Understanding the AFCAT Exam

Understanding the AFCAT Exam

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Indian Air Force(IAF) conducts AFCAT(Air Force Common Admission Test) exam twice a year to recruit officers. If you’re aiming for a career in the Indian Air Force, then understanding the AFCAT exam is important.

AFCAT is a computer based exam (CBE) that checks your knowledge and aptitude in different topics. Exam duration is 2 hours, with 100 objective type questions. For every correct answer you will get 3 marks and -1 for every incorrect answer. AFCAT exam is designed to test your skills at a level equivalent to the 10th and 12th grade standards.

Overview of AFCAT exam 2024

Conducted by

Indian Air Force (IAF)

Exam Name

AFCAT(Air Force Common Admission Test)

Exam Mode      


AFCAT Age Limit:


Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years

GD (Ground Duty) Technical & Non-Technical Branch: 20 to 26 years


Marital Status




Exam Duration

2 Hours

Marks for Correct Answers



Marks for Incorrect Answers



AFCAT Syllabus

To prepare for AFCAT exam, you need to prepare a good study plan. This plan should be based on what you need to learn for the exam, Topic wise details of AFCAT Syllabus for English, General Awareness, Numerical Ability and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test are given in the table below.


Idioms and Phrases


Detect Error in Sentence


Substitution in a Sentence/ One Word Substitution.

Cloze Test or Fill in the Gaps in a paragraph

Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word

Synonym/ Antonym

Sentence Rearranging

General Awareness

National & International Organizations




Art & Culture

Science & Technology



Environment & Ecology

Basic Science Based Knowledge


Indian Polity

Current Affairs (National & International)

Maths or Numerical Ability.

Area and Perimeter

Profit & Loss

Time and Work

Average/ Percentage

Ratio & Proportion


Time & Distance and Races (Trains/ Boats & Streams)


Decimal Fraction

Simple and Compound Interest

Mixture & Allegation Rules

Number System & Number Series

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test


Non Verbal Reasoning

AFCAT English Syllabus 2024

Reading Comprehension: This section will test your ability to understand and explain passages from news articles, manuals, and stories.

Vocabulary Usage: This part of the exam will check your vocabulary, Questions in this section can be, find words with similar or opposite meanings, fill in missing words, or Sentence Completion/ Filling the correct word.

Grammar and Error Identification: Questions in this section are generally about matching subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, sentence structure, and identification of common grammatical errors.

AFCAT General Awareness Syllabus 2024

Current Affairs: Staying updated with national and international news is important to perform good in this section. Keep yourself updated about political events, economic trends, social issues, and major events happening around the world.

History: Questions might cover significant events in Indian and world history, including military history and the IAF’s role in past conflicts.

Geography: Question in this section will test your knowledge of Indian and world geography, including physical features, countries, and major geographical landmarks.

Science: Basic understanding of scientific concepts and phenomena can be beneficial for this section.

Defence and Military Awareness: Having a general awareness of the structure and functioning of the Indian armed forces, particularly the IAF, can be helpful.

AFCAT Maths Syllabus 2024

The AFCAT Maths Syllabus is important for the exam. It covers topics such as Time and Work, Average, Percentage, and more. This part of the exam is considered easier because it’s at a basic level or Matriculation level. To perform well in the Maths section you need to practice solving problems regularly. With the understanding of the syllabus and regular practice, you’ll increase your chances of passing the exam and starting a successful career in the Indian Air Force.

  • Average
  • Decimal Fraction
  • Mixture & Alligation
  • Time and Work
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Probability
  • Number System & Number Series
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Clocks

AFCAT Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Syllabus 2024

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test is one of most the important sections of the AFCAT exam.
This part of the exam tests how well you can use logic and military skills in real life situations. Here are the topics that are covered in AFCAT Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

Verbal Reasoning: Verbal Reasoning is further divided into

  • Ranking
  • Analogy, Classification
  • Series Completion
  • Blood Relations
  • Puzzle Test
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Logical Venn Diagrams
  • Alphabet Test
  • Time Sequence Test.

Non-Verbal Reasoning: This section is further divided into

    • Analogy
    • Series
    • Classification
    • Completion of Incomplete Pattern
    • Embedded Figures
    • Water Images
    • Figure Matrix
    • Paper Folding
    • Mirror Images

AFCAT Exam Syllabus Engineering Knowledge TEST (EKT) for Technical Branches only

This section is designed for candidates applying for technical branches. It tests your understanding of basic engineering principles and concepts related to your chosen field. AFCAT EKT Branch wise Syllabus 2024

Tips to Succeed in AFCAT Exam

Tips to succeed in AFCAT Exam

EKT Computer Science Engineering

EKT Electronics Engineering

EKT Mechanical Engineering

         Analog and Digital Electronics

         Switching Theory

         Information Technology

         Electronic Devices

         Computer Networks

         Network Theory Design

         Telecommunication Systems

         Microwave Engineering

         Antenna and Wave


         Radar Theory


         Electrical Engineering

        Control Engineering

         Analog and Digital Electronics

         Electrical Engineering


         Microwave Engineering

         Antenna and Wave

         Electronic Devices

         Control Engineering

         Telecommunication Systems


         Network Theory Design

         Switching Theory

         Information Technology

        Computer Networks

         Engineering Mechanics

         Fluid mechanics/Hydraulic Machines


         Aircraft Structures

         Theory of Machines,

         Automotive Engineering

         Power Plant Engineering

         Industrial Engineering

         Manufacturing Science

         Materials Science

         Flight Mechanics


Now that you understan the AFCAT syllabus and how the exam format, it’s time to create a study plan that can help you succeed.