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AFCAT Exam Preparation: Your Pathway to Success

AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is Prominent defence exam conducted by Indian Air Force twice a year to recruit Officers in the Indian Air Force.  Defence aspirants who wish to join world 3rd strongest Air Force can apply and join as a Flying officer in the Flying branch, Ground duty Technical and Non- technical branch of IAF.

AFCAT Exam Preparation

AFCAT Exam is considered one of the easiest exam in defence category examination. Anyone giving decent amount of time on a regular basis can easily clear the AFCAT exam. AFCAT is a computer based examination conducted online in 2 hours. There are a total of 100 Questions asked in AFCAT Examination from four different sections. In this Article, we will discuss how you can prepare for AFCAT examination and clear in it one go.

Must do things before starting preparation of AFCAT

Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to have a clear understanding of the Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Level and difficulty of the examination before starting the preparation.

Analyze Previous Year Papers

After understanding the Syllabus and Exam pattern, it is important to know what type of questions are asked from these sections. Candidates should go through all the previous year questions to know the level and type of questions and make notes of all the important and most repeated topics.

Find Study Material and resources

Once you are done analyzing the PYQs, you have to find study material that fits well with your preparation style. In today’s time, there are many valuable resources available online , make sure to utilize them well in your preparation. You can buy books, buy online notes, join a test series, buy an online afcat course , or use youtube as a source of learning material.

Anyone with no prior knowledge of these subjects can crack AFCAT with a dedicated and sincere preparation of Two- three months. All you have to do is allocate time for your studies on a daily basis and keep revising whatever you study on a regular basis.

                         Know about the Syllabus and Exam Pattern of AFCAT

How to Ace the AFCAT Exam: Preparation Strategy

The more you practise, the better you become

Practise plays an important role in exam prep. Candidates should note that no one is born perfect, everyone works for the things they want. To score good in subjects like Reasoning and Mathematics, you need to practice as much as possible. By doing that, you will increase you calculation speed, the solution will be more clear to you, you will learn how to approach the questions accordingly.

-Start with a easy and small daily target.

Once you get used to that routine, start adding more target to existing one. For example, Start by doing 25 Questions of Reasoning Daily, then increase the number of attempts daily and do 100 Questions per day. Step two is to not increase the attempts of questions but to try doing these questions in minimum time possible.
Remember, Competitive exams are all about accuracy and timings. Everyone can solve the examination paper in hours. But the race will be won by one, who will take the minimum time to solve the questions and can finish the Exam with maximum Accuracy in short time.

Importance of Square, Cubes, Tables and other Formulae.

Learning them will not only increase your calculation speed, you will be able to see the pattern of questions more easily. In Reasoning Analogy,  direct questions were seen in the previous year paper from square roots and cube roots.

Clear Concepts.

To master any subject, it is extremely important to master the concepts of the subject. Be it in Reasoning or in Mathematics, gaining conceptual clarity to clear your basics is always important. Students can chose from any of the online teachers available or can buy a book to learn concepts.

How to Approach English for AFCAT?

English is a confusing language with lots of grammar rules that most of us never really use in daily conversations. It is the reason candidate find it tough to score well in English Subject.

Grammar Rules

There are various types of questions in English for which Grammar is extremely important. Students should select a source from which they can read and practice the most asked and repeated Grammar concepts.


Vocabulary includes Antonyms, Synonyms, One word Substitution , Idiom and Phrases etc. There are N No. of words present in the Vocabulary making it difficult for candidates. However, To cover Vocabulary, a candidate can easily rely on the previous year questions of all the related exam as well

Mocks and Quizzes

Students should take full benefit of all the content available online for us to study. Joining a mock test series, giving Quizzes on the daily basis does wonders in the preparation of the students. Especially, in subjects like English and General Awareness,  giving tests on daily basis takes your preparation on the another level and ahead of many other students.

Making Notes

Make proper notes of whatever you study. They should be made in such a way that when the end moment of the exam arrives, you can rely on them only for revision instead of hustling at crucial times.

Read Revision Repeat

It is the Ultimate Mantra to clear any exam. Add this as a habit of yours to succeed in your goals.

How to Approach General Awareness for AFCAT?

General Awareness is one of the section that every candidates fears of, because of its vast syllabus and unpredictable syllabus. However, In AFCAT the Pattern of questions is quite same every year. The questions from same topics are asked every year with a little change in current affairs. To score good in this section, you should start by

  • Covering the Syllabus
  • Check Previous year Papers and recent examinations paper.
  • Make a checklist of all the topics
  • Cover each topic, Solve Questions related to that topic, and attempt mock tests
  • Static GK is same for every exam, you can solve the Previous year questions of other exam as well.
  • Make notes and revise them religiously.
  • Follow Monthly Magazines for current affairs

Subject Wise AFCAT Preparation

English Preparation:

Reading regularly helps in forming sentences. Start with your favorite books or articles in newspapers. Expand your vocabulary by learning synonyms, antonyms, idioms, phrases, and one-word substitutions. Practice previous year’s questions and take daily English quizzes. Understand and revise grammatical concepts consistently.

  • Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution)
  • Grammar (Tenses, Parts of Speech, Articles, Prepositions)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Error Detection
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para Jumbles
  • Spelling Errors

Maths Preparation:

Understand fundamental concepts to build a strong foundation. Take notes of formulas, important concepts, and solve practice questions. Focus on topics like percentages, ratios, time, speed, and distance. Regular practice is key to gaining confidence and accuracy. Revise basic arithmetic regularly to improve calculation speed.

  • Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Time, Speed, and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration

Reasoning Preparation:

Watch YouTube videos to grasp concepts effectively. Give equal importance to both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Practice previous year’s questions to understand patterns. Verbal reasoning covers topics like syllogism, analogy, coding-decoding, etc. Non-verbal reasoning includes topics like patterns, mirror images, sequence, etc.

  • Analogy
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series (Number and Alphabet)
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Classification
  • Logical Venn Diagrams
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (Mirror Images, Paper Folding, Figure Completion)

General Awareness Preparation:

Stay updated with current affairs by reading newspapers regularly. Practice previous year’s questions to understand the exam pattern. Focus on topics like sports, national and international events, defense equipment, etc. Follow defense updates and solve daily quizzes to stay prepared.

  • Current Affairs (National and International)
  • Defense News and Updates
  • Sports News
  • Awards and Honors
  • Books and Authors
  • History (especially related to defense)
  • Geography (especially related to India)
  • Economics
  • Science and Technology
  • Important Dates and Events



What is The cut off of AFCAT?

AFCAT cutoff generally lies between 130-160 marks out of 300.

How to apply for AFCAT?

Candidates can apply for AFCAT by registering themselves on the official site of Indian Air Force.

What is the Age limit for AFCAT?

Candidates aged between 20-26 years having a graduation degree can apply for AFCAT.

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