Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a recruitment exam conducted by Air Force (IAF). The exam is conducted twice a year in the month of February and August. AFCAT recruits 3 branches of Air Force-Flying Branch (Short Service Commission), Technical branch (Permanent and Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty Branch (Permanent and Short Service Commission).
AFCAT Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is the exam that assesses the knowledge of engineering that is needed for technical branch. The knowledge from Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) is tested. All applicants have to answer AFCAT and EKT and this is applicable to only those who are aiming at the technical branch. EKT is a 45 minute exam and is held immediately after AFCAT. The total time duration for AFCAT exam is 2 hours and is conducted online, practice with AFCAT EKT Mock Test to increase your speed and accuracy.
AFCAT Selection Process:
The AFCAT exam will contain three rounds of selection. The first round will consist of an online test. Those who qualify the online test will be called for SSB Interview. The SSB interview will happen in various stages. The final round will consist of document verification and physical/medical test.
AFCAT Exam Pattern
AFCAT has 100 questions and each question carries 3 marks. The total marks are 300. For every wrong answer given 1 mark will be deducted.
AFCAT paper comprises of 4 parts as below:
- General awareness
- Verbal ability
- Numerical ability
- Reasoning and military aptitude test
- The AFCAT Test will be online objective in nature.
- The exam paper will be in English language only.
- For each right answer 3 marks will be awarded.
- And for each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted from your score.
The exam pattern for Online Test is given in the table below:
and Aptitude Test
AFCAT Syllabus for:
- General Awareness: The topics included are history, geography, sports, civics, environment, defence, basic science, art, current affairs, culture, and politics.
- Verbal Ability: It includes comprehension, detecting the error, completing the sentence, synonyms and antonyms, testing the vocabulary.
- Numerical Ability: This includes decimal fraction, average, simplification, percentage, profit and loss, simple interest, ratio and proportion.
- Reasoning and military aptitude: It includes spatial ability and also verbal skills.
EKT Exam Pattern and Syllabus:
EKT aims at assessing the technical knowledge of Aeronautical Engineering. This is Electrical and Mechanical Engineering questions from pre final to final year of the course. It is an objective based exam with 75 questions and for 60 minutes.
Pattern and syllabus of EKT:
- General Engineering: There are 40 questions from this topic. It includes questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electricals, Electronics, Computers, Mechanical Engineering.
- Specialist paper for each discipline: This has 35 questions. The syllabus is from Electronics, Computer, Mechanical, Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Instrumentation and Electrical.
AFCAT Preparation Tips
- First and foremost, you need to learn the complete exam pattern and latest AFCAT syllabus.
- After that, collect quality study material.
- Also, take one Mock Test on a daily basis.
- Practice as much as you can, regularly.
- Solve previous years exam papers
- Note down important points which can be used for revision.
- Clear all the doubts before the exam
- Have proper rest and nutrition for optimum brain functioning.
Recommended Books for AFCAT Exam:
- R Gupta’s AFCAT Exam Guide 1st Edition For Flying and Technical Branch
- AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) : Previous Year’s Papers & Practice
AFCAT Examination Centres
Following is the list of exam centres for the AFCAT 2018 exam:
Ambala, Amritsar, Allahabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barnala, Bathinda, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Chabua, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Guwahati, Halwara, Hashimara, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jorhat, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kalaikunda(Kharagpur), Kochi, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mohanbari, Mysore, Nal (Bikaner), Nagpur, Ojhar (Nasik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Blair, Salua (Kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa,Saharanpur, Shillong, Silchar, Sulur (Coimbatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Varanasi.
By being aware of the pattern and syllabus of the exam it is possible to prepare well and score good marks. Start studying and come out in flying colors.