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AFCAT 2022: syllabus & selection criteria

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AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is conducted by the Indian Air Force for the selection of suitable candidates into Flying (Short Service Commission only), Technical (Permanent and Short Service Commission), and Ground Duty (Permanent and Short Service Commission) Branches.

The AFCAT exam is held twice a year, and the purpose of this exam is to evaluate candidates for their understanding of concepts and their intelligence. IAF conducted the AFCAT 2 2021 and EKT exam on August 28-30, 2021.

The notification for AFCAT 1 2022 will be announced between December 2021 and January 2022, and it will be notified on the Indian Air Force’s official website. Interested candidates must apply online at the official website before the deadline.

AFCAT is a gateway for deserving candidates who want to join the Indian Air Force. Candidates preparing for the AFCAT Exam can refer to this write-up to check the detailed exam pattern and syllabus to further strengthen their preparations.

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AFCAT Pattern

The AFCAT Exam is taken in an online mode. The total number of questions asked in the AFCAT exam is 100 holding a weightage of 300 marks. The time limit given to the aspirants to complete their exam is 2 hours (120 minutes). The sections asked in this paper consist of General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test.

Candidates are to get three marks for every correct answer while they will lose 1 mark for each incorrect option. Fortunately, no marks will be deducted for questions left unanswered.

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Syllabus: Topics covered

This section is included to test the candidate’s general knowledge and questions related to current events in different fields. Almost all questions are asked in this section from some of the important topics mentioned below:

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

Candidates are examined based on their proficiency in English and knowledge of the English language is essential to get a good score in this section. Almost 20 questions are asked from this section. A few of the important topics asked in this section include:

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

To secure a high score in the numerical section, candidates must focus on their knowledge, speed, and accuracy. A few important topics are as follows:

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

Through this section, the candidate’s mental and military aptitude gets tested. The difficulty level is moderate and almost 35 questions are asked from this section. Some of the important topics asked in the exam include:

  • 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

Selection Process

Candidates appearing for the AFCAT Exam have to clear all the three stages including AFCAT Written Exam, Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview, and Medical Test.  Since the AFCAT constitutes different posts like flying, technical posts, etc. it opens gates for candidates from diverse fields. Qualifying for this exam offers several opportunities to all deserving candidates in achieving the career of their dream. So work hard to attain the required cut-off and achieve your desired goal.

Candidates preparing for the AFCAT exam are suggested to go through the detailed AFCAT exam pattern and syllabus to thoroughly prepare for the AFCAT Exam. Timely preparation for the AFCAT exam is vital and will prove instrumental backup in clearing a highly competitive exam like this.

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