AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Indian Air Force (IAF) has released the AFCAT 2020 exam pattern along with its notification at the official website. As per exam pattern of AFCAT 2020, the test is held in online mode. The online test, according to the AFCAT exam pattern 2020, was conducted for 100 questions from general awareness, verbal ability, numerical ability and reasoning and aptitude test with 120 minutes to complete the test. AFCAT 2020 exam pattern states that the ground duty (technical) branch candidates have to take an additional online test - Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). As per AFCAT exam pattern 2020, the test will comprise objective type questions in English. The qualifying cutoff marks for each stage of AFCAT will be determined by Indian Air Force.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020

Latest: IAF has released AFCAT 2020 Result at its official website on March 17.

IAF conducts the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) for the flying branch and ground duty branches as Group A Gazetted Officers. These are the technical and non technical branches. AFCAT is an entry to two types of commission, permanent commission for men and short service commission for men and women. The test, as per AFCAT exam pattern 2020 is held in two stages, written examination and AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) test. AFCAT 2020 is scheduled on February 22 and 23 in online mode across 104 cities in the country. Candidates will be able to download their AFCAT admit Card 2020 from February 3. A copy of the admit card will also be sent to the registered email of the applicants.

Highlights of AFCAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • The exam pattern of AFCAT 2020 states that the difficulty level of questions asked in numerical ability section is similar to that of Class 10 level.

  • Based on the AFCAT exam pattern 2020, questions asked in general awareness, verbal ability in english and reasoning and military aptitude are comparable to the standard of graduation level.

  • 3 marks will be allotted for each correct answer.

  • 1 mark each is reduced as AFCAT negative marking for the wrong answers.

  • There are a total of 100 questions in the online test according to AFCAT 2020 exam pattern.

  • The total marks allotted for the test will be 300.

  • AFCAT online test will be held for 120 minutes.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020 – Online Test

As per the exam pattern of AFCAT 2020, the online test comprises four sections - general awareness, verbal ability, numerical ability, and reasoning and aptitude test. The difficulty level of questions asked in the Numerical Ability section is similar to that of Class 10 level while the questions asked in the other sections are comparable to the standard of graduation level. There are a total of 100 questions in the online test. The total marks allotted for the test will be 300. AFCAT online test will be held for 120 minutes.

AFCAT 2020 Online Test Pattern



No. of Questions

Max Marks

General Awareness

Consolidated time of 120 minutes



Verbal Ability in English

Numerical Ability

Reasoning and Military Aptitude

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020 – EKT

Candidates applying for Ground Duty (Technical branch) have to appear for an additional online test - engineering knowledge test (EKT). The test will be held for 45 minutes after the conclusion of AFCAT online test.

AFCAT 2020 Test Pattern - EKT (For Ground Duty Technical Branch only)



No. of Questions

Max Marks


45 minutes



Computer Science

Electrical and Electronics

AFCAT 2020 Marking Scheme

Indian Air Force (IAF) prescribes the marking scheme of AFCAT. The exam contains only objective type questions. Based on the exam pattern, candidates are awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted as AFCAT negative mark for each incorrect response. However, no marks are deducted for questions that have been left unattempted by candidates.

AFCAT Marking Scheme 2020


Marks Allotment







AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020 – AFSB Interview

Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) will conduct an interview round for candidates who qualify the online test. AFSB Interview will be conducted in three stages. On the basis of AFCAT exam pattern 2020, candidates are advised to be physically fit when they report for SSB in order to be able to undergo various tests at AFSB.

The three stages of AFSB interview are as follows:

Stage 1 – The first stage of AFSB Interview, as per AFCAT 2020 exam pattern, includes officer intelligence rating test followed by picture perception and discussion test. This stage of interview is qualifying in nature. On the basis of performance in the stage 1 interview, candidates will be selected for Stage 2. Candidates qualifying this stage will be called for document verification to determine whether these candidates fulfill all eligibility conditions of the posts they have applied for.

Stage 2 – Applicants who have cleared Stage 1 of AFSB Interview will be eligible to participate in Stage 2. According to the AFCAT 2020 exam pattern, this stage comprises psychological test followed by group tests and interview.

Stage 3 - Candidates who have applied for flying branch will have to undergo an additional test - computerised pilot selection system (CPSS). This test can be taken only once.

AFCAT Syllabus 2020

IAF has prescribed the AFCAT 2020 syllabus along with the official notification. AFCAT 2020 syllabus contains all topics and chapters from where the questions can be asked in the test. AFCAT syllabus 2020 contains topics from four sections – English, General Awareness, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.

AFCAT Admit Card 2020

Candidates will receive AFCAT 2020 admit card on their registered email ID. A direct link of the admit card of AFCAT will also be made available at the website- after it is released by IAF. Candidates must click on ‘Download Admit Card’ to check their AFCAT admit card 2020 from the website. Candidates need to use the AFCAT sign-in and enter their registered email ID, password and captcha.

Preparation Tips for AFCAT 2020

Aspirants need to get accustomed to some useful yet simple tips to crack AFCAT 2020. These tips, if followed, will definitely align a candidate’s preparation in the right direction.

  • Get familiarized with the exam pattern of AFCAT

  • Keep the syllabus handy

  • Have a daily, weekly and monthly target

  • Solve previous year questions and get to know the sources and weightage of topics

  • Give mock tests

  • Keep enough time for revision

AFCAT 2020 Question Papers

To get hold on the syllabus, it is very much recommended that aspirants of AFCAT solve previous year questions. Practicing previous year questions will let a candidate know the sources of questions, weightage of topics and standard of questions asked in the online test of AFCAT. Moreover, with the help of AFCAT question papers, a candidate can also know their areas of strength and weakness and work on them.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: s there any sectional cut off in AFCAT?


No sectional cut off is there in AFCAT. But candidates need to score as per the cut offs set by the exam conducting board for AFCAT and EKT differently.

Question: Is the admit card same for AFCAT and AFSB?


No. AFCAT and AFSB admit cards are different for both the tests. You will be provided with AFSB admit cards after you qualify AFCAT. However, you will be required to take your AFCAT admit card along with you at AFSB.

Question: When will the training commence for flying and ground duty branches?


Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of January 2021 for flying and ground duty branches.

Question: Can a Science graduate apply for AFCAT?


Definitely Yes. A Science graduate is eligible for AFCAT provided the candidate had Maths and Physics in 10+2 with 60% marks in each subject. IAF prescribes the eligibility criteria of AFCAT. The eligibility of AFCAT is decided on the basis of age, marital status, nationality, educational qualifications and physical standards of the aspiring candidates.

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Questions related to AFCAT

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i have compleated my PUC i humanities and compleated diploma in aeronautical engineering and i have applied and got my admit card. is there any problem regarding my eduction can i able to write the exam?

AnkiT KunwaR 19th Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Unfortunately you are not eligible for IAF AFCAT.

There is no post for candidates holding Diploma degree in Indian air force.For joining any post in Indian Air Force, one must possess a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level. And a Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or a B.Tech degree.

I hope this helps.

what are the post in airforce for girls

Malini S N 25th Jan, 2020

There are three ways by which you can render your to Indian Air Force if you are a female.One is by joining the Flying branch. Female candidates of age 19 to 23 years can opt for flying branch.The eligibility for this is that you should be have a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of 60% marks and had maths and physics as subjects in your class 12.Other is the technical branch for which the age limit is 18-28 years and you should have a degree in Aeronautical engineering from any recognized university with 60% aggregate.The third one is Government duty Branches in which you will be posted in any of the fields of Logistics, Accounts, Education, Administration and Medical & Dental Branch.Qualification for this will differ based on the post you are applying for.


I am in 12th. Can i apply for AFCAT which is open now?

Manisha Gupta Expert 8th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

AFCAT exam is conducted to recruit the candidates at the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC)/Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches.

As per the eligibility you should be graduate, The eligibility varies to the post. As you told that you are in Class 12th then you are not eligible to apply for AFCAT.

To check the further information you can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


if I clear the exam of air Force x &y grp then how many chances to get the job

KISHORE LOHRA 29th Dec, 2019

dear ajay ,

if you clear the airforce group x or group y exam then there is a 50% chance to get the job because clearing the written exam will not provide you the job it only allows a candidate to go for next level which is the physical fitness test and medical .for getting a job in airforce you must have a good physical strength for clearing physical fitness test ,and most of the candidate does this mistake that they prepare for written test but not for physicalfitness test and they disqualified.

so if you want to get the airforce job then you must prepare yourself for both written exam and physical fitness test.


i am in B. sc final year . can i elligible for afcat now

Mridusmita Deka 22nd Jan, 2020

You are definitely eligible for AFCAT provided you had Maths and Physics in 10+2 with 60% marks in each subjects. Indian Air Force (IAF) prescribes the eligibility criteria of AFCAT . The eligibility of AFCAT is decided on the basis of age, marital status, nationality, educational qualifications, and physical standards of the aspiring candidates.
AFCAT is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned/Class 1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branches) in the Indian Air Force. There are three stages in AFCAT selection process - online test, AFSB interview and medical test. Candidates have to qualify one stage of the exam to appear for the subsequent stage.

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