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AFCAT Syllabus and exam pattern

The Indian Air Force has released the Notification for the AFCAT 2 2024 offering 304 vacancies. The exam is conducted twice a year to recruit the Officers in the Indian Air Force. Lakhs of candidates apply for this exam every year to join the most prestigious IAF. To clear the AFCAT exam, a candidates should know about the Syllabus and Exam Pattern of AFCAT Exam 2024. In this article, We are providing the Latest Syllabus and Exam Pattern to help you crack AFCAT Exam.

By Reading this article, Candidates will get to know details about Total marks, the Marking scheme of each subject, Section Wise No. of Questions, Time Duration, and Subject Wise detailed syllabus.  

  1. The AFCAT is a computer-based exam.
  2. The medium for Exam will be English Only.
  3. A Total of 100 Question are asked in AFCAT.
  4. The Time duration of Exam is 2 Hours.
  5. The 100 Questions are divided into 4 Sections.  V
  6. The total marks for the exam are 300.
AFCAT 2 2024 Exam Pattern 
Conducting Body Indian Air Force
No. of Questions 100 Questions
Total Marks 300 Marks
Exam duration 2 Hours
Total sections 4
Positive Marks +3 Marks
Negative Marks -1 Marks
Mode of Examination  Only English

According to the latest Patten of AFCAT,  The Question paper will consists of 4 Section named English, General Awareness, Reasoning and military Aptitude and Numerical Ability. According to the AFCAT 1 2024 Pattern, there were 30 Questions in English, 25 Ques in General Awareness, 25 Ques in Reasoning and 20 Ques in Numerical Ability Section. Here is the Number of Questions asked per section in AFCAT.

Subjects No. of Questions Marks
English 30 90
General Awareness 25 75
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 25 75
Numerical Ability 20 60
Total 100 300

AFCAT Subject Wise Syllabus 2024

The AFCAT Syllabus covers various subjects and topics as mentioned below:

  1. The AFCAT exam will consist of objective-type questions and should be in English only.
  2. Subjects other than numerical ability will be of graduation level and numerical ability will be of matriculation level.


It is the most scoring section of the AFCAT exam. Aspirants should denote time daily to work on their vocab, improve their comprehension skills by reading articles. A candidate should solve previous year questions and join the test series for effective English preparation. These Topics under English Section of English includes.

  1. Comprehension
  2. Detect Error in Sentence
  3. Sentence Completion
  4. Filling in of correct word
  5. Synonym/ Antonym
  6. Cloze Test
  7. Fill in the Gaps in a paragraph
  8. Idioms and Phrases
  9. Analogy
  10. Sentence Rearranging
  11. Substitution in a Sentence
  12. One Word Substitution.

General Awareness

General Awareness is a very vast and unpredictable section. A candidate should make proper Topic wise Notes and revise them regularly to do well in this section. It is advised to check recent trends of questions and then make a proper schedule for the exam. The Questions in General Awareness section of Afcat are generally seen from these topics.

  1. History
  2. Geography
  3. Sports
  4. National & International Organizations
  5. Art & Culture
  6. Personalities
  7. Environment & Ecology
  8. Indian Polity
  9. Economy
  10. Basic Science Based Knowledge
  11. Science & Technology
  12. Current Affairs (National & International)
  13. Defence

Numerical Ability

The numerical Ability Section is the most Scoring and easy in AFCAT. With proper concept clearance and practice of questions, A candidate can easily score well in Math section. Here the list of Maths Topics asked in AFCAT exam.

  1. Decimal Fraction
  2. Time and Work
  3. Average
  4. Percentage
  5. Profit & Loss
  6. Ratio & Proportion
  7. Simple and Compound Interest
  8. Time & Distance and Races
  9. Trains/ Boats & Streams
  10. Area and Perimeter
  11. Probability
  12. Number System
  13. Number Series
  14. Mixture & Allegation Rules
  15. Clocks.

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Reasoning Section is divided into two types of Reasoning. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Aspirants must clear the concept behind all the topic before starting practicing of questions. Some tips and tricks are used to maximize marks in this section. We have provided topics from both verbal and non verbal topics.

Verbal Reasoning

  1. Series Completion
  2. Coding-Decoding
  3. Analogy
  4. Classification
  5. Blood Relations
  6. Puzzle Test
  7. Logical Venn Diagrams
  8. Alphabet Test
  9. Ranking
  10. Time Sequence Test

Non Verbal Reasoning

  1. Series
  2. Analogy
  3. Classification
  4. Mirror Images
  5. Water Images
  6. Embedded Figures
  7. Completion of Incomplete Pattern
  8. Figure Matrix
  9. Paper Folding

AFCAT Syllabus For General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section of the AFCAT syllabus 2024 can be a little challenging due to its broad range of topics and unpredictable question types. Nevertheless, candidates can enhance their chances of success in this section with a thorough understanding of the syllabus and dedicated preparation. We have provided detailed syllabus of each subject. 

Subject Area Topics
History Ancient Indian history (Indus Valley Civilization, Mauryan Empire, Gupta Empire)
Medieval Indian history (Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire)
Modern Indian history (British Raj, Indian independence movement, post-independence India)
Geography Physical geography of India (mountains, rivers, climate)
Political geography of India (states, union territories, capital cities)
Sports Popular sports in India (cricket, hockey, kabaddi)
Major international sporting events (Olympics, FIFA World Cup)
Sports terminology and rules
National & International Organizations United Nations and its affiliated organizations
International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank
European Union (EU), African Union (AU)
Art & Culture Indian classical music and dance
Indian art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture)
World art and culture (Renaissance art, Greek mythology)
Personalities Eminent personalities in Indian history (Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore)
Nobel laureates, internationally recognized figures
Personalities from various fields (science, literature, sports)
Environment & Ecology Environmental issues (climate change, pollution, deforestation)
Environmental conservation efforts (national parks, wildlife sanctuaries)
Ecological principles and concepts
Indian Polity Indian Constitution and fundamental rights
Indian government structure (Parliament, Judiciary, Executive)
Indian political parties and their ideologies
Economy Basic economic concepts (demand, supply, inflation)
Indian economy growth and development
Global economic issues (trade, globalization)
Basic Science Based Knowledge Physics (mechanics, optics, electricity)
Chemistry (elements, compounds, reactions)
Biology (cells, plants, animals)
Science & Technology Latest advancements in science and technology
Space exploration and research
Information technology and its applications
Current Affairs (National & International) Recent national and international events
Important policies and initiatives of the Indian government
Global issues (conflicts, terrorism, economic crises)
Defence Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Defence organizations (Defence Research and Development Organisation – DRDO)
Important Defence-related concepts (national security, border management)

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Tips To Prepare For AFCAT Exam

Here are some useful tips to crack the AFCAT 2024 exam:

  1. Review the official AFCAT syllabus to know all topics.
  2. Make a study plan that covers all subjects and topics.
  3. Collect textbooks, reference books, past papers, and online resources.
  4. Focus on General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
  5. Stay updated with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, and news channels.
  6. Improve vocabulary and practice comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary exercises.
  7. Review arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and basic statistics; solve problems regularly.
  8. Practice logical reasoning, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, data interpretation, and pattern recognition.

Related Links
AFCAT Notification 2024 AFCAT Salary 2024
AFCAT Previous Year Papers AFCAT Eligibility 2024


What are topics in AFCAT English Syllabus?

The detailed topics of AFCAT English Syllabus is given above in the article for your better preparation for the upcoming AFCAT 2 2024 Exam.

What are topic in AFCAT General Knowledge Syllabus?

General Knowledge includes various topics including the Current Affairs portion. Check complete AFCAT syllabus in the article above.

How many times has the AFCAT Exam been conducted every year?

The Indian Air Force holds the AFCAT exam twice a year, in February and August/September, to select candidates for the Flying Branch and Ground Duty (Technical) and Non-Technical branches.

How many AFSB interview centers are there?

There is a total 5 AFSB center. First AFSB Dehradun, Second AFSB Mysuru, Third AFSB Gandhinagar, Fourth AFSB Varanasi and Fifth AFSB Guwahati.

IS AFCAT Syllabus 2024 PDF available?

Yes, AFCAT syllabus 2024 pdf is available. Candidate can download the pdf from the link given in the article and also go through the detailed AFCAT Syllabus 2024 from this article.

Are there any negative markings in the AFCAT exam?

Yes, the AFCAT exam has negative markings. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted. The number of correct and incorrect answers will be used to determine a candidate's final score.

What is the AFCAT Syllabus 2024 for the Technical Branch?

The AFCAT Syllabus 2024 for technical branch is a syllabus that covers a wide range of engineering topics. It is designed to assess the technical knowledge and expertise of candidates who are interested in joining the Indian Air Force in the Technical Branch. Read the above article for the details AFCAT syllabus 2024 for the technical branch.