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The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force twice (usually in February and September) every year for selection of Officers in various branches of the force including – Flying Branch, Technical Branch, Ground Duty Branch. The written exam is followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for shortlisted candidates.

Candidates are to ensure their eligibility for the examination, as follows:-

(a) Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination viz. written examination and SSB test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or AFSB Testing, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature will be cancelled by the IAF.

(b) Mere issue of Admit Card/Call up letter to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally accepted by Indian Air Force.

Type of Commission.

(a) Permanent Commission (PC) for Male. Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.

(b) Short Service Commission (SSC) for Male& Women.

  • (i) The engagement period for Flying Branch (Male and Women) SSC Officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non extendable).
  • (ii) The initial tenure for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) SSC Officers would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability and merit.

Eligibility Conditions:-

(a) Nationality. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
(b) Age.

(i) Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry:- 20 to 24 years as on 01 July 2019 i.e., born between 02 July 1995 to 01 July 1999 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 July 1993 to 01 July 1999 (both dates inclusive).

(ii) Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch. 20 to 26 years as on 01 July 2019 i.e., born between 02 July 1993 to 01 July 1999 (both dates inclusive).

(iii) 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 also not eligible. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.

(iv) The date of birth accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper
authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and likewise will be accepted.

(v) Sometimes the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate does not show the date of birth, or only shows the age by completed years or completed years and months. In such cases a candidate must possess a self-attested/certified copy of a certificate from the Headmaster/Principal of the Institution from where he/she passed the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination showing the date of his/her birth or exact age as recorded in the Admission Register of the Institution.

(vi) 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 applications will be accepted by the IAF and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

(vii) The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth. If on verification at any subsequent stage, variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, will render them disqualified.

Educational Qualifications:-

(i) Flying Branch:- Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and Graduation 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 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.

(ii) Ground Duty (Technical) Branch.

(aa) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE(L)}:- Candidates with 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 examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-

  • (aaa) Communication Engineering
  • (aab) Computer Engineering/Technology
  • (aac) Computer Engineering &Application
  • (aad) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
  • (aae) Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • (aaf) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • (aag) Electrical Engineering
  • (aah) Electronics Engineering/Technology
  • (aaj) Electronics Science and Engineering
  • (aak) Electronics
  • (aal) Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • (aam) Electronics and Computer Science
  • (aan) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
  • (aao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
  • (aap) Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • (aaq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
  • (aar) Electronics Instrument & Control
  • (aas) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (aat) Instrumentation & Control Engineering
  • (aau) Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (aav) Information Technology

(ab) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}:- Candidates with 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 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:-

  • (aaa) Aerospace Engineering
  • (aab) Aeronautical Engineering
  • (aac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • (aad) Mechanical Engineering
  • (aae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation
  • (aaf) Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  • (aag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
  • (aah) Mechatronics
  • (aaj) Industrial Engineering

GroundDuty (Non-Technical) Branches:

(aa) Administration& Logistics:- Graduate Degree (Minimum 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.

(ab) Accounts:- B Com Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

(ac) 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 in Post-Graduation (Minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in graduation, (both recognized by UGC/ Competent Accreditation Authority). For integrated courses (single degree without permission to exit and lateral entry), the minimum duration must be as per prevailing UGC guidelines with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.

(iv) NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch):- NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 02 Jun 16 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. 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 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.

(v) 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).

(vi) Note.
(aa) LLB qualified candidates may get an opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning). (ab) In case the candidates are awarded grades/ CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/ CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the University from where they have obtained the degree. In case the University does not have any scheme for converting CGPA to percentage conversion certificate, CGPA will be converted into 10 points scale and multiplied by 10 to get equivalent percentage. (ac) Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and areyet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog and should have secured a minimum of 60% marks up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination by 30 May 2019 and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late
conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever. (ad) Candidates who have failed the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS)/ 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 in Flying Branch.

Physical and Medical Standards:- Guidelines with regard to physical and medical standards for candidates are as follows:-

(a) Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.
(b) Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM, Bengaluru based on candidates recommended by the AFSB. Non-reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature. Male candidates will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising of male/female doctors/specialists /Gynaecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board (AMB) will also be intimated to the candidate.
(c) Candidates who are unfit may apply for AMB to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board. Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be intimated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB. The candidates will also be intimated that holding RMB will be granted at the discretion of DGAFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right. The candidate should address the request for RMB if he/she so desires to DMS(MB)/DGMS (Air), Air HQ, R.K. Puram and a copy of the same is to be handed over to the President of AMB. The office of the DGAFMS will inform the date and place (Delhi and Pune only) where the candidate will appear for an RMB.

(d) Height and Weight Parameters

(i) You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals. Maximum permissible weight deviation is 01 Standard Deviation (SD) as per the height and weight standards for men and women, failing which the above mentioned letters of caution would be issued.

(ii) The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms, Leg Length: Min – 99 cms, Max -120 cms. Thigh Length: Max – 64 cms, Sitting Height: Min – 81.5 cms, Max – 96 cms(No concession for

(iii) The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates, minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of North- Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

(iv) Height and Weight standards for men and women are given below for Indian Air Force. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done.

Visual Standards:-

(i) Visual Standards for Flying Branch
(aa) Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for flying branch. In case they report for testing they will be tested for other branches (if applied for).

(ab) Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia

  • Colour vision CP-1
  • Hypermetropia : +2.0 d Sph
  • Manifest Myopia : Nil
  • RetinoscopicMyopia : – 0.5 in any meridian permitted
  • Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 DMax)

(ac) Maddox Rod Test

(i) At 6 meters – Exo-6 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypo-1prism D

(ii) At 33 cms – Exo-16 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
1Hypo-1 prism D

(ad) Hand held Stereoscope – All of BSV Grades
(ae) Convergence – up to 10 cm
(af) Cover test for distant and near – Latent divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete. Binocular Vision – Must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).

(iv) Criteria for post LASIK surgery for all branches (Flying/Ground Duty (Tech)/ Ground Duty (Non-tech).

(aa) Candidates who have undergone PRK (Photo Refractive Keratotomy)/LASIK (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis) may be considered fit for commissioning in Air Force for all branches.
(ab) Post PRK/LASIK candidates must meet the visual requirements required for the branch as laid down in Para of IAP 4303(4th edition).
(ac) The following criteria must be satisfied prior to selecting post-PRK/LASIK at the time of Air Force Medical Examination:-

(aaa) PRK/LASIK surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
(aab) The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
(aac) Atleast 12 months should have elapsed post uncomplicated stable PRK/LASIK with no history or evidence of any complication.
(aad) The post PRK/LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not less than 450 microns.
(aae) Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to PRK/ LASIK are to be excluded.
(ad) Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery for correction of refractive errors is not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit.

(f) The candidate must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards which are summarized below:-
(i) The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.
(ii) There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.
(iii) In your own interest you are advised to undergo a preliminary medical check up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin etc. before reporting for the AFSB interview.
(iv) Chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a measuring tape at a level 1 cm below the nipples in front and just below the angles of the scapulae behind, in standing position with arms by the side. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory
and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.
(v) There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
(vi) A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
(vii) There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal and Seropositive HIV status and/ or evidence of STD will entail rejection.
(viii) The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.

(ix) Inguinal Hernia:- Inguinal Hernia (Un-operated) will be a cause for rejection. Those who have been operated for hernia may be declared medically fit, provided:-

(aa) Six months have elapsed since operation, documentary proof to this aspect is to be produced by the candidate.
(ab) General tone of the abdominal musculature is good.
(ac) Surgical scar is well healed healthily without any gaping.
(ad) There has been no recurrence to hernia or complication connected with the operation.
(x) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
(xi) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
(xii) Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
(xiii) Pregnancy would be cause for temporary rejection. The individual would be advised to report again to the hospital 24 weeks after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. In case of an MTP/Abortion the review will be carried out after a period of minimum four weeks and up to 12 weeks. However, in case of caesarean section delivery, the candidate would remain unfit for a period of 52 weeks. The individual would then be examined by the Gynaecologist and assessed regarding her fitness. In cases wherein, a time period of more than six months has elapsed, post her initial medical examination, she would be subjected to repeat complete medical
examination as per the existing regulations.
(xiv) The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
(xv) X-Ray examination of the chest will include the lower part of cervical spine for presence of cervical ribs. For flying duties, radiograph (AP and lateral views) of cervical, thoracic and lumbo-sacral spine will be carried out. X-Ray examination of other parts of spine will be taken if the SMB considers it necessary.
(xvi) Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.
(xvii) X-ray of Chest is compulsory.
(xviii) The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Hearing Standards are as follows:-
(aa) Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms each ear.
(ab) Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed +20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.
(xix) Routine ECG should be within normal limits.

(xx) Spinal Conditions:- Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for rejection for commissioning in Flying Branch. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral
disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force Service:-
(aa) Granulomatous disease of spine.
(ab) Arthritis/Spondylosis.
(ac) Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
(ad) Ankylosing spondylitis.
(ae) Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases.
(af) Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.).
(ag) Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.
(ah) Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis.
(aj) Compression fracture of vertebrae.
(ak) Scheurman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis).
(al) Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
(am) Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
(an) Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

(xxi) The following spinal conditions are not acceptable for flying branches:-
(aa) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
(ab) Degenerative Disc Disease.
(ac) Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
(ad) Hemi vertebra and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebra at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebra at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
(ae) Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.

How to Apply: Aspirants for IAF are required to apply online by using the link https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in, or https://afcat.cdac.in. Aadhar Card is mandatory for online registration.

Examination fee for AFCAT Entry: After filling in the online application form, the examination fee of Rs. 250/- (non-refundable) for AFCAT entry (not applicable for NCC special entry and Meteorology) may be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cash or cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of examination fee. The examination fee can be paid using credit/debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.

AFCAT Examination:-

(a) Scheme of Online Examination:- All applicants whose applications are submitted by due date will be called at one of the examination centres. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

(i) Exam Schedule. The AFCAT (and EKT) will be conducted in two days as per the following schedule:-

Note: Candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam centre, under any circumstance, after the pre-exam verification process has commenced at 08:00 AM.

(ii) Syllabus:- The subjects, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:-

(iii) The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT
(iv) Marking Scheme is as follows:-
(aa) Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer
(ab) One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
(ac) No marks for unattempted questions
(v) Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable.
(vi) Candidate is required to appear for the Online AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam.
(vii) Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

(b) Standard and Syllabus of the Examination:
(i) Syllabus.
(aa) English. Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases
(ab) General Awareness. History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc
(ac) Numerical Ability. Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
(ad) Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
(ii) Standard. The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).

Practice Test:- An online Practice Test (for AFCAT & EKT) is available on the IAF website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in.

Instructions for e-Admit Card and AFCAT Written Examination:

(i) The eligible candidates shall be issued with an e-Admit Card three weeks before the date of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be sent to the registered email IDs and will be also available at the website www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in. of all candidates who successfully submitted their online application. No Admit Card will be sent by post. To download the e-Admit Card, a candidate should have his/her username and password. The candidate will be solely responsible for downloading his/ her e-Admit Card.

(ii) No candidate will be allowed to appear in the examination unless he/ she holds a downloaded e-Admit Card for the examination. If there is any error/ discrepancy/ anomaly in the e-admit card, he/ she must bring it to the notice of AFCAT-C-DAC Query Cell immediately (Telephone No. 020-25503105/ 06. E-Mail queries may be addressed to afcatcell@cdac.in).

(iii) The courses to which the candidates are admitted will be according to their eligibility as per age and educational qualifications and the course preferences given by them. The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional, based on the information given by them in the Application Form. On verification, in case the IAF finds that the information disclosed by the candidate
is not correct or is false, his or her candidature will be treated as cancelled.

(iv) Candidates are to ensure that the personal information in the front side of the e-Admit card are as per the details provided by them during the registration process. They are also advised to read the instructions given at the rear of the e-Admit card beforehand.

(v) The decision of the IAF shall be final with regard to the acceptance of a candidate’s application, based on the given information.

Locations for AFCAT: Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Ambala, Amritsar, Bareilly, Behrampur (Odisha), Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bhagalpur, Bhilai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bhuj, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Darbhanga, Dehradun, Delhi and NCR, Dhanbad, Diu, Durgapur, Ganganagar, Gorakhpur, Guntur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Haldwani, Hissar, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jalpaigudi, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kakinada, Kannur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kohima, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kota, Kurukshetra, Leh, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Meerut, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Nizamabad, Pathankot, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Rourkee, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar, Solapur, Srinagar, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tinsukia, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Udaipur, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vellore, Vijayawada,
Visakhapatnam, Warangal.

Allotment of Centres:- As far as possible, candidates will be allotted centres as per their choice. Candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained. Therefore candidates should exercise due care before deciding his/her choice for the centre for the examination before filling in the form.

Air Force Selection Board (AFSB):-

(a) For AFCAT entry, IAF shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as fixed by the IAF in their discretion. Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards. Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSBcentres. The AFSB
centres are at Dehradun (1 AFSB),Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB)and Varanasi (4 AFSB). Candidates who opt for flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi. Candidates who have qualified in the written exam are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the website  https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate call- up letter for AFSB interview.

(b) Physical Fitness:- Candidates are advised to be physically fit when you report for SSB in order to be able to undergo various tests at AFSB. You should aim to achieve an ability to run 01 mile (1.6 kms) in 10 minutes, 10 push ups and 3 chin ups.
(c) The testing at AFSB would consist of three stages as given below:-
(i) Stage-I. Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.
(ii) Stage-II. Psychological test will be conducted on Day 1(Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days.
(iii) For Flying Branch. Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only. This is once in a lifetime test.
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.
(d) Change of Interview Dates. Request for change of AFSB interview date should be avoided. Requests for postponing interview may be considered under genuine circumstances and that too if it is administratively convenient for which Air Headquarter will be the sole deciding authority. Such requests should be sent to AFSB Centre from where the call for AFSB interview has been received through e-mail only.
(e) Candidates will appear before the AFSB and undergo the test at their own risk and will not be entitled to claim any compensation or other relief from Government in the event of any injury which they may sustain in the course of or as a result of any of the tests given to them at the Selection Board whether due to the negligence of any person or otherwise. Candidates will be required to sign an indemnity bond to this effect on the form appended to the application.
(f) Travel Allowance (TA). To and fro travelling fare by the shortest route of AC-III Tier/AC Chair Car or actual normal bus fare will be reimbursed to the candidates appearing in AFSB for the first time. Change of address, if any, must be intimated to the Board well before arrival. You shall furnish the railway ticket/ bus ticket (hard copy) to the Board, failing which no TA will be paid. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the government authorized rules. No TA is admissible, if you have already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards. Candidates are to carry cancelled Cheque for Online Payment.
(g) Documents for AFSB. Candidates are required to bring the following relevant documents, which will be checked and returned after verification during AFSB testing:-
(i) AFCAT Admit Card.
(ii) Original Matriculation/ Secondary School Certificate and Mark sheets issued by CBSE/ ICSE/ State Board. No other certificate will be accepted for verification of Date of Birth.
(ii) Original Marks Sheet & Certificate of 10+2 (issued by the relevant Board).
(iii) Original/ Provisional Graduation Degree/ Post Graduation Degree Certificates and Mark Sheet of each year/ semester issued by University – only for verification of educational qualifications to check eligibility for the course. Provisional Certificate issued by college Principal is not acceptable. However, Provisional Degree
Certificate issued by the University is acceptable.
(iv) In case of final year/ semester students, a Certificate from the College Principal, clearly mentioning the following aspects annotated with proper stamp and seal of the Institution is required:-
(aa) Name of the College.
(ab) Name of the University.
(ac) Discipline in which Graduation/ Post Graduation obtained.
(ad) Aggregate Percentage.
(ae) Likely Date of Declaration of Final Result (in DD/MM/YYYY Format).
(v) Two attested photocopies of each of the above mentioned certificates.
(vi) Original NCC Certificate (if applicable).
(vii) NOC from employers for candidates working in Central/ State Govt. or Public
Sector Undertakings.
(viii) Original valid Commercial Pilots’ License, issued by DGCA, if applicable.
(ix) Inbound Railway Ticket/ Bus Tickets. (For refund of TravellingAllowance) (x) Candidates are also advised to bring twenty copies of recent passport size colour photographs taken in light coloured clothes against white background for documentation.

Final Merit List:- To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written examination and AFSB test as fixed by the IAF. Candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the AFSB tests. The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates shall be decided by the IAF in their discretion.10% of the vacancies are reserved for NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate holders in Ground
Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches. Allotment of PC/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches would be based on number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.

Training:- Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and foundmedically fit by appropriate medical establishment are detailed for training strictlyon the basis of merit and availability of vacancies in various branches/ sub branches.

Date and Duration of Training:- Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of July 2019 for all courses. Theapproximate duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.

Physical Conditioning:- Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition to adapt to physical training at AFA which encompasses running, swimming, rope climbing and other forms of physical training/conditioning in which they would undergo mandatory tests during training. Candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine:-
(i) Running: up to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
(ii) Skipping
(iii) Push-ups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
(iv) Chin-ups: 08
(v) Rope Climbing: 3 to 4 metres.
(vi) Swimming (25 m)

After admission to Air Force Academy, candidates will not be considered for any other commission. They will not be permitted to appear for any interview or examination after they have been finally selected for training in AFA. No request for withdrawal of candidature received from a candidate after he/she has submitted his/her application will be entertained under any circumstance.PAN Card, Aadhar card and account in SBI/ Nationalised Bank is mandatory at the time of joining Air Force Academy (AFA).

Facilitation Counter for Guidance of Candidates:-

(i) For any Query related to Conduct of Online Examination, registration process, admit cards, candidates may contact AFCAT Cell on 020-25503105 or 020-25503106. E-Mail queries may be addressed to afcatcell@cdac.in
(ii) For all queries regarding Eligibility, allotment of AFSB centres, date of AFSB interview, merit list, Joining Instructions, and any other relevant information regarding selection process, candidates may contact on 011-23010231 extn 7610 or visit website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in or Toll free number 1800-11-2448.

Timings:- Telephonic query timings are from 0930 hrs to 1300 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1700 hrs (Monday to Friday, except closed holidays).

Statutory Warning:- Selection in the Indian Air Force is fair and merit based. Attempt to influence the selection process at any stage is liable to lead to termination of candidature or initiation of service and legal action against the concerned individual.

Fee Details:


Course Name


Course Fee


Unlimited Coaching

01 Year

Rs. 40,000/-



   06 Months

Rs. 30,000/-


  04 Months

Rs. 26,500/-


Indian Navy (AA/SSR)  +   Indian Airforce      

(Group -"X" / Group - "Y")

 06 Months

Rs. 30,000/-


Indian Navy (AA / SSR / MR)

03 Months

Rs. 12,000/-


Indian Airforce (Group - “X” / Group – “Y”)

03 Months

Rs. 12,000/-


AFCAT (Airfoce Common Admission Test)

04 Months

Rs. 30,000/-

AFCAT (Airfoce Common Admission Test)

03 Months

Rs. 25,000/-

AFCAT (Airfoce Common Admission Test)

01 Month

Rs. 12,000/-


Delhi Police / Coast Guard / BSF

03 Months

Rs. 12,000/-



03 Months

Rs. 15,000/-


Indian Army (GD / Clerk / SOI (Tech)

03 Months

Rs. 12,000/-


IMU – CET Crash Course

01 Month

Rs. 40,000/-


Crash Course for NDA Coaching

01 Month

Rs. 12,000/-


Crash Course for Defence Coaching

(Army, Navy, Airforce)

01 Month

Rs. 8,000/-


Spoken English / PD

Per Month

Rs. 1,200/-


SSB – Interview Classes (With Hostel)

         15 Days

Rs. 10,500/-

SSB – Interview Classes (Without Hostel)

Rs.   8,000/-





NDA, SSB – Interview, CDSE, Army – Navy (Tech), Indian Navy (AA/SSR), SCRA, Indian Army, Indian Airfoce (Group – “X” / Group – “Y”), Coast Guard, Delhi Police and other one day exams.

Minimum Duration of Coaching : 01 Year                      Fee : Rs. 40,000/-

(If not selected in Unlimited Coaching, Coaching will be free of cost in next year)



Study Material 4,000/- 3,000/- 2,500/-
DDA Bag / Cap 1,000/- 1,000/- 1,000/-
SSB Coaching 8,000/- 8,000/- 8,000/-
Spoken English 12,000/- 6,000/- 4,000/-
TOTAL 25,000/- 18,000/- 15,500/-