As the AFCAT exam is around the corner, candidates will soon get to know about their respective AFCAT exam centres through their admit cards. AFCAT recruitment exam, being one of the most awaited examinations related to the Indian Air Force, will be conducted in different regions of the country.
According to the AFCAT notification, the exam will be conducted on 20th and 21st February 2021. AFCAT exam centres are located mostly in all major cities or district headquarters of India. The venue allotment depends on the preference of the candidates. The candidates will have the upper hand in selecting their examination venue during the AFCAT online application process. Nevertheless, IAF reserves the right to allot the candidate any centre other than the one he/she has opted for.
In this article, candidates will learn about the various AFCAT exam centres. The exact addresses of the venues will be mentioned in the AFCAT admit cards.
Note: IAF conducts the examination across all the cities in India via online mode. Besides, IAF reserves the right to cancel any of the examination centres (from its exam centre list) and/or add some other centres due to administrative reasons.
Table of Contents
- AFCAT Exam Centre – Highlights
- AFCAT Exam Centre – Important Dates and Events
- AFCAT Exam Centres
- How to Choose AFCAT Exam Centres 2021?
- AFCAT Exam Centre – Guidelines for Exam Day
- AFCAT Exam Centre – Mandatory COVID-19 Guidelines
- AFCAT Exam Centre – FAQs
- Can I choose my desired AFCAT exam centre or will I be allotted one?
- From where can I select my preferred AFCAT exam centre?
- What if I want to change the AFCAT exam centre allotted to me?
- What do I need to bring to the AFCAT exam centre on the day of the exam?
- If my exam venue is far from my place, will IAF give me buffer time?
- Can I choose more than five exam centres?
- Where are the exam centres for AFSB interview located?
- Can I leave the AFCAT exam centre before completion of the test?
- Can I take mobile phones to the exam centre?
AFCAT Exam Centre – Highlights
It is essential for candidates who have registered and applied for the AFCAT exam to know important aspects related to the exam and the exam venue.
AFCAT Key Highlights
|Name of Examination||AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST (AFCAT- 01/2021)|
|Exam Conducting body||Indian Air Force (IAF)|
|AFCAT Recruitment Official Website||https://afcat.cdac.in/AFCAT|
|Exam frequency||Twice a year|
|AFCAT Total Vacancies||241|
|AFCAT (1) Exam Date||20th and 21st February 2021|
|AFCAT (2) Exam Date||September or October 2021*|
|Mode of Exam||Online (computer-based test)|
|Credentials required to download AFCAT Admit Card||Registration Number|
|Compulsory documents to carry on exam day||Colour Print of the Admit card|
Valid Photo ID Proof
Two passport photographs
Aadhar Card of the candidate
|Duration of AFCAT Exam||AFCAT – 2 hours (120 minutes)|
EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) – 45 Minutes
|Maximum Marks||AFCAT – 300 Marks|
EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) – 100 Marks
|Marking System||Correct answer: 3 marks|
Incorrect Answer: (-1) mark
Unattempted Answer: NIL
AFCAT Exam Centre – Important Dates and Events
Indian Air Force has announced a few important events and their dates for the AFCAT exam.
AFCAT Exam Dates (AFCAT 1) 2021
|Exam Events||Important Dates|
|Release of short notification||28th November 2020|
|Release of Notification (Detailed)||1st December 2020|
|Dates for submission of online AFCAT applications||1st December 2020 to 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
AFCAT Exam Dates (AFCAT 2) 2021
|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
AFCAT Exam 2021 Schedule
|Activity||Day 1 – 20.02.2021||Day 2 – 21.02.2021|
|Shift 1||Shift 2||Shift 1||Shift 2|
|Reporting Time||8:00 AM||12:30 PM|
|Verification – Admit card, ID proof, Biometric photograph checking, Thumb impression, Sign on the Attendance sheet and Candidate seating in the examination hall||8:00 AM to 9:30 AM||12:30 PM to 2:00 PM||8:00 AM to 9:30 AM||12:30 PM to 2:00 PM|
|Reading of instruction (by candidates)||9:30 AM to 9:45 AM||2:00 PM to 2:15 PM||9:30 AM to 9:45 AM||2:00 PM to 2:15 PM|
|AFCAT||9:45 AM to 11:45 AM||2:15 PM to 4:15 PM||9:45 AM to 11:45 AM||2:15 PM to 4:15 PM|
|Reading of instruction (by candidates for EKT)||NA||4:15 PM to 4:30 PM||NA||4:15 PM to 4:30 PM|
|EKT||NA||4:30 PM to 5:15 PM||NA||4:30 PM to 5:15 PM|
AFCAT Exam Centres
The AFCAT exam will be conducted in more than 100 cities. Most AFCAT exam centres are present in district headquarters and major cities. To make things easier, IAF conducts the examination across all the cities in India via online mode.
The exam centre allotted to each candidate will be printed on their respective admit cards. Please note that the candidates cannot make the changes once the preferred centres are submitted by them during the application process.
AFCAT Exam Cities
|Aizawl||Bhagalpur||Delhi and NCR|
How to Choose AFCAT Exam Centres 2021?
There are several pointers that candidates must keep in mind when choosing the AFCAT exam centres:
- The allotted exam centres will be based on the candidates’ preferences (based on vicinity and comfort)
- The AFCAT exam centres 2021 will be allocated to candidates based on the availability of seats
- Candidates can choose up to 5 exam centres (in order of preference) while filling the AFCAT application form
- They won’t be able to change the AFCAT Exam Centres 2021 once the allocation has been made
AFCAT Helpline Contact Details
AFCAT Address – Director of Education, West Block – VI, Air HQs (RKP), RK Puram, New Delhi – 110066
Contact Number – 011 – 23010231
Extension – 2112- 6245, 6246, 020 – 25503105 / 106
Telephone – 020 – 25503105, 06
Toll-Free Number – 1800-11-2448
AFCAT Exam Centre – Guidelines for Exam Day
Candidates must follow the online test instructions and guidelines set by IAF authority. The test instructions will help the candidates to attempt the computer-based exam without any hassles. Given below is a list of online test instructions set by the Indian Air Force panel that candidates need to abide by:
- The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour before the allotted exam time.
- Candidates reporting after the reporting time mentioned in the hall ticket will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
- The candidate/s must compulsorily bring the coloured admit card (hard copy). The test centre officials will verify it and then allow the candidate to sit for the examination.
- Bring along a valid photo identity (ID of College, Passport, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, Voters ID Card).
- Bring blue/black ballpoint pen and clipboard.
- Do not bring xeroxed admit cards as examination authority will scan the admit card through the barcode present in the original admit card.
- Duplicate AFCAT admit cards would not be issued at the examination centres if the original admit card is torn or lost by a candidate.
- Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted.
- A seat with roll number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only.
- No baggage is allowed inside the examination hall.
Items Allowed Inside AFCAT Exam Centre
Candidates are advised to bring the following documents to the examination hall. Without these documents, candidates won’t be allowed to enter the examination venue.
- A hard copy of Admit Card (coloured)
- Valid ID proof such as the Driving licence or Pan card
- 2 passport-sized photographs
- Blue/black ballpoint pen
Items Not Allowed Inside AFCAT Exam Centre
- Mobile phones/pagers
- Geometry/pencil box
- Writing pad, pen drives, log table
- Any extra papers
- Electronic pen/scanner
- Slide rulers and log tables
AFCAT Exam Centre – Mandatory COVID-19 Guidelines
Candidates must check out these general COVID-19 related guidelines and follow them at all the AFCAT exam centres:
- Social distancing would be maintained strictly at the exam centres. Candidates have to maintain at least 6 feet or 2-metre distance from other candidates.
- All candidates will be checked for temperature with thermo guns at the entry point.
- The Arogya Setu App must be installed on the candidate’s mobile phone.
- After the Aarogya Setu status display at the entry gate, candidates need to switch off their mobile phones and deposit them at the designated location. The same has to be collected while exiting.
- Exam authority will ensure that monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, desk, chair, etc., are thoroughly sanitised.
- A significant gap has to be present between two seats inside the exam hall.
- Besides the admit card and photo ID card, gloves, a personal transparent water bottle, personal hand sanitiser (50 ml), and a pen will also be allowed in the exam hall.
- Invigilators will distribute rough sheets to candidates wearing gloves.
- To avoid crowding, exam room numbers would not be displayed outside the centre.
- Candidates violating COVID-19 directives/advisories would not be allowed to sit for the exam
- Candidates would be allowed to leave the test centre one at a time to avoid the rush and maintain social distancing.
AFCAT Exam Centre – FAQs
Can I choose my desired AFCAT exam centre or will I be allotted one?
Candidates will have the facility to choose their preferred AFCAT exam centre nearest to their address from the published list of exam centres. They will be able to fill in their AFCAT exam centre preferences while filling the application form. However, IAF has the authority to allot any exam centre to the candidates other than the one he/she has opted for.
From where can I select my preferred AFCAT exam centre?
Candidates will be able to select the desired exam centres while filling the AFCAT application form.
What if I want to change the AFCAT exam centre allotted to me?
Once the examination centre is allotted to the candidate (as mentioned in the AFCAT admit card), it cannot be changed.
What do I need to bring to the AFCAT exam centre on the day of the exam?
Candidates must bring their AFCAT admit cards along with any one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhar card, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Passport, etc. along with 2 passport-size photographs of the candidate on the day of the exam.
If my exam venue is far from my place, will IAF give me buffer time?
No. IAF strictly follows the set rules. Candidates need to report to the exam venue on the time mentioned in the admit card and will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after that.
Can I choose more than five exam centres?
No. Candidates are allowed to choose only 5 exam centres.
Where are the exam centres for AFSB interview located?
The AFSB centres are at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB) and Varanasi (4 AFSB).
Can I leave the AFCAT exam centre before completion of the test?
No. Candidates are not allowed to leave the exam centre before completion of the test.
Can I take mobile phones to the exam centre?
Mobile phones are not allowed inside the AFCAT exam centres. Candidates carrying one should submit it to the invigilator before the exam begins.