AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise and Overall Analysis, Pattern and More

AFCAT exam analysis is one of the most important and highly searched topics apart from the exam date and result. Analysis of the previous exam helps the aspiring candidates to prepare better for the upcoming exam. The exam analysis of AFCAT is generally made available to candidates after the successful completion of the test. 

So far, IAF has smoothly conducted the online AFCAT test. The previous examination, i.e., AFCAT (2) examination 2020 has been successfully conducted from 3rd to 5th October 2020. For the upcoming AFCAT (1) exam, candidates can refer to the question papers in the year 2020 to get an update on the recent exam pattern, questions asked, and difficulty level. 

This year, the AFCAT (1) exam will be conducted on 20th and 21st February 2021. IAF took this decision to avoid overcrowding at the examination venue. Adequate measures were taken at the exam centres to control the spread of the virus.

Candidates looking for more information regarding the AFCAT 2020 exam must go through this entire AFCAT exam analysis article thoroughly.

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AFCAT Exam Analysis – Exam timing

As already stated, the AFCAT (2) 2020 examinations were conducted in 2 shifts. This was done to avoid commotion and ensure smooth completion of the examination. Similarly, this year too, the AFCAT (1) examination will be conducted in 2 shifts without fail. Candidates can find below the schedule of the upcoming examination.

AFCAT Exam 2021 Schedule

Activity Day 1 – 20.02.2021 Day 2 – 21.02.2021
Shift 1 Shift 2 Shift 1 Shift 2
Reporting Time 8:00 AM 12:30 PM
Verification – Admit card, ID proof, Biometric photograph checking, Thumb impression, Sign on the Attendance sheet, and Candidate seating in the examination hall 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Reading of instruction (by candidates)  9:30 AM to 9:45 AM 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM 9:30 AM to 9:45 AM 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM
AFCAT 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Reading of instruction (by candidates for EKT)  NA 4:15 PM to 4:30 PM NA 4:15 PM to 4:30 PM
EKT NA 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM NA 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Prominent Highlights

  • In the previous examination, i.e., AFCAT (2), the test was conducted in more than 100 cities across India. 
  • The examination was conducted in 2 shifts – Forenoon and Afternoon. The morning or forenoon shift was conducted between 9:45 AM and 11:45 AM and the afternoon shift was held between 2:15 PM and 4:15 PM.

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise Analysis (3rd October 2020)

In terms of the level of difficulty, this shift was considered moderately ok for the candidates. Amongst the 4 sections, General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test was of moderate level. Apart from these, the Numerical Ability Section inclined more towards the difficulty level.  

Overall AFCAT Exam Analysis 

Sections Number of Questions Asked Good Attempt Difficulty Level
General Awareness 25 17 – 19 Moderate
Verbal Ability in English 25 16 – 18 Moderate
Numerical Ability 18 8 – 10 Moderate to Difficult
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 32 22 – 24 Moderate
Total 100 60 – 65 Moderate

Section-wise AFCAT Exam Analysis – General Awareness

As per the review, the level of questions asked in this section was moderate. Questions were mainly asked from Geography, History, Polity, Science & Tech, Awards, Sports, Books and Author, and Current Affairs. 

Topic No of Questions Level
History 5 Easy to Moderate
Geography 4 Moderate
Science 5 Moderate to Difficult
Polity 4 Moderate to -Difficult
Current Affairs & Economics 7 Moderate
Total 25 Moderate

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Section-wise AFCAT Exam Analysis – Verbal Ability in English

As per the review level of questions asked in this section, the questions were of moderate level. Although candidates expected this section to be on the easier side, topics like reading comprehension, error detection, spotting errors were moderately difficult. 

Topic No of Questions Level
Spotting Error 4 Moderate
Error Detection 3 Moderate
Idioms and Phrases 3 Easy to Moderate
Reading Comprehension 2 Moderate
Antonym and Synonym 6 Moderate
Cloze test 5 Easy to Moderate
Total 25 Easy to Moderate

Section-wise AFCAT Exam Analysis – Numerical Ability

According to the candidates, this section was moderately difficult. The questions were asked from Discount, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Algebra, Mixture & Allegations, Averages Time & Work, Time Speed & Distance, Simplification, Boats & Streams.

Topic No of Questions Level
Profit/Loss and Discount 2 Easy to Moderate
Ratio & Percentage 3 Easy to Moderate
Mixture & allegations 2 Moderate
Algebra 2 Easy to Moderate
Time and Work 2 Moderate
Simplification 3 Moderate
Speed and Distance 2 Moderate
Average 2 Easy to Moderate
Total 18 Moderate to difficult

Section-wise AFCAT Exam Analysis – Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Again, this section was moderately difficult. The questions were asked from Ranking (Military & Defence), Classification, Series, Non-Verbal reasoning, Syllogism, Embedded Figures, Odd-One Out, Analogy, Syllogism, Letter Series & Codes, Inference & Assumption, Pattern Completion and classification.

Topic No of Questions Level
Non-Verbal (Image) 10 Moderate
Odd one out 5 Moderate
Analogy 5 Moderate
Venn diagram 4 Easy to Moderate
Complete the pattern 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous 3 Easy to Moderate
Total 32 Moderate to Difficult

AFCAT Exam Analysis – 3rd October 2020 (Shift 2)

As per the review level of questions asked in this section, the questions were moderate. Although a few sections were difficult. 

Overall Section-Wise Analysis

Section Level of Difficulty
English Language Moderate
Numerical Ability Moderate to Difficult
Test Of Reasoning Moderate
General Knowledge Moderate
Overall Moderate

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise Distribution of Topics

Sections Important Topics
General Awareness Awards, Current affairs, Books and Authors, Polity, Sports, History Geography, Science and Technology
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test Non-Verbal reasoning, Odd-One Out, Analogy, Embedded Figures, Syllogism, Pattern Completion, Inference & Assumption, Classification, Letter Series & Codes
English Spotting the Error, Idioms/Phrases, Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Antonym/Synonym, Cloze Test
Numerical Time & Work, Simplification, Profit & Loss, Discount, Percentage, Mixture & Allegations, Algebra, Time Speed & Distance, Averages

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise Analysis (4th October 2020)

In terms of the level of difficulty, this shift was moderate for the candidates. Amongst the 4 sections, General Awareness and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test were moderate. Apart from these, the Numerical Ability Section inclined more towards the difficulty level but Verbal Ability in English. Was easy.  

Overall AFCAT Exam Analysis 

Sections Number of Questions Asked Good Attempt Difficulty Level
General Awareness 25 10 – 15 Moderate to Difficult
Verbal Ability in English 25 18 – 20 Easy
Numerical Ability 18 15 – 16 Moderate 
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 32 25 – 28 Easy to Moderate
Total 100 65 – 70 Moderate

Section-wise Analysis – General Awareness

As per the review, the level of questions asked in the General Awareness section was moderate. Questions were mainly asked from Geography, History, Polity, Science & Tech, Awards, Sports, Books and Author, and Current Affairs. 

Topic No of Questions Level
History 5 Easy
Geography 4 Easy
Science 5 Easy
Polity 4 Easy
Current Affairs and Economics 7 Moderate
Total 25 Moderate

Section-wise Analysis – Verbal Ability in English

As per the review level of questions asked in this section, the questions were easy. Although candidates thought this section to be on the easier side, topics like reading comprehension, error detection, spotting errors were moderately difficult. 

Topic No of Questions Level
Fill in the blacks 4 Easy
Error Detection 3 Easy
Idioms/Phrases 3 Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension 3 Easy
Antonym/ Synonym 6 Moderate-Difficult
Cloze test 5 Easy
Total 25 Easy

Section-wise Analysis – Numerical Ability

According to the candidates, this section was moderate. The questions were asked from Discount, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Algebra, Mixture & Allegations, Averages Time & Work, Time Speed & Distance, Simplification, Boats & Streams.

Topic No of Questions Level
Profit/Loss and Discount 2 Moderate
Ratio & Percentage 3 Moderate
Mixture & allegations 2 Moderate
Algebra 2 Easy-Moderate
Time and Work 2 Moderate
Simplification 3 Moderate
Speed and Distance 2 Easy
Average 2 Moderate
Total 18 Moderate

Section-wise Analysis – Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Again, this section was moderate. The questions were asked from Ranking (Military & Defence), Classification, Series, Non-Verbal reasoning, Syllogism, Embedded Figures, Odd-One Out, Analogy, Syllogism, Letter Series & Codes, Inference & Assumption, Pattern Completion and classification.

Topic No of Questions Level
Non-Verbal (Image) 8 Easy
Odd one out 5 Easy
Analogy 5 Moderate
Venn diagram 4 Easy
Complete the pattern 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous 5 Moderate
Total 32 Moderate

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise Analysis (5th October 2020)

In terms of difficulty level, this shift was moderate for the candidates. Amongst the 4 sections, General Awareness and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test were moderate. Apart from these, the Numerical Ability Section inclined more towards the difficulty level but Verbal Ability in English. Was easy.  

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Shift 1

Sections Number of Questions Asked Difficulty Level Good Attempt
General Awareness 25 Moderate to Difficult 10 – 15
Verbal Ability in English 25 Easy 18 – 20
Numerical Ability 18 Moderate 15 – 16
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 32 Easy to Moderate 25 – 28
Total 100 Moderate 65 – 70

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Shift 2

Sections Number of Questions Asked Difficulty Level Good Attempt
General Awareness 25 Easy to Moderate 16 – 17
Verbal Ability in English 25 Easy 15 – 16
Numerical Ability 18 Moderate 17 – 18
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 32 Moderate 29 – 30
Total 100 Easy to Moderate 68 – 70

AFCAT Exam Analysis – FAQs

What is the mode of the AFCAT examination?

AFCAT examination will be conducted in online mode.

Was the Reasoning Ability section tough?

The level of Reasoning Ability section in the AFCAT 2020 exam was between moderate to difficult.

How is the AFCAT exam analysis helpful to candidates?

The AFCAT exam analysis helps candidates get a better idea about the section-wise and overall difficulty level of the exam and prepare for it accordingly.

What is the duration of the AFCAT (1) exam?

The duration of the AFCAT exam is 120 minutes.

Was the difficulty level of question papers of each slot different for AFCAT 2020?

Yes. The difficulty level of question papers was different for each of the slots.

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