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AFCAT 2021 Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Top Preparation Books

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Feb 25, 2021

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Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is the entrance exam conducted for recruitment into the Indian Air Force. The exam is organized twice a year. AFCAT 2021 session 1 is set to be held on February 20-22, 2021 and will be conducted in two shifts.

Latest: AFCAT 2021 Session 1 Admit Card released on February 6, 2021. Check here

The AFCAT exam will be carried in Computer-Based test mode. There will be a total of 100 questions being asked divided into 4 parts - General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. In the following article, the AFCAT Exam pattern, syllabus and best preparation books are elaborately discussed. 

Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2021: Exam Pattern of AFCAT and EKT

IAF carries out two papers, namely, AFCAT and EKT on the same day. Candidates who are applying for the technical branch have to give EKT exam along with AFCAT. 

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:

AFCAT Exam Pattern

  • AFCAT 2021 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 2021 is 300. Check AFCAT Exam Pattern

EKT Exam Pattern

  • EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is meant to test a candidate’s engineering knowledge. 
  • The test is compulsory for candidates applying for the Technical Ground Duty branch. 
  • EKT 2021 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in the English language.
Perticulars AFCAT EKT(Only for Ground Duty Tech)

Mode of Exam 

Online Online
No. of Questions Asked  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
Syllabus

AFCAT 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for AFCAT 2021 is based on 10+2 level knowledge. Aspirants should follow the syllabus and prepare well for the exam. The different sections for the exam are as follows:

General Awareness

The objective of this section is to test the candidate’s knowledge on current affairs. Some of the topics included this section are as follows:

Basic Science Sports
Geography History
Environment Arts and Culture
Civics International Affairs

Verbal Ability in English

This section tests the candidate’s grasp of the English language. Grammar, vocabulary and verbal ability are tested. Some of the topics included this section are as follows:

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

Numerical Ability

In this section, candidates are tested on their numerical ability to solve problems accurately and quickly. The questions assess how candidates work with numbers, do quick calculations and display an understanding of basic arithmetic. Mastering fundamental concepts are important. Some of the topics included are:

Averages Profit and Loss
Simple Interest Decimal Fraction
Ratio and Proportion Simplification
Percentage -

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

This section deals with questions based on diagrams, figures, tables, charts, reasoning and analogies. The important topics include:

Analogy Embedded Figure
Data Interpretation Missing Character
Embedded Figure Set-based Arrangements

To get the complete syllabus, read AFCAT Detailed Syllabus

Best Books

AFCAT 2021 Best Books for Preparation

Preparation books are essential for AFCAT aspirants since it trains the students how to manage time properly and give their best shot in the exam. It also helps them to get used to the latest exam pattern. Here is a list of some books that will help the students to prepare for the exam:

AFCAT- FOR FLYING, TECHNICAL & GROUND DUTY  BRANCH

AFCAT Book 1
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT for Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch with Solved Papers (English, Paperback, Experts)
Language English
Publisher Arihant Publication

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) - For Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch Fourth Edition

AFCAT BOOK 2
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) - For Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch Fourth Edition (English, Paperback, Arihant Experts)
Language English
Publisher Arihant Publication

AFCAT Study Material: Book Notes

AFCAT BOOK 3
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT Study Material: Book Notes
Language English
Publisher Esegate.com

AFCAT- The First Step Book

BOOK 4
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT: The First Step Paperback – 1 January 2021
Language English
Author  DDE-DEFENCE DIRECT EDUCATION

Study Guide to AFCAT 2021

book 5
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book Study Guide to AFCAT 2021 (Air Force Common Admission Test) 7th Edition
Language English
Author  Disha Experts

AFCAT Topic-Wise Solved Papers

book 6
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT Topic-Wise Solved Papers  (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
Language English
Author  Disha Experts

AFCAT (Flying Technical & Ground Duty Branch) WITH TOPIC WISE ANALYSIS 

book 7
Particulars Details
Full Name of the Book AFCAT (Flying Technical & Ground Duty Branch) WITH TOPIC WISE ANALYSIS +20 MODEL SOLVED PAPERS+ PREVIOUS YEAR SOLUTION NOTES BOOKS
Language English
Author  Sourav Sir Classes
Subject-wise Books

AFCAT Subject-wise Preparation Books 

Apart from the above-mentioned books, candidates can also follow these books to cover the syllabus minutely as per the sections. 

AFCAT Books 2021 on General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • The Malayala Manorama English Yearbook
  • From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh - KD Publication

AFCAT Books 2021 on Verbal Ability

  • Objective General English by Dr RS. Aggarwal
  • Verbal Reasoning by Bhupendra Kumar Singh

AFCAT Books 2021 on Numerical Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal/ S.Chand Publishing
  • Objective Arithmetic- S Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation-Disha Publication

AFCAT Books 2021 on Aptitude Test

  • Quantitative Aptitude- S.Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams-McGraw Hill Education

Along with the proper books, candidates also download the previous years’ question papers and sample question papers to prepare for AFCAT Computer-Based exam. 

AFCAT Books FAQs

Ques. Is Lucent GK enough for AFACAT 2021 Exam?

Ans. For the general knowledge section, Lucent's GK is a very efficient book. However, candidates must follow current affairs and NCERT books. 

Ques. Will I be able to purchase the books online?

Ans. Yes, all the above-mentioned books are available in the online market. 

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

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