AFCAT Notification 2021 - 02/2021 Recruitment & Vacancies

AFCAT Notification 2021 – The Indian Air Force has released AFCAT 02/2021 notification for courses commencing in July 2022. The registration process starts on 1st June 2021 and the last date to fill the application is 30th June 2021. Online applications are invited for the courses commencing in July 2022 for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and NonTechnical) Branches. Online applications are also invited for grant of PC/ SSC
for NCC Special Entry Scheme (For flying branch) and for Meteorology Entry. 

AFCAT Notification 02/2021:-Download PDF Here

The Indian Air Force released AFCAT 1/2021 notification on November 28th 2020. The application form for AFCAT recruitment 2021 will be made available from 1st December and the last date to register is 30th December 2020.

Interested and eligible candidates can go through the detailed AFCAT 2021 Notification before filling the application form.

AFCAT 1 Notification 2021 PDF Download PDF Here

AFCAT Notification 2020 – The Indian Air Force released AFCAT 2 notification on June 10th 2020. The application form for AFCAT recruitment 2020 will be made available from June 14 and the last date to register is July 14th, 2020.

IAF holds the AFCAT recruitment twice a year in December and June to recruit eligible candidates as Group A Gazetted Officers in the three branches of Air Force i.e. Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical and non-Technical) Branch. To know more about the AFCAT exam check the given link. 

In this article, aspirants will get in-depth information on various aspects of AFCAT notification such as online application, AFCAT vacancy, eligibility, syllabus and paper pattern, etc. 

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

The AFCAT recruitment process starts with the release of notification by the Indian Air Force. IAF mentions in the AFCAT notification the details regarding the recruitment of AFCAT exams like the number of vacancies released, online application dates and procedure, exams pattern and syllabus, examination date, eligibility requirements from the candidates willing to apply and more. 

Candidates can download AFCAT notification PDF given below to check relevant details-

AFCAT 1 Notification 2021 PDF Download PDF Here

AFCAT 2 Notification 2020 PDF- Download PDF Here

AFCAT 1 Notification 2020 PDF- Download PDF Here

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AFCAT Notification 

On June 1, 2021, the Indian Air Force released a notification for the recruitment of flying branch and ground duty (technical and non-technical) branches/ NCC special entry/ Meteorology entry.

AFCAT Notification 02/2021
AFCAT 2021 recruitment events Important Dates
Application Start Date June 1, 2021
Application Close Date June 30, 2021
Number of Vacancies 334
Release of Admit Card August 20, 2021
AFCAT 2/2021 Exam Date August 28, 29 and 30, 2021
AFCAT 2/2021 Result September 17, 2021

As already mentioned IAF releases AFCAT notification biannually. AFCAT 1 2021 Notification released on November 28th 2020. Candidates can go through important dates as given in the AFCAT Notification 2021-

AFCAT 2021 Notification
AFCAT 2021 recruitment events Important Date
AFCAT 1 2021 Notification out November 28th 2020
Online Application for AFCAT 2021 Starts December 1st 2020
Registration for AFCAT 2021 Notification End Date December 30th 2020
AFCAT 1 2021 Admit Card Date To be announced
Written exam for AFCAT 2021 Recruitment February 2021 (Tentative)
Course Commencement for AFCAT 2021 recruitment January 2022

AFCAT Notification 2020 Dates

AFCAT 2 notification 2020 was released in June while AFCAT 1 2020 Notification was announced in November 2019. Candidates can go through important dates pertaining to AFCAT Notification 2020. 

AFCAT 2 Notification 2020 
AFCAT exam event AFCAT Dates 
AFCAT Notification 2020 June 10th 2020
AFCAT Application Form available June 15th 2020
AFCAT registration last date June 14th 2020
AFCAT 2 exam date September 19th & 20th 2020 (postponed)

October 3rd, 4th & 5th 2020 (new dates)

AFCAT 1 Notification 2020

AFCAT 1 Notification 2020 
AFCAT exam event AFCAT Dates
AFCAT 1 Notification 2020 November 23rd 2019
AFCAT Application Form available December 1st 2019
AFCAT registration last date December 30th 2019
AFCAT 1 exam date February 22nd and 23rd 2020

AFCAT Training

  1. Training for AFCAT 1 and AFCAT 2 is scheduled to commence in the first week of January and July 2021 for all courses.
  2. The approximate duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.
  3. PAN Card, Aadhaar card and account in SBI/ Nationalised Bank is mandatory at the time of joining Air Force Academy (AFA).

AFCAT Salary 

The starting pay of Flight Cadets as mentioned in the AFCAT notification is Rs 56,100 per month (a fixed stipend of ) during one year of training. Successful candidates are placed in the pay level 10. The Flying Officers are entitled to a salary of Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500. The MSP provided to candidates is Rs 15,500. Apart from this candidates are also entitled to various allowances. 

Aspirants can go through the AFCAT Salary and allowances on the linked page.

Aspirants of government examination can check the given links for assistance – 

AFCAT Vacancy

IAF announces AFCAT vacancy along with the official notification. A total of 235 vacancies are announced for AFCAT 1 recruitment 2021. Candidates filling AFCAT Notification 2021 will get admission for courses commencing from January 2022. The detailed AFCAT Vacancy 2021 are as follows –

AFCAT 1 Vacancy 2021
Entries IAF Branches AFCAT Vacancies
AFCAT entry


Flying Branch (SSC for men & women) SSC – 69
Ground Duty Technical – PC for men, SSC for men & women AE(L) : PC- 27, SSC- 40

AE(M): PC- 12, SSC-17

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Administration & education – PC for men, SSC for men & women Admin:PC- 12, SSC-19

Accts: PC-06, SSC-10

Lgs: PC-09, SSC-14

Note – 

  1. Out of the total AFCAT vacancies, 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC are for the NCC Special Entry Flying branch.
  2. The PC- the permanent commission is for men and SSC-Short service commission is for men and women. 

AFCAT Vacancies 2020

A total of 256 vacancies are announced by IAF through AFCAT 2 notification 2020. Candidates filling the AFCAT 2 vacancies 2020 will get an entry for courses beginning in July 2021. 

The following vacancies will be filled through AFCAT 2.

AFCAT 2 Vacancy 2020
Entries IAF Branches AFCAT Vacancies
AFCAT entry


Flying Branch (SSC for men & women) SSC – 74
Ground Duty Technical – PC for men, SSC for men & women AE(L) : PC-40, SSC-26

AE(M): PC-23, SSC-16

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Administration & education – PC for men, SSC for men & women Admin:PC- 23, SSC-16

Education: PC-08, SSC-08 

Meteorology Entry  Ground Duty (NonTechnical)  Meteorology: PC-10   SSC-12 

AFCAT 1 Vacancy 2020

Similarly, the AFCAT 1 Vacancy 2020 was also released by the Indian Air Force in the notification. 249 vacancies were announced for AFCAT 1 2020 recruitment. All those who got selected in the AFCAT 1 recruitment will commence the course from January 2021. 

The detailed bifurcation of AFCAT vacancy 2020 is given below-

AFCAT 1 Vacancy 2020
Entries IAF Branches AFCAT Vacancies


Flying SSC – 60
Ground Duty (Technical) AE(L) : PC – 40, SSC – 26

AE(M) : PC – 23, SSC – 16

Ground Duty (Non-Technical)

Administration, Accounts, Logistics

Admin: PC – 24, SSC – 16

Accts: PC – 14, SSC – 10

Lgs ; PC- 12, SSC – 08




Flying 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out

of AFCAT vacancies for SSC.

Candidates can go through PDF given below for the detailed AFCAT vacancies 2020-

AFCAT 2 Notification 2020 PDF- Download PDF Here

AFCAT 1 Notification 2020 PDF- Download PDF Here

AFCAT Online Application

The AFCAT application and registration process begin along with the releases of notification or from the date mentioned in the notification. 

For AFCAT 2021 recruitment the registration is dated to start from December 1st and the candidates will be able to fill the application form for AFCAT 1 notification 2021 till December 30th 2020.

Candidates who wish to fill the AFCAT online application form must go through the notification carefully because any minor mistake in AFCAT registration form can lead to rejection of the application. 

AFCAT notification mentions the detailed procedure of registration and application form filling for candidates convenience. Aspirants who wish to fill AFCAT Application Form for next recruitment are required to follow the below-mentioned steps – 

AFCAT Registration – 

  1. Visit the official IAF career website
  2. Go to the ‘Candidates Login’ section.
  3. Click on New registration.
  4. Fill in the registration details asked like the name, mail ID, mobile number, etc. and submit.
  5. A new AFCAT registration ID and password will be sent to the registered mail ID.

AFCAT Application Form Filling

  1. Use the registration Id and password to log in
  2. Provide the necessary information as per the directions given
  3. Give the preference of IAF branch, examination centre and EKT subject, etc.
  4. Upload scanned signature and photograph (as per dimensions given in the notification)
  5. Click on submit.

AFCAT Application Fee

After completing the application form filling, candidates are required to pay the examination fee through the ‘Make Payment’ step in the main menu.

  1. Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee. 
  2. The AFCAT application fee is non-refundable and can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway.

Note – Candidates whether applying for AFCAT 1 or AFCAT 2 exam have to follow the same procedure of application. 

AFCAT Eligibility

IAF mentions detailed eligibility requirements for different branches in the notification. Candidates who wish to apply for AFCAT recruitment must meet the eligibility conditions so as to avoid the rejection of their candidature.

The eligibility criteria as prescribed by the Indian Air Force in the official AFCAT notification is as follows –

  1. Both men and women can apply
  2. Applicants below 25 years of age must be unmarried.
  3. Widow/widower below 25 years are not eligible
  4. Applicants must be an Indian citizen
  5. Minimum age to appear for AFCAT recruitment is 20 years
  6. Maximum age is 24 years and 26 years for Flying Branch and Ground Duty Branch respectively. 
  7. Candidates must have compulsorily passed 10+2 level with 50% marks in each Maths and Physics.
  8. To be eligible for AFCAT recruitment candidates must possess a graduation degree from a recognized university. However, the degree and discipline of different branches are different.

Candidates can go through the detailed AFCAT eligibility on the given link to know the education qualification, requirements of Medical and physical standards, etc. 

AFCAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The syllabus and exam pattern as mentioned in the AFCAT notification is highlighted in this section.

As per the examination pattern, AFCAT exam is conducted in two stages-

Stage I – AFCAT written exam that comprises two tests (one compulsory for all and EKT only for candidates applied for the technical branch)

Stage II – AFSB interview

The exam pattern for AFCAT written exam is as mentioned below-

AFCAT Notification- Exam Pattern
Exam Duration No. of Questions Max. Marks Subjects
AFCAT exam 2 Hours 100 300 Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Military Aptitude
EKT for Technical branch 45 Minutes 15 100 Technical

AFCAT Syllabus

  1. English. Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases.
  2. General Awareness. History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.
  3. Numerical Ability. Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams).
  4. Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Note – The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).

For a detailed exam pattern, marking scheme and AFCAT syllabus section and topic-wise, check the linked page. 

Detailed information on AFCAT Result can be found on the linked page. 

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