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Get to know all about AFCAT Exam here. The article gives a brief on all information with regard to AFCAT Exam i.e. Air Force Common Admission Test. AFCAT Exams are conducted twice in a year by Indian Air Force for various post in the Air Force services across India. Keep yourself posted on updates about AFCAT Exam from our article.

AFCAT Exam

AFCAT Exam i.e. Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted by Indian Air Force for recruiting eligible candidates for Short Services Commission and Permanent Commission in Indian Air Force services. For all services with regard to Indian Air Force, candidates have to take up AFCAT except NDA and CDSE candidates. AFCAT Exam is conducted twice in a year in February and August for which applications are released in the month of June and December, respectively. All details i.e. Official Notification, Online Application, Exam Pattern, Selection Procedure, etc., with regard to AFCAT Exam, is explained in the article.

AFCAT Exam - Job Posts

Through AFCAT Exam, recruitment for three major branches under short services commission and permanent commission is done. The three branches are (i) Flying, (ii) Ground Duty (Technical), and (iii) Ground Duty (Non-Technical) where branches for Ground Duty staffs is further classified. The detail on division of branches is given below.
  1. Flying
  2. Ground Duty (Technical)
    1. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
    2. Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
  3. Ground Duty (Non-Technical)
    1. Administration
    2. Logistics
    3. Accounts
    4. Education
The Eligibility, Age limit, Exam Pattern and Syllabus, differs for each branch mentioned above. We have separately furnished information for each post of the AFCAT Exam in such way for your easier understanding.

AFCAT Exam Pattern

The Overall Selection process has Two Stages (i) AFCAT/EKT test and (ii) SSB (Services Selection Board) Testing. All three branches i.e. Flying, Ground Staff (Technical), and Ground Staff (Non-Technical) staffs will have to take up AFCAT Exam. Candidates who have opted for Ground Duty (Technical) in addition to AFCAT will have to take up Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). Exam pattern for AFCAT and EKT is given below
Exam Topics No. of Questions Mark Allotment Time Duration
AFCAT General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 100 3 marks – For each correct answer
Negative marking – 1 mark deducted for wrong answer
2 hours
EKT Technical Questions on Engineering Standards based on specialization 50 3 marks – For each correct answer
Negative marking – 1 mark deducted for wrong answer
45 minutes
EKT Exam will have different question paper for each stream. Candidates will be given EKT Exam on the stream specified by the candidate i.e. based on the post opted by the candidate. Based on AFCAT/EKT candidates will be shortlisted and called for further testing process by SSB.

AFCAT Exam Syllabus

AFCAT Exam is the first stage of the screening process and the syllabus is Common for all branches. AFCAT will focus on General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. The total number of questions will be 100 with time duration of 2 hours. Syllabus for AFCAT is listed below.

General Awareness

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Civics
  • Basic Science
  • Defence
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics

Verbal Ability in English

  • Comprehension
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary

Numerical Ability

  • Decimal Fraction
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Profit & loss
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Simple interest

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

  • Verbal Skills
  • Spatial Ability

AFCAT Exam - EKT Syllabus

In addition to AFCAT Exam, candidates who have opted for Ground Duty (Technical) position will have to take up EKT immediately on completion of AFCAT. EKT will be on Engineering Standards and based on three specializations i.e. Computer Science Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Syllabus for each specialization is given below.

Computer Science Engineering

  • Fundamental Engineering
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Drawing
  • Specialisation Branch Topics
    • Analog and Digital Electronics
    • Electronic Devices
    • Computer Networks
    • Network Theory Design
    • Switching Theory
    • Information Technology
  • Allied Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Control Engineering
    • Telecommunication Systems
    • Microwave Engineering
    • Antenna and Wave Propagation
    • Radar Theory
    • Instrumentation

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • Fundamental Engineering
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Drawing
  • Specialisation Branch Topics
    • Analog and Digital Electronics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronic Devices
    • Control Engineering
    • Telecommunication Systems
    • Microwave Engineering
    • Antenna and Wave Propagation
  • Allied Engineering
    • Instrumentation
    • Computer Networks
    • Network Theory Design
    • Switching Theory
    • Information Technology
    • Radar Theory

Mechanical Engineering

  • Fundamental Engineering
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Drawing
  • Specialisation Branch Topics
    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Thermodynamics
    • Theory of Machines
    • Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines
    • Manufacturing Science
    • Materials Science
    • Machine Drawing
  • Allied Engineering
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Power Plant Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Flight Mechanics
    • Aircraft Structures
    • Aerodynamics

AFCAT Exam - SSB Testing

Candidates who have cleared AFCAT/EKT with minimum qualifying marks will be shortlisted for further selection process by Services Selection Board (SSB). Call letters will be sent to report at any one of the selection boards located at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, and Varanasi. Candidates who have opted for Flying branch can choose only from Dehradun, Mysore, and Varanasi only. The test for all branches has two stages and Flying Branch will have CPSS/PABT test in addition to the two-stage selection process.

Stage I

Stage I test has Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and Discussion Test and will be conducted on the first day. Document check will be done for candidates who cleared Stage I.
Candidates not clearing the Stage I or not meeting eligibility will be sent back on the first day itself. Only those candidates who have cleared Stage I will be put into further testing process.

Stage II

Stage II selection process will be held for next three to four days. It has Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Interview process, and Conference.
  • Psychological Tests are written tests conducted by a Psychologist.
  • Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work.
  • Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer.
  • The Conference is held on the last day by all the Assessors/Selection Board i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer to discuss on candidates who are to be recommended for the next stage.
The candidates recommended by the Selection board will have to take up Medical Examination. All India Merit list is prepared based on the performance in Written Exam and SSB Test. Based on the vacancies in various branches, joining instructions will be issued to join one of the training establishments.

CPSS/PABT Test - Flying Branch

On completion of Psychological test in Stage II, candidates who have opted for vacancies in Flying Branch will have to take up Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS)/Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). CPSS/PABT is once in a lifetime test and candidates who have failed the CPSS/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply. Candidate should clear CPSS/PABT with a good score to be an eligible candidate for the Flying Branch.

AFCAT Exam - Educational Qualification

A minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level is mandatory for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) branches. Further qualification for each branch and specialization is given below.

Flying

Graduates with minimum 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.

Ground Duty (Technical)

A minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognized University.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

There will be four posts under Non-technical branch and it requires different qualification for each post which is listed below.
  • Administration and Logistics - Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline 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/M Sc degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/Statistics/International relations/International Studies/Defence Studies/Psychology/Computer Science/IT /Management/Mass Communication/Journalism/Public Relations with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate all papers put together in Post Graduation (Minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in graduation.

AFCAT Exam - Eligibility

Age

Flying: Age limit of 20 to 24 years as on July 1, 2018, i.e. born between July 2, 1994 to July 1, 1998 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years i.e. born between July 2, 1992 to July 1, 1998 (both dates inclusive).
Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): - Age limit of 20 to 26 years as on July 1, 2018, i.e. born between July 2, 1992 to July 1, 1998 (both dates inclusive).

Marital Status

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training.
  • Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply.

Type of Commission

PC for Men

  • Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve until the age of superannuation

SSC for Men and Women

  • The engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable)
  • The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to willingness, suitability, service requirements and availability of vacancies.

Training

Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of July 2018 for all courses.
  • Duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches - 74 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.
  • Duration of training for Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches - 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.
After admission to the Air Force Academy, candidates will not be considered for any other commission. They will also not be permitted to appear for any interview or examination after they have been finally selected for training in the Air Force Academy. No request for withdrawal of candidature received from a candidate after he/she has submitted his/her application will be entertained under any circumstances.
 
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