**AFCAT EKT Syllabus 2024: **The candidates who have applied for the Ground Duty Technical Branch have to appear for the AFCAT Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). The candidates have to study and cover every important topic in the AFCAT EKT syllabus by the authorities. Time is less and the syllabus is vast, so hurry up buckle up with the detailed syllabus and start your preparation with Career Power. The syllabus is the most important and foremost step when you begin to prepare for any exam. The candidates qualifying EKT Exam will be called for the AFSB Interview round. AFCAT 1 2024 Notification for 3000 vacancies will be released by the Indian Air Force.

## AFCAT EKT Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024

The AFCAT EKT Question paper consists of 50 questions about the Engineering Discipline as per the specialisation mentioned in the application. **The EKT test will carry questions from Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics.** The candidates have to cover 50 questions in 45 minutes. For each subject, Fundamental Engineering, Specialised Branch topics, and allied Engineering topics have been discussed in the article. Go through the article, choose which subject you are preparing and bookmark this page so that you do not miss any single topic for the AFCAT EKT 2024 Exam.

Name Of Exam | Duration | No. of Questions | Maximum Marks | Subjects |

EKT( Engineering Knowledge Test) | 45 minutes | 50 | 150 | Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics |

## AFCAT EKT Syllabus 2024

We have provided a subject-wise detailed AFCAT syllabus 2024 for the Engineering Knowledge Test for each specialisation in this article to help you score good marks in the upcoming AFCAT EKT Exam 2024. You can also download the detailed EKT Syllabus PDF from the article below.

## AFCAT Syllabus for Computer Science Engineering

#### Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics

- Matrix Algebra
- Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
- Theorems of integral calculus
- Partial derivatives
- Maxima and minima
- Multiple integrals
- Stokes
- Gauss and Green’s theorems
- First-order differential equation (linear and nonlinear)
- Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations
- Complex variables
- Taylor’s and Laurent’ series
- Sampling theorems
- Mean, Median, Mode and Standard deviation
- Random variables
- Discrete and Continuous distributions
- Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Z-transform

2. Engineering Physics

- Units for measurement
- Description of Motion in One, Two and Three dimensions
- Laws of Motion
- Work, Energy and Power
- Rotational Motion
- Gravitation
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- Electrostatics
- Electric Current
- Magnetic Effect of Currents
- Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves
- Ray Optics and Optical Instruments

3. Engineering Drawing

- Projection of straight line
- Planes and solids
- Intersection of surfaces
- Isometric Projection
- Sectional Views of Solids
- Full section
- Introduction to ComputerAided Drafting

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#### Specialization Branch Topics

4. Analog & Digital Electronics

- Characteristics of diodes, BJT, FET, JFET and MOSFET
- Amplifiers – biasing, equivalent circuit and frequency response
- Oscillators and feedback amplifiers, Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications
- Simple active filters
- VCOs and timers
- Combinational and sequential logic circuits
- Multiplexer
- Schmitt trigger
- Multi-vibrators
- Sample and hold circuits
- A/D and D/A converters
- 8-bit microprocessor basics
- Architecture, programming and interfacing

5. Electronic Device

- Energy bands in Silicon
- Intrinsic and extrinsic Silicon
- Carrier transport in silicon – diffusion current, drift current, mobility, and resistivity
- Generation and recombination of carriers
- P-N junction diode, Zener diode, tunnel diode
- BJT, JFET, MOS capacitor
- MOSFET, LED, PIN and avalanche photodiode
- Basics of LASER

6. Computer Networks

- ISO/OSI stack,
- LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token ring)
- Flow and error control techniques
- Congestion control
- TCP/UDP and sockets
- IPv4
- Application layer protocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, HTTP)
- Basic concepts of hubs
- Switches, gateways, and routers
- Network security – basic concepts of public key and private key cryptography, digital signature, firewalls
- Basic concepts of client-server computing

7. Network Theory Design

- Thevenin’s Norton’s, Reciprocity, Superposition, Compensation, Miller’s, Tellegen’s and Maximum power transfer theorems
- Impulse, step, ramp and sinusoidal response analysis of first-order and second-order circuits
- Two-port parameters and their interrelations
- Application of Laplace transform and Fourier series in the context of network analysis, Network synthesis

8. Switching Theory

- Traffic definitions
- Introduction to switching networks, classification of switching systems
- Grade of Service and blocking probability
- Basics of Circuit switching and packet switching
- Network traffic load and parameters
- Modelling of switching systems
- Incoming traffic and service time characterisation
- Blocking models and loss estimates
- Delay systems -Markovian queuing model, M/M/1 model, Limited queue capacity, Multiple servers, Finite sources, Queue discipline

9. Information Technology

- Operating System – Processes, threads, interprocess communication, Concurrency, Synchronization, Deadlock, CPU scheduling, Memory management and virtual memory, File systems, I/O systems, Protection and security
- RDBMS – ER-model, Relational model (relational algebra, tuple calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Query languages (SQL), File structures (sequential files, indexing, B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control.
- Software engineering – Information gathering, requirement and feasibility analysis, data flow diagrams, process specifications, input/output design, process life cycle, planning and managing the project, design, coding, testing, implementation, maintenance. Programming in C, Object-Oriented Programming, basics of computer graphics

#### Allied Engineering

10. Electrical Engineering

- Single-phase transformer – equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, tests, regulation and efficiency,
- Auto-transformer
- Energy conversion principles
- DC machines – types, windings, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation; Servo and stepper motors
- Synchronous machines,
- Generators –regulation and parallel operation

11. Control Engineering

- Application of open-loop and closed-loop systems
- Principles of feedback
- Determination of transfer function by block diagram reduction method
- Time-domain analysis of first and second-order systems, transient and steady-state errors, damping and

oscillations

12. Telecommunication Systems

- Analog communication – amplitude and angle modulation and demodulation systems
- Superheterodyne receivers, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
- Fundamentals of information theory and channel capacity theorem
- Digital communication systems – Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM)
- Digital modulation schemes: amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying schemes (ASK, PSK, FSK), Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA.
- Fundamentals of mobile communication. Fundamentals of optical fibre communication

13. Microwave Engineering

- Wave guides
- Klystrons
- Travelling Wave Tubes
- Magnetron
- Introduction to microstrip lines
- Microwave semiconductor devices
- Monolithic microwave integrated circuits

14. Antenna & Wave Propagation

- Antenna parameters
- Effective length and aperture, Gain, Beamwidth, Directivity, Radiation resistance, Efficiency, Polarization, Impedance and Directional characteristics of antenna, Reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of radio waves.
- Fundamentals ground wave, space wave, sky wave and troposcatter propagation

15. Radar Theory

- Radar range equation
- Frequencies of operation
- Fundamentals of Moving Target Indicator (MTI), Pulse Doppler Radar, Tracking radar

16. Instrumentation

- Accuracy, precision and repeatability
- Electronic instruments for measuring basic parameters
- Theory of Oscilloscopes
- Signal generators, Signal analysers
- Characteristics and construction of transducers

## AFCAT Syllabus for Electrical & Electronics Engineering

#### Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics

- Matrix Algebra
- Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
- Theorems of integral calculus
- Partial derivatives
- Maxima and minima
- Multiple integrals
- Stokes
- Gauss and Green’s theorems
- First-order differential equation (linear and nonlinear)
- Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations
- Complex variables
- Taylor’s and Laurent’ series
- Sampling theorems
- Mean, Median, Mode and Standard deviation
- Random variables
- Discrete and Continuous distributions
- Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Z-transform

2. Engineering Physics

- Units for measurement
- Description of Motion in One, Two and Three dimensions
- Laws of Motion
- Work, Energy and Power
- Rotational Motion
- Gravitation
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- Electrostatics
- Electric Current
- Magnetic Effect of Currents
- Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves
- Ray Optics and Optical Instruments

3. Engineering Drawing

- Projection of straight line
- Planes and solids
- Intersection of surfaces
- Isometric Projection
- Sectional Views of solids
- Full section
- Introduction to ComputerAided Drafting

#### Specialisation Branch Topics

4. Analog & Digital Electronics

- Characteristics of diodes
- BJT, FET, JFET and MOSFET, Amplifiers – biasing, equivalent circuit and frequency response, Oscillators and feedback amplifiers
- Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications
- Simple active filters, VCOs and timers
- Combinational and sequential logic circuits
- Multiplexer
- Schmitt trigger
- Multi-vibrators, Sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters
- 8-bit microprocessor basics, architecture, programming and interfacing

5. Electrical Engineering

- Single-phase transformer – equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, tests, regulation and efficiency
- Three phase transformers – connections, parallel operation
- Autotransformer
- Energy conversion principles
- DC machines – types, windings, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation, starting and speed control of motors,
- Single phase and Three-phase induction motors – principles, types, performance characteristics, starting

and speed control - Starting motors, Servo and stepper motors
- Synchronous machines Generators– performance, regulation and parallel operation

6. Electronics Devices

- Energy bands in Silicon, Intrinsic and extrinsic Silicon
- Carrier transport in Silicon – diffusion current, drift current, mobility, and resistivity
- Generation and recombination of carriers, p-n junction diode, Zener diode, tunnel diode, BJT, JFET, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, PIN and avalanche photodiode
- Basics of LASER. Device technology – integrated circuits fabrication process, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography, n-tub, p-tub and twin-tub CMOS process

7. Control Engineering

- Application of open-loop and closed-loop systems
- Principles of feedback
- Determination of transfer function by block diagram reduction method
- Time-domain analysis of first and second-order systems, transient and steady-state errors, damping and

oscillations - Routh and Nyquist techniques
- Bode plots, Root loci, Lag, lead and lead-lag compensation,
- State-space model, State transition matrix, Controllability and observability

8. Telecommunication Systems

- Random signals and noise – probability, random variables, probability density function, autocorrelation, power spectral density
- Analog communication – amplitude and angle modulation and demodulation systems, spectral analysis of these operations, superheterodyne receivers, elements of hardware, realisations of analogue communication systems, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) calculations for AM and FM
- Fundamentals of information theory and channel capacity theorem. Digital communication systems – Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)
- Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM)
- Digital modulation schemes: amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying schemes (ASK, PSK, FSK), matched filter receivers, Bandwidth consideration and probability of error calculations for these schemes. Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA
- Fundamentals of mobile communication. Fundamentals of optical fibre communication.

9. Microwave Engineering

- Waveguides
- Waveguide component
- Klystrons
- Travelling Wave Tubes
- Magnetron
- Microwave measurements
- Introduction to microstrip lines
- Microwave network analysis
- Microwave semiconductor devices
- Monolithic microwave integrated circuits

10. Antenna & Wave Propagation

- Antenna parameters
- Radiation from a current element in free space
- Reciprocity theorem
- Resonant and non-resonant antenna
- Effective length and aperture, gain, beamwidth, directivity, radiation resistance, efficiency, polarization, impedance and directional characteristics of the antenna, antenna temperature
- Phased array antenna, Mechanism of radio wave propagation, Reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of radio waves
- Theory of ground wave, space wave, sky wave and troposcatter propagation

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#### Allied Engineering Topics

11. Instrumentation

- Accuracy, precision and repeatability
- Electronic instruments for measuring basic parameters
- Theory of Oscilloscopes
- Signal generators, Signal analysers
- Characteristics and construction of transducers

12. Computer Networks

- ISO/OSI stack
- LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token ring)
- Flow and error control techniques
- Congestion control
- TCP/UDP and sockets
- IPv4
- Application layer protocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, HTTP)
- Basic concepts of hubs, switches, gateways, and routers

13. Network Theory Designs

- Thevenin’s, Norton’s, Reciprocity, Superposition, Compensation, Miller’s, Tellegen’s and Maximum power transfer theorems.
- Impulse, step, ramp and sinusoidal response analysis of first-order and second-order circuits.
- Two-port parameters and their interrelations
- Application of Laplace transform and Fourier series in the context of network analysis
- Network synthesis

14. Switching Theories

- Traffic definitions
- Introduction to switching networks
- Classification of switching systems
- Grade of Service
- Basics of Circuit switching and packet switching

15. Information Technology

- Fundamentals of the operating system
- RDBMS terminologies
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Basics of computer graphics

16. Radar Theory

- Radar range equation
- Frequencies of operation
- Fundamentals of Moving Target Indicator (MTI)
- Pulse-Doppler Radar
- Tracking radar

## AFCAT Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering

#### Fundamental Engineering

1. Engineering Mathematics

- Matrix Algebra
- Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
- Theorems of integral calculus
- Partial derivatives
- Maxima and minima
- Multiple integrals
- Stokes
- Gauss and Green’s theorems
- First-order differential equation (linear and nonlinear)
- Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations
- Complex variables
- Taylor’s and Laurent’ series
- Sampling theorems
- Mean, Median, Mode and Standard deviation
- Random variables
- Discrete and Continuous distributions
- Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Z-transform

2. Engineering Physics

- Units for measurement
- Description of Motion in One, Two and Three dimensions
- Laws of Motion
- Work, Energy and Power
- Rotational Motion
- Gravitation
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- Electrostatics
- Electric Current
- Magnetic Effect of Currents
- Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic Waves
- Ray Optics and Optical Instruments

3. Engineering Drawing

- Principles of orthographic projections
- Projections of points, lines, planes and solids
- Section of solids
- Isometric views
- Auto-CAD

#### Specialisation Branch Topics

4. Engineering Mechanics

- Equations of equilibrium in space and its application; first and second moments of area; simple problems on friction
- Kinematics of particles for plane motion; elementary particle dynamics
- Generalized Hooke’s law and its application
- Design problems on axial stress, shear stress and bearing stress
- Material properties for dynamic loading; bending shear and stresses in beams
- Determination of principal stresses and strains - analytical and graphical
- Material behavior and design factors for dynamic load
- Design of circular shafts for bending and torsional load only
- Deflection of beam for statically determinate problems; theories of failure

5. Thermodynamics

- The basic concept of First –law and second law of Thermodynamics
- Concept of entropy and reversibility
- Availability and unavailability and irreversibility
- Classification and properties of fluids
- Incompressible and compressible fluids flow
- Effect of Mach number and compressibility; continuity momentum and energy equations
- Normal and oblique shocks
- One dimensional isentropic flow, flow or fluids in duct with frictions that transfer.
- Flow-through fans, blowers and compressors; axial and centrifugal flow configuration; design of fans and compressors

6. Theories of Machines

- Kinematic and dynamic analysis of plane mechanisms
- Cams, Gears and epicyclic gear trains, flywheels, governors, balancing of rigid rotors, balancing of single and multicylinder engines, linear vibration analysis of mechanical systems (single degree of freedom)
- Critical speeds and whirling of shafts.
- Flywheels, balancing of rotors and reciprocating machinery, balancing machines, governors, free and forced vibration of damped and undamped single degree of freedom systems, isolation, whirling of shafts, gyroscope

7. Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines

- Fluid flow concepts
- Transport theorem
- Fluid kinematics
- Potential flow
- Governing equations of Fluid flow
- Dimensional Analysis
- Viscous flow
- Boundary-Layer flows
- Turbulence
- Closed conduit flows
- Hydrodynamic lubrication
- Free surface flow
- Compressible flows,
- Hydraulic Turbines Impulse and Reaction Turbines
- Centrifugal and Axial flow pumps

8. Manufacturing Science

- Foundry Technology
- Melting furnaces
- Special casting processes
- Gating and riser design
- Casting defects
- Arc welding, TIG, MIG, submerged arc, Resistance welding, Gas welding, Flash butt welding, Solid-state welding
- Welding metallurgy
- Forming Technology
- Powder metallurgy

9. Material Science

- Basic concepts on structure of solids
- Common ferrous and nonferrous materials and their applications
- Heat-treatment of steels
- Non-metals- plastics, ceramics, composite materials and nano-materials

10. Machine Drawing

- Development and Intersection of surfaces
- Conventional representation of machine elements, materials, surface finish and tolerances
- Sectional views and additional views
- Drawing of Screw threads, locking devices, Fasteners, Keys and Cotters, Knuckle joints, Riveted Joints, Shaft Couplings and Bearings
- Pipe Joints, Assembly and production drawings

#### Allied Engineering

11. Automotive Engineering

- Introduction
- Power plant, fuel system, electrical system and other electrical fittings
- Lubricating system and cooling systems
- Chassis and transmission, axles, clutches, propeller shafts and differential
- Condition for correct steering, steering gear mechanisms, automotive air conditioning
- Tyres, the effect of working parameters on knocking, reduction of knocking
- Forms of the combustion chamber for SI and CI engines; rating of fuels, additives; emission.

12. Power Plant Engineering

- Steam power plant
- Steam boilers
- Steam condensers
- Cooling towers, cogeneration and combined cycles
- Nuclear power plants, hydroelectric power plants, power plant economics

13. Industrial Engineering

- System design
- Factory location- simple OR models
- Plant layout- methods based
- Applications of engineering economic analysis and break-even analysis for product selection, process selection and capacity planning; predetermined time standard
- System planning
- Forecasting methods based on regression and decomposition, design and balancing of multi-model and stochastic assembly lines
- Inventory management – probabilistic inventory models for order time and order quantity determination
- JIT systems; strategic sourcing; managing inter plant logistics.

14. Flight Mechanics

- Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere
- Classification of aircraft
- Airplane (fixed-wing aircraft) configuration and various parts.
- Airplane performance: Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated airspeeds
- Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator
- Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent,-absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram
- Winds: head, tail & crosswinds
- Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls;
- Longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability

15. Aircraft Structures

- Stress and Strain: Equations of equilibrium, constitutive law, strain displacement relationship, compatibility equations, plane stress and strain, Airy’s stress function.
- Flight Vehicle Structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials, torsion, bending and flexural shear
- Flexural shear flow in thin-walled sections
- Buckling
- Failure theories
- Loads on aircraft
- Structural Dynamics: Free and forced vibration of discrete systems
- Damping and resonance
- Dynamics of continuous systems

16. Aerodynamics

- Basic Fluid Mechanics: Incompressible irrotational flow, Helmholtz and Kelvin theorem, singularities and superposition, viscous flows, boundary layer on a flat plate
- Airfoils and wings: Classification of airfoils, aerodynamic characteristics, high lift devices, Kutta Joukowski theorem; lift generation; thin airfoil theory; wing theory; induced drag; qualitative treatment of low aspect ratio wings.
- Viscous Flows- Flow separation, introduction to turbulence, transition, the structure of a turbulent boundary layer
- Compressible Flows: Dynamics and Thermodynamics of I-D flow, isentropic flow, normal shock, oblique shock.

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## AFCAT EKT Marking Scheme

The Online examination will consist of objective-type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT. The Marking Scheme for the EKT Exam is as follows:-

- Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
- One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
- No marks for unattempted questions.