AFCAT Syllabus 2021: Detailed AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus PDF

AFCAT Syllabus 2021

AFCAT Syllabus 2021: AFCAT refers to the Air Force Common Admission Test, which is conducted by the Indian Air Force 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 course is commenced twice a year, once in January and the second one in July. The intent of this examination is to assess the understanding of concepts and intelligence of the candidate. For better preparation for the examination, a candidate should be familiar with the AFCAT Exam pattern and syllabus as detailed by the authority. We have detailed the exam pattern and syllabus for AFCAT Exam in this article below, go through it and start your preparation.

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AFCAT Syllabus 2021: Overview

Name of the Exam Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducting Body Indian Air Force (IAF)
Language of the Exam English
Exam Date 28th, 29th, 30th August 2021
Category Syllabus
Mode of Exam  Online
Official Website @afcat.cdac.in

AFCAT: Selection Process

AFCAT Exam takes place twice a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The selection process of the AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:
Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing the first stage for the Non-Technical candidates;
while AFCAT + EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates
Stage 2: Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview
Stage 3: Medical Test
Thus, candidates are requested to go through the given AFCAT Syllabus thoroughly in order to prepare properly for the AFCAT Exam. Thorough knowledge of the syllabus and exam pattern helps the candidate to prepare the topics on a priority basis. Timely preparation of the exam with prioritizing the topics and being thorough with the pattern and subjects will be instrumental in clearing the exam.

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AFCAT Exam Pattern 2021

As per the notification, the AFCAT written exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Military Aptitude. The question and marks distribution of each section is depicted in the given table.

Section Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 30 90 2 hours
(120 minutes)
Verbal Ability (English language) 30 90
Numerical Ability 15 45
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 25 75
Total 100 300

For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

  • 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.

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AFCAT Syllabus: Topic-wise Syllabus

List of major topics in each section of the AFCAT Syllabus comprises the following:
AFCAT Syllabus: The questions and marks of the Written Exam have been depicted in the table below.

Exam Subject Number of Questions Marks Duration
AFCAT General Awareness
English Language
Numerical Ability
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
100 300 2 hours
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)
for Technical candidates
Mechanical
Computer Science
Electrical & Electronics
50 150 45 minutes

The standard of Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of other subjects is as per the graduation level of Indian Universities. The topics for each section have been listed for convenience. Candidates can go through the topics given for each subject to prepare well.

AFCAT Syllabus: General Awareness

This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section. The major topics covered in this section are given below:

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Art and Culture
  • International Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Environment
  • Defence
  • Basic Science

AFCAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability in English

This section tests the proficiency of students in English. The knowledge of the language through comprehension is also a part of this section. The total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.
The important topics for this section are:

  • Comprehension
  • Basic Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
  • Tenses
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary

AFCAT Syllabus: Numerical Ability

This section is to check the knowledge, speed, and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems. Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss

AFCAT Syllabus: Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Approximately 35 questions will be asked.

  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Venn Diagram
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Sequencing

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AFCAT Marking Scheme 2021

The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT. The Marking Scheme for the AFCAT Exam is as follows:-

  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  •  No marks for unattempted questions.

Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable. Candidates are required to appear for the Online AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam. Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

AFCAT Syllabus 2021 FAQ’s

Q 1. How many questions are there in the AFCAT exam?

Ans. For normal candidates, there are 100 questions and for technical, there are 50 more technical questions.

Q 2. Is there a negative marking in the AFCAT exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking of 1 mark for every wrong answer.

Q 3. How many subjects are there in the AFACT exam.?

Ans. There are four subjects, i.e, General Awareness, Verbal Ability (English), Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test.

Q 4. For how many marks the AFCAT exam is conducted?

Ans. The AFCAT exam is conducted for 300 marks for all candidates and 450 marks for technical candidates.

Q 5. How many questions will be there in the technical exam?

Ans. There will be 50 questions in the technical paper of the AFCAT exam.

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  1. Is a person with 57% in 10th ICSE,40% in HSC and 59.84% in UG(Bsc.CS) with a year drop eligible for AFCAT?
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