What is AFCAT- Air Force Common Admission Test 2020

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a unique selection system introduced Indian Air Force to select young and energetic Male & Female candidates to join IAF as commissioned officers. AFCAT is an online exam currently conducted by CDAC, twice every year. It was introduced to shortlist the Male & Female officers for non-UPSC entries.

List of AFCAT Entries

  • Flying Branch: Short Service Commission (Men / for Men & Women)
  • Technical Branch: Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women)
  • Ground Duty Branch (GDC): Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women) 

 In Which Year Does AFCAT Start?

AFCAT was introduced in 2011 for IAF courses commencing from Jan 2012. On 27th of March 2011, first AFCAT exam was conducted. 

Before AFCAT, candidates were required to apply separately for different vacancies in Flying, Technical, and GODC entries followed by different SSB Interviews. After AFCAT, all those hurdles only need to apply for one form and select multiple entries. With a single application, single exam candidates can apply for multiple IAF Entries. 

About AFCAT Written Exam

Before 2019, AFCAT Exam was conducted offline using OMR sheets. It was solely conducted and managed by the Indian Air Force. However, starting from 2019, CDAC took the charges of conducting AFCAT Online Exam. 

Air Force Common Admission Test is of two hours duration that includes multiple-choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and aptitude.

READ MORE: AFCAT Written Exam Complete Syllabus

Candidates shortlisted in AFCAT written exam are allowed to choose their AFSB center and date of SSB Interview. Candidates recommended after Phase-II of SSB interview undergo a few exams depending upon their eligibility and IAF branch.

  • Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) for Flying Branch
  • Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) for Technical Branch

AFCAT Medical Test

After Phase-II clearance, candidates undergo a medical examination at AFCME, New Delhi, or IAM, Bengaluru, based on the eligibility of the candidate and recommendations at AFSB. For medical-fit candidates, All India Merit List is released for various vacancies along with their name, joining dates, and other instructions.

Schedule for AFCAT Official Notification

Every year, CDAC releases the official notification for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) in Dec and Jun. During offline AFCAT Exam, no application fee was imposed on the candidates. However, from AFCAT 1 2019, candidates are required to pay AFCAT Fees of 250/- INR per application.

How to apply for AFCAT

  1. Visit https://afcat.cdac.in
  2. click on the ‘Candidate’s Login’
  3. Register as a new user by clicking on ‘New Candidate’ (Skip if already registered).
  4. Read the given instructions carefully and click on ‘Proceed’ button.
  5. Fill the AFCAT Application Form and pay the applicable fee.
  6. ‘PREVIEW’ your application before clicking on ‘SUBMIT’ button.
  7. Click on “Submit”.

Your application is submitted successfully.

AFCAT Contact Information

If you have any query regarding AFCAT Application Form 2020, contact AFCAT Cell on

  • Toll-free number:1800-11-2448
  • Phone Nos: 020-25503105 or 020-25503106
  • E-Mail queries: [email protected]

For any query on NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch, contact JDPO-3 (A/B) on

  • Phone Nos: 011-23010231 extn 7645, 7646, 7610 (*Telephonic query timings are from 0930 hrs to 1700 hrs (Monday to Friday, except closed holidays)
  • E-Mail: [email protected]
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