NDA AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. This test is conducted by the Indian Air Force for the selection of officers in all branches of the IAF (except medical and dental) viz. Flying Branch (Short Service Commission only), Technical Branch (Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission). AFCAT is conducted twice a year (in the month of February and August). The advertisement for the same is published in employment news, national leading daily and India Air force website in the months of December and June respectively.
AFCAT applications now have to be made online only. The earlier scheme allowing candidates to apply offline (by post) has been discontinued. Candidates are to apply online through the website www.careerairforce.nic.in using a valid and current email address only after notification is released.
The eligibility criteria with respect to age limit, educational qualifications, etc. for AFCAT are spelled out in the advertisement published in the Employment News as well as the same is displayed on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in. The minimum qualification required is graduation.
Women candidates may also apply for AFCAT. For details regarding age limit, qualifications, eligibility for various branches, etc. please refer to the advertisement published in the Employment News as well as the same displayed on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in. The minimum qualification required is graduation.
The duration of AFCAT is two hours. It consists of 100 questions. Each question carries three marks, and there is also negative marking in AFCAT, for every wrong answer one mark is deducted. AFCAT is an objective test and the scheme of syllabus contains General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude. A sample paper and old question papers are available on the website www.careerairforce.nic.in.