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Last Updated - January 12, 2018

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. As the exam draws near, aspirants are anxious and knee deep in preparation.

However, like any other exam, AFCAT 2018 can be cracked by selecting the right study material. Since there is a lot of material available, this article lists out the best books for preparation based on the AFCAT exam pattern and trends, as observed over the years.


AFCAT Exam Pattern

AFCAT 2018 will be an online, computer based test. The questions in the exam will be objective consisting of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs). The exam comprises of four sections: General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

Each correct answer carries 3 marks and for every incorrect answer 1 mark will be deducted. As for the marking scheme, 20 questions are allotted to General Awareness, 30 questions for Verbal Ability, 15 questions for Quantitative Ability and 35 questions for Military Aptitude.

The duration allotted to the EKT is 45 minutes


AFCAT Syllabus

The syllabus for AFCAT 2018 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 ScienceSports
GeographyHistory
EnvironmentArts and Culture
CivicsInternational 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 GrammarError Detection
ComprehensionTesting Vocabulary
Synonyms and AntonymsTenses
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate wordSentence 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 understanding of basic arithmetic. Mastering fundamental concepts are important. Some of the topics included are:

AveragesProfit and Loss
Simple InterestDecimal Fraction
Ratio and ProportionSimplification
Percentage-

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

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

AnalogyEmbedded Figure
Data InterpretationMissing Character
Embedded FigureSet based Arrangements

Preparation Books for AFCAT

Preparation books are essential for AFCAT aspirants since it trains the students in time management and also helps them get used to the 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

Candidates often have a lot of questions about the Air Force and the selection process. This book covers a wide variety of topics regarding the flying, technical and ground branch and the duties entailed in each of these branches. The book is published by Arihant publishers.

Let’s Crack AFCAT: Air Force Common Admission Test 2017

Practice makes perfect and the best way to do this is to refer to an exam solution book. This book is a good way to start practicing questions and understand the exam pattern. It also comes with a detailed answer key that will help the candidates to assess their performance.

Air Force Common Admission Test 2017: AFCAT

Another helpful book published by Arihant Publications includes previous year’s solved papers and practice papers for AFCAT aspirants. The latest edition of the book was released in a timely manner so that aspirants get a head start for their exam preparations.

AFCAT Self Study Guide - Cum - Practice Work Book

Candidates appearing for AFCAT will find this book very helpful since it covers all the important points along with practice questions. This way, candidates will be able to tackle higher order questions with ease and consistent practice.

SSB Interview: The Complete Guide

Cracking the AFCAT entrance exam is only the first step in the selection process. However, the SSB interview is an important part of the process as well. This book by Dr. N.K. Natrajan covers all the details regarding this step of the admission process.

AFCAT Solved Papers and Practice Sets 2017

This is another book by Arihant Publishers that candidates can select for AFCAT preparation. The content of the book is organized in a very systematic manner. It also consists of practice papers which will acquaint the student with the exam pattern.

Manorama Yearbook

General Knowledge is an important component in any competitive exam that includes AFCAT. This book Malayala Manorama is comprehensive with information and statistics that will help candidates stay up-to date with the events that took place all around the year.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Any exam preparation remains incomplete without a copy of Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal. This book is divided into two sections: arithmetic ability and data interpretation. It will be helpful in preparing for the Quantitative Ability section.


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