8 Tips to Study and Crack AFCAT 1 2018 within 30 Days

AFCAT is now being conducted online and the last date of application has been extended to 23 January. It is for the first time that AFCAT is being conducted online across various centers all over India. With AFCAT exam date set on 25 February, there is a good 50 days left for AFCAT 1 2018.

But, for any average Indian student who have had Maths and Physics at 10+2, 30 days are more than enough to prepare for this exam. Let’s see how to crack AFCAT exam in 30 days. But first let us revisit the pattern and syllabus:

Pattern of Exam:

AFCAT consist of a written paper of 100 questions with a maximum of 300 marks. Each question carry 3 marks and there is a negative mark for each wrong answer to a question. Question unattempted will not be penalized.

It also has EKT for Ground Duty and Technical branches with maximum 150 marks.

After clearing it, the candidate advances to the next rounds of personal interview and screening.


  • English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases
  • General Awareness: History, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc
  • Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
  • The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level.

Tips for Preparing for AFCAT in 30 Days:

  1. Follow Schedule:

One should make a proper schedule and follow it religiously with studying 5-8 hours daily.

  1. Make Notes:

Making notes does two things: first – it helps you to retain the topic and second – it helps you to revise it before exam easily.

  1. Practice for AFCAT through CDSE:

The topics of Numerical Ability are the same as those in CDSE. In fact, CDSE has some extra topics than AFCAT so this is an advantage for Math-haters.

  1. Previous Papers are Critical:

Just solve previous year question papers because the pattern of the exam is almost same every session

  1. Don’t Miss GK:

For GK and CA go through a good book like Let’s Crack AFCAT and read daily newspapers and hot topics of all past 6 months.

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  1. Take Breaks:

After every 55 minutes of studying, take a 5 minute break. After every 2 hours, take a 15 minute break.

  1. Stay Hydrated:

Body is 70% water and so is water. Being hydrated is the easiest way to make your mind concentrate. It will also be a reason to make you take those breaks in between to refresh your mind and lighten your body.

  1. During Exams:

During exams do not attempt hard question first. Focus on your strong areas. For me, it is English reasoning and aptitude. 30-40 questions are asked in these sections if you get all of them correct you can score 90-120 marks easily. Rest, giving the most time to solve the next easier topics like GK, Current Affairs and lastly, Math.

Ideal Schedule to Prepare for AFCAT in 30 Days:

  1. Day 1 – Day 30: Daily 1 hr GK, 1 hr Current Affairs, 1 hr newspaper.
  2. Day 1 – Day 10: Study Math deeply for 5 hours daily, making notes for all the formulae and practicing a lot.
  3. Day 11 – Day 15: Study reasoning and aptitude deeply for 5 hours daily. Practice variety.
  4. Day 15 – Day 20: Study English in depth for 5 hours. Learn antonyms and synonyms.
  5. Day 20 – 30: Enough with studying, practice at least 2 previous papers daily and evaluate for yourself and award marks to yourself.

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