AFCAT 1 2020 Notification [Eligibility & Exam Date]

afcat 1 2020 notification

Indian Air Force is going to publish the AFCAT 1 2020 notification on 01 December 2019. Online applications will be invited for the courses commencing in Jan 2021 for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. Online applications will also be invited for grant of PC/SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme (For flying branch) and for Meteorology Entry.


Note: The vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. Actual intake would depend on organisational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in Jan 2021. No representation in this regard will be entertained.


(a) Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on 01 Jan 2021 i.e. born between 02 Jan 1997 to 01 Jan 2001 (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 1995 to 01 Jan 2001 (both dates inclusive).

(b) Ground Duty (Technical Branches): 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2021 i.e. born between 02 Jan 1995 to 01 Jan 2001 (both dates inclusive).

(c) Ground Duty (Non – Technical Branches): 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2021 i.e. born between 02 Jan 1995 to 01 Jan 2001 (both dates inclusive).

Type of Commission:

(a) PC for Men: Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation as per their branch and rank.

(b) SSC for Men & Women: (i) The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non extendable). (ii) The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty (Tech and Non-Tech) branches would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability and merit.


Training will commence in the first week of Jan 2021 for all courses at Air Force Academy Dundigal (Hyderabad). The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (NonTechnical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments. PAN Card and account in SBI/ Nationalised Bank is mandatory at the time of joining Air Force Academy. Aadhaar Card is mandatory for registration.

Exam and Fees:

Online testing will be conducted for AFCAT entry at various centers. Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee. However, candidates registering for NCC Special entry are not required to pay. Details of conduct, examination centers and mode of payment will be available in the notification.

Exam Schedule:

afcat exam timings

How to apply:

Candidates can apply online at OR

Eligible candidates are to register online through separate tabs available for AFCAT Entry/NCC Special Entry/Meteorology Entry.

Candidates eligible for one/ more entries are to register separately in each entry.

Exam Date:

Afcat 1 2020 will be conducted in the February 2020. Exam Date will be notified here soon.

How to prepare:

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Candidates preapring for AFCAT exam must refer AFCAT – The first step book (2019 Edition).

AFCAT – The First Step Book consists of 4 comprehensive sections with a lot of practice questions to make you competent enough for the exam.

The general awareness section covers 1000+ questions on Current Affairs, Sports, Defence, History, Geography, Polity, Science, Arts and Culture etc.

Solve your numerical questions with amazing tricks which helps you to approach all the variants so that you can answer them with ease.

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Ample amount of questions were asked in the AFCAT exam from this book.