AFCAT Examination: Eligibility, Examination Pattern, Syllabus & Strategy
Nov 10, 2022, 16:45 IST
The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is one of the defence entrance exams to get into the Indian Air Force. Only Indian citizens can give this examination. The Indian Air Force(IAF) conducts this exam to recruit candidates for various posts in the Air Force.
This examination is conducted twice a year in June and December. It is for Class-1 Gazetted Officers.
The syllabus for the examination is vast and covers a wide range of topics. This examination tests the candidate's analytical abilities and problem-solving skills. They should have a good understanding of all the concepts to score well on the test.
In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know about the exams. We will examine eligibility, syllabus, examination pattern, strategy, and many more.
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Candidates must ensure that they fulfil the following eligibility criteria:-
They must be a citizen of India.
- Marital Status
Any married person over the age of 25 is eligible to apply. but accommodation will not be provided to them.
- Number of Attempts
They can give 16 attempts. They can attempt the exam if they fulfil the eligibility conditions.
- Age Limit
Below are the age limits required to apply for the flying branch and Ground Duty.
- Flying Branch
The age should be between 20 and 24 years. They must have been born between January 2, 1999, to January 1, 2003.
- Ground Duty (Technical/Non-Technical Branches)
The age should be between 20 and 26 years. They must have been born between January 2, 1997, to January 1, 2003.
- Educational Qualifications
Below are the educational qualifications required for the Flying Branch and Ground Duty examinations.
They should have a minimum of 50% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and
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Aeronautical Engineering: Electronics: Candidates should have a minimum of 50% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years of degree graduation/integrated post-graduation from a recognised university OR, Cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks in the following disciplines:-
Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) AE (M): Candidates with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years of degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from a recognised university OR, Cleared Sections A & B examination of Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:-
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Administration Branch: passed 10+2 and a Graduate Degree (minimum three-year degree course) in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a recognised university Cleared section A & B examinations for Associate Membership of the Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. Accounts Branch:
This defence entrance exam is conducted in three phases.
- AFCAT Exam, which is for all the candidates.
- Engineer knowledge test (EKT) (for technical candidates) only.
- A Medical Examination
- AFCAT Exam
- It has objective-type questions with multiple options.
- It is an online test that is conducted in two shifts.
- Questions will be in English only.
- The exam is two hours long.
- A total of 100 questions will be asked in the paper carrying 300 marks.
- Three marks will be given for every correct answer.
- One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
They are called for an interview round if they obtain the minimum qualifying marks.
- Medical Examination
Candidates will be called for medical exams if they qualify for online tests and interviews.
There are only two medical examination centres: the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Bengaluru and the Air Force Central Medical Establishment in Delhi.
According to the latest exam pattern, the subjects included in the exam are General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and the Military Aptitude Test. Those who are applying for technical posts also have to appear for EKT after the exam.
|General Awareness||20||60||2 hours|
|Verbal Ability in English||30||90|
|Reasoning and Military Aptitude Tes||35||105|
- English Syllabus
There will be 30 questions that will test the English proficiency. Here are the list of topics to ace English.
- Basic Grammar
- Synonyms and antonyms
- Fill in the blanks
- Error Detection
- Sentence Completion
- General Awareness Syllabus
It consists of topics that test the knowledge of candidates about current events around the world, important facts, and information about History, Geography, general science, etc.
Generally, about 20 questions are asked in this section. The topics for this section are given below:
- Basic Science
- International Current Affairs
- Art and Culture
- Reasoning Syllabus
This section is the most important because it contains the maximum number of questions. The candidate's mental skills, problem-solving and reasoning skills are being tested.
The difficulty level is moderate, and 35 questions are being asked in this section. The topics for this section are given below:
- Verbal and spatial abilities
- Completion of Patterns
- The odd one out
- Venn Diagram
- Data interpretation
- Blood Relation
- Missing Figures
- Coding and decoding
- Spotting the Embedded Figure
- Maths Syllabus
This section will evaluate students' basic mathematical skills. The difficulty will be that of the matriculation level. From this area, up to 15 questions will be asked.
It is a scoring section, even though the difficulty is moderate to high.
- Simple interest
- Decimal Fraction
- Proportion and Ratio
- Profit and loss statements
With the right books, strategy, and determination, anyone can pass the examination. Here are some subject-wise strategies.
- Strategy for English
- To improve vocabulary, spend at least 1–2 hours on learning and revision on weekdays, and 15 minutes on weekends. Start with any new words and practise them by understanding their meaning.
- Make a habit of reading newspapers daily. It will not only help you improve your vocabulary but will also keep you up-to-date on current events and general awareness.
- Go through the previous year's paper for topics like synonyms, antonyms, idiom phrases, and one-word substitutions that shouldn't be ignored at any cost.
- Strategy for General Awareness
- Newspapers is great sources of regional, national, and worldly news, along with politics, sports, and a diversity of other interests.
- The Internet nowadays has become a great source for preparation. You can find current news, strategy, and mock tests on the internet.
- Put more focus on the most asked topics like sports, defence, first in India, world, awards, etc.
- Strategy for Mathematics
- To recall the formulas, write on sticky notes and paste them in the room or on the study table so you can look at them every time you go.
- Practice and revise the most important topics like profit & loss, time & work, simple and compound interest, series completion, odd figure out, etc.
- Once you are clear with your basics go for giving mocks. Giving mocks would help you more than solving any book.
- Strategy for Reasoning
- The Internet is loaded with free practice materials. Solve them to check your accuracy. They are easily available for free on the internet.
- Solve the previous year’s paper as much as possible.
- Focus more on topics that have heavy weightage in the exam.
In conclusion, the AFCAT is a great opportunity for those looking to join the Air Force. The defence exam is straightforward and can be easily cleared with some proper guidance and preparation. The syllabus covers a wide range of topics, so make sure you brush up on all of them before sitting for the exam. With a little bit of effort, you should be able to clear the exam with flying colours.
Q1. What is the full form of AFCAT?
Ans. It stands for the Air Force Common Admission Test.
Q2. What are the topics covered in the AFCAT Syllabus?
Ans. The topics range from general awareness, English, mathematics, and reasoning as well.
Q3. How many questions are asked in the AFCAT Examination?
Ans. There are 100 questions asked in the examination.
Q4. How many times is the AFCAT exam conducted in a year?
Ans. It is conducted twice a year in February and August.
Q5. Is the AFCAT syllabus the same every year?
Ans. Yes, the syllabus is the same every year for all subjects.
Q6. What is the ideal time to begin AFCAT preparation?
Ans. The ideal time to begin preparation is six months before the exam.
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