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AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - November 17th 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

AFCAT is an entrance test for the aspirants who want to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical). AFCAT 2019 is set to be conducted on February 25, 2019. The exam will be conducted in online mode i.e., Computer Based Test in two shifts. The question paper will be available in English language only.

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  • Duration of the exam will be of 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • The total number of questions asked in the exam will be 100.
  • There will be 4 sections in the exam namely- General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
  • Every correct answer will be awarded +3 marks and negative marking will be applicable.
  • AFCAT 2019 Syllabus will be based on Higher Secondary or 10+2 level knowledge.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

AFCAT 2019 ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Question Paper typeObjective (MCQs)
Number of Sections4 (General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test )
Total no. of questions100
Marks awarded for correct answer+3
Negative markingApplicable, -1
Total marks300
Exam duration2 hours (120 minutes) for AFCAT, 45 Minutes for EKT
Medium of ExamEnglish

AFCAT 2019 Exam Schedule

Follow the table to know the schedule of AFCAT 1/2019:

ActivityFirst ShiftSecond Shift
Reporting for Verification7:30 AM12:15 PM
Verification (Biometrics, hall ticket, photo, thumb impression and sign in attendance sheet)7:30- 8:45 AM12:15 PM- 1:30 PM
Reading Instructions8:45 AM- 9:00 AM1:30 PM- 1:45 PM
AFCAT 2019 Timings9:00 AM- 11:00 AM1:45 PM- 3:45 PM
Exit of Non-EKT candidates11:00 AM- 11:30 AM3:45 PM- 4:15 PM
Commencement of EKT11:30 AM- 12:15 PM4:15 PM- 5 PM

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

AFCAT 2019 is an online test to be conducted in two shifts in 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 2019 are 300.

The question paper will be segregated into 4 sections- General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern for 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.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern for Verbal Ability in English

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

AFCAT 2019 Exam Pattern for 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.

AFCAT 2019 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 following table represents the approximate number of questions asked from each section:

General Awareness20602 hours
Verbal Ability in English3090
Numerical Ability1545
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test35105

AFCAT 2019 Marking Scheme

There has been no change in the marking scheme of AFCAT 2019 and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. Individuals must note that negative marking will be applicable for the test. The marking scheme is given as follows:

  • +3 marks will be awarded for every accurate answer.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • Marks will not be deducted from the total score of the student for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.

AFCAT 2019 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for AFCAT 2019 will be based on 10+2 or higher secondary school level knowledge. It will be as decided by IAF for every section. Candidates must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

Part 1: General Awareness

 The aim of this section is to determine the general thought process of the participants. It will assess aspirant’s awareness in current events. The main topics along for this section are given below:

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

Part 2: Verbal Ability in English

This section has questions that will test the grasp an applicant has on the English language. The aspirant’s vocabulary, grammar and verbal ability will be evaluated in this section. 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

Part 3: Numerical Ability

 In this segment, the aspirant’s ability to solve numerical problems with speed and accuracy is evaluated. It will include questions to assess how participants can work with numbers, do quick calculations and understand various arithmetic questions. They ought to have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts to fare well in this section. The important topics for this section are as follows:

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

Part 4: Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

In this segment, students should expect questions based on diagrams, figures, charts, tables as also analogies and reasoning. 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

AFCAT 2019 Reference Books

AFCAT 2019 Reference Books are given below to help students score well:

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
AFCAT Exam Guide 1st edition for Flying and Technical BranchRamesh Publishing House
AFCAT Solved Paper 2017Arihant Publication
General Knowledge 2017Arihant Publication
Quantitative aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR S Aggarwal
A modern approach to Verbal ReasoningR S Aggarwal

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