AFCAT Exam 2024: Dates, Syllabus, Registration, and Preparation Guide

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Participants are welcomed to a variety of courses that will start up for the granting of Short Service Commissions (SSC) in the Flying Branch and Permanent Commissions (PC) and Short Service Commissions (SSC) in the ground duty (Technical or Non-Technical) branches.


Men and women from India are invited to join the Indian Air Force as Group A Gazetted Officers in the Flying and Ground Duty branches.


AFCAT or Air Force Common Admission Test exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force for selection of officers in all branches of the Indian Air Force (except medical and dental) viz.

Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), and Ground Duty Branch ((Technical and Non-Technical) NCC Special Entry/Meteorology Entry.


Every year, in the months of February and August, the AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST is held. The AFCAT advertisement for the same is released in the months of December and June, respectively.




On December 1, 2023, the Indian Air Force published the AFCAT exam announcement on the @AIR website. The AFCAT online application procedure will be open from December 1 through December 30, 2023. Candidates must continue to often check EaseToLearn to be informed of important and recent AFCAT 2024 exam announcements.


  • Release of AFCAT 1 2024 notification- 01st December 2023
  • Starting date for Online registration of AFCAT 1 2024 Application by candidates- 01- December- 2023 (11 am)
  • Last date for Online registration of AFCAT 1 2024 Application by candidates- 30- December -2023(11 pm)
  • Release of AFCAT 1 2024 Admit Card-To be Declared
  • Exam date of AFCAT 1 2024 – 16th to 18th February 2024


AFCAT Exam Vacancy 2024


The AFCAT 1 vacancy 2024 has been released along with the notification PDF. The AFCAT 1 2024 exam will be used by the India Air Force to fill 317 vacancies. These openings are for short service commissions in the ground duty (technical and non-technical branches) and flying branch. The right understanding of the vacancies will help candidates gain an in-depth understanding of the exam and successfully plan their preparations.





Course Number

AFCAT 1 2024 Vacancy





Flying Branch

          217/25F/SSC/M & W

SSC - 28

SSC - 10

Ground Duty (Technical)

  216/25T/SSC/106AEC/ M & W

AE (L): 104

AE (M): 45

AE (L): 11

AE (M): 05

Ground Duty (Non-Technical)





       216/25G/SSC/M & W

Weapon Systems

(WS) Branch: 15

Admin: 44

LGS: 11

Accts: 11

Edn: 08

Met: 09

Weapon Systems

(WS) Branch: 02

Admin: 06

LGS: 02

Accts: 02

Edn: 02

Met: 02





217/25F/PC/M and 217/25F/SSC/M & W

10% of PC seats from CDSE vacancies and 10% of SSC seats from AFCAT vacancies




Before applying for the posts, it is recommended that all candidates check their AFCAT 1 2024 eligibility.The Indian Air Force has established many qualifications for both technical and non-technical posts. Candidates must make sure they meet all eligibility requirements, including the age requirement, nationality, marital status, etc., as failing to do so may result in disqualification at any point during the examination. See below for more information on AFCAT Eligibility:


Nationality: In accordance with the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, participants must be Indian citizens.


Marital Status:


Candidates applying for the AFCAT 2024 exam must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.

The participant, who marries after the date of his application, even if he or she passes the SSB or medical, will not be permitted to enrol in the course.

Any participant who marries while enrolled in training will be dismissed and must refund the government for all expenses incurred on his behalf.


IAF AFCAT AGE Limit 2024


The age limit for the AFCAT 2024 exam varies based on the branch. Here are the age limits for different branches:


1.   Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as of July 1, 2024.

2.   Technical & Ground Duty Branch: 20 to 26 years as of July 1, 2024.


Candidates must ensure that they meet the age requirements for the specific branch they are applying to. 






AFCAT Qualification

Flying Branch






Participants must have successfully completed their 10+2 course in maths and physics with a minimum grade of 50%.from a recognized university.


B. Tech degree from a recognized university with 60% marks or equivalent.


Candidates who have 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.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch




Minimum 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from a recognized University.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches



10+2 and a graduate degree (minimum three-year degree programme) in any discipline from a recognised university with at least 60% in each subject.

NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)







Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. OR BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.


AFCAT Type of Commission 2024


The AFCAT 2024 exam offers two types of commissions: Permanent Commission (PC) for Men and Short Service Commission (SSC) for Men and women. The main difference between the two is the tenure of service.


  • Permanent Commission (PC): This offers a long-term career in the Indian Air Force until the officer retires, usually around the age of 60, depending on their physical and mental fitness. It provides job security and the opportunity to advance through the ranks over the course of the career.
  • Short Service Commission (SSC): This offers a shorter tenure of service, typically around 14 years, extendable up to 20 years. SSC officers are initially engaged for a shorter period, providing them with the advantage of a better balance between their military career and personal life. After the completion of their tenure, SSC officers have the choice to either opt for a Permanent Commission or transition to civilian life.


These commissions cater to individuals with different career aspirations and provide distinct opportunities and responsibilities.




 The selection procedure for AFCAT 1 2024 consists of the following stages:


  1. AFCAT Written Exam: The first stage is the AFCAT written exam, which candidates need to clear to proceed to the next stage.
  2. AFSB Interview: Candidates who pass the written exam will be invited to the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) for an interview. The AFSB interview takes place in two stages and includes various tests to assess the candidates' aptitude, psychology, personality, and knowledge.
  3. Medical Test: The final stage of the selection process is the medical examination, which is conducted to ensure that the candidates meet the medical standards set by the Indian Air Force.
  4. Final Merit List: A final merit list of qualified candidates will be prepared based on their performance in the written exam, AFSB interview, and medical test.


Candidates need to clear each stage of the selection process to secure their desired position within the different branches of the Indian Air Force.




To apply for AFCAT 1 2024, candidates can follow the steps below:


1.   Registration: Visit the official AFCAT website and click on "Candidate Login" and then on "NOT YET REGISTERED. REGISTER HERE" to create an account.

2.   Fill Application Form: Log in with the registered email ID and password, fill in the AFCAT 1 application form with personal, educational, and communication details.

3.   Upload Documents: Upload the required documents, including a recent photograph, signature, and thumb impression.

4.   Choose Exam City: Select your preferred exam city and agree to the declaration.

5.   Fee Payment: Pay the application fee online.

6.   Review and Submit: Review the application form and submit it. Download and print a copy of the application form for future reference.


The application form for AFCAT 1 2024 was available from December 1, 2023, to December 30, 2023. Candidates needed to ensure that they met the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.


AFCAT Application Fee 2024


AFCAT 1 application form fee must be paid online using credit/debit cards, net banking, etc. To get the application form cleared, the application cost must be submitted.


 Here is the table for AFCAT 1 2024 application fee:



Application Fee

General, SC/ST, OBC

Rs. 550 + GST

NCC Cadets

Exempted from paying any fee


It's important to note that the application fee for AFCAT 1 2024 was revised to Rs. 550 plus GST, and the revised fee was applicable from the 2024 session.


Locations for AFCAT 1 2024 Centres:  Agartala, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Alwar, Aligarh,  Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Behrampur (Odisha), Belagavi, Bengaluru, Bhagalpur, Bhilai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi and NCR, Dhanbad, Diu, Dibrugarh, Durgapur, Faridabad, Ganganagar, Gaya, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Guntur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Haldwani, Hissar, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jalpaigudi, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kannur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kohima, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kota, Kurukshetra, Leh, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mathura, Meerut, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Panaji, Pathankot, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune,Rajkot, Ranchi, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar,  Srinagar, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vellore, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal.


Allotment of AFCAT 1 2024 Centres: Candidates will receive centers according to their preferences as much as possible. Candidates should be aware that requests for a different testing location, time, or date will not be considered. Therefore, candidates should take reasonable caution while selecting the date or time of their choosing for the examination center before completing the form. The AFCAT exam locations could be canceled in any unforeseen circumstance. In this case, the impacted applicants would be given access to other centers. The IAF's decision in this regard will be final, and no appeals will be considered.


AFCAT Admit Card 2024


IAF applicants must submit their AFCAT applications form online using the link IAF (, or afcat


The AFCAT 2024 Admit Card will be released on the official website of the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the application process is completed. Candidates who have successfully submitted their AFCAT application online can download their AFCAT 2024 admit card from the IAF website using their login credentials like email ID and password.


Here are the steps on how to download the AFCAT 2024 Admit Card:


1.   Go to the official website of the Indian Air Force (IAF)

2.   Enter your registered email ID and password.

3.   Click on the "Login" button.

4.   On the candidate dashboard, look for the "Download AFCAT 2024 Admit Card" link.

5.   Click on the link and download your admit card.

6.   Print out your admit card on an A4-sized paper.


Important Documents to Carry to the Exam Center:


1.   AFCAT 2024 Admit Card

2.   Valid photo ID proof (original and photocopy)

3.   Blue ballpoint pen

4.   Original certificates (educational, caste, domicile, etc.) as mentioned in the admit card


Exam Center Reporting Time:


Candidates must reach the exam center at least 90 minutes before the scheduled exam time to undergo the frisking and other formalities. Latecomers will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.


Exam Day Guidelines:


1.   Dress code: Candidates should wear formal attire (light-colored shirts and trousers)

2.   Electronic devices: Mobile phones, calculators, watches, or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside the exam hall.

3.   Food and water: Candidates are not allowed to carry any food or water items inside the exam hall.

4.   Marking Scheme: The exam will have negative marking. 1/4th mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.


Applicants should make sure they meet all requirements for admission before submitting an application for the AFCAT exam. Their admission at all the stages of examination viz. Written examination and SSB test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.


The IAF will cancel their candidature if verification conducted at any point before or after the written test or the AFSB Testing reveals that they do not meet any of the eligibility requirements.



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1. What is AFCAT and why is it conducted?


  • AFCAT, or Air Force Common Admission Test, is conducted by the Indian Air Force to select officers for its Flying, Ground Duty (Technical), and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches. The exam is held to assess the candidates' aptitude in various areas and ensure the selection of competent officers for the Air Force.


2. When is AFCAT conducted, and how often?


  •  AFCAT is conducted twice a year, typically in February and August.


3. What are the eligibility criteria for AFCAT?


  • Eligibility criteria vary for different branches. Generally, candidates need to meet educational qualifications and age criteria. For example, for the Flying Branch, a graduation degree is required, while for Ground Duty branches, specific educational qualifications are needed.


4. How can I apply for AFCAT?


  • The AFCAT application process is online. Candidates need to visit the official AFCAT website during the application window, fill out the application form, and pay the required fee.


5. What is the exam pattern for AFCAT?


  •  AFCAT consists of four sections: General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. The exam is of 300 marks and is conducted online.


6. Is there an age limit for AFCAT?


  • Yes, there is an age limit, and it varies for different branches. For example, for the Flying Branch, candidates should be between 20 and 24 years.


7. What is the selection process after AFCAT?


  • The selection process includes the AFCAT written exam, AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) testing, and a medical examination.


8. Is there a negative marking in AFCAT?


  • Yes, there is a negative marking. One-third (1/3) of the marks assigned to a particular question will be deducted for every incorrect answer.


9. Can female candidates apply for AFCAT?


  •  Yes, female candidates are eligible to apply for AFCAT in various branches.


10. What is the validity of the AFCAT score?


  • The AFCAT score is valid for one year.


11. How can I prepare for AFCAT?


  • Candidates can prepare for AFCAT by studying the prescribed syllabus, practicing previous year question papers, and taking mock tests. Additionally, maintaining physical fitness is essential for AFSB testing.


12. What are the career opportunities after clearing AFCAT?


  • Successful candidates can join the Indian Air Force as officers in the Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical), or Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches, depending on their qualifications and preferences.
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