AFCAT 2018: Detailed Exam Pattern & Syllabus

AFCAT 2018: Detailed Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Indian Air Force is going to conduct Air Force Common Admission Online Test (AFCAT) to recruit bright and dynamic candidates for the post of Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying & Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) branches. This exam is scheduled on 25th February 2018.

AFCAT 2018: Detailed Exam Pattern & Syllabus

AFCAT is a rigorously prepared stringent selection process to find the most eligible candidates to join Indian Air Force. So, apply before 23rd January 2018 and grab the chance serve your country. Go through the AFCAT 2018 : Exam Pattern & Syllabus to kick-start your exam preparation.

AFCAT 2018 :Detailed Exam Pattern

Air Force Common Admission Online Test (AFCAT) is a three stage exam, conducted by Indian Air Force. The selection process comprises –
1. Online AFCAT Test
2. SSB

  • a) STAGE – I
  • b) STAGE – II
  • c) STAGE – III
  • d) STAGE – IV

Online AFCAT Test

  • The Online AFCAT Test will be objective in nature.
  • The exam paper will be in English language only.
  • For each right answer 3 marks will be awarded.
  • And for each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted from your score.
The exam pattern for Online Test is given in the table here –
of Qs
AFCATGeneral Awareness
Verbal Ability
in English,
Numerical Ability,
Military Reasoning
and Aptitude Test
120 Mins100300
EKT (Ground
Duty Technical
Branch only)
Science and
Electrical and
45 Mins50150
  • The Online Test is scheduled on 25 February 2018 (Sunday) in various exam centres.
  • It is mandatory for the you to opt for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).


Once you qualify the online AFCAT Test, you will become eligible for SSB. The SSB is a 5 day interview consisting of following stages.

STAGE – I (Day 1)

  • Officer Intelligence rating Test.
  • Picture perception and Discussion Test.
  • If you failed to clear Stage – I, you will be sent back on the first day itself.


Once you qualify STAGE – I, you would be eligible to appear for STAGE-II which would take 3 -4 days. In these days you will undergo following test.
  • Psychological Tests (Written Test).
  • Group Tests (Interactive indoor and outdoor activities).
  • Personal Interview
  • If you have applied for flying branch then you will also have to undergo Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test.


  • Once you qualify STAGE – III, you will be called for Medical Examination either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.


  • Air Force Selection Board will prepare an All India Merit List based on your performance in the Written Test and AFSB Interview (Stage I + Stage II).
  • If you find yourself in all India Merit List, then on the basis of vacancies available in various branches/sub branches, joining instructions will be issued to you to join one of the Training establishments.

AFCAT 2018 Exam Schedule

Follow the table to know the schedule of AFCAT 1/2018:
ActivityFirst ShiftSecond Shift
Reporting for Verification7:30 AM12:15 PM
Verification (Biometrics, hall ticket, photo, thumb impression and sign in attendance sheet)7:30- 8:45 AM12:15-1:30 PM
Reading Instructions8:45-9:00 AM1:30- 1:45 PM
AFCAT 2018 Timings9:00-11:00 AM1:45- 3:45 PM
Exit of Non-EKT candidates11:00-11:30 AM3:45- 4:15 PM
Commencement of EKT11:30-12:15 PM4:15- 5 PM

AFCAT 2018 Marking Scheme

There has been no change in the marking scheme of AFCAT 2018 and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. Individuals must note that negative marking will be applicable for the test. The marking scheme is given as follows:
  • +3 marks will be awarded for every accurate answer.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • Marks will not be deducted from the total score of the student for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.

AFCAT 2018 :Detailed Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for AFCAT 2018 will be based on 10+2 or higher secondary school level knowledge. It will be as decided by IAF for every section. Candidates must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

Part 1: General Awareness

 The aim of this section is to determine the general thought process of the participants. It will assess aspirant’s awareness in current events. The main topics along for this section are given below:
  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Environment,
  • Defense
  • Art and Culture
  • International Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Basic Science

Part 2: Verbal Ability in English

This section has questions that will test the grasp an applicant has on the English language. The aspirant’s vocabulary, grammar and verbal ability will be evaluated in this section. 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

Part 3: Numerical Ability

 In this segment, the aspirant’s ability to solve numerical problems with speed and accuracy is evaluated. It will include questions to assess how participants can work with numbers, do quick calculations and understand various arithmetic questions. They ought to have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts to fare well in this section. The important topics for this section are as follows:
  • Decimal Fraction
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Percentage

Part 4: Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

In this segment, students should expect questions based on diagrams, figures, charts, tables as also analogies and reasoning. 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

AFCAT 2018 Reference Books

AFCAT 2018 Reference Books are given below to help students score well:
Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
AFCAT Exam Guide 1st edition for Flying and Technical BranchRamesh Publishing House
AFCAT Solved Paper 2017Arihant Publication
General Knowledge 2017Arihant Publication
Quantitative aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR S Aggarwal
A modern approach to Verbal ReasoningR S Aggarwal

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