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AFCAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria: Nationality, Age and Educational Qualification

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Jan 8, 2021

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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Latest Updates:

27 October 2020: IAF has released the stand over AFCAT (2) 2020 result uproar. 

21 October 2020: To select the AFCAT (2) 2020, both the AFSB interview venue and date has been opened. Till 25 October, the candidates can choose the interview venue and date. 

20 October 2020: AFCAT (2) 2020 cut off score and result have been published. In addition, on 20 October 2020, the AFCAT (2) 2020 SSB Interview date has been announced. The AFCAT (2) interview will be held on 20 November 2020.  

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria: At a Glance

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. 

Check AFCAT 2020 Admit Card

Check AFCAT 2020 Exam Centers

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


194 Comments
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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.
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi,

AFCAT Syllabus: General Awareness

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

For more information, please refer, AFCAT Syllabus.

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sadim ansari
what is the age limit for nda exam?
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kavita rani

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.
 

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sadim ansari
how many times nda exam can be given?
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common admission test

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

C
common admission test

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

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priya
what is the timing of afcat exam?
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kavita rani

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. 
 

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priya
how to join afcat without degree?
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kavita rani

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.
 

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uma rajpurohit
Hello sir only maths student canapply for this exam
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surendra

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.

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priya
what is the height & weight required for afcat?
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kavita rani

Hi Priya. Maximum height of the candidates must be 157.5 cms with correlative weight for men and 152 cms for women. All other medical criteria will be judged by the Air Force Medical authorities whose decision will be final.
More details are here.
 

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priya
what is afcat exam eligibility?
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kavita rani

Hi Priya. For flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry, candidates must be 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021. Also, they must have obtained at least 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.
More details are here.
 

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dinesh s
Hello sir..I am a final year student of course B.com . Can I apply sir.I was studying final year now
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, For AFCAT, Minimum of 60% marks each in Maths & Physics at 10+2 level. Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent OR BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent. For more information, please refer, AFCAT Exam.

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sonal khandait
Sir, I have bellow 60% in 12th.. So I don't eligible for AFCAT. But I have 67% in bsc with physics and mathematics.. Then can I Apply for AFCAT for flying branch?? Or other faculty in IAF??
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dummy

Dear Sonal Khandait

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you are eligible to apply for AFCAT for flying duty post if you have passed a Bachelor’s Degree with 60% marks from any recognized University. For more details, kindly go through this link – AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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dolly maheshwari
Sir, I have 62% in pg as well as in gradution but my stream in 12th was commerce therefore i do not had physics as my subject. Am i eleigible for non technical in accounts???
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arvind kumar

Hi Dolly, Greetings. AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an entrance test. You are certainly eligible for non-technical posts. For more details visit: AFCAT 2020

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vanshika chandail
So I wanna join the flying branch I had maths and physics in 12 th but I did bca still do I have to give EKT?
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surendra

Hi Vanshika

You need to clear your 12th with minimum 60% nad your graduation with 60% to be eligible for the AFCAT Flying Batch. More more information about the eligibility criteria visit on our official website.

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ezio
Sir, I have 80% marks in 12th but less than 60%marks in my bachelor degree,,, is there any options for me to join defence forces
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surendra

Hi Ezio

The candidate must score 60% minimum in thier 12th in Maths and Physics and minimum 60% in graduation to apply for the exam. Your graduation scores are counted and if you have below 60% you won’t be able to apply for the exam.

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aman
Sir I'm krishna ..meri English bhut weak h or mjhe exam dene m dr lgg thaa h ..syllabus k according hi paper bnta h
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surendra

Hi Aman

The exam is set according to the syllabus. You can check out the exam syllabus and pattern on our website of AFCAT Exam. There is no need to be scared of the exam you can prepare well for the exam you will get all the important tips and how you can prepare for the exam.

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keerthy mohan
Sir, I'm a bsc physics graduate who has all the eligibility criteria for logistics and administration branch as per the notification. Even then the site says that Im not eligible to apply. Why is that?
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surendra

Hi Keerthy

You need to check your eligibility criteria again look for the age criteria whether you are under the required age or not. YOu can visit on our official website of AFCAT Eligibility for the full eligibility criteria required for the exam and apply for the exam again.

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komal patel
Hello sir, I have completed my chemical engineering in 2019 but while applying for Afcat I m not eligible since there is no option for chemical engineers what can be the alternative for this?
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surendra

HI Komal

You can apply in Afcat if you have a Bachelor degree in any course. But you need to score a minimum of 60% in your graduation and 60% in your class 12th in Maths and Physics. You can apply in AFCAT with you civil engineering degree. For more information you can visit on our official website of AFCAT Eligibility

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komal patel
Hello sir thanks for the reply, Also sir I have more than 60% in 12 in maths and physics also I m eligible to apply but there is some technical glitch with the online form since in vourse preference the form is not accepting graduation option D.
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komal patel
Also I had a query that, holding a chemical engineering degree can I apply with civil engineering??. Is it possible sir
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dummy

Dear Komal Patel

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you are eligible to apply for AFCAT-2 Examination 2020 if you have passed B.E./B.Tech. with 60% of marks from any recognized University. The age limit for AFCAT 2 Examination 2020 is between 20-26 years. For more details, kindly go through this link – AFCAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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komal patel
Why there is no options for chemical engineering graduates in Afcat 2021 exams.. ...In that case what can be the alternative???
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arvind kumar

Hi Komal, Greetings. AFCAT exam is conducted by Indian Air Force. There are different requirements for various jobs and so chemical engineering might not be listed. You can search for other job options. For more details visit: AFCAT EXAM

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prasad jadhav
Sir , i am doing my graduation in tyanchya (physics). I have 59 in physics , 68 in maths and 57 in chemistry . So am i eligible for AFCAT exam?
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abdul nazir

Hi Prasad, Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply as for both AFCAT technical and non technical posts, a minimum aggregate of 60% in physics and mathematics individually is mandatory. There are other eligibility criterias as well that you must satisfy. To know more about AFCAT eligibility norms click here.

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sanjana rawani
Sir, i am pursuing bba can i apply for afcat without finance specialization
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arvind kumar

Hi Sanjana, Greetings from Collegedunia. AFCAT is air force common admission test. You can certainly apply for AFCAT exam without finance specialization. For more details visit: AFCAT EXAM

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geeta kavalad
Sir, I have done Diploma in EC after 10th. Now I have completed BE in EC. So am I eligible for AFCAT exam?
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abdul nazir

Hi Geeta, Yes you are eligible to apply for AFCAT technical and non technical post with B.E degree. Although you have not mentioned your marital status as only unmarried men and women are eligible to apply. You also have to abide by other eligibility criteria to apply for AFCAT exam. To know more click here

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fayis rahman
Sir my DOB 17-02-1993, I'm a graduated in BCA with 55% can i apply for AFCAT
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common admission test

Hii Fayis. No, you are not eligible for applying AFCAT Exam as the age criteria for applying for AFCAT Exam is 20 years to 24 years and you age is exceeding the limit. For more details Click Here