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AFCAT Syllabus 2021: Detailed Exam & Pattern

AFCAT Syllabus: Indian Air Force (IAF) has released the official notification for AFCAT 2, 2021 exam to recruit 334 vacancies at the flying branch and ground duties for both technical and non-technical posts.. Air Force Common Admission Test commonly known as AFCAT is an entrance examination conducted by Indian Air Force to select eligible and desirable candidates for multiple posts in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non- Technical]. AFCAT is conducted twice every year and millions of students appear to ace this exam and join reputable Air Force Academy and get the commission as an Indian Air Force Officer.

To crack the exam with good marks, aspirants must be well-versed with the AFCAT 2021 Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, and Selection Process. This exam has brought out the possibility of serving in an adventurous field for both male and female candidates which is befitting to the Young minds and flexibility of this dynamic generation. Serving in such a commendable and respected field is an honor in itself.

AFCAT 2 Notification 2021

Indian Air Force has released the AFCAT 2021 notification for Indian citizens (Men and Women) to be part of its elite force as Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty [Technical and Non-Technical] branches for courses commencing in July 2022. The notification was released on June 1 at the official of AFCAT. The online application process will begin from June 1 and end on June 30. Interested candidates who are willing to join Indian Air Force as an officer can now apply online at the official website, https://afcat.cdac.in. The officer notification pdf is given below.

AFCAT Syllabus 2021: Overview

Name of the ExamAir Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Air Force (IAF)
Language of the ExamEnglish
Exam Date28th, 29th, 30th August 2021
Mode of Exam Online
Official Website@afcat.cdac.in

Application Fee

For AFCAT entry:Rs. 250/-
Payment Mode: through Online

Selection Process

AFCAT Exam takes place twice a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The selection process of the AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:
Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing the first stage for the Non-Technical candidates;
while AFCAT + EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates
Stage 2: Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview
Stage 3: Medical Test
Thus, candidates are requested to go through the given AFCAT Syllabus thoroughly in order to prepare properly for the AFCAT Exam. Thorough knowledge of the syllabus and exam pattern helps the candidate to prepare the topics on a priority basis. Timely preparation of the exam with prioritizing the topics and being thorough with the pattern and subjects will be instrumental in clearing the exam.

Important Dates

Indian Air Force has released all important dates for AFCAT 2, 2021 exam along with its official notification. The online AFCAT examination will be conducted on August 28, 29, and 30, 2021. All important dates related to AFCAT 2021 exam are tabulated below:

Important Dates

AFCAT 2 Notification 2021June 1, 2021
Commencement of Application FormJune 1, 2021
Last Date to Apply OnlineJune 30, 2021
Release of Admit CardAugust 2021
AFCAT 2 2021 Exam DateAugust 28, 29 and 30, 2021
AFCAT 2 2021 Result—–

AFCAT Syllabus 2021 Vacancy

AFCAT 2021 vacancy has been announced as listed below in the table. New vacancies are added for Meteorology Entry (GD) this time. Total of 334 vacancies are announced.


BranchCourse NoVacancies*
Flying212/22F/SSC/M & WSSC – 96
Ground Duty (Technical)211/22T/PC/101 AEC/M
211/22T/SSC/101 AEC/
M & W
AE(L) : PC – 20, SSC – 78
AE(M) : PC – 08, SSC – 31
Ground Duty (Non-Technical)211/22G/PC/M
211/22G/SSC/M & W
Admin : PC – 10, SSC – 42
Edn : PC – 04, SSC – 17

SSC Special Entry

BranchCourse NoVacancies*
Flying212/22F/PC/M and
212/22F/SSC/M & W
10% seats out of CDSE
vacancies for PC and 10%
seats out of AFCAT
vacancies for SSC

Meteorology Entry

BranchCourse NoVacancies*
Ground Duty (NT)211/22G/PC/M and
211/22G/SSC/M & W
MET: PC – 06, SSC – 22

Note: The vacancies indicated are tentative and subject to change without notice. The actual intake would depend on organizational requirements, various cadre control mechanisms, availability of training slots and actual number of vacancies accruing in January 2022.

AFCAT Syllabus 2021 – Exam Pattern

Name Of ExamTime DurationNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksSubjects
AFCAT 2 20212 Hours100300Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Military Aptitude
Engineering Knowledge Test45 Mins50150Technical

Exam Pattern 2021

As per the notification, the AFCAT written exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Military Aptitude. The question and marks distribution of each section is depicted in the given table.

General Awareness3090
Verbal Ability (English language)3090
Numerical Ability1545
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test2575

For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

  • Total Time Duration: 2 hours
  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer
  • Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer
  • No marks for unattended questions.

Topic-wise Syllabus

The list of major topics in each section of the AFCAT Syllabus comprises the following:
AFCAT Syllabus: The questions and marks of the Written Exam have been depicted in the table below.

ExamSubjectNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
AFCATGeneral Awareness
English Language
Numerical Ability
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
1003002 hours
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)
for Technical candidates
Computer Science
Electrical & Electronics
5015045 minutes

The standard of Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of other subjects is as per the graduation level of Indian Universities. The topics for each section have been listed for convenience. Candidates can go through the topics given for each subject to prepare well.

General Awareness

This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section. The major topics covered in this section are given below:

Verbal Ability in English

This section tests the proficiency of students in English. The knowledge of the language through comprehension is also a part of this section. The total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.
The important topics for this section are:

  • Comprehension
  • Basic Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
  • Tenses
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary

Numerical Ability

This section is to check the knowledge, speed, and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems. Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Approximately 35 questions will be asked.

  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Venn Diagram
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Sequencing

Marking Scheme 2021

The Online examination will consist of objective type questions and will be in English only for both AFCAT and EKT. The Marking Scheme for the AFCAT Exam is as follows:-

  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  •  No marks for unattempted questions.

Questions will be based on the metric system of Weights & Measures wherever applicable. Candidates are required to appear for the Online AFCAT in person. Under no circumstance will any scribe or another candidate be allowed to appear/ assist in the exam. Air Force has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

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