AFCAT is an online exam conducted by C-DAC on behalf of Indian Air force. Through this entry Indian Air force inducts quality men & women who turn out to become the best Fighter pilots, technical & ground duty officers.


The Air Force Academy is located at Dundigal, about 25 km away from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, spread over 7,000 acres of land

How to join AFA

There are two steps of Joining AFA. First one is Passing AFCAT Written exams & the second one is clearing a subsequent interview

How difficult is the written exam

AFCAT is an objective type paper (Multiple choice questions) AFCAT written exam consists of 1 Paper.

9:45-11:45 (Morning Batch) &
2:45-4:45 (Afternoon Batch)
1 PAPER Consisting of
300 (100 questions carrying 3 marks each) Varies from 45%-55%

Additionally, those appearing for technical branch must give EKT (Engineering knowledge Test) It is conducted immediately after AFCAT. Usually scoring 45%-55% is not a big deal but before you start wondering anything, you must understand now that the difficulty arises with the negative marking , that is with every question wrongly answered by you 1/3rd of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted as penalty. This significantly affects your total score.

After the exam, a cut off marks will be decided. If your total score exceeds or is equal to the cut off; only then you will be considered as Passed. You will get to know the details of your paper after the result is declared. These two papers are compulsory. Aspirants should qualify in both the papers with minimum 20 marks each.

Once you have cleared your written exam, you will get a call for interview often called as AFSB INTERVIEW (Air Force selection Board interview)

How often is the exam conducted

AFCAT exam is conducted twice in a year in the month of February and November. To appear in the exam one has to apply online 2-3 months prior to the exam date when the applications are out.


Applications are out on

C-DAC conducts & manages the result on behalf of IAF

Following are the steps to fill the form.

  • Go to
  • Click on Candidate login
  • Click on Register.
  • After Registering successfully login to your account to fill the application.
  • Follow on screen instructions to fill the form
  • Your application is complete only after the Payment of the exam fees
  • You may keep a copy of the acknowledgement for future reference.

What is the eligibility to appear

Age At the time of joining the course, Your age should be between:
  • 20 to 24 for FLYING BRANCH
  • FLYING BRANCH - Minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and atleast 60% in Graduation from a recognized university. PABT is compulsory for flying branch.
  • TECHNICAL BRANCH - Minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and atleast 60% in B.E/Btech. EKT is compulsory for technical branch.
  • GROUND DUTY – Minimum 60% in graduation from a recognized university
Gender Male & Female unmarried candidates are allowed to appear. Married candidates aged above 25 are eligible.
Nationality A citizen of India

What's next after clearing exam

After clearing your exam, you will receive a call letter for AFSB interview. Once you are recommended by the AFSB, you will undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you will be sent back. As soon as you are declared medically fit, your name will be accommodated in the Merit List.

Ranking in merit list is identified by the total marks secured by the candidate in written exam and interview. Finally let’s assume there are 100 candidates who made into the merit list and your rank in merit list is 68 further the vacancies required are just 70, In that case everyone ranking from 1 to 70 will get a Call letter to join the academy (course) for training.

Rest of the candidates will be considered merit out and have to undergo the same procedure again from scratch including written examination.

About training

At AFA, Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of July for all courses. The approximate duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments

All your expenses will be borne by government. You will be provided with all basic necessities and leisure wherever required. Further special care is taken at the MESS (dining hall of AFA) where the best class of delicacy are served everyday.

Over these benefits you are also liable to receive stipend per month at your respective service academies. The stipend keeps accumulating till your Passing out parade (POP) and total sum can be encashed at the end.

Once you are commissioned as an officer, your starting salary will range anywhere around 80k keeping aside all other benefits and perks.

Finally, if you intentionally leave the academy in between, you are liable to reimburse the cost of training.

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