AFCAT Full Form- Must know details of AFCAT Exam !

AFCAT Full Form

You are searching for AFCAT Full Form means that you have taken the decision to give AFCAT Exam. If you want to join Indian Air Force (for Class 1 Post-Officer Entry) then AFCAT is the best entry which gives you the option to join various departments of Indian Air Force via single exam. You can apply for various branches of Indian Air Force based on your qualification, age limit and personal choice. So, if you want to be officier in Indian Air Force, AFCAT is the exam made for you.

Awareness about AFCAT exam is comparatively low if you will compare it with other defence exams like UPSC CDS, UPSC NDA, Territorial army, etc because this exam is not conducted by any constitutional Body like UPSC but by Indian Air Force itself. So, keep patience till end of this article to know much more details of AFCAT other than “Full form of AFCAT”

AFCAT Full Form = “Air Force Common Aptitude Test

As the name depicts, its a Common Aptitude Exam conducted by Indian Air Force to recruit officers in various branches of Indian Air Force. You can join various branches of Indian Air Force like:

  • Flying Branch
  • Ground Duty Technical
  • Ground Duty Non-Technical
Flying Branch Air Force Pilot
Ground Duty (Technical)  Aeronautical Engineer Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineer Electronics
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Administration, Logistics, Accounts Branch

AFCAT Eligibility criteria completely depends on the branch you have applied for.

AFCAT Exam (A to Z Details at a Glance!)

Before beginning the AFCAT Exam detailed analysis, we will see an overview of AFCAT Exam and related terms. Your A to Z questions related to AFCAT exam will be solved in this tabular explanation. Let us begin with the Indian Air Force Academy aerial view.

Indian Air Force Academy

Indian Air Force Academy was established in 1969 and started its operations in 1971. It is spread over 7050 acres of land in Dundigal (25 km away from Hyderabad and Secunderabad)

Indian Air Force Academy gives specialised training to cadets who want to join Indian Air Force. You can join Indian Air Force Academy via AFCAT Exam, CDS Exam, NCC Entry and after completing 3 years of training at National Defence Academy.

Indian Air Force Logo
Common Questions Answers
Location of Indian Air Force Academy Dundigal, Hyderabad
Duration of Training at AFA
  • 74 weeks for Flying Branch and Technical Branch
  • 52 weeks for Non-Technical Branch
Which Candidates are Trained at AFA Candidates who clear AFCAT, CDS, NDA, Technical and NCC Entry
Exams to Join Indian Air Force Academy AFCAT, CDS, NDA,Technical and NCC Entry
Commission via AFCAT Exam Short Service Commission (SSC)and Permanent Commission (PC)
Age limit for AFCAT exam 20-26 Years (depends on branch applied)
What is Full form of AFCAT ? Air Force Common Aptitude Test
Can girls join the Indian Air Force Academy ? Yes, Ofcourse
AFCAT Exam Eligibility Graduation (Field of graduation varies with post you have applied!)
Motto of Indian Air Force Academy Touch the Sky with Glory
Pattern of AFCAT Exam

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020

  • AFCAT Exam is conducted Twice in a Year (February and December)
  • You have to clear AFCAT Written exam, AFSB Interview and Merit List to join Indian Air Force Academy.
  • AFCAT has single paper of 300 marks which has questions from English, General Ability, Reasoning and Maths (For Technical Posts, you need to give additional EKT Exam of 100 marks)
  • Understanding AFCAT Pattern is first step of beginning preparation!
AFCAT Exam Pattern
  • You get Permanent Commission as well as Short Service Commission via AFCAT Exam (Flying Branch provides only Short Service Commisssion)
AFCAT exam eligibility
  • AFCAT Eligibility Age Varies from 20-26 Years based on Branch you have applied. Check detailed article on AFCAT Eligibility Criteria for exact limit in which birth date must lie.
AFCAT age limit
  • AFCAT Syllabus given in “Official Notification” is very generalized. So, you need to check chapter-wise weightage of AFCAT to have a detailed analysis of AFCAT Syllabus.
AFCAT Syllabus 2020

AFCAT Cut Off Marks of Last 5 Years

AFCAT Examination AFCAT Cut off Marks  AFCAT EKT Cut off Marks
AFCAT 2 2019 Cut Off 142 50
AFCAT1 2019 Cut Off 133  50
AFCAT 2 2018 Cut Off 140 55
AFCAT 1 2018 Cut Off 155 60
AFCAT 2 2017 Cut Off 160 60
AFCAT 1 2017 Cut Off 150 60
AFCAT 2  2016 Cut Off 148 60
AFCAT 1 2016 Cut Off 132 52
AFCAT 2 2015 Cut Off 144 52
AFCAT 1 2015 Cut Off 126 55
AFCAT 2 2014 Cut Off 123 45
AFCAT 1 2014 Cut Off 128 42


Now after having an overview of AFCAT exam, you have sound knowledge about AFCAT Exam. But more important thing is studying as per AFCAT Preparation Plan so that you score 180+ Marks in written exam. And if you face any doubt in AFCAT preparation, feel free to ask our team. We will guide you in your preparation journey.

Jai Hind !


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