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AFCAT 2018


AFCAT 2018

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a national level recruitment exam conducted by the Indian Air force for recruiting candidates in different departments in the Air Force.

  • The exam is conducted twice a year and two AFCAT exams are termed as AFCAT 1 and AFCAT 2 respectively.
  •  AFCAT 1 is held in the month of February whereas AFCAT 2 is held in the month of August-September.
  • Another component was added to AFCAT exam by the name of Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
  • EKT exam is conducted to check the engineering knowledge of those candidates who are from engineering background and are willing to get recruited in Engineering department of Indian Air Force through AFCAT.
  • Those qualify AFCAT 2018 would be then called for the second round of evaluation which is called Staff Selection Board (SSB) process.
  • In the SSB round the candidates would be evaluated comprehensively for their personality traits, oratory skills, physical fitness, tactical sense, team work, and vocabulary skills.
  • The SSB interview process goes on for five days.
  • On the Fifth and final day a conference is held where the candidates are informed about their performance in the SSB process and the names of recommended candidates are announced.

AFCAT 2018 Exam Dates

Candidates who are planning to take the AFCAT 1 or AFCAT 2 (which would be held in 2018) must note down the important dates related to release of notification, last date of AFCAT Application Form, and date of exam. For your reference we have tabled the related information below.

Publishing of AFCAT 1 2018 notificationDecember 2017
Start of online applicationDecember 2017
Last date for applicationLast week of December 2017
Admit card releasedThird/ fourth week of January 2018
AFCAT 1 exam dateFebruary 2018
Date of Publishing AFCAT 2 2018 notificationJune 2018
Start of online applicationJune 2018
Last date for applicationLast week of June 2018
Admit card releasedMid of July 2018
AFCAT 2 exam dateAugust 2018

The date and schedule mentioned above is tentative in nature. The exact dates related to the exam events would be notified by AFCAT conducting authority through a notification on the official website. Candidates on their part are advised to visit the official website regularly in order to get the latest updates.

AFCAT 2018 Eligibility

Candidates who are willing to undertake AFCAT 2018 must check, whether they fulfill the desired eligibility criteria or not. The eligibility criteria varies for different branches/departments. The eligibility criterion for different branches/courses is mentioned below for your reference. 

BranchEligibilityDate of Birth
Flying Branch60% marks in Graduation with any discipline along with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 or B.E/B.Tech or 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute EngineersJanuary 2, 1995 to January 1, 1999 (Both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty TechnicalObtained 60% marks in graduation in any discipline along with Physics and Mathematics at class 10+2 or complete 4 years graduation in Engineering or Technology or 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute Engineers.January 2, 1993 to January 1, 1999 (both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty Non TechnicalSecured 60% marks in graduation in any discipline and 60% marks in section A & B examination of Aeronautical Society of India or Associate Membership of Institute Engineers. There are few added criteria for other sections under Ground Duty Non Technical. You must read our full article for the same.January 2, 1993 to January 1, 1999 (Both dates inclusive)

AFCAT 2018 Application Form

The Application Form for AFCAT 2018 would be available in online mode only. No offline mode of submission of application is there. Candidates would have to register themselves on the website in order to fill the detailed application form. The step by step registration cum application process is mentioned below for your reference.


  • Go to the official career website of Indian Air force.
  • Click on Candidates login section.
  • A new web page would be opened. Fill in the registration details asked for new users like name; e-mail ID, mobile number etc.
  •  Click on submit. A new registration ID and password would be sent to the registered E-mail address.

Application Form Filling

  • Login to the portal using the credentials received through E-mail.
  • Fill in the details as per the directions given on the webpage.
  • Select the preference of branch, AFCAT exam center, Subject for EKT exam etc.
  • Upload Your signature and Photograph (as per dimensions provided in the notification).
  • Click on submit.

Candidates should note that there is no application fee to be submitted by any candidate irrespective of their category. AFCAT exam portal would not ask you for fee submission and there is no such step in application process.

AFCAT 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for AFCAT 2018 would be released by the third or fourth week of January for AFCAT 1 and by mid of July for AFCAT 2 on the official website. Admit card would be made available for download on the official website for a notified amount of time.

After the notified time period the link for downloading the admit cards would get disabled and no further downloads would be possible. Thus, candidates are advised to download the admit card as soon as they are published.

Candidates can download their AFCAT 2018 Admit Card by following the below- mentioned steps:

  • Go to the Career Website of Indian Air force.
  • Click on Candidates login section.
  • A login window will appear.
  • Type your E-mail ID and password to login and download the admit card.
  • Window showing admit card will appear.
  • Click on download admit card.
  • After downloading the admit card take a printout of the same.

AFCAT 2018 Exam Center

AFCAT 2018 would be held at various cities across the country. Candidates would be asked to give four to five choices of examination cities at the time of application process. Candidates are advised to fill these choices carefully. For your reference, we have tabulated the list of centers where AFCAT 2018 would be held.

PathankotPort Blair

AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2018 would comprise two parts- AFCAT paper and the other EKT (only for Technical Branch). EKT would be held on same day after AFCAT exam. The detailed pattern of both the exams is tabulated below:

AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Number of Questions100
Maximum Marks300
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)
Sections in PaperNo section as such but paper comprises questions from GK, Current affairs, Quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning and English and Comprehension.
Negative Marking1/3rd of the total marks allotted to the question.

EKT 2018 Pattern

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Number of Questions50
Maximum Marks150
Duration of Exam45 Minutes
Sections in PaperNo section as such paper comprises questions from the engineering level subjects from the branch which candidate has selected for EKT.
Negative Marking1/3rd of the total marks allotted to the question.

Check Detailed AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2018 Syllabus

AFCAT Syllabus is similar to the general aptitude portion of any other government exam where questions are asked from Quantitative Aptitude, English, GK, Current Affairs, and logical reasoning. All the sections are allotted equal weightage in the paper with reasoning section having just a bit more questions assigned to it.

EKT syllabus is completely overlapped with the Engineering level syllabus of the respective branch for which candidate has applied to take EKT exam. Candidates can refer to their Engineering level books and sources for EKT exam.

AFCAT 2018 Recommended Books

Candidates can refer to the general aptitude book for any other government exam for which aptitude portion is common with AFCAT. Candidates should also refer previous year AFCAT and EKT paper for more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the questions asked. The list of recommended books is tabulated below.

Let’s Crack AFCATSSB Crack819310871X
AFCAT Topic-wise Solved paperDisha Experts9385846744
Let’s Crack EKTSSB Crack8193108728
GK CapsuleArihant935094538X

AFCAT 2018 Results

The results of AFCAT 2018 would be announced within one and half month from the date of exam on the official website. The exact date for the AFCAT result announcement would be made public through AFCAT 2018 official notification. Candidates would be able to check their results by undertaking the following simple steps.

  • Visit AFCAT 2018 official website.
  • Click on AFCAT 2018 results.
  • A Pdf containing roll number of selected candidate will appear.
  • Download the Pdf.
  • Search your Roll Number in list.

AFCAT 2018 Cut Off

The cut offs are expected to follow the general trend in AFCAT 2018 as well. The following table would be useful in estimating the cut off as for AFCAT 2018.

YearCut Off Score
201185 (AFCAT 1)
201188 (AFCAT 2)
2012135(AFCAT 1)
2012143(AFCAT 2)
2013144(AFCAT 1)
2013116(AFCAT 2)
2014128(AFCAT 1)
2014123(AFCAT 2)
2015126(AFCAT 1)
2015144(AFCAT 2)
2016132(AFCAT 1)
2016148(AFCAT 2)
2017150(AFCAT 1)

Official cut off would be published on the website after the completion of the exam cycle.


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