Important Dates for AFCAT 2018

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AFCAT 2018 notification has been announced. AFCAT Application Form was available from December 25, 2017. The last date to fill AFCAT Application Form 2018 is January 23, 2018. AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an entrance test for the candidates who seek to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical).

Latest: IAF has announced AFCAT Hall Ticket 2018 on Feb 9.

What’s New in AFCAT 2018? 

  1. Method of Responses: From this year onwards, the written test policy has been discontinued. The exam will be the computer-based test (CBT). Check AFCAT Exam Format 2018
  2. Application Fee: AFCAT 2018 will not be free of cost, rather an application fee of INR 250 has to be submitted.
  3. Age Limit: Unlike the earlier year, this year the age will be measured as on January 1, 2018 rather than July 1, 2018. Check AFCAT Eligibility 
  • Another component was added to AFCAT 2018 by the name of Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
  • The SSB interview procedure goes on for five days.
  • In the SSB round, the aspirants would be evaluated extensively for their individuality traits, oratory skills, physical fitness, tactical sense, teamwork, and vocabulary skills.
  • On the Fifth and final day a conference is held where the aspirants are informed about their performance in the SSB procedure and the names of advisable aspirants are released.
  • Those who qualify will be called for the second round of evaluation.
  • EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is a meant to test aspirant’s engineering knowledge. The test is mandatory for aspirants applying for Technical Ground Duty discipline.

AFCAT 2018 Highlights Table

Name of the ExamAFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
Level of ExamNational Level (AFCAT is organized twice a year – February and August)
Exam Organizing AuthorityIndian Air Force (IAF)
Posts ProvidedCommissioned officers in flying discipline, Ground Duty (technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) discipline
Method of ExamOnline (Computer Based Test)
SectionsGeneral Awareness, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude and Verbal Ability in English
Selection ProcessAFCAT exam, AFSB Interview, and Medical Test

Important Dates AFCAT 2018 Exam

Aspirants who are planning to take the AFCAT 1 or AFCAT 2 must note down the important dates concerned to announce of notification, last date of AFCAT Application Form, and date of exam. For your reference, we have tabulated the concerned information below.

Publishing of AFCAT 1 2018 notificationDecember 2017
Start of online applicationDecember 25, 2017
Last date for applicationJanuary 23, 2018
Admit card announcedtwo weeks before the exam
AFCAT 1 exam dateFebruary 25, 2018
Date of Publishing AFCAT 2 2018 notificationJune 2018
Start of online applicationJune 2018
Last date for applicationLast week of June 2018
Admit card announcedMid of July 2018
AFCAT 2 exam dateAugust 2018

The date and schedule mentioned above are tentative in nature. The exact dates concerned with the exam events would be notified by AFCAT organizing authority via a notification on the official website.

AFCAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants who are ready to undertake AFCAT 2018 must check, whether they fulfill the desired eligibility criteria or not. The AFCAT 2018 Eligibility varies for various disciplines/departments. The eligibility criterion for various disciplines/courses is mentioned below for your reference.

DisciplineEligibilityDate of Birth
Flying Discipline60% marks in Graduation with any branch along with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 or B.E/B.Tech or 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute EngineersJanuary 2, 1995 to January 1, 1999 (Both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty TechnicalObtained 60% marks in graduation in any branch along with Physics and Mathematics at class 10+2 or clear 4 years graduation in Engineering or Technology or 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute Engineers.January 2, 1993 to January 1, 1999 (both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty Non-TechnicalSecured 60% marks in graduation in any branch and 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute Engineers. There are few added criteria for other sections under Ground Duty Non-Technical. You must read our full article for the same.January 2, 1993 to January 1, 1999 (Both dates inclusive)

AFCAT 2018 Application Form

Application Form for AFCAT 2018 would be available in online method only. No offline method of submission of application is there. The step by step registration cum application procedure is mentioned below for your reference.


  •  Click on submit. A new registration ID and password would be sent to the registered E-mail address.
  • Click on Aspirants login section.
  • Go to the official career website of Indian Airforce.
  • A new web page would be opened. Fill in the registration details asked for new users like the name; e-mail ID, mobile number etc.

Application Form Filling

  • Click on submit.
  • Select the preference of discipline, AFCAT exam center, Subject to EKT exam etc.
  • Fill in the details as per the directions are given on the webpage.
  • Upload Your signature and Photograph (as per dimensions offered in the notification).

Payment of Application Fee

 Aspirants filling AFCAT Application Form 2018 will have to pay an application fee of INR 250 through online or offline mode. Previous, no charges were implied to fill in the application form, however, this year onwards aspirants of each category must remit the given amount.

For online payment, use debit card/credit card or net banking options, while for offline payment take a printed copy of challan and pay the fee in nearest HDFC or Axis bank discipline.

AFCAT Hall Ticket 2018

The hall ticket for AFCAT 2018 would be announced by the second week of February 2018 on the official website. AFCAT authorities will send the hall ticket on the registered email id. No offline method is practiced to dispatch AFCAT 2018 Hall Ticket.

Aspirants can download their AFCAT 2018 Hall Ticket by following the below- mentioned steps:

  • Type your E-mail ID and password to log in and download the hall ticket.
  • Window showing hall ticket will appear.
  • A login window will appear.
  • Go to the Career Website of Indian Airforce.
  • After downloading the hall ticket take a printout of the same.
  • Click on Aspirants login section.
  • Click on download hall ticket.

Exam Center for AFCAT 2018

AFCAT 2018 would be held in different cities across the country. Aspirants would be asked to give four to five choices of examination cities at the time of application procedure. Check AFCAT 2018 Exam Centers Aspirants are advised to fill these choices cautiously. For your reference, we have tabulated the list of centers where AFCAT 2018 would be held.

Exam Format for AFCAT 2018

AFCAT 2018 would include two parts- AFCAT paper and the other EKT (only for Technical Discipline). EKT would be held on the same day after AFCAT exam. The AFCAT 2018 Exam Format of both the exams is tabulated below:

AFCAT 2018 Exam Format Highlights Table

Method of ExaminationOnline
Number of Questions100
Maximum Marks300
Period of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)
Sections in PaperGK, Present affairs, Quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning and English and Comprehension.
Negative Marking1/3rd of the total marks allotted to the question.

AFCAT EKT 2018 Exam Format

Method of ExaminationOnline
Number of Questions50
Maximum Marks150
Period of Exam45 Minutes
Sections in PaperNo section as such, the paper includes questions from the engineering level subjects from the discipline which aspirant has selected for EKT.
Negative Marking1/3rd of the total marks allotted to the question.

Syllabus for AFCAT 2018

AFCAT 2018 Syllabus is similar to the general aptitude portion of any other government exam where questions are asked from Quantitative Aptitude, English, GK, Present Affairs, and logical reasoning. All the sections from AFCAT 2018 Syllabus are allotted equal weight in the paper with reasoning section having just a bit more questions assigned to it.

EKT syllabus is clearly overlapped with the Engineering level syllabus of the respective discipline for which aspirant has applied to take EKT exam. Aspirants can refer to their Engineering level books and sources for EKT exam.

Download AFCAT EKT 2018 Syllabus Pdf

AFCAT 2018 Preference Books

Aspirants can refer to the general aptitude book for any other government exam for which aptitude portion is common with AFCAT. Aspirants should also refer earlier year AFCAT and EKT paper for more extensive and holistic understanding of the questions asked. The list of advisable books is tabulated below.

Let’s Crack AFCATSSB Crack819310871X
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paperDisha Experts9385846744
Let’s Crack EKTSSB Crack8193108728
GK CapsuleArihant935094538X

AFCAT Result 2018 and AFSB Selection Procedure

The results of AFCAT 2018 would be released in the month of May/June 2018 on the official website. The exact date for AFCAT Result releasement would be made public via AFCAT 2018 official notification. Aspirants would be able to check their results by undertaking the following simple steps.

  • Click on AFCAT 2018 results.
  • A Pdf containing roll number of selected aspirant will appear.
  • Visit AFCAT 2018 official website.
  • Download the Pdf.
  • Search your Roll Number in the list.

The shortlisted aspirants’ name will appear in the merit list. Those who qualify will have to go via AFSB Selection Procedure for which date and venue have to be chosen by visiting the official website. For Flying Discipline aspirants, once in a lifetime test would be organized namely, Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

Cut Off for AFCAT 2018

The cut-offs are expected to follow the general trend in AFCAT 2018 as well. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2018.

YearCut Off Score
201185 (AFCAT 1)
201188 (AFCAT 2)
2012135(AFCAT 1)
2012143(AFCAT 2)
2013144(AFCAT 1)
2013116(AFCAT 2)
2014128(AFCAT 1)
2014123(AFCAT 2)
2015126(AFCAT 1)
2015144(AFCAT 2)
2016132(AFCAT 1)
2016148(AFCAT 2)
2017150(AFCAT 1)

Official cut off would be published on the website after the completion of the exam cycle.

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