AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is a national level test which is conducted twice a year and invites applications for technical and non- technical (ground duty) posts. It is a perfect getaway for the aspirants of Indian Airforce who have completed their graduation or are in the final year of their graduation. Female candidates can also apply for the short service commission.
There are 2 major stages of screening in which the AFCT written test is the first one followed by the SSB. SSB in itself is the multiple rounds of screening wherein the candidate will be checked on each and every parameter which is required to be cleared in order to become an officer in Indian Airforce.
Let’s have a quick glance at the tentative dates for AFCAT 1, 2021:
|Notification for application||28th November, 2020|
|Application form||1st December, 2020|
|Last date to apply||30th December, 2020|
|Admit cards||February 2021|
|Exam dates||20th & 21st February, 2021|
|Result declaration||March, 2021|
Let’s take a look at the syllabus for AFCAT and EKT:
|AFCAT||English verbal ability, Reasoning, Numerical ability, Military aptitude test, General ability|
|EKT||Electrical & electronics and Mechanical Computer Science.|
NOTE: Those candidates who are applying for the technical branch can apply for the EKT as well which will be conducted right after the AFCAT. Those candidates who are applying for Ground duty cannot opt for the EKT. The AFCAT is compulsory for all the candidates irrespective of their applied branches.
|Mode of exam||Computer Based Test|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions|
|Total number of questions for AFCAT||100 Questions|
|Total marks For AFCAT||300 marks (3 marks each)|
|Total number of questions for EKT||50 questions|
|Total marks for EKT||150 marks (3marks for each)|
NOTE: Negative marking is there. 3 marks will be awarded for every right answer and one-third will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Now, let’s go through the number of vacancies available:
|Flying Branch||Short Service Commission- 69|
|Ground Duty (technical)||AE(L):PC- 27, |
Short Service Commission- 40,
Short Service Commission- 17
|Ground Duty (non-technical)||Administration:PC- 12,|
Short Service Commission- 19
Short Service Commission- 10
Short Service Commission- 14
Detailed analysis of the syllabus- subject wise:
- General Awareness:
Environmental science, geography, history, politics, current affairs, basic science, defence current affairs, chiefs of Indian military forces, famous awards.
- Numerical Ability:
Ratio and proportion, decimal fraction, average, percentage, simplification, number system, simple interest, speed-time-distance, time & work, upstream-downstream.
- Verbal Ability in English:
Antonyms, synonyms, comprehension, one word substitution, idioms, phrases, sentence completion, error detection.
- Reasoning and Military Aptitude:
Number series completion, figural series, odd one out from the given series, syllogism, dot placement, verbal skills.
Electrical & electronics and Mechanical Computer Science.
- AFCAT (Flying Technical and Ground Duty Branch) – Disha Experts.
- Quantitative Aptitude- S. Chand, Dr R. S. Aggarwal.
- Books on previous year question papers.
Preparation strategy for AFCAT 1, 2021:
- Go through the syllabus–
Syllabus for any exam decides the periphery within which your preparation should revolve. Syllabus is the brim out of which the knowledge is not so useful for getting through this exam. So, go through the syllabus properly. It also allows you to decide which referral books should be best for your preparations.
- Checkout the Exam Pattern–
The exam pattern plays a very important role in any of the examinations, be it of any sort. It’ll help you to discover various things about the exam like- mode of the exam, number of questions being asked, how many sections are there, how many questions will be asked from each section, what is the weightage given to each section, is there any negative marking etc.
- Have a proper schedule:
Schedule is basically the strategy as per which you’ll study and prepare. It is the routine that you must follow religiously for better and ensured results. Divide your time properly for all your activities and subjects so that nothing could be left behind and you don’t rush to catch up with the time.
- Pick the right reference Books:
Books are the building blocks of your preparations. Without a book your preparations will be baseless. One thing that you should be very careful about is the quality of the book that you must buy. Yes, nowadays the books and study material is available in the market and on the internet in abundance, now it is your job to pick up refined and precise material only. Quality rated good books are your investments not just in the terms of money but also in the terms of time and efforts which will definitely be paid off at later stages of life.
- Previous year Papers:
Previous year papers will work as the sculptor to your preparations and will prove to be complementary to your preparations. These question papers will carve out the extra knowledge which is not pretty much relevant to this examination and should be avoided for a while. Simultaneously, it’ll also unfold those nuances of the exam that you must be aware of beforehand. Previous year question papers are simply Bible to your preparations.
- Mocks and Practice Sets:
Mocks and practice sets are something that will give you an edge over the rest of the competitors. It’ll allow you to know your strengths and weaknesses and will ensure that your preparations move ahead in a better shape. Things that you’ll get wrong in the mocks will be an opportunity to correct them before actually writing the exams and those that you got right will work as a morale booster.
- Don’t forget to have a good workout or yoga session. Since, you’re preparing for a defence exam where your fitness matters a lot. Merely having a sound mind cannot get you through, you must have a sound body too. Take out some time and indulge in some sports or routine exercise.
Hopefully, this was helpful for you.