AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020
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.
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
Consolidated time of 120 minutes
Verbal Ability in English
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
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
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.
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.
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- afcat.cdac.in 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
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.
Questions related to AFCAT
my dream is to become air force pilot.so I m preparing for AFCAT.but as I belongs yo female gender should I know when I can apply for AFCAT.and also if I wouldnt get select in IAF then is there any other option?
Girls can join the IAF only through AFCAT after your graduation. There is still a possibility of entry through NCC if you hold a 'C' certificate.
You can also apply after your BTech. With your BTech, you would be eligible for Technical branch (depending on your specialisation in BTech) or for the Flying branch as well.
Feel free to put down your queries in the comment section.
i just want to know about afcat exam
Registration- 130 Dec 2019
Admit card available- 423 Feb 2020
Exam- 2223 Feb 2020
Results available- 17 Mar 2020
AFCAT February 2020/Syllabus
Reasoning and military aptitude test
whether joining indian air force will be in demand in future ? should I choose indian air force or become great engineer like elon musk and i am interested in both ? but I need a valid reason to join armed forces so that I can make an impact in the world and I need to know importance of it in future
Thank you for your query. I feel this should be you choice. But I will try to give the advantages of both the Air force and engineering options and you can choose which is beneficial for you to join:
Engineering: Engineering is of many difference types such as Civil, Aviation, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and so on. Engineering has the following benefits:
- Lot of Job opportunities
- Salaries from 4 Lakhs per Annum to 12 Lakhs per month
- 4 Year of study
- Prospects of getting a teaching job higher
- Opportunity to serve the country
- High salary
- Prospect of growth in the position higher
All the best
i had a appendix surgery in 2015. i am studying aeronautical engineering 3rd year..so i want to appear for the AFCAT exam this year in September. Can I be eligible for airforce as i went through the surgery long back that is in 2015??
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?
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.