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.Β 

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.Β 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.Β 

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

ActivityDay 1 – 20.02.2021Day 2 – 21.02.2021
Shift 1Shift 2Shift 1Shift 2
Reporting Time8:00 AM12:30 PM
Verification – Admit card, ID proof, Biometric photograph checking, Thumb impression, Sign on the Attendance sheet, and Candidate seating in the examination hall8:00 AM to 9:30 AM12:30 PM to 2:00 PM8:00 AM to 9:30 AM12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Reading of instruction (by candidates)Β 9:30 AM to 9:45 AM2:00 PM to 2:15 PM9:30 AM to 9:45 AM2:00 PM to 2:15 PM
AFCAT9:45 AM to 11:45 AM2:15 PM to 4:15 PM9:45 AM to 11:45 AM2:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Reading of instruction (by candidates for EKT)Β NA4:15 PM to 4:30 PMNA4:15 PM to 4:30 PM
EKTNA4:30 PM to 5:15 PMNA4:30 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.Β 
  • 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.Β Β 

Overall AFCAT Exam AnalysisΒ 

SectionsNumber of Questions AskedGood AttemptDifficulty Level
General Awareness2517 – 19Moderate
Verbal Ability in English2516 – 18Moderate
Numerical Ability188 – 10Moderate to Difficult
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test3222 – 24Moderate
Total10060 – 65Moderate

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.Β 

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
History5Easy to Moderate
Geography4Moderate
Science5Moderate to Difficult
Polity4Moderate to -Difficult
Current Affairs & Economics7Moderate
Total25Moderate

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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.Β 

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Spotting Error4Moderate
Error Detection3Moderate
Idioms and Phrases3Easy to Moderate
Reading Comprehension2Moderate
Antonym and Synonym6Moderate
Cloze test5Easy to Moderate
Total25Easy 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.

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Profit/Loss and Discount2Easy to Moderate
Ratio & Percentage3Easy to Moderate
Mixture & allegations2Moderate
Algebra2Easy to Moderate
Time and Work2Moderate
Simplification3Moderate
Speed and Distance2Moderate
Average2Easy to Moderate
Total18Moderate 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.

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Non-Verbal (Image)10Moderate
Odd one out5Moderate
Analogy5Moderate
Venn diagram4Easy to Moderate
Complete the pattern5Moderate
Miscellaneous3Easy to Moderate
Total32Moderate 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.Β 

Overall Section-Wise Analysis

SectionLevel of Difficulty
English LanguageModerate
Numerical AbilityModerate to Difficult
Test Of ReasoningModerate
General KnowledgeModerate
OverallModerate

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Section-wise Distribution of Topics

SectionsImportant Topics
General AwarenessAwards, Current affairs, Books and Authors, Polity, Sports, History Geography, Science and Technology
Reasoning and Military Aptitude TestNon-Verbal reasoning, Odd-One Out, Analogy, Embedded Figures, Syllogism, Pattern Completion, Inference & Assumption, Classification, Letter Series & Codes
EnglishSpotting the Error, Idioms/Phrases, Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Antonym/Synonym, Cloze Test
NumericalTime & 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.Β Β 

Overall AFCAT Exam AnalysisΒ 

SectionsNumber of Questions AskedGood AttemptDifficulty Level
General Awareness2510 – 15Moderate to Difficult
Verbal Ability in English2518 – 20Easy
Numerical Ability1815 – 16ModerateΒ 
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test3225 – 28Easy to Moderate
Total10065 – 70Moderate

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.Β 

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
History5Easy
Geography4Easy
Science5Easy
Polity4Easy
Current Affairs and Economics7Moderate
Total25Moderate

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.Β 

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Fill in the blacks4Easy
Error Detection3Easy
Idioms/Phrases3Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension3Easy
Antonym/ Synonym6Moderate-Difficult
Cloze test5Easy
Total25Easy

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.

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Profit/Loss and Discount2Moderate
Ratio & Percentage3Moderate
Mixture & allegations2Moderate
Algebra2Easy-Moderate
Time and Work2Moderate
Simplification3Moderate
Speed and Distance2Easy
Average2Moderate
Total18Moderate

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.

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
Non-Verbal (Image)8Easy
Odd one out5Easy
Analogy5Moderate
Venn diagram4Easy
Complete the pattern5Moderate
Miscellaneous5Moderate
Total32Moderate

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.Β Β 

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Shift 1

SectionsNumber of Questions AskedDifficulty LevelGood Attempt
General Awareness25Moderate to Difficult10 – 15
Verbal Ability in English25Easy18 – 20
Numerical Ability18Moderate15 – 16
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test32Easy to Moderate25 – 28
Total100Moderate65 – 70

AFCAT Exam Analysis – Shift 2

SectionsNumber of Questions AskedDifficulty LevelGood Attempt
General Awareness25Easy to Moderate16 – 17
Verbal Ability in English25Easy15 – 16
Numerical Ability18Moderate17 – 18
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test32Moderate29 – 30
Total100Easy to Moderate68Β – 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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