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AFCAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Indian Air Force conduct Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT), for recruitment of candidates into Flying (Short Service Commission only), Technical (Permanent and Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty (Permanent and Short Service Commission) Branches.

The AFCAT Exam is usually conducted twice a year. The examination is designed to assess the understanding level of concepts and intelligence of the candidate. Candidates can check the Exam Pattern and Syllabus of AFCAT 2021 here.

AFCAT Syllabus

Name of the Exam Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducting Body Indian Air Force (IAF)
Language of the Exam English
Occurrence February and August
Mode of Exam Online

AFCAT Selection Process

• The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The selection process of AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:

• AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing first stage for the Non-Technical candidates; while AFCAT+ EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates.

• Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview

• Medical Test

AFCAT Exam Pattern

The AFCAT exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude. Candidates can check the Exam Pattern of AFCAT in the table below.

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online Online Online
No. of Questions 100 50
Maximum Marks 300 150
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) 45 minutes
Sections in Paper General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark 1 mark

Total Time Duration: 2 hours

Number of Questions: 100

Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer

Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer

No marks for unattended questions.

AFCAT Syllabus

General Awareness
The major topics covered in this section are given below:
1. History
2. Sports
3. Geography
4. Art and Culture
5. Current Affairs
6. Politics
7. Civics
8. Environment
9. Defense
10. Basic Science
The important topics for this section are:
1. Comprehension
2. Basic Grammar
3. Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
4. Tenses
5. Error Detection
6. Sentence Completion
7. Synonyms and Antonyms
8. Testing of Vocabulary
Numerical Ability

1. Decimal and Fraction
2. Simple Interest & Compound Interest
3. Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
4. Percentage
5. Ratio & Proportion
6. Time and Work
7. Average
8. Profit & Loss
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
1. Odd One Out
2. Analogy
3. Venn Diagram
4. Pattern Completion
5. Dot Situation Analysis
6. Blood Relation
7. Missing Figures
8. Figure Classification
9. Coding and Decoding
10. Spotting the Embedded Figures
11. Sequencing

AFCAT Syllabus : EKT Syllabus

AFCAT EKT is a 45 minute exam and is followed by AFCAT. Candidates are given half an hour window after which AFCAT EKT Exam takes place. The total duration for AFCAT exam is 2 hours and the mode of examination is online. The AFCAT EKT Exam Syllabus has a General engineering part which is based on the common topics of multiple branches of engineering. Also, based on the degree of the candidate, there are questions from the specialized part. These involve the following: