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AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024: Pattern & Marking Scheme


AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024: The Indian Air Force will conduct the AFCAT 1 exam on February 16, 17, and 18, 2024, tentatively. Candidates who have applied for the AFCAT 1 2024 must know the AFCAT exam pattern and syllabus in order to prepare for the examination. The AFCAT syllabus and exam pattern will help the candidates to focus on topics that are essential for the examination.

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Latest Update:
— IAF has opened the AFCAT 1 application form correction window for IAF Agniveer Vayu Intake 01/2025. Correct window will be closed on January 9, 2024. Interested aspirants can edit their applications on the IAF website, afcat.cdac.in.

The AFCAT 1 admit cards will be released on January 30, 2024. Candidates must prepare a study time table and prepare with utmost dedication to crack the AFCAT examination and get an Indian Air Force job. Read this article to know the details on AFCAT Exam Pattern.

AFCAT 2024

The Indian Air Force recruits the commissioned officers in Flying Branch and Ground Duty (technical and non-technical) via the AFCAT exam. The AFCAT is conducted twice a year. Candidates who aspire to secure their desired position in Indian Air Force departments must check the AFCAT exam pattern.

There are four sections in the AFCAT exam: General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test sections. Meanwhile, in the EKT, there will be Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics subjects. The total marks allotted for AFCAT is 300 and EKT is 150 marks.

AFCAT Overview

Candidates must check the AFCAT 2024 overview before proceeding forward with the exam pattern:

Name of the ExamAir Force Common Admission Test
Conducting BodyIndian Air Force (IAF)
FrequencyTwice a Year
Language of the ExamEnglish
Exam LevelNational Level
Duration of the Exam2 Hours
Number of QuestionsCommon Paper: 100
EKT: 50
Maximum MarksCommon Paper: 300
EKT: 150
Marking Scheme+3 Marks for right answers
-1 Mark for each wrong answer
Type of the QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Mode of ExamOnline
Official Websiteafcat.cdac.in

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AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024

The AFCAT selection process for the announced vacancies will be based on the selection criteria under the AFCET recruitment policy. The AFCAT selection process will have three stages. Let us have a look at all three of them.

  • Stage 1: AFCAT Online Test/ EKT Online Test (For Technical Post Aspirants)
  • Stage 2: AFSB (Air Force Selection Board) Testing
  • Stage 3: Medical Examination

Candidates can check the following AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 as mentioned below:

ExamSubjectDurationNo. of QuestionsMarks
AFCATGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test2 Hours 100300
EKT [For Candidates with one of the choices as (Technical) Branch]Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics45 Minutes50150
  • The online written test is divided into four sections namely, General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test.
  • EKT is divided into three sections namely, Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics.
  • The time duration for the AFCAT exam is 2 hours.
  • AFCAT consists of 100 questions for 300 marks.
  • Engineering Knowledge Test is conducted for 45 minutes.
  • EKT consists of 50 questions for 150 marks.
  • All the questions in the exam are Multiple Choice Questions.
  • The mode of exam is online.
  • Mode of language is English.

AFCAT Marking Scheme

Candidates can check the following marking scheme for AFCAT 2024 examination as mentioned below:

  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • There is no mark allotted for un-attempted questions.

AFCAT Topics for Written Test

Along with the knowledge of the AFCAT selection process stages, let’s have a look at the subject-wise AFCAT exam pattern for AFCAT Written Test:

General Awareness2060
Verbal Ability (English)3090
Numerical Ability1535
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test35105

Note the following important points regarding AFCAT exam pattern:

  • A total of 100 questions will be asked across the four sections.
  • The total time duration to attempt the tests is 2 hours or 120 minutes.
  • 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • There will be a Negative Marking of -1 for each incorrect answer
  • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
  • The exam will be conducted in the English language only.

AFCAT Subjects in EKT

Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is mandatory for those candidates who wish to opt for Ground Duties (Technical) Posts. The details of EKT are as under:

  • There are four sections in Engineering Knowledge Test: Computer Science, Mechanical, and Electrical and Electronics.
  • The total number of questions for all three sections is 50.
  • Candidates will be awarded 3 marks on each correct answer.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024

Call letters will be sent to all the candidates who qualify for the AFCAT/EKT 2024 to appear for the second stage of selection which is the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Testing.

AFSB testing will have 2 stages. Qualified candidates from Online Test will have to appear for Stage 1 AFSB Interview at any of the AFSB Centre located in Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, and Mysuru. 

Candidates who have qualified for the written exam are required to choose the AFSB exam date and centre on the official website afcat.cdac.in. in order to generate a call letter for the AFSB interview

AFSB Testing Stage 1:

  • Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day.
  • It is a screening test for qualified candidates
  • All qualified candidates will undergo a document check for verification
  • Candidates who either do not qualify in this stage or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself

AFSB Testing Stage 2:

The psychological test will be conducted on day 1(afternoon) followed by group tests and interviews after document check for the next five days.

Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) Test

This test is mandatory for only those candidates who have applied for the Flying Branch.

Note: AFSB Stage 2 Testing requires at least 4-5 days and the last day is exclusively allocated for the Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test. Also, the officers at the Selection Board will explain the tests in detail to all the candidates and aspirants can start the test only when they fully understand the instructions.

AFCAT Medical Test

If the candidate clears the Online Tests and both the stages of the AFSB Interview then he/she will be called for Medical Examination. The Indian Airforce has prescribed only two centres for Medical Examination: the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru and the Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), Delhi. After the Medical Examination, a final merit list will be prepared by the Board and the selected candidates will be asked to join any of the training establishments.

AFCAT Exam Centres

The conducting body allots the exam centres to those candidates who have successfully applied online for AFCAT 2024 exam. Here, we have enlisted the names of all the AFCAT exam centres. The exam centre will be mentioned in AFCAT admit card.

AFCAT Exam Centre  
AurangabadBareillyBehrampur (Odisha)
CoimbatoreDehradunDelhi and NCR
PatnaPort BlairPuducherry

NOTE: After issuing the admit card, the conducting body will not entertain any request or suggestion to change the exam centre. Candidates will have to accept the exam city as allotted by the Indian Air Force officials.

FAQs on AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024

The frequently asked questions on AFCAT 2024 exam pattern are given below:

Q: How many questions will be asked in AFCAT?

Ans: A total of 100 questions will be asked for the online AFCAT exam.

Q. What is the mode of language for the AFCAT question paper?

Ans: The question paper will be in the English language only.

Q: Is there any negative marking for wrong answers in AFCAT?

Ans: Yes, there is one mark deduction for every wrong answer in AFCAT.

Q: What type of questions will appear for the AFCAT written exam?

Ans: All the questions appearing in the AFCAT written exam will be objective types. Check this page for more details.

Q: How many marks are allotted for each correct answer in AFCAT 2024?

Ans: In AFCAT 2024, 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer.

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We have provided all the detailed AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 in this article. As AFCAT 2024 exam is nearing, you should pick up pace on your preparation. Go through AFCAT syllabus and finish each and every topic in the most effective way. Also, take AFCAT mock tests.

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