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AFCAT & Flying with the Indian Air Force

Looking for a job becomes an important aspect for most of the students graduating from college. While few turn up for jobs in private companies, most of them try their best to clear the entrance exam for government jobs. Secure job, sustained pay, perks and allowance, profile and nature of the job are few reasons which grab the attention of the individual towards the government sector. Numerous jobs offered by the government in various fields, but securing a job isn’t easy. Here is article on AFCAT & Flying with the Indian Air Force Here is article on AFCAT & Flying with the Indian Air Force

Clearing the entrance exam is not easy, and some exams are touted be among the toughest in the world. The notable ones include Civil Services Examination and others. And thousands of students appear for these competitive exams. Let us know about one such competitive exam aspired by students who wish to join the Indian Air Force in detail.

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Air Force Common Admission Test

The Indian Air Force conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) with the help of C-DAC to select eligible candidates for various posts in Flying and Ground Duty (technical and non-technical) for Officer grade. The test is conducted twice in a year across the nation.

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT 2020 (Age)

  • For Flying Branch: 20-24 years as on January 1, 2021
  • For Ground Duty: 20-26 years of age as of January 1, 2021

Educational Qualification

Flying Branch: Should possess at least 60% marks each in mathematics and physics at X, XII standard and in Diploma degree or 60% marks in BE/BTECH degree from a college/university, recognized by the government.

Syllabus for the First Round

  • General KnowledgeTopics such as Indian History, geography, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Polity, Current Affairs would be covered.
  • EnglishThis section tests the prowess of a student in topics such as synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, comprehension, error spotting, etc.
  • ReasoningTopics in this section of the exam focus on Venn Diagrams, Series, Blood relation, Verbal reasoning, Syllogism, Aptitude related to Military etc…
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Topics include Distance and Speed, Number system, Time, Ratio and proportion, Time and Work, Simple and compound interest, pipes and cistern, HCF and LCM etc…

Selection Process

Candidate must pass two exams (MCQ- multiple choice questions) which acts as a qualifying round. The exams are as follows,

  • AFCAT exam: This is a 2-hour test which consists of 100 questions. The total test is for 300 marks, covering topics from logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, general quiz, numerical and verbal ability etc. Candidates who clear AFCAT are called for a 5-day selection process at one of the selection centres of the defence forces.
  • Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT): This is a 45 minutes test which consists of 50 questions. This test covers the technical part and carries 100 marks.

After clearing the MCQ test, eligible candidates would be invited for the next stage of the selection process, called AFSB testing. This also consists of two phases.

Stage 1 AFSB testing

This is a screening round and, it consists of two tests namely, Officer Intelligence Rating-test and Picture Perception Discussion test. Candidates who clear the two tests are called for Stage 2 Test.

Stage 2 AFSB testing

Four different tests take place in this stage. This stage is to assess the various skills of the candidates. They are as follows;

  • Computerised Pilot Selection System Test (CPSS): This test is only for candidates who have opted for flying branch
  • Psychological TestThis test is to assess the mental aptitude of the candidate. This test is conducted and evaluated by a professional psychologist.
  • Group Test: This test identifies and tests the various physical and mental parameters required for the job through physical and mental tests.
  • AFSB Interview: This is a personal, face-to-face interview round.

Physical & Medical Standards Examination

Candidates who clear the above tests are called for physical and medical standard examination. Medical inspection is done by medical experts. This examination takes place under the direction of Indian Air-Force. Non-reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature. The merit list is based on the list of candidates who pass the examination are sent the joining letter.

AFCAT Physical Standard for Flying Branch

The below information covers the Height and Weight parameter for the male and female candidates.

For Male

For the Flying, the below parameters are specified related to Height and weight.

  • Minimum Height – 162.5 cms
  • Weight Requirement – Body weight and height should be in proportion.
  • Sitting Height for Male is Minimum: 81.5 cms and Maximum – 96 cms
  • Leg Length for Male is Minimum: 99 cms and Maximum – 120 cms
  • Thigh Length for Male is Maximum: 96 cms

For Female

  • Minimum Height – 162.5 cms
  • Sitting Height – Minimum: 81.5 cms, Maximum – 96 cms
  • Weight Requirement – Weight and height should be proportionate.
  • Leg Length – Minimum: 99 cms, Maximum – 120 cms
  • Min – 99 cms. Max – 120 cms
  • Thigh Length – Maximum: 64 cms
AFCAT Vision Parameters for Medical Examination

The visual perception is quite crucial for the mentioned post. Following are the parameter that an aspirant needs to fulfill to clear the Medical Examination.

  • Minimum Visual Acuity: 6/6 for one eye and 6/9 for another eye. 
  • Visual Acuity Correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
  • Manifest Myopia – Nil
  • Vision correction Lasik surgery is only admissible in Helicopter and Transport streams of Short Service Commission

On the off chance that you are pronounced unsuitable, you can interest the board for reevaluating your application in the wake of accepting legitimate treatment for conditions like overweight, underweight, and so on, inside the specified time span.


A Cadet would get a stipend of Rs. 56,100 /- (per month) during the final year of training. After commissioning as an officer, the salary would range from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 110,700 (per month) which depends on the role and grade.

Apart from the basic pay, various allowance like Children education Allowance, Travel allowance, Ration Money allowance, DA etc., are provided. The flying branch officer is entitled to an additional allowance of Rs 11,250 /- per month and the technical branch officers get an additional allowance of Rs. 2500 /- (per month)

Many aspiring students appear the national level AFCAT exam with a lot of hopes and aspiration. Though clearing AFCAT exam is not a bed of roses, persistent effort along with hard-work would definitely help oneself to clear the test with flying colours.

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