As craze for Air force has constantly growing, AFCAT-1 for this year forth will begin 24 February 2014. With rising aspirants preparing for AFCAT each year, the level of competition has also soared. Thus, my article addresses, the format of Exam and the tips for aspiring candidates preparing for this exam.
Preparation for Verbal Ability in English
The level of this section is difficult, even more than the level of CDS. Verbal ability consists in four sections
- Reading Comprehension
- Preparation of Vocabulary
- Error detection and Correction
- Sentence completion
For Reading Comprehension
To comprehend means to understand. Reading comprehension tests involves the ability of a candidate to understand the content of a given passage. This section comprises questions based upon a brief passage usually consisting one paragraph. Generally the level of this section is average and so is easy to score more. Our suggestion for this section is to read as many as passages or articles you could read either from the newspapers or magazines and try to understand the theme.
Tips for reading comprehension
- Read the passage carefully and detect the theme.
- Understand the questions carefully.
- Answer the questions by choosing the right option.
For preparation of vocabulary
Preparation of Vocabulary can be done online or offline. Different words of nearly the same meaning but used differently are called synonyms. A word which is opposite in meaning to the given word is called Antonyms.
In this type of questions, generally a word is given, followed by four or five alternatives. The candidate is required to choose the word which is the nearest word meaning of the given word. For online preparation, I would suggest vocabulary.com as one of the best website candidates can use to learn more words to add in their dictionary.
For error detection and correction
R S Aggarwal’s objective General English, Arihant’s General English are some of the books you can refer to prepare for Error detection and correction.
For Preparation of sentence Completion
In this section the candidates have to pick the most effective word from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence more meaningful and understanding. The only tip for preparing this section is the ability to learn the usage of word in a particular situation.
To comprehend means to understand. Reading comprehension tests a candidate’s ability to understand the content of a given passage. This section involves question based upon a brief passage usually consisting in a paragraph.
Preparation for General Awareness
Tips for General awareness
General awareness is one of the vast topics and proper preparation is required while preparing for this test. For those who study history subjects from the textbooks, you may find the topics dull and mundane. To resolve this you can browse through the videos provided on the internet based on curriculum of Indian History. As videos are more interesting for preparing History, you can easily understand and quickly recall the events more clearly. We are also enclosing some URLs to help you in the competition. For preparing Current Affairs, we would advise the daily newspapers, magazines. You can also subscribe competition magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan to read more on current affairs.
Preparation for Aptitude
The level of Aptitude is getting difficult in AFCAT, but it’s still the most scoring section in the competition. This section consist Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest. Any school textbooks can be referred while preparing for this section.
Preparation for Analogy and Classification
This is a section which can lead to negative marking and can decrease your score. The Tip you can follow is to go through as many question as it will help you to understand the different class of questions that comes in the Examination. Try to download some books and practice question.
Preparation for Non- Verbal Aptitude
This section is very easy to compare all other sections in the exam. This can be the most scoring section in the exam. For a better understanding of topics, you can refer textbooks like Arihant or RS Aggarwal. Do well, Good Luck!!!
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