AFCAT Application – Dates, How to Submit, Fee, Documents, Direct Links

The Indian Air Force released the official AFCAT application form 2021 to fill 235 vacancies for flying and ground duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches along with NCC Special Entry on 1st December 2020. As per the official AFCAT or Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT- 01/2021) notification, the last date to apply for the exam was 30th December 2020. However, recently the IAF AFCAT 2021 application timeline was extended till 11th January 2021

To fill the AFCAT application form 2021, candidates have to follow several steps including online registration, filling information, payment of application fee, uploading documents, and final submission of the application form.

Before starting with the AFCAT application process, candidates must ensure that they fulfil the AFCAT eligibility criteria. Read this article further to avail relevant information related to AFCAT registration/application process.

AFCAT Application – Highlights

Candidates who wish to register themselves and apply for AFCAT 2020-21 exam should go through the below mentioned highlights carefully before filling the form. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind:

Exam Name Air Force Common Admission Test ((AFCAT- 01/2021) Examination
Conducting Body Indian Air Force
Official Website AFCAT 
Application Mode Online
Application fee payment mode Online

AFCAT Application – Important Dates

Candidates who want to apply for the AFCAT exam can apply now. Ever since the official detailed notification was published on 1st December 2020, the application portal is open. The notification initially stated that the candidates can fill up and submit the application form by 30th December 2020. But now, the Indian Air Force has extended the AFCAT application form submission deadline till 11th January 2021

Candidates can find the complete schedule and crucial dates associated with the AFCAT application process highlighted in the table below:

AFCAT Application Schedule (AFCAT 1)

Exam Events Important Dates
Release of short notification 28th November 2020
Release of Notification (Detailed) 1st December 2020
Dates for submission of online applications 1st December 2020 to 30th December 2020
Extended AFCAT Application form submission 11th January 2021
AFCAT (1) 2021 Admit Card Release 5th February 2021
AFCAT (1) 2021 Exam 20th and 21st February 2021
AFCAT Result Release March 2021*
Course Commencement January 2022*

*Exact Dates yet to be Released

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AFCAT Application Schedule (AFCAT 2)

Exam Events (2021) Important Dates
Release of notification June 2021*
Dates for submission of online applications June to July 2021*
AFCAT (2) 2021 Admit Card Release September or October 2021*
AFCAT (2) 2021 Exam September or October 2021*
AFCAT Result Release November 2021*

*Exact Dates yet to be Released

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Documents Required for AFCAT Application 

Before the candidates start with filling up their AFCAT application forms, they need to cross-check and have the below mentioned  documents in-hand:

  1. Educational Qualification certificate and mark sheets (mandatory Class X and Class XII)
  2. Scanned image of signature in white background
  3. Scanned copy of recent passport size photograph
  4. Scanned left thumb impression
  5. Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  6. Aadhar Card (mandatory)

AFCAT Application – Form Filling and Submission

Candidates need to fill up the application form by visiting the official AFCAT website ( or Before the application process, candidates have to complete the process of AFCAT registration. The registration process is important to later download the admit cards/hall tickets and sit for the exam. Since the process of registering for AFCAT is online, no other modes are accepted to apply for the entrance test. 

Candidates must download the AFCAT advertisement/notification and go through the eligibility criteria carefully before applying and submitting the AFCAT application form. Application forms that do not comply with the instructions from the examination authority are liable to be rejected.

Step-by-Step Process to Fill and Submit AFCAT Application Form 2021

Step 1: Registration

1. Visit the official website –AFCAT or directly go to the AFCAT (1) sign-in page

2. Click on the “Candidate Login” tab

3. Candidates who have not registered for the exam will have to select the option ‘Not yet Registered? Register Here’Step-by-Step Process to Fill and Submit AFCAT Application Form 2021

4. When the new window opens, fill up the sign-up format with the correct information:

Full Name as per class 10 certificate Mobile number
Father’s and Mother’s name in a maximum of 50 characters Select secret questions from the given options in the dropdown
Email ID Secret Answer in a maximum of 50 characters
Nationality Captcha

5. After the registration process is complete, a registration number and Password will be sent to the candidate via SMS and email.

Prerequisites for AFCAT 2021 Registration

It is vital to have the following documents ready before filling the AFCAT Online Form 2020-21. The following are certain requisites for filling the AFCAT Application Form 2021. 

  • Educational Certificates
  • Marksheets
  • Working Email Address
  • Banking Details for fee payment
  • Working Mobile Number
  • Aadhar Card or Details of any other Photo Identity Proof

Preference of course: Candidates should mention their preferred course such as Ground Duty (Technical or Non-technical), Flying, etc. Those who have technical qualifications will have to appear for the Engineering Knowledge Test or EKT, and branches will be allotted to them based on the vacancies. The allocation shall differ as per the candidates’ preferences.  

Step 2: Sign-in and Apply Online 

  1. Candidates need to login with their registered email ID and password
  2. Click on the tab that mentions “AFCAT”/ “NCC special entry for Flying Branch”
  3. Click on ‘Instructions’ and read the instructions carefully
  4. Click the checkbox and proceed to the next stage
  5. Click ‘Application Form Filling’
  6. Candidates are required to fill the following details in the application form:

Personal Details

Candidate’s name Do you have a current valid Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA?
Father’s name Are you a serving Airman of IAF?
Mother’s name Select Rank in IAF
Email Address Service Number
Secondary email address Current Posted Unit
Nationality Select Command
Mobile Number Select Gender
Candidate’s visible identification mark Select Marital Status
CPSS/PABT status (Choose Passed/ Failed/ Not appeared; If passed fill details from (i) to (iv), Numerical value, Date of passing and Chest Number) CPSS/PABT attended at which Air Force Selection Board (Select from Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Mysore, Varanasi)
Date of Birth Confirm your Date of Birth

Qualification Details

Education Level For Option ‘C,’ enter B.Com, etc. Date/ Expected date of obtaining the Graduation DD/MMM/YYYY
Select Graduation Level Name of College/ Institute In the alphabet of a maximum of 50 characters Enter Aggregate/ Gross Percentage
Course Duration Name of University In the alphabet of a maximum of 50 characters Do you have a current backlog? Select ‘Yes’ or ‘No’
Select Qualification Degree for Group ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘D’ Choose from

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology
10+2 / Higher Secondary School Details:

  • Enter Aggregate/ Gross Percentage as per your 10+2 / Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet
  • Enter Physics Percentage as per your 10+2 / Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet. Enter 0 (Zero), if not applicable.
  • Enter Mathematics Percentage as per your 10+2 / Higher Secondary School Mark Sheet. Enter 0 (Zero), if not applicable.

Other Details

Courses Preferences AFSB/SSB Appeared Candidate GATE
NCC Source of AFCAT information

Communication Details

Permanent Address Correspondence Address

6.  Click ‘Save and Continue

7. Finally, click on ‘Submit’ after checking all the details

Step 3 – Upload Scanned Documents

1. Upload the scanned documents:

  • Images of passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • Left thumb impression

Candidates need to scan the documents as specified in the AFCAT notification. Check specifications in the table below.

Documents Size Format Specification
Photograph 10 – 50 KB .JPG, .JPEG Must be recent passport size, colour photograph
Signature 10 – 50 KB .JPG, .JPEG It has to be on white paper with black ink pen
Left Thumb Impression 10 – 50 KB .JPG, .JPEG It has to be on white paper and scanned dimension should be 200 DPI (Male – Left thumb/ Female – Right thumb)

2. Agree to the declaration by clicking the checkbox

3. Choose five cities based on their preference

Step 4 – Payment of AFCAT Application Fees

1. Once Step 3 is complete, you will be directed to the fee payment page

2. Click on the “Make Payment” tab for paying the fees

3. Pay the AFCAT application fee through any one of the available payment modes:

  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Net banking

4. After successfully paying the fees, the confirmation status will be displayed on the screen. Download it for future use. 

5. The confirmation will be sent through email and SMS 


Guidelines for Uploading Photograph and Signature

  1. The photograph should not be taken wearing sunglasses or cap 
  2. Polaroid and computer-generated photographs are not acceptable
  3. Photos of candidates wearing spectacles are allowed only if they use it regularly
  4. Unclear photographs are liable to be rejected
  5. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be visible and the print should be of clear contrast
  6. The photo should not have ‘red eye’
  7. Self-composed portraits or photos taken using mobile may result in rejection of the application
  8. Main features of the face should not be covered by cloth, hair or shadow
  9. For scanned signature, the scanner resolution should be a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch)
  10. The colour set should be Colour to True Colour
  11. Candidate has to sign on white paper with a black ink pen
  12. If the candidate’s signature on the answer script does not match the signature on the admit card, the candidate will be considered rejected.

AFCAT Application – Fee Structure

Candidates need to pay a certain registration/application fee for AFCAT. Before making the payment, candidates should carefully read all the eligibility criteria. Candidates must note that the application fee amount will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Before filling up the form, the candidate is advised to make a duplicate copy and fill it up first. Any mistakes or fields left out accidentally may lead to the rejection of the application form.

The fee structure for AFCAT as per candidate categories is as follows:

AFCAT Application Fee Structure

Category Application Fees
General, OBC, SC, ST, PWBD Rs. 250/- (non-refundable)

Note – Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can make the payment through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking or Challan Payment while applying for AFCAT 2021. No charges will be implied to fill in the AFCAT online form for the candidates applying for Meteorology Entry and NCC Special Entry.

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AFCAT Application – Important Points

There are several aspects that candidates must keep in mind before they apply for the AFCAT exam. 

  1. All the information that the candidates share in the application form should be accurate and true. In case of any discrepancy, the submitted AFCAT application form shall stand cancelled. 
  2. After the application is submitted online and the payment (application fee) is made, candidates must take at least 2 print outs (applied form and e-receipts) of the same and keep it safe until they are called for the interview round. 
  3. Candidates need to present this AFCAT application form at the time of document verification
  4. If the application fee is not paid, the process will be deemed incomplete.
  5. During the time of the interview, candidates are compulsorily required to bring with them the original documents for verification.
  6. A candidate can fill only one application form. Submission of multiple application forms will be considered as faulty and the application will be considered cancelled.

What After AFCAT Application?

After the AFCAT application process gets completed successfully, IBPS releases a call letter or admit card for each stage of the examination. Candidates can find their respective admit cards from the official AFCAT website once the exam authority releases them. 

They are required to carry the hardcopy of the admit card on the date of examination. No candidates will be allowed to sit for the exam if they fail to present their admit cards.

AFCAT Application – FAQs 

What is the AFCAT application fee amount?

The AFCAT application fee is Rs. 250. This amount is the same for all categories of candidates.

What details are required to login to the AFCAT website for application form submission?

Candidates are required to enter their Registration Number and Password to access the AFCAT login page.

How many vacancies have been released for AFCAT 2020-21?

According to the AFCAT Notification, a total of 235 vacancies have been released.

How to apply online for the AFCAT exam?

Candidates have to follow the below-mentioned steps to apply and submit the AFCAT application form -

  1. Visit the official IBPS website
  2. Register for AFCAT
  3. Login to the website with registration ID and password
  4. Fill in your personal contact details
  5. Fill in the complete form with details about educational qualification, education and other important details
  6. Upload the scanned documents
  7. Pay the application fee
  8. The application process is complete

To get the step-by-step procedure for a smooth online form filling and submission process, read the article above.

In which format should I scan my photograph and signature?

Candidates need to scan and upload their photographs and signatures in JPG or JPEG format within 10KB to 50KB size.

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