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.
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.
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:
|Perticulars||AFCAT||EKT(Only for Ground Duty Tech)|
Mode of Exam
|No. of Questions Asked||100||50|
|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|
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:
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:
|Environment||Arts and Culture|
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|
|Synonyms and Antonyms||Tenses|
|Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word||Sentence Completion|
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|
This section deals with questions based on diagrams, figures, tables, charts, reasoning and analogies. The important topics include:
|Data Interpretation||Missing Character|
|Embedded Figure||Set-based Arrangements|
To get the complete syllabus, read AFCAT Detailed Syllabus
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:
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT for Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch with Solved Papers (English, Paperback, Experts)|
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) - For Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch Fourth Edition (English, Paperback, Arihant Experts)|
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT Study Material: Book Notes|
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT: The First Step Paperback – 1 January 2021|
|Author||DDE-DEFENCE DIRECT EDUCATION|
|Full Name of the Book||Study Guide to AFCAT 2021 (Air Force Common Admission Test) 7th Edition|
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT Topic-Wise Solved Papers (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)|
|Full Name of the Book||AFCAT (Flying Technical & Ground Duty Branch) WITH TOPIC WISE ANALYSIS +20 MODEL SOLVED PAPERS+ PREVIOUS YEAR SOLUTION NOTES BOOKS|
|Author||Sourav Sir Classes|
Apart from the above-mentioned books, candidates can also follow these books to cover the syllabus minutely as per the sections.
Along with the proper books, candidates also download the previous years’ question papers and sample question papers to prepare for AFCAT Computer-Based exam.
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.