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AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards 2022

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: July 28, 2022 10:22 am IST | AFCAT

AFCAT maintains strict standards for physical attributes and medical fitness that all candidates must meet. Only candidates who meet all of the medical fitness standards are recommended for service as an officer in the Indian Air Force.

AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards 2022

Working for the AFCAT is a reputable job, but it is a demanding one. In order to handle the demands of the AFCAT job, officers must not only be physically fit but also medically fit and mentally strong. As a result, in order to serve as an officer in the Indian Air Force, a candidate must be physically and medically fit. Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is the entrance exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for recruitment of officers. IAF has released the AFCAT 2 2022 exam date along with the notification on 01 June 2022. The first stage of the recruitment process will be held across India from August 26 to 28, 2022, with the application process closing on June 30, 2022. The Indian Air Force (IAF) holds the AFCAT exam twice a year to recruit Class-1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical Branches. On June 1, 2022, the conducting authority issued the AFCAT notification, which includes all exam-related information such as the AFCAT exam date, selection process, syllabus, exam pattern, vacancies, and so on.

The AFCAT 2 2022 exam will be held from August 26 to August 28, 2022, and the admit card will be distributed on August 10, 2022. According to the most recent update, both men and women are eligible to apply for this exam. Vacancies for various positions such as flying, ground duty, meteorology, and so on have been released separately for men and women. Through AFCAT, IAF fills vacancies of officer cadre posts in various departments including Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch. Candidates who clear AFCAT are called for a 5-day selection process at one of the selection centres of the defence forces. Called SSB or Services Selection Board, the interview tests the psychology, physical fitness, aptitude, communication skills and various other qualities of a candidate. Candidates who qualify the SSB are then called for a medical fitness test in which their physical attributes and fitness are measured and compared to the physical and medical standards of IAF.

Every year, AFCAT releases the physical and medical standards along with the notification for the exam. In this article, we cover the physical and medical standards required for AFCAT. Candidates who do not meet the said standard will not be inducted into the flying wing of the Indian Defence Forces.

Latest Updates for AFCAT 2 2022

  • Last day to apply online is June 30, 2022
  • The AFCAT 2 Notification 2022 was released on June 1, 2022, coinciding with the start of the application process
  • The AFCAT 2 2022 exam will be held from August 26 to August 28, 2022
  • AFCAT admit card will be distributed on August 10, 2022

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the positions, all candidates are advised to check their AFCAT 2022 eligibility. The Indian Air Force has established separate eligibility requirements for technical and non-technical positions. Candidates must ensure that they meet all eligibility criteria, such as age limit, nationality, marital status, and so on, or their candidature will be disqualified at any stage of the examination. Check out the AFCAT eligibility details below:

Nationality: According to the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, the candidate who applies for the exam must be a citizen of India.

Marital Status: Candidates under the age of 25 must be unmarried at the start of the course. Widows/widowers, as well as divorcees (with or without encumbrances) under the age of 25, are also ineligible.

Educational Requirements: All candidates who want to take the AFCAT 2022 must have a bachelor's degree in their respective discipline. The AFCAT qualification criteria differ depending on the position. Take a look at the detailed IAF criteria for flying branch and ground duty listed below.


AFCAT Qualification

Flying Branch

A graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university and 50% in each of the math and physics classes from the 12th grade are both required.


BTech degree with a 60 percent or comparable grade point average from an accredited university.


Candidates who have passed the Section A and B of the Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India examination from a recognised university with at least 60 percent of the required marks or an equivalent.

Ground Duty (Technical) Branch

A minimum of four years of post-secondary education in engineering or technology from an accredited university, as well as 50 percent or above in both math and physics at the 10+2 level.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches

10+2 and a graduate degree (minimum 3-year degree programme) in any field from an accredited university with at least 60 percent of the required grades.

Physical and Medical Standards for AFCAT

Working in the Defence Forces is a reputable but highly demanding job. The job requires officers to not only be in top physical shape but also be medically fit and mentally strong to handle the requirements of the job. Therefore, IAF has to ensure that a candidate is physically and medically fit to serve as an officer in the Air Force.

Every candidate for AFCAT has to undergo a medical and physical fitness test in which they are thoroughly scanned to be a medical practitioner. Physical attributes of the candidate such as their height and weight are also measured and recorded.

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Height and Weight Standards for AFCAT

Candidates can check the branch-wise height and weight standard for male and female candidates given below. Candidates who are are found to be overweight as per the specified standards are issued with a letter of caution and they have to reduce their weight to the specified standard weight before they report for the medicals.

Height Standards for Flying Branch of IAF

Given below are the minimum and maximum accepted height for male and female candidates for the flying branch of the Indian Air Force. No concession is provided to any candidate in these parameters.

ParameterMin. (in cms)Max (in cms)
Acceptable Height162.5--
Leg Length99120
Thigh Length--64
Sitting Height81.596

Height Standards for Ground Duty Branch of IAF

The height standards for male and female candidates for Ground Duty (Technical / Non-Technical) branch of IAF can be found given below.

ParameterMin. (in cms)Max. (in cms)
Acceptable Height for Males157.5--
Acceptable Height for Females152--

IAF provides a concession to the following special category of candidates in this branch. The minimum accepted heights for the following types of candidates can be 2 cms less than the specified standards.

  • Gorkhas
  • Individuals belonging to:

    • hills of North-Eastern Region

    • Garhwal Region

    • Kumaon Region

Also Read:How to Get Into the Indian Air Force after Class 12th

AFCAT Height vs Weight Standards for Male Candidates

The table below provides the height weight standard for candidates as measured against their heights and age range. Male candidates can refer to the table below to find what should be their weight for AFCAT for their height and age.

Height (in cms)Weight (in kg) for Age Range (in years)
Standard Deviation6.

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AFCAT Height vs Weight Standards for Females

The standard prescribed weight of female candidates as per their heights and age range can be found in the table provided below.

Height (in cm)Weight (in Kg) for Age Range (in years)
20 - 2526 - 30
Standard Deviation55

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AFCAT Visual Standards for Different Branches

IAF also checks the eyes of a candidate for any defects. Candidates applying for IAF are supposed to have good vision as per the standards specified by AFCAT. The visual standard specified by the IAF for its different branches can be found in the table provided below.

BranchMaximum Limits of Refractive ErrorVisual Acuity ErrorsColour 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

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

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 eyeCP-II

Hypermetropia: + 3.5D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism:+ 2.5D Cyl in any meridian

Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye

Wearing glasses will be compulsory when advised


Hypermetropia: + 3.5 D Sph

Myopia: -3.50 D Sph

Astigmatism:+ 2.50 D Cyl

Corrected visual acuity should be 6/9 in each eye.

Wearing glasses will be compulsory when advised

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.


AFCAT Ocular Muscle Balance Standard for Flying Duties

The standard prescribed AFCAT Ocular Muscle Balance for Flying Duties can be found in the table provided below.




Temporary Unfit

Permanently Unfit


Maddox Rod Test at 6 meters

Exo- 6 Prism D Eso- 6 Prism D Hyper- 1 Prism D Hypo- 1 Prism D

Exo- Greater than 6 prism D Eso- Greater than 6 prism D Hyper- Greater than 1 prism D Hypo- Greater than 1 prism D

Uniocular suppression Hyper or Hypo more than 2 prism D


Maddox Rod Test at 33 cm

Exo-16 Prism D Eso- 6 Prism D Hyper- 1 Prism D Hypo- 1 Prism D

Exo- Greater than 16 prism D Eso- Greater than 6 prism D Hyper- Greater than 1 prism D Hypo- Greater than 1 prism D

Uniocular suppression Hyper or Hypo more than 2 prism D


Handheld Stereoscope

All of the BSV grades

Poor Fusional reserves

Absence of SMP, fusion Stereopsis



Up to 10 cm

Up to 15 cm with effort

Greater than 15 cm with effort


Cover Test for Distance and Near

Latent divergence or convergence recovery rapid and complete

Compensated heterophoria or  trophia likely to improve with treatment or persisting even after treatment

Compensated heterophoria

AFCAT Standards for Tattoos & Narcotics

The standard prescribed AFCAT Standards for Tattoos & Narcotics can be found in the table provided below.



  • Only the inside face of the forearm (i.e., from inside the elbow to the wrist) and the reverse side of the palm or back (i.e., dorsal) side of the hand are permitted for permanent body tattoos
  • Any other part of the body cannot have permanent body art
  • On a case-by-case basis, tribes who have tattoos on their faces or bodies in accordance with their current customs and traditions will be allowed
  • Narcotic possession is prohibited. Throughout medical exams and afterwards during training or their officer career, the candidate may be subjected to drug tests to determine whether they have any drugs in their system
  • If a candidate is discovered to be using or in possession of drugs at any point in their training or career, they will be barred from joining the IAF or, if they have already joined, will have their membership terminated

These were the prescribed physical and medical standards for AFCAT. Check the related information given below for more details about the exam.

AFCAT Eligibility CriteriaAFCAT Preparation Strategy
AFCAT Selection ProcessAFCAT Syllabus
How to Score 200+ Marks in AFCATWhat is a Good Score in AFCAT?

If a candidate has any doubts regarding the recruitment of IAF officers through AFCAT, please contact our experts on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. For admission-related assistance fill our Common Application Form or call on our toll free number 1800-572-9877. 


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