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AFCAT 2021 Admit Card(out), Exam Dates, Syllabus, Result, and Selection Process

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Apr 12, 2021

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The Air Force Common Admission Test(AFCAT) is conducted by Indian Air Force twice a year. The AFCAT exam comprises two parts – AFCAT and EKT(only for Technical Branch). The AFCAT 2021 admit card was issued on February 05, 2021, on the official website. Candidates can download the admit card by logging in with the required credentials.

Direct Link to AFCAT admit card

The AFCAT I 2021 exam will be held for 3 days i.e. February 20 - 22, 2021. The AFCAT exam will be carried in Computer-Based test mode. There will be a total of 100 questions being asked divided into 4 parts - General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. Check AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Latest Updates:

  • April 12, 2021: The Indian Air Force Air Men admit card for Group X and Y is out. Read more
  • April 6, 2021: The tentative exam dates for AFCAT exam 2021 is out. Read more
  • April 5, 2021: The recruitment for Group C civilian post in in Indian Air Force is ongoing. Check details here
  • April 1, 2021: The AFCAT AFSB Interview process has started. Read more here
  • February 23, 2021: The exam analysis for AFCAT I 2021 Shift 1 and 2 is out. Read more
  • February 05, 2021: AFCAT I 2021 Admit Card has been issued. Read more here
  • January 22, 2021: Indian Air Force Recruitment 2021 Application Begins for Group X. Check Details and Apply Here
AFCAT Highlights

AFCAT 2021 Highlights

Here are the highlights of the AFCAT 2021 exam:

Parameters Details
Exam Name AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Conducting Body Indian Air Force (IAF)
Exam Level National Level
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Vacancies 235
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Medium English
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Application Fees 250 INR as the entry fees
Selection Procedure
  1. AFCAT Written Test
  2. AFSB Interview
  3. Medical Test
Contact details 020-25503105 or 020-25503106
Official email ID afcat.cdac.in
AFCAT Dates

AFCAT 2021 Exam Dates

The latest exam dates and important dates related to AFCAT 2021 exam is specified here:

Events Important Dates
Release of official notification November 28, 2020
Release of detailed official notification December 01, 2020
Starting of Application process December 01, 2021
Last date to apply December 03, 2021
Admit Card for the written test February 05, 2021
Online written test February 20 - 22, 2021
Declaration of result March 2021
AFCAT Eligibility

AFCAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are willing to take AFCAT II 2021 must be a citizen of India. The brief eligibility criterion for different branches/courses is mentioned below for your reference.

Age Limit

It varies as per the branch. Here is a brief detail of the age limit and relaxation:

  • Flying Branch (AFCAT & NCC Entry): 20 – 24 years as of January 1, 2021.
  • Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years as of January 1, 2021.
  • 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 must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Widows/ Widowers and divorcees below 25 years are also not eligible.

Education Qualification

  • Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks is required.
  • For Flying Branch, a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level is a must.

For AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards, check Detailed AFCAT Eligibility

AFCAT Application

AFCAT 2021: Online Application Form

Application Form for AFCAT 2021 will be available in online mode only. The AFCAT 2 2021 application form will tentatively start in the month of June 2021. The step by step AFCAT registration cum application process is mentioned below.

AFCAT Registration

  • Go to the official career website of the Indian Air force.
  • Click on the 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 AFCAT registration ID and password would be sent to the registered Email address.
  • Note: It is to be noted that the candidate should keep their registered email id and phone number active, throughout the selection process.

AFCAT 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 AFCAT 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.
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AFCAT Admit Card

AFCAT 2021 Admit Card

AFCAT I 2021 admit card was released on February 05, 2021. The applied candidates can download the admit card from the official website of AFCAT till February 20, 2021. Here is the process to download the admit card:

Step 1: Visit the AFCAT official website and click on the 'Candidate's Login'

Step 2: On the screen, the login page will appear, and enter your credentials to log in.

Step 3: The AFCAT admit card will appear on the screen.

Step 4: Download it and take a few prints for exam use.

After downloading the AFCAT I 2021 admit card, check the accuracy of the information such as

AFCAT Exam Center

AFCAT 2021 Exam Center

  • For this session, there are 104 locations for AFCAT 2021.
  • Candidates must choose the centers at the time of AFCAT 2021 registration according to their preferences.
  • Make note that no request for change of center will be entertained by the authorities.

To know more click, AFCAT 2021 Exam Centers

AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2021 Exam Pattern

  • There will be a total of 100 MCQs will be asked from four sections as Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Military Aptitude.
  • The candidates will be rewarded three marks for each correct answer.
  • There will be a negative marking of one mark for each incorrect attempt.
Particulars AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Exam Mode Online Online
Exam Language English 50
Exam Time 2 Hours 45 minutes
Total Questions 100 50
Total Marks 300 marks 150
Marking Criteria
  • +3 Mark for each correct answer
  • -1 Mark for each incorrect answer
  • +3 Mark for each correct answer
  • -1 Mark for each incorrect answer
Number of Sections
  • Verbal ability,
  • Numerical Ability,
  • General Awareness
  • Reasoning and Military aptitude
  • Mechanical,
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Electronics

Check detailed AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT Syllabus

AFCAT 2021 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 the AFCAT 2021 syllabus is listed below:

Sections Topics
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, Data Interpretation, Embedded Figure, Missing Character, Seta Based on Arrangements, Rotated Blocks, Hidden Figures & Analogy

Read Detailed AFCAT Syllabus

AFCAT 2021 Preparation Tips

Candidates who have applied for the AFCAT 2021 exam, must start their preparation as soon as possible. As the exam includes multiple tests, aspirants must be well prepared for both intellectually, physically, and psychologically. Here are some crucial preparation tips:

  • Make a habit of reading newspapers & magazines and staying updated with the latest affairs of India and the world.
  • Making short notes in the candidate’s own words is essential as it will help to revise at the time of the exam.
  • After clearing the basic concept of each topic in the AFCAT syllabus, start practicing mock tests and previous year papers.
  • It is advisable to analyze the candidate’s performance in the mock tests and previous year papers.
AFCAT Books

AFCAT 2021 Best Books

To begin the preparation, candidates can follow NCERT books of Class 9, & 10 to clear the basic concept. There are numerous study material is available in the market which can be used as reference books for AFCAT. Here are some AFCAT preparation books:

Books Author/ Publisher
AFCAT - for Flying Technical & Ground Branch Arihant Experts
AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) - For Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch Fourth Edition Arihant Experts
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paper Disha Experts
Let’s Crack AFCAT SSB Crack
Let’s Crack EKT SSB Crack

AFCAT 2021 Selection Process

The selection process AFCAT 2021 consists of 2 stages such as AFCAT written test, and the Personality test.

Stage 1: AFCAT Written Test

  • The intellectual test consists of objective type questions conducted in 104 locations.
  • IAF will prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as fixed by the IAF at 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.

Stage 2: AFSB interview

  • In this stage, candidates must be mentally as well as physically fit as per the specified standards of authorities. The interview continues for 5 days.
  • AFSB centers are at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB), and Varanasi (4 AFSB).
  • Candidates who opt for the flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore, and Varanasi.
  • Candidates are required to choose the AFSB date and venue by themselves on the official website of AFCAT. or https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate calls- up letter for AFSB interview.

Read the AFCAT 2021 Selection Process

AFCAT Final Selection

  • 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 at 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 2021 Result

  • As the written exam has been scheduled for February 20 - 22, 2021, the AFCAT result is expected to be issued in the month of March in online mode.
  • The appeared candidates will be able to download by entering Email ID, Password, and Captcha code in pdf format.
  • Along with the result, the conducting body will release a scorecard for the qualified candidates.
  • The qualified candidates will be shortlisted for the AFSB interview round.

Check AFCAT 2021 Result & Scorecard

AFCAT 2021 Cutoff

AFCAT I 2021 Cutoff will be declared along with the AFCAT result. The AFCAT Cutoff 2021 will be released in 2 stages: cutoff for the written test & the final cutoff marks. The final cutoff marks will be released in the month of November 2021. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2021.

Year of AFCAT Exam AFCAT Cut Off (Out of 300) EKT Cut Off (Out of 150)
AFCAT (1) 2019 133 50
AFCAT (2) 2018 140 55
AFCAT (1) 2018 155 60
AFCAT (2) 2017 160 60
AFCAT Vacancy

AFCAT 2021 Vacancy

Approximately 235 vacancies will be filled through the AFCAT (I) 2021 exam. The category wise break up is given in the following:

Branch Vacancies
Flying Branch SSC - 69
Ground Duty (Technical)
  • AE(L):PC - 27, SSC - 40
  • AE(M):PC-12, SSC - 17
Ground Duty (Non -Technical)
  • Admin : PC- 12, SSC - 21
  • Accts : PC- 06, SSC - 12
  • Lgs : PC 09, SSC - 16

AFCAT 2021 Salary & Allowances

During the training period, both men and women will receive a stipend of INR 56,100 per month. After the successful training period, an IAF officer will receive a salary of INR. 56,100 - INR. 1,10,700 after 7th pay commission.

Posts Salary
Flying Branch Salary Rs. 85,372/-
Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary Rs. 74,872/-
Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary Rs. 71,872/-

Along with the salary, the IAF officers will be entitled to various allowances. The allowances will be based on the region of posting and the nature of the role and responsibilities. Check AFCAT Salary & Allowances.

It includes Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance, Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Island Special Duty, Area, and Remote Locality Allowance.

AFCAT FAQs

AFCAT 2021 FAQs

Ques. Is AFCAT II 2021 will be released separately?

Ans. Yes, the AFCAT II and AFCAT I 2021 admit cards will be released separately for the applied candidates.

Ques. When will be the AFCAT answer keys released?

Ans. The AFCAT answer keys will be available for download on the official website a few weeks after the exam

Ques. How many times the AFCAT exam is conducted in a year?

Ans. The AFCAT exam is held twice in one year.

Ques. Is it possible to apply for the AFCAT Exam offline?

Ans. The candidates have to apply for the AFCAT Exam online.

Ques. How many times the candidates can appear for the AFCAT exam?

Ans. There is no limit to appear for the AFCAT Exam.

Ques. Is there any availability for the reserved candidates for the AFCAT Exam?

Ans. No, there is no reservation category for the AFCAT Exam.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


69 Comments
P
parminder singh
Hi i have completed my 10+2 with pcm and graduation with bcom am i elegible for afcat exam? Age 21.08
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priya negi

These are the minimum educational eligibility criteria for applying to AFCAT. If you fulfill all these criteria you can apply for the AFCAT examination.

  1. Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks.
  2. For Flying Branch, a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level is a must.

Age criteria for applying to AFCAT examination.

  1. Flying Branch 20 – 24 years & for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years
S
swarup
How much do the flying branch officer earn?
J
jaya garg

Hi Swarup. The salary of the Flying Branch officer is INR 85,372, while it is INR 74,872 for Ground Duty (Tech) Branch officers. In addition to this, they are awarded with many other incentives as well.

P
priya
Do AFACT officers get anything else in addition to the attractive salary?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. Yes, along with the salary, the IAF officers are entitled to get several allowances as well. The allowances will be based on the region of posting and the nature of the role and responsibilities. Some of the kind of allowances include Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance, Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), among others.

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tanishka shah
Is there some reservation for NCC certificate holders?
J
jaya garg

Hi Tanishka. 10% of the total vacancies are reserved for NCC Air Wing Senior Division 'C' certificate holders in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches.

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tanishka shah
Who can choose the AFSB date and venue?
J
jaya garg

Hi Tanishka. Candidates are supposed to choose the AFSB date and venue by themselves referring to the official website of AFCAT to generate calls- up letter for AFSB interview.

A
ananya pandey
For how many days the AFCAT interview will be conducted and what are the centers?
J
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. The interview will continue for 5 days. AFSB centers are located at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB), and Varanasi (4 AFSB).

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puja sao
Are Arihant Experts AFACT books good to prepare for the exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Puja. Yes books like AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) - For Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch Fourth Edition by Arihant Experts are good while preparing for the AFCAT exam.

G
gouri kumari
How many sections are there in AFCAT exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Gouri. There are four sections including Verbal ability, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, and Reasoning and Military aptitude.

A
anuj singh chauhan
I shifted to another city now, can I change the AFCAT exam center?
J
jaya garg

Hi Anuj. Candidates can choose the centers at the time of AFCAT 2021 registration according to their preferences. Candidates must note down that no request for change of center will be entertained by the authorities.

A
avinash sahu
what is AFCAT Syllabus, and is error detection included in the syllabus?
J
jaya garg

In this section, Vocabulary, Grammar and Verbal skills of the candidates are evaluated. Some of the important topics of this section include Comprehension, Fill in the blank by choosing the appropriate word, Error Detection, Synonyms and Antonyms, etc.
Further details are here.
 

L
lakshay kakkar
What is the minimum acceptable height?
J
jaya garg

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms, while the women candidates can apply even in case they have height of 152 cms. The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms.
Further details are here.
 

M
mizna harmain
Can I apply for AFCAT after class 12 and does 12th marks matters?
J
jaya garg

To be considered eligible for the AFCAT exam, candidates applying for the same must be a graduate. Yes, candidates must get at least 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.
Further details are here.
 

K
koyena biswas
How the candidates are selected for AFCAT training and why its important to stay physically fit?
J
jaya garg

Candidates are shortlisted based on their skills and merit, their physical fitness matters a lot during the training.
Until and unless they are physically and mentally fit, they will not be considered for the AFCAT test. Get other details here.
 

P
priya
How many times AFCAT is conducted in a year?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) twice every year. The two sessions in a year are held during the months of February and August.
Further details related to the same are mentioned here.
 

S
sourajit mukherjee
how many times can a person appear for afcat?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sourajit. There is no limit on the number of attempts one can make. But your degree must be complete at the time of course commencement.

D
deep jyoti das
what is graduate option a b c d in afcat?
J
jaya garg

Hi Deep. These are different Graduation Options chosen by the candidates who have completed their graduation with different streams.

P
prahasti
What is the salary of a flying officer?
J
jaya garg

Hi Prahasti. The salary of an Air Force officer varies from INR 56100- 110700, once the aspirants complete their training period. Additionally, the officers also get several benefits and perks mentioned here.
 

P
prahasti
How many times I can give the AFCAT exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Prahasti. There is no limit on the number of attempts for the AFCAT. In case you meet the minimum eligibility criteria mentioned here, you can give the exam.
 

V
vanshika chandail
Out of 300 how much we need to score ?
G
gurpreet singh

Hi Vanshika

If you want a good placement in some college you need to score minimum 130+ because the cutoff of colleges changes every year and you will get admission according to your marks scored.You can visit on our official website of AFCAT Merit List to check the previous year cut off lists.

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vanshika chandail
I have physics and maths in 12 th and I wanna do bca can I apply am I eligible for flying Branch
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gurpreet singh

HI Vaniska

You need to clear your 12th with minimum of 60% with Physics and Maths and graduation of 3 years in any course with minimum of 60% to apply in AFCAT Flying Branch. For more information you can visit on AFCAT Eligibility