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AFCAT Notification – Dates, Vacancies, Salary, Recruitment Process

Indian Air Force (IAF) released a final AFCAT notification (Advertisement number- 01/2021) inviting aspirants to be part of its elite force as Commissioned Officers (Group A Gazetted Officers) Flying (Pilot), and Ground Dutymen (Technical & Non-Technical branches). In addition to this, the AFCAT notification also invites entries for NCC Special Entry Scheme (flying) for courses commencing in January 2022

As per the AFCAT notification 2021, the exam is being conducted to fill up 241 vacancies. Candidates had started to apply for the AFCAT exam from 1st December 2020, and the online application process was active till 11th January 2021. 

To make things easier for candidates to understand, Buddy4Study has summarised the AFCAT notification containing information related to vacancies, posts, salaries, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, how to apply, stages of exam and more in this article.

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AFCAT Notification 2021 – Highlights

As per the recent update, the AFCAT (1) 2021 application process and exam would be carried forward as per the exam notification issued on 1st December 2020. Candidates must pay attention to the highlights related to AFCAT notification 2021, as stated below: 

AFCAT Notification 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 235 241
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

Password

Compulsory documents to carry on exam day Admit Card

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 Notification 2021 – Important Dates

A majority of important exam-related dates have been released, and IAF will announce the rest in due time. Candidates can find the important events and their respected dates in the table below:

AFCAT Notification Schedule (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 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 Notification Schedule (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 Notification 2021 – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfil all the eligibility criteria mentioned in the AFCAT notification before applying for the examination. There are 5 factors related to the eligibility criteria, as highlighted below:

  1. Nationality
  2. Age
  3. Marital Status
  4. Physical Standards
  5. Medical standards.

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Nationality

As per AFCAT eligibility criteria, a candidate should be an Indian citizen as per Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. Applications from candidates who have migrated to India before that are not welcomed.

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Age

  1. The age limit for the aspiring candidates in Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry should be between 20 and 24 years as on 1st January 2022. This means that the candidate should be born between 2nd January 1998 and 1st January 2002 (both dates inclusive).
  2. There is a relaxation of 2 years (upper age limit) for candidates (Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry) holding a valid and current Pilot License issued by DGCA (India). Candidates should be born between 2nd January 1996 to 1st January 2002 (both dates inclusive).
  3. The age limit for the aspiring candidates in Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) branch should be between 20 and 26 years as on 1st January 2022. This means that the candidate should be born between 2nd January 1996 and 1st January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

Age Criteria as per Marital Status

The marital eligibility criteria for the aspiring candidates are highlighted below:

Marital Status Age
Unmarried Candidates 20 -25 Years
Married Candidates Above 25 Years
Widows/Widowers/divorcees Above 25 Years

 

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Educational Qualification

Candidates applying for the AFCAT exam 2021 must have the minimum educational qualification from a recognized university board as indicated in the table below:

AFCAT Educational Qualifications for Different Posts

AFCAT Post Educational Qualification
Flying Branch Minimum 60% aggregate each in Physics & Mathematics in 10+2

OR 

Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India 

OR

Minimum 60% aggregate in B.Tech/B.E degree or equivalent 

OR

Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or equivalent.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)} Minimum of 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level besides a minimum of 4 years graduation/integrated post-graduation

degree in Engineering/Technology from recognised University

OR

Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) in the following disciplines:-

  • (aaa) Aerospace Engineering
  • (aab) Aeronautical Engineering
  • (aac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • (aad) Mechanical Engineering
  • (aae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation
  • (aaf) Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  • (aag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
  • (aah) Mechatronics
  • (aaj) Industrial Engineering
  • (aak) Manufacturing Engineering
  • (aal) Production and Industrial Engineering
  • (aam) Materials Science and Engineering
  • (aan) Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • (aao) Aerospace and Applied Mechanics
  • (aap) Automotive Engineering
  • (aaq) Robotics
  • (aar) Nanotechnology
  • (aas) Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering
Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (L)} Minimum 50% aggregate each in Physics & Mathematics in 10+2 (minimum of 4 years graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognized University)

OR 

Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) 

OR 

Graduate membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies or equivalent in the electronics related disciplines such as:

  • (aaa) Communication Engineering
  • (aab) Computer Engineering/Technology
  • (aac) Computer Engineering & Application
  • (aad) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
  • (aae) Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • (aaf) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • (aag) Electrical Engineering
  • (aah) Electronics Engineering/ Technology
  • (aaj) Electronics Science and Engineering
  • (aak) Electronics
  • (aal) Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • (aam) Electronics and Computer Science
  • (aan) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
  • (aao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
  • (aap) Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • (aaq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
  • (aar) Electronics Instrument & Control
  • (aas) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (aat) Instrumentation & Control Engineering
  • (aau) Instrument & Control Engineering
  • (aav) Information Technology
  • (aaw) Spacecraft Technology
  • (aax) Engineering Physics
  • (aay) Electric Power and Machinery Engineering
  • (aaz) Infotech Engineering
  • (aba) Cyber Security
NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch) Minimum 60% aggregate each in Physics & Mathematics in 10+2 Minimum

OR

60% aggregate in 3 years graduation degree in any equivalent NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 1st January 2017 (mandatory)

OR

Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers

OR

Minimum 60% aggregate in B.Tech/ B.E or any other equivalent OR Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches Accounts Minimum 60% aggregate in 3 years B.Com degree or equivalent
Administration and Logistics Minimum 60% aggregate in Section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India

OR 

Minimum 60% aggregate in 3 years graduation degree in any equivalent

 

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Physical Standards

  1. All applicants must be mentally and physically fit.
  2. An exam will be conducted to examine the mental and physical health of the aspiring candidates

Height and Weight Parameters

Candidates have to carefully check the minimum and maximum height (acceptable) from the table below.

AFCAT Notification 2021 Physical Requirement for Technical and Ground Duty Branch

Post Minimum Height
Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-technical) Branch Women Men
157.5 cms. 152 cms.

Note – Men and women from Lakshadweep will get a concession of 2 cms. in the minimum acceptable height. Gorkhas belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Kumaon and Garhwal will get a concession of 5 cms.

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Physical Requirement for Flying Branch

Post Leg Length Minimum Height Sitting Height Thigh Length
Flying Branch Maximum – 120 cms. 162.5 cms. Maximum – 96 cms. Maximum – 64 cms.
Minimum – 99 cms. Minimum – 81.6 cms.

Note – No concession is provided for age and region.

 

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AFCAT Notification 2021 – Visual Parameters

For Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branch

Sub Branch Maximum Limits of Refractive Error Colour Vision Visual Acuity Errors
Logistics Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Spherical CP-III Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye.

Wearing of Glasses will be compulsory.

Myopia: -3.50 D Spherical
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cylindrical
Administration Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Spherical CP-II Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in each eye
Myopia: -3.5 Spherical
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cylindrical in any meridian
Meteorology Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cylindrical in any meridian CP-II Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye.

Wearing of Glasses will be compulsory.

Myopia: -3.5 D Spherical
Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Spherical
Accounts and Education Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Spherical CP-III Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye.

Wearing of Glasses will be compulsory.

Myopia: -3.50 D Spherical
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cylindrical

 

For Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

Maximum Limits of Refractive Error Colour Vision Visual Acuity Errors
Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Spherical CP-II Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye.

Candidates will have to wear glasses when advised.

Myopia: -3.50 D Spherical
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cylindrical

 

For Flying Branch

Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia Colour vision CP-1
Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Spherical
Manifest Myopia: Nil
Retinoscopic Myopia: – 0.5 in any meridian permitted
Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cylindrical (with + 2.0 D Maximum)
Handheld Stereoscope All of BSV Grades
Cover test for distant and near Latent divergence/convergence recovery – rapid and complete.
Maddox Rod Test At 33 cms Eso – 6 prism D
Hyper -1 prism D
1 Hypo -1 prism D
Exo -16 prism D
At 6 meters Exo -6 prism D
Eso- 6 prism D
Hyper -1 prism D
Hypo -1 prism D
Convergence up to 10 cm
Binocular Vision Applicants must have a good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).

Note – Candidates wearing spectacles regularly are not eligible for flying branch.

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Medical Standards for Flying Branch

The aspiring candidates should not have gone through any operation or injury from the past few years and he must not have any disease. The medical scenarios that can lead to rejection are:

  1. Non-articular rheum Unilateral /bilateralism ( e.g., lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc).
  2. Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
  3. Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders
  4. Osteoarthrosis, Spondylosis and Degenerative joint disease
  5. Granulomatous Disease of the spine
  6. Compression fracture of vertebra
  7. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) disorders including SLE, Polymyositis and Vasculitis.
  8. Arthritis / Spondylosis
  9. Ankylosing Spondylitis
  10. Scheuermann’s Disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)
  11. Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  12. Spondylolisthesis / Spondylolysis
  13. Any other abnormality as so considered by the specialist

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Posts/Vacancies and Salary

IAF had initially introduced 235 AFCAT vacancies. However, as per the revised vacancies, the number has now increased to 241. 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies are reserved for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC are reserved for the NCC Special Entry Flying branch.

In the below table, candidates will find below the exact number of vacancies released this year by IAF in the AFCAT notification for different profiles.

AFCAT 1 Vacancies

Branch Vacancies
Flying Branch SSC – 69
Ground Duty (Technical) AE(L) PC – 27

SSC – 40

AE(M) PC-12

SSC – 17

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Administration PC- 12

SSC – 21

Accounts PC- 06

SSC – 12

Logistics PC – 09

SSC – 16

 

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Salary

The benefit related to the pay scale of AFCAT starts with the beginning of the training period itself. The pay scale of candidates joining through AFCAT exam is Rs 56,100. Candidates will be able to see the salary of an Air Force officer after the 7th Pay Commission on the official AFCAT website.

AFCAT Notification – Training Stipend

Stipend to men and women during the entire duration of training at any of the Air Force Training Institutions Rs 56,100/ per month (Starting pay in Level 10)

 

AFCAT Notification – Grant of Commission to Flying Officer

Rank Flying Officer
Level 10
Pay as per 7th CPC pay matrix Rs 56,100 – Rs. 1,77,500
Military Service Pay Rs 15,500 Per Month

 

AFCAT Salary – In-hand Pay

Flying Branch Rs 85,372
Ground Duty Technical Branch Rs 74,872
Ground Duty Non- Technical Branch Rs 71,872

 

AFCAT Salary – Annual Package

Ground Duty (Technical) Rs 7-9 lakhs
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Rs 7-9 lakhs
Flying Branch Rs 8-10 lakhs

 

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Application/Registration Process

Indian Air Force has commenced the online application process for the selection of personnel in the post of Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying Branch and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches along with NCC Special Entry cadre posts on Tuesday, 1st December 2020. Candidates can register themselves for the upcoming AFCAT exam till 11th January 2021.  

Candidates can submit their application forms via online mode by accessing the official AFCAT website or by directly visiting the login page. Candidates have to follow four major steps to complete the application form submission process –

  1. Registration
  2. Sign-in and Apply Online
  3. Upload Scanned Documents
  4. Pay AFCAT Application Fee

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Fee Structure

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

Before filling up the form, candidates are 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 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.

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Exam Pattern

The upcoming AFCAT (1) exam will be conducted  online for all candidates and EKT for technical candidates. The exam will be an objective or MCQ-type with multiple options, and will be held on 2 consecutive days.

Candidates, with the help of AFCAT exam pattern, can get a clear idea regarding the sectional distribution of questions and marks.

Stages Sections covered Questions Asked Maximum Marks Time limit
AFCAT General Awareness

Verbal Ability in English

Numerical Ability 

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

100 questions 300 marks 120 minutes
EKT Mechanical

Computer Science 

Electrical & Electronics

50 Questions 150 marks 45 minutes

 

  • Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for every correct answer
  • They will lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer
  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for questions that are left unattempted
  • Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights and Measures (wherever applicable)

AFCAT Marking Scheme

Type of Answers Marks Allotted
Correct Answer 3
Wrong Answer -1
Unattempted NIL

 

AFCAT Notification 2021 – Syllabus

As per the AFCAT notification, AFCAT (1) syllabus is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Verbal Ability in English
  2. Numerical Ability
  3. General Awareness
  4. Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Candidates are required to study the topics highlighted below to crack the first part of the exam.

AFCAT (1) Syllabus

Verbal Ability in English Numerical Ability General Awareness Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
Comprehension

Error Detection

Sentence Completion/Filling in of the correct word

Synonyms

Antonyms

Testing of Vocabulary

Idioms

Phrases

Decimal

Fraction

Time and Work

Average

Profit & Loss

Percentage

Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest

Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

History

Geography

Civics

Politics

Current Affairs

Environment

Basic Science

Defence

Art

Culture

Sports, etc.

Verbal skills and Spatial abilities

Data interpretation

Rotated blocks

Analogy

Sets based on arrangements

Missing Character

Hidden figures

Embedded Figure

 

EKT Syllabus

For Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing

Switching Theory

Computer Networks

Radar Theory

Network Theory Design

Instrumentation

Information Technology

Microwave Engineering

Analog and Digital Electronics

Electronic Devices

Telecommunication Systems

Microwave Engineering

Control Engineering

Electrical Engineering

 

For Computer Science Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing

Control Engineering

Telecommunication Systems

Electrical Engineering

Radar Theory

Instrumentation

Antenna and Wave Propagation

Microwave Engineering

Information Technology

Network Theory Design

Analog and Digital Electronics

Computer Networks

Switching Theory

Electronic Devices

 

For Mechanical Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing/ Engineering Graphics

Aerodynamics

Flight Mechanics

Aircraft Structures

Power Plant Engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Automotive Engineering

Thermodynamics

Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines

Engineering Mechanics

Materials Science

Thermodynamics

Manufacturing Science

Machine Drawing

 

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AFCAT Notification – FAQs

When was the AFCAT notification published?

The AFCAT notification was released on 28th November 2020. Later, the detailed notification was published on 1st December 2020.

How many vacancies are open for AFCAT?

A total of 241 vacancies are open through AFCAT.

What is the age limit for AFCAT recruitment?

The age limit for the flying branch is between 20 and 24 years, whereas the age limit for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch is between 20 and 26 years. 

What are the stages of AFCAT candidate selection?

The selection process in AFCAT exam comprises 4 stages -   

  1. AFCAT Online Exam for all candidates
  2. EKT ( for Technical candidates)
  3. AFSB Interview
  4. Final selection after medical examination

How much time is allotted for the AFCAT exam?

Candidates will be given 120 minutes to complete the AFCAT exam. For the EKT exam, the allocated time is 45 minutes.


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