AFCAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern: As AFCAT 2023 Notification for AFCAT 1 exam has been released for 258 vacancies, the candidates interested must go through the detailed AFCAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Indian Air Force conducts Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT), for recruitment of 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 usually conducted twice a year. The examination is designed to assess the understanding level of concepts and intelligence of the candidate. Candidates can check the complete AFCAT Syllabus 2023 and Exam Pattern discussed in detail in the article.

AFCAT Syllabus 2023- Overview

AFCAT 1 2023 Exam is announced to be held in February 2023, therefore it's high time for the candidates who are interested in the job profile of multiple posts in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non-Technical]. Check marking scheme, negative marking, time duration and other details for AFCAT exam from here. 

AFCAT Syllabus 2023
Recruitment BodyIndian Air Force (IAF)
Exam NameAir Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT 2023)
AFACT 1 Vacancies258
Exam LevelNational
AFCAT 1 2023 Exam Date24th, 25th and 26th February 2023
Mode of ExamOnline
Time Duration2 hours for AFCAT & 45 minutes for EKT
Marking Scheme3 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking Scheme1 mark for each wrong answer
Selection ProcessWritten test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination
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AFCAT 2023 Selection Process

The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The selection process of the AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:

AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing the first stage for the Non-Technical candidates; while AFCAT+ EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates

  1. AFCat/ AFCAT+ EKT
  2. Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview
  3. Medical Test

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2023

The AFCAT exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness (GK), Verbal Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude. Candidates can check the Exam Pattern of the AFCAT in the table below.

ExamAFCATEKT (only for technical)
Mode of ExamOnlineOnline
No. of Questions10050
Maximum Marks300150
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)45 minutes
Sections in PaperGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, 
Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking1 mark1 mark

For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

Important Points:

Total Time Duration: 2 hours

Number of Questions: 100

Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer

Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer

No marks for unattended questions.

AFCAT Syllabus 2023

Here we are discussing the AFCAT syllabus for all subjects General Awareness, English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

AFCAT Syllabus- General Awareness

This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section.

The major topics covered in this section are given below:

  1. History
  2. Sports
  3. Geography
  4. Art and Culture
  5. Current Affairs
  6. Politics
  7. Civics
  8. Environment
  9. Defense
  10. Basic Science

AFCAT Syllabus- English

This section tests the proficiency of student in English. The knowledge of language through comprehension is also a part of this section. Total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.

The important topics for this section are:

  1. Comprehension
  2. Basic Grammar
  3. Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
  4. Tenses
  5. Error Detection
  6. Sentence Completion
  7. Synonyms and Antonyms
  8. Testing of Vocabulary
  9. One Word Substitution

AFCAT Syllabus- Numerical Ability

This section is to check the knowledge, speed and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems.Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  1. Decimal and Fraction
  2. Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  3. Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  4. Percentage
  5. Ratio & Proportion
  6. Time and Work
  7. Average
  8. Profit & Loss

AFCAT Syllabus- Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Practice with questions from the topics mentioned below to improve your Reasoning & Aptitude sections 

  1. Odd One Out
  2. Analogy
  3. Venn Diagram
  4. Pattern Completion
  5. Dot Situation Analysis
  6. Blood Relation
  7. Missing Figures
  8. Figure Classification
  9. Coding and Decoding
  10. Spotting the Embedded Figures
  11. Sequencing

Download AFCAT Previous Year Question Paper PDFs 

AFCAT 2023 EKT Syllabus 

AFCAT EKT is a 45-minute exam and is followed by AFCAT. Candidates are given half an hour window after which AFCAT EKT Exam takes place. The total duration for the AFCAT exam is 2 hours and the mode of examination is online.

The AFCAT EKT Syllabus has a General engineering part that is based on the common topics of multiple branches of engineering. Also, based on the degree of the candidate, there are questions from the specialized part. These involve the following:

AFCAT Syllabus Topics

AFCAT Syllabus SyllabusTopics
AFCAT EKT Fundamental Engineering SyllabusEngineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics, and Engineering Drawing
AFCAT EKT Allied Engineering Topics SyllabusControl Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Electrical Engineering, Radar Theory, Instrumentation, Antenna, and Wave Propagation, and Microwave Engineering
AFCAT EKT Computer Science Engineering SyllabusInformation Technology, Network Theory Design, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Computer Networks, Switching Theory, and Electronic Devices
AFCAT EKT Mechanical Engineering SyllabusThermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Science, and Machine Drawing
AFCAT EKT Electrical & Electronics Engineering SyllabusMicrowave Engineering, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Control Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

Check AFCAT EKT Syllabus 2023 in Detail

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AFCAT Syllabus 2023: FAQs

Ans. No, Graduation is must for AFCAT.

Ans. AFCAT is conducted twice a year.

Ans. For Common exam the time is of 120 minutes and for EKT it is 45 minutes.

Ans. Yes, There is Fee for AFCAT 2023 Online Form.

Ans. No, Only Short Service Commission is offered by AFCAT.

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