AFCAT Exam Centre – City-Wise List of Exam Centres, COVID Guidelines

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.

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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 
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

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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

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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

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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

Agartala Berhampur (Odisha) Chennai
Ajmer Belagavi Coimbatore
Ahmedabad Bengaluru Dehradun
Aizawl Bhagalpur Delhi and NCR
Alwar Bhilai Dhanbad
Allahabad Bhopal Diu
Ambala Bhubaneswar Dibrugarh
Amritsar Bhuj Durgapur
Aurangabad Bikaner Faridabad
Bathinda Chandigarh Ganganagar
Gaya Imphal Jodhpur
Ghaziabad Indore Jorhat
Gorakhpur Itanagar Kannur
Guntur Jabalpur Kanpur
Gurugram Jaipur Kakinada
Guwahati Jalandhar Kochi
Gwalior Jalpaiguri Kohima
Haldwani Jammu Kolhapur
Hissar Jamshedpur Kolkata
Hyderabad Jhansi Kota
Kurukshetra Meerut Meerut
Leh Mumbai Madurai
Lucknow Muzaffarpur Nagpur
Ludhiana Mysore Nasik
Mangalore Mangalore Nizamabad
Noida Puducherry Rourkela
Panaji Pune Sambalpur
Patiala Rajkot Shillong
Patna Ranchi Shimla
Port Blair Roorkee Silchar
Sonipat Thrissur Varanasi
Solapur Tirunelveli Vellore
Srinagar Tirupati Vijayawada
Thane Udaipur Visakhapatnam
Thiruvananthapuram Vadodara Warangal

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How to Choose AFCAT Exam Centres 2021?

There are several pointers that candidates must keep in mind when choosing the AFCAT exam centres:

  1. The allotted exam centres will be based on the candidates’ preferences (based on vicinity and comfort)
  2. The AFCAT exam centres 2021 will be allocated to candidates based on the availability of seats
  3. Candidates can choose up to 5 exam centres (in order of preference) while filling the AFCAT application form
  4. 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

e-Mail –, 

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:

  1. The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour before the allotted exam time.
  2. Candidates reporting after the reporting time mentioned in the hall ticket will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
  3. 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.
  4. Bring along a valid photo identity (ID of College, Passport, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, Voters ID Card).
  5. Bring blue/black ballpoint pen and clipboard.
  6. Do not bring xeroxed admit cards as examination authority will scan the admit card through the barcode present in the original admit card. 
  7. Duplicate AFCAT admit cards would not be issued at the examination centres if the original admit card is torn or lost by a candidate.
  8. Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted.
  9. A seat with roll number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only.
  10. 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.

  1. A hard copy of Admit Card (coloured) 
  2. Valid ID proof such as the Driving licence or Pan card
  3. 2 passport-sized photographs 
  4. Blue/black ballpoint pen

Items Not Allowed Inside AFCAT Exam Centre

  1. Mobile phones/pagers
  2. Geometry/pencil box
  3. Writing pad, pen drives, log table
  4. Any extra papers
  5. Calculator
  6. Electronic pen/scanner 
  7. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. All candidates will be checked for temperature with thermo guns at the entry point.
  3. The Arogya Setu App must be installed on the candidate’s mobile phone.
  4. 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.
  5. Exam authority will ensure that monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, desk, chair, etc., are thoroughly sanitised.
  6. A significant gap has to be present between two seats inside the exam hall.
  7. 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.
  8. Invigilators will distribute rough sheets to candidates wearing gloves.
  9. To avoid crowding, exam room numbers would not be displayed outside the centre.
  10. Candidates violating COVID-19 directives/advisories would not be allowed to sit for the exam
  11. 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.

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