Indian Air Force invites Indian citizens (Men and Women) to be part of this elite force as Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches.

  • Exam Will be conducted Online(Computer based test)
  • Candidates are to ensure their eligibility for the examination, as follows:
  • Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination.

Their admission at all the stages of examination viz. Written examination and SSB test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or AFSB Testing, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature will be cancelled by the IAF.

(b) Mere issue of Admit card/Call up letter to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally accepted by Indian Air Force.

 Type of Commission.
(a) Permanent Commission (PC) for Men. Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.

(b) Short Service Commission (SSC) for Men & Women.
(i) The engagement period for Flying Branch (Men and Women) SSC Officers
is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non extendable).
(ii) The initial tenure for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) SSC
Officers 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.

 Eligibility Conditions.

(a) Nationality. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
(b) Age.
 (i) Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry: 20 to 24 years as
 Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years

(ii) Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years 

(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, which 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

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(v) Sometimes 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.

(c) Educational Qualifications.

(i) Flying Branch. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and
(a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline
from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
OR
(b) BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with
a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
OR
(c) 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.

SYLLABUS

  1. General Awareness
  2. Verbal Ability
  3. Numerical Ability
  4. Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test
  • AFCAT Syllabus for General Awareness : History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.
  • AFCAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.
  • Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Scheme of Syllabus (EKT  – Technical Branch):

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is the examination aimed at testing the basic knowledge of engineering required for the technical branch. Technical branch includes course of Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical). This examination is pitched at pre- final to final year engineering level. Total 50 Objective type questions will be asked in the examination and the duration is 45 min. 

The pattern of examination includes two parts – 

  • General Engineering – Modern Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and
  • Specialist Paper for each Engineering discipline  – Computer and Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)

AFCAT EKT Exam 

  • All applicants whose online applications have been successfully submitted will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) (applicable only for candidates applying for technical branch).
  • EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.
  • The duration of AFCAT Exam will be 2 Hours and EKT exam will be for 45 mins.

Candidates who will clear the AFCAT exam  will be called for further SSB interview process which is also known as AFSB interview. AFSB stands for air force selection board which are located at Mysore, Dehradun, Varanasi and Gandhinagar. 

How and what is required in the process of AFCAT EKT

  •  Selection will be based on score in Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) (applicable to technical posts only) & Air Force Common Admission Test 2019.
  • After qualifying AFCAT & EKT, contenders will be invited for Medical Test, Intelligence Test, Group Test, Psychological Test and Interview Test round organized by Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs).
  • All of applicants of Flying Branch should to attempt for Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS), Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT).
  • AFCAT Exam will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude.
  • Candidates opting for ground duty (technical) branch to pass both AFCAT and EKT.

Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of AFCAT/EKT will be called for further testing. The testing would consist of three stages as given below:- 

Stage-I- Test consisting of Intelligence Test, 

Stage-II- Testing consisting of Psychological, Group Tests and Interview and For Flying Branch, Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to eligible candidates.  Duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks. 

One common test of 100 questions is to be solved by all candidates in 2 hours. Technical Branch candidates have an addition test of EKT, both tests are objective. Successful candidates get a chance to appear for AFSB, and recommended candidates can be called for training based on their rank in the merit list and subject to medical fitness

  • IAF will conduct AFCAT written test in Online mode
  • Questions in the AFCAT question Paper, shall carry of 300 marks.
  • Question will have four section in which each section containing questions from different subjects.
  • Each question have 04 options, in which you need to mark one appropriate answer.
  • Each question carry of 03 marks and each wrong answer deduct 1/3 or 1 mark.
  • Total time duration will be 02 hours (120 Minutes).
  • IAF will conducting EKT written test in Offline Mode.
  • EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT exam .

Engineering Knowledge Test Syllabus

Here you can get the detailed topic wise EKT Syllabus with exam pattern. Contenders can make use of the provided contents for their practice and try to score best marks in going to appear exam.

EKT SYLLABUS FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics : Analogy and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Computer Networks, Network Theory Design, Switching Theory, Information Technology.
  • Allied Engineering: Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, . Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Radar Theory, Instrumentation.

EKT SYLLABUS FOR ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering : Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics : Analog and Digital Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices, Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Antenna and Wave Propagation.
  • Allied Engineering Topics : Instrumentation, Computer Networks, Network Theory Design, Switching Theory, Information Technology, Radar Theory,

EKT SYLLABUS FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING:

  • Fundamental Engineering: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Engineering Graphics/ Engineering Drawing.
  • Specialization Branch Topics : Engineering Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Theory of Machines, Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Manufacturing Science, Materials Science, Machine Drawing.

Allied Engineering: Automotive Engineering, Power Plant Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Structures, Aerodynamics

  • Ground Duty (Technical) Branch.

(aa) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}. Candidates with 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 examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following
disciplines:-
(aaa) Communication Engineering.
(aab) Computer Engineering/Technology.
(aac) Computer Engineering & Application.
(aad) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology.
(aae) Electrical and Computer Engineering.
(aaf) Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
(aag) Electrical Engineering.
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(aah) Electronics Engineering/ Technology.
(aaj) Electronics Science and Engineering.
(aak) Electronics.
(aal) Electronics and Communication Engineering.
(aam) Electronics and Computer Science.
(aan) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering.
(aao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave).
(aap) Electronics and Computer Engineering.
(aaq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering.
(aar) Electronics Instrument & Control.
(aas) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering.
(aat) Instrumentation & Control Engineering.
(aau) Instrument & Control Engineering.
(aav) Information Technology.
(ab) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}. Candidates with 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:-
(aaa) Aerospace Engineering.
(aab) Aeronautical Engineering.
(aac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
(aad) Mechanical Engineering.
(aae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation.
(aaf) Mechanical Engineering (Production).
(aag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance).
(aah) Mechatronics.
(aaj) Industrial Engineering.

(iii) Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches

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(aa) Administration& Logistics.

Graduate Degree (Minimum 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.

(ab) Accounts. B.Com Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

 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.

(aa) LLB qualified and integrated/ dual degree candidates may get an
opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning).

(ab) In case the candidates are awarded grades/ CGPA instead of marks,
the conversion of grades/ CGPA to percentage of marks would be based
on the procedure certified by the University from where they have obtained the degree. In case the University does not have any scheme for converting
CGPA to percentage conversion certificate, CGPA will be converted into 10
points scale and multiplied by 10 to get equivalent percentage.

(ac) Candidates who are studying in the final year/ semester Degree course
and are yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog and should have secured a minimum of 60% marks up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application.

(ad) Candidates who have failed the Computerised Pilot Selection System
(CPSS)/ Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt or a Flight
Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply in Flying Branch.

(d) Candidates who were admitted to an earlier course at the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy Gaya but were removed on grounds of indiscipline are ineligible to apply.

(e) Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for AFCAT and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.

(f) Candidates who have been convicted on criminal charges and those who are still stuck in a criminal case are not eligible to apply.

 Physical and Medical Standards. Guidelines with regard to physical and medical standards for candidates are as follows:-
(a) Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards.
(b) Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM, Bengaluru based on candidates recommended by the AFSB. Non-reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature. Male candidates will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising of male/ female doctors specialists/ Gynaecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

(c) Candidates who are unfit may apply for AMB to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board.

 Height and Weight Parameters
(i) You will be screened for your height and weight at AFSB. In case you do
not meet the height criterion when you report to AFSB, you may not be tested. Overweight/obese candidate would be issued with a letter of caution and advised to reduce weight within the specified limits before reporting for medicals. Maximum permissible weight deviation is 01 Standard Deviation (SD)as per the height and weight standards for men and women, failing which the above mentioned letters of caution would be issued.

(ii) The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5 cms, Leg Length: Min – 99 cms, Max -120 cms. Thigh Length: Max – 64 cms, Sitting Height: Min – 81.5 cms, Max – 96 cms (No concession for age/ sex/region).

(iii) The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty
(Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates, minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individual belonging to hills of NorthEastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).