The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is led by the Indian Air Force. The test is held every year in February and August, solely, to pick-up Class-I Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

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This Exam is a section for both male and female contenders who wish to join the Indian Air Force for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical occupations. 

AFCAT 02/2024 Notification

AFCAT application form 2024 was to be released for application on May 30, 2024, following the release of a notification on May 20, 2024. Interested candidates must check the AFCAT eligibility criteria 2024 before submitting the application form. The last date to submit the AFCAT 2 2024 application form is Jun 28 , 2024 Learn about the AFCAT exam dates, the application process, admit card, eligibility, and more. Detail Notification is available on official website . Candidates are to ensure that they have read and understood the details available in the notification before registering.

AFCAT 02/2024 Overview

Conducting BodyIndian Air Force
PeriodicityTwice a year
Exam LevelNational
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOnline (CBT)
Exam Rounds3 Stages (Written + AFSB + DV)
Available Seats304 (Approx.)
Job LocationAcross India
Official WebsiteClick Here
AFCAT 02/2024 Notification Date20th May 2024

AFCAT 2/2024 Important Dates

The AFCAT released the official notification PDF in which the exam dates are mentioned, the important dates are given below:

AFCAT 02/2024 Notification20-May-2024
AFCAT 02/2024 Application form30-May-2024
AFCAT 02/2024 Last Date to Submit the Application Form28-June-2024
AFCAT 2024 application form correction window datesTo be announced
AFCAT 2024 Admit Card release dateJuly 24, 2024
AFCAT exam dateAugust 9 to 11, 2024
AFCAT result dateTo be announced

AFCAT 02/2024 Application Fee

The application fee must be paid online. Candidates who register for the AFCAT must pay a non-refundable examination fee.

CategoryApplication Fee
For all category(GeneralRs. 550/- + GST (non-refundable)

AFCAT 02/2024 Vacancy

The AFCAT released a total of 304 vacancies, post-wise vacancies are given below:

Entry TypePost CodeMaleFemale
AFCAT Ground Duty TechnicalAE (L)8823
AE (M)3609
AFCAT Ground Duty (Non Technical)Admin4311
Ground Duty Non TechnicalEducation0702
Ground Duty Non TechnicalWeapon Systems WS Branch1403
Meteorology EntryMeteorology0802
NCC Special EntryFlying10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for
PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC

AFCAT 02/2024 Eligibility

To be eligible for the AFCAT exam, candidates need to fulfil the criteria prescribed by IAF in terms of nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical standards.

  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification
NationalityIndian citizen
AFCAT age limit20 years – 24 years for Flying Branch
20 years to 26 years for Technical and Non-technical Branches
Educational QualificationGraduation

Note: For more detailed information on the AFCAT 2024 eligibility criteria, candidates can refer to the official AFCAT notification 2024.

AFCAT 02/2024 Eligibility | Nationality

Candidate must be a citizen of India as per the Indian citizenship act, 1955.

AFCAT 02/2024 Eligibility | Age Limit

(a) Flying Branch.: 20 to 24 years as on 01 July 2025 i.e. born between 02 July 2001 to 01 July 2005 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 year i.e. born between 02 July 1999 to 01 July 2005 (both dates inclusive).

(b) Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches: 20 to 26 years as on 01 July 2025 i.e. born between 02 July 1999 to 01 July 2005 both dates Inclusive).

AFCAT 02/2024 Educational Qualification

The Branch-wise educational qualifications are given below in the toggle : Flying Branch Ground Duty Technical Branch Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches Meteorology Branch

BranchEducational Qualification
Flying BranchCandidates must have passed Class 12 with 60 per cent in Maths and Physics. They must also hold a graduation degree in any discipline/BE/ B.Tech. /cleared section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with 60 per cent
Ground Duty Technical BranchAeronautical Engineer (Electronics)Passed Class 12 with 60 percent each in Physics and Mathematics and four years degree in Engineering/Technology Or, Cleared Sections A and B 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 60 percent in disciplines specified by the examination authority Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)Candidates must have passed Class 12 with 60 percent in Physics and Mathematics and degree/integrated post-graduation in Engineering/Technology Or, Cleared sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with minimum 60 percent or equivalent in certain disciplines specified by IAF
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branchesAdministration & Logistics Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 60 percent Or, Cleared section A&B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with 60 percent Weapon Systems (WS) Branch Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50 percent each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and1) Graduation with a minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60 percent or equivalent. Or
2) BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60 percent or equivalent. Accounts Branch Candidates must have passed Class 12 and completed graduation in any of the following streams with 60 percent or equivalent from a recognized university:1) B Com Degree (Min three years course).
2) Bachelor of Business Administration (with specialization in Finance)/Bachelor of Management Studies (with specialization in Finance)/ Bachelor of Business Studies (with specialization in Finance)
3) Qualified CA/ CMA/ CS/ CFA
4) B.Sc. with specialization in Finance Education Passed Class 12 and Post-Graduation with 50 percent in any discipline including integrated courses offering PG (Single degree without permission to exit and lateral entry) and with 60 percent in Graduation in any discipline Meteorology Passed Class 12 and B. Sc. with Physics and Mathematics with a minimum of 60 percent or equivalent or four-year Graduation in Engineering/Technology discipline with a minimum of 60 percent marks or equivalent in the following streams: Communication Engineering Computer Engineering/Technology Computer Engineering and Application Computer Science and Engineering/Technology Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics 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 Communication and Instrumentation Engineering. Information Technology Mechanical Engineering

AFCAT 2024 Selection Process

he AFCAT selection process mainly consists of three distinct phases, and candidates must successfully clear each stage to secure their desired post within different departments. Aspiring candidates have the option to select from the Flying Branch (Pilot), Ground Duty Technical (Electrical, Mechanical), and Ground Duty Non-Technical (Administration, Logistics) branches. Further details regarding the AFCAT selection process for both ground duty and flying branches are provided below.

  • The AFCAT selection procedure involve an online examination followed by an interview with the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB). Candidates who pass the AFCAT Exam receive an invitation for AFSB Interview.
  • Applicants who are recommended by the AFSB interview must submit to a medical examination. Following that, the IAF prepares a merit list for the AFCAT Selection Procedure, and candidates are invited to train at the Air Force Academy.
  • Candidates are chosen solely on the basis of merit through AFCAT. Candidates must not only demonstrate Officer-Like-Qualities (OLQs), but they must also meet the Indian Air Force’s medical standards.
  • The AFCAT selection process examines all aspects of a participant’s aptitude, psychology, personality, and knowledge. Only candidates who meet the IAF’s standards and perform exceptionally well in the tests are chosen.

Candidates must go through several selection rounds before being selected for the Indian Air Force. Only those candidates who pass each round are considered for the next. We have discussed details on the various stages of the AFCAT selection process in the table below to help you understand it better:

StagesName of Stages
Stage 1AFCAT Written Exam
Stage 2AFSB Interview
Stage 3Medical Test
Stage 4Final Merit List


Eligible candidates are to register online through separate tabs available for AFCAT Entry/ NCC Special Entry. Candidates eligible for one/more entries are to register separately in each entry.


The policy on permanent body tattoos is as follows:-
(a) Permanent body tattoos are not permitted on any other body part either visible or non-visible part, except on the Inner face of forearms i.e. from Inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and Reverse side of the palm / back (dorsal) side of both hands for which a candidate will be required to sign a Self-declaration Certificate. Small innocuous tattoos that are not prejudicial to good order and military discipline, are permitted e.g. religious symbols or names of near and dear ones.


Use/ possession of narcotics is banns. Candidate may be test for presence of drugs in the body during Medicals and subsequently during training/ service career as an officer. The candidate will not be allowed to enlist in the Indian Air Force or, if they have already, will have their service terminated if it is discovered that they have used or had drugs at any point throughout their training or career.

AFCAT 2024 Exam Pattern

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

  • The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT.
  • Marking Scheme is as follows:-
    • Three marks will be award for every correct answer.
    • One mark will be deduct for every incorrect answer.
    • No marks for unattempt questions.
AFCATGeneral Awareness, Verbal ability in English,
Numerical Ability and Reasoning
and Military Aptitude Test
02 Hours100300
Ground Duty technical branch only)
Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics45 Minutes50150

AFCAT 02/2024 Syllabus

Check the AFCAT syllabus with section wise.

EnglishComprehension, Error Detection, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases, Synonyms
General KnowledgeHistory, Civics, Geography, Politics, Art, Culture, Sports, Defence , Basic Science, Environment, Current Affairs
Reasoning and Military AptitudeSpatial Ability, Verbal Ability, Simple Interest Time and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, etc.
Numerical AbilityTime and Work, Decimal Fraction, Profit and Loss, Percentage, etc.

AFCAT EKT Syllabus

Candidates who wish to appear for Ground Duty Technical Branch need to appear for EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test). Some topics are common for every branch include Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Drawing & Physics. Detailed syllabus given below .

Engineering Mathematics: Matrix Algebra, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima., Multiple integrals, Stokes, Theorems of integral calculus, Gauss and Green’s theorems. Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations, First order differential equation (linear and nonlinear), Complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’s series, Sampling theorems, Random variables, Mean, Median, Mode and Standard deviation, Discrete and Continuous Distributions, Fourier transform, Laplace transforms, Z-transform.

Engineering Physics: Description of Motion in One, Two and Three Dimensions, Units for measurement, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Heat and Thermodynamics, Magnetic Effect of Currents, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves, Magnetism, Ray Optics, and Optical Instruments, Laws of Motion

Engineering Drawing: Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting, Projection of straight line, planes and solids, Isometric Projection, Sectional Views of solids, Full section, Intersection of surfaces

Computer Science Engineering: Analog and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Computer Networks, Switching Theory, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Radar Theory, Instrumentation, etc.

Electronic Engineering: Analog and Digital Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices, Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Instrumentation, Computer Networks, Network Theory Design, Switching Theory, Information Technology

Mechanical Engineering: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Aircraft Structures, Theory of Machines, Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Manufacturing Science, Materials Science, Automotive Engineering, Power Plant Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Flight Mechanics, Aerodynamics

You can also check the Indian Navy Agniveer Syllabus from Here.

AFCAT 02/2024 Salary

Candidates selected through AFCAT earn a monthly stipend of INR 56,100 during the training period. After completing the training period successfully, an IAF Officer will get a salary between INR 56,100 and INR 1,10,700 as per the seventh pay commission. AFCAT salary given below:

RankLevelPay Scale (In INR)
Flying OfficerLevel 1056,100-1,77,500
Flight LieutenantLevel 10 B6,13,00-1,93,900
Squadron LeaderLevel 116,94,00 – 2,07,200
Wing CommanderLevel 12A1,21,200 – 2,12400
Group CaptainLevel 131,30,600-2, 15,900
Air CommodoreLevel 13A1,39,600-2,17,600
Air Vice MarshalLevel 141,44,200-2,18,200
Air Marshal HAG ScaleLevel 151, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 162,05,400 – 2,24,400
VACS/Airforce Cdr/ Air Marshal (NFSG)Level 172,25,000/-(fixed)
CASLevel 182,50,000/-(fixed)

AFCAT 02/2024 Books

The following books arranged by subject and with a buy link would be beneficial to applicants getting ready for the AFCAT 2 2024 recruiting exam:

SUBJECTHindi Book Link English Book Link
Numerical AbilityView LinkView Link
General AwarenessView LinkView Link
Verbal abilityView LinkView Link
General EnglishView Link

AFCAT 02/2024 | FAQs:

Q1. When will it be possible to access the AFCAT 02 2024 notification??

Ans. The AFCAT 02 2024 Official Notification will be released on 20th May 2024.

Q2. Does AFCAT happen twice a year?

Ans. The test is conducted twice a year in February and August. Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December

Q3. How many attempts are there in AFCAT?

Ans. The technical and non-technical ground duty branch recruits candidates up to the age of 26. So you can take the exam up to the age of 25. Which means you have a total of ten chances to get your dream job between the ages of 20 and 25.

Q4. Which degree is the best for the AFCAT?

Ans. The best degree of all a BE/B Tech degree (four years of study) from an accredited university with at least 60% of the relevant subjects completed, or its equivalent. This degree is necessary for the AFCAT Flying Branch.

Q5. Is the AFSB interview tough?

Ans. Because the AFCAT AFSB interview is difficult, you will need to prepare thoroughly. To pass the AFCAT AFSB, you must focus on improving your reasoning skills and leadership qualities.