On December 1, 2021, the Indian Air Force (IAF) issued the AFCAT 1 2022 notification to fill 317 vacancies in the flying branch and ground responsibilities for both technical and non-technical positions. The Air Force Common Admission Test, or AFCAT, is an entrance examination held by the Indian Air Force to select applicants for a variety of flying and ground duty [technical and non-technical] positions. Serving in such a prestigious and well-respected industry is a privilege in and of itself. Interested candidates may continue reading to learn about the eligibility requirements, vacancy, selection process, exam pattern, and other important facts for the AFCAT 1 2022 Exam in the article below.
AFCAT 2022 Exam
The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts the AFCAT exam twice a year, and millions of students attempt to pass it in order to enter a reputed Air Force Academy and receive a commission as an Indian Air Force Officer. This exam has opened up the potential of both male and female candidates working in an exciting profession, which is appropriate for the young brains and flexibility of this dynamic generation. Aspirants must be familiar with the AFCAT 2022 Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, and Selection Process in order to pass the exam with flying colours.
AFCAT 1 2022 Notification
On the 1st December 2021, the Indian Air Force published the official AFCAT 1 2022 Notification on the AFCAT website for Indian citizens (men and women) to join its elite force as Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non-Technical] branches for a course starting in January 2023. Below is a link to the official PDF notification for the AFCAT 1, 2022 exam.
AFCAT 1 2022 Exam Summary
For the course beginning in January 2023, the Indian Air Force has declared 317 vacancies for Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) and Gazetted Officers in Flying Branches.
|Name of the Exam||AFCAT 2022|
|Conducted by||Indian Air Force|
|Post Name||Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) and Gazetted Officers in Flying Branches|
|Frequency||Twice in a year|
|Online Registration||01st to 30th December 2021|
|Mode of Exam||Online (Computer Based Test)|
|Total Number of Questions||AFCAT: 100 & EKT: 50|
|Selection Process||Written test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination|
|Salary||Rs 85000 (approx)|
AFCAT 1 2022- Important Dates
On December 1, 2021, the Indian Air Force released all crucial dates for the AFCAT 1 2022 exam, along with its announcement. The following are the exam dates for the Indian Air Force AFCAT 2022 exam, which will be held in January 2023:
|AFCAT 01 2022: Important Dates|
|AFCAT Notification 2022 (Official)||01st December 2021|
|Commencement of Application Form||01st December 2021 (10 am)|
|Last Date to Apply Online||30th December 2021|
|Release of Admit Card||January/February 2022|
|AFCAT 2022 Exam Date||12th, 13th, 14th February 2022|
AFCAT Vacancy 2022
On December 1, 2021, the Indian Air Force announced the AFCAT 1 2022 openings along with the Indian Air Force AFCAT 2022 announcement. The overall number of openings for the AFCAT 2022 exam is 317, and the entry-by-entry vacancy distribution for the January 2023 Courses may be found here. There are currently no openings for Meteorology Entry.
|AFCAT 1 2022 Vacancy|
|AFCAT Entry||Flying||213/23F/SSC/M & W||SSC – 77|
|Ground-Duty(Technical)||212/23T/PC/102 AEC/ M
212/23T/SSC/ 102AEC/ M & W
|AE(L): PC – 19, SSC – 76
AE(M): PC – 07, SSC – 27
|Admin: PC – 10, SSC – 41
Accts: PC – 04, SSC – 17
Lgs: PC – 08, SSC – 31
|NCC Special Entry||Flying||212/23F/PC/M and 212/23F/SSC/M&W||10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC.|
AFCAT 1 2022 Application Form
AFCAT 2022 Registration for the AFCAT-1 Exam began on December 1, 2021, and the deadline for online registration is December 30, 2021. (5 pm). The AFCAT 2022 Registration has begun, and you may now apply by clicking the link below, which will take you to the official AFCAT 1 2022 Application Form page.
Steps to Apply for AFCAT 1 2022
Step 1- Registration Process
- Click on the link provided below or visit the official website.
- A new page will appear. New Users will have to register first.
- Click on New User Register
- A new page will appear to enter your mobile no. and email to register yourself.
- An OTP will be sent on your mobile no. and email, fill and click on “Submit”.
- A Login Id and Password will be sent to your registered mobile no. and email id.
Step 2- Login
- Login using the Registration Number and Password. Select the post.
- Fill up other details such as educational qualifications etc. depending upon the educational qualification of the candidate.
- Pay examination fee as applicable, online using Credit/Debit Card or Internet Banking
- Candidates are required to upload their scanned colour photograph and Signature (in English or in Hindi) in JPEG format.
- Login with Registration Number and Password in the link for “UPLOAD” and thereafter, upload the file/scanned filled
- Upload all the required certificates
- Submit the application. Print out the acknowledgement for records.
AFCAT 1 2022 Application Fee
Candidates registering for AFCAT entry will have to pay an amount of Rs. 250/- as examination fee.
AFCAT Eligibility Criteria
AFCAT 1, 2022 eligibility criteria for Ground Duty and Flying Branch posts are given below.
(A) AFCAT Age Limit
(i) Flying Branch: Applicant age should be at least 20 years and the upper age is capped at 24 years for flying branch i.e. born between 02 July 1999 to 01 July 2003 (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born between 02 July 1997 to 01 July 2003 (both dates inclusive).
(ii)Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches: For ground duty, the minimum age is 20 years and the upper age limit is capped at 26 years i.e. born between 02 July 1997 to 01 July 2003 (both dates Inclusive).
Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of the course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.
(B) AFCAT Educational Qualification
Flying branch: Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a three-year degree in graduation OR a BE/BTech degree with a minimum of 60% from a recognized university.
AFCAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria for Ground duty(Technical)Branch:
(i)Aeronautical engineering (Electronics)(AE(L)): Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation/post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.
AFCAT 2022 Selection Process
Indian Air Force will send call letters to all the candidates who clear the AFCAT/EKT 2022 to appear for the second stage of selection i.e AFSB Testing.
AFSB Testing Stage 1
It includes the following two tests:
- Officer Intelligence Rating Test.
- Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP&DT)
Stage 1 is called the screening test and candidates who do not clear it will be rejected and will not be called for AFSB Testing Stage 2.
AFSB Testing Stage 2
All Stage 1 qualified candidates will have to appear for AFSB Stage 2 and undergo the following tests:
Psychological Tests: These are written psychological tests and are conducted by professional psychologists.
Group Tests: These tests involve mental and physical activities to examine the candidates’ on various mental and physical parameters.
AFSB Interview: In this round, the interviewing officer takes a personal round of interviews for the candidate.
Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test: This test is mandatory for only those candidates who have applied for the Flying Branch.
Candidates who have been recommended for the medical examination will be contacted. The Institute of Aviation Medicine in Bengaluru and the Air Force Central Medical Establishment are the only two medical examination centres recommended by the Indian Airforce (AFCME). Following the medical examination, a final merit list would be compiled based on the candidate’s performance in the written and AFSB interviews. All shortlisted candidates will get a letter of acceptance from the training institutions to which they applied.
AFCAT 2022 Exam Pattern
In the Table Below, we have provided you with the exam pattern of the AFCAT 2022 Exam.
|Name of Exam||Time Duration||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Subjects|
|1. AFCAT 2022||2 Hours||100||300||Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Military Aptitude|
|2. EKT( Engineering Knowledge Test)||45 Minutes||15||100||Technical|
Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions
Time Duration: 2 hrs
No. of questions: 100
Max marks: 300
Subjects: Verbal ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude.
There is a negative marking of 1/3rd mark in all sections.
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.
No. of questions: 50
Max marks: 150
Note: Candidates who are opting for Ground Duty (technical) branch have to pass both AFCAT & EKT.
AFCAT 2022 Syllabus
The candidates preparing for Air Force Common Admission Test must begin with their preparation with the latest AFCAT Syllabus for scoring good marks in the entrance test.
Syllabus for English Section:
This section of the AFCAT Exam consists of at least 20 questions and the level is from moderate to difficult. Questions would be asked from comprehension, cloze test, synonym and antonym, idioms and phrases, Error spotting.
Syllabus for General Knowledge:
This section consists of questions from Indian History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Current Affairs. The level of difficulty of this section is from easy to moderate.
Syllabus for Reasoning Section:
Questions would be asked from Series, Venn Diagram, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Non Verbal questions, Verbal reasoning, military aptitude etc.
Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section:
The questions that are asked in the Mathematics sections of AFCAT are of Easy to Moderate level and questions would be asked from Number system, HCF and LCM, Time, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Pipes And Cistern etc.