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AFCAT 2020 Latest Syllabus And Exam Pattern Complete Guide

AFCAT Exam 2/2020: The Indian Air Force conduct Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) twice a year for recruitment of Commission officer in IAF Flying Branch, Technical Branch & Ground Duty Branch. This Exam is customised in such a way to evaluate the aspirants level of concepts and intelligence etc. AFCAT Exam 2/2020 Notification is out last week.

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Syllabus of AFCAT Exam
AFCAT Exam Syllabus and Pattern: Indian Air Force (IAF) latest recruitment notification about 256 PC/SSC Commissioned Officers Posts in various branches of IAF. All defence aspirants seeking for a  bright career in IAF (Air Force) will appear in this exam. 

The AFCAT Exam 2020 consists of a CBT+EKT for Technical Branches and a personality cum intelligence test (AFSB) and final medical test. The syllabus of mathematics , GK and English will be of Graduation level. The exam has the provision of negative marking also. 


More Detailed Syllabus of AFCAT Exam, Eligibility, Exam Pattern are given below.

Air Force AFCAT Exam 2/2020 Notification

Exam Details: Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducting Agency: Indian Air Force (IAF)
Modo of Exam: Online
Medium of Exam: English
Role Designation: IAF Officer Recruitment

AFCAT Exam Eligibility Criteria

Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to conducts AFCAT Exam for recruitment of various young dynamic talented persons for various branches of IAF like Flying, Technical  & Ground Duty Branches. The below given eligibility criteria are mandatory to apply for Upcomming AFCAT 02/2020 Exam.
  • Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • Age for Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2021.
  • Age for Ground Duty Branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01 January 2021.
  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course.
  • The date of birth accepted by the IAF is that entered in the Matriculation Certificate.

Qualification for AFCAT Exam 2020

  • Flying Branch: Candidates should have 12th pass in Science Stream with 60% Marks and Graduation/BE/B Tech degree/AMIE Etc.
  • Ground Duty (Technical) Branch: Candidates should have 60% Marks in BE/B Tech degree/AMIE Etc.
  • Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches: Candidates should have 60% Marks in Graduation degree.

Latest AFCAT 2/2020 Exam Pattern

Section Questions MarksTotal Time
Verbal Ability (English)30902 Hours
Numerical Ability1545
General Awareness20    60
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test35105
The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) examination consists of written examination in online mode (i.e. English, GK and Elementary Mathematics). Candidates cleared the written examination are called for the Interview by Service Selection Board (SSB). The Interview of the candidates includes the Intelligence and Personality Test. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). 

Overview of AFCAT Written Exam 02/2020

  • The CBT is multiple choice objective type questions (MCQ) based.
  • The total Duration of Exam is Two Hours for all Branches.
  • Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is for 45 min for Technical Branches Only.
  • The AFCAT (and EKT) will be conducted in two days (Each Day Two Shifts)
  • The total of 300 marks is to be commenced in AFCAT Exam.
  • Whereas EKT consist of 150 Marks.
  • Each question carries 03 marks.
  • There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.

Syllabus of AFCAT 2020 Exam

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) Examination Syllabus- New

AFCAT GK Syllabus General Awareness

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
General AwarenessHistory, Geography, Civics, Politics, Current Affairs, Environment, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc.
AFCAT Syllabus Numerical Ability 

(The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level.)
Numerical AbilityDecimal Fraction, Time and Work, Average, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams).
AFCAT Syllabus English

(The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.)
Verbal Ability (English)English syllabus is Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion/ Filling in of correct word, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases.
 AFCAT Syllabus Reasoning (Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability)
Reasoning and Military Aptitude TestBlood Relation, Missing Figures, Figure Classification, Coding and Decoding, Odd One Out, Analogy, Venn Diagram, Pattern Completion, Dot Situation Analysis, Spotting the Embedded Figures, Sequencing
AFCAT Syllabus for Technical Branch
AFCAT EKT Exam SyllabusFundamental Engineering, Allied Engineering Topics, Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Air Force Selection Board (AFSB): Intelligence and Personality Test

Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards. Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centres. 

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-

-> Stage-I. Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day.
-> Stage-II. Psychological test will be conducted on Day 1(Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days. 
-> For Flying Branch. Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only.

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in the entire test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage. 

The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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