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AFCAT – Defense service exam 2020 details, eligibility, course structure

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What is the AFCAT exam?

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an entrance test for aspirants willing to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical). The test is conducted twice a year across the country by the Indian Air Force. The exam will be conducted in the third week of February 2020.

  • There are different eligibility criteria for flying and different branches. Check AFCAT Eligibility
  • Common Admission Test for Flying and Ground Duty branches will be conducted on February 24 and 25, 2020 in CBT mode.
  • Candidates will have to pay an application fee of INR 250.
  • AFCAT 2020 Admit Card will be available at the official website in January 2020.
  • AFCAT 2020 Syllabus syllabus is of graduation level, except question under Numerical Ability section.

Highlights of AFCAT 2020

Parameters Details
Exam Name AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Level of Exam National Level
Exam Conducting Authority Indian Air Force (IAF)
Posts Offered Commissioned officers in Flying Branch, Ground Duty (technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) branch
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Sections General Awareness, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude and Verbal Ability in English
Selection Procedure AFCAT exam, AFSB Interview, and Medical Test

AFCAT 2020 Important Dates

The tentative dates for AFCAT 2020 exam are given below:

Event AFCAT I Dates AFCAT II Dates
Publishing of AFCAT 2020 notification November 23, 2019 June 1, 2020
AFCAT 2020 Registration December 1 – December 30, 2019 June 30, 2020
Issue of AFCAT Admit card Last week of January 2020 Last week of July 2020
AFCAT 2020 exam date February 24 and 25, 2020 (tentative) August 24 and 25, 2020
AFCAT Result March 2020 September 2020

AFCAT 2020 Eligibility

Candidates who are willing to take AFCAT 2020 must check, whether they fulfil the desired eligibility criteria or not. The brief eligibility criterion for different branches/courses is mentioned below for your reference.

Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit: It varies as per the branch viz.

  • Flying Branch (AFCAT & NCC Entry): 20 – 24 years as on January 1, 2021.
  • Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical): 20 – 26 years as on January  1, 2021.
  • The DOB accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University.

Marital Status:

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Widows/ Widowers and divorcees below 25 years are also not eligible.

Education Qualification:

  • Flying Branch: minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.
  •  Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks.

AFCAT Application Form 2020

Application Form for AFCAT 2020 will be available in online mode only. The step by step registration cum application process is mentioned below.

Registration

  • Go to the official career website of Indian Air force.
  • Click on Candidates login section.
  • A new web page will appear. Fill in the registration details asked for new users like the name; e-mail ID, mobile number, etc.
  • Click on submit. A new registration ID and password would be sent to the registered E-mail address.

Note: It is to be noted that the candidate should keep their registered email id and phone number active, throughout the selection process.

Application Form Filling

  • Fill in the details as per the directions are given on the webpage.
  • Select the preference of branch, AFCAT Exam Center, Subject for EKT exam, etc.
  • Upload Your signature and Photograph (as per dimensions provided in the notification).
  • Click on submit.

Payment of Application Fee

  • After filling the online form, the exam fee of INR 250 has to be made through the ‘Make Payment’ step in the main menu.
  • This fee is non-refundable.
  • The examination fee can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.

 
 


AFCAT 2020 Admit Card

Candidates will be issued their e-admit card on last week of January 2020. Candidates can download their AFCAT 2020 Admit Card by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of Indian Air force, go to the career section.
  • Click on the Candidate Login section.
  • Type your E-mail ID and Password to log in and download the admit card.
  • A window showing the admit card will appear.
  • Click on download admit card.
  • After downloading the admit card take a printout of the same.
In case, a candidate does not receive his/ her admit card or fails to download the document or finds any discrepancy in the ticket, contact the AFCAT Query Cell at C-DAC immediately.
Ph. Nos. : 020-25503105 | 020-25503106
Email ID: afcatcell@cdac.in

AFCAT 2020 Exam Center

  • For this session, there are 104 locations for AFCAT 2020.
  • Candidates must choose the centers at the time of registration according to their preference.
  • Make note that no request for change of center will be entertained by the authorities.

 


AFCAT Exam Pattern

Candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch have to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online i.e. computer-based Online i.e. computer-based
No. of Questions 100 50
Maximum Marks 300 150
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) 45 minutes
Sections in Paper General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark 1 mark

 

AFCAT Syllabus

As per the notification, the standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. Whereas, the questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).  A brief of AFCAT syllabus is listed below:

  • English –  Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms, and Phrases.
  • General Awareness –  History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.
  • Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams).
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

 

AFCAT Recommended Books

Candidates can refer to the general aptitude book for any other government exam for which aptitude portion is common with AFCAT. Candidates should also refer to previous year AFCAT and EKT paper for a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the questions asked. The list of recommended books is tabulated below.

Books Author ISBN
Let’s Crack AFCAT SSB Crack 819310871X
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paper Disha Experts 9385846744
Let’s Crack EKT SSB Crack 8193108728
GK Capsule Arihant 935094538X

 


AFCAT Result and AFSB Selection Process

AFCAT 2020 Result will be declared in March 2020 at the official website. Follow the steps given below to check the result.

  • Visit the official website afcat.cdac.in.
  • Click on AFCAT 2020 Results.
  • Enter login credentials i.e. email id and password to check the result.

AFSB Selection Process

  • IAF will prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as fixed by the IAF in their discretion.
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards.
  • Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry and Meteorology Branch will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centers.
  • AFSB centres are at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB) and Varanasi (4 AFSB).
  • Candidates who opt for flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi.
  • Candidates are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in (OR) https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate call- up letter for AFSB interview.

Final Merit List

  • Candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written examination and AFSB test as fixed by the IAF.
  • The qualifiers names will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the AFSB tests.
  • The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates will be decided by the IAF in their discretion.
  • 10% of the vacancies are reserved for NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate holders in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches.
  • Allotment of PC/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches would be based on a number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.

AFCAT Vacancies (2020)

AFCAT Vacancies

Note: Vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. The actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in January 2020.


AFCAT Cut Off

The cut-offs are expected to follow the general trend in AFCAT 2020 as well. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2020.

Year Exam Cut Off Score EKT
2019 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

160

180

2018 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

155

140

60

55

2017 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

150

160

60

60

2016 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

132

148

60

60

2015 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

126

144

55

52

2014 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

127

123

45

2013 AFCAT 1

AFCAT 2

144

116

Official cut off would be published on the website after the completion of the exam cycle.

Syllabus

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an entrance test for aspirants willing to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical). In this course we will provide students with the relevant course data required to clear the exam.

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