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Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) 2016

Indian Air Force invites applications through www.careerairforce.nic.in from Indian Men & Women for the Flying, Technical and Ground Duty Branches commencing in July 2017 for grant of Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Technical and Ground Duty Branches through Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) - 02/2016.
The online application process will remain open till 04th June to 30th June 2016

AFCAT 2016 -2 Important Dates

Registration for Online Applications will be open on 04th June 2016 & will be close on 30th June 2016

Last Date for Submission of Online Applications: 30th June 2016

Date of AFCAT and EKT(Engineering Knowledge Test) Exam: 28th August 2016

Date of Commencing in July 2017

Eligibility Criteria

Graduates in all streams including B.E, B.Tech, B.Sc, M.Com, CA, ICWA are eligible to apply for AFCAT 2016


AFCAT 2016 -2 Vacancy Details

  • • Name of the Post: Commissioned Officers
  • • Name of the Branch

    1. Flying Branch:
    a) No. 202/17F/SSC/M & W (Short Service Commission for Men & Women)

    2. Technical Branch:

    a) No. 201/17T/PC/M (Permanent Commission for men) b) No. 201/17T/SSC/M & W (Short Service Commission for men & women)

    3) Ground Duty Branch:
    a) No. 201/17G/PC/M (Permanent Commission for men) b) No. 201/17G/SSC/M & W (Short Service Commission for men & women)

1) Flying Branch (202/17F/SSC/M & W)

Age Limit: 20 to 24 years as on 01st July 2017 (born between 02nd Jul 1993 to 01st Jul 1997) both dates inclusive. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (Indian) is relaxable upto 26 years (born between 02nd Jul 1991 to 01st Jul 1997) both dates inclusive.

Educational Qualifications: Graduates (minimum 3 years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level or B.E/B.Tech degree (4 year course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Physical Standards

Height and Weight: Minimum height: 162.5 cms with correlated weight; Leg Length: Min - 99 cms. Max - 120 cms. Thigh Length: Max - 64 cms. Sitting Height: Min - 81.5 Cms. Max - 96 cms

Vision: (a) Minimum Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia

Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.

2) Technical Branch (201/17T/PC/M, 201/17T/SSC/M & W)

Age Limit: 20 to 26 years as on 01st Jul 2017 (born between 02nd Jul 1991 to 01st Jul 1997) both dates inclusive

Educational Qualifications
i. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) AE (L): Candidates applying for AE (L) branch would be eligible if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate membership examination of the institute of electronics and telecommunication engineers by actual studies

All candidates applying for AE (L) branch should have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

ii. Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) AE (M): Candidates applying for AE (M) branch would be eligible if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Section A and B Exam of Associate.

Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies.

All candidates applying for AE (M) branch should have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

3) Ground Duty Branches (201/17G/PC/M, 201/17G/SSC/M & W)

Age Limit: 20 to 26 years as on 01st Jul 2017 i.e. born between 02nd Jul 1991 to 01st Jul 1997 (both dates inclusive)

Educational Qualifications

i. Administration and Logistics: Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any disciplines with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or a Post Graduate Degree/equivalent Diploma in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.

ii. Accounts: Graduate Degree in Commerce (B.Com) (Minimum three year degree course) with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate of all papers put together or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (M.Com) /CA/ICWA with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together

iii. Education: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together

Physical Standards

  • • Height and Weight: Minimum height - Men & Female 157.5 Cms with correlated weight
  • • All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorities whose decision on the fitness would be final

Type of Commission

Permanent Commission: Candidates joins as Permanente Commission (PC) officers would continue to serve fit the age of superannuation.

  • • Short Service Commission: The Engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is 14 years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable)
  • • The initial tenure for Short Service Commission officers in Technical and Ground Duty Branches would be for a period of ten years.

Selection Procedure

All applicants whose application have been submitted by due date will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) to be conducted on 28th August 2016 (Sunday) at one of the examination centres mentioned below.

Candidates will be required to login to their account regularly for information on AFCAT and AFSB testing. The entrance test will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. Sample question paper and syllabus of AFCAT is available on IAF career website www.careerairforce.nic.in. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.

Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Board (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kancharapara.

The testing would consist of three stages as given below:

(a) Stage-I: Test consisting of Intelligence Test along with other tests will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing; all State-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for
(b) State-II: Testing consisting of Psychological test, Group Test and Interview will be conducted on subsequent days (Five Days)
(c) For Flying Branch: CPSS (Computerized Pilot Selection System) and Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) would be administered to eligible candidates.

Paper Pattern

The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning general awareness and military aptitude.

EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.

How to Apply

To apply click on "Candidates Login" in the career website of IAF www.careerairforce.nic.in
(b) Candidates are advised to read the notification for AFCAT 02/2016 and the detailed guidelines for filling up online application as given in the website www.careerairforce.nic.in prior to commencement of filling up online applications
While filling online application, it is advisable to keep the relevant documents readily available, as details are to be filled as per matriculation and other educational certificates.

Please save your recent colour passport size photograph (size 10 to 250 kb) in the computer for attaching to your online application form.

Please note that utmost care needs to be taken while filing up the online application. In case any information is found to be incorrect then the candidates is likely to be cancelled at any stage of the selection process.

Details of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) Centres are appended below and would be allocated as per availability of seats. AFCAT centre once allotted would not be changed under any circumstances.
Candidates can apply online through the IAF career website www.careerairforce.nic.in from 04th June 2016 to 30th June 2016.

AFCAT Centres

Ambala, Amritsar, Allahabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barnala, Bathinda, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Chabua, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Guwahati, Halwara, Hashimara, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jorhat, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kalaikunda (Kharagpur), Kochi, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mohanbari, Mysore, Nal (Bikaner), Nagpur, Ojhar (Nashik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Bilar, Salua (Kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Saharanpur, Shillong, Siclarch, Sulur (Comibatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Varanasi.

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