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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

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Qualification, Physical Standards for Indian Air Force

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AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Know the eligibility criteria including the age, upper age limit, educational qualification(s), physical and medical standards, needed to be fulfilled before applying for the AFCAT 2021 (2) Recruitment Process. Eligible candidates can apply till 30th June 2021.

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Indian Air Force (IAF) has invited online application from Indian citizens (Men and Women) for the courses commencing in January 2022 for grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. Online applications are also invited for grant of PC/SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme (For Flying Branch). AFCAT 2021 (1) Exam will be held on 28th, 29th & 30th August 2021 for the recruitment of 334 vacancies for Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches.

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Below are important dates for AFCAT 2021 Recruitment Process:

Important Dates for AFCAT (2) 2021 Exam
Online Application Opening Date 1st June 2021 (11:00 AM onwards)
Online Application Closing Date 30th June 2021 (Till 5:00 PM)

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AFCAT (2) Online Exam 28th, 29th & 30th August 2021
Course Commencement July 2022

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AFCAT 2021 Branches and Vacancies

Entry Branch Vacancies* Course Number
AFCAT Entry Flying SSC – 96 212/22F/SSC/M & W
Ground Duty (Technical)

{Aeronautical Engineer Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer Mechanical}

AE(L): PC- 20, SSC-78AE(M): PC-08, SSC-31 211/22T/PC/101 AEC/ M211/22T/SSC/ 101AEC/M & W
Ground Duty

(Non-Technical)

{Administration &Education}

Admin: PC-10, SSC-42Edn: PC-04, SSC-17 211/22G/PC/M211/22G/SSC/M & W
NCC Special Entry Flying 10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and 10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC 212/22F/PC/M and212/22F/SSC/M & W
Meteorology Entry Meteorology Met : PC– 06,SSC– 22 211/22G/PC/M211/22G/SSC/M & W

Note: The vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. Actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in July 2022. No representation in this regard will be entertained. Two seats are reserved from Ground Duty (Non-Tech) vacancies for Law qualified candidates.

Before applying for the AFCAT 2021 Exam, candidates should make sure that they fulfill all the eligibility norms including age, upper age limit, marital status, educational qualification(s), Physical Standards and Medical Standards. So, let’s look at the Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT 2021 Recruitment Process:

Age Limit

As on 1st July 2022, the age limit for AFCAT 2021 Recruitment is mentioned in the table given below:

Flying Branch
Age Limit as on 1st July 2022 20 to 24 years i.e. born between n 02 July 1998 to 01 July 2002 (both dates inclusive)
Upper Age Limit Relaxation 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 1996 to 01 July 2002 (both dates inclusive)
Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical) Branches
Age Limit as on 1st July 2021 20 to 26 years, i.e., born between n 02 July 1996 to 01 July 2002 (both dates Inclusive)
Upper Age Limit Relaxation No Upper Age Limit Relaxation

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Note: The date of birth accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, the extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

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Marital Status

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. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training. A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.

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Educational Qualifications 

Branch Educational Qualification
Flying Branch Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level

AND

(a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

(b) BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

(c) Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch 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:-

(aaa) Communication Engineering.

(aab) Computer Engineering/Technology.

(aac) Computer Engineering & Application.

(aad) Computer Science and Engineering/ Technology.

(aae) Electrical and Computer Engineering.

(aaf) Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

(aag) Electrical Engineering.

(aah) Electronics Engineering/ Technology.

(aaj) Electronics Science and Engineering.

(aak) Electronics.

(aal) Electronics and Communication Engineering.

(aam) Electronics and Computer Science.

(aan) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering.

(aao) Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave).

(aap) Electronics and Computer Engineering.

(aaq) Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering.

(aar) Electronics Instrument & Control.

(aas) Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering.

(aat) Instrumentation & Control Engineering.

(aau) Instrument & Control Engineering.

(aav) Information Technology.

(aaw) Spacecraft Technology.

(aax) Engineering Physics.

(aay) Electric Power and Machinery Engineering.

(aaz) Infotech Engineering.

(aba) Cyber Security.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch 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 recognized 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 – Administration 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.
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches – Education Passed 10+2 and Post-Graduation with 50% in any discipline including integrated courses offering PG (Single degree without permission to exit and lateral entry) and with 60% marks in Graduation in any discipline.
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches – Meteorology Post Graduate Degree in any Science stream/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Geography/ Computer Applications/ Environmental Science/ Applied Physics/ Oceanography/ Meteorology/ Agricultural Meteorology/ Ecology & Environment/ Geophysics/ Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all papers put together (Provided Maths and Physics were studied at Graduation Level with a minimum of 55% marks in each).
NCC Special Entry (Flying Branch) NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate acquired on or after 01 Dec 17 is mandatory. Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2. Graduates with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

OR

BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

PHYSICAL STANDARDS

1. Height & weight

a) For Flying Branch: The minimum acceptable height for men and women candidates in Flying Branch is 162.5cms, Leg Length: Min – 99 CMS, Max -120 CMS. Thigh Length: Max – 64 CMS, Sitting Height: Min – 81.5 CMS, Max – 96 CMS (No concession for age/ sex/ region).

b) For Ground Duty (Technical/Nontechnical) Branch: The minimum acceptable height for male candidates in Ground Duty (Technical/Nontechnical) Branch is 157.5 CMS. For women candidates, the minimum acceptable height is 152 CMS. (For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 CMS less. In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height will be 2 CMS less than what is applicable to men and women respectively).

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Height and Weight standards for men and women are given below for Indian Air Force. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done.

Height and Weight Standards for Male
Height (in cm)

Without Shoes

Age Range (in Years) / Weight (in Kgs)
15-17 18-22 23-27 28-32 years 33-37years
152 46 47 50 54 54
153 47 47 51 55 55
154 47 48 51 56 56
155 48 49 52 56 56
156 48 49 53 57 57
157 49 50 54 58 58
158 49 50 54 58 58
159 50 51 55 59 59
160 51 52 56 59 60
161 51 52 56 60 60
162 52 53 57 61 61
163 52 54 58 61 62
164 53 54 59 62 63
165 53 55 59 63 63
166 54 56 60 63 64
167 54 56 61 64 65
168 55 57 61 65 65
169 55 57 62 65 66
170 56 58 63 66 67
171 56 59 64 66 68
172 57 59 64 67 68
173 58 60 65 68 69
174 58 61 66 68 70
175 59 61 66 69 71
176 59 62 67 70 71
177 60 62 68 70 72
178 60 63 69 71 73
179 61 64 69 72 73
180 61 64 70 72 74
181 62 65 71 73 75
182 62 66 72 74 76
183 63 66 72 74 76
184 64 67 73 75 77
185 64 68 74 75 78
186 65 68 74 76 78
187 65 69 75 77 79
188 66 69 76 77 80
189 66 70 77 78 81
190 67 71 77 79 81
191 67 71 78 79 82
192 68 72 79 80 82
193 68 73 79 81 83
+/- SD 6 6.3 7.1 6.6 6.9
Height and Weight standards for Female
Height (in cm) Without Shoes Age Range (in Years) / Weight (in Kgs)
20-25 Years 26-30 Years
148 43 46
149 44 47
150 45 48
151 45 48
152 46 49
153 47 50
154 47 50
155 48 51
156 49 52
157 49 53
158 50 53
159 51 54
160 51 55
161 52 55
162 52 56
163 53 57
164 54 57
165 54 58
166 55 59
167 56 60
168 56 60
169 57 61
170 58 62
171 58 62
172 59 63
173 59 64
174 60 64
175 61 65
176 61 66
177 62 67
178 63 67
+/- SD 5 5

2. Visual Standard

Below is the Visual Standards for Air Force Common Admission Online Test (AFCAT 01/2021) for Flying Branch and Ground Duties (Technical And Non-Technical)/ NCC Special Entry for Courses Commencing in January 2022 Candidates on Entry:

Branch Maximum Limits of Refractive Error Visual Acuity Errors Colour Vision
F(P) including WSOs Hypermetropia: + 2.0D Sph

Manifest Myopia: Nil

Retinoscopic myopia: – 0.5 in any meridian permitted

Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl (within + 2.0D Max)

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to

6/6 only for

Hypermetropia

CP-I
Aircrew other than F(P) Hypermetropia: +3.5D Sph

Myopia: -2.0D Sph

Astigmatism: + 0.75D Cyl

6/24 in one eye and

6/36 in other,

correctable to 6/6 and 6/9

CP-I
Adm/ Adm (ATC)/Adm (FC) Hypermetropia: + 3.5D Sph

Myopia: -3.5D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/9 in each eye.

CP-II
AE(M) AE(L) Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.5D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/9 in each eye.

Wearing of glasses

will be compulsory

when advised

CP-II
Met Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/6 in the better eye

and 6/18 in the worse

eye. Wearing of

Glasses will be

compulsory

CP-II
Accts/

Lgs/Edn

Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism: + 2.50

D Cyl

Corrected visual

acuity should be

6/6 in the better eye

and 6/18 in the worse

eye. Wearing of

Glasses will be

compulsory

CP-III

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