AFCAT 1 2017 Last Minute Tips and Important Questions pdf

The Indian Air Force (IAF) was established on 8 October 1932.  It is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It is the world’s fourth largest air force in terms of both personnel and aircraft. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict.  The President of India serves as Supreme Commander of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an Air Chief Marshal, is a four-star officer and commands the Air Force. There is never more than one serving ACM at any given time in the IAF.

Indian Air Force conducts a nationwide common entrance exam named as AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) for the induction of young active graduates and enthusiastic youth who wish to join the Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officers.  The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is held by the Indian Air Force twice (usually in February and September) every year for the recruitment of serving officers in various branches of the Indian Force which covers-

• Flying Branch ( Short Service Commission)

• Technical Branch ( Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)

• Ground Duty Branch ( Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission)


Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT -I) Details


Name of Organization : Indian Air Force

Official site  :

Exam Name: AFCAT 1/2017

Post Name: Various Posts
i. Flying
ii. Ground Duty (Technical)
iii. Ground Duty (Non-Technical)


Eligibility Criteria 


Educational Qualifications

I)  Flying (203/18F/SSC/M&W)
Graduates (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Maths & Physics at 10+2 level or BE / B Tech degree (Four year course) or cleared section A & B Exam of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent

Age Limit for Flying Branch: 20 to 24 years as on 01st Jan 2018 i.e. Born between 02nd Jan 1994 to 01st Jan 1998 (Both Dates inclusive). Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. Born between 02nd Jan 1992 to 01st Jan 1998 (Both dates inclusive)

II)  Ground Duty (Technical) 202/18T/PC/ M 202/18T/ SSC/M &W

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) {AE (L)} – Candidates with minimum 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four year degree graduation/integrated post- graduation qualification in Engineering/Technology from recognised University or cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the following disciplines:
i. Aerospace Engineering
ii. Aeronautical Engineering
iii. Aircraft Maintained Engineering
iv. Mechanical Engineering
v. Mechanical Engineering and Automation
vi. Mechanical Engineering (Production)
vii. Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintained)
viii. Mechatronics
ix. Industrial Engineering

Age Limit for Technical Engineering Branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01 Jan 2018 i.e. born between 02nd Jan 1992 to 01st Jan 1998 (both dates inclusive).

(III)Ground Duty (Nontechnical) 202/18G/ PC/M 202/18G/ SSC/M &W

Administration :  Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.

Logistics : Graduate Degree (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised university with 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Accounts :  B. Com. degree (Minimum three year degree course) from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

Education :  MBA / MCA or MA / M Sc degree in English / Physics / Mathematics / Chemistry / Statistics / International relations / International studies / Defence studies / Psychology / Computer Science / IT /Management / Mass Communication / Journalism / Public Relation with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate all paper put together in Post Graduation (Minimum two year programme) and 60% marks in graduation (both recognised by UGC / Competent Accreditation Authority).

Selection Procedure :

  • All applicants who have submitted their application on time will be called for AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) on 26 February 2017 (Sunday) at one of the exam centers
  • The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will contain multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude
  • Sample question papers and syllabus of AFCAT/EKT is available on IAF career website
  • EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT. It is mandatory for the candidates opting for ground duty (technical) branch to pass both AFCAT & EKT
  • Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of AFCAT/EKT will be called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi or Kancharapara.
  • Candidates who opt for flying branch can opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi only.
  • The testing would consist of three stages as given below :-

Stage-I – Test consisting of Intelligence Test along with other tests will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for.

Stage-II – Testing consisting of Psychological, Group Tests and Interview will be conducted on subsequent days (Five Days).

For Flying Branch – CPSS would be administered to eligible candidates. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the (CPSS)/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.

  • Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM Bengaluru based on the recommendations at AFSB. Non reporting of candidates on allotted date for medicals could lead to cancellation of candidature.
  • Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and declared medically fit will be detailed for training if the candidates qualify in the final merit list depending on the number of vacancies available in various branches/ sub branches. Grant of PC/SSC in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches would be based on number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.

AFCAT Centres

Ambala, Amritsar, Allahabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barnala, Bathinda, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Chandigarh, Chabua, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Guwahati, Halwara, Hashimara, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jorhat, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kalaikunda(Kharagpur), Kochi, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mohanbari, Mysore, Nal (Bikaner), Nagpur, Ojhar (Nasik), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Port Blair, Salua (Kharagpur), Srinagar, Suratgarh, Sirsa,Saharanpur, Shillong, Silchar, Sulur (Coimbatore), Thane, Tezpur, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, and Varanasi.

Exam Syllabus :

  1. Verbal Ability English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Testing of Vocabulary, Sentence Completion etc.
  2. Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, and Simple Interest, Profit & Loss.
  3. Reasoning & Military Aptitude: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
  4. General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, Civics, Basic Sciences, Defence , Art etc.

Exam Pattern :

Mode of Test Written
Total Duration  2 hours
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ’s)
Total no. of question 100
Total marks  300
Negative marks  1 for every wrong answer
Subjects Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness and Military Aptitude

Interview and Screening Test :

On clearing the written examination, the candidate has to appear in the next phase of interviews and aptitude tests. This is the most important part of the AFCAT exam.

    • Attending AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) interview: There are various segments in the AFSB interview and the whole process takes about 6 days to complete. Various traits of candidates are checked to see if they are fit for the posts they have applied for.


    • Screening test: There are two tests in this group – Rating test, which includes Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT), and Officer’s Intelligence Test.


    • Psychological tests: Various kinds of tests are carried out to check the amount of pressure a candidate can take successfully.


    • Group tasks: Various kinds of tasks are assigned to different groups. This test spans for two days.


Training :

Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of January 2018 for all courses .  The duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.

Pay and Allowances :

On successful completion of Training, newly commissioned Flying officers would be entitled to approximate gross monthly emoluments in different branches including Transport Allowance of major cities as follows:
(a) Flying Branch:  Rs 82,050/-
(b) Ground Duty (Tech) Branch: Rs 71,550/-
(c) Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch: Rs 68,550/-

AFCAT 1 2017 Preparation Tips



  • Knowing the syllabus well is the most important thing.
  • Do not ignore any part of the syllabus as questions can come from any part of the syllabus.
  • Start practicing from the last few years’ AFCAT question papers, as they will give you an idea of the exam pattern.
  • Maintain the time limit while solving questions, as speed is the very foundation of the exam.
  • Prepare notes on topics that seem difficult and revise them regularly.
  • For General Awareness, it is important to follow current events and news in magazines and newspapers.
  • Read more to increase your English verbal ability and vocabulary.
  • Math is all about your calculative speed. The questions in maths are not too tough, but you need to accelerate in maths in order to score high. Maths is all about your practice. The more you practice, the more you will get speed to solve in less time. Use short tricks and formulas to speed up your calculations.
  • In the exam hall, attempt the known questions first as this will boost your confidence. After completing all the known questions, try the unknown and tougher ones.
  • Be strong mentally. If you don’t lose your confidence throughout the process, you’re halfway there.
  • Practice writing on anything that you see. This will help you in the screening and psychological test where you will need to write on a picture shown for just 30 seconds.
  • Pay great attention to your body language in story narration and group tasks. This will also be helpful in the interview and conference part.
  • Concentrate on overall personality development as it is the main key to success in the AFCAT exam.


Recommended Books for AFCAT

  • How to Prepare For AFCAT by Chandresh Agrawal
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal,S. Chand Publishers
  • AFCAT Air Force Common Admission Test for Flying and Technical Branch by Arihant Experts
  • AFCAT Air Force Common Admission Test Exam for Flying and Technical Branch Guide by RPH Editorial Board, Ramesh Publishing House
  • AFCAT Vayu Sena Sanyukt Pravesh Pariksha: Flying, Technical Va Ground Duty Branch Ke Liye (Model Paper) by Arihant Experts



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