AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022, Check Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Physical Standards!

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Know the eligibility criteria including Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Physical and Medical Standards for AFCAT before applying for it.

AFCAT eligibility criteria is set by Indian Air Force which conducts AFCAT twice every year to recruit eligible and intersted candidates for the post of officers in different branches. Candidates aspiring to appear for AFCAT should have detailed knowledge of the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. It is mandatory for candidates applying for AFCAT Exam to fulfill the eligibility criteria otherwise their candidature will be cancelled. Read this article to know detailed AFCAT eligibility criteria and other information.  If you are preparing for AFCAT Exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can now prepare for free with our Free - AFCAT Online Classes 2022.

Table of Contents

  1. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 
  2. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria Physical Criteria 
  3. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria Visual Standards 
  4. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria - NCC 
  5. AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Important Points


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

AFCAT eligibility criteria can be defined under the following categories:
  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification
 Nationality The Candidate must be a citizen of India as per the Indian citizenship act, 1955.
 Age Limit For Flying Branch: 
  • 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).
  • The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years (at the time of commencement of course) i.e. 

For Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branch: 
  • 20 to 26 years (at the time of commencement of course)
Marital Status Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried and candidates above the age of 25 years and who are married are eligible to apply for the exam. Widows/ Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.
Educational Qualifications Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and (a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
OR
(b) BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
OR
(c) Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
 
Ground Duty (Technical): Candidates who have completed Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) and Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) are eligible to apply under this category. The education qualification required are:


Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics): Candidates with a minimum of 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology from recognized University OR cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
  • Applied Electronics & Instrumentation
  • 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
  • Spacecraft Technology
  • Engineering Physics
  • Electric Power and Machinery Engineering
  • Infotech Engineering
  • Cyber Security
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical): Candidates with a minimum of 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognized University OR cleared Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Automation
  • Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)
  • Mechatronics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Production and Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Aerospace and Applied Mechanics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches:
Administration: Passed 10+2 and Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.


Education: Passed 10+2 and Post-Graduation with 50% marks in any discipline including integrated courses offering PG (Single degree without permission to exit and lateral entry) and with 60% marks in Graduation in any disciple.


Meteorology: Passed 10+2 and Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Geography/ Computer Applications/ Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/ Meteorology/ Agricultural Meteorology/ Ecology & Environment/ Geo-physics/ Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each)
NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch)

NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Dec 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

 
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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Physical Standards

Height and Weight

Flying Branch: The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5cms, Leg Length: Min - 99 cms, Max -120 cms.

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Thigh Length: Max - 64 cms, Sitting Height: Min - 81.5 cms, Max - 96 cms (No concession for age/ sex/ region)


The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Non-technical) Branch is 157.5 cms. For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of the North-Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 cms less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).


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Height and Weight Standards for Male

Height (in cm)

Without Shoes

Age Range (in Years) / Weight (in Kgs)

15-17

18-22

23-27

28-32 years

33-37years

152

46

47

50

54

54

153

47

47

51

55

55

154

47

48

51

56

56

155

48

49

52

56

56

156

48

49

53

57

57

157

49

50

54

58

58

158

49

50

54

58

58

159

50

51

55

59

59

160

51

52

56

59

60

161

51

52

56

60

60

162

52

53

57

61

61

163

52

54

58

61

62

164

53

54

59

62

63

165

53

55

59

63

63

166

54

56

60

63

64

167

54

56

61

64

65

168

55

57

61

65

65

169

55

57

62

65

66

170

56

58

63

66

67

171

56

59

64

66

68

172

57

59

64

67

68

173

58

60

65

68

69

174

58

61

66

68

70

175

59

61

66

69

71

176

59

62

67

70

71

177

60

62

68

70

72

178

60

63

69

71

73

179

61

64

69

72

73

180

61

64

70

72

74

181

62

65

71

73

75

182

62

66

72

74

76

183

63

66

72

74

76

184

64

67

73

75

77

185

64

68

74

75

78

186

65

68

74

76

78

187

65

69

75

77

79

188

66

69

76

77

80

189

66

70

77

78

81

190

67

71

77

79

81

191

67

71

78

79

82

192

68

72

79

80

82

193

68

73

79

81

83

+/- SD

6

6.3

7.1

6.6

6.9



AFCAT Eligibility -Height and Weight Standards for Female

Height (in cm) Without Shoes

Age Range (in Years) / Weight (in Kgs)

20-25 Years

26-30 Years

148

43

46

149

44

47

150

45

48

151

45

48

152

46

49

153

47

50

154

47

50

155

48

51

156

49

52

157

49

53

158

50

53

159

51

54

160

51

55

161

52

55

162

52

56

163

53

57

164

54

57

165

54

58

166

55

59

167

56

60

168

56

60

169

57

61

170

58

62

171

58

62

172

59

63

173

59

64

174

60

64

175

61

65

176

61

66

177

62

67

178

63

67

+/- SD

5

5

 

AFCAT Eligibility for Government Employee

If the aspirants are working with any government or government-owned organizations, then they should follow some rules and regulations for applying to AFCAT 2022 exam.

These terms and policies are considered as the No-Objection certificate. Go through the following policies to get an idea in a detailed manner:

  1. During the time of AFSB testing, the aspirants (both from the government or government-owned industrial section) have to show NOC. The aspirants are bound to show this NOC, irrespective of being contractual, permanent, or temporary subordinates.
  2. The candidature of the applicants might be cancelled (even after applying for AFCAT) if the authority receives a withheld grant from the employer.
  3. If the employers are not ready to submit the NOC (due to any reason), then the refusal would be considered in writing format and would be submitted to AFSB.

AFCAT Eligibility 2022: Disqualification

  1. If the aspirants would fail to qualify for the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in the first attempt.
  2. In case of suspension of flight cadets from the flying training of Air Force Academy, if the aspirants enrol their names in any of the below-mentioned courses earlier, then they do not get permission to apply for AFCAT 2022 exam:
    1. Indian Naval Academy
    2. National Defence Academy
    3. Air Force Academy
    4. Indian Military Academy
    5. Officer’s Training Academy
    6. Chennai and Officers Training Academy Gaya
  3. The aspirants, who have been debarred by the Defence Ministry (due to holding any kind of commission in the Defence)
  4. In case of convicting any criminal offences, the aspirants are not eligible for applying AFCAT 2022 exam.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria: Visual Standards

Branch

Maximum Limits of Refractive Error

Visual Acuity Errors

Colour Vision

F(P) including WSOs

Hypermetropia: + 2.0D Sph

Manifest Myopia: Nil

Retinoscopic myopia: - 0.5 in any meridian permitted

Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl (within + 2.0D Max)

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other, correctable to

6/6 only for

Hypermetropia

CP-I

Aircrew other than F(P)

Hypermetropia: +3.5D Sph

Myopia: -2.0D Sph

Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl

6/24 in one eye and

6/36 in other,

correctable to 6/6 and 6/9

CP-I

Adm/ Adm (ATC)/Adm (FC)

Hypermetropia: + 3.5D Sph

Myopia: -3.5D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/9 in each eye.

CP-II

AE(M) AE(L)

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/9 in each eye.

Wearing of glasses

will be compulsory

when advised

CP-II

Met

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/6 in the better eye

and 6/18 in the worse

eye. Wearing of

Glasses will be

compulsory

CP-II

Accts/

Lgs/Edn

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/6 in the better eye

and 6/18 in the worse

eye. Wearing of

Glasses will be

compulsory

CP-III

 

NCC Flying Branch Eligibility: Special Entry Criteria

There are two eligibility criteria specified for the NCC special entry in AFCAT Flying Branch. The aspirants have to fulfill any one of them. 

  • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after January 01, 2017, is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 and Graduates with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
Note: LLB qualified and integrated/ dual degree candidates may get an opportunity to be employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning).

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Important Points

  • After commissioning, the integrated/dual certified aspirants and LLB-qualified students can apply for the legal duties of IAF.
  • The aspirants of the final semester/final year or the pursuing students can apply for the exam. They should not have any present backlog. In addition, the aspirants need to get at least 60% marks up to the last semester.
  • If the students have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)/ Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) in the earlier attempt or if the Flight Cadet got suspension from the flying training at Air Force Academy, then they will not be capable to apply in Flying ranch.
  • If the aspirants were previously admitted in NDA, Indian Military Academy, Indian naval academy, Air Force Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy, however, if they were removed from the previous grounds due to indiscipline, then they are not eligible to appear in AFCAT Exam.
  • If the candidates hold any criminal charges, cannot apply for the exam.
  • Lastly, if the aspirants have debarred from the Defence Ministry due to holding any commission in Defence Services, then they will also not be eligible for AFCAT.

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What is the full form of AFCAT?

The full form of AFCAT is Air Force Common Admission Test.

How many vacancies are there for the AFCAT 2022?

There is a total of 317 vacancies released by the Indian Air Force this year.

What is the age limit of AFCAT Exam?

The age limit for AFCAT Exam is 21 to 25 years for the flying branches and 26 for non- flying branches.

What is the educational qualification for AFCAT Exam?

Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and (a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

How many times can a candidate appaer for AFCAT Exam?

Candidates can prepare for any number of times till the time they meet eligibility criteria.

What is the technical branch of the AFCAT Exam?

The Technical Branch of the AFCAT exam is divided into Electronics Branch and Mechanical Branch. 

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