AFCAT Exam -2020|Notification Out Now|Eligibility|Age limit|Syllabus|Paper pattern|

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AFCAT- Air Force Common Admission Test

Lots of students want to join the Indian airforce as an officer for those students AFCAT is a big opportunity. AFCAT Exam conducts by Indian Airforce(IAF) twice in a year.

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AFCAT Exam Details-2020
AFCAT EventsAFCAT 1 2020AFCAT 2 2020
AFCAT Notification Date1 December 20191 June 2020
AFCAT Online Application Date1 December 20191 June 2020
AFCAT Application Last dateDecember 2019July 2020
AFCAT Admit Card dateJanuary 2020August 2020
AFCAT Exam dateFebruary 2020September 2020
AFCAT  Result date declarationMarch 2020October 2020

Eligibility for AFCAT 2019

  • Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India

Age

  • Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry20 to 24 years as on 01 July 2020. The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years.
  • Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01st July 2020.
  • Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.

Educational Qualifications

  • Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and (a) Graduation 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 recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or;
  • Candidates who have cleared Section A & B Exam 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

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}

  • Candidates with a minimum of 60% 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 recognised University OR Cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines: (aa) Communication Engineering (ab) Computer Engineering/Technology (ac) Computer Engineering & Application (ad) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology (ae) Electrical and Computer Engineering (af) Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ag) Electrical Engineering (ah) Electronics Engineering/Technology (aj) Electronics Science and Engineering (ak) Electronics (al) Electronics and Communication Engineering (am) Electronics and Computer Science (an) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (ao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave) (ap) Electronics and Computer Engineering (aq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering (ar) Electronics Instrument & Control (as) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering (at) Instrumentation & Control Engineering (au) Instrument & Control Engineering (av) Information Technology

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}

  • Candidates with a minimum of 60% 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 recognised University OR cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines: (aa) Aerospace Engineering (ab) Aeronautical Engineering (ac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (ad) Mechanical Engineering (ae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation (af) Mechanical Engineering (Production) (ag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance) (ah) Mechatronics (aj) Industrial Engineering

Administration

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 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.

Logistics

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B exam 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

  • Com degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Education

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

NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)

  • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Jan 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with a 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 recognized 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 recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Meteorology

  • Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment /Geophysics/Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each.

AFCAT 2019 exam pattern and Syllabus

  1. For the preparation of the examination, a candidate should go through the exam pattern first. By going through the exam pattern candidate will get an estimate about the marking criteria.
  2. Time Duration: 02 hours
  3. Number of Questions: 100
  4. Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer
  5. Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer
  6. Number of Sections: 4 (Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning, and Military aptitude)
  7. Mode of Examination: Online

AFCAT Exam Syllabus-

  1. General Awareness
  2. Verbal Ability
  3. Numerical Ability
  4. Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

AFCAT Syllabus for General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, etc.

AFCAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.

Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Scheme of Syllabus (EKT 2019 – Technical Branch):

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is the examination aimed at testing the basic knowledge of engineering required for the technical branch. Technical branch includes course of Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical). This examination is pitched at pre- final to final year engineering level. Total 75 Objective type questions will be asked in the examination and the duration is 01 hour.

The pattern of examination includes two parts –

1. General Engineering (40 questions) – Modern Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and

2. Specialist Paper for each Engineering discipline (35 questions) – Computer and Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical).

One common test of 100 questions are to be solved by all candidates in 2 hours. Technical Branch candidates have an additional test of EKT, both tests are objective. Successful candidates get a chance to appear for AFSB and recommended candidates can be called for training based on their rank in the merit list and subject to medical fitness.

  1. IAF will conduct AFCAT written test in Offline Mode.
  2. Questions in the AFCAT question Paper shall carry of 300 marks.
  3. Questions will have four sections in which each section containing questions from different subjects.
  4. Each question has 04 options, in which you need to mark one appropriate answer.
  5. Each question carries 03 marks and each wrong answer deducts 1/3 or 1 mark.
  6. The total time duration will be 02 hours (120 Minutes).
  7. IAF will conduct an EKT written test in Offline Mode.
  8. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after the AFCAT exam on the same day.

EKT SYLLABUS FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics : Analogy and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Computer Networks, Network Theory Design, Switching Theory, Information Technology.
  • Allied Engineering: Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, . Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Radar Theory, Instrumentation.

EKT SYLLABUS FOR ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics: Analog and Digital Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices, Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna, and Wave Propagation.
  • Allied Engineering Topics: Instrumentation, Computer Networks, Network Theory Design, Switching Theory, Information Technology, Radar Theory,

EKT SYLLABUS FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Graphics/ Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics: Engineering Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Theory of Machines, Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Manufacturing Science, Materials Science, Machine Drawing.
  • Allied Engineering: Automotive Engineering, Power Plant Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Structures, Aerodynamics.

AFCAT Examination 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 (Nasik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Blair, Salua (Kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa,Saharanpur, Shillong, Silchar, Sulur (Coimbatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Varanasi.

Pay Scale

Rs.56100 – 110700 MSP Rs.15500

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FAQ

1. How many times a year is AFCAT?

AFCAT is conducted twice in a year. Once in the month of February and another one in the month of August. The advertisement for the same is published in the months of December and June respectively.

2. What is the time duration for AFCAT?

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.

3. How many Candidates appear for AFCAT?

About two lakh appear for AFCAT for all branches put together.  Out of it a maximum of ten thousand get called for AFSB procedures.  Of these, nearly 7000 people get sent out on the first day itself at AFSB after the initial screening test, which is almost on the lines of AFCAT which they have already written.  Then, finally, about 350 or so get recommended for various branches. Maybe, about 20-30 of these finally turn out to be medically unfit. Out of the leftover, about 250 or so get called based on their merit/performance in the AFSB selection procedures.

4. Is there negative marking in AFCAT?

Answer: Yes there is a negative marking in AFCAT. One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

5. Can Girls apply for AFCAT?

Answer: Yes, Girls are also eligible to apply for AFCAT provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria set by the Indian Air Force. Women candidates are selected only for Short Service Commission, and not for Permanent Commission.

6. What is the salary of Flying officers on the grant of commission?

Answer: Even before you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer you start earning a monthly stipend of Rs. 56,100/- during the last year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.

The following Pay / Allowances would be applicable on a grant of Commission to Flying Officers:-

  1. Pay in Pay Band ( Common to all Branches ) – Rs 56,100 Per Month ( The officer will be placed in Level 10 in the Pay Matrix of VIIth CPC – 56,100-1,10,700)
  2. Military Service Pay:- Rs 15,500 Per Month
  3. Other allowances such as Transport Allowance, Children Education Allowance, HRA, etc. are also admissible to Officers.

7. What are physical Requirements for AFCAT?

Physical Fitness: Candidates are advised to be physically fit when you report for SSB in order to be able to undergo various tests at AFSB. You should aim to achieve an ability to run 1 mile (1.6 km) in 10 minutes, 10 push-ups and 3 chin-ups.

8. what is the fees structure of AFCAT?

Payment of Application Fee

CategoryUGC NET Application Fee
GeneralRs. 1000
OBC/ Economically Weaker Section (EWS)Rs. 500
SC/ ST/ PwD/ TransgenderRs. 250

9. How much height require for AFCAT Exam?

The minimum height for entry into ground duty branches will be 157.5 cm. Gorkhas and individuals belonging to North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less (152.5 cm). In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cm (155.5 cm).

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