AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is one of the Entry of joining Indian Airforce in the following three Branches, which are
- GROUND DUTY (TECHNICAL)
- GROUND DUTY (NON TECHNICAL)
AFCAT is conducted twice a year at national level by Indian Air Force to select its officers for above three branch. After AFCAT exam, students who qualify this entrance exam get call letter for SSB interview called AFSB. AFSB stands for Air Force Selection Board. It is similar to SSB interview after NDA and CDS. The successful students of AFSB undergo medical test and then final merit list is made on the basis of their written, interview and medical test. For Flying Branch there is another test PABT which is part of SSB. PABT stands for Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.
As the name suggest, Flying branch is responsible for making the cadet a pilot and associated with flying operations, whereas the Ground Duty branch would be responsible for Official tasks on the ground (both technical as well as non-technical).
Online Applications are also invited for grant of Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission for Flying Branch through
- NCC Special Scheme
- Meteorology Scheme
What is the Eligibility of appearing for AFCAT?
|CRITERIA||FLYING BRANCH||GROUND DUTY (TECHNICAL)||GROUND DUTY (NON TECHNICAL)||Remarks|
|Age||20-24 Years as on Commencement Date of Course (generally 01 Jan / 01 July)||20-26 Years as on Commencement Date of Course (generally 01 Jan / 01 July)||20-26 Years as on Commencement Date of Course (generally 01 Jan / 01 July)|
|Gender||Male or Female||Male or Female||Male or Female||Women are allowed for only Short Service Commission Entry|
|Educational Qualification||Graduation with minimum 60% marks and have scored minimum 60% marks in Maths and Physics Individually||B. Tech with minimum 60% marks in specified Fields||Administration – Graduation degree with min 60% marks
Accounts – B. Com degree with min 60% marks
Education – Graduation degree with min 60% marks and Min 50% marks in specified course
|Height and Weight||Minimum height : 162.5 cms with correlated weight, Leg Length : Min – 99 cms. Max – 120 cms.Thigh Length : Max – 64 cms. Sitting Height : Min – 81.5 cms.Max – 96 cms.||Minimum height :- Men – 157.5 Cms with correlated weight.
Women – 152 cms with correlated weight.
|Minimum height :- Men – 157.5 Cms with correlated weight.||All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorities whose decision on the fitness would be final.|
|Vision||Minimum Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.|
What is NCC Special Entry Eligibility?
NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after June is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2.
What is Meteorology Entry Eligibility?
Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Geography/ Computer Applications/ Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/ Meteorology/ Agricultural Meteorology/ Ecology & Environment / Geophysics/ 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).
What is the Process of Examination / Selection?
The AFCAT entry involves Written Exam, SSB, Medical and then the Final merit list is made for the recommended candidates.
Phase 1. Written Exam is a common entrance exam for all candidates opting for different branch, which comprises of 100 Questions of 3 Marks each. Negative marking of 1 mark is also there for every wrong answer.
For candidates opting for technical branch, one another test Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is held on the same day for evaluating the technical ability of the candidate, which comprises of 50 Question of 3 Marks each. Negative marking of 1 mark is also there for every wrong answer.
Phase 2. The qualified candidates of the written exam are then called for SSB process at the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Centers. The AFSB Centers are at Varanasi, Gandhinagar, Mysore and Dehradun. SSB is an extensive 5 day process which comprises of Screening Test, GTO, Individual Test, Interview.
Phase 3. Those candidates who qualify the SSB process are then called for Medical Examination by Air Force Selection Board.
Phase 4. The Final Merit is prepared on the basis of Written Exam, SSB Interview and Medical Test.
What is Application Fees for the AFCAT Exam?
|NCC / Meteorology Entry||NIL|
When is the AFCAT Form available and other important dates?
|Important Dates||AFCAT - I||AFCAT - II|
What is Tentative Vacancies in AFCAT Entry?
|Type of Entry / Branch||Short Service Commission||Permanent Commission|
|Ground Duty (Technical)||AE (L) – 30
AE (M) – 14
|AE (L) – 22
AE (M) – 10
|Ground Duty (Non Technical)||Admin – 12
Logistics – 4
Accounts – 5
Education – 3
|Admin – 8
Logistics – 1
Accounts – 3
Education – 3
|N.C.C. Entry (Flying)||10% Seats of CDSE Vacancies|
|Meterology (Ground Duty Non Technical)||14||10|
*AE (L) – Aeronautics Engineering Electronics
*AE(M) – Aeronautics Engineering Mechanical
What is the Mode of Written Exam?
AFCAT Exam is held in ONLINE mode at the authorized Examination Centers available in 40 Cities across India.
What is the Pattern of AFCAT Exam?
AFCAT Exam Comprises of below sections:
- Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
- English (Verbal Ability)
- Reasoning and Military Aptitude
- General Awareness
|Total no of Questions in Exam||100|
|Time allowed for the Exam||2 Hours|
|Marking Scheme||3 Marks for each correct Answer
1 Marks deducted for each wrong answer
|Maximum Marks of Exam||300|
|Cut Off Marks (Previous Year)||150-165 (Approx)|
As per the last AFCAT exam, the weightage of different sections is English – 25 Ques., Maths – 18 Ques., Reasoning – 32 Ques., and General Awareness – 25 Ques. (Approx)
The candidates opting for Ground Duty Technical Branch, one another Test known as EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is also compulsory.
What is Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)?
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is only for those candidates who have opted for Ground Duty (Technical Branch).
|Total no of Questions in Exam||50|
|Time allowed for the Exam||45 Minutes|
|Marking Scheme||3 Marks for each correct Answer 1 Marks deducted for each wrong answer|
|Maximum Marks of Exam||150|
What is the Syllabus for AFCAT?
|English (Verbal Ability)||Comprehension, Close Test, Error Detection, Idoms and Phrases, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.|
|Maths (Numerical Ability)||Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Problems on trains, Boat & Stream and Simple interest.|
|Reasoning Ability and Military Aptitude||Venn Diagram, Classification, Analogy, Image based problems, Numerical Series, Alphabet Series, Calender, Dice, Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.|
|General Awareness||History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs with prime focus on Defence, Politics etc.|
What is the Type of Commission?
AFCAT given Officer an Opportunity to join Indian Air Force in two commissions as under:
Permanent Commission (PC) – This commission is only for Men and only for Ground Duty Branch. In this type of commission, the Officer will serve the Indian Air Force till the age of superannuation as per branch and rank.
Short Service Commission (SSC) – This commission is for both Men and Women. The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC Officer is 14 Years from the date of Commission (which is non extendable).
The Engagement period for Ground Duty Branch is 10 Years from the date of commencement. An extension of 4 Years may be granted subject to willingness, suitability, service requirement and availability of vacancies.
What is the Process of SSB for AFCAT?
5 Days Procedure of AFSB Interview
Day 1: This is the screening day in AFSB and you are generally asked to report early morning by 6:45 AM – 7 AM at the railway station. You will board in an IAF bus to reach the selection centre.
First, you will be welcomed at the AFSB by a senior officer and briefed about the rules and regulations, later you will be asked to fill in some forms followed by a quick breakfast but we suggest to have your breakfast prior to that because the testing will be a long process.
Once the paper formalities are done, you will be facing the first test of the SSB interview and that is Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR).
After which Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) is conducted.
Based on the strength, the results are announced by afternoon and the selected candidates goes to the testing room again for the document verification. The remaining candidates are dropped back to the railway station. The document checks followed for the selected candidates immediately and If you have an issue with documents and you are not eligible for the entry, you will be sent back too or asked to report later in a different batch with complete documents.
Once the document verification is done, all the successful candidates will be facing a long psychological test till night.
Day 2, 3 and 4: Your interview and GTO tests might fall on any of these days. Generally, you get one free day in AFSB. Some of you might have your GTO/Interview on the last day also. Some may have GTO/Interview on the same day but the timings won’t clash for the two. You might go directly from GTO for the interview. You are required to carry the folder and all certificates, academics and extra-curricular to the interview, make sure whatever you claim in your PIQ form, you must have proper certificates to verify that, you cannot simply say that you left the certificates at home. The interview is generally a 30 minutes-60 minutes procedure. You’ll be informed well in advance through a notice placed on the notice board about the schedule of your tests.
Day 5: This is the conference day. Some may have their interview/GTO scheduled before the conference also. The conference is a place where you get to see all the board members in the uniform. You result is discussed there. You are called in the conference hall and the process is of hardly a minute, it may stretch for border line cases. After the conference your results are announced, it’s lunchtime by now. Those who make through are asked to stay back for the remaining formalities and others are taken back to the railways station.
Flying Branch Candidates Only: Flying candidates will go for Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) tests.
Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) will replace the old PABT test and instruments that was in use for decades. Though there is no clear confirmation till now as to when CPSS test will replace the PABT test completely.
Like PABT test, candidate will get only one chance to clear the CPSS test, if failed, would never be eligible for flying in the armed forces, be it Air force, army, navy or coast guard. Aspirants will get only one chance to take the test under the Computerized Pilot Selection System. CPSS places special emphasis on psychomotor skills and cognitive abilities of aspirants. It ensures objectivity in results. The system will be used to screen pilots for IAF, Army, Navy and the Coast Guard.
It has 2 parts.
- 1st there will be a MCQ test. They will first give you instructions how to read 6 kind of dials present in an aircraft, based on that there will be a number of MCQ tests which include dial reading questions along with IQ, pattern matching, basic maths, tests (around 15 small quizzes in total). It is fairly simple and anyone with basic school level physics knowledge will clear it.
- After the 1st test you will be made to sit in a CPSS machine which is like a cockpit with a joystick, pedals and a lever (like in an aircraft) with a screen in front of you. You will be made to play a number of games similar to a video game with joystick and you have to get a certain score in all games combined to clear this test. Anyone who drives or has played videogames can clear this one easily. You just need hand leg coordination. You get 3 chances in each game and your best score is taken out of the 3, so if you mess up in the 1st attempt you can make up for it in the other 2 attempts
The CPSS test is simple. Elaborate instructions are given before commencement of both these test so there will be no confusion. So dont worry, you should focus more on the SSB part as that is the main challenge.
Medical: In AFSB the medical may not take place immediately after the selection. You will be given a date for the medical.
What is the Training Period after Final recommendation?
Training will commence from 01 January / 01 July of the consequent year for all courses at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad. Duration of Training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Officers is 74 Weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non Technical) Officers is 52 Weeks.
What is the Pay scale of AFCAT Officers?
Payscale for Flying Branch is around 82000/- (Approx) per month
Payscale for Technical Ground Duty Branch is around 65000/- (Approx) per month
Note: All candidates are given a handsome stipend during the training period.
What is Doon IDA Fees Structure and Programme Duration?
|Course Name||Duration||Tuition Fees||Admission Fees||Study Material||Online Tests||SSB Prep|
|Alpha||4 Months||20000||500||Yes||Yes||Sat & Sun|
|Bravo||6 Months||28000||500||Yes||Yes||Sat & Sun|
|Charlie||1 Year||36000||500||Yes||Yes||Sat & Sun + 30 Day Programme|
# Above Fees is inclusive of GST
^ All students will get a Bag, Dress Set, and T-shirt / accessories
$ Fee Concession of Rs. 5,000/- for Serving Soldiers and Wards of Ex Servicemen or Retired Defence, Para Military Forces and Police Forces & Students of Sainik / Military Schools.
$$ Fee Concession of 50% for Wards of Martyrs of Armed Forces.
$$$ Fee Concession of 10% for Female Candidates
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AFCAT – Our Methodology
COMPREHENSIVE 4/6 MONTHS COURSE:
The duration of the Course term is 4 or 6 months, depends on the candidate understanding level. We at Doon IDA strive hard to deliver the best all round development of the candidate. Primarily we focus on the Written Exam preparation but also regularly include personality development sessions.
The Entire Days Schedule for the aspirants is as below:
|Monday to Friday Day Schedule|
|05:30 – 06:00||Fresh and Change|
|06:00 – 07:00||Yoga / Physical Session on alternate days|
|07:00 – 08:30||Bath and Get ready for Class|
|08:45 – 09:00||Attendance|
|09:00 – 10:00||Maths Class|
|10:10 – 11:00||Reasoning Class|
|11:10 – 12:00||English Class|
|12:10 – 01:00||General Awareness|
|01:00 – 03:00||Lunch Break|
|03:00 – 04:00||Library / Group Study|
|04:00 – 05:00||Doubt Sessions|
|05:00PM||Back to Hostel|
|05:30 – 06:00||Fresh and Change|
|06:00 – 07:00||Yoga / Physical Session on alternate days|
|07:00 – 08:00||Bath and Get ready for Class|
|08:45 – 09:00||Attendance|
|09:00 – 10:30||Spoken English Class|
|10:30 – 12:00||Personality Development and Indoor Activity|
|12:00 – 01:00||Current Affairs and Defence News|
|01:00 – 03:00||Lunch Break|
|03:00 – 06:00||SSB Preparation (as per SSB Schedule)|
Every Sunday is reserved for mock tests and weekly tests.
DAILY TIMINGS: Classes are held from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM (with breaks for Lunch).
The last Sunday in the month is reserved for an Adventure Trip / Educational Trip / Defence Academy Trip, which would be communicated to the students 2 weeks prior to the Schedule.
Some Exclusive Features of our Classroom Program
- Exhaustive and Small Classroom: With 150+ classroom sessions and 300+ study hours covering all aspects and entire syllabus of the examination as prescribed in the notification of AFCAT. We at Doon IDA believe in individual attention of the students, for which our single classroom size is not more than 50 students.
- Comprehensive Study Material: With 9 books covering the various subjects, Question banks and practice sets of each subject, ready reference notes for important topics, all extensively researched and prepared after analysis of previous years’ exam patterns.
- Revision and Doubt clearing: 100+ worksheets and practice sets help students’ asses their own progress. Previous years question papers are also covered. Doubt clearing sessions are held to answer all queries of students.
- Regular Testing: Weekly (Sunday) practice tests of each subject to prepare students for upcoming competition and provide them with vital self-assessment tools. Mock tests are also held to prepare the student for AFCAT exam.
- Online Test Series: Keeping in view the pattern of AFCAT exam, we have designed Online test series for our students, which he / she can practice through Desktop/Laptop or even Mobile Phones.
- Extensive coverage of current affairs: Special weekly updates on defence related news, and latest developments, events and people in news. General Knowledge is taken up thoroughly on Saturdays.
- Clean and Hygenic Hostel Facility: We provide the best in class twin / triple sharing hostel facility with hygienic and homely atmosphere. We do not compromise on the food quality, as we understand students who come from different regions face problem with food.