Enrol in the prestigious Indian Air Force by clearing the AFCAT Exam and serve the nation, and become a hero. The AFCAT Exam is conducted to recruit for the technical, non-technical and flying branches of Air Force.
What is AFCAT?AFCAT 2021 Notification?AFCAT 2021 Exam Date?
Indian Air Force started as a tiny fleet with four Westland Wapiti army co-operative by-planes, six RAF trained officers, and 19 Hawai Sepoys. Today, it is the fourth largest Air Force in the world with a highly technical fighting force that safeguards our skies against enemy invasions.
What is AFCAT?
The full-form of AFCAT is Air Force Common Admission Test. It is a National Level Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for admission into Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical Branch), Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branch). Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) every year in two sessions.
Candidates who aspire to qualify the AFCAT Examination must perform well in the online examination, and the Air Force Selection Board Interview (AFSB). The candidates who are applying for the AFCAT Ground Duty Technical Branch must appear and clear both the online examination and the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
AFCAT 2021 Notification
The notification has been released on the official website of the AFCAT 2021 Exam. afcat.cdac.in. Candidates should go through the notification clearly prior to applying for the exam. The application forms for the SSC and PC commissions can be filled and sent to the authorities of the exam.
AFCAT 2021 Exam Date
The AFCAT 2021 Exam is conducted twice a year, i.e. AFCAT I and AFCAT II.
Application form for AFCAT I 2021 will be available on the official website, i.e. afcat.cdac.in from December 1, 2020 to January 11, 2021.
The admit card will be released online for the candidates. The exam will be conducted via online mode i.e. Computer-based Test and AFCAT 2021 Exam Dates are yet to be announced, but we have provided the tentative dates for the same based on trends in the previous years.
AFCAT I exam result will tentatively be declared on the official website for all the candidates on March 10, 2021. Candidates who had cleared AFCAT I exam 2021 will be called for further rounds of the selection process.
AFCAT 2021 Eligibility
AFCAT Eligibility Criteria need to be satisfied by the applicants, to be fit to appear for this exam. Criteria of AFCAT 2021 Eligibility vary for different posts, which are as follows:
AFCAT 2021 Flying Branch
Candidates applying for the Flying Branch would be taken through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry:
Candidate’s age should be from 20 to 24 years as on July 1, 2021, i.e. he/she should be born between July 2, 1996, to July 1, 2001, with both dates inclusive. The upper age limit for candidates which hold a valid and currently active Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) can be relaxed up to 26 years i.e. candidate should have been born in between July 2, 1995 and July 1, 2001 with both dates inclusive.
To be eligible for AFCAT 2021, candidates should have qualified 10+2 with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics. Along with that, he/she should also have a Graduation Degree done for a period of a minimum of three years in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks from a recognized University in India or equivalent. OR.
Candidate should possess B.E./B.Tech degree (4-year’s course) with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized University in India. OR.
Also, the candidates qualifying the Section A & B of the exam conducted by Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers, India or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University in India with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
AFCAT 2021 Ground Duty (Technical Branch)
For Technical branches in Ground Duty, a candidate’s age should lie in between 20 to 26 years as completed on Jul 1, 2021 i.e. he/she should have been born in between July 2, 1995 to July 1, 2001, with both dates standing inclusive.
For Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) [AE (L)]
To sit for AFCAT 2021, a candidate should have qualified 10+2 with a minimum of 60% aggregate each in Physics and Mathematics. Also along with that, he/she should possess a Graduation or Integrated Post Graduation degree done for a period of a minimum of four years in Engineering/Technology from recognized University in India. OR
He/she should have cleared Sections A and B of the examination conducted by Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers, India. OR
A candidate should have cleared the Graduate membership examination with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent, which is conducted by Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies 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.
For Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) [AE (M)]
A candidate who has qualified 10+2 with a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics. Also along with it, he/she should possess a Graduation or a Post Graduation Degree pursued for a minimum four years Engineering/Technology from recognized University in India. OR.
A candidate who has cleared Sections A & B exam of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) by actual studies obtaining a minimum of 60% aggregate 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 2021 Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branch)
For Technical branches in Ground Duty, a candidate’s age should lie in between 20 to 26 years as completed on July 1, 2021, i.e. he/she should have been born between July 2, 1995, to July 1, 2001, with both dates standing inclusive.
Candidate should possess a Graduate Degree with a minimum of 60% marks in any discipline from a recognized university 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.
A candidate should possess an MBA/MCA or MA/M.Sc degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/Statistics/International Studies/Management/International Relations/Defence Studies/Psychology/Computer Science/IT/Mass Communication/Journalism/Public Relations with a minimum of 50% aggregate in of all papers put together in Post-Graduation (Minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in graduation (both recognized by UGC/ Competent Accreditation Authority in India).
For integrated courses (single degree without permission to exit and lateral entry), minimum duration to pursue must be as per existing UGC guidelines with a minimum of 50% aggregate in all papers put together.
NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)
A candidate should have earned NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate on or after Jun 2, 2017. Applying candidates should have qualified 10+2 with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics. A candidate should possess a Graduation Degree completed with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent with a minimum of three years duration in any discipline from a recognized University in India. OR
A candidate should have completed B.E./B.Tech degree (4-year course) with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized University of India. OR
A candidate who has cleared Section A & B exam of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers, India with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized University in India.
A candidate should have a PG Degree in any Science stream/Mathematics/Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/Applied Physics/Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment/Geo-physics/Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% aggregate in all papers put together given Physics and Maths were studied in Graduation with a minimum of 55% aggregate in each).
Note: AFCAT II 2021 has announced a total number of 256 vacancies. Out of the CDSE vacancies a 10% seats are for PC and out of the vacancies for SSC a 10% will be for the NCC Special Entry Flying Branch.
The candidates are advised to be physically fit when arriving on the day of the SSB physical tests in the AFSB. They are required to be capable of running 1.6 kms in 10 minutes and perform 10 pushups, along with 3 chin ups. Physical fitness is important in order to endure and adapt to the various physical training in the Air Force Academy. The training comprises running, swimming, rope climbing and other physical tests that the candidates should undergo.