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AFCAT 2021 Application, Eligibility, Admit Card, Syllabus, Result and Selection Process

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Jan 19, 2021

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 AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an entrance test conducted by Indian Air Force with the help C-DAC for aspirants willing to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officers in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches. AFCAT exam comprises of two parts – AFCAT and EKT(only for Technical Branch). The test is conducted twice a year across the country by the Indian Air Force. AFCAT I 2020 was successfully conducted on February 22 - 23, 2020. The exam was conducted online across more than 100 cities in two shifts. The exam for the morning shift was conducted from 9.45 AM to 11.45 PM while the afternoon shift was held from 2.15 PM to 4.15 PM. AFSB Interview Dates for AFCAT I 2020 are going to be announced soon, post this event candidate can choose AFSB centers and download call letter. Read more

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Latest Updates:

  • AFCAT course for 2021 is going to begin from January 31, 2021. Read more
  • AFCAT 2021 application process has been extended. Read more
  • AFCAT 2021 application process will close on December 30, 2020. Read more
  • Check the expected cut-off for AFCAT 2021 exam and relevant important dates here.
  • IAF Recruitment  Rally 2020- List of shortlisted candidates is out. Read more
  • AFCAT 1 2021 notification for application process is out. Read more
  • Application process for 235 Commissioned Officer post has begun. Read more
  • AFCAT-I 2021 notification will be released soon. Read more 
  • DGCA has issued notifications regarding 35 vacancies. Check details here
  • The IAF Airmen Group X and Y admit card for 2020 is available. read more here 
  • IAF stated that there is no discrepancy in the result of basic exam for officers’ selection. Read more 
  • AFCAT 2020 exam result has been published. Check details here
  • AFCAT II SSB Interview for Meteorological department will be conducted soon. check details here
  • AFCAT II result is likely to be released soon. Check details here

AFCAT 2020 Important Dates

Event AFCAT I Dates AFCAT II Dates
Publishing of AFCAT 2020 notification November 23, 2019 June 10, 2020
AFCAT Registration 2020 December 1 – December 30, 2019 June 15, 2020- July 14, 2020(Opened)
Issue of AFCAT Admit card February 3, 2020  September 4, 2020
AFCAT 2020 exam date February 22 - 23, 2020 October 3, 4, 5, 2020 (New dates)
AFCAT Result March 17, 2020 (Released) to be notified


  • IAF Airmen Recruitment Group X rally to be conducted in Jodhpur from October 9-19, 2020. Read Details here
  • AFCAT 2 exam guidelines for COVID-19 has been released. Check details here
  • AFCAT (2) 2020 Admit Card has been released. Check here for link
  • AFCAT (2) 2020 will be conducted for three days from October 3-5, 2020. Check details here
  • Indian Air Force recruitment drive for Group-Y non-technical posts in Gujarat. Read more here.
  • IAF AFCAT 2020 exam has been postponed to October 3-4, 2020. Earlier it was scheduled for August 31, 2020. Check the Notice here
  • The admit card for AFCAT 2 will be released on September 4, 2020. The exam will be conducted on September 19-20, 2020. The aspirants can download the admit card from the official website.
  • An additional list of candidates for different courses that are going to commence from August 31, 2020, has been released for AFCAT 1. Candidates will receive the call letter and have to report at Hyderabad Airport on August 28, and 30, 2020. Candidates who are late will not be accepted.
  • AFCAT (2) Application Form 2020 opened till 14 July (5 PM). 
  • IAF has activated the link to select AFSB test venue and date on June 18, 2020. Select the Venue and dates till June 22, 2020.
  • AFCAT II 2020 Application forms have been released on June 15, 2020. 

As per the students who had appeared for the exam, the general difficulty of the paper was moderate.

AFCAT I 2020 Cutoff has been mentioned alongside the scores obtained in the scorecard. Candidates can check AFCAT Paper Analysis for AFCAT and EKT papers for all the shifts here. AFCAT Paper Analysis shall highlight the difficulty level of the paper, section-wise analysis as per different slots, most asked topics, kind of questions asked etc.

AFCAT 2020 Highlights 

Parameters Details
Exam Name AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Level of Exam National Level
Exam Conducting Authority Indian Air Force (IAF)
Posts Offered Commissioned officers in Flying Branch, Ground Duty (technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) branch
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Language of the Exam English
Exam fees 250 INR as the entry fees
Sections General Awareness, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude and Verbal Ability in English
Selection Procedure AFCAT exam, AFSB Interview, and Medical Test
Contact details 020-25503105 or 020-25503106
Official email ID

AFCAT 2020 Dates

AFCAT 2020 Result and AFSB Selection Process

AFCAT 2020 Result has been declared on March 2020 at the official website. Follow the steps given below to check the result.

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on AFCAT 2020 Results.
  • Enter login credentials i.e. email id and password to check the result. 

AFSB 2020 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.

Go through and practice the previous years’ AFCAT Practice Sets before the exam.

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 2020 Vacancies

AFCAT 2020 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.


AFCAT 2020 Answer Key

Though AFCAT 2020 Answer key is not released yet by the Indian Air Force, however, once the exam will be over, the answer key will be published by the AFCAT coaching institutes. As per the memory of the aspirants, the answer keys will be released. To evaluate their score and to assume their results, the aspirants can rely on these answer keys and examine the probability of getting correct marks. 

AFCAT Salary 2020

AFCAT is one of the highest-paid jobs and most prestigious jobs across the world. An IAF officer can get a salary of RS. 56100- RS. 110700, once the aspirants complete their training period. Additionally, the IAF officers can enjoy extra benefits and perks. Read the following table to identify the branch-wise payscale of AFCAT:

Flying Branch Salary

Rs. 85,372/-

Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 74,872/-

Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 71,872/-

Multiple Advantages: AFCAT 2020


Air Force Personnel (Pilots) – 85 lacs

Air Force Personnel – Rs. 75 lac

Scholarships and Welfare

Granted by AFWWA (Air Force Wives Welfare Association)


All Air Force Officers

Their families and dependants also get access to medical rooms, hospitals equipped with the supreme facilities free of cost.

Loan facility

Computer Loan

House Building Loan

Conveyance Loa

Post-retirement Benefits

  • Pension

  • Medical (Lifetime access)

  • Insurance

Educational Opportunities

  • M.Tech for officers, who are from Technical Branches in IIT & BHU-IT

  • Study leave up to 24 months

  • Collaboration with IGNOU

Placement cell

Helping retired officers get a civil job matching their profile

Other benefits

  • Accommodation

  • Leave travel concessions

  • School facilities

  • Rail concessions

  • CSD facilities

  • Leave- Annual leave for 60 days and casual leave of 20 days per year

  • Institute and Messes membership

  • Secured camp life

  • Recreational and sports facilities

AFCAT 2020 Cut Off

The cut-offs are expected to follow the general trend in AFCAT 2020 as well. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2020.

Year Exam Cut Off Score EKT

















































AFCAT I 2020 Paper Analysis

AFCAT 2020 Overall Exam Analysis

Shown below is the section-wise number and types of questions asked in AFCAT I 2020. In ideal conditions, each section should consist of 25 questions each but AFCAT I 2020 saw an uneven distribution in the number of questions. Test of Reasoning & Military Aptitude consisted of the most number of questions while NUmerical ability went with the least number of questions. 

Section Number of Questions Type of Questions Asked
Verbal English 25 Rich Vocabulary Needed
Numerical Ability 18 Problem Solving Ability Well Tested
Test of Reasoning & Military Aptitude 32 Perception-based questions and questions related to role of defence forces in wartime 
General Awareness 25 questions related to sports were featured
Overall 100 moderate level paper 

AFCAT 2020 Section – Wise Exam Analysis

The following section-wise paper analysis will help the candidates to know the pattern of questions asked in AFCAT 2020 so that they can prepare accordingly if they are appearing for AFCAT II 2020.

English Language

Topic Number of Questions
Spotting Error 4
Error Detection 3
Idioms/ Phrases 3
Reading Comprehension  2
Antonym/ Synonym 6
Cloze Test 5
Total 25

Numerical Ability

Topic Number of Questions
Profit/ Loss and Discount 2
Ratio & Percentage 3
Mixture and Allegations 2
Algebra 2
Time and Work 2
Simplification 3
Speed and Distance 2
Average 2
Total 18

Test of Reasoning and Military Aptitude

Topic No. of Questions
Non – Verbal (Image) 10
Odd One Out  5
Analogy 5
Venn Diagram 4
Complete the Pattern 5
Miscellaneous 3
Total 32

General Knowledge

Topics No. of Questions
History 5
Geography 4
Science 5
Polity 4
Current Affairs & Economics 7
Total 25

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility

Candidates who are willing to take AFCAT 2020 must check, whether they fulfil 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 January 1, 2021.
  • Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years as on 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 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 Maths 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.

Physical and Medical Standards:

Unless the aspirants are physically and mentally fit, they cannot appear for the AFCAT test.

Check Detailed AFCAT Eligibility

AFCAT Application Form 2020

Application Form for AFCAT 2020 is available in online mode only. 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 E-mail address.

Note: It is to be noted that the candidate should keep their registered email id and phone number active, throughout the selection process. 

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 2020 Application Form

AFCAT Admit Card

AFCAT 2020 Admit Card

Candidates have been issued their e-admit card on February 3, 2020. Admit Card will be sent to the registered email IDs and will also be available at Candidates can download their AFCAT 2020 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 the download admit card.
  • After downloading the admit card take a printout of the same.

AFCAT 2020 Admit Card

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 2020 Exam Center

  • For this session, there are 104 locations for AFCAT 2020.
  • Candidates must choose the centers at the time of AFCAT 2020 registration according to their preferences.
  • Make note that no request for change of center will be entertained by the authorities.











Check AFCAT 2020 Exam Centers

AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern

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

AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online i.e. computer-based Online i.e. computer-based
No. of Questions 100 50
Maximum Marks 300 150
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) 45 minutes
Sections in Paper General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark 1 mark

Check detailed AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT Syllabus

AFCAT 2020 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.

Books Author ISBN
Let’s Crack AFCAT SSB Crack 819310871X
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paper Disha Experts 9385846744
Let’s Crack EKT SSB Crack 8193108728
GK Capsule Arihant 935094538X

Improve your Verbal Ability Skill, by practicing the AFCAT Free Sample Sets before exam by clicking here

Check Best Books for AFCAT

AFCAT Exam Day Guidelines

Objects/Items can be taken to the Exam center:

  1. AFCAT 2020 admit card
  2. Two passport-sized colour photographs
  3. PAN card/driving licence/college identity card/passport/voter identity card
  4. Ballpoint Pen (Black or Blue)
  5. Aadhaar Card of the aspirants 

Objects/Items cannot be taken to the Exam center:

  1. Calculators
  2. Slide rulers, electronic watches and log tables
  3. Blue tooth, pager
  4. Textual material
  5. Mobile phones

Read AFCAT 2020 Previous Years Question Papers, and Sample Papers

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


How many times AFCAT is conducted in a year?
kavita rani

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.

sourajit mukherjee
how many times can a person appear for afcat?
kavita rani

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.

deep jyoti das
what is graduate option a b c d in afcat?
kavita rani

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

What is the salary of a flying officer?
kavita rani

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.

How many times I can give the AFCAT exam?
kavita rani

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.

vanshika chandail
Out of 300 how much we need to score ?

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.

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

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

vanshika chandail
If I don't have physics in 12th and I have maths and I wanna do BCA am I eligible for the flying Branch
abdul nazir

Hi Vanshika, Unfortunately at 10+2 level you need to have both Maths and Physics with a minimum of 60% aggregate in each to be eligible to apply. Also if you have cleared section A & B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent, you are eligible even without Physics at 10+2 level.

To know more visit AFCAT eligibility 2020.

himanshu kishnani
Hello, I am a final year student, pursuing BE in Mechanical Engineering, I have 63.54% aggregate till 5th semester. as on the day of application, our backlog exam results for IVth sem are due and Exam for one backlog that I have in IIIrd semester is going to be held in january. I wanted to ask what should I enter in the "Do you have any current backlog?" section. Yes or No

Hello Himanshu,

Since your aggregate marks up to the 5th semester is above 60% you can apply for AFCAT even if you have a back-log provided, you submit your final passing certificate to the AFSB before 30th November 2021. If you fail to submit it, your candidature would be nulified. In the ‘DO you have any current backlog’ please choose- ‘Yes’. For more details, visit- AFCAT.

aditya k
Aditya I am pursuing my 10th std would like to details to write AFCAT. When should I apply please need guidence
abdul nazir

Hi Aditya, You can find details of AFCAT exam from here.

out of total 300 how much we need to score in exam....

Hello Lancia,

According to the past year trends, a score of 150+ out of 300 can get you selected for AFSB Interview. To know about the last year’s cut-off and the expected cut-off, visit – AFCAT Cut-Off.

I did not take Physics in Class 12, but now aspire to be in the flying branch of IAF. What do you suggest I do to achieve the same?


one needs to have physics as main subject in 10+2 in order to be in the flying branch.

kashish sharma
I have recently completee my MBA and my age is 23. Can I apply for education department? And what is the maximum age limit for non-technical?

Hello Kashish,

Yes, you can apply for AFCAT non-technical ground duty. The maximum age limit for the same is 26 years as on 1st January 2021.

nafisa khatoon
How should I start my preparation for CDS/AFCAT exams after failing to clear NDA SSB?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. One of the best ways to prepare for the CDS or AFCAT exam is to start preparations from 1st year of graduation only. Have a detailed knowledge of graduation subjects and focus on building your personality as it helps a lot in clearing the written exam and interview. You can refer here.

margaret atwood
I am married. Am I eligible for the AFCAT exam?

Hi Margaret. If you are younger than 25 and marrie, then you are not eligible for the exam.

kavita rani

Hi Margaret. Married candidates who are more than 25 years of age can apply but during the training period they will not offered married accommodation nor can they live out with family. For more details refer here.

I got 49 in maths and 84 in physics. Am I eligible for AFCAT exam?

Hi Riddhima. Sorry, but minimum qualification to appear in AFCAT exam is 60% score in Maths as well as Physics.

Can a diploma holding graduate write AFCAT exam for flying branch ?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. The Diploma holders are not allowed to appear for the AFCAT exam. Only the graduates or final year students are eligible to give the AFCAT exam.

ibashisha mukhim
Are there physical requirements in the AFCAT exam for women?
kavita rani

Hi Ibashisha. To apply for AFCAT exam, it is mandatory for the candidates to meet the minimum physically requirements mentioned here.

nafisa khatoon
On what basis is permanent commission granted in IAF through an AFCAT exam?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. The Indian Air Force (IAF) offers two Commissions for the aspirants. One is Permanent Commission (PC) while the other is Short Service Commission (SSC). The PC is for the males while the Short Service Commission is both males and female candidates.

deep jyoti das
How many times is afcat exam is conducted in a year?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. The AFCAT exam is taken two times in a year, in the month of February and August.