AFCAT New Website – How to Register, Apply Online and Contact AFCAT Cell

AFCAT released its official notification for application for AFCAT 1 2018 and AFCAT is going online across various examination centers in India. The exam, which used to be free of cost to apply, would be charged at 250/- INR per application.

Selection system for Officers and Airmen in the IAF has been continuously evolving and sustained efforts are in place to strengthen the testing system. Though the existing system is time tested and well proven, constraints of testing capacity and geographical reach were major limitations in according opportunity to all the deserving and eligible candidates from across the country especially to rural youth.

On the morning of 11th December, MoS for Defence Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the online examination web portal of IAF at Vayusena Bhavan. This contributes towards the vision of ‘Digital India’ of the Prime Minister.

The online examination system is developed in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) thus also following the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Design in India’ philosophy of the Govt of India.

IAF is the first amongst the three services to take up IT enabled Online Testing for induction in Officers and Airmen cadre. The project will be implemented with effect from Jan 2018 for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) for Officer’s cadre and Scheduled test for Airmen Recruitment (STAR) for Airmen cadre.

Earlier IAF had 100+ centres pan India for Officer cadre exam and 14 centres for Airmen selection exams. Certain states/UTs did not have any testing centre. Consequently, candidates had to spend considerable time and resources on travelling to the testing centres. In the new system, there would be about 760 examination centre’s all over the country and the maximum distance a candidate would be required to travel now will be considerably less from the place of his/her residence. It will enable approximately four lakh candidates for Airmen selection and two lakh candidates for Officer’s selection, to appear in the exam every six months.

Here is how to apply for AFCAT 1/2018, NCC Spl Entry and Met Entry for IAF Jan 2019 courses:

  1. Goto either one of the websites – or
  2. The applications will open on 16th December 2017 and will close on 14th January 2018.
  3. Click on “Officer” button at the end of the page to join as officer or “Airman” button to join as an airman.
  4. Click on “Apply Online”
  5. Register with your valid details and click on “Register”.
  6. Fill up the application form with utmost care with correct details and pay the applicable fee.
  7. Click on “Submit”.

Your application has been submitted successfully.

Contact AFCAT Cell:

For queries regarding AFCAT application, admit card and AFCAT centre, candidates may contact AFCAT Cell:

West Block – VI Air HQs(RKP) RK Puram New Delhi – 110066 Tele: 011 – 26160458, 26160459 E – Mail:

Download Previous Papers:

Previous AFCAT papers can be downloaded from the following links:

AFCAT 2015:

AFCAT 2011 to 2016 Free:



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