Ground Duty (Technical) Branch.
(aa) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)}. 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:-

The academy was established in 1969 and started operations in 1971. It is located at Dundigal. The academy was set up to train cadets from Indian Airforce Service cadre officers. It imparts training to the flying, technical and ground duty branches as well as officers of the Indian Navy & the Indian Coast Guard. This is a home for the officer trainees who learn their specialisation and are nurtured to become capable leaders. After one year's training, officer cadets are commissioned into various branches of the Indian Air Force.

The Air Force Common Admission Test or AFCAT is conducted by the IAF to select Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). The exam is held twice a year, in February and August/September, respectively.

(aaa) Applied Electronics & Instrumentation. (aab) Communication Engineering. (aac) Computer Engineering/Technology. (aad) Computer Engineering & Application. (aae) Computer Science and Engineering/Technology. (aaf) Electrical and Computer Engineering. (aag) Electrical and Electronics Engineering. (aah) Electrical Engineering. (aaj) Electronics Engineering/ Technology.
(aak) Electronics Science and Engineering. (aal) Electronics. (aam) Electronics and Communication Engineering. (aan) Electronics and Computer Science. (aao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering. (aap) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave). (aaq) Electronics and Computer Engineering. (aar) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering. (aas) Electronics Instrument & Control.
(aav) Instrument & Control Engineering. (aat) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering. (aau) Instrumentation & Control Engineering. (aaz) Electric Power and Machinery Engineering. (aba) Infotech Engineering. (abb) Cyber Security. (aaw) Information Technology. (aax) Spacecraft Technology. (aay) Engineering Physics.

Note:- On successful completion of ab-initio and specialist system training, the Engineering officers shall be awarded M Tech.

(Aeronautical Engineering) with specialization in sub-disciplines by Visveswaraya Technological University, Belgavi Karnataka. 

(ab) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) {AE (M)}. 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 recognised 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:-
(aaa) Aerospace Engineering. (aab) Aeronautical Engineering. (aac) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. (aad) Mechanical Engineering. (aae) Mechanical Engineering and Automation. (aaf) Mechanical Engineering (Production). (aag) Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance). (aah) Mechatronics. (aaj) Industrial Engineering.
(aak) Manufacturing Engineering. (aal) Production and Industrial Engineering. (aam) Materials Science and Engineering. (aan) Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. (aao) Aerospace and Applied Mechanics. (aap) Automotive Engineering. (aaq) Robotics. (aar) Nanotechnology. (aas) Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering.

 Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches.

(aa) Administration& Logistics. Passed 10+2 and Graduate Degree (Minimum three years degree course) in any discipline from a recognised 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.
(ab) Accounts Branch. Passed 10+2 and done graduation in any of the following streams with 60 % marks or equivalent from a recognized university.
(aaa) B. Com Degree (Min three years course).
(aab) Bachelor of Business Administration (with specialization in Finance)/ Bachelor of Management Studies (with specialization in Finance)/ Bachelor of Business Studies (with specialization in Finance)
(aac) Qualified CA/ CMA/ CS/ CFA.
(aad) B.Sc. with specialization in Finance.


(aa) Only those candidates who have given 12th standard in 10+2 pattern of examination are eligible to apply for these courses.
(ab) Two seats are reserved for Law qualified candidates in Ground duty (Non-Tech) branches and these candidates may get employed on legal duties of the IAF (after commissioning).
(ac) In case the candidates are awarded grades/ CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/ CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the University from where they have obtained the degree. In case the University does not have any scheme for converting CGPA to percentage conversion certificate, CGPA will be converted into 10 points scale and multiplied by 10 to get equivalent percentage.
(ad) Candidates who are studying in the final year/ semester Degree course and are yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate 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 up to the time of submission of application. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination by 30 Nov 22 and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.
(ae) Candidates who have failed the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply in Flying Branch.

Candidates who were admitted to an earlier course at the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai and Officer’s Training Academy Gaya but were removed on grounds of indiscipline are ineligible to apply.

Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for AFCAT and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.

Candidates who have been convicted on criminal charges and those who are still stuck in a criminal case are not eligible to apply.

Physical and Medical Standards. Guidelines with regard to physical and medical standards for candidates are as provided in the Appendix ‘A’ to the notification.

 How to Apply. 

Aspirants for IAF are required to apply online by using the link https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in, or https://afcat.cdac.in. Aadhaar Card is mandatory for online registration. Detailed instructions for filling in the online application form are appended below:-
(a) Applicants need to exercise utmost care while filling in the online application. In case any information is found to be incorrect, the candidature is liable to be cancelled at any stage of the selection process. Please verify the correctness of information entered in all the fields before proceeding with the “Make Payment” option. Applicants will not be able to edit the previous details entered after the selection of “Course Preferences” step and after the “Make Payment” step.
(b) If an applicant has submitted more than one application, only the latest submitted application form against a particular Aadhaar Number, will be considered for issue of Admit Card. However, the fee deposited while filling additional applications will not be refundable.
(c) Applicants will be required to complete the process of Online Application form which will have the following sequences. Details in tabular form are given in Para 7 (h) below:-
(i) Click “CANDIDATE LOGIN’’ on the Home page- leads to AFCAT Sign-in.
(ii) In the next page, applicants to click “NOT YET REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE”.
(iii) Sign Up: Creation of Log-in ID and applicant will receive a password in his/her registered email id.
(iv) After successful registration, sign-in with registered email id and system generated password.
(v) Reset Password- Log-Out (candidates must remember their login ID and password for future use during the examination process).
(vi) Fresh Log-in.
(viii) Click “INSTRUCTIONS”. Read Instructions carefully.
(ix) Acknowledgement of having read and understood instructions- Check box to proceed to next stage.
(aa) Personal Information. Fill in details.

At this stage confirmation box will appear for re-verification of the following details:-

? Name ? Father’s Name
? Mother’s Name ? Date of Birth
? Gender ? Aadhaar Number 
Services Selection Board (SSB) is an organization that assesses the candidates for becoming officers into the Indian Armed Forces. The board evaluates the suitability of the candidate for becoming an officer using a standardized protocol of evaluation system which constitutes personality, intelligence tests, and interviews. The tests are of both types i.e. written and practical task-based. An SSB comprises the panel of assessors, who are officers in the Indian Armed Forces and having their specialization as Psychologist, GTO (Group Task Officer), and Interviewing Officer. At times the psychologist may not be directly from the armed forces as well. In total there are thirteen Service Selection Boards across India, out of which four boards are for the Indian Army, four boards are for Indian Air Force, and five boards for the Indian Navy. 

Represents the Air Force Common Admission Test. It is famously alluded to as the Indian Air Force Exam. AFCAT is a national level competitive test directed by the Indian Air Force.  

Time Duration-2 hours for AFCAT & 45 minutes                             
Marking Scheme-3 marks for each right answer                       
Negative Marking Scheme-1 mark for each wrong answer        
Selection Process-Written test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination                     

 General Awareness         

History Geography Political Science General Science Environment Defence Art & Culture Current Affairs Sports

Numerical Ability             

Decimal Fractions Time & Work Average Profit & Loss Percentage Ratio & Proportion Simple Interest Speed, Time & Distance

Interview is a bit tough, you will need to prepare well for the interview round. You will have to focus on improving your reasoning skills and leadership qualities.


Flying Branch Rs. 14 -15 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Tech)   Rs. 12-13 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Non-Tech) - Rs. 11-12 Lakhs
Age Limit- 20 years to 24 years 
Marital Status- Single 
Gender- Men and Women 
Educational Criteria- 60% both in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level Graduation