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30 June 2019

Indian Air Force (Bharatiya Vayu Sena)X Group | Y Group Airmen Recruitment 2019

Indian Air Force has invited unmarried male citizens of India and Nepal born between 19 July 1999 and 01 July 2003 (both days inclusive) to join as an Airman in Group X(except Education Instructor) Trades and Group Y { except IAF(S) & Musician} Trades.

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02 May 2019

AFCAT 2019 Notification Issued for 338 Posts

IAF has notified a total of 338 vacancies for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC), Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branches. Online applications are also invited for PC or SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme for Flying Branch and for Meteorology Entry. The last date to appliy online is 30 June 2019.

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7 March 2019

Indian Air Force AFCAT Result 2019 Out

Indian Air Force has released Indian Air Force AFCAT Result 2019 on its official website. Candidates can check their result on the below given Direct Link or official website of Indian Airforce.

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About Exam

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force twice (usually in February and September) every year for selection of Officers in various branches of the force including-

  • Flying Branch (Short Service Commission)
  • Technical Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)
  • Ground Duty Branch (Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

As an Officer in the Indian Air Force, you will inherit a glorious heritage and timeless traditions of the IAF, blended perfectly with the latest technology. As an officer in the Indian Air Force you will strategise, lead and manage. Depending on your qualifications, you could join one of the various branches in the IAF.

Those Candidates who are interested in the vacancy details & completed all eligibility criteria can read the Notification & Apply Online.

Exam Dates/Notifications

AFCAT 02/ 2019 Important Dates

Events
AFCAT 02/2019
Release of Official Notification 1st June 2019
Start of Online Application 1st June 2019
End of Online Application 30th June 2019
AFCAT 2019 Admit Card 1st week of August 2019
AFCAT 2019 Exam Date 24th & 25th August 2019
AFCAT Result 2019 October 2019

Application Process

Aspirants for IAF are required to apply online by using the link https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in , or https://afcat.cdac.in  Aadhaar Card is mandatory for online registration. Detailed instructions for filling in the online application form are appended
below:-
(a) Applicants need to exercise utmost care while filling in the online application. In case any information is found to be incorrect, the candidature is liable to be cancelled at any stage of the selection process. Please verify the correctness of information entered in all the fields before proceeding with the “Make Payment” option. Applicants will not be able to edit the previous details entered after the selection of “Course Preferences” step and after the “Make Payment” step.
(b) If an applicant has submitted more than one application, only the latest submitted application form against a particular Aadhaar Number, will be considered for issue of Admit Card. However, the fee deposited while filling additional applications will not be refundable.

(c) Applicants will be required to complete the process of Online Application form which will have the following sequences. 
(i) Click “CANDIDATE LOGIN’’ on the Home page- leads to AFCAT Sign-in.
(ii) In the next page, applicants to click “NOT YET REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE”.
(iii) Sign Up: Creation of Log-in ID and applicant will receive a password in his/her registered email id.
(iv) After successful registration, sign-in with registered email id and system generated password.
(v) Reset Password- Log-Out (candidates must remember their login ID and password for future use during the examination process).
(vi) Fresh Log-in.
(vii) Selection of Entry: “AFCAT”; “NCC SPECIAL ENTRY FOR FLYING BRANCH”.
(viii) Click “INSTRUCTIONS”. Read Instructions carefully.
(ix) Acknowledgement of having read and understood instructions- Check box to proceed to next stage.
(x) Click “APPLICATION FORM FILLING”
(aa) Personal Information. Fill in details.
Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to proceed to next stage
(ab) Qualification Details. Fill in details.
Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to proceed to next stage
(ac) Course Preference. Fill in details.
Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to proceed to next stage
(ad) Communication Details. Fill in details.
Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to proceed to next stage
(ae) Upload Documents. Upload Photo, Signature & Thumb Impression
(size of each jpg/ jpeg file to be between 10 and 50 kb). Application with inappropriate images will be considered invalid and the candidature will be rejected along with other counterfeit entries, whenever detected at any stage of the selection process.
(af) Exam City Selection. Select from drop-down menu
(ag) Declaration
Click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to proceed to next stage
(xi) Click “MAKE PAYMENT”- Online (applicable only for AFCAT)
(xii) Click “PAYMENT STATUS” to view whether payment is successful. If Registration Number is displayed, it implies that the payment is successful.
(xiii) For AFCAT Candidates Only: After 01 Feb 2019 click “DOWNLOAD ADMIT CARD” to download your Admit Card from the website https://afcat.cdac.in  and you will also receive admit card on your registered email ID. If the candidate does not receive his/her admit card in their registered email id or is not able to download the same from the mentioned website, he/she is required to enquire from AFCAT Query Cell at C-DAC, Pune. (Phone Nos: 020-25503105 or 020-25503106). E-Mail queries may be addressed to afcatcell@cdac.in .
(d) Before filling in the online application, an applicant should have the following scanned images saved as jpg/ jpeg files (size of each file to be between 10 and 50 kb)
(i) Recent passport size colour photograph
(ii) Signature
(iii) Thumb impression (left thumb for male applicants and right thumb for female applicants) - created by pressing on ink stamp pad and then on plain blank paper
(e) While filling in the online application form, applicants are required to click “SAVE AND CONTINUE” to complete the process of each part. If the mandatory fields [marked by a red asterisk (*)] are not filled, the “SUBMIT” button would not be enabled for the applicants to click and proceed to the next part of the application form.
(f) Once the “Course Preference” stage is saved, applicants will not be able to edit/ modify previous data in the “Personal Information” and “Qualification details” pages. Only the “Communication Details” page can be edited, if an applicant wishes to do so. After the “Make Payment” step, applicants will be able to check the “Payment Status” as well as “Preview Application”. However, no further changes or correction is possible in the online application form. Thereafter, the only option for an applicant, if an application is to be amended, is to re-register with a different email id and fill the online application form a new. The fee paid, including on any additional online application form(s), will not be refundable.
(g) Examination fee for AFCAT Entry: After filling in the online application form, the examination fee of Rs. 250/- (non-refundable) for AFCAT entry (not applicable for NCC special entry and Meteorology) may be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cash or cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of examination fee. The examination fee can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.

Selection Process

AFCAT Selection Process 2019

STEP 1 – RESPOND TO ADVERTISEMENT FOLLOWED BY WRITTEN TEST

AFCAT – AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST

  • For all entries other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, candidates have to undergo the AFCAT.
  • The test is conducted twice a year in February and August.
  • Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December. Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.
  • The test is conducted all across India by the Indian Air Force.

STEP 2 - AFSB (AIR FORCE SELECTION BOARD) TESTING

 

If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a Call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar and Mysuru. At the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), you undergo following tests in order to ascertain your suitability and gauge your potential as an Officer in the Indian Air Force.

 

1. STAGE I TESTING

  • Officer Intelligence rating Test.
  • Picture perception and Discussion Test.

STAGE-I is a screening test. Those who qualify STAGE-I are eligible to undergo STAGE-II testing. STAGE-I disqualified candidates are routed back after announcement of results.

 

2. STAGE II TESTING
All STAGE-I qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of STAGE-II testing during next four to five days. Fifth day is for CPSS testing (Flying branch).

  • Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
  • Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work.
  • Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer.
  • Candidates who have applied for flying branch and have been recommended, will also have to undergo Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test .

These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.

STEP 3 - CONDUCT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS

If you are recommended by the Selection Board, you will be sent for the medical examination either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.

STEP 4 - PREPARING ALL INDIA MERIT LIST

An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance in the written test and AFSB interview, subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available in various branches / sub branches, joining instructions are issued to join one of the Training establishments.

Eligibility Criteria

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL
STANDARDSGuidelines with regard to physical and medical standards for candidates are as follows:-

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.
  • Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM Bengaluru based on candidates recommended by the AFSB. Non-reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature. Male candidates will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male/female doctors/specialists /Gynaecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board (AMB) will also be intimated to the candidate.
  • Candidates who are unfit may apply for AMB to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board. Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be intimated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB. The candidates will also be intimated that holding RMB will be granted at the discretion of DG AFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right. The candidate should address the request for RMB if he/she so desires to DMS (MB)/DGMS (Air), Air HQ, R.K. Puram and a copy of the same is to be handed over to the President of AMB. The office of the DGAFMS will inform the date and place (Delhi and Pune only) where the candidate will appear for an RMB.
  • Height and Weight Parameters.
    1. You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals. Maximum permissible weight deviation is 01 Standard Deviation (SD) as per the height and weight standards for men and women, failing which the above mentioned letters of caution would be issued.
    2. The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 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 (No concession for age/sex/region).
    3. The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).
    4. Height and Weight standards for men and women are given below for Indian Air Force. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done. 
      (aa)  Height and Weight Standards for Men.
      Height in cmAge Range (Years)
       15-1718-2223-2728-3233-37
      152 46 47 50 54 54
      153 47 47 51 55 55
      154 47 48 51 56 56
      155 48 49 52 56 56
      156 48 49 53 57 57
      157 49 50 54 58 58
      158 49 50 54 58 58
      159 50 51 55 59 59
      160 51 52 56 59 60
      161 51 52 56 60 60
      162 52 53 57 61 61
      163 52 54 58 61 62
      164 53 54 59 62 63
      165 53 55 59 63 63
      166 54 56 60 63 63
      167 54 56 61 64 65
      168 55 57 61 65 65
      169 55 57 62 65 66
      170 56 58 63 66 67
      171 56 59 64 66 68
      172 57 59 64 67 68
      173 58 60 65 68 70
      174 58 61 66 68 70
      175 59 61 66 69 71
      176 59 62 67 70 71
      177 60 62 68 70 72
      178 60 63 69 71 73
      179 61 64 69 72 73
      180 61 64 70 72 74
      181 62 65 71 73 75
      182 62 66 72 74 76
      183 63 66 72 74 76
      184 64 67 73 75 77
      185 64 68 74 75 78
      186 65 68 74 76 78
      187 65 69 75 77 79
      188 66 69 76 77 80
      189 66 70 77 78 81
      190 67 71 77 79 81
      191 67 71 78 79 82
      192 68 72 79 80 82
      193 98 73 79 81 83
      SD 6.0 6.3 7.1 6.6 6.9
      (ab)  Height and Weight Standards for Women.
      Height in cmWeigth in Kg
       20-25 years26-30 years
      148 43 46
      149 44 47
      150 45 48
      151 45 48
      152 46 49
      153 47 50
      154 47 50
      155 48 51
      156 49 52
      157 49 53
      158 50 53
      159 51 54
      160 51 55
      161 52 55
      162 52 56
      163 53 57
      164 54 57
      165 54 58
      166 55 59
      167 56 60
      168 56 60
      169 57 61
      170 58 62
      171 58 62
      172 59 63
      173 59 64
      174 60 64
      175 61 65
      176 61 66
      177 62 67
      178 63 67
      SD 5 5
  • Visual Standards
    1. Visual Standards for Flying Branch.
      (aa)  Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for flying branch. In case they report for testing they will be tested for other branches (if applied for).
      (ab) Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia
      • Colour 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 DMax)
      (ac) Maddox Rod Test
      1. At 6 meters— Exo-6 prism D
        Eso-6 prism D
        Hyper-1 prism D
        Hypo-1prism D
      2. At 33 cms— Exo-16 prism D
        Eso-6 prism D
        Hyper-1 prism D
        1Hypo-1 prism D
      (ad)  Hand held Stereoscope—All of BSV Grades
      (ae) Convergence—up to 10 cm
      (af) Cover test for distant and near - Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete. Binocular Vision - Must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).
    2. Visual Standards for Ground Duty (Technical) Branch. 
      Maximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity ErrorsColour Vision
      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
    3. Visual Standards for Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branch.
      Sub BranchMaximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity ErrorsColour Vision
      Administration Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph
      Myopia: - 3.5 Sph
      Astigmatism: ± 2.50 D Cyl in any meridian
      Corrected visual acuity should be 6/6 in each eye CP-II
      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 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
      Meteorology 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-II
    4. Criteria for post LASIK surgery for all branches (Flying/Ground Duty (Tech)/ Ground Duty (Non-tech).
      • (aa) Candidates who have undergone PRK (Photo Refractive Keratotomy)/LASIK (Laser in Situ Keratotomileusis) may be considered fit for commissioning in Air Force for all branches.
      • (ab) Post PRK/LASIK candidates must meet the visual requirements required for the branch as laid down in Para 3.12.5.2 IAP 4303(4th edition).
      • (ac) The following criteria must be satisfied prior to selecting post-PRK/LASIK at the time of Air Force Medical Examination.(ad) Radial Keratotomy (RK) 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.
        • (aaa) PRK/LASIK surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
        • (aab) The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
        • (aac) Atleast 12 months should have elapsed post uncomplicated stable PRK/LASIK with no history or evidence of any complication. At the time of initial medical examination.
        • (aad) The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not less than 450 microns.
        • (aae) Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.
      • Radial Keratotomy (RK) 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.
  • The candidate must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards which are summarized below:-
    1. The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.
    2. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.
    3. In your own interest you are advised to undergo a preliminary medical check up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin etc. before reporting for the AFSB interview.
    4. Chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.
    5. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
    6. A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
    7. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal and candidates should be free from AIDS.
    8. The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.
    9. Inguinal Hernia. Inguinal Hernia (Un-operated) will be a cause for rejection. Those who have been operated for hernia may be declared medically fit, provided:-There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
      • (aa) One year has elapsed since operation, documentary proof to this aspect is to be produced by the candidate.
      • (ab) General tone of the abdominal musculature is good.
      • (ac) Surgical scar is well healed healthily without any gaping.
      • (ad) There has been no recurrence to hernia or complication connected with the operation.
    10. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
    11. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
    12. Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
    13. For women candidates if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at AFSB or during training, will debar the candidates from grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining AFA till the date of debarring on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities.
    14. The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
    15. X-Ray examination of the chest will include the lower part of cervical spine for presence of cervical ribs. X-Ray examination of other parts of spine will be taken if the SMB considers it necessary.
    16. Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.
    17. X-ray of Chest is compulsory.
    18. The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Hearing Standards are as follows:
      • (aaa) Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms each ear.
      • (aab) Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed +20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.
      • (aac) Routine ECG should be within normal limits.
    19. Spinal Conditions for Flying Branch. Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacriliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for rejection for commissioning in Flying Branch. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during medical exam will disqualify a candidate in Flying Branch:-ACL reconstruction surgery would be considered unfit.
      • (aa) Granulomatous disease of spine.
      • (ab) Arthritis/Spondylosis.
      • (ac) Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
      • (ad) Ankylosing spondylitis.
      • (ae) Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases.
      • (af) Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.).
      • (ag) Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.
      • (ah) Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis.
      • (aj) Compression fracture of vertebrae.
      • (ak) Scheurman's disease (Adolescent kyphosis).
      • (al) Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
      • (am) Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
      • (an) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb's method.
      • (ap) Degenerative Disc Disease.
      • (aq) Presence of schmorl's nodes at more than one level.
      • (ar) Atlanto—occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
      • (as) Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
      • (at) Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
      • (au) Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
    20. ACL reconstruction surgery would be considered unfit.

It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force.

 

Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit

Age Limit and Marital Status of AFCAT

Age Limit of AFCAT

i) Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan 2020 i.e. born between 02 January 1996 and 01 January 2000 (both dates inclusive). The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years, i.e. born between 02 January 1994 and 01 January 2000 (both dates inclusive).

ii) Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2020 i.e. born between 02 January 1994 and 01 January 2000 (both dates inclusive).

Marital Status of AFCAT

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 ineligible. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.

NOTES:

  • Candidate should not have been convicted on criminal charges.
  • Candidates who have been removed from Defence Training Establishments on grounds of discipline are not eligible to apply.

Educational Qualification

Educational Qualifications of AFCAT

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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Logistics

  • Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised 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 recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Accounts

  • B.Com degree (minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum 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 Relation 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 recognised 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 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.

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.

Syllabus

AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST (AFCAT): The AFCAT Question Paper will have 100 questions. The total time allotted for the paper is two hours. Each Question Paper will havequestions from the following topics:-

(a) English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/Filling in ofcorrect word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases

(b) General Awareness: History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs,Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc

(c) Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Time & Work, Average, Profit & Loss,Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

(d) Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

EKT

The EKT Question Paper will have 50 questions. The total time allotted for the paper is fortyfive minutes.

SYLLABUS FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING

Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics. Matrix Algebra, Eigen values and Eigen vectors,Theorems of integral calculus, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Stokes,Gauss and Green’s theorems. First order differential equation (linear and nonlinear), Cauchy’s andEuler’s equations, Complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’ series, Sampling theorems, Mean,Median, Mode and Standard deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous distributions,Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Ztransform.

2. Engineering Physics. Units for measurement, Description of Motion in One, Two andThree dimensions, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Heatand Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetic Effect of Currents, Magnetism,Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves, Ray Optics andOptical Instruments.

3. Engineering Drawing. Projection of straight line, planes and solids, Intersection ofsurfaces, Isometric Projection, Sectional Views of solids, Full section, Introduction to ComputerAided Drafting.

Specialisation Branch Topics

4. Analog and Digital Electronics. Characteristics of diodes, BJT, FET, JFET and MOSFET,Amplifiers – biasing, equivalent circuit and frequency response, Oscillators and feedbackamplifiers, Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications, Simple active filters, VCOsand timers, Combinational and sequential logic circuits, Multiplexer, Schmitt trigger, Multi-vibrators,Sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, 8-bit microprocessor basics, architecture,programming and interfacing.

5. Electronic Devices. Energy bands in Silicon, Intrinsic and extrinsic Silicon, Carriertransport in Silicon – diffusion current, drift current, mobility, and resistivity. Generation andrecombination of carriers, p-n junction diode, Zener diode, tunnel diode, BJT, JFET, MOScapacitor, MOSFET, LED, PIN and avalanche photo diode, Basics of LASER.

6. Computer Networks. ISO/OSI stack, LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), Flowand error control techniques, Congestion control, TCP/UDP and sockets, IPv4, Application layerprotocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, http), Basic concepts of hubs, switches, gateways, androuters. Network security – basic concepts of public key and private key cryptography, digitalsignature, firewalls. Basic concepts of client-server computing.

7. Network Theory Design. Thevenin’s, Norton’s, Reciprocity, Superposition, Compensation, Miller’s, Tellegen’s and Maximum power transfer theorems. Impulse, step, ramp and sinusoidal response analysis of first order and second order circuits. Two port parameters and their interrelations, Application of Laplace transform and Fourier series in the context of network analysis, Network synthesis.

8. Switching Theory. Traffic definitions, Introduction to switching networks, classification of switching systems. Grade of Service and blocking probability, Basics of Circuit switching and packet switching. Network traffic load and parameters, Modelling of switching systems, Incoming traffic and service time characterisation, Blocking models and loss estimates, Delay systems - Markovian queuing model, M/M/1 model, Limited queue capacity, Multiple server, Finite sources, Queue discipline.
9. Information Technology. Operating System – Processes, threads, interprocess communication, Concurrency, Synchronization, Deadlock, CPU scheduling, Memory management and virtual memory, File systems, I/O systems, Protection and security. RDBMS – ER-model, Relational model (relational algebra, tuple calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Query languages (SQL), File structures (sequential files, indexing, B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control. Software engineering – Information gathering, requirement and feasibility analysis, data flow diagrams, process specifications, input/output design, process life cycle, planning and managing the project, design, coding, testing, implementation, maintenance. Programming in C, Object Oriented Programming, basics of computer graphics.
Allied Engineering
10. Electrical Engineering. Single phase transformer – equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, tests, regulation and efficiency, Auto-transformer, Energy conversion principles, DC machines – types, windings, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation; Servo and stepper motors, Synchronous machines, Generators –regulation and parallel operation.

11. Control Engineering. Application of open loop and closed loop systems, Principles of feedback, Determination of transfer function by block diagram reduction method, Time domain analysis of first and second order systems, transient and steady-state errors, damping and oscillations.

12. Telecommunication Systems. Analog communication – amplitude and angle modulationand demodulation systems, Superheterodyne receivers, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), Fundamentalsof information theory and channel capacity theorem. Digital communication systems – Pulse CodeModulation (PCM), Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM), Digital modulation schemes:amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying schemes (ASK, PSK, FSK), Basics of TDMA, FDMAand CDMA. Fundamentals of mobile communication. Fundamentals of optical fibrecommunication.

13. Microwave Engineering. Wave guides, Klystrons, Travelling Wave Tubes, Magnetron,Introduction to microstrip lines, Microwave semiconductor devices, Monolithic microwaveintegrated circuits.

14. Antenna and Wave Propagation. Antenna parameters, Effective length and aperture,Gain, Beamwidth, Directivity, Radiation resistance, Efficiency, Polarization, Impedance and Directional characteristics of antenna, Reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of radiowaves. Fundamentals ground wave, space wave, sky wave and troposcatter propagation.

15. Radar Theory. Radar range equation, Frequencies of operation, Fundamentals of MovingTarget Indicator (MTI), Pulse Doppler Radar, Tracking radar.

16. Instrumentation. Accuracy, precision and repeatability, Electronic instruments formeasuring basic parameters, Theory of Oscilloscopes, Signal generators, Signal analysers,Characteristics and construction of transducers.

SYLLABUS FOR ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics. Matrix Algebra, Eigen values and Eigen vectors, Theorems ofintegral calculus, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Stokes, Gauss andGreen’s theorems. First order differential equation (linear and nonlinear), Cauchy’s and Euler’sequations, Complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’ series, Sampling theorems, Mean, Median,Mode and Standard deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous distributions, Fouriertransform, Laplace transform, Ztransform.

2. Engineering Physics. Units for measurement, Description of Motion in One, Two andThree dimensions, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Heatand Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetic Effect of Currents, Magnetism,Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves, Ray Optics andOptical Instruments.

3. Engineering Drawing. Projection of straight line, planes and solids, Intersection ofsurfaces, Isometric Projection, Sectional Views of solids, Full section, Introduction to ComputerAided Drafting.

Specialisation Branch Topics

4. Analog and Digital Electronics. Characteristics of diodes, BJT, FET, JFET and MOSFET,Amplifiers – biasing, equivalent circuit and frequency response, Oscillators and feedbackamplifiers, Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications, Simple active filters, VCOsand timers, Combinational and sequential logic circuits, Multiplexer, Schmitt trigger, Multi-vibrators,Sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, 8-bit microprocessor basics, architecture,programming and interfacing.

5. Electrical Engineering. Single phase transformer – equivalent circuit, phasor diagram,tests, regulation and efficiency, Three phase transformers – connections, parallel operation, Autotransformer; Energy conversion principles, DC machines – types, windings, generatorcharacteristics, armature reaction and commutation, starting and speed control of motors, Singlephase and Three phase induction motors – principles, types, performance characteristics, startingand speed control, Starting motors, Servo and stepper motors, Synchronous machines Generators– performance, regulation and parallel operation.

6. Electronic Devices. Energy bands in Silicon, Intrinsic and extrinsic Silicon, Carriertransport in Silicon – diffusion current, drift current, mobility, and resistivity. Generation andrecombination of carriers, p-n junction diode, Zener diode, tunnel diode, BJT, JFET, MOScapacitor, MOSFET, LED, PIN and avalanche photo diode, Basics of LASER. Device technology –integrated circuits fabrication process, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography,n-tub, p-tub and twin-tub CMOS process.

7. Control Engineering. Application of open loop and closed loop systems, Principles offeedback, Determination of transfer function by block diagram reduction method, Time domainanalysis of first and second order systems, transient and steady-state errors, damping andoscillations, Routh and Nyquist techniques, Bode plots, Root loci, Lag, lead and lead-lagcompensation, State space model, State transition matrix, Controllability and observability.

8. Telecommunication Systems. Random signals and noise – probability, randomvariables, probability density function, autocorrelation, power spectral density. Analogcommunication – amplitude and angle modulation and demodulation systems, spectral analysis ofthese operations, superheterodyne receivers, elements of hardware, realisations of analogcommunication systems, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) calculations for AM and FM. Fundamentals ofinformation theory and channel capacity theorem. Digital communication systems – Pulse CodeModulation (PCM), Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM), Digital modulation schemes:amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying schemes (ASK, PSK, FSK), Matched filter receivers,Bandwidth consideration and probability of error calculations for these schemes. Basics of TDMA,FDMA and CDMA. Fundamentals of mobile communication. Fundamentals of optical fibrecommunication.

9. Microwave Engineering. Wave guides, Waveguide components, Klystrons, TravellingWave Tubes, Magnetron, Microwave measurements, Introduction to microstrip lines, Microwavenetwork analysis, Microwave semiconductor devices, Monolithic microwave integrated circuits.

10. Antenna and Wave Propagation. Antenna parameters, Radiation from a currentelement in free space, Reciprocity theorem, Resonant and non-resonant antenna, Effective lengthand aperture, gain, beamwidth, directivity, radiation resistance, efficiency, polarization, impedanceand directional characteristics of antenna, antenna temperature. Phased array antenna,Mechanism of radio wave propagation, Reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of radiowaves. Theory of ground wave, space wave, sky wave and troposcatter propagation.5Allied Engineering Topics

11. Instrumentation. Accuracy, precision and repeatability, Electronic instruments formeasuring basic parameters, Theory of Oscilloscopes, Signal generators, Signal analysers,Characteristics and construction of transducers.

12. Computer Networks. ISO/OSI stack, LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), Flow anderror control techniques, Congestion control, TCP/UDP and sockets, IPv4, Application layerprotocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, http); Basic concepts of hubs, switches, gateways, androuters.13. Network Theory Design. Thevenin’s, Norton’s, Reciprocity, Superposition, Compensation,Miller’s, Tellegen’s and Maximum power transfer theorems. Impulse, step, ramp and sinusoidalresponse analysis of first order and second order circuits. Two port parameters and theirinterrelations, Application of Laplace transform and Fourier series in the context of networkanalysis, Network synthesis.

14. Switching Theory. Traffic definitions, Introduction to switching networks, classification ofswitching systems. Grade of Service, Basics of Circuit switching and packet switching.

15. Information Technology. Fundamentals of operating system, RDBMS terminologies,Object Oriented Programming, Basics of computer graphics.16. Radar Theory. Radar range equation, Frequencies of operation, fundamentals of MovingTarget Indicator (MTI), Pulse Doppler Radar, Tracking radar.

SYLLABUS FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics. Matrix Algebra, Eigen values and Eigen vectors,Theorems of integral calculus, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Multiple integrals, Stokes,Gauss and Green’s theorems. First order differential equation (linear and nonlinear), Cauchy’s andEuler’s equations, Complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’ series, Sampling theorems, Mean,Median, Mode and Standard deviation, Random variables, Discrete and Continuous distributions,Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Ztransform.

2. Engineering Physics. Units for measurement, Description of Motion in One, Two andThree dimensions, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Heatand Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetic Effect of Currents, Magnetism,Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves, Ray Optics andOptical Instruments.

3. Engineering Graphics/Engineering Drawing. Principles of orthographic projections,projections of points, lines, planes and solids, Section of solids, Isometric views, Auto-CAD.6Specialization Branch Topics

4. Engineering Mechanics. Equations of equilibrium in space and its application; first andsecond moments of area; simple problems on friction; kinematics of particles for plane motion;elementary particle dynamics. Generalized Hooke’s law and its application; design problems onaxial stress, shear stress and bearing stress; material properties for dynamic loading; bendingshear and stresses in beams; determination of principle stresses and strains - analytical andgraphical; material behaviour and design factors for dynamic load; design of circular shafts forbending and torsional load only; deflection of beam for statically determinate problems; theories offailure.

5. Thermodynamics. Basic concept of First –law and second law of Thermodynamics;concept of entropy and reversibility; availability and unavailability and irreversibility. Classificationand properties of fluids; incompressible and compressible fluids flows; effect of Mach number andcompressibility; continuity momentum and energy equations; normal and oblique shocks; onedimensional isentropic flow; flow or fluids in duct with frictions that transfer. Flow through fans,blowers and compressors; axial and centrifugal flow configuration; design of fans and compressors

6. Theory of Machines. Kinematic and dynamic analysis of plane mechanisms. Cams,Gears and epicyclic gear trains, flywheels, governors, balancing of rigid rotors, balancing of singleand multicylinder engines, linear vibration analysis of mechanical systems (single degree offreedom), Critical speeds and whirling of shafts. flywheels, balancing of rotors and reciprocatingmachinery, balancing machines, governors, free and forced vibration of damped and undampedsingle degree of freedom systems, isolation, whirling of shafts, gyroscope.

7. Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines. Fluid flow concepts - Transport theorem - Fluidkinematics - Potential flow - Governing equations of Fluid flow - Dimensional Analysis - Viscousflow - Boundary Layer flows - Turbulence - Closed conduit flows - Hydrodynamic lubrication - Freesurface flow - Compressible flows, Hydraulic Turbines: Impulse and Reaction Turbines -Centrifugal and Axial flow pumps.

8. Manufacturing Science. Foundry Technology, Melting furnaces, Special castingprocesses, Gating and riser design, Casting defects, Arc welding, TIG, MIG, submerged arc,resistance welding, Gas welding, Flash butt welding, Solid state welding, Welding metallurgy,Forming Technology, Powder metallurgy.

9. Materials Science. Basic concepts on structure of solids; common ferrous and nonferrous materials and their applications; heat-treatment of steels; non-metals- plastics, ceramics,composite materials and nano-materials.

10. Machine Drawing. Development and Intersection of surfaces, Conventional representationof machine elements, materials, surface finish and tolerances - Sectional views and additionalviews - Drawing of Screw threads, locking devices, Fasteners, Keys and Cotters, Knuckle joints,Riveted Joints, Shaft Couplings and Bearings - Pipe Joints, Assembly and production drawings.7Allied Engineering

11. Automotive Engineering. Introduction, power plant, fuel system, electrical system andother electrical fittings, lubricating system and cooling systems, chassis and transmission, axles,clutches, propeller shafts and differential, Condition for correct steering, steering gearmechanisms, automotive air conditioning, Tyres, effect of working parameters on knocking,reduction of knocking; Forms of combustion chamber for SI and CI engines; rating of fuels;additives; emission.

12. Power Plant Engineering. Steam power plant, steam boilers, steam condensers,cooling towers, cogeneration and combined cycles, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric powerplants, power plant economics.

13. Industrial Engineering. System design: factory location- simple OR models; plant layout- methods based; applications of engineering economic analysis and break- even analysis forproduct selection, process selection and capacity planning; predetermined time standards. Systemplanning; forecasting methods based on regression and decomposition, design and balancing ofmulti model and stochastic assembly lines; inventory management – probabilistic inventory modelsfor order time and order quantity determination; JIT systems; strategic sourcing; managing interplant logistics.

14. Flight Mechanics. Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification ofaircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts. Airplane performance:Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter,ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent,-absoluteand service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram;Winds: head, tail & cross winds. Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls;longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability

15. Aircraft Structures. Stress and Strain: Equations of equilibrium, constitutive law, straindisplacement relationship, compatibility equations, plane stress and strain, Airy’s stress function.Flight Vehicle Structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials, torsion, bending andflexural shear. Flexural shear flow in thinwalled sections. Buckling. Failure theories. Loads onaircraft. Structural Dynamics: Free and forced vibration of discrete systems. Damping andresonance. Dynamics of continuous systems.

16. Aerodynamics. Basic Fluid Mechanics: Incompressible irrotational flow, Helmholtz andKelvin theorem, singularities and superposition, viscous flows, boundary layer on a flat plate.Airfoils and wings: Classification of airfoils, aerodynamic characteristics, high lift devices, KuttaJoukowski theorem; lift generation; thin airfoil theory; wing theory; induced drag; qualitativetreatment of low aspect ratio wings. Viscous Flows: Flow separation, introduction to turbulence,transition, structure of a turbulent boundary layer. Compressible Flows: Dynamics andThermodynamics of I-D flow, isentropic flow, normal shock, oblique shock.

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Exam Pattern

The online test is held for 300 marks while EKT is conducted for 150 marks. The exam pattern of AFCAT 2019 has been provided in the table below.

AFCAT 2019 exam pattern:

Exam

Number of questions

Total marks

Duration

AFCAT online test

100

300

120 minutes

Engineering Knowledge Test

50

150

45 minutes

Section Wise AFCAT Exam Pattern 2019

Section Questions Marks Time
Verbal Ability 25 75 2 Hours
General Awareness 25 75
Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test 32 96
Numerical Ability 18 54

Section Wise AFCAT EKT Exam Pattern 2019

Section Questions Marks Time
Mechanical, Computer
Science and Electrical &
Electronics
50 50 45 Minutes

 

Marking Scheme is as follows:-
(a) Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
(b) One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
(c) No marks for unattempted questions.

Job Profile

As an officer in the Indian Air Force, the sky is the limit for you. You start your career as a Flying Officer and can rise up to the rank of Air Marshal. The chosen one from the Flying Branch becomes the head of the family i.e. The Chief of the Air Staff. Rank structure for commissioned officers are:

Junior Level

FLYING OFFICER (FG OFFR)
Taking off a career in Air Force, this is the first rank an officer wears after successful completion of the training.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (FLT LT)
Beginning the climb, Flight Lieutenant is the next rank in the Indian Air Force hierarchy, where you play an important role as a member of a cohesive team.

Executive Level

SQUADRON LEADER (SQN LDR)
Taking on bigger responsibilities under your wings, the Squadron Leader undertakes many tasks. Now you are a senior level supervisor.
WING COMMANDER (WG CDR)
Gearing up for the higher grounds the Wing Commander, the next higher rank, takes on additional responsibilities.

GROUP CAPTAIN (GP CAPT)
Taking charge of men and management, you as a Group Captain may command a medium-sized Air Force Station or be an important link in decision making mechanism at various IAF formations.

Director Level

AIR COMMODORE(AIR CMDE)
An Air Commodore is the next rank and as a Principal Director, you may command a large Air Force Station, or hold Staff Appointments (Senior Level) at Air HQ/Command HQ.
AIR VICE MARSHAL(AIR VICE MSHL)
Only the daring few climb this high in the Air Force hierarchy. An Air Vice Marshal is responsible for taking strategic decisions.
AIR MARSHAL(AIR MSHL)
Just one step below the top of the ladder, the Air Marshal commands a lot of power.

Chief

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL:
The top of the rank for the best of the best from the flying branch. The Air Chief Marshal heads the Air Force family and is responsible for all strategic and tactical decisions in times of peace and war.

PAY AND ALLOWANCE of AFCAT Officer
1. Even before you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer you start earning a monthly stipend of Rs. 56,100/- during last one year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.
2. The following Pay / Allowances would be applicable on grant of Commission to Flying Officers:-

  • 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)
  • Military Service Pay :- Rs 15,500 Per Month.
  • Other allowances such as Transport allowance, Children Education Allowance, HRA etc. are also admissible to Officers.

3. In addition the following allowances are admissible to the newly Commissioned Officers in Flying and Technical Branches

  • Flying Allowance to Flying Branch Officers.
  • Technical Allowance to Technical Branch Officers.

As you grow in rank and stature in the Air Force, your income and other entitlements also increase in harmony with your enhanced responsibilities.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) for AFCAT

ADVERTISEMENT/REGISTRATION/EXAM SCHEDULE
1. What is the advertisement schedule for AFCAT? When is the AFCAT conducted?
ANS: AFCAT is conducted twice a year (in the month of February and August). The advertisement for the same is published in the months of December and June
respectively.
2. What is the scheduled date for AFCAT 01/2019?
ANS: AFCAT is scheduled on 25 February 2018. 

3. What is the opening and closing date of online registration for AFCAT 01/2019?

ANS: Online registration for AFCAT 01/2018 will open on 16 Dec 18 and close On 14 Jan 19. Registration will be valid from 16 Dec 2018 to 23:59 hrs of 14 Jan 2019.
Candidates may contact AFCAT cell on Toll free no. 1800-11-2448 or Phone number 020-25503105 or 020-25503106 to resolve any query regarding registration and submission of online application procedure. Query timings are 0930 to 1700 hrs on all working days. E-mail queries may be addressed to afcatcell@cdac.in

SCHEME AND SYLLABUS FOR AFCAT EXAM

4. What is the scheme and syllabus for AFCAT exam?
ANS: AFCAT is an objective test .The exam is of two hours and consists of 100 questions .The scheme of syllabus contains General Awareness, English, Numerical
Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude. For further details on Exam schedule, Marking scheme, Scheme and syllabus of AFCAT please refer notification available on official website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in  or https://afcat.cdac.in or ..........

5. Where can I register for the AFCAT online?
ANS: You have to register for AFCAT on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in  Please note that registration is being done through these two websites only. Do not register for AFCAT on any other website.

PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR AFCAT

6. How to apply online for AFCAT 01/2019?
ANS: Candidates are required to apply online by using the link https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in, or https://afcat.cdac.in. For detailed instructions for filling in the online application form, please refer para 7 of the notification available on the website. After successful registration, sign in with registered email id and system
generated password. Then reset your password. Log in again and click on AFCAT entry and proceed. After successful payment action, the applicants are advised to note down their Registration Number for future correspondence.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA- AGE/EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION/PHYSICAL STANDATDS ETC

7. I have completed my Class XII exam. Am I eligible for AFCAT?

ANS: No. Minimum qualification required for AFCAT is graduation/ postgraduation (Masters) (depending on the branch you are applying for). There is also a minimum
requirement of marks in graduation / post-graduation. For full details, you are requested to go through the notification available on website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in.

8: What are the eligibility criteria for AFCAT 01/2018?
Reply: The eligibility criteria with respect to age limit, educational qualifications etc. for AFCAT are elaborated in the notification available on the website
https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in 

9. I am interested in applying for flying branch. I have filled up all the columns correctly to my knowledge. Yet, it is showing that I am not eligible for flying branch.

ANS: Please check the online form whether you had filled all columns properly. Check the age and educational qualification criteria. Also check if you have 60% aggregate in graduation and 60% each in Physics and Maths at 10 + 2 level. 

10. I am meeting the age criteria as per the advertisement. However when I am filling up the form online, it is showing error indicating I am not eligible. Am I eligible or not?

ANS: Please read the advertisement carefully. If the age mentioned is 20 to 24 years it means that the candidate should be 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan 2019. Check whether you meet the criteria or not. Ascertain your age eligibility and then fill the form.

AGE RELAXATION FOR COMMERICAL PILOT LICENSE BY DGCA (INDIA)

11. I have a Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India). Am I eligible for age relaxation for flying branch?
ANS: There is certain age relaxation of two years for CPL (Commercial Pilot License) holders. However, one needs to meet the educational qualification criteria. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 January 1994 to 01 January 2000 (both dates inclusive). Also note that the age relaxation is for holders of CPL issued by DGCA (India) only. CPL issued by any other body / country may not qualify you for age relaxation etc.

12. What are the physical standards, medical standards and selection procedure for AFCAT 01/2019
ANS: Physical Standards, Medical Standards and Selection Procedure for AFCAT 01/2019 are spelt out clearly in the notification available on the website
https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in  

13. I am unable to find details about conduct of AFCAT and the examination centres of AFCAT?
ANS: Please refer notification for details of conduct of AFCAT 01/2019 for centres of online exam and allotment of centres. The notification is available on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in

ENQUIRY OF FEES

14. Is there any fee / registration charges etc. for AFCAT?
ANS: Yes, there is fee for applying / appearing in the AFCAT. Please refer notification given on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in  or https://afcat.cdac.in  for details of fee, mode of payment etc .

15. Is the candidate eligible for TA or other allowance for appearing in the AFCAT?

ANS: No TA or any other allowance is paid for appearing in the AFCAT. Candidates have to make their own arrangements for reaching the exam centre, accommodation etc.
PERMANENT COMMISSION-FLYING BRANCH

16: Is permanent Commission offered for Flying Branch through AFCAT?
ANS: No, only Short Service Commission is offered for Flying Branch through AFCAT.

WOMEN CANDIDATES-ELIGIBILITY
 17. Whether women candidates are eligible to become officers through AFCAT?
ANS: Yes, women candidates are eligible to become officers through AFCAT. However, they are eligible only for Short Service commission, and not for Permanent Commission.
NON RECEIPT OF PASSWORD AFTER REGISTRATION
18. I have registered online on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in for AFCAT. However, I have not received any password. What should I do?
ANS: The password is sent to the email address through which you have registered. If you do not receive your password, you may also use “Forgot Password Option” to receive a new password. However, candidates must note that they have to enter their email address correctly. Email address should be a valid one and in use.
CHANGE OF DATA
19. I have entered wrong DoB / entered ‘Male’ instead of ‘Female’ in the column of gender at the time of registration. How do I correct it?

 ANS: Please ensure correctness of personal details ie NAME, DoB and GENDER before proceeding further as it cannot be changed or altered in any manner later on. In case the information is not accurate, do not submit the form. Please reregister using a different e mail id and provide correct details. Name and DOB entered in form must be as recorded in the matriculation/secondary examination certificate. Please note that information filled up by the candidates in online application form will be considered final and no amendments will be allowed subsequently. Candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth.

FORGOTTEN PASSWORD

20. I have misplaced/forgotten my Username and Password. Kindly forward the same.
ANS: Username is your registered E mail ID. To receive a new password, please opt for ‘Forgot Password’, and follow the instructions.
FORWARDING OF DOCUMENTS
21. Do I need to send any documents / self-addressed envelope to AFCAT Cell for Admit Card etc?
ANS: No. There is no requirement of sending anything by post to AFCAT Cell. Applications are online only.

DEGREE OF FOREIGN UNIVERSITY
22. I have a degree from a foreign university. Am I eligible?
ANS: For being eligible for AFCAT, the degree must be recognised by UGC / AICTE /Ministry of HRD / DEC.

UNIVERSITY HAS AWARDED CGPA
23. My university has awarded CGPA. How do I fill up the percentage column?
ANS: In case of candidates being awarded Grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of Grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure
certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the Bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA then follow the notification.
UNABLE TO PROCEED TO NEXT PART
24. I have filled all columns, yet I am unable to proceed to the next part during filling up of the form.
Reply: You would have entered certain information which may not be in consonance with
the eligibility criteria.
UPLOADING OF PHOTO, SIGNATURE AND THUMB IMPRESSION

25. I do not know the specifications for uploading of photo, signature and thumb impression?
ANS: Candidate is required to upload recent passport size colour photograph, signature and thumb impression duly scanned in jpg/ jpeg format ready in such a manner that the size of each file should be between 10 and 50 kb.
MINIMUM PERCENTAGE REQUIREMENT
26. Do I write the marks in decimal form or only in two digits?
ANS: Even if the percentage of marks is entered in decimals, it will be rounded off to the lower whole number E.g. 59.9% will be treated as 59%.

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