by professional psychologists.
- Group Tests: These tests involve mental and physical activities to examine the candidates’ on various mental and physical parameters.
- AFSB Interview: In this round, the interviewing officer takes a personal round of interview for the candidate.
- Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test: This test is mandatory for only those candidates who have applied for the Flying Branch.
Recommended candidates will be called for the medical examination. The Indian Airforce has prescribed only two centres for Medical Examination which are Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru and Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME). After the medical examination, a final merit list would be prepared on the basis of the marks scored by the candidate in written and AFSB Interview. All the shortlisted candidates would be given the joining letter of the respective training academies they have applied.