Is AFCAT Permanent Commission? – 5 Major Changes in AFCAT 1 2023

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Indian Air Force has recently released the official notification for AFCAT 1 2023 on 27th November 2022. All the details, such as, “Is AFCAT Permanent Commission?”, the number of vacancies, the application start date, eligibility requirements, and exam pattern are in the Notification. There were 5 major changes were introduced in the AFCAT 1 2023 exam. Here in this article, we will discuss about the AFCAT permanent commission as well as the major changes that the Indian Air Force has introduced in the exam.

5 Major Changes in AFCAT 1 2023 Exam

As we all know that the Indian Airforce has released the notification for the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam for the recruitment of an officer into the Indian Air Force. As per the official notification 2023, there are some major changes that IAF has made in the AFCAT 1 2023 recruitment. Below is the list of major changes in the AFCAT 1 2023 exam.

  • No EKT for AFCAT 1 2023 exam.
  • No Permanent Vacancy in AFCAT 2023.
  • The new addition of the Weapons System Branch.
  • Written Exam for Meteorology Branch in AFCAT 2023.
  • No Barrier for non-core branches of Engineering.

☛ Download AFCAT 1 2023 Official Notification PDF

No EKT for AFCAT 1 2023 Exam

As per the official notification, there is no inclusion of the EKT (Engineer Knowledge Test) in the AFCAT 1 2023 Exam. There can be multiple reasons behind this, but the Indian Air Force declares no official reason regarding this exam.

No AFCAT Permanent Commission Vacancy

As per the official notification, there is no AFCAT Vacancy for a permanent commission. Below are the number of vacancies for AFCAT 1 2023 vs the number of vacancies for the 2022 session.

Course Number
Men (SSC) Women (SSC)
Flying 215/24F/SSC/M & W 5 5
104AEC/M & W
AE(L) : 87
AE(M) : 30
AE(L) : 10
AE(M) : 03
Duty (Non Technical)
214/24G/SSC/M & W Weapon Systems
(WS) Branch: 15
Admin: 43
LGS: 19
Accts: 11
Edn: 08
Met: 07
Weapon Systems
(WS)Branch: 02
LGS: 02
Accts: 02
Edn: 02
Met: 02
Flying 215/24F/PC/M and
215/24F/SSC/M & W
10% seats out of CDSE vacancies for PC and
10% seats out of AFCAT vacancies for SSC

Note: Vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. Actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in January 2024. No representation in this regard will be entertained.

New Addition of the Weapons System Branch in AFCAT 1 2023

As per the official notification 2023, IAF has also invited applications for the Weapon System Branch. The Weapon System Branch was introduced and announced on 8 October 2022 on Indian Airforce Day. 
Weapon System Branch. The Weapon System Branch encompass operators in four specialized streams of Surface-to-Surface missiles, Surface-to-Air missiles, Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Weapon System Operators in twin/multi-crew aircraft. 

Written Exam for Meteorology Branch in AFCAT 2023

As per the AFCAT 1 2023 official notification, there will be a Meteorology Branch written exam in AFCAT 1 2023. As per the previous notification this was included as the special entry as it was not a part of the AFCAT written exam.

AFCAT Application Form 2023

Important Dates for AFCAT 1 2023 Notification

The important dates for AFCAT 1 2023 exam are as follows:


Important Dates

AFCAT 1 Notification 2023 Release Date

27 November 2022

Application Process Start Date

1 December 2022

Last Date to Apply Online

31 December 2022

Admit Card Release Date

February 2023

AFCAT 1 2023 exam date

24, 25, and 26 February 2023

Result Date

March 2022

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