AFCAT Syllabus

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AFCAT Syllabus

The Air Force Common Admission Test, popularly known as AFCAT, is a national level exam to recruit candidates as Commissioned Officers in the Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches of the Indian Air Force. It recruits candidates both in permanent and short service roles and is conducted by the administration of Indian Air Force biannually. While both men and women are recruited for Short Service Commission (SSC) in all the three branches, a permanent commission is only for men in the ground branches and for women in education and accounts branch. If you are planning to give appear for the Air Force Common Admission Test, here in this blog we are bringing you all the key details about AFCAT syllabus, its exam pattern as well as EKT syllabus and its sample questions. 

AFCAT Exam Scheme

AFCAT has a vast syllabus which is divided mainly into the sections of verbal, general knowledge, military aptitude and quantitative aptitude. First, let’s delve deeper into the exam scheme of AFCAT as well as the marking criteria used.


AFCAT is conducted in an online mode and only in the English language. In this, 100 objective questions have to be solved in 120 minutes (2 hours). Since each correct answer will fetch you 3 marks, the maximum marks for this section is 300. Though no marks will be deducted for unattempted questions, there will be a negative marking of 1 marks for every incorrect question. 


Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is an online test conducted directly after AFCAT. This test is designed to assess the technical knowledge of only those candidates who wish to join the technical branch. You will have 45 minutes to solve 50 questions from technical subjects such as Mechanical, Electronics as well as Electrical and Computer Science Engineering. The maximum marks of EKT are 150. 

Syllabus of AFCAT Syllabus

Divided into four main sections, AFCAT syllabus is quite comprehensive and aims to examine a candidate’s verbal and analytical skills along with general knowledge and military aptitude. Below section elaborates the syllabus of AFCAT in a detailed manner.

Verbal Ability

This section is designed to test a candidate’s expertise and comprehension of the English language. On an average, 20-25 questions are asked. Here are the key topics for this section in the AFCAT syllabus:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary 
  • Sentence Completion and Vocabulary Knowledge

Numerical Ability

Through this section, a candidate’s basic mathematical knowledge is examined. Around 15-20 questions are asked under Numerical Ability which include, 

  • Profit and Loss
  • Simplification Problems
  • Time and Work
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time and Distance
  • Average and Percentage
  • Simple Interest

General Awareness

The primary objective to add this section in the AFCAT Syllabus is to assess a candidate’s knowledge of the current affairs and ongoing events in India and around the world. Generally, this section comprises of 20-25 questions. Here is a list of the major topics covered under General Awareness: 

  • History
  • Sports
  • Economics
  • Polity and Governance
  • Geography and Environment
  • Basic Science
  • Art and Culture
  • Defence-based Current Affairs

Military Aptitude Test

This section is an important part of the AFCAT Syllabus because it comprises the maximum number of questions. The module of the Military Aptitude Test is designed to examine the non-verbal, logical and spatial ability of the candidates. This test covers the following key topics:

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  • Data Analysis
  • Hidden and Embedded figures
  • Missing Characters
  • Data Interpretation
  • Analogy
  • Arrangement-based Sets

EKT Syllabus 

You have to clear both AFCAT and the EKT test to join the technical branch of the Indian Airforce. AFCAT syllabus mainly covers the quantitative and verbal aptitude sections and the EKT syllabus comprises of technical topics. While the fundamental Engineering topics remain the same for all the sections, the specialised subjects vary based on the discipline that you have studied in your high school and graduation. Below is a discipline wise summary of the EKT syllabus.

Computer Science Engineering

Concepts of Computer Science Engineering are an integral part of the AFCAT syllabus for EKT exam. It mainly includes topics related to IT and computer systems but the questions are designed in correlation with Engineering concepts such as Microwave and Electrical Engineering, Radar Theory, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Telecommunication Systems, and Instrumentation. Other than these, here are the other major topics covered under the discipline of Computer Science Engineering.

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Networks and Switching Theory
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Computer Networks and Network Theory Design
  • Electronic Devices

Mechanical Engineering

Under this discipline, the EKT exam covers the following key concepts:

  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Manufacturing Science and Machine Drawing
  • Machine Drawing

The Engineering-related topics included in the AFCAT Syllabus for this section are Industrial Engineering, Aerodynamics, Flight Mechanics and Aircraft Structures, and Automotive Engineering.

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Electrical and Electronics Engineering is an essential technical discipline of EKT exam. Following are the various concepts covered under this subject:

  • Microwave and Control Engineering
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Electronic Devices
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Network Theory Design
  • Radar Theory
  • Instrumentation and Information Technology 

AFCAT Syllabus: Sample Questions

Now that you are familiar with the AFCAT Syllabus, here are some sample questions of this exam that cover the several sections explained above.

  • Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word:

Word: Loathing

  1. Affection
  2. Hatred
  3. Warmth
  4. Affectation
  • Physician: Treatment :: Judge: ?
  1. Judgement
  2. Lawyer
  3. Court
  4. Punishment
  • Evaluate 2.5/.0005.
  1. 500
  2. 50
  3. 5000
  4. 50000
  • Raj sold a stove for Rs. 423 and incurred a loss of 6%. At what price it should be sold to earn a profit of 8%?
  1. Rs. 525
  2. Rs. 490
  3. Rs. 500
  4. Rs. 486

Thus, we hope that this blog helped you gain clarity about the AFCAT syllabus. If you are planning to appear for AFCAT or any other competitive exam and don’t know where to start, get in touch with Leverage Edu experts for the right guidance and preparation strategy that will help you ace any entrance test with flying colours thus getting you closer to your dream career.

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