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AFCAT 1 2023 Exam: Air Force Common Admission Test commonly known as AFCAT is an entrance examination conducted by Indian Air Force to select eligible and desirable candidates for multiple posts in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non-Technical]. Serving in such a commendable and respected field is an honour in itself. Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced the complete details for 258 vacant posts at the flying branch and ground duties for both technical and non-technical posts through AFCAT 1 2023 Notification.  The official notification for AFCAT 1 2023 exam has been released on 27th November 2022 for 258 vacancies. Interested candidates should read further to go through the article below for eligibility criteria, vacancy, selection process, exam pattern, and other necessary details for AFCAT 1 2023 Exam.



Conducted by Indian Air force
Post Name

Ground Duty (Non-Technical and Technical) and Gazetted Officers in Flying Branches

Vacancies 258
Exam Level National
Frequency Twice in a year
Application Mode Online
Online Registration Date 01st to 31st December 2022
Exam Date 24th, 25th and 26th February 2023
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Total Number of Questions AFCAT : 100 & EKT : 50
Exam Language English
Selection Process Written Test – AFSB Test – Medical Exam
Salary Rs. 85,000 (approx)
Official Website


Indian Air Force invites Men and Women from Indian Citizens as per Citizenship Act 1955 to be a part of the Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. Registration for ONLINE APPLICATION will Open on 01 Dec 2022 (11:00 AM) and Close on 30 Dec 2022 (05:00 PM).


Entry Branch Course Number Vacancies (Men) – 225 Vacancies (Women) – 33
AFCAT Entry Flying 214/23F/SSC/M & W SSC – 05 SSC – 5
Ground – Duty (Technical)

214/24T/PC/104AEC/M & W

AE(L) : PC – 23, SSC – 80

AE(M) : PC – 07, SSC – 26

AE(L) : SSC – 10

AE(M) : SSC – 03

Ground – Duty (Non – Technical)

214/24G/M & W

Weapon System (WS)

Branch: 15

ADMIN : 43

ACCTS : 11

LGS : 19

Edn : 08

Met : 07

Weapon System (WS)

Branch: 02

ADMIN : 05

ACCTS : 02

LGS : 02

Edn : 02

Met : 02

NCC Special Entry Flying 215/24F/PC/M and 215/24F/SSC/M & W 10% Seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC.

AFCAT (I), 2023 Exam Educational Qualifications

best afcat coaching Flying Educational Qualification

  • A graduate with minimum 60% marks and having a score of minimum 50% marks in Maths and Physics in 10+2 in 12th standard.

  • B.Tech/ B.E candidates who have scored a minimum of 60% marks and have scored 60% marks in Maths and Physics in 10+2 in 12th standard are also eligible for it.

Ground Duty Technical Educational Qualification

  • The candidate must have B.Tech/ B.E degree in notified streams as mentioned in the official notification of the IAF with a minimum of 60% marks and have scored a minimum of 50% marks in Physics and Maths in 10+2 standard are eligible for technical entry.

Ground Duty Non-Technical Educational Qualification

  • Administration and Logistics – Graduation degree with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

  • Accounts – B.Com Degree with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.

  • Education – Post graduate degree (MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International Studies / Defence Studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT /Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation) with minimum 50% marks, along with minimum 60% marks in graduation.

AFCAT (I), 2023 Exam Age Limits 

(a) Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2024 i.e. born between 02 January 2000 to 01 January 2004 (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 January 1998 to 01 January 2004 (both dates inclusive).

(b) Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches. 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2024 i.e. born between 02 January 1998 to 01 January 2004 (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.

Branch Age Limits
Flying Born between 02 Jan 2000 to 01 Jan 2004 (both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty Technical Born between 02 Jan 1998 to 01 Jan 2004 (both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty Non-Technical Born between 02 Jan 1998 to 01 Jan 2004 (both dates inclusive)

Examination fee for AFCAT Entry

After filling in the online application form, the examination fee of Rs. 250/- (non-refundable) for AFCAT entry (not applicable for NCC special entry & Meteorology entry) may be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cash or cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted as payment of examination fee. The examination fee can be paid using credit/ debit cards/ net banking through the payment gateway. Applicants are advised to follow the instructions/ steps given on the payment gateway, and also print/keep the transaction details for their records. After confirmation from bank that the payment is received, the “Payment Status” will display “Registration Number” which the candidate may note down for future correspondence. Simultaneously, the candidate will receive a confirmatory sms/ e-mail. This will be followed by Admit Card (with the Hall Ticket Number) which a candidate will receive on his/her registered email ID and which is also downloadable from his/her registered email ID.

AFCAT (I), 2023 Entry Type of Commission

  • Permanent Commission (PC) for Men: Candidates joining as PC officers would continue to serve till the age of superannuation in their respective branches as per their rank.
  • Short Service Commission (SSC) for Men & Women: (i) The engagement period for Flying Branch (Men and Women) SSC officers is fourteen years from the date of Commissioning (Non expendable). (ii) The initial tenure for Ground Duty (Technical & Non Technical) SSC Officers would be for a period of ten years. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, willingness, suitability and merit. (iii) SSC Officers presently are not eligible for grant of pensionary benefits.

AFCAT (I), 2023 Scheme of Online Examination

In the Table Below, we have provided you with the exam pattern of the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam.

Exam Duration No. of Questions Max. Marks Subject
1. AFCAT 2023 2 Hours 100 300

General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

2. EKT (For Candidates with one of the choices as (Technical Branch) 45 Minutes



Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics

(iii) The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be only in English for both AFCAT and EKT.
(iv) Marking Scheme is as follows:-
(aa) Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
(ab) One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
(ac) No marks for unattempted questions.
(v) Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable.
(vi) Candidates are required to appear for the Online AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam.
(vii) Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

Download Full Notification AFCAT l, 2023 CLICK HERE
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