The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a half-yearly exam that is conducted by the Indian Air Force. It is held specifically in the months of February and August. The exam is held to shortlist potential candidates for Class I Gazetted officers. This position is open for both flying and ground duties in technical and non technical sectors. Candidates can also apply for Short service commission in the Flying Branch. Permanent or Short service Commission in ground duties for technical and non technical roles are open as well.
Due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been certain important announcements by the Indian Air Force. These have been listed below.
17th March 2020 - AFCAT 1 results were announced and made available to the candidates on their online dashboard. They can simply login and view their results right away.
18th March 2020 - The Indian Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force has postponed all selection board interviews until further notice.
19th March 2020 - AFSB Interviews for Varanasi, Dehradun, Gandhinagar and Mysore were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Accordingly, the option for choosing the interview center and dates were removed from the website.
Check AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern
The latest dates regarding the important events have been mentioned in the table given below. The AFCAT 2 Exam and its cutoff notifications can be subjected to change based on the coronavirus pandemic.
|AFCAT 1 Exam||22nd to 23rd February 2020|
|AFCAT 1 Exam Cutoff Notification||16th March 2020|
|AFCAT 2 Exam||August 2020|
|AFCAT 2 Exam Cutoff Notification||September 2020|
The selection criteria for AFTA is quite simple. The first stage of the exam is the online exam followed by the AFSB interview. Candidates who wish to apply for the ground duty positions have to take both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
The first step in the selection process is to take the AFTA Online exam. People who qualify after reaching the cutoffs will advance to the next round which is the AFSB interview. The cutoffs for clearing the exam changes every year.
Candidates can easily check their AFCAT cutoffs by checking their scorecard on the official website. Cutoffs are the minimum marks required by the candidate to qualify for the AFSB round. Hence, follow the steps given below to check the latest cutoffs.
First, you have to open a compatible browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Thereafter, visit the official website for AFCAT.
Here, you have to find and click on the ‘Candidate Login 1/2020 cycle’ link.
Next, enter your login credentials such as your registration number and password. Then, you will see the scorecard displayed on your dashboard. The latest cutoffs for AFCAT will be displayed on this scorecard.
The AFCAT cutoffs change every year based on certain factors. Generally, these factors include the difficulty of the exam, number of vacancies, number of candidates who showed up for the exam and the total marks.
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According to the data given above, we can conclude that the expected AFCAT cutoffs for 2020 should be around 140-150. Similarly, the EKT cutoffs should be around 50-55 for the candidates appearing for the same in 20202.
As stated earlier, the AFCAT Cutoff is subjected to change based on certain factors. Candidates who are appearing for the examination can easily check the latest cutoff by logging in their account. The exam itself is a very challenging one with varying degrees of difficulty. Hence, candidates should start an early preparation of the examination beforehand.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.