What are the AFCAT Entry Physical and Medical Standards

All the SSB Recommended candidates undergo medical checkup before getting shortlisted for Indian Army, Navy or Air Force. But before they move to the medical stage, it’s important to know about the Physical and Medical Standards. So, here are the physical and medical standards that are essential for the candidate.

Physical and Medical Standards for Candidates are as Follows:

(a) Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.

(b) Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM, Bengaluru based on candidates recommended by the AFSB. Non-reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature. Male candidates will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising of male/female doctors/specialists /Gynecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board (AMB) will also be in timated to the candidate.

(c) Candidates who are unfit may apply for AMB to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board. Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be in timated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB. The candidates will also be intimated that holding RMB will be granted at the discretion of DGAFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right. The candidate should address the request for RMB if he/she so desires to DMS(MB)/DGMS (Air), Air HQ, R.K. Puram and a copy of the same is to be handed over to the President of AMB. The office of the DGAFMS will inform the date and place (Delhi and Pune only) where the candidate will appear for an RMB.

Height And Weight Parameters:

(i) You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals. Maximum permissible weight deviation is 01 Standard Deviation (SD) as per the height and weight standards for men and women, failing which the above mentioned letters of caution would be issued.

(ii) The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms, Leg Length: Min – 99 cms, Max -120 cms. Thigh Length: Max -64 cms, Sitting Height: Min -81.5 cms, Max -96 cms(No concession for age/sex/region).

(iii) The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates, minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

(iv) Height and Weight standards for men and women are given below for Indian Air Force. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done.

Height and Weight Standards for Male

Height in Cm
Weight in KG (Age Range in Years)
Age 15-17
152 – 158
46 – 49
47 – 50
50 – 54
54 – 58
159 – 165
50 – 53
51 – 55
55 – 59
59 – 63
166 – 171
54 – 56
56 – 59
60 – 64
63 – 66
172 – 178
57 – 60
59 – 63
64 – 69
67 – 71
179 – 183
61 – 63
64 – 66
69 – 72
72 – 74
184 – 185
67 – 68
73 – 74

Height and Weight Standards for Women

Height in Cm
Weight in KG (Age Range in Years)
Age 20-25
148 – 151
43 – 45
46 – 48
152 – 155
46 – 48
49 – 51
156 – 160
49 – 51
52 – 55
161 – 165
52 – 54
55 – 58
166 – 171
55 – 58
59 – 62
172 – 176
59 – 61
63 – 66
177 – 178
62 – 63

Visual Standards for Flying Branch

Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for flying branch. In case they report for testing they will be tested for other branches (if applied for)

(a) 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 Sph
  • Manifest Myopia : Nil
  • RetinoscopicMyopia : -0.5 in any meridian permitted
  • Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 DMax)

(b) Maddox Rod Test (At 6 meters)

  • Exo-6 prism D
  • Eso-6 prism D
  • Hyper-1 prism D
  • Hypo-1prism D

(c) Maddox Rod Test (At 33 cms)

  • Exo-16 prism D
  • Eso-6 prism D
  • Hyper-1 prism D
  • 1Hypo-1 prism D

(d) Hand held Stereoscope-All of BSV Grades

(e) Convergence-up to 10 cm

(f) Cover test for distant and near-Latent divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete. Binocular Vision -Must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).


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