AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern (Subject Wise Pattern), Marking Scheme, Syllabus

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Oct 21, 2020

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AFCAT Exam Pattern: Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry out AFCAT and EKT in a computer-based mode. The questions will be displayed in a random sequence on the computer screen. 

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  • The examination will be conducted on February 22-23, 2020.
  • AFCAT Syllabus will be based on graduation level (Indian University).
AFCAT is an entrance test conducted for aspirants who want to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical). Indian citizens, having minimum 60% marks in Physics and Mathematics each in 10+2 are eligible to register for the Air Force examination.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online i.e. computer-based Online i.e. computer-based
No. of Questions 100 50
Maximum Marks 300 150
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) 45 minutes
Sections in Paper General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark 1 mark

AFCAT Exam Pattern- Facts

  • The question paper will be available in English language only.
  • Duration of the exam will be of 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • The total number of questions asked in the exam will be 100.
  • Correct answer: +3 marks and Incorrect answer: – 1 mark.
  • No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.

AFCAT 2020 Exam Schedule

Candidates are required to appear for the Online AFCAT and EKT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam. Follow the table to know the schedule for both of the papers:


Note: Candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam center, under any circumstance, after the pre-exam verification process had commenced at 08:00 hrs for shift-I and 1230 hrs for shift 2.

AFCAT and EKT Exam Pattern in Detail

The paper pattern for both the papers in terms of exam mode, type of questions and marking scheme is similar. Read on to get a clear idea about the same:

About AFCAT Exam Pattern:

  • AFCAT 2020 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in the english language. 
  • It will consist of 100 objective questions to be solved within a duration of 120 minutes.
  • The maximum marks an aspirant can score in AFCAT 2020 is 300.

About EKT Exam Pattern:

  • EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is a meant to test candidate’s engineering knowledge. 
  • The test is compulsory for candidates applying for Technical Ground Duty branch. 
  • EKT 2020 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in the english language. 

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Check EKT Syllabus and Books

AFCAT Standard and Syllabus

The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level. 

AFCAT Exam Pattern: General Awareness

  • The section is designed to test the general knowledge of the applicant.
  • It will have questions to test aspirant’s awareness of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world.
  • Generally, about 20 questions are asked in this section.

The main topics along for this section are given below:

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Defense
  • Art and Culture
  • International Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Basic Science

AFCAT Exam Pattern: Verbal Ability in English

As the name of the section suggests, this segment will assess the student’s knowledge, proficiency, and comprehension in the English language. The total number of questions asked from this section will be approximately 30.

The important topics for this section are:

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

AFCAT Exam Pattern: Quantitative Ability

  • This section will test the basic mathematical ability of participants.
  • Around 15 questions will be asked from this section.
  • It is considered to be a relatively scoring section though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.

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The important topics for this section are as follows:

  • Decimal Fraction
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Percentage

AFCAT Exam Pattern: Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

  • This section is the most important segment as maximum questions are asked in this section.
  • Candidate’s mental and military aptitude is tested.
  • The difficulty level is moderate and approximately 35 questions are asked from this section.

The important topics are listed below:

  • Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
  • Data interpretation
  • Embedded Figure
  • Missing Character
  • Sets based on arrangements
  • Rotated blocks
  • Hidden figures
  • Analogy

The following table represents the approximate number of questions asked from each section:

Section Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 20 60 2 hours
Verbal Ability in English 30 90
Numerical Ability 15 45
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 35 105

AFCAT Marking Scheme

There has been no change in the marking scheme of AFCAT 2020. The marking scheme is given 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.

AFCAT 2020 Reference Books

AFCAT 2020 Reference Books are given below to help students score well:

Name of Book Author/ Publisher
AFCAT Exam Guide 1st edition for Flying and Technical Branch Ramesh Publishing House
AFCAT Solved Paper 2020 Arihant Publication
General Knowledge 2020 Arihant Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations RS Aggarwal
A modern approach to Verbal Reasoning RS Aggarwal

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


kashish tomar
What is the exam pattern and selection process of an IAF officer through the AFCAT? Is the officer rankings of IAF selected through CDSE and the AFCAT the same?Are the officer rankings of different branches of IAF like flying duty, ground duty, and technical branch the same?
kavita rani

Hi Kasish. AFCAT exam is a national level competitive exam taken by the Indian Air Force to appoint officers for all its branches, except for the medical and dental branches. For all entries other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, candidates are supposed to give the AFCAT exam. AFCAT is a national exam and has 100 MCQs. For more details, refer here.

ayushi singh
kya b.ed karne ke baad mi apply kar sakte ho with 60% in it
common admission test

Hii Ayushi. No, you are not eligible for AFCAT Exam. For AFCAT Exam Aspirants required Graduation with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. For more details click here:- AFCAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY

Indian Air Force (IAF): What is the selection procedure and exam pattern for AFCAT?
kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. Indian Air Force takes AFCAT exam, is a computer-based exam. The questions will be displayed in a random sequence on the computer screen. Candidates who have qualified the AFCAT written test have to register at the official website to carry out the further process. For more details, refer here.

satyam singh
I am in 10th standard can i join AFCAT training centre in 2021 year when my marks is upto 70 percent
common admission test

Hii Satyam. Aspirants who have done Graduation with a minimum of three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent are eligible for applying AFCAT Exam. For more details click here:- AFCAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY

sourajit mukherjee
What is the marking pattern of afcat exam?
kavita rani

Hi sourajit. The total number of questions asked in the AFAT exam is 100, 3 marks will be given on every correct option while 1 marks will be deducted for an incorrect option.

ibashisha mukhim
What is the AFCAT exam pattern for a civil engineer?
kavita rani

Hi Ibashisha. AFCAT will be an online exam, where a total of 100 questions will be asked in the exam. You can refer here to check the detailed exam pattern.

I'm susmith, I got 80 mark in maths and 74 in physics And I'm studying B. Sc. Physics. Was I eligible for afcat

Hi Susmitha. Yes, you are eligible for the exam.

Hii i am final year of graduation in bachelor of arts I am eligible for afcat
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Dinesh, you can apply for this exam only after completing graduation.
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neha mishra
Hii i have 60% in 12th in both maths and physics bt i don't have 60% in science at class 10th so i am eligible for afcat?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Neha, as per your educational qualification, you are eligible for this exam. However, you may check other eligibility criteria in detail from here: AFCAT Eligibility Criteria

i am in 3rd year of BTech. can i apply for AFCAT 2020???
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ritika, sorry but you cannot apply for this exam. Candidates who are in their final semester or have completed their graduation will be considered eligible for this exam. You can check other eligibility criteria from here: AFCAT Eligibility Criteria