AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam is conducted by Indian Air Force twice in a year for the recruitment of candidates in Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non Technical) Branches.
IAF also recruit candidates for the grant of PC/SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme (Flying Branch) and for Meteorological Entry. It is one of the most coveted jobs in Indian Air Force and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India.
AFCAT 2023 Notification – Indian Air Force will release the official notification for AFCAT 1 2023 in the month of November / December 2022. All the details, such as the number of vacancies, the application start date, eligibility requirements, and exam pattern, will be contained in the Notification. Go through this article to get complete details regarding AFCAT 1 2023 Notification.
AFCAT 1 2023 Exam Notification
AFCAT Exam consists of three stages: Written Examination, AFSB and Interview round. If you are aspiring to clear the AFCAT Exam, you must get an idea about latest updates, selection procedure, exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility criteria, previous year cut off, etc.
Do read the complete article in order to get complete details about the AFCAT 1 2023 exam notification.
AFCAT 1 2023 Notification Link
The AFCAT 1 2023 Notification will soon be released by the Indian Air Force. Candidates can apply for the same from the link mentioned below once the notification is out. Candidates can apply for the Class – I Gazetted Officers in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) and Flying Branch from the link given below in the article.
Click Here for the Official AFCAT 1 2023 Notification [To be released]
Interested candidates can directly apply online from the link given on the official website of Indian Air Force. One should check the eligibility criteria before applying.
AFCAT 2023: Summary
|Name of Exam||Air Force Common Admission Test (2023)|
|Conducting Body||Indian Air Force|
|Periodicity||Twice a year|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Mode of Exam||Online (CBT)|
|Exam Rounds||3 Stages (Written + AFSB + DV)|
|Exam Dates||Written Test: —–|
|Expected Candidates||2 lakhs approx.|
|Available Seats||To be notified soon|
|Job Location||Across India|
|AFCAT 1 2023 Notification Date||November/December|
AFCAT 1 2023: Exam Date
Indian Air Force will release the AFCAT official notification in the coming months. Along with the notification, details like exam date, number of vacancies, last date to apply for the exam, etc. will also be released.
Below is the schedule of the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam.
|AFCAT 1 2023||Dates|
|AFCAT 1 2023 Notification||November/December|
|Online Application Starts||December|
|Last Date to Apply||December|
|AFCAT Written Examination||February|
|Result of Online Examination||To Be Announced|
|AFSB Call Letters||To Be Announced|
|AFSB and Interview Round||To Be Announced|
|Document Verification||To Be Announced|
|Final Merit List Declared||To Be Announced|
AFCAT 1 2023 Application Form Link
Online Application for the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam will start as and when the notification is released by the Indian Air Force. Official Notification include all important information regarding form filling, application procedure, eligibility criteria, etc.
Candidates are advised to read the notification thoroughly before filling the online form. Direct link to apply online will be activated once the link is activated on official site.
Click Here to Apply Online for AFCAT 1 2023[Link Inactive]
AFCAT 1 2023 Notification: Application Fee
Generally, the fee is constant for the past few years, but students must check the official notification for the latest revised application fee for AFCAT.
Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
The application fee must be paid online itself. Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- (non-refundable) as examination fee. However, candidates registering for NCC special entry and Meteorology are not required to pay.
AFCAT 1 2023 Notification: Eligibility Criteria
The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam:
(a) Nationality – Candidate must be a citizen of India as per the Indian citizenship act, 1955.
(b) Age –
- Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan 2024 i.e. born between 02 Jan 2000 to 01 Jan 2004(both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 Jan 1998 to 01 Jan 2004(both dates inclusive).
- Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches. 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2024 i.e. born between 02 Jan 1998 to 01 Jan 2004 (both dates inclusive).
(c) Educational Qualifications:
|Ground Duty Technical Branch||Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)||Minimum 50% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a four-year degree in graduation/integrated or post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.ORThose who have cleared examination of associate membership of the institution of engineers (India) in both A and B section, with a minimum of 60% in certain disciples as prescribed by IAF.|
|Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)||Minimum 50% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation/post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.ORThose who have cleared the examination of associate membership of the institution of engineers (India) in both A and B section, with a minimum of 60% in certain disciples as prescribed by IAF.|
|Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches||Administration||Graduate degree with a minimum of 60% marks with a three-year degree course from a recognized university OR should have cleared section A & B examination with a minimum of 60%|
AFCAT 1 2023 Notification: Vacancy
Vacancy is one of the most important factor in any government notification. IAF will release the number of vacancies in all the branches along the AFCAT notification.
Last time, total of 283 vacancies were announced. Lets have a look at field wise AFCAT 2 2022 vacancies.
|Flying Branch||SSC- 02||SSC-10|
|Ground Duty (Technical)||AE(L) :|
|Ground Duty (Non -Technical)||Admin:|
|Flying||10% seats out of CDSE vacancies|
for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT
vacancies for SSC
|Meteorology Entry||Meteorology||PC-03, SSC-08||Met:|
AFCAT 1 2023 Salary Structure
As per the latest notification, basic pay of a Flying Officer is Rs. 56,100. Below is the AFCAT revised salary structure according to the 7th Pay Commission.
|Rank||Level||(Pay in Rs.)|
|Flying Officer||Level 10||56,100 – 1,77,500|
|Flight Lieutenant||Level 10 B||6,13,00-1,93,900|
|Squadron Leader||Level 11||6,94,00 – 2,07,200|
|Wing Commander||Level 12A||1,21,200 – 2,12400|
|Group Captain||Level 13||1,30,600-2, 15,900|
|Air Commodore||Level 13A||1,39,600-2,17,600|
|Air Vice Marshal||Level 14||1,44,200-2,18,200|
|Air Marshal HAG Scale||Level 15||1, 82, 200-2,24,100|
|HAG+Scale||Level 16||2,05,400 – 2,24,400|
|VACS/Airforce Cdr/ Air Marshal (NFSG)||Level 17||2,25,000/-(fixed)|
In addition, the following allowances are admissible to the newly Commissioned Officers in Flying and Technical Branches.
- Flying Allowance @ Rs 11250 PM to Flying Branch Officers.
- Technical Allowance @ Rs 2500 PM to Technical Branch Officers
AFCAT 1 2023 Selection Procedure
Candidates who are willing to Indian Air Force through AFCAT Exam must check the complete selection procedure here. AFCAT Exam consists of three stages –
- Written Examination
- AFSB Interview
- Document Verification
AFCAT 1 2023 Written Exam Pattern
AFCAT Written Exam is an entry level exam for the candidates. One must need to score the minimum qualifying marks (or the cut off being announced by the Indian Air Force) in order to get the call letter for AFSB.
A candidate needs to clear both Written Exam as well as AFSB Interview in order to get their names in the final merit list.
|Exam||Subject||Duration||No. of questions||Max. marks|
|AFCAT||General Awareness, Verbal|
ability in English, Numerical
Ability and Reasoning
and Military Aptitude Test
Ground Duty technical branch only)
|Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics||45 Minutes||50||150|
AFCAT exam will consist of four sections and EKT ( for ground duty(technical) branch only will consist of mechanical, computer science and electrical & electronics.
NOTE: The exam will consist of objective-type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT.
|English Syllabus||General Awareness||Numerical Ability||Reasoning Aptitude Test|
|Comprehension||History||Decimal fraction||Verbal Skill|
|Error Detection||Geography||Time and Work||Spatial Ability|
|Synonyms||Politics||Profit and Loss||–|
|Testing of word||Environment||Ratio and Proportion||–|
|Vocabulary||Basic Science||Simple Interest||–|
|Idioms and Phrases||Defense||Time and Distance||–|
Level of the Exam: Subjects other than numerical ability will be of graduation level and numerical ability will be of matriculation level.
AFCAT 1 2023 Admit Card
Indian Air Force will upload the AFCAT Admit Card 2023 on its official website afcat.cdac.in. Candidates who have successfully submitted the application form along with the prescribed examination fee can download their admit card by using registered email and password. Here we have provided you with the direct link to download the admit card.
Click Here to Download AFCAT 1 2023 Admit Card [Link Inactive]
Steps To Download AFCAT Admit Card 2023
- Visit the official website of AFCAT examination – afcat.cdac.in
- Under Candidate Login drop-down select AFCAT 01/2023.
- Enter the registered email and password and click on login.
- Take the printout of AFCAT 01/2023 Hall Ticket.
Important Documents to Carry on the Exam Day
Candidates are to bring the following documents/ items to the examination center.
- Admit Card for AFCAT 01/2023
- Candidate’s Aadhaar Card
- Another valid photo identity card such as PAN card/ passport/ driving licence/ voter identity card/ college identity card or any other valid photo identity proof, with details of name, father’s name and date of birth
- Two passport size colour photographs – same as the photo uploaded during online application
- Ballpoint Pen (Blue or Black) for signing on the attendance sheet and rough work.
AFCAT Guidelines for Dress Code
- On the exam day, candidates will have to wear slippers/ sandals with flat heels. Closed footwear like shoes are not allowed in the exam centres.
- Clothing with large buttons are also not permitted.
- Those who wear specific attire for religious purposes will be required to report to the exam hall for mandatory frisking.
- All ornaments like rings, earrings, nose pins, chains/necklaces, pendants, badges, brooch, etc. are not allowed to carry in the examination.
- Consumption of tobacco or alcoholic products is strictly prohibited inside the exam center premises.
AFCAT Preparation Tips
AFCAT is a very popular exam and every year lakhs of aspirants appear for this exam. Cracking this exam requires the right approach and proper strategy. AFCAT written exam consists of 100 questions of 300 marks. Questions are asked from English, General Awareness, Reasoning, and Mathematics. We will provide you some tips to crack the AFCAT exam in your first attempt.
This section contains questions from comprehension passage, error detection, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, one-word substitution etc. These questions are of moderate level and can be prepared from any standard book. Even the previous years’ questions are very useful for this section. The grammar part can be improved by practicing online quizzes. reading an English newspaper would suffice the comprehension part.
This section contains questions from History, Polity, Geography, Basic Science, Art and Culture, Defence, and Current events of national and international importance. The syllabus of this section is a little vaster hence it would be beneficial to analyze the previous year’s questions first. Read those topics first which you are well aware of, for example, science and current affairs. Don’t go too deep in subjects like polity where the syllabus is too vast which reduces the cost-benefit ratio. Lucent is a good book for the static portion.
This section requires a faster calculative approach. The questions are asked from topics like Time and Distance, Decimal Fraction, Average, Profit and Loss, Average, Ratio and proportion, Algebra, etc. The key to conquer this section is practice. The more you practice the higher your score. Before starting any topic don’t forget to analyze the previous year questions.
You can start preparing by attempting mock tests and then refining your weak areas from any standard book or coaching material.
Reasoning and Military Aptitude
This section is a little similar to the Numerical Ability section. The questions in this section are asked from verbal and non-verbal reasoning. For example, Figure Completion, Dice, Analogy, Classification, Jumbled words. This section can be prepared easily from online mock tests and quizzes on a daily basis. Don’t spend too much time on a single question.
Try to score as much as you can in the written part. Out of 300 marks, if you score around 160-170, you will sail through the cut-off. But to get your name into the final merit list it will be safer to score higher. Rather than working too much on a single section, try to score higher overall. Study consistently and your concepts will suffice day by day.
AFCAT AFSB (Air Force Selection Board)
AFSB is the second phase of the exam. Candidates who clear the written exam will receive the call letters for AFSB Interview round. Selected Candidates will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Board.
This phase is 5 day process in which a candidates has to perform various kinds of intellectual and mental tasks. Last day will be the Interview round.
Candidate will be evaluated on the basis of his performance in all the tasks combined.
Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centers.
AFCAT 1 2023 Physical Fitness
While reporting to the SSB, candidates are advised to be physically fit and healthy in order to undergo various tests at AFSB. Candidates should aim to achieve an ability to run 01 miles (1.6 km) in 10 minutes, 10 push-ups and 3 chin ups.
AFCAT 1 2023 Result
AFCAT Written Exam will be conducted in the month of August or September. AFCAT result will be announced 15 days after conducting the written examination. After declaration of the written exam result, AFSB will conduct the SSB process for all the shortlisted candidates. Candidates will be called for different AFSB centres.
AFCAT Previous Year Cut Off
|Year||AFCAT cut-off||EKT cut-off|
|AFCAT 2 2021||157||18|
|AFCAT 1 2021||165||30|
|AFCAT 2 2020||155||40|
|AFCAT 1 2019||133||50|
|AFCAT 2 2018||140||55|
|AFCAT 1 2018||155||60|
|AFCAT 2 2017||160||60|
|AFCAT 1 2017||150||60|
|AFCAT (2) 2016||148||60|
|AFCAT (1) 2016||132||52|
|AFCAT (2) 2015||144||52|
|AFCAT (1) 2015||126||55|
|AFCAT (2) 2014||123||45|
After analyzing this cut-off trend the aspirants can get an idea about the competition level. Good luck with the upcoming AFCAT 1 2023 examination.
AFCAT 1 2023 Exam Center
Here we listed updated AFCAT exam center 2023. Candidate can choose the exam center according to their nearest city. Candidate are supposed to reach their respective exam center on time.
AFCAT 1 2023 Notification: FAQs
Q1. When is the AFCAT 1 2023 Notification expected to be out?
Ans: AFCAT 1 2023 Official Notification is expected to be released in the month of November/December.
Q2. When is the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam to be conducted?
Ans: The exam date for AFCAT 1 2023 will be announced soon.
Q3. What is the application fee for AFCAT 1 2023 Exam?
Ans: Application fee for AFCAT 1 2023 exam for all categories is Rs. 250. However, candidates registering for NCC special entry and Meteorology are not required to pay.
Q4. What is the full form of AFCAT exam?
Ans: AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. Indian Air Force conducts AFCAT exam for recruiting Gazetted Officers twice every year. This is the most prestigious exam in defense category examinations.
Q5. Is there Negative Marking in AFCAT Exam?
Ans: Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answer in the AFCAT Written Exam. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.
Q6. Can 12th pass apply for AFCAT exam?
Ans. No, you can not apply for AFCAT exam.