AFCAT Exam, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Cut-off

AFCAT Exam, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Cut-off

What is Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)?

AFCAT is a national level competitive exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to select officers for all its branches, except for the medical and dental branches.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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Flying Branch –Age should lay between to 23 years at the time of course commencement. The candidate must be a Graduate (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech degree (Four year course) from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.
  • Technical Branch- The age must lay between 18 to 28 years at the time of course commencement. For details on education candidates can refer to the advertisement.
  • Ground Duty Branch-The age must lie between 20-23 years for Graduates, 20-25 years for Post Graduates, 20-26 years for LLB (Three year course after graduation) and 20-27 years for M.Ed/PhD/CA/ICWA. For details on education qualification you can refer to the official advertisement.

Age Limit for AFCAT Exam-

1. Flying Department- The age of the candidate for this department should be 20 to 24 years. If the candidate has a recognized pilot license then the maximum age limit is for 2 years.

2. Ground duty department (technical and non-technical) – Age limit of 20 to 26 years.

Marital Status-

1. A candidate under 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during the training.

2. Married candidate of 25 years is eligible to apply.


1. For Flying and Ground Duty (technical), the institute related to the Air Force has a timing test of 74 weeks.

2. 52-week testing is done in the institutes related to Air Force for ground duty (non-technical).

AFCAT & EKT Exam Pattern

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

About AFCAT Exam Pattern:

  • AFCAT 2019 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in english language.
  • It will consist of 100 objective questions to be solved within a duration of 120 minutes.
  • The maximum marks an aspirant can score in AFCAT 2019 are 300.

About EKT Exam Pattern:

  • EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is a meant to test candidate’s engineering knowledge.
  • The test is compulsory for candidates applying for Technical Ground Duty branch.
  • EKT 2019 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in english language.

The following table represents the approximate number of questions asked from each section:

Section Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 20 60 2 hours
Verbal Ability in English 30 90
Numerical Ability 15 45
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 35 105

AFCAT Marking Scheme

There has been no change in the marking scheme of AFCAT 2019. The marking scheme is given as follows:

  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • No marks for unattempted questions.

AFCAT Cut Off 2019

Once released, candidates can view the AFCAT/ EKT Cut Off by following the steps as under:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website:
  • Step 2: Click on the link for “AFCAT Cut Off 2019”. (Will be activated shortly)
  • Step 3: AFCAT/EKT Cut Off 2019 will appear on the screen in PDF.
  • Step 4: View and download it for future references.

EKT/AFCAT Cut Off 2019: Previous Years Cut Off

AFCAT Online Test is conducted for 300 marks and for Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT), it is 150. The previous year AFCAT and EKT Cut Off marks are tabulated below:

AFCAT (02) 2018 140 55
AFCAT (01) 2018 155 60
AFCAT (02) 2017 160 60
AFCAT (01) 2017 150 60
AFCAT (02) 2016 148 60
AFCAT (01) 2016 132 52
AFCAT (02) 2015 144 52
AFCAT (01) 2015 126 55
AFCAT (02) 2014 123 45


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