AFCAT Exam 2022: AFCAT 2 Notification, Eligibility, Dates, Online Form

Air Force Common Admission Test 2022 ( AFCAT )

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Anangsha Patra

Anangsha PatraDeputy Manager – Editorial

Updated on May 19, 2022 15:54 IST

AFCAT 2022: Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts AFCAT exam to select male and female candidates as commissioned officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches. AFCAT 2 short notification 2022 has been released on May 19. The detailed notification along with the application form will be released on June 1. The last date to fill the application form is June 30. 

AFCAT is one of the most sought-after defence exams where lakhs of candidates appear to join the Air Force Academy as Class-1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical Branches. To ace AFCAT exam, candidates must prepare well by going through the exam pattern, syllabus, previous year question papers and mock tests. If candidates are preparing for the upcoming AFCAT 2 2022, must know everything about it to pass the exam with flying colours. Read this article to know everything about IAF AFCAT. 

What is AFCAT Exam?

The Air Force Common Admission Test or AFCAT is conducted by the IAF to select Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). The exam is held twice a year, in February and August/September, respectively.

AFCAT is a gateway for both male and female candidates who wish to join the Indian Air Force for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles.

Candidates are selected based on their performance in the online exam and Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) interview. Candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branches are required to appear in both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

AFCAT Exam: Types of Commission

AFCAT exam is conducted for granting the following two types of commissions:

Permanent Commission (PC) for Men: Candidates joining as PC officers will serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.

Short Service Commission (SSC) for Men & Women

  • The engagement period for Flying Branch (Men and Women) SSC Officers is 14 years from the date of Commissioning (Non-extendable)
  • The initial tenure for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) SSC Officers is 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
  • Grant of Permanent Commission (PC) is considered during the last one year of service subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability, and merit

Latest Update:

May 19: AFCAT 2 2022 Short Notification Released; Apply Online Link To be Activated on Jun 1

AFCAT 2022 Exam Highlights

The highlights of the AFCAT 2022 exam are given below.

Exam Particulars Exam Details

Exam Name

Air Force Common Admission Test or AFCAT

Conducting Body

Indian Air Force

Exam Level

National level

Exam Frequency

Twice a year (February and August/September)

Exam Stages

Online test and AFSB interview

Mode of Exam

Online

Purpose of the Exam

To select Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches

Exam Fees

INR 250

Exam Duration

AFCAT: Two hours

EKT: 45 minutes

No. of Papers and Total Marks

AFCAT: Four (100 marks)

EKT: Three (50 marks)

Total Questions

AFCAT: 300

EKT: 150

Marking Scheme

  • For correct answers, candidates score three marks
  • One mark is deducted for every incorrect answer
  • No marks are allotted to unattempted questions

Language/Medium of Exam

English

No. of Test Cities

Approx. 102 cities

Official Website

afcat.cdac.in

Contact Details

020-25503105 or 020-25503106

Also Read: AFCAT Recruitment

AFCAT 2022 Notification

The short notification for AFCAT 2 2022 has been released for courses commencing in July 2023 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. AFCAT 2 notification PDF comprises all details related to the exam such as the AFCAT exam date, selection process, syllabus, exam pattern, vacancies, etc.

Also Read: AFCAT Notification

AFCAT 1 & 2 Dates 2022

AFCAT 1 & 2 dates 2022 are provided in the table below.

AFCAT (1) 2022 Events AFCAT  (1) 2022 Dates Salient Features

Short notice

26-Nov-2021

The short notification had been released by IAF

Detailed notification

01-Dec-2021

The notification was released online in PDF form 

Application form 

01-Dec-2021 to 30-Dec-2021

The application form and fee could be paid online

Application form correction window

19-Jan-2022 to 21-Jan-2022

The application form correction window was available online

Online test

12-Feb-2022

13-Feb-2022

14-Feb-2022

The exam was conducted online for all the registered candidates across various cities in multiple sessions

Admit card

28-Jan-2021 

The admit card has been made available online on the official website from 5 pm onwards. Candidates can download their admit cards till the day of the exam

Result 

09-Mar-2022

AFCAT result has been announced online. Candidates can check their results from the official website by logging with the required credentials

AFCAT (2) 2022 Events AFCAT (2) 2022 Dates  Salient Features

Short Notification

19-May-2022

The short notification carries the application dates, details regarding the training, salary, branches, course name and many more. 

Notification

01-Jun-2022

AFCAT notification will be released in PDF form

Application form

01-Jun-2022 to 30-Jun-2022

The application form will be made available in online mode

Exam date

August 2022 (Tentative)

The exam will be conducted across various cities spread throughout the country

Admit Card

August 2022 (Tentative)

The admit card will be released online for all the registered candidates

Result 

September 2022 (Tentative)

The result will be announced online on the official website

AFCAT dates 2022 should be kept handy by candidates so that they do not miss out any important event.

AFCAT Application Form 2022 

AFCAT 2 application form will be released on June 1, 2022 at 11 am and closes on June 30 at 5 pm. The online correction window will open after the application process closes. The application fee is INR 250 for all categories and can be paid online. 

What is AFCAT Eligibility?

To be eligible for the AFCAT exam 2022, candidates need to fulfil the criteria prescribed by IAF in terms of nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical standards. AFCAT eligibility criteria is given below:

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

Candidates must be a citizen of India

AFCAT Eligiblity Criteria: Age limit

The age limits prescribed for the exam are different for different branches. The table below contains the age limit for different branches.

Branches Age Limit (As on July 1, 2023)

Flying Branch

Candidates should be between 20 and 24 years. The upper age limit for candidates having a Commercial Pilot License is relaxed up to 26 years

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch

The age of candidates should be between 20 and 26 years

AFCAT Marital Status

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course
  • Widows/Widowers and divorcees below 25 years are also not eligible
  • Married candidates above 25 years are eligible to apply, but during their training period, they are neither provided married accommodation nor can they live with family

AFCAT Eligibility: Educational Qualification

The educational qualification prescribed for different branches is given below.

Branch Educational qualification

Flying Branch

Candidates must have passed Class 12 with 60 per cent in Maths and Physics. They must also hold a graduation degree in any discipline/BE/BTech/cleared section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with 60 per cent

Ground Duty Technical Branch

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

Passed Class 12 with 60 per cent 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 per cent in disciplines specified by the examination authority

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)

Candidates must have passed Class 12 with 60 per cent 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 per cent or equivalent in certain disciplines specified by IAF

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches

Administration

Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 60 per cent

Or,

Cleared section A&B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with 60 per cent

Education

Completed MBA/MCA or MA/MSc in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/ Statistics/ International relations/ International Studies/ Defence Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relation with 50 per cent and 60 per cent in graduation

AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards

Candidates should be medically and physically fit to be eligible to carry out their duties and responsibilities properly.

Also Read: AFCAT eligibility criteria

AFCAT Selection Process

The selection process of AFCAT is explained below:

Release of Application Form

Interested candidates need to fill the application form and pay the fees online. The application fee is INR 250 across all categories.

Issue of Admit Card

The admit card is released online on the official website. Candidates need to download their admit cards by logging with the required credentials.

Appearing in the exam

AFCAT exam is conducted online and comprises questions from General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. The duration of the test is two hours and carries 300 marks. The EKT exam, conducted for Ground Duty (Technical) branch candidates, comprises questions from Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, and Electrical & Electronics Engineering. The duration of the test is 45 minutes and carries 150 marks.

Declaration of result

The result is announced online. Candidates need to login with the required credentials to check the result. Based on the result of the online test, candidates are selected for the AFSB test.

Appearing in AFSB test

The AFSB interview is conducted in three stages. Stage I comprise the Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test. Stage II comprises Psychological tests, Group Tests and Interview. Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) will be conducted for Flying Branch candidates.

Final Selection

The final selection of candidates is done based on the performance in the online test and AFSB test.

Refer to the infographic below for the AFCAT selection process:

AFCAT Selection Process

Infograph of AFCAT Selection Process

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AFCAT Exam Centres

AFCAT exam was conducted across more than 100 test cities. Candidates were required to select five test cities while filling the application form. Candidates were allotted test centres as per the choices entered by them.

Also Read: AFCAT Exam Centres

AFCAT Syllabus 2022

The section-wise AFCAT syllabus is given below.

Subjects Topics

English

ComprehensionError Detection, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases, Synonyms

General Knowledge

History, Civics, Geography, Politics, Art, Culture, Sports, Defence, Basic Science, Environment, Current Affairs

Reasoning and Military Aptitude

Spatial Ability, Verbal Ability, Simple Interest Time and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, etc.

Numerical Ability

Time and Work, Decimal Fraction, Profit and Loss, Percentage, etc.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2022

AFCAT exam pattern is such that it is divided into online tests and AFSB tests. All registered candidates are required to appear for the online test. The test comprises questions from General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. The EKT, which is conducted for the Technical branch candidates, comprises questions from Mechanical, Computer Science, and Electrical & Electronics. The maximum marks allotted to AFCAT are 300. The test paper of EKT carries a total of 150 marks. The AFSB test is conducted in three stages. The first stage comprises Officer Intelligence Rating Test, Picture Perception Test, and Discussion Test, the second stage includes Psychological Test, Group Tests, and Interview. Candidates applying for the flying branch are required to appear in the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS). The final merit list is prepared based on the performance in the online exam and AFSB Interview. All candidates are placed in the order of merit on the basis of total marks secured in the online test and AFSB Interview.

Also Read: AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT Preparation Tips 2022

As the competition in the AFCAT exam is high, candidates should start their preparations early. Candidates must have a proper strategy to ace the exam. Candidates must refer to the previous years' question papers and solve mock tests. Besides, they should check the syllabus and exam pattern to know more about the exam structure and topics. 

Also Read:

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AFCAT Books

AFCAT Mock Test 2022

AFCAT mock test is released by IAF. To take the mock AFCAT mock test, candidates need to enter hall ticket number and email ID. The mock test help candidates to get familiar with the exam pattern and structure of the exam. 

AFCAT Admit Card 2022

AFCAT 2 2022 admit card will be released tentatively in August. To download AFCAT admit card, registered candidates need to login with email ID, password, and captcha code. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. 

AFCAT Exam Day Guidelines 

The exam day guidelines that candidates need to follow while appearing for the exam are given below:

Items permitted inside the exam centre

The following items are permitted inside the exam centre:

  • Admit card
  • Aadhaar Card
  • PAN card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ Voter Identity Card/College Identity Card
  • Two passport-size colour photographs
  • Ballpoint pen (Blue or black)

Items not permitted inside the exam centre

Candidates are not allowed to carry the following items:

  • Textual material
  • Calculators
  • Docupen
  • Slide rulers, log tables, electronic watches
  • Mobile phones
  • Bluetooth and pager

Also Read: AFCAT Exam Day Guidelines

AFCAT Exam Analysis 2022

AFCAT 2 exam analysis 2022 will be released after the exam gets over. The overall difficulty level of AFCAT 1 2022 was moderate. The General Awareness section was easy, Verbal Ability in English was easy, Numerical Ability was moderate, Reasoning was moderate and Military Aptitude was easy to moderate. Watch AFCAT 1 2022 student reaction video to know the exam difficulty level as well as change in the exam pattern.

AFCAT Question Papers

AFCAT question papers are the most important part of preparation. By solving the question papers, candidates will be able to understand the overall structure of the exam and difficulty level. It also helps in improving the speed and accuracy of solving questions.

AFCAT Result 2022

AFCAT 2 result 2022 is expected to be declared in September. Candidates need to login into their account by entering email ID, password, and captcha code. The result displays the qualifying status, section-wise marks, overall marks, and cutoff marks. On the basis of the AFCAT result, candidates are called for AFSB Interview. 

AFCAT Cutoff 2022

AFCAT 2 cut off will be released along with the result and is calculated out of 300 marks. While the cutoff for the EKT exam is calculated out of 150. Candidates need to secure equal to or more than the cutoff marks to be selected for AFSB Interview. 

AFCAT 2022 Vacancies

AFCAT (2) 2022 vacancies will be released along with the detailed notification on June 1. The vacancies will be announced separately for different branches. 

AFCAT (I) 2022 Vacancies

A total of 269 vacancies have been announced for AFCAT (I) 2022 exam. The vacancy break-up is given below.

Post Name Branch Total

AFCAT Entry

Flying

77

Ground Duty (Technical)

103

Ground Duty (Non – Technical)

89

NCC Special Entry

Flying

10 per cent seats

AFCAT (II) 2021 Vacancies

A total of 334 vacancies were announced for AFCAT (II) 2021 exam. Till the time the vacancies are announced, candidates can check below the vacancy break-up of last year:

Branches

Vacancies 

Flying Branch

SSC-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-04, SSC-17

NCC Special Entry Flying Branch

10 per cent seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC

Meteorology Entry

Met: PC-06, SSC-22 


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What is AFCAT 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.
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AFCAT 2022 Exam FAQs

Q: When AFCAT (2) 2022 notification will be released?

A: AFCAT (2) 2022 notification will be released on June 1, 2022. The short notification was released on May 19.

Q: When AFCAT 1 2022 result will be declared?

A: AFCAT 1 2022 result was announced on March 9 by the Indian Air Force.

Q: When AFCAT (1) exam 2022 will be conducted?

A: AFCAT (1) 2022 exam was conducted by IAF on February 12, 13 and 14.

Q: When AFCAT (1) 2022 admit card will be released

A: AFCAT 1 2022 admit card was released on January 28.

Q: When AFCAT (2) 2022 exam will be conducted?

A: AFCAT (2) 2022 exam is expected to be conducted in August 2022.

Q: How many times AFCAT is conducted in a year?

A: AFCAT exam is conducted twice a year, in February and August/September by Indian Air Force. 

Q: How many times I can appear for the AFCAT exam?

A: There is no limit to the number of attempts in the AFCAT exam. Candidates falling with the prescribed age limit can appear for the exam. 

Q: What is the salary of a flying officer selected through AFCAT?

A: The salary of a flying officer selected through AFCAT is INR 56,100 to 1,10,700.

Q: How is the merit list for AFSB Interview prepared?

A: The merit list to select candidates for the AFSB Interview is prepared from those who score the minimum qualifying marks.

Q: How the candidates are selected for training after the final appointment through AFCAT?

A: Candidates recommended by AFSBs and found medically fit are selected for training based on the merit and availability of vacancies.

Q: Can I apply for AFCAT after Class 12?

A: No, to be eligible for the AFCAT exam candidates must be a graduate.

Q: What is the minimum acceptable height in AFCAT exam?

A: The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cm. For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cm. The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cm.

Q: Is AFCAT for female?

A: Yes, female candidates can apply for some branches in AFCAT. However, the eligibility is different for male and female candidates.

Q: Can non-maths students apply for AFCAT exam?

A: Yes, non-maths students can apply for AFCAT exam. However, they cannot apply for flying branch.

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