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AFCAT EKT 2018: Syllabus, Eligibility and Books

Last Updated - January 09, 2018

AFCAT has introduced an additional exam for selection of candidates for Technical Duty as an officer, called as EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) conducted by IAF along with Air Force Common Admission Test. The EKT will be conducted immediately after AFCAT 2018, i.e. as soon as the two hours of AFCAT test paper gets over.

EKT exam is held for candidates applying for Technical branch of IAF are required to clear AFCAT and EKT exam.

EKT aims at testing the basic knowledge of an engineering graduate applying for technical entry through AFCAT. It contains questions dealing with basic concepts of your discipline of engineering.

AFCAT EKT 2018 Highlights

ExamEngineering Knowledge Test
Conducted ByIndian Air Force along with AFCAT
CategoryPattern, Syllabus, Preparation and Books
Mode of ExamOffline Mode

Eligibility for EKT Exam

Candidate, who have qualified for AFCAT exam and applying for technical branches are eligible for EKT Exam. No other special Eligibility is needed to be eligible for exam.

It is compulsory for engineering graduates who are appearing for technical entry in the Air Force to appear for this exam, they have to pass this test along with the AFCAT written test.

AFCAT EKT 2018 Exam Pattern

AFCAT EKT 2018 has two parts namely:

Part A: General Engineering (40 questions)

Part B: Specialized Paper (35 questions)

General engineering part is based on the topics that are common to multiple branches of engineering. Whereas, specialized part is based on the knowledge of the discipline of the candidate’s degree.  These disciplines are:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Computer Engineering

EKT tests the basic knowledge of candidates applying for Aeronautical Engineering Courses (E and M).

Test is of 30/45 minute and are given by those who opt for technical branches i.e. Flying, technical and GDOC.

Candidates are given half an hour window after the AFCAT exam to appear for EKT. Check AFCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Time Duration45 minutes
Type of QuestionsMCQs
No. of Questions50 questions
Each Question3 marks
Total Marks150
Negative markingYes

AFCAT EKT 2018 Marking Scheme

For each correct answer you give, you will be awarded +3 marks each. For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted as negative marking, ie., 1/3 marks negative marking which is followed by many national level examinations.

AFCAT EKT 2018 Syllabus

Candidates who are writing EKT Exam must first know the syllabus covered under AFCAT EKT 2018. Candidates are required to be acquainted with basic topics covered under the field of engineering. Topics from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanics, etc. share the common ground of questions.

Questions are mainly put up from topics such as Quantum Mechanics, Lasers, Metals, Energy, Metals, Fuels, Calculus, Data Processing, Networks, Circuits, etc. For detailed Download AFCAT EKT 2018 Syllabus PDF.

AFCAT EKT 2018 Books

Books that the candidate can study from for EKT exam are as follows:

  • Handbook Series of Electrical Engineering by Arihant.
  • Handbook Series Electronics and Communication Engineering by Arihant.
  • Objective General Engineering : NTPC,SAIL,BHEL by G. K. Publishers
  • Let’s Crack EKT (All in One) by SSB Crack, Shaurya Publications

Preparation Tips

  • EKT is not a very difficult exam; all it requires is thorough understanding of basics. So, brush up and revise your basics nicely.
  • Speed is important in EKT so don’t get stuck on any particular question for long. 
  • When you are studying for EKT make sure you are referring to a reliable material. Study materials only from authorized and recognized sources.
  • Stick to your plan and do complete the portion you have set for that day. In this way you’ll be able to cover maximum of the topics.
  • Do see the previous year’s papers and other model papers to get an idea on the types of questions. This will also help you to practice the maximum of them.



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