What is AFCAT?

The full form of AFCAT is Air Force Common Admission Test. AFCAT is an Entrance Examination held by the Indian Air Force to select applicants for several Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) positions.
Candidates are selected based on their performance in the Online Written Exam and the Interview Round conducted by the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB). Candidates who choose the Ground Duty (Technical) branch are required to take the AFCAT CBT Exam and the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).
Both men and women would earn a monthly stipend of INR 56,100/- during the training period. After completing the training period successfully, an IAF Officer will be paid between INR 56,100/- and INR 1,10,700/- as per the 7th pay commission.

AFCAT Syllabus – Overview


Recruitment Body
Indian Air Force (IAF)
Recruitment Body
Indian Air Force (IAF)
Exam Name Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) Mode of Exam Online
Category Syllabus Marking Scheme 3 marks for each right answer
Exam Level National Selection Process Written test- AFSB Test- Medical Examination
Time Duration 2 hours for AFCAT & 45 minutes for EKT
Negative Marking Scheme 1 mark for each wrong answer
Official Website
AFCAT  Selection Process

The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The selection process of AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:
AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing first stage for the Non-Technical candidates; while AFCAT+ EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates

1. Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview
2. Medical Test

AFCAT Exam Pattern 

The AFCAT exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness (GK), Verbal Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude. Candidates can check the Exam Pattern of AFCAT in the table below.

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online Online
No. of Questions 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

For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

Important Points:

Total Time Duration: 2 hours

Number of Questions: 100

Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer

Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer
No marks for unattended questions.

AFCAT Syllabus 

Here we are discussing the AFCAT syllabus for all subjects General Awareness, English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

General Awareness

This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section.
The major topics covered in this section are given below:

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


This section tests the proficiency of student in English. The knowledge of language through comprehension is also a part of this section. Total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.
The important topics for this section are:

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

Numerical Ability

This section is to check the knowledge, speed and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems.Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Practice with questions from the topics mentioned below to improve your Reasoning & Aptitude sections

  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Venn Diagram
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Sequencing

AFCAT  EKT Syllabus

AFCAT EKT is a 45-minutes exam and is followed by AFCAT. Candidates are given half an hour window after which AFCAT EKT Exam takes place. The total duration for the AFCAT exam is 2 hours and the mode of examination is online.
The AFCAT EKT Syllabus has a General engineering part that is based on the common topics of multiple branches of engineering. Also, based on the degree of the candidate, there are questions from the specialized part. These involve the following:

AFCAT Syllabus Topics

AFCAT Syllabus Syllabus Topics
AFCAT EKT Fundamental Engineering Syllabus Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics, and Engineering Drawing
AFCAT EKT Allied Engineering Topics Syllabus Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Electrical Engineering, Radar Theory, Instrumentation, Antenna, and Wave Propagation, and Microwave Engineering
AFCAT EKT Computer Science Engineering Syllabus Information Technology, Network Theory Design, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Computer Networks, Switching Theory, and Electronic Devices
AFCAT EKT Mechanical Engineering Syllabus Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Science, and Machine Drawing
AFCAT EKT Electrical & Electronics Engineering Syllabus Microwave Engineering, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Control Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

AFCAT Syllabus 2022: FAQs

Q1. I have completed my Class XII exam. Am I eligible for AFCAT?
Ans. No, Graduation is must for AFCAT.
Q2. How many times AFCAT conducted in a year?
Ans. AFCAT is conducted twice a year.

Q3. What is the time duration for AFCAT exam?
Ans. For Common exam the time is of 120 minutes and for EKT it is 45 minutes.

Q4. Is there any fee / registration charges etc. for AFCAT?
Ans. Yes, There is Fee for AFCAT 2022 Online Form.

Q5. Is permanent Commission offered for Flying Branch through AFCAT?
Ans. No, Only Short Service Commission is offered by AFCAT.