AFCAT 2 Application and Exam Dates 2024

Updated on June 6, 2024 7:48 pm

Hello future Air Force officers! Excited to embark on a journey with the Indian Air Force? AFCAT 2 is your golden opportunity to join this esteemed institution. Conducted twice a year, this second phase of the exam is your chance to secure a spot. Let’s explore everything you need to know to ace AFCAT 2 confidently.

What is AFCAT 2?

AFCAT 2, short for Air Force Common Admission Test (second phase), is an exam conducted by the Indian Air Force to recruit candidates for the Flying, Ground Duty (Technical), and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches. The Indian Air Force generally organizes the AFCAT exam twice annually, known as AFCAT 1 and AFCAT 2. AFCAT 1 is usually scheduled for February, while AFCAT 2 takes place in August.

Both exams share the same format and eligibility requirements, giving candidates two chances each year to pursue a career in different branches of the Indian Air Force. It’s a prestigious gateway to serve the nation with pride and honor.

AFCAT 2 2024 Exam Dates

Understanding the competition is crucial. The AFCAT 2 2024 notification includes vacancies for:

Notification Release Date30th May 2024
Application Start Date30th May 2024 (1100 HRS)
Application End Date28th June 2024 (2330 HRS)
Admit Card Release Date24th July 2024
Exam Date9th, 10th and 11th August 2024
Result DeclarationTo be announced

Vacancy Details of AFCAT 2

BranchVacancies
Flying29
Ground Duty (Technical)156
Ground Duty (Non-Technical)119

This year, candidates have the opportunity to compete for a total of 304 available seats.

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT

Nationality:

  • Must be an Indian citizen as per the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955.

Age Limit (as of 01/07/2024):

  • Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on 1st July, 2025 (born between 02 January 2001 to 01 January 2005). If you have a valid and current commercial pilot license issued by DGCA, the upper age limit extends to 26 years (born between 02 July 1999 to 01 July 2005).
  • Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical): 20 to 26 years as on 1st July, 2025 (born between 02 January 1999 to 01 January 2005).

Marital Status: Candidates must be unmarried during the course commencement, and marriage is prohibited during training. Anyone who marries during the training period shall be discharged and liable to refund all expenses incurred on him/her by the Government.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Flying Branch: You need at least 50% marks in Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level and a Graduation degree (any discipline) with 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Ground Duty (Technical): Minimum 50% marks in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a four-year degree in Engineering/Technology.
  • Ground Duty (Non-Technical): Graduation in any discipline with 60% marks or equivalent.

Application Process of AFCAT 2

Steps to Apply:

  • Head to the official AFCAT website and click on Candidate Login.
  • Register using your email and mobile number.
  • Fill in the application form with your personal, educational, and other required details.
  • Upload scanned copies of necessary documents.
  • Pay the application fee of Rs. 550/- + GST for both male and female (All Categories).
  • Submit your application and keep a printout for future reference.

Exam Pattern and Syllabus of AFCAT 2

Exam Pattern:

Exam ModeComputer Based Online Test
Duration2 hours
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Total Questions100
Maximum Marks300
SubjectsGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test
Correct Answer3 Marks
Incorrect Answer (Deduction)1 Mark

Syllabus:

  • General Awareness: Topics include Current Affairs, History, Geography, Politics, Economics, etc.
  • Verbal Ability in English: Focus on Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, etc.
  • Numerical Ability: Covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, etc.
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude: Includes Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Ability, Logical Reasoning, etc.

Preparation Tips

  • Study Plan: Develop a detailed study schedule that covers all topics.
  • Resources: Utilize recommended books, online resources, and practice papers.
  • Mock Tests: Take regular mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy.
  • Practice Tests: An online practice test is also available on the IAF website or https://afcat.cdac.in
  • Section-wise Tips: Pay extra attention to weaker sections and manage your time effectively.

Admit Card

Eligible candidates who have successfully completed their online application will receive an e-Admit Card two weeks prior to the exam date. The e-Admit Card will be sent to the registered email addresses and can also be downloaded from the IAF website. Note that no Admit Cards will be sent via post. To access the e-Admit Card, candidates will need their Username and Password. It is the candidate’s responsibility to download their e-Admit Card. To download admit card from IAF website, follow these steps:

  • Download Process: Visit the official website, log in with your credentials, and download your admit card.
  • Details to Check: Ensure all personal details, exam center, and timings are correct.
  • Exam Day Instructions: Follow the guidelines mentioned on the admit card.

Examination Day Guidelines

Exam Schedule:

AFCAT will be conducted over three days (9th, 10th and 11th August, 2024), with 2 shifts taking place each day. You should arrive at the center well before the reporting time.

Activity1st Shift2nd Shift
Candidates Reporting Time0800Hr1300Hr
Verification of Admit Card, ID Proof, Biometric & Photograph capturing and Seating of Candidates0800Hr – 0945Hr1300Hr – 1445Hr
Reading of Instructions by candidates0945Hr – 1000Hr1445Hr – 1500Hr
Conduct of AFCAT1000Hr – 1200Hr1500Hr – 1700Hr

Required Items:

  • A printout of the e-Admit Card.
  • Original Aadhaar Card (photocopies are not allowed).
  • A second original photo ID such as a PAN Card, Passport, Driving Licence, Voter ID, or any other government-issued photo ID with details including Name, Father’s Name, Date of Birth, and a clear photograph (photocopies are not allowed).
  • The name on the Aadhaar Card and the second photo ID must match the name on the candidate’s Matriculation Certificate (Class X).
  • Two passport-sized color photographs, identical to the one uploaded during the online application (to be pasted, not stapled, on the Admit Card next to the printed photo and on the attendance sheet at the exam center).
  • A blue or black ballpoint pen for signing the attendance sheet and for rough work.

Prohibited Items:

  • Bluetooth device, communication / electronic / digital / wireless devices like Calculators, Docupen, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator, Cellular Phone, Memory Card/ Stick, Pager, Organizer, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), concealed Microphone Or Camera, Radio, Headset, Walkman, Recorder, Translator etc.
  • Textual or stationary material such as Pencil-box/Geometry box, Book, Log tables, Clip board, Slide rule (except blue or black transparent ballpoint Pen).
  • Personal items (Wristwatch/ Wristband, Bracelets, Handbags, Ornaments, Wallet, Purse, Head gear, Scarf, Goggles, Jackets), eatable items (Chips, Chocolates, Food, Drinks etc).

Result and Selection Process

Result Declaration:

  • Results are typically announced a few weeks after the exam on the official AFCAT website.
  • Candidates who have qualified in the written exam are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the IAF website or https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate call- up letter for AFSB interview.

Selection Process:

  • Stage 1: Officer Intelligence Rating Test and Picture Perception and Discussion Test.
  • Stage 2: Psychological Tests, Group Tests, and AFSB Interview.
  • Medical Examination: Conducted at specific centers.
  • Final Merit List: Based on your performance in the written exam and AFSB tests.

Training Details

Post-selection by AFSBs and medical clearance by appropriate medical establishments, candidates undergo rigorous training at designated Air Force training centers. This training prepares you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your chosen branch.

Date and Duration of Training:

Training for all courses is set to begin in the first week of July 2025. The training duration is approximately 62 weeks for those in the Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches, while for the Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches, it is around 52 weeks. All training will take place at Air Force Training Establishments.

Salary and Benefits

The Indian Air Force offers an excellent pay package on Commissioning (as per 7th CPC) with benefits. Officers receive competitive salaries, allowances, and perks such as medical facilities, accommodation, and opportunities for further education.

Contact Information

  • For any Query related to Conduct of Online Examination, registration process, admit cards, candidates may contact AFCAT Cell on 020-25503105 or 020-25503106. E-Mail queries may be addressed to afcatcell@cdac.in.
  • For all queries regarding Eligibility, allotment of AFSB centres, date of AFSB interview, merit list, Joining Instructions, and any other relevant information regarding selection process, candidates may contact on 011-23010231 Extn: 7610 or visit website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in or Toll free number 1800-112448.
  • Telephonic query timings are from 0930 hrs to 1300 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1700 hrs (Monday to Friday, except closed holidays).

Conclusion

You’ve got this! With dedication and a solid preparation strategy, you can soar through AFCAT 2 and achieve your dream of joining the Indian Air Force. Best of luck, and remember, the sky is not the limit – it’s just the beginning.

By following this comprehensive guide, you can systematically prepare for AFCAT 2 and increase your chances of success.

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Disclaimer: Always check the official AFCAT website for the most up-to-date information and announcements.

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