AFCAT result announced, check Merit List

Update on April 8, 2017: AFCAT 1 2017 result has been announced today along with the cut off marks. The cut off marks for AFCAT are 150, while the same for EKT are 60. The candidates can access the AFCAT merit list from here.

IAF has published the list of candidates (roll numbers) who have scored marks equal or above the cut-off marks. If you find your roll number on the list, login to your account and select the venue & date for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs). The candidates should select the venue & date by April 17. If one fails to select the AFSB schedule, IAF will allot the AFSB itself to him.

The selected candidates are required to take the printout of Call Up Letter and associated forms from the official website and report to the selected venue with AFCAT admit card, call up letter, documents as listed in the call up letter and associated forms duly filled.

AFCAT 1 2017 result: The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) was conducted on February 26 and the results are expected to be announced today on April 7 after about a week of uncertainty. Indian Air Force (IAF) administration has also put up an official notice online at it’s website ( informing the candidates. As of today afternoon, the IAF has not updated it’s site after that notice.

AFCATThe notice reads, “AFCAT result 2017 Results for exam held on 26 Feb 17 would be uploaded shortly. Kindly check the website ( regularly”. The notice was published about 3-4 days ago, making it more apparent that results are due anytime now. However, no date or time has been specified for the publication of results.

The results, as per trends in previous times, are declared within around 40 days. For AFCAT 01/2016, the exam was held on February 21 & March 13, and results were declared on March 13 (in 40 days). In case of AFCAT 02/2016, exam was conducted on August 28 and results were released on October 8 (in 41 days). SO by that Maths, expect your AFCAt 1/2017 result by 6th or 7th April.

Every six months, somewhere around 1.25-2 lakh candidate take the AFCAT conducted by IAF for officers’ recruitment to recruit to branches (the Flying branch, the Technical branch and the Ground Duty branch) and except medical/dental branches. Both male and female candidates are allowed to appear for the test but while the male candidates have the option for permanent as well short service commission jobs, women on the other hand can only opt for jobs under short service commission cadre.

The official answer keys for the exam have not been uploaded by the IAF and to my knowledge, no prominent coaching institute has put up the keys online too, except maybe some online forums. But as the results are on the verge of getting out, it’s only a matter of 1-2 days until candidates get to know their status.

AFCAT 1/2017, the exam consisted of 100 questions and 3 marks for each correct answer. Negative marking scheme is also there, according to which 1 mark is to be deduced upon each wrong answer. The questions paper consisted of 4 sections i.e., General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test.

The candidates are recommended for SSB after qualifying the written test. On the basis of his/her performance in the exam and taking a certain cut-off marks in the account, a merit is prepared and published online. We don’t have to data as to IAF doesn’t provide normally but around 6,000-10,000 candidates are shortlisted for SSB and further selection process. When the selection process is over, around 70-90 candidates are selected. There is no limit as to how many candidates can appear or be selected on the basis of AFCAT but the above figures are preliminary, assumptive, lacking official data.

As for the expected cut off marks for AFCAT 01/2017, it’s hard to predict the cut off this year keeping in view the fluctuations witnessed in recent years. In 2016, the cut off was 132/300 for AFCAT 1/2016 and 52/150 for EKT. In 01/2015, cut off for AFCAT and EKT was respectively 126 and 55. In 02/2015, it was 144 and 52. So you can see why there is no point here. And several factors such as number of candidates, difficulty level of the paper and how many candidates attempted of how much marks, really affect the final cut off.  As in AFCAT 02/2016, the cut off went really high with 148/300 for AFCAT and 60/150 for EKT.

The list of shortlisted candidates is published online at the official website. We’ll be keeping tabs here and will update you once the results get published.


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