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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Age, Physical Standards, Education & More

Educational requirements, age limits, and physical standards are among the AFCAT eligibility criteria established by the IAF. The official notification contains information on AFCAT eligibility. The 2022 AFCAT 1 exam will be held on February 12-14, 2022. These guidelines, known as eligibility criteria, outline basic minimum requirements for candidates, such as educational qualifications, age requirements, and fitness to perform the duties assigned by the authority.

The Indian Air Force organizes the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). The examination is held twice a year, in February and August. This is for the purpose of selecting Class-I Gazetted Officers for both flying and ground duties (Technical and Non-Technical).

Candidates who are eager to join the Air Force now have the opportunity to give their dreams wings by applying for the AFCAT Exam 2022 if they meet the AFCAT Eligibility Criteria. The AFCAT Recruitment Event will be conducted in the coming months, but it is recommended that you read the authority’s age and educational qualification eligibility criteria for various categories before applying.

Before applying for the above mentioned, read this article to make sure you meet all of the basic standards and to learn more about the AFCAT Exam 2022 eligibility requirements.


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Highlights

Before applying for the AFCAT Exam, candidates must check the eligibility requirements. The technical and non-technical branches of the AFCAT have different eligibility criteria. To avoid rejection, candidates must ensure that they meet all of the AFCAT eligibility requirements.

The candidate must be an Indian citizen and abide by the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955. Candidates for the AFCAT 2022 must meet the authorities’ eligibility requirements in terms of age, educational qualifications, nationality, marital status, and physical and medical standards.


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria – Important Points

  • The conducting body will not accept any online application forms that are incomplete.
  • Candidates must ensure that the information provided in the online application form matches the information provided in the candidate’s uploaded documents, which will be verified against their original documents during the document verification round. If any information is found to be false or incorrect, the authority may reject his/her candidature.
  • Candidates should bring a list of all important documents specified by the authority, such as an AFCAT admit card, a call letter, photographs pasted on the Online Application Form, an Online submitted application form, and all original certificates/documents in support of their eligibility, to the Document Verification.
  • Candidates should be aware that the IAF will only accept the Date of Birth as printed/recorded on the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of application submission, and no subsequent requests for its change will be considered or granted.
  • Government Employees: NOC (No Objection Certificate): Applicants who are currently employed by the government, including those in the Armed Forces, Government-owned industrial undertakings, or other similar organisations, must apply only after obtaining necessary permission from their respective departments, and they must produce a NOC at the time of AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) testing, failing which they will be routed back without being tested. Regardless of whether the candidate is a permanent, temporary, or contract employee, a NOC is required.

AFCAT Eligibility: Age Criteria

In AFCAT posts, the age limit varies by branch:

BranchAge limit
AFCAT Ground Duty (technical and non-technical)The candidate must be above 20 and below 26 yrs
AFCAT Flying BranchThe candidate must be above 20 and below 24 years. The candidates with a valid pilot license (commercial) will get an upper age limit relaxation of up to 26 yrs.

AFCAT Eligibility: Marital Status

  • The candidate must be single and under the age of 25 when the course begins.
  • If they are under the age of 25, widows, divorcees, and widowers are not eligible.
  • If a candidate is over the age of 25 and married. He or she is qualified to apply.
  • They are not permitted to live with their families during the training period, and even married couples will not be accommodated.

AFCAT Eligibility: Educational Qualification

The educational requirements for various positions vary. Candidates should read the information below to learn more about the IAF’s educational requirements. According to the posts, here are the details.

AFCAT Flying Branch Eligibility: Educational Criteria

Candidates for the Flying Branch positions must possess one of the following educational credentials.

  • Candidates must have received a minimum of 60 percent in math and physics at the 10+2 level, as well as a three-year degree in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60 percent marks or equivalent.
  • BE/B Tech degree (four-year course) with a minimum of 60% or equivalent from a recognised university.
  • A minimum of 60% or equivalent in Section A and B of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or the Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized board or university

AFCAT Technical Ground Duty Eligibility: Educational Criteria

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) and Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) are two types of technical ground duty positions (Mechanical). To avoid confusion, the eligibility criteria for these two positions are listed separately.

Educational Criteria For AFCAT Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)

Candidates applying for the position of Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) in the Flying Branch of AFCAT must meet one of the two criteria listed below.

  • A minimum of 60 percent in Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level, as well as a minimum of four years of engineering/technology degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification from a recognised university.
  • By actual studies, cleared Sections A and B of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India, or Graduate Membership exam of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with a minimum of 60% or equivalent in the following disciplines.
Educational Qualifications for AFCAT Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
Communication EngineeringComputer Engineering/TechnologyComputer Engineering & Application
Computer Science and Engineering/TechnologyElectrical and Computer EngineeringElectrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical EngineeringElectronics Engineering/ TechnologyElectronics Science and Engineering
ElectronicsElectronics and Communication EngineeringElectronics and Computer Science
Electronics and/or Telecommunication EngineeringElectronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)Electronics and Computer Engineering
Electronics Communication and Instrumentation EngineeringElectronics Instrument & ControlElectronics Instrument & Control Engineering
Instrumentation & Control EngineeringInstrument & Control EngineeringInformation Technology

Educational Criteria for AFCAT Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)

Candidates applying for the position of Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) in the flying branch must meet one of the criteria listed below.

  • A minimum of 60% in Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level, as well as a four-year degree or integrated post-graduate qualification in Engineering/Technology from a recognised university.
  • Cleared Sections A and B of the Associate Membership examination of the Institution of Engineers (India) or the Aeronautical Society of India through actual studies with a minimum of 60% or equivalent in the following disciplines.
Educational Criteria for AFCAT Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
Aerospace EngineeringAeronautical EngineeringAircraft Maintenance Engineering
Mechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering and AutomationMechanical Engineering (Production)
Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance)MechatronicsIndustrial Engineering

AFCAT Non-Technical Ground Duty Eligibility: Educational Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the AFCAT vary by department, and they are listed below.

AFCAT Administration & Logistics Eligibility: Educational Criteria

Graduate Degree (minimum three-year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% or equivalent, or cleared section A and B of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% or equivalent.

AFCAT Accounts Eligibility: Educational Criteria

B.Com Degree (Minimum three years degree course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

AFCAT Education Eligibility: Educational Criteria 

MBA/ MCA or MA/ MSc degree in English/ Physics/ Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ International Relations/ International Studies/Defense Studies/ Psychology/ Computer Science/ IT/ Management/ Mass Communication/ Journalism/ Public Relations with a minimum of 50% on all papers.

AFCAT Meteorology Eligibility Criteria

Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/Applied Physics/ Oceanography/Meteorology/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment/Geophysics/Environmental Biology/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science with a 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 percent marks in each).

NCC Flying Branch Eligibility: Special Entry Criteria

In the AFCAT Flying Branch, there are two eligibility criteria for the NCC special entry. Any one of them must be met by the aspirants.

  • The NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate must be obtained on or after January 1, 2017. Candidates must have completed a minimum of three years of study in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60 percent marks or equivalent. Graduates with a minimum of three years of study in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60 percent marks or equivalent.
  • BE/B Tech degree (four-year course) with a minimum of 60% or equivalent from a recognised university.
  • Candidates who have passed Section A and B of the Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or the Aeronautical Society of India examinations with a minimum of 60% or equivalent from a recognised university.

Note: Candidates with an LLB or integrated/dual degree may be considered for employment on the IAF’s legal duties (after commissioning).


AFCAT Eligibility: Physical & Medical Standards

The candidate must be in excellent physical condition and pass the physical assessment criteria. Spine Injuries, Nerve Injuries, Keloids, Surgical Scars, Birthmarks, Subcutaneous swellings, Cervical ribs, Craniofacial deformities, and history of the candidate’s operations are among the categories that are evaluated to ensure that medical standards are met.

  • At AFSB, the candidates will be measured for height and weight.
  • In Flying Branch, the minimum height requirement for both men and women is 162.5cms. Thigh Length: Max – 64 cms; Leg Length: Min – 99 cms, Max – 120 cms; Sitting Height: Min – 81.5 cms, Max – 96 cms.
  • Male candidates in the Ground Duty Technical/ Non-technical) branch must be at least 157.5 cms tall. The standard minimum height for female candidates is 152 cms.

AFCAT Physical Eligibility for Male

The height and weight requirements for male candidates for the AFCAT exam 2022 are listed in the table below. Candidates’ height and weight ranges are determined based on their age. These parameters will be checked in the Exam’s later stages. It is important to note that the acceptable weight will be within 10% of the average weight listed below.

Height in cm

Weight Based on the Age Range
15-17 Yrs. 18-22 Yrs. 23- 27 Yrs. 28- 32 Yrs. 33-37 Yrs.
152 46 47 50 54 54
153 47 47 51 55 55
154 47 48 51 56 55
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 83
193 68 73 79 81 83
SD 6.0 6.3 7.1 6.6 6.9

AFCAT Physical Eligibility for Female

The female candidates must note the following physical eligibility criteria before they apply for AFCAT. 

Height in cm Weight Based on Age Range
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

Visual Standards

Visual Standards are another important aspect of physical measurement. If you want to serve in the Air Force, your visual standard must be flawless. The authority’s visual standard for Fly Branch and Ground Duty is different. The minimum eyesight required for fly branch and ground duty candidates is shown below. Any candidate who does not meet the criteria will be disqualified from the selection process.

S.NoBranchMaximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity Errors Colour Vision
F(P) including WSOsHypermetropia: + 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 other, correctable to 6/6 only for HypermetropiaCP-I 
2.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 6/9CP-I
3Adm/ Adm (ATC)/ Adm (FC) Hypermetropia: + 3.5D Sph Myopia: -3.5D Sph Astigmatism: ± 2.5D Cyl in any meridianCorrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye. CP-II 
4Adm/ Adm (ATC)/ Adm (FC) 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 advisedCP-II 
5Met 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
6Accts/ 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-II 

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria – Number of Attempts

If a candidate is between the ages of 20 and 26, he or she can attempt all of the tasks. The AFCAT competition is held twice a year. So a total of 16 attempts are allowed: 2 AFCAT attempts per year (total of 8 attempts) and 2 AFCAT attempts per year. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, as well as the age limit criteria outlined in this article, are eligible to take the exam.


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria – Nationality

Candidates applying for AFCAT positions with the Indian Air Force must be Indian citizens. Foreign nationals are ineligible to apply for Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical) Posts.


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria – Experience

For the AFCAT positions, no prior experience is required. For the Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical) Posts, any fresher can apply. Keep in mind that he meets all of the other requirements.


AFCAT Eligibility Criteria Grounds of Rejection

Candidates’ applications may be rejected for the following reasons:

  • Candidates who have previously failed the Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) or who have been suspended from flying training at the Air Force Academy will be ineligible to apply for the Flying Branch.
  • Candidates who were previously admitted to the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, and Officers Training Academy Gaya but were later dismissed due to indiscipline are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have been barred from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services by the Ministry of Defence are ineligible for AFCAT, and if admitted, their candidature will be canceled.
  • Candidates who have been convicted of a crime or who are currently involved in a criminal case are ineligible to apply.

AFCAT Eligibility for Government Employee

If aspirants work for the government or a government-owned company, they must adhere to certain rules and regulations when applying for the AFCAT 2022 exam. The No-Objection Certificate is comprised of these terms and policies. Examine the following policies in detail to get a better idea:

  1. Aspirants (both from the government and from government-owned industrial sections) must show NOC during AFSB testing. Regardless of whether they are contractual, permanent, or temporary subordinates, the aspirants must show this NOC.
  2. If the authority receives a withhold grant from the employer, the applicants’ candidatures may be cancelled (even after they have applied for AFCAT).
  3. If the employers are unable to submit the NOC (for whatever reason), the refusal will be considered in writing and submitted to the AFSB.

AFCAT Eligibility FAQs

How many times can I give the AFCAT exam?

There is no fixed number of attempts declared by the conducting body.

What is the technical branch of the AFCAT Exam?

The AFCAT exam’s Technical Branch is divided into two sections: Electronics and Mechanical. While the Electronics Branch is responsible for the Signals and Radar systems, the Indian Air Force’s Mechanical Branch is responsible for maintenance, IAF Engines, Tools, and Machinery.

Is there any reservation for the AFCAT exam?

No, there is no reservation in AFCAT vacant posts.

Who can apply for the Flying Branch of the AFCAT Exam?

Aspirants must have completed 10+ 2 with a minimum of 60% or B.E, B.Tech with a minimum of 60%, or A & B examination of Associate Membership Institute of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60%. Candidates must also have earned a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, the AFCAT Physical and Medical Standard must be met.

How can I join the Indian Air Force in the Technical Branch?

Candidates must have a 10+2 certificate with 60 percent in Mathematics and Physics in order to apply for the Technical Branch of the AFCAT exam. Candidates must also pass an A & B examination of Associate Membership Institute of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% in the concerned discipline, or a minimum of 04 years of graduation or an integrated Post-graduation degree in Engineering or Technology. The candidate must meet the minimum physical and medical requirements.

Can the final year students apply for AFCAT?

Students in their final year of a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent course can take the AFCAT exam.

Who can apply for the AFCAT exam?

An unmarried candidate must be between the ages of 20 and 24, and have completed 10+2 certificates with a minimum of 60% marks in Math and Physics to be eligible for the AFCAT exam. The applicant must also have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 60% or a BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% or equivalent.

*The article may contain information from previous academic years; however, please visit the exam’s official website for the most up-to-date information.

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