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AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards 2021

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: June 01, 2021 | AFCAT

AFCAT specifies strict standards for physical attributes and medical fitness, which every candidate is required to meet. Only the candidates who meet all of the medical standards of fitness are recommended for joining service as an Office in the Indian Air Force.

AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards 2021

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is the entrance exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for recruitment of officers. The AFCAT exam is conducted twice every year in February and September. 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.

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.

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

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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)
15-1718-2223-2728-3233-37
1524647505454
1534747515555
1544748515656
1554849525656
1564849535757
1574950545858
1584950545858
1595051555959
1605152565960
1615152566060
1625253576161
1635254586162
1645354596263
1655355596363
1665456606363
1675456616465
1685557616565
1695557626566
1705658636667
1715659646668
1725759646768
1735860656870
1745861666870
1755961666971
1765962677071
1776062687072
1786063697173
1796164697273
1806164707274
1816265717375
1826266727476
1836366727476
1846467737577
1856468747578
1866568747678
1876569757779
1886669767780
1896670777881
1906771777981
1916771787982
1926872798082
1939873798183
Standard Deviation6.06.37.16.66.9

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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
1484346
1494447
1504548
1514548
1524649
1534750
1544750
1554851
1564952
1574953
1585053
1595154
1605155
1615255
1625256
1635357
1645457
1655458
1665559
1675660
1685660
1695761
1705862
1715862
1725963
1735964
1746064
1756165
1766166
1776267
1786367
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

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 eyeCP-II
AE(M)
AE(L)

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

CP-II
Met

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

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

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

If a candidate has any doubts regarding the recruitment of IAF officers through AFCAT, please contact our experts on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone.

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