AFCAT 2 2021 Notification Out: Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern & Vacancies

AFCAT 2 2021 Notification Out: Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern & Vacancies

AFCAT 2 2021 Notification 

Dear Readers,

Indian Air Force invites Online applications for the courses commencing in JANUARY 2022 for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. Online applications are also invited for grant of PC/ SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme (For flying branch) and for Meteorology Entry.

Air Force Common Admission Test commonly known as AFCAT is a common entrance examination organized by Indian Air Force to select eligible cadets for multiple posts in Ground Duty and Flying Branch. AFCAT is conducted twice every year and millions of students appear in the examination to become part of prestigious organisation. 

Start Date to Apply Online: 1th June 2021
Last Date to Apply Online: 30th June 2021
AFCAT 2 2021 Exam Date: 28th, 29th & 30th August 2021

AFCAT 2 2021 Eligibility Criteria 

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

(b) Age -

  • Flying Branch20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2022 i.e. born between 02 January 1998 to 01 January 2002(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 January 1996 to 01 January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

  • Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2022 i.e. born between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

AFCAT 2 2021 Vacancies Details

Flying BranchSSC- 96
Ground Duty (Technical)AE(L):PC-20, SSC-78
AE(M):PC-08, SSC-31
Ground Duty (Non -Technical)Admin : PC-10, SSC-42
Edn : PC- 4, SSC-17
Flying10% seats out of CDSE vacancies
for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT
vacancies for SSC
MeteorologyMet: PC- 06, SSC- 22

*Disclaimer - The vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. Actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and the actual number of vacancies accruing in July 2022. No representation in this regard will be entertained. Two seats are reserved from Ground Duty(Non-Tech) vacancies for Law qualified candidates.

Educational Qualifications

Physical/ Medical Standards, Educational Qualifications and Selection Procedure. Details on physical/ medical standards, educational qualifications and selection procedure are available in detailed notification on the official website

AFCAT Exam (Multiple Choice Questions)
Time Duration: 2 hrs
No. of questions- 100
Max marks- 300
SubjectsVerbal ability, Numerical ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude.
There is a negative marking 1/3 in all sections.

AFCAT 2 Training
  • Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of July 2022 for all courses at Air Force Academy Dundigal (Hyderabad).
  • The approximate 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.
  • PAN Card, Aadhaar card and account in SBI/ Nationalised Bank is mandatory at the time of joining Air Force Academy (AFA). Aadhar Card is mandatory for Registration. 

AFCAT 2 Application Fee

Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- (non-refundable) as examination fee. However, candidates registering for NCC special entry and Meteorology are not required to pay. 

AFCAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates who wants to join Indian Air Force through AFCAT must be must be looking for its exam pattern, topics wise marking schemes, the number of questions, and other related useful information. Though the syllabus has not changed much still few changes are there which you may face while appearing for the exam. One needs to be well versed with the pattern and syllabus of the AFCAT exam. In this article, we have provided you the information related to AFCAT 2021 Exam Pattern and marking scheme.

AFCAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Get Details Here

AFCAT 2021 Exam will be conducted in two-phase. To be acceptable for the post one needs to score minimum qualifying marks both in written test and AFSB test as prescribed by the Indian Air Force. Candidates will be selected in order of the marks secured by them in both written and SSB. The final Merit list would be updated on the official website of the Indian Air Force after all SSB are conducted for AFCAT Entries.

Pattern of the online exam for AFCAT and EKT.

ExamSubjectDurationNo. of questionsMax. marks
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

  • The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT.
  • Candidates who are opting for Ground Duty (technical) branch have to pass both AFCAT & EKT.
  • EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.

Marking schemes:
(i) Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
(ii) One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
(iii) No mark will be awarded for the unattempted questions.

The second phase of the exam will be through AIR FORCE SELECTION BOARD(AFSB)
Indian Air Force will prepare the list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying score in the online AFCAT as decided by the Indian Air Force. Selected candidates will be called at one of the Air Force selection board. Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB  centres. 

Physical fitness:
While reporting to the SSB, candidates are advised to be physically fit and healthy in order to undergo various tests at AFSB. Candidates should aim to achieve an ability to run 01 miles (1.6 km) in 10 minutes, 10 push-ups and 3 chin ups.

Testing of AFSB would consist of three stages:
(a)Stage-1: This test is a screening test and only qualified candidates would go for further rounds. Qualified candidates will require to go for document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branch they have applied for. Those who failed to meet the necessary requirements would be sent back on the first day itself.

(b)Stage-2: Psychological test will be conducted on day one and the group and interview would start after the document check for the next five days.

(c)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.

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