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What is a Good Score in AFCAT?

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: September 17, 2021 | AFCAT

What is a good AFCAT Score? This question often irks the mind of many candidates. Find the answer here. Also, find out the next steps after the AFCAT exam.

What is a Good Score in AFCAT

IAF has released the AFCAT 2 2021 result on September 17, 2021. What is a good score in AFCAT? This question often comes to the mind of the applicants who sit for the Air Force Common Admission Test. A good score in AFCAT and a great performance in the AFSB interview strengthens the chances of making the cut. So how much really is considered as a good AFCAT score? The answer to this question lies in the article ahead. Read the entire write-up to find out what is a good AFCAT score and everything else about it.

What is a Good AFCAT Score?

The answer to this question is debatable as a good AFCAT score completely depends on the difficulty level of the exam, the performance of the candidates, the number of applications, and seat intake. Enlisted below are a few pointers explaining how much is a good AFCAT Score.

  1. As per the previous year’s trends, a score between 150-180 is good enough to get shortlisted for an interview. 

  2. Students should aim to score more than 160, as due to high competition, the candidate will have more chances of getting a mention on the final merit list.

  3. The interview score is also independent and needs to be taken seriously as it also determines the final AFCAT result. 

  4. An aspirant must try to obtain 100+ marks in the interview so that the overall score increases and the candidate makes it to the merit list.

Does AFCAT Score Really Affect the Merit List?

Yes, AFCAT marks and AFSB interviews are two of the major factors that are considered while curating the final merit list. It is advised to get a good AFCAT score as it increases the chances of finding a spot on the merit list. Performance in the interview is equally important to get your name on the AFCAT merit list.

Also Read: Selection Process of AFCAT

How Many Candidates Make it to the AFCAT Merit List?

The total number of candidates who make it to the AFCAT merit list varies every year. Check out the table below to learn about the figures:

AFCAT Exam Year

No. of Merit List Candidates

July 2020


January 2020


July 2019


January 2019


July 2018


January 2018


July 2017


January 2017


What After the AFCAT Exam?

After the completion of the AFCAT Exam, applicants will be shortlisted for the interview rounds. Only those candidates who have qualified the cutoff issued by the conducting body can be a part of the interview process.

Soon after the result, a 5-day long interview process will be held with rounds such as CPSS, Interview, Psychological Test, Group Test, etc. A final merit list will be released keeping in mind the performance of an individual in all the aforementioned rounds.

After the merit list, candidates will be called for a medical exam based on which they would be offered final recruitment in Ground Duty or Flying Duty branches.

Also Read: AFCAT Result 2021

How to Get a Good Score in AFCAT AFSB Interview?

From the table provided above, it is quite clear that only a few hundreds of them are able to make the cut! To be a part of the qualified candidates, it is crucial to get a good AFCAT and AFSB interview score. 

After the AFCAT result is released, candidates need to focus entirely on the upcoming 5-day long interview rounds. Here are the top 5 tips explaining how to get a good AFCAT AFSB Interview Score:

  1. Read the Newspapers daily. It helps in staying updated with current affairs, increasing vocabulary and enhancing communication skills.

  2. Try to learn about the basics of the Indian Air Force including the commands, ranks, missiles, aircraft etc.

  3. Pick up a few outdoor sports and try playing them every day. You also need to exercise regularly. Doing so will increase the stamina and evoke a sense of team spirit which will come in handy during the test of physical strength in the AFCAT AFSB Interview.

  4. Focus on maintaining a balance between physical and mental strengths.

  5. Take proper 7-8 hours of sleep every day. It will help in removing exhaustion, increasing focus, and keeping body and mind fresh.

Detailed Analysis on How to Prepare for AFCAT AFSB Interview

AFCAT 2021 Exam Day Instructions: What to Carry, Reporting Time

This was all about the AFCAT good score. To know more details about the selection process, you can check out the AFCAT Physical and Medical Standards 2021!

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How much is the total AFSB interview score in AFCAT?

A candidate will be evaluated from a total AFCAT score of 300 in AFSB interview.

How long is the AFCAT AFSB Interview process?

AFCAT AFSB is a five day long interview process. It consists of various rounds such as CPSS, Interview, Psychological Test, Group Test, etc.

How many students managed to get a place in the AFCAT Merit List 2020?

In January 2020, 98 candidates made it to the merit list of AFCAT while in July 2020, around 224 candidates managed to do the same.

Can I make it to the merit list with an AFCAT score of 185?

185 is a pretty good AFCAT score. It is more than the average and if the performance in the interview goes well, then you will definitely get a place in the merit list.

What all factors are considered before preparing the final merit list of AFCAT?

The score acquired in the written test and interview are considered before coming up with the merit list of AFCAT.


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