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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria: Nationality, Age and Qualification

Updated On - December 6th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

Indian Air Force invites both male and female aspirants to join in flying and ground duty (technical and non-technical) branches through AFCAT 2019. The eligibility criteria is different for both of the branches. But the basic criteria is that a candidate should be a citizen of India. 

  • The last date to apply online is Decemeber 30, 2018.
  • AFCAT (February session) is scheduled for February 16 and 17 in CBT mode.
  • The syllabus will be of graduation level, except question under Numerical Ability section. Check AFCAT Syllabus

Read on to know detailed eligibility for AFCAT Exam in terms of nationality, age, branch-wise and qualification wise. 

AFCAT Eligibility: Age and Marital Status

Flying Branch through AFCAT/ NCC Entry:

  • 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2020 i.e. born between January 2, 1996 to January 1, 2000 (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 January 2, 1994 to January 1, 2000 (both dates inclusive).

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch:

  • 20 to 26 years as on January 1, 2020 i.e. born between January 2, 1994 to January 1, 2000 (both dates inclusive).

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.
Acceptabe Date of Birth: 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.

AFCAT Educational Qualification

Educational Qualification for various posts is different. Candidates must go through the details given below to know about educational criteria set by IAF.

AFCAT Eligibility for Flying Duty

  • a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level. (AND)
  • Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. (OR)
  • BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. (OR)
  • Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

AFCAT Eligibility for Ground Duty (Technical)

  1. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}
  • a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level (AND)
  • a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognized University (OR)
  • cleared Sections A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership exam of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-​
Communication EngineeringComputer Engineering/TechnologyComputer Engineering & Application
Computer Science and Engineering/TechnologyElectrical and Computer EngineeringElectrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical EngineeringElectronics Engineering/ TechnologyElectronics Science and Engineering
ElectronicsElectronics and Communication EngineeringElectronics and Computer Science
Electronics and/or Telecommunication EngineeringElectronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)Electronics and Computer Engineering
Electronics Communication and Instrumentation EngineeringElectronics Instrument & ControlElectronics Instrument & Control Engineering
Instrumentation & Control EngineeringInstrument & Control EngineeringInformation Technology
  1. Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}
  • a minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level (AND)
  • a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University (OR)
  • cleared Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
Aerospace EngineeringAeronautical EngineeringAircraft Maintenance Engineering
Mechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering and AutomationMechanical Engineering (Production)
Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)MechatronicsIndustrial Engineering

AFCAT Eligibility for Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

The eligibility differs as per the departments, the same is listed below:

  • Administration & Logistics: Graduate Degree (min. three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Accounts: B.Com Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Education: MBA/ MCA or MA/ MSc degree in English/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ International relations/ International Studies/ Defence Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relation with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together.
  • NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch): NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Jan 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. (OR) BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. 
  • Meteorology: Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment /Geo-physics/Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each).
Note: LLB qualified and integrated/ dual degree candidates may get an opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning).

AFCAT Physical Criteria

To apply for AFCAT, the basic criteria for candidates is to be physically and mentally fit. Candidates are advised to get themselves examined medically before filling AFCAT Application Form, so as to avoid rejections at a later stage. Additionally, candidates must be free from any disease or disability.

Height and Weight Eligibility for AFCAT

Below are the height and weight eligibility standards for male and female candidates for any position of Indian Air Force. Note that the acceptable weight will be ± 10% of the average weight mentioned below

Height and Weight Eligibility for Male Candidate

Height in cmWeight Based on the Age Range
 15-17 Yrs.18-22 Yrs.23- 27 Yrs.28- 32 Yrs.33-37 Yrs.
1524647505454
1534747515555
1544748515655
1554849525656
1564849535757
1574950545858
1584950545858
1595051555959
1605152565960
1615152566060
1625253576161
1635254586162
1645354596263
1655355596363
1665456606364
1675456616465
1685557616565
1695557626566
1705658636667
1715659646668
1725759646768
1735860656869
1745861666870
1755961666971
1765962677071
1776062687072
1786063697173
1796164697273
1806164707274
1816265717375
1826266727476
1836366727476
1846467737577
1856468747578
1866568747678
1876569757779
1886669767780
1896670777881
1906771777981
1916771787982
1926872798083
1936873798183
SD6.06.37.16.66.9

Height and Weight Eligibility for Female Candidate

Height in cmWeight Based on Age Range
 20-25 Years26-30 Years
1484346
1494447
1504548
1514548
1524649
1534750
1544750
1554851
1564952
1574953
1585053
1595154
1605155
1615255
1625256
1635357
1645457
1655458
1665559
1675660
1685660
1695761
1705862
1715862
1725963
1735964
1746064
1756165
1766166
1776267
1786367
SD55

CheckAFCAT Visual Standards Notification (Pg. 8)

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