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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards

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Mar 19, 2021

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Indian Air Force specified the AFCAT eligibility criteria in the official notification form. The application form of AFCAT I 2021 has been closed on December 30, 2021. On the other hand, the application form for AFCAT II 2021 is expected to be open in the month of June 2021.

The interested candidates must check the AFCAT eligibility criteria before applying for the vacant posts. The eligibility criteria have multiple levels such as age limit, educational qualification ab=nd physical standards.

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AFCAT Highlights

AFCAT 2021 Eligibility: Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam Name AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Conducting body Indian Air Force
Nationality Criteria Indian
Age Limit 20 years to 24 years
Marital Status Single
Gender Men and Women
Educational Criteria
  • 60% both in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level
  • Graduation

The candidates who are willing to apply must be a citizen of India. Other eligibility criteria are specified in detail in the below section:

AFCAT Eligibility

AFCAT Eligibility: Age Limit

Regardless of the post, the aspirant must be above 18 to apply for the posts. There is no age relaxation for any category of candidates.

Flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry

  • Candidates must be 20 to 24 years as of January 1, 2021.
  • The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years.

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch

For the post of Ground Duty Branch, Candidates must be 20 to 26 years as of January 1, 2021.

Note Only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted.

AFCAT Eligibility: Marital Status

  • Candidates must be below 25 years of age and unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are not eligible for the exam.
  • A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training.
  • Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply. However, during the training period, they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.
Note A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

AFCAT Eligibility: Educational Qualification

Educational Qualification for various posts is different. Candidates must go through the details given below to know about the educational criteria set by IAF. Here are the details as per the posts:

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria for Flying Branch

Candidates must have scored a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and Graduation with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Or

BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Or

Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

AFCAT Educational Criteria for Ground Duty (Technical)

Educational Criteria For Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

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 recognized University.

Or

Cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership exam of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-

Educational Qualifications for Aeronautical Engineer
Communication Engineering Computer Engineering/Technology Computer Engineering & Application
Computer Science and Engineering/Technology Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical Engineering Electronics Engineering/ Technology Electronics Science and Engineering
Electronics Electronics and Communication Engineering Electronics and Computer Science
Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave) Electronics and Computer Engineering
Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering Electronics Instrument & Control Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
Instrumentation & Control Engineering Instrument & Control Engineering Information Technology

Educational Criteria for Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)

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 a recognized university.

Or,

Cleared Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines -

Educational Criteria for Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
Aerospace Engineering Aeronautical Engineering Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering and Automation Mechanical Engineering (Production)
Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance) Mechatronics Industrial Engineering

AFCAT Educational Criteria for Non-Technical Ground Duty

The AFCAT eligibility criteria differ as per the departments, the same are listed below:

Administration & Logistics:

Graduate Degree (min. three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Accounts:

B.Com Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Education:

MBA/ MCA or MA/ MSc degree in English/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ International relations/ International Studies/ Defence Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relation with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.

NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch):

NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Jan 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 and Graduates with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Or,

BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Or, Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Meteorology:

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 a 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).

Note: LLB qualified and integrated/ dual degree candidates may get an opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning).
Physical Standards

AFCAT Eligibility 2021: Physical Standards

To apply for AFCAT, the basic criteria for candidates is to be physically and mentally fit. Candidates are advised to get themselves examined medically before filling AFCAT Application Form, so as to avoid rejections at a later stage. Additionally, candidates must be free from any disease or disability.

Height and Weight Standards for Male

It is be noted that the acceptable weight will be ± 10% of the average weight mentioned below

Height in cm Weight Based on the Age Range
15-17 Yrs. 18-22 Yrs. 23- 27 Yrs. 28- 32 Yrs. 33-37 Yrs.
152 46 47 50 54 54
153 47 47 51 55 55
154 47 48 51 56 55
155 48 49 52 56 56
156 48 49 53 57 57
157 49 50 54 58 58
158 49 50 54 58 58
159 50 51 55 59 59
160 51 52 56 59 60
161 51 52 56 60 60
162 52 53 57 61 61
163 52 54 58 61 62
164 53 54 59 62 63
165 53 55 59 63 63
166 54 56 60 63 64
167 54 56 61 64 65
168 55 57 61 65 65
169 55 57 62 65 66
170 56 58 63 66 67
171 56 59 64 66 68
172 57 59 64 67 68
173 58 60 65 68 69
174 58 61 66 68 70
175 59 61 66 69 71
176 59 62 67 70 71
177 60 62 68 70 72
178 60 63 69 71 73
179 61 64 69 72 73
180 61 64 70 72 74
181 62 65 71 73 75
182 62 66 72 74 76
183 63 66 72 74 76
184 64 67 73 75 77
185 64 68 74 75 78
186 65 68 74 76 78
187 65 69 75 77 79
188 66 69 76 77 80
189 66 70 77 78 81
190 67 71 77 79 81
191 67 71 78 79 82
192 68 72 79 80 83
193 68 73 79 81 83
SD 6.0 6.3 7.1 6.6 6.9

AFCAT Height and Weight Standards for Female

Height in cm Weight Based on Age Range
20-25 Years 26-30 Years
148 43 46
149 44 47
150 45 48
151 45 48
152 46 49
153 47 50
154 47 50
155 48 51
156 49 52
157 49 53
158 50 53
159 51 54
160 51 55
161 52 55
162 52 56
163 53 57
164 54 57
165 54 58
166 55 59
167 56 60
168 56 60
169 57 61
170 58 62
171 58 62
172 59 63
173 59 64
174 60 64
175 61 65
176 61 66
177 62 67
178 63 67
Visual Standards

AFCAT Eligibility: Visual Standards

The visual standards for AFCAT for Flying Branch and Ground Duties (Technical And Non-Technical)/ NCC Special Entry for Courses Commencing in January 2022 Candidates on Entry:

Branch Maximum Limits of Refractive Error Visual Acuity Errors Colour Vision
F(P) including WSOs
  • Hypermetropia: + 2.0D Sph
  • Manifest Myopia: Nil
  • Retinoscopic myopia: - 0.5 in any meridian permitted
  • Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl (within + 2.0D Max)
6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia CP-I
Aircrew other than F(P)
  • Hypermetropia: +3.5D Sph
  • Myopia: -2.0D Sph
  • Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl
6/24 in one eye and 6/36 in other, correctable to 6/6 and 6/9 CP-I
Adm/ Adm (ATC)/Adm (FC)
  • Hypermetropia: + 3.5D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.5D Sph
  • Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye. CP-II
AE(M) AE(L)
  • Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian
  • Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye.
  • Wearing of glasses will be compulsory when advised
CP-II
Met
  • Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: + 2.50 D Cyl
  • Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye.
  • Wearing of Glasses will be compulsory
CP-II
Accts/ Lgs/Edn
  • Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph
  • Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
  • Astigmatism: + 2.50 D Cyl
  • Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye.
  • Wearing of Glasses will be compulsory
CP-III
Employed Aspirants

AFCAT Eligibility 2021: Employed Aspirants

If the aspirants are working with any government or government-owned organizations, then they should follow some rules and regulations for applying to AFCAT 2021 exam. These terms and policies are considered as the No-Objection certificate. Go through the following policies to get an idea in a detailed manner:

  1. During the time of AFSB testing, the aspirants (both from the government or government-owned industrial section) have to show NOC. The aspirants are bound to show this NOC, irrespective of being contractual, permanent, or temporary subordinates.
  2. The candidature of the applicants might be canceled (even after applied for AFCAT) if the authority receives a withhold grant from the employer.
  3. If the employers are not ready to submit the NOC (due to any reason), then the refusal would be considered in writing format and would be submitted to AFSB.

AFCAT Eligibility 2021: Who does not get permission to appear?

  1. If the aspirants would fail to qualify the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in the first attempt.
  2. In case of suspension of flight cadets from the flying training of Air Force Academy, if the aspirants enroll their names in any of the below-mentioned courses earlier, then they do not get permission to apply for AFCAT 2021 exam:
    1. Indian Naval Academy
    2. National Defence Academy
    3. Air Force Academy
    4. Indian Military Academy
    5. Officer’s Training Academy
    6. Chennai and Officers Training Academy Gaya
  3. The aspirants, who have debarred by the Defence Ministry (due to holding any kind of commission in the Defence)
  4. In case of convicting any criminal offenses, the aspirants are not eligible for applying AFCAT 2021 exam.
Important Points

AFCAT Eligibility: Important Points

  • After commissioning, the integrated/dual certified aspirants and LLB qualified students can apply for the legal duties of IAF.
  • The aspirants of the final semester/final year or the pursuing students can apply for the exam. They should not have any present backlog. In addition, the aspirants need to get at least 60% marks up to the last semester.
  • If the students have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)/ Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) in the earlier attempt or if the Flight Cadet got suspension from the flying training at Air Force Academy, then they will not be capable to apply in Flying ranch.
  • If the aspirants were previously admitted in NDA, Indian Military Academy, Indian naval academy, Air Force Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy, however, if they were removed from the previous grounds due to indiscipline, then they are not eligible to appear in AFCAT Exam.
  • If the candidates hold any criminal charges, cannot apply for the exam.
  • Lastly, if the aspirants have debarred from the Defence Ministry due to holding of any commission in Defence Services, then they will also not be eligible for AFCAT.
AFCAT FAQs

AFCAT Eligibility FAQs

Ques. Is there any reservation for the AFCAT exam?

Ans. No, there is no reservation in AFCAT vacant posts.

Ques. How many times I can give the AFCAT exam?

Ans. There is no fixed number of attempts declared by the conducting body.

Ques. Can the final year students apply for AFCAT 2021?

Ans. The students who are studying in the final year of the graduation or equivalent course can apply for AFCAT 2021 exam.

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

Comments


208 Comments
A
annabathula indu jahanavi
If I apply for ota exam this year and failed can I apply for afcat next year
S
simran singh

Candidate must qualify the eligibility criteria if he/she is willing to take AFCAT. The educational qualification required for taking the exam is graduation with minimum 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks. For flying branch, a minimum of 60% marks in maths and physics at 10 +2 level is a must. For more details, refer to this link: Detailed AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

G
gouri kumari
I earlier got admitted to NDA, but due to some personal reason was not able to continue, can I give the exam again?
J
jaya garg

Hi. If the aspirants were previously admitted in NDA, Indian Military Academy, Indian naval academy, Air Force Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy, however, if they were removed from the previous grounds due to indiscipline, then they are not eligible to appear in AFCAT Exam.

S
sandesh kumar
I am pursuing final year studies, can I give the AFCAT exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi. The aspirants of the final semester/final year or the pursuing students can apply for the exam but they must not have any present backlog. In addition, the aspirants need to get at least 60% marks up to the last semester.

T
tanishka shah
In which condition will I be considered disqualified from the AFCAT?
J
jaya garg

Hi. If the aspirants would fail to qualify the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in the first attempt. Also, in case of convicting any criminal offenses, the aspirants are not eligible for applying AFCAT 2021 exam.

S
sourajit mukherjee
Is NOC mandatory?
J
jaya garg

Hi. During the time of AFSB testing, the candidates (both from the government or government-owned industrial section) have to produce NOC. Candidate have to show this NOC, irrespective of being contractual, permanent, or temporary subordinates.

S
swarup
Is there any special requirement for the candidates applying for NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)?
J
jaya garg

Candidates must have mandatorily passed 10+2 with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 and Graduates with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. Further details are here.

A
ananya pandey
What Is the educational criteria For Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)?
J
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. Candidate must be at have scored at least 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 recognized University.

A
ananya pandey
How can I access the correction window, does it remain open all the time?
J
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. To access the correction window, candidates are supposed to log in with the user ID and password. The window opens for a fixed time period only. So you need to refer to the official website for the same.

A
ammar zaheer ahmed
I am getting married during the training period, will I able to continue with the training?
J
jaya garg

Hi Ammar. A candidate who get marries during the period of training shall be discharged and are liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government. So make sure that you know all the details before applying.

N
nishu
will my marital status matter while applying for the AFCAT exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must be below 25 years of age and unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Also, Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) must be below 25 years of age are not eligible for the exam.

J
jasika agrahari
I am not 152 but 148cm and do not belong to northeast or kumaon or any other region where height can be taken 5cm or 2cm less, so am I eligible to apply for non technical ground duty in AFCAT?
D
diya suresh

Height and weight must be proportional and hence it is required from you to specify the weight and age so as to provide accurate details. Height and weight standards vary with gender as well. For female with 148 cm, your weight must be 43 kgs for age group 20-25 years and 46 kgs for 26-30 age group. Check more details at AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2021.

A
arushi thankur
Can I apply for AFCAT after class 12?
J
jaya garg

Hi Arushi. Candidates must be graduate for AFCAT entry. For Flying branch, candidates must have obtained at least 60% in their graduation along with maths and physics in class 12th is required.
Detailed eligibility criteria is mentioned here.
 

S
sadim ansari
Is swimming necessary for AFCAT?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. Yes, it is necessary. Not only in the IAF but in the entire defence it is equally important.
Check out other eligibility criteria here.
 

S
sunny pandey
What is the age limit for applying to AFCAT?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sunny. Candidates must be aged between 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021. The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is further relaxed up to 26 years.
Further details related to the age limit are presented here.
 

I
irfan ali malik
I want to know the exact syllabus for the afcat ground duty non technical please. And i am civil engineering graduate recently.
M
manika gupta

Hi,

AFCAT Syllabus: General Awareness

  • History.
  • Sports.
  • Geography.
  • Environment.
  • Culture.
  • Defense.
  • Art and Culture.
  • International Current Affairs.

For more information, please refer, AFCAT Syllabus.

S
sadim ansari
what is the age limit for nda exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. The minimum and the maximum age limit for all the candidates is 16.5 and 19.5 years. Refer here to check other details.
 

S
sadim ansari
how many times nda exam can be given?
A
aniket ranjan

Hii Sadim, There is no limit on the number of attempts for NDA Exam. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria you can apply for NDA Exam. For more details Click Here

A
aniket ranjan

Hii Sadim, There is no limit on the number of attempts for NDA Exam. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria you can apply for NDA Exam. For more details Click Here

P
priya
what is the timing of afcat exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. The exam duration is 2 hours (120 minutes) and candidates have to write the exam within the time limit only. Further details are mentioned here. 
 

P
priya
how to join afcat without degree?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. It is mandatorily to have passed 12th with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics. Also, graduates with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent can apply.
Detailed eligibility criteria is mentioned here.
 

U
uma rajpurohit
Hello sir only maths student canapply for this exam
G
gurpreet singh

HI Uma

Candidate must clear ther class 12th with Physics and Maths with minimum of 60%. Visit on our official website of AFCAT Eligibility to know more details about the exam.