AFCAT Exam Pattern 2021: Subject Wise Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • The question paper is available in the English language only.
  • The duration of the exam isof2 hours (120 minutes).
  • A total number of 100 questions is asked in the written test.
  • Correct answer:+3 marks and Incorrect answer: 1 mark.
  • No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.
ExamAFCATEKT (only for technical)
Mode of ExamOnline i.e. computer-basedOnline i.e. computer-based
No. of Questions10050
Maximum Marks300150
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes)45 minutes
Sections in PaperGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude TestMechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics
Negative Marking1 mark1 mark

EKT Exam Pattern

AFCAT and EKT Exam Pattern in Detail

The paper pattern for both the papers in terms of exam mode, type of questions and marking scheme is similar. Read on to get a clear idea about the same:

About AFCAT Exam Pattern

  • AFCAT 2021 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in the English language.
  • It will consist of 100 objective questions to be solved within a duration of 120 minutes.
  • The maximum mark an aspirant can score in AFCAT 2021 is 300 marks.

About EKT Exam Pattern

  • EKT or Engineering Knowledge Test is meant to test a candidate’s engineering knowledge.
  • The test is compulsory for candidates applying for the Technical Ground Duty branch.
  • EKT 2021 is an online test, conducted in two shifts in the English language.

AFCAT Syllabus 2021

The standard of Numerical Ability Questions will be of Matriculation level. The standard of questions in other subjects will be of graduation level.

AFCAT Syllabus of General Awareness Section

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. 

The main topics along for this section are given below:

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

AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus of Verbal Ability in English

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

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

AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus of 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.

The important topics for this section are as follows:

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

AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus of Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

  • This section is the most important segment as maximum questions are asked in this section.
  • The candidate’s mental and military aptitude is tested.
  • The difficulty level is moderate and approximately 35 questions are asked from this section.

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

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

Section-wise Exam Pattern of AFCAT 2021 Exam

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

Reference Books

AFCAT Reference Books

AFCAT 2021: Reference Books are given below to help students score well:

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
AFCAT Exam Guide 1stedition for Flying and Technical BranchRamesh Publishing House
AFCAT Solved PaperArihant Publication
General KnowledgeArihant Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Aggarwal
A modern approach to Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal

Lucent GK is also considered a good source for the GK section and for Aptitude Test, candidates can refer to Quantitative Aptitude by S Chand and Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by McGraw-Hill Education.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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