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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    The Air Force Common Admission Test
  • Mode of Conduction
  • Exam Duration
    Two hours
  • Exam Frequency
    Twice a year
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
    300 marks
  • Total No. of Questions
    100 questions
  • No. of Sections
    There will be four sections named Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Military Aptitude.
  • Medium of the exam
    English language only
  • Marking Scheme
    Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer. One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.
Eligibilty Criteria

Candidates are required to meet the eligibility criteria set up by the conducting body. The AFCAT eligibility criteria have been discussed briefly in the following section:

AFCAT 2 Age Limit

The upper age limits vary with the post and the caste category of the candidates. The table demonstrated below gives a brief idea of the various AFCAT age limit for different posts.

Branch Name Age Limit
Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) Branch 20 - 26 years for the Unreserved category.
Flying Branch
  • Candidates having a Commercial Pilot License are relaxed up to 26 years as its upper age limit.
  • Candidates should be between 20 and 24 years.

AFCAT 2 Educational Qualification

Candidates who are willing to apply for the AFCAT vacancies must be a citizen of India. The Educational Qualification required for various posts is different. IAF set the educational criteria for the different branches. Check the AFCAT educational qualifications required below in the table.

Branch Sub-Branch Educational Qualification
Ground Duty Technical Branch Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)

Candidates must have a 10+2-degree certificate with an aggregate of 60% marks in Physics and Mathematics and an integrated post-graduation/degree in Technology/Engineering. OR

Cleared sections A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) with minimum aggregate marks of 60 % or equivalent in certain disciplines as prescribed by IAF.

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

Passed 10+2 degrees with an aggregate of 60 percent each in Mathematics and Physics and four years’ degree in Technology/Engineering. OR

Cleared Sections A and B of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Telecommunication Engineers or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics with 60% in disciplines specified by the authority of the examination.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches

Administration: Cleared section A&B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) from a recognized university with an aggregate of 60 % OR

Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 60%.

Marital Status for AFCAT 2 2022

  1. At the time of commencement of the application, the Candidate’s age should be below 25 years of age and he/she must be unmarried.
  2. Divorcees and Widows/Widowers below 25 years are also not eligible to appear in this examination.
  3. Married candidates above 25 years of age, during their training period, are not allowed to live with family.
Exam Pattern

The AFCAT exam pattern 2022 is set up by the conducting body. The applicants must check the details below:

Section General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Numerical Ability and Military Aptitude Test Fundamental Engineering, Specialization Topics, Allied Engineering
Exam Duration 02 Hours 45 mins
Number of Questions 100 50
Marks 300 150
  • There are two sections:
    • Section I: 100 questions
    • Section II: 50 questions
  • Each question carries 3 marks with a negative marking of -1 for every incorrect answer marked
  • The maximum mark allotted to the AFCAT examination is 300.
  • The question paper of EKT  will be of a total of 150 marks.
  • Candidates must sit for the Online CBT AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance, another candidate is allowed to assist/appear in the exam

​AFCAT 2022 Marking Scheme

The AFCAT marking scheme is as follows

  • 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect/wrong answer.
  • For each correct answer, 3 marks will be allowed.
  • No deduction of marks will be done for un-attempted questions.

AFSB Interview

AFCAT CBT exam qualified candidates are called for the AFSB Interview. The Interview comprises 3 stages:

Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Discussion Test and Picture Perception Test is conducted on the first day.

Stage II: Selected Candidates are then allowed to proceed with the Psychological Tests on Day 1 (Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview begin after the document verification for the next five days.

Stage III (For Flying Branch): Those who have applied for the Flying Branch must appear for the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

Final Merit List:

The final selection list is prepared upon aggregation of the minimum qualifying marks separately in the AFCAT written exam and AFSB Test. All candidates are placed accordingly based on total marks secured in the AFSB and written examinations. IAF releases the list of shortlisted candidates along with the AFCAT result 2022 on its website.


Candidates can check the AFCAT 2022 Syllabus mentioned below in the table.

Subject Topic
English Comprehension, Error Detection, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases, Synonyms
General Knowledge History, Civics, Geography, Politics, Art, Culture, Sports, Defence, Basic Science, Environment, Current Affairs
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Spatial Ability, Verbal Ability, Simple Interest Time and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, etc.
Numerical Ability Time and Work, Decimal Fraction, Profit and Loss, Percentage, etc.

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