Documents Required to Fill AFCAT 2024 Application Form: Photo Specifications, Scanned Images


Updated On: July 04, 2024 11:55 am IST | AFCAT

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AFCAT 2024 Application Form Documents Required

Documents Required to Fill AFCAT 2024 Application Form: The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) twice annually, providing opportunities to join various IAF branches, both in flying and non-flying roles. AFCAT 2 2024 opened for applications on May 30, 2024, closing on June 28, 2024. This session is for candidates aiming to commence courses at the Air Force Academy in July 2025. The AFCAT 2 2024 exam dates are scheduled for August 9, 10, and 11, 2024. Previously, AFCAT 1 2024 saw applications closing on December 30, 2023, and exams conducted on February 16, 17, and 18, 2024. To apply, candidates must register, complete the AFCAT 2024 application form , and pay a fee of INR 550 plus applicable GST charges. Below is a detailed list of the documents required to fill AFCAT 2024 application form!

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AFCAT 2024 Important Dates

AFCAT happens two times each year, usually around February and August. The official announcements for these occasions usually come out in December and June annually. Below are the expected dates for AFCAT 1 and 2 in 2024:


AFCAT 1 2024 exam date

AFCAT 2 exam date 2024

AFCAT Notification 2024

December 1, 2023

May 20, 2024

Online Application begins

December 1, 2023

May 30, 2024

Last day for application submission

December 30, 2023

June 28, 2024

AFCAT 2024 application form correction window dates

January 8 to 9, 2024

To be announced

AFCAT 2024 Admit Card release date

January 30, 2024

July 24, 2024

AFCAT exam date

February 16 to 18, 2024

August 9 to 11, 2024

AFCAT result date

March 8, 2024

To be announced

CutOff Marks Release Date

June 2024

To be announced

AFSB notification 2024


To be announced

AFCAT Final Merit List 2024

June 2024

To be announced

AFSB interview dates 2024


To be announced

Declaration of final AFCAT result

July 2024

To be announced

AFCAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the AFCAT 2 2024 exam, you need to meet specific requirements outlined by the IAF regarding your nationality, age, education, and physical fitness. Ensure you meet these criteria before applying for the exam. Check out the eligibility criteria for AFCAT 2 2024 below:


Candidates who are applying for the AFCAT 2024 exam must be citizens of India

Age Limit

Different branches of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have varying age requirements for candidates appearing in the AFCAT 2 2024 exam. Below is the updated age limit for different branches as of January 2024:


Age limit as of January 2024

Flying branch

Candidates aiming for the Flying Branch should be between 20 and 24 years old. However, for those pursuing a Commercial Pilot’s license, the upper age limit has been stretched to 26 years.

Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical)

As for Ground Duty, both technical and non-technical roles have an age requirement of between 20 and 26 years.

Marital Status

Here are the updated guidelines for candidates' marital status:

  • To be eligible, candidates must be under 25 years old and unmarried at the start of the course. Those who are divorced or widowed under the age of 25 are not eligible.
  • Candidates who are married and over 25 years old can still apply. However, they won't have the option to live with their families or receive family accommodations during training.

Educational Qualification

Here are the educational qualifications needed for different branches in the Indian Air Force (IAF):

IAF Branch

Required Educational Qualification

Flying Branch

  • For this branch, you need to have at least 60% marks in your 10+2 exam in Maths and Physics.
  • Additionally, you must either hold a graduation degree in any discipline, BE/BTech, or pass the section A and B exams of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized university with 60% marks.

Ground Duty (Technical Branch)

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics):

  • Candidates should have 60% marks in Maths and Physics in their 10+2 exam along with a four-year Engineering/Technology degree.
  • Alternatively, clearing the section A and B exams of the Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or the Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with 60% marks in specified disciplines is also acceptable.

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical):

  • You need to clear your 10+2 exam with 60% marks in Physics and Maths.
  • Also, a degree or integrated post-graduation in Engineering and Technology is required.
  • Alternatively, clearing sections A and B examination of the Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with at least 60% marks or equivalent in specified disciplines by the IAF is acceptable.

Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches


  • Graduation in any discipline with at least 60% marks is required.
  • Alternatively, clearing sections A and B examination of the Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with at least 60% marks is acceptable.


  • Candidates should have completed MBA/MCA or MA/MSc in subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, International Relations, International Studies, Defence Studies, Psychology, Computer Science, IT, Management, Mass Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations with at least 50% marks.
  • Additionally, scoring at least 60% in graduation is necessary.

Physical and Medical Standards

To be eligible to work for IAF, candidates must be medically as well as physically fit to carry out their duties and responsibilities perfectly.

How to Fill the AFCAT 2024 Application Form?

Now that the AFCAT 2024 Registration is on, we bring you a step-by-step guide to filling in the application form and uploading all documents as instructed by the conducting authority. Going through these steps and keeping all documents handy will make the application process easier for candidates.

Step 1: Registration for AFCAT 2024 Exam

  • Visit the AFCAT official website (
  • Go to the login tab on the homepage
  • Click on ‘New Registration’ and register yourself with a new User ID and Password
  • Candidates will receive the Password on their email ID after a successful registration

The initial ‘Sign up’ format is tabulated below:



Full Name

As on the Class 10 certificate

Parent’s Name

50 characters max

Email ID

Currently in use



Mobile No.

Currently in use

Select Secret Questions

Select one from the options

Secret Answer

50 characters max


Enter the alphanumeric text shown at the end

Step 2: Filling AFCAT Application Form 2024

  • Visit the AFCAT Exam login page
  • Enter the login credentials to access your account
  • Select the entry type – AFCAT/NCC Special Entry for Flying Branch/Meteorology Entry
  • Go through the instructions carefully before proceeding to the next page i.e. the AFCAT 2024 Application Form
  • Start filling in the application form with personal details –
  • Name, parents' names (will be auto-filled from sign-up data), email address, secondary email address, nationality, mobile number, visible identification mark, CPSS/PABT status, CPSS/PABT batch number, CPSS/PABT date of passing, CPSS/PABT chest no, CPSS/PABT attended which Air Force Selection Board, Select Rank in IAF, service number, currently posted unit, select command, gender, marital status, and date of birth.
  • Enter educational qualification details –

The instructions for filling out the educational qualification-related sections on the AFCAT application form are listed below.



Education Level

Choose one from the list:

  • 10 + 2 + Graduation
  • 10 + 2 + Graduation + Post Graduation
  • Diploma + Graduation
  • 10 + 2 + Integrated Post Graduation
  • Diploma + Integrated Post Graduation
  • Diploma + Graduation + Post
  • Graduation

Select Graduation Level

Choose one from the list as per the above options:

  • Graduate Options A
  • Graduate Options B
  • Graduate Options C
  • Graduate Options D

Select a Qualification Degree

For Groups A, B, and D choose from the following

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology

Course Duration (in years)

This should be entered in numeric form

Name of The College

Should be entered in a maximum of 50 characters

Name of University

In a maximum of 50 characters

Date of Graduation

In DD/MM/YYYY format

Aggregate/Gross Percentage

In numeric digit

If Candidates Have a Current Backlog

Mark it as Yes or No

Aggregate/Gross Percentage Obtained in Class 12

In numeric form

Enter Physics Percentage as per Class 12 Mark Sheet

In numeric digit

Enter Percentage Obtained in Class 12

Candidates should enter it in numeric digit

Essentials for AFCAT 2024 Registration

While filling up the AFCAT 2024 Application Form, candidates must have all the documents, photographs, and other essentials ready. A valid email ID and contact no. are needed since all updates regarding the entrance exam will be sent to candidates through mail/SMS. Check out the list of prerequisites for smooth AFCAT Registration 2024:

  • Marksheets of Class 12 and graduation/diploma/integrated postgraduation
  • A functional email address
  • An operational mobile no.
  • Aadhaar card and other photo ID proof details
  • Passport-sized colour photograph
  • Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking Details for paying the AFCAT 2022 Application Fee
  • High-speed, stable internet connection

Selection of Course As Per Preference

Next comes the selection of courses from the list of AFCAT 2024. Candidates are to pick the course which they want to apply for – Flying Branch, Ground Duty, Technical etc. Those with the required technical qualifications will need to take the EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) exam. Candidates will be allotted branches depending on the vacancies. It must be noted that the allocation of courses may differ from the candidate’s choice.

Providing Communication Details

Applicants must provide their correspondence/permanent address when filling up the application form.

Permanent Address Details

In this section, one has to write down the following:

  • Full address
  • City name
  • Name of state/UT
  • PIN code
  • Aadhaar card
  • Landline no.
  • Nearest railway station

Correspondence Address Details

  • This section needs to be fulfilled with the following:
  • Full address
  • Name of the state
  • PIN code
  • Nearest railway station

Instructions for Image/Signature Uploading

One of the most important sections of the AFCAT 2024 Application online form is the uploading of images and signatures. One has to be cautious of the specifications as given by the authority when uploading these.


  • Applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their recently taken passport-sized, coloured photograph
  • The image should be taken against a white background
  • The image should be in JPEG format
  • Image size should be between 10 KB and 50 KB
  • Name of the image file should be Photo.jpeg or Photo.jpg


  • Applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their digital signature
  • The signature should be in digital format
  • The signature file size should be between 10 KB and 50 KB
  • The signature file name should be Signature.jpeg or Signature.jpg

Thumb Impression

  • Candidates must upload a scanned copy of their thumb impression
  • Male candidates are required to provide an impression of their left thumb
  • Female applicants are required to provide an impression of the right thumb
  • The size of the file should be between 10 KB and 50 KB
  • The file should be named Thumb Impression.jpeg or Thumb impression.jpg

The details are tabulated below for reference:



File Size

File Name

Passport-sized coloured photograph


10 KB to 50 KB




10 KB to 50 KB


Thumb impression:

  1. Left thumb for males
  2. Right thumb for females


10 KB to 50 KB

Thumb Impression.jpeg/Thumb impression.jpg

*Candidates must note that applications with wrong/inappropriate images/signatures/thumb impressions will be considered invalid and therefore, rejected.

Selection of the City of Examination

After successfully uploading all documents, candidates must select the city from the ‘Drop down’ where they wish to take the AFCAT 2022 exam. As many as 5 cities can be chosen. Once done, candidates can click on the self-declaration checkbox and proceed to the payment page.

Step 3: AFCAT 2024 Application Fee Payment

The next step involves paying the requisite amount for AFCAT Application 2024. For this, one has to:

  • Click on the option that says ‘Make Payment’
  • Pay INR 550 through the online mode after filling up the application form – Net Banking/Debit Card/Credit Card/UPI/Challan payment (fees once paid cannot be refunded; candidates registering for Meteorology and NCC Special Entry need not pay the requisite amount)
  • View the ‘Confirmation Page’ to check the status of payment onscreen (A confirmation message will also be sent via mail/SMS)

The amount to be paid for AFCAT Application Form 2024 and the mode of payment are discussed below:


Registration Fee Amount

Mode of Payment


INR 550/-


*No charges applicable for Meteorology/NCC Special Entry candidates

Step 4: Take a Printout of AFCAT Application Form 2024

Once the registration fee of INR 250 is transacted successfully and the application form is finally submitted, candidates should save and take a copy of the ‘Confirmation Page’ to be able to show it as and when needed at the time of verification on the day of AFCAT Exam 2024.

Required Documents for AFCAT Application Form

Candidates must have the following documents ready in the approved format to fill out the AFCAT Application Form. The documents are as follows:

  • Recent coloured passport-size photograph
  • Scanned copy of signatures
  • Scanned image of thumb impression (Male- Left, Female- Right)
  • Working Mobile No.
  • Active Email ID
  • Credit/ Debit card/ Net Banking credentials

How to Check AFCAT Application Status?

To ascertain the status of the AFCAT application form for 2024, applicants should adhere to the following steps:

  • Visit the official website at
  • Click on the "Candidate login" tab.
  • Choose the AFCAT year cycle relevant to you.
  • Input your credentials and click on submit.
  • A new page will open, presenting the candidate's personalized login window.
  • Within this window, candidates can review the status of their AFCAT application form.

Note: It is important to ensure that all of the information on the application form is correct and corresponds to the supporting documentation. During the allocated repair time, any mistakes or inconsistencies should be corrected.

AFCAT 2024 Application Form Correction Window

Only applicants who complete the AFCAT application process on time are eligible for the AFCAT Correction Window . However, all applicants must submit all information carefully and accurately, rather than waiting for the AFCAT correction opportunity.

Candidates will be able to modify their father's and mother's names and gender, picture, signature, and post choice. There is no need to pay a fee to make changes to the AFCAT application form.

Steps to Edit the AFCAT Application Form

Candidates can make the needed corrections to the application form by following the processes outlined below:

  • Go to the official website.
  • Click the AFCAT login tab on the home page.
  • Enter your login information, such as your email address and password.
  • On the screen, a pop-up window will appear.
  • Click on the "I Agree" option and begin making the necessary modifications.
  • Click "Save" to save the application form and print it for future reference.

Things to Keep in Mind When Filling Up AFCAT 2024 Application Form

All candidates are advised to keep the following points in mind when applying for the AFCAT 2024 test:

  • Carefully read all instructions and guidelines before starting with the AFCAT 2024 Application Form fill-up process
  • Check for spelling/typing errors
  • Provide details in the designated fields
  • Provide accurate information to avoid discrepancies
  • Refer to the recommended image/signature/thumb impression specifications
  • Keep all the documents handy at all times
  • Registration fee, once paid, will not be refundable
  • If an applicant has submitted multiple application forms, only the latest one with Aadhaar Card details will be considered valid and will be issued the AFCAT 2024 Admit Card.
  • Once the payment is done and the form is finally submitted, candidates must download and save the ‘Confirmation Page’, and take a printout of it for future reference.

Candidates seeking assistance with any queries related to the online AFCAT 2024 Application Form, AFCAT 2024 Admit Card etc. can contact the AFCAT authorities for information.

Look below for contact information for AFCAT:

Name of Authority

Contact No.

Email ID

Air Force Authority

020-25503105 or 020-25503106

We hope this article has provided you with all the information related to the AFCAT 2024 Registration process and the documents required to fill the AFCAT 2 2024 Application Form. For all the latest AFCAT exam updates and information, stay tuned to CollegeDekho !

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Which type of photograph is required for the AFCAT Application form?

To complete the AFCAT application form, you need to upload a recent passport-sized color photograph. Ensure the photo is in JPG or JPEG format and falls within the size range of 10kb to 50kb. The background of the photo should be white. For the best quality, avoid using a cellphone camera; instead, take the photo against a plain white backdrop.

Can a 28-year-old apply for AFCAT 2024 Ground Duty?

No, a 28-year-old cannot apply for AFCAT 2024 Ground Duty (Flying Branch) since the maximum age is 25. Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licences granted by the DGCA (India) can, however, be as young as 26 years old.

What is the minimum age requirement for Flying Branch candidates in AFCAT?

To apply for the Flying Branch in AFCAT, candidates must be at least 20 years old. However, if you hold a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) from the DGCA, you can apply up to the age of 26.

What is the AFCAT 2024 registration fee amount for General candidates?

Once the application process for AFCAT 2 in 2024 is done, a window will open for applicants to edit their form. You can make changes to your name, father's name, passport-sized photo, signature, and thumb impression during this time. The application fee for this process is INR 550, plus GST charges.

Can I edit the AFCAT application form 2024?

Yes, students can edit the AFCAT application form 2024 after the correction window is activated by IAF. Here are the steps to be followed:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the conducting body.

Step 2: Go to the applicant’s login page.

Step 3: Fill in the required details for login.

Step 4: Click on the AFCAT application form correction link.

Step 5: Replace/ correct the required details and click on save.

Do I need to upload scanned images of my signature?

Yes, scanned images of your signature and photograph must be uploaded to your AFCAT 2024 application form. Images should be scanned in JPEG format and no more than 1 MB in size. The signature should be written in black ink on white paper. A recent passport-size image shot against a light-coloured backdrop is required. The image should be color-scanned and show the candidate's entire face and front view. 

If I am unable to upload the photograph while filling AFCAT application form, then what should I do?

If you are unable to upload the photograph while filling AFCAT application form, you need to ensure that the file size is between 10 and 50 KB. Application with inappropriate pics won't be allowed.

What should be the size of the documents for the AFCAT 2024 application?

When applying for AFCAT 2024, ensure your photos, signatures, and thumb impressions are in JPG or JPEG format. Each file should be between 10 KB and 50 KB in size. To avoid any issues during the application process, name your files appropriately, such as Photo.jpeg or Signature.jpeg.

What all documents are required to fill AFCAT application form?

The documents required to fill AFCAT application form are Debit/ Credit Card, Netbanking details, Aadhar card, scanned images of photograph, signature and left thumb impression, and Marksheets of Class 12 and graduation/diploma/integrated postgraduation.

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