The Indian Air Force, every year, opens certain positions for both the male and female aspirants to join the forces. These aspirants are appointed in the technical and non-technical departments. AFCAT- Air Force Common Admission Test is to evaluate the qualifications, intelligence, applicability, etc of the registered students. 

These candidates, after a thorough selection procedure, given the flying as well as the ground duty departments. Therefore, it should be noted that the selection criteria for both branches are different. However, the basic criteria to enroll are to be a dedicated citizen of the country.

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AFCAT Eligibility for Flying Services

As per the norms of the Indian Air Forces, the candidate needs to be a citizen of India. He/she must be within the age group of 20 to 24 years of age. Moreover, this is only for candidates who don’t have a pilot’s license.

On the other hand, the candidates who have a proper Commercial Pilot License by DGCA (India) can apply till the age of 26 years. 

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AFCAT Eligibility for Ground Duty

The aspirant must be a citizen of India who lies between the age group of 20 to 26 years. As such, there are no prior conditions to be stick to by the aspirants to apply for the ground services.

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Conditions regarding Marital Status

In order to become eligible for the Air Force Common Admission Test enrollment, certain guidelines are to be followed.

– The primary requirement is to stay unmarried at the time of enrollment into services. However, this is applicable to the students below 25 years of age. 

– No widow/widowers/divorcees are eligible to apply for the AFCAT exam. Their status of unmarried holds no importance as per the norms laid down by the Air Forces.

– No candidate is allowed to marry subsequent to the date of application even though they cleared SSB or medical exam. The candidates who do not abide by the rules are not eligible for training. This is also applicable to the candidates who engage in marital rights during the period of their training. 

– The candidates will have to pay the expenditure back to the government. This applies in the cases where the candidate was unsuccessful in the completion of his/her training. 

– The candidates who are 25 years of age or above can apply. However, they wouldn’t be provided any accommodation or provision to stay with their families. 

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Qualification Criteria for AFCAT(Air Force Common Admission Test)

For Flying Duty

– The candidates should have done their 10+2 in Maths and Science stream with a minimum score of 60%.

– Side by side, all the candidates should have completed their graduation with an overall score of 60% or above. The council allows for graduation in any discipline. 

– If the aspirant has not completed his/her degree program, then the following is applicable:-

 He/she must have cleared the Section A & B exam of the Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society. Moreover, aspirants should get a minimum score of 60% or above. 

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For Ground Duty (technical)

The same conditions apply to the applicants for the ground duty in the forces. However, they should have completed their graduation in Engineering or Technology from a recognized university. 

Moreover, the aspirants should know that there are varied departments in the Air forces that function on technical human resources.

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For Ground Duty (non-technical)

As mentioned above, there are different sections of services in the ground duty that relate to the non-technical background. These sections comprise Accounting, Logistics, Meteorology, Education, and NCC special entry. 

For every department, there are different qualification requirements. However, aspirants are eligible only if they have completed their graduation in any discipline with a minimum score of 60%. 

The above mentioned are the basic requirements for various departments in the Indian Air Forces. Additionally, all the candidates need to pass the physical body criteria. The Indian Air Forces require the aspirants to be mentally stable and physically fit in all respects. 

Coming to the end, we have summed up everything for the readers’ convenience to enhance their knowledge regarding AFCAT. As the CAT exam, the syllabus of AFCAT is somewhat similar. Still, it is advisable that the aspirants refer to past years’ question papers to get an in-depth exam view. 

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Viewing the current COVID-19 situation, AFCAT 2020 (August session) will be held on 24th and 25th February through online medium. 

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