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AFCAT 2024 Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, Selection Process

Indian Air Force will conduct AFCAT 2024 on the dates 16 Feb 2024, 17 Feb 2024 and 18 Feb 2024.

AFCAT is conducted twice a year by the Indian Air force to recruit desirable candidates for various important posts in the Indian Air Force. The selected candidates will be inducted into the IAF and posted as Air Force Pilot, and Ground Duty officers in both technical and Non- Technical arenas. 

Each year millions of candidates appear for the AFCAT to join the Indian Air force. Serving in the Air force itself is an honour. The AFCAT serves as an opportunity for young citizens to Join the most respected Indian Air Force to serve the country.

If you’re interested in joining the Indian Air force, go through the article below for eligibility criteria, vacancy, selection process, syllabus exam pattern, and other important details for AFCAT 1 2024.

AFCAT 1 2024 Overview

Indian Air Force has announced 317 vacancies for Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) and Gazetted Officers in Flying Branches to be recruited for the course commencing in January 2024.

AFCAT Abbreviation Air Force Common Admission Test
Name of the ExamAFCAT 2024
Conducting AuthorityIndian Air Force
Exam levelAll India Level
Frequency of the ExamTwice a year
Application ModeOnline
Mode of the ExamOnline
Exam Language English
Total Questions AFCAT: 100 & EKT: 50
Selection ProcessWritten test, AFSB Test, and Medical Examination

AFCAT 1 2024 – Important Dates

AFCAT 2024 Notification Date27th November 2023
Application Form Release Date1st December 2023
Last Date to Apply Online30th December 2023
Admit Card Release DateFebruary 2024
AFCAT 2024 Exam Date16th, 17th, 18th February 2024
AFCAT 2024 Cut offTo be Announced
AFCAT 2024 Result8 March 2024

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

AFCAT 1, 2024 eligibility criteria for Ground Duty and Flying Branch posts are as follows.

AFCAT Age Limit

(i) Flying Branch: Applicant age should be at least 20 years and the upper age is capped at 24 years for flying branch i.e. born between 02 July 1999 to 01 July 2003 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years i.e. born between 02 July 1997 to 01 July 2003 (both dates inclusive).

(ii)Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches: For ground duty, the minimum age is 20 years and the upper age limit is capped at 26 years i.e. born between 02 July 1997 to 01 July 2003 (both dates Inclusive).

Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.

AFCAT Educational Qualification

Flying branch: Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a three-year degree in graduation OR a BE/BTech degree with a minimum of 60% from a recognized university.

AFCAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Ground duty (Technical) Branch:

(i)Aeronautical engineering (Electronics)(AE(L)): Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation/post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university

AFCAT 1 2024 Vacancy

India Air Force has released the AFCAT 1 2024 vacancies on 1st December 2024 along with the Indian Air Force AFCAT 2024 notification.  The total number of vacancies for the AFCAT 2024 exam is 317

AFCAT 1 2024 Syllabus

  The syllabus for AFCAT Exam has 4 sections namely (i) English, (ii) General Knowledge, (iii) Reasoning, and (iv) Quantitive Aptitude. Follow the latest AFCAT syllabus for scoring high marks in the AFCAT Exam

(i) Englishcomprehension, cloze test, synonym and antonym, idioms and phrases, Error spotting.
(ii) General KnowledgeIndian History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Current Affairs
(iii) Reasoning Series, Venn Diagram, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Non Verbal questions, Verbal reasoning, military aptitude, etc.
(iv) Quantitive Aptitude  Number system, HCF and LCM, Time, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Pipes And Cistern etc.

AFCAT 1 2024 Selection Process

Indian Air Force will send call letters to all the candidates who clear the AFCAT/EKT 2024 to appear for the second stage of selection i.e AFSB Testing.

AFSB Testing Stage 1

It includes the following two tests:

  1. Officer Intelligence Rating Test.
  2. Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP&DT)

Stage 1 is called the screening test and candidates who do not clear it will be rejected and will not be called for AFSB Testing Stage 2.

AFSB Testing Stage 2

All Stage 1 qualified candidates will have to appear for AFSB Stage 2 and undergo the following tests:

Psychological Tests: These are written psychological tests and are conducted by professional psychologists.

Group Tests: These tests involve mental and physical activities to examine the candidates’ on various mental and physical parameters.

AFSB Interview: In this round, the interviewing officer takes a personal round of interviews for the candidate.

Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test: This test is mandatory for only those candidates who have applied for the Flying Branch.

Medical Examination

Recommended candidates will be called for the medical examination. The Indian Airforce has prescribed only two centres for Medical Examination which are the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru and Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME). After the medical examination, a final merit list would be prepared on the basis of the marks scored by the candidate in written and AFSB interviews. All the shortlisted candidates would be given the joining letter of the respective training academies they have applied to.

AFCAT 1 2024 Exam Pattern

Name of ExamTime DurationNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksSubjects
1. AFCAT 20242 Hours100 MCQs300Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Military Aptitude
2. EKT( Engineering Knowledge Test)45 Minutes15 MCQs100Technical

There is a negative marking in the AFCAT Exam evaluation. 1/3rd mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) will be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.

It is compulsory for candidates opting for Ground Duty (technical) branch to clear both AFCAT & EKT.

AFCAT Model Paper