AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Nationality, Age and Educational Qualification

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Sep 24, 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 AFCAT eligibility criteria are different for both of the branches. But the basic criteria is that a candidate should be a citizen of India. 

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Before you know the AFCAT Eligibility in details, keep your eyes on the following table to get a precise idea about the eligibility criteria:

Criteria
Age Group 20 years to 24 years
Nationality Indian
Marital Status Single
Gender Men and Women
Educational Qualifications 60% both in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level

Latest Update: On 15 June 2020, IAF AFCAT (II) 2020 Application Form has been published. Hence, for better preparation, the aspirants start to cover AFCAT (II) 2020 Syllabus.   

  • 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 the numerical ability section. 

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Read on to know detailed AFCAT Eligibility Criteria for the Exam in terms of nationality, age, branch-wise, and qualification wise. 

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria: Age and Marital Status

Flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry:

  • Candidates must be 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 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 the 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 EligibilityCriteria 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

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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 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 Criteria for Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

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 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 AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Below are the height and weight AFCAT 2020 eligibility criteria 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 AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 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

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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020: Medical Fitness Test

To qualify the SSB interview round, the candidates should need to have physical fitness. They should need to perform the below-mentioned fitness exam for qualifying the SSB interview:

  1. 10 push-ups
  2. 1 mile run in 10 Minutes
  3. 3 chin-ups

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020: 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 2020 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 a 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.

Who does not get permission to appear for the AFCAT 2020 exam?

  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.
  3. If the aspirants enroll their names in any of the below-mentioned courses earlier, then they do not get permission to apply for AFCAT 2020 exam.
    • Indian Naval Academy
    • National Defence Academy
    • Air Force Academy
    • Indian Military Academy
    • Officer’s Training Academy
    • Chennai and Officers Training Academy Gaya
  4. The aspirants, who have debarred by the Defence Ministry (due to holding any kind of commission in the Defence)
  5. In case of convicting any criminal offenses, the aspirants are not eligible for applying AFCAT 2020 exam. 

Remember the Important Points

  1. After commissioning, the integrated/du
  2. al certified aspirants and LLB qualified students can apply for the legal duties of IAF.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If the candidates hold any criminal charges, cannot apply for the exam.
  7. 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. 

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

Comments


82 Comments
K
kunal thakrar
Are students with commerce backgrounds at the +2 level eligible for the AFCAT exam?
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kavita rani

HI kunal. Yes, the commerce students are eligible to apply for the flying branch as well as ground duty branch in case they clear the Air Force Common Aptitude Test. However, to apply for the flying branch, you must have studied Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.

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sheetal chib
Should a student have 10+2 and graduation to apply for the AFCAT exam? Or if a student has a diploma and graduation, he didn't have 12th, after 10th he took diploma and an engineering degree, is he is eligible for the AFCAT exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. To apply for the AFCAT exam, graduation is a must and if you have competed B. Tech after diploma then you are not allowed to opt for the flying and engineering branch, rather can apply for ground duties excluding engineering branch only.

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devisingh
If I have a back log and I clear it before I appear for my AFCAT exam and SSB, am I eligible?
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kavita rani

HI Devsingh. Yes, you are eligible for the AFCAT exam in case you have cleared your backlogs.

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md hussain ansari
I am a final semester student of B.E mechanical engineering.am I eligible to apply for AFCAT?
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kavita rani

HI Md. Hussain. Yes students studying in the final year/semester students are allowed to apply, only in case they do not have any backlogs while appearing for the AFSB Testing. Also, it is important to produce a valid degree certificate issued by the University at the time of interview.

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karan rathod
I score 153 in the last AFCAT exam (cutoff=153). Should I attend the interview as my merit chances are very low? (I'm eligible for flying)
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kavita rani

Hi Karan. Yes, you must attend the SSB. The merit list will be is made based on the scores obtained in SSB and AFCAT. So I would advise you to not miss the SSB Interview even in case you have scored less marks in the written exam.

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shatakshi patki
Are last year’s BTech students eligible for the AFCAT exam?
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kavita rani

HI Shatakshi. No B. Tech 3rd year student are not eligible to apply for the AFCAT exams. You can apply in 4th year but not in 3rd year as even while applying for the AFCAT exam in the 4th year, you need to give proof of study certificate that you are either studying in final year or have completed you studies.

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bunty kohli
I wear spectacles of -2 & -2.5 power. Am I eligible to become a pilot in India through IAF AFCAT exam?
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kavita rani

HI Bunty. For the flying branch, candidates must have a clear naked eye vision at the time of joining or while undergoing a medical test.

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preetam oinam
Are aircraft maintenance engineering degree holders eligible for the AFCAT exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Preetam. Yes, candidates having a graduation degree are eligible to apply for the AFCAT exam. For detailed eligibility criteria, refer here.

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vipasha
I'm a B.A graduate in English literature. Will I be considered eligible for the AFCAT exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Yes, you are eligible to apply for the AFCAT Ground Duty Branch in case you have completed your graduation. Although, graduates of English Honours are not eligible to apply for technical branches but they can appear for the flying branch.

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prahasti
Will I be eligible for the AFCAT exam after earning my B.Pharm?
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kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Yes, you are eligible to apply for the AFCAT exam, but you need to meet the other minimum eligibility criteria as well.