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AFCAT 01/2018, also known by Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted twice every year by the Indian Air Force (IAF). This examination is for the aspirants who dream of reaching sky high altitudes and living a life of panache and reverence. AFCAT 01/2018 gives graduates, both male and female, an opportunity to join world’s 4th largest Air Force as officers for both short service commission and permanent commission. Interested and eligible aspirants will be able to apply online and fill up details in the application form on December 16, 2017. The AFCAT Application Form 2018 is to be submitted before the last date, i.e., January 14, 2018. The candidates need to score marks equal to or more than the expected cut off in order to qualify the online written test. The qualifiers of the written exam usually get the AFSB call within two months after the exam. The AFSB usually lasts for maximum 7 days. Once the candidates crack the AFSB, they are called for training. The training usually lasts for 12 months and then the candidates are commissioned as officers. Candidate can check more details regarding AFCAT 01/ 2018 including important date, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, selection procedure, etc in the article below.

Latest: For the first time, online testing will be conducted for AFCAT entry in various
AFCAT centers. Application form for AFCAT 01/2018 will be available on December 16, 2017.

AFCAT 01/2018 – Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, Eligibility, Preparation

IAF has announced notification for AFCAT 01/2018 exam. AFCAT 01/2018 Application Form will be available from 16 December 2017. Interested and eligible candidates can fill the online form of AFCAT 01/2018. Following are tentatively expected dates of AFCAT 2018.

Event Date
Online Application From start date 16 Dec 2017
Last date to fill the Application From 14 Jan 2018
AFCAT 01/2018 Exam Date February 2018
Result May/ June 2018

AFCAT 01/2018 Notification (PDF)

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On December 12, 2017, IAF has released the notification of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) 01/2018 for January 2019 recruitment.

Candidates who are interested in appearing for AFCAT must apply at or as per schedule.

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT 01/2018

Flying 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan 2019.
Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current CPL issued by DGCA is relaxed up to 26 years.
Minimum 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.
Weight: Proportionate to the height and age.
Male and Female
Technical 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2019. Male: min height 157.5 cms
Female: min height 152 cms.
Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon: min height 5 cms less.
Candidates from Lakshadweep: min height 2 cms less
Weight: Proportionate to the height and age.
Male (permanent and short service commission) and female (short service commission)
Non- Technical 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2019. Male (permanent and short service commission) and female (short service commission)

Educational Qualification

Flying Branch

Applying for flying branch through AFCAT is only is only for Short Service Commission. The short service commission is only for 14 years with no further extension.

  • Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent OR BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Technical Branch

  • Minimum 60% in graduation
  • Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of AFSB testing and they produce provisional/ original degree issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Non- Technical Branch

Administration Branch

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Accounts Branch

  • B.Com degree (minimum three-year degree course) from a recognized university with a minimum 60% marks or equivalent

Logistics Branch

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Education Branch

  • MA/M.Sc degree in English/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ International Relations/ International Studies/ Defence Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ MBA/ MCA/  Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relations with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together in Post-Graduation (minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in Graduation (both recognised by UGC/Competent Accreditation Authority).

Visual Standards

Branch & Course Number Visual Standards
Maximum Limits of Refractive Error Visual Acuity Errors Colour Vision
Ground Duty – Technical Electronics, Mechanical Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory when advised. CP-II
Ground Duty – Non-Technical Administration Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph
Myopia: -0.5 D Sph
Astigmatism: +0.5 D Cyl
A minimum to 6/9 in each eye correctable to 6/6 in each eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory when visual acuity is below 6/6. CP-I
Logistics Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph
Myopia: -3.50 D Sph
Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl
Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory CP-III
Accounts, Education Hypermetropia: +3.5 D Sph Myopia: -3.50 D Sph Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cy Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/18 in the worse eye. Wearing of glasses will be compulsory. CP-III
Flying Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible.
Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia color vision CP-1. Hypermetropia: +2.0 d Sph, Manifest Myopia: Nil, Retinoscopic Myopia: -0.5 in any meridian permitted, Astigmatism: + 0.75 D Cyl (with +2.0 D- Max) Maddox Rod Test (i) at 6 meters – Exo-6 prism D, Eso-6 prism D, Hyper-1 prism D, a Hypo-1 prism (ii) at 33 cms -Exo-16 prism D, Eso-6 prism D, Hyper-1 prism D, Hypo-1 prism D. Handheld stereoscope – All of BSV Grades. Convergence – up to 10 cm. Cover test for distant and near – Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy (RK), Photo Refractive Keratotomy (PRK) surgery for correction of refractive errors are not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit. Binocular Vision – Must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth)

AFCAT 01/2018 Application Form

IAF has announced notification for AFCAT 01/2018 January 2019 recruitment. AFCAT 01/2018 Application will be available on 16 December 2017. Candidate can fill the online application directly from this page. The candidate has to register online using a valid email ID. Once the candidate has done the registration successfully, they will receive an automated mail confirming his registration and the mail will also contain a computer-generated password which will be used to log in. This password can be changed once the candidate is logged in. The registered email id is the only means of communication. After registering, the candidate has to log in to the website using his registered email id to fill the application form.

Prerequisites for the application form are

  • All documents pertaining to candidate’s educational qualifications from Class X to his highest qualification.
  • A soft copy of candidate’s passport size photograph (Mandatory) of file size between 10kb to 50kb which presents his head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin, signature (Optional) and fingerprint (Optional). Photograph size must be 2 inches by 2 inches, with the head centered to the frame.

The application will be treated as complete only when all the parts of the application are filled and uploaded by clicking the submit button.

On submission, the candidate will receive a mail on his registered email id as a proof of submission.

AFCAT 01/2018 Admit Card

After the last date for receipt of applications, the applicants will be allotted AFCAT Centre as per the availability of seats. Once the admit card is out, the centers will not change. The admit card is to be printed and a photograph as same as the one already printed on the admit card has to be pasted on it. The signature and thumbprint will be placed on the admit card at the time of registration and the exam in front of the invigilators. The admit card will contain important information like the date of the examination and the examination center. It has to be carried to the examination center, without it an entry in the center will not be permitted.

Centers for AFCAT 01/ 2018

The entrance exam for AFCAT 2018 will be held at the following test centers:

Ambala Amritsar Allahabad Agra
Ahemdabad Barnala Bhatinda Bengluru
Belgaum Bidar Bagdogra Baraeily
Chandigarh Chabua Chennai Deheradun
Delhi Darbanga Gorakhpur Gwalior
Ghuati Halwara Hashimara Hydrabad
Imphal Jalandhar Jammu Jorhat
Jaipur Jamnagar Jodhpur Kanpur
Kolkata Kalaikunda Kochi Leh
Lucknow Mumbai Mohanbari Mysore
Nal Nagpur Nasik Pathankot
Patna Pune Portblair Salua
Srinagar Suratgarh Sirsa Saharanpur
Shillong Silchar Sulur Thane
Tezpur Thanjavur TVM Vadodara

AFSB Schedule

If short listed for further selection, the web site may permit the candidate to select their AFSB schedule.

The IAF reserves the right to allocate AFSB schedules to candidates as per a pre-determined logic, without giving the option for choosing the same to any of the candidates.

Also, in case the candidate fails to exercise his choice within the time period mentioned above, his interview schedule (dates and place) would be allotted automatically as per the pre-determined logic.


The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.

Pay and allowances

A Flying Officer will be entitled to Pay in Pay Band of 15,600 – 39,100 per month along with allowances.

On successful completion of Training, newly commissioned Flying officers would be entitled to approximate gross monthly emoluments in different branches including Transport Allowance of major cities as follows:-

  • Flying Branch:-  Rs.82,050/-
  • Ground Duty (Tech) Branch:- Rs.71,550/-
  • Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch:-  Rs.68,550/-


In addition to the Pay & Allowances, officers are entitled to furnished accommodation, comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents, the supply of entitled rations, Canteen & officers’ Mess facilities and many more. LTC. and Leave (60 days Annual and 20 days Casual) subject to service exigency.


Rs.75 Lakh Insurance Cover (on contribution) is applicable to serving officers. Additional cover of ` 10 Lakh (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers.

Travel Allowance (TA)

For all the candidates appearing in AFSB for the first time, the travel fare to the center and back will be provided for the shortest route of AC-III Tier/ AC Chair Car or actual normal bus far.

In case of change of address; the Board should be informed well before the candidate’s arrival.

The candidate shall present the railway ticket/ bus ticket (hard copy) to the Board, in reference to which the TA will be paid. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the government authorized rules. No TA is admissible if the candidate has already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards.

Body Tattoos

Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/ back (dorsal) side of the hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.

Candidate should not have been arrested, convicted or prosecuted on criminal charges.

AFCAT 01/2018 Exam Pattern

  • The exam is two hours long. Candidates are usually called 2 hours prior to the exam for the formalities.
  • It contains 100 questions. Each correct question gains candidate 3 marks and with each wrong answer, he loses 1 mark.
  • It contains 4 sections i.e. Verbal ability, Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning and Military aptitude.
  • The exam is now a computer based test and answers have to be submitted online.
  • The answers have to be selected on the sytem allotted at center.

AFCAT 2018 Syllabus

While preparing for any examination, it’s important to know exactly what to study and where to study from. Any digression will lead to wastage of time and it’s well known that time is a major aspect in the competitive exam.

Following is the syllabus for the AFCAT :

Verbal Ability: This section tests the candidate’s English. For this, the candidate has to brush up his basic grammar, vocabulary and practice composition. Some of the topics are that occur in the exam are comprehension, error detection, synonyms, antonyms, testing of vocabulary, sentence completion etc.

Numerical ability: This section tests candidate’s mathematical aptitude. A few topics are the decimal fraction, simplification, average, percentage, ration and proportion, simple interest and profit and loss.

General Awareness: A few topics of this section are history, geography, environmental science, current affairs, current affairs, politics, civics, basic science, defense, and art.

Reasoning and Military aptitude: It includes verbal skills and spatial abilities.

Regular mock tests are essential to maintaining a speed and testing one’s self.

Career Opportunities

AFCAT exam provides immense career opportunities to the aspirants. It doesn’t only present a job but also a new lifestyle. A career in Indian Air Force requires it’s officer to be mentally vigilant, physically sturdy, socially outgoing and personally respectful of self and of others. The Indian Air Force instills all these qualities in its officer.

Since the life in defense is a difficult one with the responsibility of nation’s security on the shoulder’s of the officers, the Indian Air Force makes it a point to provide all the comfort and perks to its officers.

Following are the career opportunities in the Indian Air Force

  1. Flying Branch
  • Fighters
  • Transports
  • Helicopters
  1. Ground Duty (Technical Branch)
  • Mechanical
  • Electronics
  1. Ground Duty (Non – Technical)
  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Meteorology

AFCAT 01/2018 Preparation

It’s often said “If you dream it; you can achieve it” and all the aspirants wanting to join the Indian Air Force will agree that getting selected as an officer will be nothing less than a dream come true. But what all the aspirants need to realize is that transforming this dream into reality requires more than just a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep.
It requires perspiration, constant self-motivation, and faith in oneself.

The Indian Air Force desires those candidates as their officers who are aware of their surrounding, have patience, are vigilant and have a leadership quality about themselves. What all the aspirants have to remember is that the nation comes first, then their colleague and finally themselves. The job of an officer is to serve the nation and its people. An officer is nothing but a mere servant of the nation and he should realize that he has to walk along with everybody, be it the nation’s population or his colleagues.

If you are an Air Force aspirant it’s obvious with all these responsibilities in your future, you have to be mentally as well as physically strong.

The AFCAT examination is a two-hour long examination and has 4 sections namely Verbal ability, Numerical ability, General Awareness and Reasoning and Military aptitude.

List of books for AFCAT preparation

High School English Grammar and Composition – Wren and Martin Buy Online
Word Power Made Easy – Norman Lewis Buy Online
Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examination – R.S.Aggarwal Buy Online
Popular Master Guide, AFCAT – R.Gupta Buy Online

In order to prepare for the verbal ability section, one has to brush up his basic grammar. A highly recommended book for the same is ‘High School English Grammar and Composition‘ by Wren and Martin. This book will also help the aspirants with composition questions and much more. Another part of the verbal ability section is the vocabulary. A vigorously suggested book for the same is ‘Word Power Made Easy‘ by Norman Lewis.

For the preparation of the Numerical ability section, one can refer to ‘Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examination‘ by R.S.Aggarwal.

To prepare for General awareness section, reading a newspaper daily is more than enough.
Reasoning and Military aptitude can be practiced from books like ‘Popular Master Guide, AFCAT‘ by R.Gupta.

Besides all of the above, it’s important to take AFCAT mock tests at regular intervals to be constantly in touch with the exam pattern. The exam tests a candidates accuracy and timing. The goal is to get as many right answers as possible in just two hours. It’s also to be kept in mind that each correct answer gets one +3 marks and with every wrong answer, one loses -1 mark. The candidates should only mark the answers they are certain about.
Apart from preparing for the written exam, the candidates must keep in mind their physical fitness. It’s required to be physically fit to at least adapt to the training provided by the Air Force Academy.

In case one is selected for the AFSB, it’s recommended one joins a coaching center.

With all the information required for the examination, you are ready to take off!

All the best and fly away!


The AFSB or the Air Force Selection Board is the Board responsible for selecting candidates who have cleared the AFCAT exam. There are four  AFSB centers in India i.e. Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, and Varanasi.

The AFSB looks in a candidate for an officer like quality and thus selects them on basis of several tests which go on for 5 – 7 days.

Here is a general schedule of the AFSB exam:

    • Day 1: Phase 1- Officer Intelligence Rating and Picture Perception and Discussion Tests.
    • Day 2: Psychological Tests and PABT for Flying Branch candidates
    • Day 3: Group Tests/ Interviews
    • Day 4: Group Tests/ Interviews
    • Day 5: Group Tests/ Interviews
    • Day 6: Group Tests/ Interviews, Board Conference.


AFCAT 01/2018 Answer Key

AFCAT 01/2018 exam will be held in February 2018, for which, admit cards will be issued online at Students who will appear in AFCAT 01/2018 may also look forward to get answer key of AFCAT 2018 on the conclusion of the exam. The Answer Key for AFCAT 2018 will consist of the correct answers and candidate with the help of answer key can cross check their answers. Them, they may calculate their score as per the marking scheme and estimate their chances of qualifying the entrance examination.

AFCAT 01/2018 Result

The result of IAF AFCAT 01/2018 will be announced to indicate the list of candidates who have obtained marks more than cut off. Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT / EKT) will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs).

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