AFCAT Exam Pattern

AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST is conducted 2 times a year by Indian Air Force to recruit for the vacancies in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches. The AFCAT 1 2023 notification was released on 1st December 2022. According to the notification, the online AFCAT examination will be conducted on February 24, February 25 and February 26, 2023.

Candidates who have applied for the AFCAT 1/2023 must go through the exam pattern for the examination. This article gives information about AFCAT Exam Pattern 2023. For more details on AFCAT Exam, refer to the linked article. 

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All applicants whose applications are submitted by the due date will be called for AFCAT at one of the examination centres. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). 

AFCAT Exam Pattern

The subjects, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Examination AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Examination. Online Online
Number of Questions 100 50
Maximum Marks 300 150
Duration of Exam 2 hours 45 minutes
Subjects General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark per wrong answer 1 mark per wrong answer

All the candidates who applied for AFCAT must appear in the written test. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). 

An online Practice Test (for AFCAT & EKT) is available on the IAF website: or 

Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called to one of the Air Force Selection Boards. Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centres. The testing by AFSB includes:

  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Tattoos Test
  • Narcotics Test
  • Document check
  • Psychological test
  • For Flying Branch: Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) 

Candidates who have qualified in the written exam are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the official website to generate a call-up letter for AFSB interview. 

Final Merit List: To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in the written examination and AFSB test as fixed by the IAF. Candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the AFSB tests. 

Aspirants of various Government Exams can know the details of the upcoming examination on the linked page.

Related Links:

AFCAT Notification AFCAT Salary
AFCAT eligibility criteria AFCAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern
AFCAT Result Government exams after 12th 
AFCAT Exam Date 2023 CDS Exam
AFCAT Exam Centres


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