AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Nationality, Age and Qualification

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Apr 7, 2020

Indian Air Force invites online application for both male and female aspirants to join in flying and ground duty (technical and non-technical) branches through AFCAT 2020. The eligibility criteria are different for both of the branches. But the basic criteria is that a candidate should be a citizen of India. 

  • AFCAT (August Session) 2020 will be conducted on February 24 and 25 on online mode. 
  • AFCAT Application Form will be started from December 1 to December 30, 2019
  • The syllabus will be of graduation level, except question under numerical ability section. Check AFCAT Syllabus
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Read on to know detailed eligibility for AFCAT Exam in terms of nationality, age, branch-wise and qualification wise. 

AFCAT Eligibility: Age and Marital Status

Flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry:

  • Candidates must be 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021.
  • 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:

  • Candidates must be 20 to 26 years as on January  1, 2021.

Marital Status:

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of 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.
  • 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.
  • Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.
Acceptable Date of Birth: Candidates should note that 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 by the IAF and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

AFCAT Educational Qualification

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

AFCAT Eligibility for Flying Duty

  • 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 Eligibility for Ground Duty (Technical)

  1. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}
  • 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:-​
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
  1. Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}
  • 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:-
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 Eligibility for Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

The eligibility differs as per the departments, the same are listed below:

  • Administration & Logistics: Graduate Degree (min. three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised 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 recognised 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. 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 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).

AFCAT Physical Criteria

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 Eligibility for AFCAT

Below are the height and weight eligibility standards for male and female candidates for any position of Indian Air Force. Note that the acceptable weight will be ± 10% of the average weight mentioned below

Height and Weight Eligibility for Male Candidate

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

Height and Weight Eligibility for Female Candidate

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
SD 5 5

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

Comments


46 Comments
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divya sankar
Hello admin , i have 72% in 10th and 58% in 12th is there any way i am eligible can you please let me know.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Divya, sorry but you are not eligible for AFCAT exam as 60% is the minimum required aggregate in intermediate to be eligible.
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pooja pandey
Hello ma'am, My date of birth is Sep 1994 and it will be 26 years 5 months as on 1st July 2021. Am I eligible for the AFCAT 2 2020 exam. Please clear my doubt.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Pooja, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam.
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keshav mehta
Hi i have passed my 10+2 in Commerce steam and now i am student of bcom. From recognized university..so can i apply for AFCAT if yes.! Then for groud duties non-technical or something else.?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Keshav, you will be eligible only after completing your graduation. Moreover, your aggregate in graduation and intermediate must not be less than 60%. You can apply for Ground Duty (Non-technical) category.
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rahul dabas
Sir, I have passed 12th with 78.9% in science stream. And now i have graduate in BCA not regular... Can i apply for AFCAT
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rahul, yes, you are eligible for this exam.
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sumer singh
Sir, I have passed 12th class with 77.20% in science stream. And now I am pursuing BSc as a private student not a regular. Am I eligible for AFCAT exam?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sumer, yes, you will be able to apply for this exam if you score an aggregate of 60% in your graduation degree.
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amit kumar yadav
Yes... Best of luck
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ejjipurapu srinu
I am srinu and I studied at andhra pradesh state board but not CBSE and scored 10 points in subjects iam eligible for AFCAT
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Srinu, candidates appearing for this exam must have done graduation too with an aggregate of 60%. Thus, you are not eligible.
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gaurav krsah
I in class 12 science, I have scored 70 % on maths but in physics only 55%, am I eligible for AFCAT
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Gaurav, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as candidates appearing in AFCAT must have scored at least 60% in Maths and Physics separately in intermediate.
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anmol chaudhary
I have 45 in mathematics and 71 in physics at class 12th And 62% in graduation Can i fill the form
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Anmol, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as candidates appearing in AFCAT must have scored at least 60% in Maths and Physics separately in class 12th.
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rohit kumar sah
Hello madam, if we have completed 3years degree in 4 years can we still apply for afcat exam
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rohit, if you have cleared your backlogs, then, you can apply for AFCAT exam provided you satisfy other eligibility criteria too as mentioned above.
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rishabh
Hello sir I do b tech in engineering physics from DTU so can I eligible for a flying duty
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rishabh, sorry but you are not eligible for flying branch as candidates applying for flying branch must hold valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India).