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INDIAN AIR FORCE Complete Exam Details

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As an Officer, a warrior, in the Air Force, you’re tasked with upholding the constitution and protecting India’s freedom. The responsibility is enormous, but its not only about work its also about living well.


Explore selection process to be an Indian Air Force Officer. Selection depends on how you perform in written tests, interviews, medical fitness test and All India merit list.


The Motto of Indian Air Force (Touch the sky with Glory) has been taken from eleventh chapter of the Gita, the Discourse given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the Great War of Mahabharata.


An officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. To be able to lead and control, requires the ability to motivate yourself, inspire others and make tough decisions efficiently.

Exam Notification




Form Last Date:-01 JUN 2023 (11:00 AM) to 30 JUN 2023 (05:00PM)
Exam Date:-25 Aug 23, 26 Aug 23 and 27 Aug 23.

REGISTRATION FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON 01 JUN 2023 (11:00 AM) AND CLOSE ON 30 JUN 2023 (05:00PM) THROUGH https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in OR https://afcat.cdac.in

Eligibility Conditions

Nationality:- Candidate must be a citizen of India as per Indian citizenship act, 1955.
(i) Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years as on 01 July 2024 i.e. born between 02 July 2000 to 01 July 2004 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 year i.e. born between 02 July 1998 to 01 July 2004 (both dates inclusive).
(ii) Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches. 20 to 26 years as on 01 July 2024 i.e. born between 02 July 1998 to 01 July 2004 both dates Inclusive).

(iii)Marital Status: 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 not eligible. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training. A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government. 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.
(iv) The date of birth accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, the extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. No other document related to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and likewise will be accepted.
(v) In case the Matriculation/ Higher Secondary Examination Certificate does not show the date of birth, or only shows the age by completed years or completed years and months. In such cases a candidate must possess a self-attested/ certified copy of a certificate from the Headmaster/ Principal of the Institution from where he/ she passed the Matriculation/ Higher Secondary Examination showing the date of his/ her birth or exact age as recorded in the Admission Register of the Institution.
(vi) Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the IAF and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
(vii) The candidates should exercise due care while entering their Date of Birth. If on verification at any subsequent stage, variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, will render them disqualified.No representation in this regard will be entertained.

Entry, Branch, Course Number and Vacancies


*Disclaimer: The vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. Actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in July 2024. No representation in this regard will be entertained. One seat is reserved from Ground Duty (Non-Tech) vacancies for Law qualified candidates.

Type of Commission.

SSC for Men & Women.
(i) The engagement period for Flying Branch SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning.
(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.
(iii) Grant of Permanent Commission (PC) (at a later date) would be considered subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability and merit and as per prevailing policies on the subject.
(iv) SSC officers are not entitled for grant of pension.

Scheme of Online Examination

All applicants whose applications are submitted by due date will be called for AFCAT at one of the examination centres on either 26 Aug 22 (Friday), 27 Aug 22 (Saturday) and 28 Aug 22 (Sunday). It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

  1. Exam Schedule The AFCAT (and EKT) will be conducted in three days as per the following schedule:-
    Activity 25 Aug 23 (Day 1) 26 Aug 23 (Day 2) 27 Aug 23 (Day 3)
    1st Shift 2nd Shift 1st Shift 2nd Shift 1st Shift 2nd Shift
    Candidate Reporting Time 08:00 hrs 13:00 hrs 08:00 hrs 13:00 hrs 08:00 hrs 13:00 hrs
    Verification of Admit Card & ID Proof, Photography and Candidate Seating 08:00- 09:50 hrs 13:00-14:45 hrs 08:00- 09:50 hrs 13:00-14:45 hrs 08:00- 09:50 hrs 13:00-14:45 hrs
    Reading of Instructions by Candidates 09:45- 10:00 hrs 14:45-15:00 hrs 09:45- 10:00 hrs 14:45-15:00 hrs 09:45- 10:00 hrs 14:45-15:00 hrs
    AFCAT 10:00- 12:00 hrs 15:00 -17:00 hrs 10:00- 12:00 hrs 15:00 -17:00 hrs 10:00- 12:00 hrs 15:00 -17:00 hrs
    Note: Candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam centre, under any circumstance, after the pre-exam verification process has commenced at 08:00 hrs for shift-I and 13:00 hrs for shift-II.
  2. Subject and Duration:- The subjects, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:-
    Exam Subject Duration No. of Questions Max Marks
    AFCAT General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 02 Hours 100 300


Detailed notification is available on website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in OR https://afcat.cdac.in . Candidates are to ensure that they have read and understood the details available in the notification before registering.

Physical/ Medical Standards, Educational Qualifications and Selection Procedure.

Details on physical/ medical standards, educational qualifications and selection procedure are available in detailed notification on the website.


Training will commence in the first week of July 2023 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 (Non-Technical) 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.

Pay on Commissioning (As per 7th CPC).

Rank Pay as per Defence Matrix Level MSP
Flying Officer Rs. 56100 - 177500 10 Rs. 15500

Note. Flight Cadets shall receive a fixed stipend of Rs 56,100/- per month during one year of training.


In addition to pay, allowances are applicable based on the nature of duty/ place of posting and it includes Flying, Technical, Field Area, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Special Force, Siachen, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Area and Remote Locality Allowance


Air Force Officers are entitled to furnished accommodation, comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents, Canteen, Officers’ Mess, loans at subsidised rates, LTC etc. Leave (60 days annual and 20 days casual) subject to service exigencies


Rs. 1.10 crore Insurance Cover (on contribution) is applicable to serving officers. An additional cover of Rs. 15 Lakhs (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers

Sports and Adventure

Indian Air Force provides state of the art facilities to play various sports and adventure activities (sky diving, micro light flying, mountaineering, water rafting etc.).


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


The policy on permanent body tattoos is as follows:-
(a) Permanent body tattoos are not permitted on any other body part either visible or non-visible part, except on the Inner face of forearms i.e. from Inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and Reverse side of the palm / back (dorsal) side of both hands for which a candidate will be required to sign a Self-declaration Certificate. Small innocuous tattoos that are not prejudicial to good order and military discipline, are permitted e.g. religious symbols or names of near and dear ones.
(b) Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing customs and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis


Use/ possession of narcotics is banned. Candidate may be tested for presence of drugs in the body during Medicals and subsequently during training/ service career as an officer. If candidate is found to be using/ in possession of narcotics during any time of training/ service career, candidate would be debarred from joining the Indian Air Force or be removed from service if already joined.

Conduct of Online Testing for AFCAT Examination and Fee Structure

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/- (non-refundable) as examination fee. However, candidates registering for NCC Special entry and Meteorology Entry are not required to pay. Details of conduct of exam, examination centers and mode of payment are available in the notification.

Marital Status.

Candidates must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course and marriage is not permitted during training. A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him/ her by the Government.
Candidates are required to maintain their unique registered E-Mail ID and mobile phone number active throughout the selection process.
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.

Travel Allowance (TA)

To and fro travelling fare by the shortest route of AC-III Tier/ AC Chair Car or actual normal bus fare will be reimbursed to the candidates appearing in Air Force Selection Board for the first time. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the Government authorized rules. No TA is admissible, if you have already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards.

Physical Conditioning

You are advised to be physically fit when you report for SSB in order to be able to undergo the tests at AFSB. You should aim to achieve an ability to run 01 mile (1.6 kms) in 10 minutes, do 10 push ups and 03 chin ups. Prospective candidates are also advised to keep themselves in good physical condition to adapt to physical training at AFA which encompasses running, swimming, rope climbing and other forms of physical training/ conditioning in which they would undergo mandatory tests during training.


For queries related to conduct of online examination, registration process and admit cards contact 020-25503105 or 020-25503106 or E-Mail afcatcell@cdac.in . For queries regarding eligibility, allotment of AFSB centres, date of AFSB interview, merit list and Joining Instructions contact 011-23010231 Extn 7610 or Toll free number 1800-11-2448.


Information given in the advertisement and on the website are only guidelines. In case of any ambiguity, the existing policies, rules and regulations of IAF/ Govt. of India as amended from time to time will be final and binding. Terms and conditions given in the advertisement are only guidelines and are subject to change without notice.

Statutory Warning

Selection in the Indian Air Force is fair and merit based. Attempt to influence the selection process at any stage is liable to lead to termination of candidature or initiation of service and legal action against the concerned individual.

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Standard and Syllabus of the Examination:


  1. English.Comprehension, Detect Error in Sentence, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonym/ Antonym, Cloze Test or Fill in the Gaps in a paragraph, Idioms and Phrases, Analogy, Sentence Rearranging, Substitution in a Sentence/ One Word Substitution.
  2. General Awareness.History, Geography, Sports, National & International Organisations, Art & Culture, Personalities, Environment & Ecology, Indian Polity, Economy, Basic Science Based Knowledge, Science & Technology, Current Affairs (National & International), Defence.
  3. Numerical AbilityDecimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average/ Percentage, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Simple and Compound Interest, Time & Distance and Races (Trains/ Boats & Streams), Area and Perimeter, Probability, Number System & Number Series, Mixture & Allegation Rules, Clocks.
  4. Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning


The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).