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AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force for selection of officers in all branches (except medical & dental) viz. Flying Branch (SSC only), Technical Branch (PC & SSC) and Ground Duty Branch (PC & SSC). Other details are as under:

  • For all entries other than NDA and CDSE the candidates have to undergo the AFCAT for entries into all branches of Indian Air Force.
  • The test is conducted twice a year in February and August.
  • Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December. Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.

The test is conducted all across India by the Indian Air Force.

Eligibility & Examination Detail


Branch Educational Qualification
Flying Graduation passed  in any stream with 60% & 12th passed with 60% marks each in  Physics & Maths
Ground Duty Technical Engineering degree passed with 60 %
Ground Duty Non-Technical Administration Graduate Degree  in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks
Logistics Graduate Degree  in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks
Accounts B. Com. Degree with a minimum of 60% marks
Education 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 with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate all papers put together in Post-Graduation (Minimum two years programme) and 60% marks in graduation.


(a) Candidates appearing in final year/semester examinations may apply for all courses provided they fulfil the following conditions:-

(b) Candidates should not have any present backlog and should have secured a minimum of 60% marks up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared at the time of online submission and at the time of AFSB.


Branch Age Gender
Flying 20 to 24 years   Men/Women(Unmarried)
Ground Duty Technical/Ground Duty Non-Technical 20to 26 years


  1. Permanent Commission for Men-Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation.
  2. Short Service Commission for Men & Women. 
    (a) The engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable). (b) The initial tenure for SSC officers in Ground Duty (Tech) and Ground Duty (Non-Tech) Branches would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to willingness, suitability, service requirements and availability of vacancies.


  • Online test conducted for AFCAT entry in various AFCAT centres
  • SSB Interview by Air Force Selection Board (AFSB)


Exam Release Notification Submission of online application Written Exam SSB Interview
AFCAT- I Dec Dec Feb Jun - Jul
AFCAT- II Jun Jun Sep Jan - Feb

Paper Pattern

All applicants whose online applications have been successfully submitted will be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) (applicable only for candidates applying for technical branch). EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. Details of papers is as under:


Paper Subject Questions Marks Time
Paper Maths, Gk, English 100 300 2 Hours


Paper-II Subject Questions Marks Time
Engineering Knowledge Test (Ekt) Engineering Subjects 50 150 45 Min
  • All questions will be of three marks each.
  • For every correct answer you will get three marks and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted under negative marking.
  • The total time allotted for the paper is two hours.

Candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of (AFCAT) will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar or Varanasi.


SNo Subjects AFCAT (Non Tech Entries) AFCAT (Tech Entries)
1 AFCAT Paper  has 4 sections as under:
  • General Awareness
  • Verbal Ability 
  • Numerical Ability 
  • Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test 
AFCAT Syllabus for the four above sections is as under:
  1. General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc. 
  2. AFCAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary. 
  3. Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest. 
  4. Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.
Yes Yes

Scheme of Syllabus (EKT 2018 – Technical Branch):

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is the examination aimed at testing the basic knowledge of engineering required for the technical branch. Technical branch includes course of Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical). This examination is pitched at pre- final to final year engineering level. Total 75 Objective type questions will be asked in the examination and the duration is 01 hour. 

The pattern of examination includes two parts:

1. General Engineering (40 questions) – Modern Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and 

2. Specialist Paper for each Engineering discipline (35 questions) – Computer and Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)

No Yes

Coaching Schedule AFCAT

Course Duration Course Code Admission Dates Batch Start Dates Classes Schedule
3 months AFCAT 003 Open 1st and 15th of each month 4 hours every day (six days a week)
45 days AFCAT 001 Open 1st and 15th of each month 5 to 6 hours every day (six days a week)

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Admission Form

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Following documents are required for the admission.
  • Copy of Education Qualification Certificates.
  • Copy of Caste Certificate - if applicable
  • Copy of Domicile Certificate
  • Copy of Aadhaar card as ID proof
  • 02 Latest Colored Photographs

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  1. Fee will be paid maximum in two instalments. Atleast 70% fee to be paid at the time of admission and balance 30% within 1 to 2 months from start of the course.
  2. Fee once paid will not be refunded or adjusted under any circumstance.
  3. Filling in of exam application forms and their submission to the exam conducting authority will be the responsibility of student himself.
  4. Student will be responsible for his physical, medical and educational eligibility for a particular course before taking admission. No fee in full or part will be refunded once the student has taken admission in the academy.
  5. Change in address and contact No if any to be notified to the office immediately on occurrence.
  6. Student enrolled with DDA will provide his entrance examination roll number to office immediately on receipt of his admit card from the exam conducting authority.
  7. DDA reserves its right to make any alteration in its program/fees without any prior notice to anybody.
  8. Students will follow all rules, regulations and instructions of the institute and will stay within its discipline parameters.
  9. Student found involved in any indiscipline or misconduct will be expelled from the academy without any notice or refund of fee.
  10. DDA guides, coaches and trains the students for defence forces’ entries but does not promise or guarantee the jobs.


Date: 03-12-2023