AFCAT 1 2021 Syllabus, Marking Scheme, Subject, Exam Pattern

AFCAT 1 2021 online exam will be conducted in Feb 2021, each day there will be two different shifts, the 1st shift will be only for AFCAT candidates and the 2nd shift will be for AFCAT and EKT candidates. AFCAT 1 2021 online registrations are open at the moment and candidates can apply online through the official AFCAT website as mentioned below. AFCAT 1 2021 registration will be closed on 30 Dec 2020. Below you can find the details of AFCAT 1 2021 syllabus, marking scheme, subject/topics, exam pattern, shift timings and tentative exam dates.

The AFCAT 1 2021 is the best way to join the Indian air force and it is conducted only by CDAC on behalf of Indian Air Force across many online exam centers.

Male and Female can apply for the AFCAT 1 2021 online at their website To get the maximum deserving candidates for the entries, the Airforce authorities have planned a selection eligibility criteria, which is different for the entries of the exam. AFCAT 1 2021 exam will be conducted at various online centre across the country. AFCAT 1 2021 has a question paper of 100 questions with 300 maximum marks. More details related to AFCAT 1 2021 is mentioned below:

AFCAT EventsAFCAT 1 2021AFCAT 2 2021
AFCAT Notification Date1 December 20201 June 2021
AFCAT Online Application Date1 December 20201 June 2021
AFCAT Application Last date30 December 2020July 2021
AFCAT Admit Card dateJanuary 2021August 2021
AFCAT Exam date27 Feb & 28 Feb 2021September 2021
AFCAT  Result date declarationMarch 2021October 2021

AFCAT 1 2021 Branches and Age Limits

AFCAT 1 2021 Exam Age Limit

  • Flying

Age – Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2022 i.e. born between 02 January 1998 to 01 January 2002. (both dates inclusive). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years i.e. born between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

Educational Qualification

–    A graduate candidate with minimum 60% marks and must have scored minimum 60%marks in Maths and Physics in 10+2 in 12th standard.

–    B.Tech/ B.E candidates who have scored minimum 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

Age – 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2022 i.e. born between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

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

  • Ground Duty Non-Technical

Age – 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2022 i.e. born between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2002 (both dates inclusive).

Educational Qualification –

  • Administration and Logistics – Graduation degree with minimum 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 1 2021 Selection Procedure

  • Indian airforce will conduct the AFCAT online exam across the country at different test centers. AFCAT 1 2021 online exam will be conducted in Feb 2021.
  • IAF will publish the results of AFCAT 1 2021 in April 2021 and candidates will be able to check their marks, cut off marks etc on the official portal i.e.
  • Selected candidates have to choose their AFSB interview venue and date on the same portal.
  • The screening test is the first stage of the interview, which consists of verbal, nonverbal tests and a PPDT test. The selected candidates will stay at the centres for further selection tests and those who could not qualify it, would be set free on the same day.
  • The next stage consists of a personal interview, Psychology and GTO tests, PABT (for flying only), on the last day conference will be conducted after which, the final result is announced. The selected candidates are sent for medical examination.

The subjects, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

AFCAT 1 2021 Online Exam Pattern

AFCAT Online exam pattern

Syllabus of the AFCAT 2021

  • English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases
  • General Awareness: History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc
  • Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability

(a) General Awareness

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Civics
  • Basic Science
  • Defence
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics

(b) Verbal Ability in English

  • Comprehension
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary

(c) Numerical Ability  

  • Decimal Fraction
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Profit & loss
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Simple Interest

(d) Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 

  • Verbal Skills
  • Spatial Ability
AFCAT Syllabus 2018 2019

Standard of AFCAT 2021 Question Paper:

  • The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level (Indian University).
  • The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT

AFCAT 2021 Marking Scheme

  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • No marks for unattempted questions.

Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable. Candidates must appear for the Online AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam. Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

AFCAT 1 2021 Important Dates

  • AFCAT 1 2021 online application will be published on 1 Dec 2020
  • AFCAT 1 2021 online exam will be conducted in Feb 2021

Conclusion – The candidates have significant time to prepare and compete for AFCAT 1 2021. Those who are appearing in their graduation course as mentioned above in the educational qualification criteria can target the exam. The exam comes with the moderate difficulty level and a strategical approach can bring marks over the cut-off.


  1. kabir singh

    sir i 23 years old and having 12th with pcm with 74.33% marks and gradaution with bcs with 57.65 % and 1 time attepmted cds 2020 aspirant . am i elligible for afcat?
  2. Jatin

    Is lasik allowed for fighter pilot stream?
    1. Pks

      No, you can be helicopter pilot or some other,
  3. Yashavanth Kumar YP

    What are the eligibility criteria in the afcat medical test
  4. Lakshmi K Nair

    Can a mechanical engineer graduate with 156 cm height apply for afcat.
  5. Lakshmi K Nair

    Can a mechanical engineer graduate with 156 cm height apply for afcat

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