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AFCAT 2019 Application Form(Released), Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Vacancies

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India Air Force has invited online application for the courses commencing in July 2020. The application forms are available from June 1, 2019 onwards at the official website i.e., and Know More

Candidates (men and women) willing to be a part of Indian Air Force as commissioned officers in Flying and Ground Duty (both technical and non-technical) can apply latest by June 30, 2019. 

  • The exam will be conducted on August 24 and 25, 2019
  • There are different eligibility criteria for flying and different branches. CheckAFCAT Eligibility
  • For this session, a total of 242 vacancies is offered under both branches.
  • The syllabus is of graduation level, except question under Numerical Ability section. 
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Highlights of AFCAT 2019

Exam NameAFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Level of ExamNational Level
Exam Conducting AuthorityIndian Air Force (IAF)
Posts OfferedCommissioned officers in Flying Branch, Ground Duty (technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) branch
Mode of ExamOnline (Computer Based Test)
SectionsGeneral Awareness, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude and Verbal Ability in English
Selection ProcedureAFCAT exam, AFSB Interview, and Medical Test

AFCAT 2019 Important Dates

The official dates for AFCAT 2019 exam are given below:

Publishing of AFCAT 2019 notificationJune 1, 2019
AFCAT 2019 RegistrationJune 1- 30, 2019
Issue of AFCAT Admit card1st week of August 2019
AFCAT 2019 exam dateAugust 24 and 25, 2019
AFCAT ResultOctober 2019

AFCAT 2019 Eligibility

Candidates who are willing to take AFCAT 2019 must check, whether they fulfill the desired eligibility criteria or not. The brief eligibility criterion for different branches/courses is mentioned below for your reference. 

Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit:It varies as per the branch viz.

  • Flying Branch (AFCAT & NCC Entry): 20 – 24 years as on July 1, 2020, i.e. born between July 2, 1996 – July 1, 2000.
  • Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years as on July 1, 2020 i.e. born between July 2, 1994 – July 1, 2000.
  • The DOB accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University.

Marital Status:

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Widows/ Widowers and divorcees below 25 years are also not eligible. 

Education Qualification:

  • Flying Branch: minimum of 60% marks each in Math and Physics at 10+2 level.
  •  Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks.

Check Detailed AFCAT Eligibility

AFCAT Application Form 2019

Application Form for AFCAT 2019 is available in online mode only. The step by step registration cum application process is mentioned below.


  • Go to the official career website of Indian Air force.
  • Click on Candidates login section.
  • A new web page will appear. Fill in the registration details asked for new users like the name; e-mail ID, mobile number, etc.
  • Click on submit. A new registration ID and password would be sent to the registered E-mail address.

Application Form Filling

  • Fill in the details as per the directions are given on the webpage.
  • Select the preference of branch, AFCAT Exam Center, Subject for EKT exam, etc.
  • Upload Your signature and Photograph (as per dimensions provided in the notification).
  • Click on submit.

Payment of Application Fee

  • After filling the online form, the exam fee of INR 250 has to be made through the ‘Make Payment’ step in the main menu.
  • This fee is non-refundable.
  • The examination fee can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.

Check Detailed AFCAT Registration Process

AFCAT 2019 Admit Card

  • Candidates will be issued their e-admit card three weeks before the exam date. 
  • Admit Card will be sent to the registered email IDs and will also be available at

Candidates can download their AFCAT 2019 Admit Card by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of Indian Air force, go to the career section.
  • Click on the Candidate Login section.
  • Type your E-mail ID and Password to log in and download the admit card.
  • A window showing the admit card will appear.
  • Click on download admit card.
  • After downloading the admit card take a printout of the same.

In case, a candidate does not receive his/ her admit card or fails to download the document or finds any discrepancy in the ticket, contact the AFCAT Query Cell at C-DAC immediately. 
Ph. Nos. : 020-25503105 | 020-25503106
Email ID:

AFCAT 2019 Exam Center

  • For this session, there are 104 locations for AFCAT 2019.
  • Candidates must choose the centers at the time of registration according to their preference.
  • Make note that no request for change of center will be entertained by the authorities.

CheckAFCAT 2/2019 Exam Centers

AFCAT Exam Pattern

Candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch have to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

ExamAFCATEKT (only for technical)
Mode of ExamOnline i.e. computer-basedOnline i.e. computer-based
No. of Questions10050
Maximum Marks300150
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)45 minutes
Sections in PaperGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude TestMechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking1 mark1 mark

Check detailedAFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT Syllabus

As per the notification, the standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. Whereas, the questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).  A brief of AFCAT syllabus is listed below:

  • English –  Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms, and Phrases.
  • General Awareness –  History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.
  • Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams).
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Check Detailed AFCAT Syllabus

AFCAT Recommended Books

Candidates can refer to the general aptitude book for any other government exam for which aptitude portion is common with AFCAT. Candidates should also refer to previous year AFCAT and EKT paper for a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the questions asked. The list of recommended books is tabulated below.


Let’s Crack AFCATSSB Crack819310871X
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paperDisha Experts9385846744
Let’s Crack EKTSSB Crack8193108728
GK CapsuleArihant935094538X

AFCAT Result and AFSB Selection Process

AFCAT 2019 Result will be declared in the last week of September on the official website. The exact date for AFCAT Result will be announced through AFCAT official notification. Follow the steps given below to check the result.

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on AFCAT 2019 Results.
  • Enter login credentials i.e. email id and password to check the result. 

AFSB Selection Process

  • IAF will prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as fixed by the IAF in their discretion.
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards.
  • Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centers.
  • AFSB centres are at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB) and Varanasi (4 AFSB).
  • Candidates who opt for flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi.
  • Candidates are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the website (OR) in order to generate call- up letter for AFSB interview.

Final Merit List

  • Candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written examination and AFSB test as fixed by the IAF.
  • The qualifiers names will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the AFSB tests.
  • The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates will be decided by the IAF in their discretion.
  • 10% of the vacancies are reserved for NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate holders in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches.
  • Allotment of PC/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches would be based on a number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.

AFCAT Vacancies (2019)

AFCAT Vacancies

Note: Vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. The actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in January 2020.


The cut-offs are expected to follow the general trend in AFCAT 2019 as well. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2019.

YearExamCut Off ScoreEKT
2018AFCAT 1AFCAT 21551406055
2017AFCAT 1AFCAT 2150 1606060
2016AFCAT 1AFCAT 21321486060
2015AFCAT 1AFCAT 21261445552
2014AFCAT 1AFCAT 2127123-45
2013AFCAT 1AFCAT 2144116

Official cut off would be published on the website after the completion of the exam cycle.

AFCAT 2019: Registration, Results, Cut Offs, Dates

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AFCAT 2019 Overview

The Indian Air Force has declared the result for AFCAT 2019 exam which was held on February 16 & 17 across 104 test cities.

The Air Force Common Admission Test abbreviated as AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force, the world’s 4th largest Air Force. The exam is held twice a year in the month of February and August to select Class I Gazetted officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

AFCAT is a gateway for candidates, both male and female, to join the Indian Air Force as officers for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles.

When selected for the training process through AFCAT, candidates have to undergo a 74 weeks training session if selected for Flying and Ground Duties. In case of Ground Duties for Non-Technical role, the training is of 52 weeks held at Air Force Training Establishments.

In 2018, AFCAT was conducted online for the first time since the exam was introduced. The online exam was followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for the candidates who have cleared the online test.

AFCAT 2019 results declared.

AFCAT 2019 Eligibility

An AFCAT aspirant are evaluated on the basis of 3 set criteria prescribed as the minimum eligibility of the candidate to appear for the exam. It is mandatory for the candidate to first check all the eligibility criteria and make sure that all the pointers are met before actually applying to sit for the exam.

On the basis of Age Limit
BranchAge Limit
Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special EntryMinimum Age: 20 yearsMaximum Age: 24 years
Commercial Pilot License HolderMaximum Age: 26 years
Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch )Minimum Age: 20 yearsMaximum Age: 26 years

Note: Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widowers and Divorced candidates below the age of 25 are also ineligible.

On the basis of Educational Qualification
Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry
You must be a Graduate in any discipline (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/BE/BTech from a recognized UniversityIf you are a Final Year/Semester students, you are also eligible to apply, provided you produce Degree Certificate issued by the University as per the date fixed by AFSB.There will be no minimum percentage bar for Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) entry.
Commercial Pilot License Holder
(a) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}.You should have a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated Post-Graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University(b) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}.You should have a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised UniversityYou should have cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks.
Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branch )
(a) Administration & LogisticsYou should have a Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalentYou should have cleared section A & B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.(b) AccountsYou should have B.Com. Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
NCC Special Entry Flying Branch
You should have NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 15 December 2015.You should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2.You should be a Graduate with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
You should have a  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).  

General guidelines: The guidelines with regard to Physical and Medical standards for candidates are given below:

You must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.

The Height and Weight Parameters is as follows:

You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals.

On the basis of Physical and Medical Standards
Flying Branch
The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms,         Leg Length: Min – 99 cms, Max -120 cms,         Thigh Length : Max – 64 cms,         Sitting Height : Min – 81.5 cms, Max – 96 cms         There is no concession for age/sex/region.
Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch
The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branch is 157.5 cms.         For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cms.         (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less.         In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).         You also need to satisfy the Visual Standards for the branch you have applied for.

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AFCAT 2019 Process

Step 1: Fill AFCAT 2019 Application Form

  • At this stage, the candidates will have to fill the application forms for AFCAT. The forms are available online on the official website of India Air Force.
  • While filling up the form candidates has to select the preferred venue.
  • After submission of the form, the online generated Hall ticket is sent to the email ID of the candidate (the email ID provided by the candidate during filling up of the form).

Step 2: Download AFCAT 2019 Admit Cards

  • The AFCAT 2019 admit cards will be made available on the official website for downloads. The candidates will need their email address and the full name in order to download the admit card.
  • AFCAT admit card is an important document having variety of information. We advise to preserve the admit cards until the admission process is successfully conducted.

Step 3: Appear for AFCAT 2019 Entrance Test

  • Students need to appear for AFCAT 2019 entrance exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section.
  • Aspirants are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before commencement of the exam.

Step 4: Check AFCAT 2019 Exam Result

Authorities at the India Airforce will be declaring the results for AFCAT 2019 entrance exams on their official website. The candidates shall check their AFCAT 2019 results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.

Step 5: Commencement of Training

Indian Air force will commence with the training of selected candidates though Medical test and Interview. When selected for the training process through AFCAT, candidates have to undergo a 74 weeks training session if you are selected for Flying and Ground Duties. In case of Ground Duties for Non-Technical role, the training is of 52 weeks held at Air Force Training Establishments.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Centers

AFCAT 2019 exam was held on February 16 & 17 across 104 test cities in India. Allotment of Online test centres for AFCAT was made on first come first serve basis. Applicants were advised to apply as early as possible to get the desired test centres. 

Gautam Budh NagarSambalpur
Greater NoidaSilchar

AFCAT 2019 Dates

Get all AFCAT 2019 important dates such as registration date, application date, admit card date, exam date, result date and counselling date. Sign up so that you don’t miss a single exam date or an update on AFCAT 2019 exam.

7 Mar ’19AFCAT 2019 results
16 Feb ’19 -17 Feb ’19AFCAT 2019 exam

AFCAT is held twice a year in the month of February and August for recruitment in Indian Air Force. Candidates can take a look at AFCAT 20198 important dates to stay tuned with important exam-related updates.

AFCAT 2019 Application Form

Candidates can fill online applications for AFCAT by visiting the official website of the Indian Air Force. We have given a step by step guide for candidates to fill AFCAT 2019 application forms online.

  1. Register on the official website of AFCAT
  2. Fill the application form with all the required details
  3. Make the payment of application fee as prescribed by the authorities.
  4. Note that the payment of fee is to be made online using your Debit card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets
  5. Make sure that you use a valid email address to register so that the authorities can keep you informed with the latest exam related updates.
  6. Keep the scanned copies of the required documents ready for upload.
  7. Submit the application form and take a print out to be preserved and utilized for future references.

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AFCAT 2019 Pattern

AFCAT exam is conducted online as Computer Based Test from this year. It is mandatory for candidates opting for ground duty technical role to appear for both AFCAT and EKT(Engineering Knowledge Test). EKT will also be conducted along with AFCAT.

The selection process of AFCAT includes the following steps:

Stage 1: Online AFCAT test

Stage 2: SSB (Service Selection Board) Interview

Online AFCAT test

        Exam            SubjectDurationNo. of QsMax. Marks
AFCATGeneral Awareness, Verbal ability in English, Numerical Ability, Military Reasoning and Aptitude test  120 Mins 100300
EKT (Ground Duty Technical Branch only)Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics  45 Mins50150

The online examination will comprise objective type questions and will be in English only for EKT & AFCAT candidates. Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

It is mandatory to opt for Ground Duty technical to appear for AFCAT as well as EKT.

AFCAT 2019 Syllabus

Take a look below at AFCAT 2019 syllabus to get an idea of the topics covered in the question paper.

EnglishGeneral AwarenessNumerical AbilityReasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
-Comprehension- Error Detection- Sentence Completion/Filling in with correct word- Synonyms- Antonyms and Testing of VocabularyIdioms and Phrases-History- Geography- Civics- Politics- Current Affairs- Environment- Basic Science- Defence- Art- Culture- Sports– Decimal Fraction- Time and Work- Average- Profit & Loss- Percentage- Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest- Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)– Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

AFCAT 2019 Admit Card

Indian Air Force is responsible for the release of AFCAT admit cards. The exam admit cards were made available online on the official website of Indian Air Force on February 9, 2019. Only those candidates who successfully registered for the exam were issued the AFCAT 2019 admit cards.

AFCAT 2019 admit cards were available for downloads on the official website. However, the authorities also mailed the AFCAT admit cards to respective candidates on their registered mail ID.

Steps to download AFCAT 2019 admit cards

  • Visit the official website of Indian Air Force
  • Login with the registered credentials
  • Navigate to AFCAT 2019 admit cards link
  • Click and enter the required details
  • On hitting submit, your AFCAT admit card will be displayed on the screen
  • Check for errors and download the admit card
  • Also take a print out of your AFCAT admit card to be preserved for future reference

AFCAT 2019 admit card will comprise the following information:

  • AFCAT application number
  • Candidate’s father’s name
  • Candidate’s mother’s name
  • Candidate’s date of birth
  • Gender
  • Candidate’s residential address
  • Photograph, signature and thumb impression
  • Exam venue
  • Exam date and timings
  • General instructions  

Take a look below at detailed AFCAT 2019 notification

AFCAT 2019 Cut Off

Take a look below at AFCAT cut offs for past 9 years from 2011 to 2018. 

Exam YearCut Off Marks
AFCAT 1 2018    155 – 165 (Expected)
AFCAT 2 2017         160
AFCAT 1 2017         150
AFCAT 2 2016         148
AFCAT 1 2016         132
AFCAT 2 2015         144
AFCAT 1 2015         126
AFCAT 2 2014         123
AFCAT 1 2014         128
AFCAT 2 2013         116
AFCAT 1 2013         144
AFCAT 2 2012         143
AFCAT 1 2012         135
AFCAT 2 2011          88
AFCAT 1 2011         85

AFCAT 2019 Results

AFCAT 2019 February exam results declared by Indian Air Force (IAF) today, March 7. The exam results are available online on the official website of IAF. Candidates can check their AFCAT results by loging in on the official website using their registered credentials. All the candidates who have cleared the AFCAT 2019 February exam will have to appear for the Physical and Medical test. Selected candidates will then be recruited as the Group A gazetted officer in flying and ground duty branches. 

The Indian Air Force is responsible for the release of AFCAT results. The exam results are made available online on the official website of IAF. On successful release of AFCAT results, candidates who have qualified for SSB round will be called for further selection process at the Air Force Training Establishments.

Aspirants need to obtain a minimum score in order to meet the minimum cut off for selection. Given below is a step by step guide to check AFCAT results online:

  • Visit the official website of IAF
  • Login with the registered credentials
  • Navigate to the AFCAT results link
  • On clicking the link, your AFCAT score card will be displayed on the screen
  • Check all the mentioned details and also take a print out of your AFCAT results to be preserved for future.

In case of any error or discrepancy, immediately inform the authority at IAF.

After checking your results and making sure that you have cleared the examination, the next step is to book a date for your SSB Interview. Steps to boom your interview schedule are given below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Login and click on the Air Force Selection Boards Selection Dates
  • Book your slot and save
  • Make a choice of the most suitable slot

 The AFSB dates and venue details will be made available on the official website of IAF in due time. Candidates are advised to keep on visiting the official website for any updates on the same.

AFCAT 2019 Counselling


On qualifying the CBT, a candidates will be eligible for SSB interview. The SSB interview involves 4 stages.

Stage 1: Officer Intelligence Rating Test – Picture perception and discussion test. In case a candidates fails to clear stage 1, they will be disqualified the same day.

Stage 2: Includes the following to be conducted over a period of 3-4 days.

  •          Psychology Test (Written)
  •          Group Test (Activities)
  •          Personal Interview
  •          Computerized Pilot Selection System Test CPSS (In case of Flying Branch)

Stage 3: Medical Examination – The medical examination will either be conducted at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.

State 4: All India Merit List – The Air Force Selection Board will prepare an All India Merit List based on the candidate’s performance in the written rest and AFSB interview.

AFCAT 2019 Prep Tips

Study the AFCAT exam pattern in detail  

A candidate is advised to study the exam pattern and marking scheme thoroughly before commencing with the exam preparation. Candidates should also have a knowledge of the subjects and topics involved in the exam syllabus and what will exactly be the nature of AFCAT question paper.

AFCAT 2019 Vacancies

Types of Commission offered through AFCAT 

PC for Men – Candidates joining as PC officers continue to serve till the age of superannuation as per their branch and rank.

SSC for Men and Women – The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of commissioning.

The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty for both technical and non-technical branches would be for a period of ten years. Extension of four years may be granted but it will be subjected.