AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

AFCAT eligibility
AFCAT eligibility criteria

AFCAT exam, that is, Air Force Common Aptitude Test is conducted twice a year. This exam is conducted for recruitment of technical and non-technical posts in Indian Air Force. But their is always confusion between aspirants regarding AFCAT 1 2020 eligibility. There is a AFCAT entry, NCC special entry and metrology entry. Various posts like Ground duty technical, Ground duty non-technical, Flying branch, Permanent Commission, Short Service Commission, etc can be applied by aspirant belonging to different qualification and age. This makes the afcat eligibility criteria even more confusing to aspirants.

In this today’s article, your A to Z doubts regarding AFCAT eligibiity will be cleared and you can easily understand the entry you can apply for.

AFCAT Eligbility

Why is it necessary to understand AFCAT eligbility criteria before applying for Exam? Because AFCAT exam being too diverse, in terms of job profile, we are not aware regarding the job profile we are eligibile for.

It happens many a times that aspirant has not given exam because he was not aware about the job profile, not aware about the age limit or even dont know that this job profile also exists in AFCAT exam. And the time when you know it, its already too late. So, thats the purpose of writing this article on cds exam eligibility is to let you know the career opportunities waiting for you in Indian Air Force via AFCAT exam.

Also Read: AFCAT exam preparation (Score 180+ marks in 3 months)

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

Before knowing the AFCAT 1 2020 eligibility criteria, let us understand some basics of AFCAT exam.

AFCAT exam is conducted twice a year (In February and September) for recruitment of officers in :

  1. Flying Branch

  2. Technical Branch

  3. Ground Duty Branch

  • Flying branch Compulsorily offers = Short Service Commission
  • On the other Hand, Ground Duty Branch and Technical Branch offers= Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission (depends on your preference)

Now, we need to see AFCAT eligibility criteria one by one for Flying Branch, Technical branch and Ground Duty Branch.

AFCAT exam eligibility
AFCAT eligibility

AFCAT Eligibility for Flying Branch

  1. Candidate must have scored atleast 60 % Marks in Physics and Maths at 10+2 level.

If the condition 1 is fullfilled, then 2 type of aspirants are eligible for AFCAT flying Branch:

  1. BE /Btech (which is a 4 year course) done from recognized university with 60% aggregate marks.
  2. Graduation (with 3 years) done in any discipline from recoognized university with 60% aggregate marks.

Minimum Height requirement for flying branch: 162.5 mm (And corresponding weight as given in table below)

Minimum Vision requirement for Flying branch: 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other 

AFCAT Eligibility for Technical Branch

Education-wise AFCAT 1 2020 eligibility:

Four year degree qualification (BE/ BTech) done from recognized university and have cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with 60% marks

Minimum Height requirement for Technical Branch (Men): 157.5 cm

Minimum Height requirement for Technical Branch (Women):152 cm

Following Branches are eligible for Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Automation
  • Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
  • Mechatronics.
  • Industrial Engineering

Following Branches are eligible for Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Engineering/Technology
  • Computer Engineering & Application
  • Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering/ Technology
  • Electronics Science and Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electronics and Computer Science
  • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electronics Instrument & Control
  • Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
  • Instrumentation & Control Engineering
  • Instrument & Control Engineering
  • Information Technology

Understanding these engineering subjects forms important part of afcat exam eligibility.

AFCAT Eligibility for Ground Duty Branch

AFCAT Eligibility for ground duty can be further divided into 3 categories based on posts.

AFCAT Eligibility for Administration and Logistics Posts

Graduate degree (of minimum 3 years) in any discipline with min 60% marks from any recognized university or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with a min of 60% marks.

AFCAT Eligibility for Accounts Posts

Candidate must have done B.Com (of Minimum 3 years) with min 60% marks

AFCAT Eligibility for Education related Posts

Candidate must have done MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International studies / Defence studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT / Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation from recognized university with minimum 60% marks in Graduation and aggregate 50% marks in Post graduation (if done)

(Post graduation course must be of minimum 2 years period)

AFCAT Eligibility for Metrology posts

If you want to apply for meterology posts following qualification is must. You must be from Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment /Geophysics/Environmental Biology with at least 50% of marks in total of all the exams combined altogether (given Maths and Physics were studied at a Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% of marks in both)

Minimum Height requirement for Technical Branch (Men): 157.5 cm

Minimum Height requirement for Technical Branch (Women):152 cm

AFCAT Eligibility Age

AFCAT age limit
AFCAT eligibility age

AFCAT 2020 eligibility age for Flying Branch: 20-24 years

For example: If you are preparing for AFCAT 1 2020 exam, you must be born between 02 January 1997 to 01 January 2001.

AFCAT 2020 eligibility age for Ground Duty Branch: 20-26 years

For example: If you are preparing for AFCAT 1 2020 exam, you must be born between 02 January 1995 to 01 January 2001 (both dates inclusive)

AFCAT 2020 eligibility age for Technical Branch: 20-26 years

For example: If you are preparing for AFCAT 1 2020 exam, you must be born between 02 January 1995 to 01 January 2001

AFCAT exam eligibility for Female

AFCAT eligibility for female is also the same which I have mentioned above. Weight to height ratio for female is different than male. Follow the charts given below for exact weight as per your age and height.

AFCAT eligibility weight for Female as per height and age

AFCAT height weight chart

AFCAT eligibility weight for Male as per height and age

AFCAT medial height men

Am I eligible to give AFCAT exam in Final year of graduation?

Talking about AFCAT exam eligibility for final year aspirant, you can apply for AFCAT exam if you have 60% aggregate marks till previous semister with no present backlog.

And if you clear the AFCAT written exam and AFSB, then you have to submit provisional certificate at the time of commencement of training.

In short, dont worry about AFCAT eligibility even if you are in last year of graduation. Your focus must be more on Written exam and AFSB preparation which is more crucial.

AFCAT Eligibility 2020

In today’s article we have talked about AFCAT Eligibility criteria for 2020. You can 100% ely on the content given in this article. If their will be any changes in the AFCAT 2020 Eligibility criteria, I will inform you on various social media platforms.

Conclusion

Almost 95% of the aspirant reading this article will be eligible to appear for some or other post in AFCAT exam. So, just being eligible to give exam is not a big deal. You need to follow AFCAT preparation article where I have given detailed strategy to score 180+ Marks in upcoming afcat exam.

So, focus on being eligible to be a officer in Indian Air Force.

And if you still have any doubts, feel free to ask Sarkaari service in the comment section below.

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