Indian Air Force conducts Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) 2018

Indian Air Force invites applications from eligible Men and Women for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT 2018) for the courses commencing in July 2015 for grant of Short Service Commission for male / female candidates in Flying Branch and permanent / Short Service Commission in Technical and Ground Duty Branches.

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The Courses are offered in:

Flying Branch:

  • No. 12 Short Service Commission (12 SSC) Course

Technical Branch:

  • No. 83 Aeronautical Engineers (83 AEC) Course (Permanent Commission)
  • No. 55 Short Service Commission (55 SSC) Course

Ground Duty Branches:

  • No. 134 Ground Duty Officers (134 GDOC) Course (Permanent Commission)
  • No. 27 Short Service Commission (27 SSC) Course

Indian Air Force invites application from female candidates for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) in July 2013 to join in courses mentioned below.

Name of the Course

Flying Branch

No. 41 Short Service Commission Course (Women) (41 SSC (W))

Technical Branch

No. 55 Short Service Commission Course (55 SSC) (Women) (55 AEC (W))

Ground Duty Branches

No. 43 Short Service Commission Course (Women) (43 SSC (W))


Educational Qualification

  • Flying Branch: Graduates in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR BE/ B Tech degree from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate
  • Technical Branch: BE/ B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics/ Mechanical) OR cleared section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India OR Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies.
  • Ground Duty Brancha)   Administration & Logistics:Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks/ or a Post Graduate Degree/ equivalent Diploma in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.b)   Accounts: B Com with a minimum of 60% marks OR M.Com/ CA/ ICWA with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.c) Education: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.

Age Limit (as on 1 July 2013)

  • Flying Branch: Minimum 19 years; Maximum 23 years
  • Technical Branch: Minimum 18 years; Maximum 28 years
  • Ground Duty Branch: Minimum 20 years; Graduates (Max 23 yrs); Post Graduates/ LLB (Five years integrated course) (Max 25 years); LLB (3 years course after Graduation) (Max 26 years); For M Ed/ PhD/ CA/ ICWA (Max 27 years)

Type of Commission

a)      Permanent Commission: Candidates will serve till the age of superannuation.

b)     Short Service Commission: 14 years from the date of commissioning for SSC Flying Branch (not extendable) and 10 years for technical and ground duty branches with an extension of 4 years subject to availability of vacancies.

Selection Procedure for AFCAT Men

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) will be conducted for candidates at the designated examination centres. The test will be of 2 hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Aptitude. Candidates who clear the AFCAT will be called for further testing at the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar or Varanasi. The second round of test will consist of the following examination.

  • Stage I- Intelligence Test
  • Stage II- Psychological Test, Group Test and Interview

Candidates selected after stage II will undergo branch specific test based on their eligibility/ choice of branches

  • Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) for flying branch
  • Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) for technical branch
  • Medical Test

Note: Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt OR a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.


The scheme of syllabus and examples of questions are given in the following paragraphs:-


1. The AFCAT Question Paper will have 100 questions.  All questions will be of three marks each.  For every correct answer the candidate will get three marks and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted under negative marking.  The total time allotted for the paper is two hours.
2. Each Question Paper will have questions from the following topics:-
(a) General Awareness – History, Sports, Geography, Environment,
Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.

(b) Verbal Ability in English – Comprehension, Error Detection,
Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.

(c) Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit
& loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.

(d) Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial