AFCAT Syllabus – Topics, Books, Sample Papers, Exam Pattern

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in charge of releasing the AFCAT syllabus along with the AFCAT notification. The AFCAT syllabus is vast. However, the pattern of the exam remains the same every year. 

A total of 100 questions are asked in the AFCAT examination and candidates are required to answer all of them within 2 hours. For the EKT exam, 50 questions are asked from the candidates appearing for the Ground Dutymen (Technical) exam. By qualifying the different stages of AFCAT, candidates can expect to get recruited in various posts like that of Flying (Pilot), and Ground Dutymen (Technical & Non-Technical branches along with NCC Special Entry across India. 

Candidates must note that the AFCAT notification does not mention the AFCAT syllabus. Hence, in this article, the Buddy4Study Team provides you with a list of topics as per the previous years’ question papers.  

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AFCAT Syllabus – Sections

IAF has not set any specific syllabus for the AFCAT examination. So based on previous years’ question papers, it can be ascertained that the AFCAT question paper consists of 4 major sections and EKT comprises 3 sections. 

AFCAT Syllabus – Sections

Stages Sections covered Questions Asked Maximum Marks Time limit
AFCAT General Awareness

Verbal Ability in English

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Numerical Ability 

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

100 questions 300 marks 120 minutes
EKT Mechanical

Computer Science 

Electrical & Electronics

50 Questions 150 marks 45 minutes

AFCAT Syllabus – Section-wise Topics

The AFCAT syllabus is divided into 4 segments or subjects. It comprises 100 questions on General Awareness (90 marks), English language (105 marks), Numerical Ability (45 marks) and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test (60 marks). 

Candidates can find below all the important topics related to each subject covered in the prescribed syllabus of AFCAT.

AFCAT (1) Syllabus

Verbal Ability in English Numerical Ability General Awareness Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Error Detection

Sentence Completion/Filling in of the correct word



Testing of Vocabulary





Time and Work


Profit & Loss


Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest

Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)





Current Affairs


Basic Science




Sports, etc.

Verbal skills and Spatial abilities

Data interpretation

Rotated blocks


Sets based on arrangements

Missing Character

Hidden figures

Embedded Figure

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EKT Syllabus

For Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing

Switching Theory

Computer Networks

Radar Theory

Network Theory Design


Information Technology

Microwave Engineering

Analog and Digital Electronics

Electronic Devices

Telecommunication Systems

Microwave Engineering

Control Engineering

Electrical Engineering

For Computer Science Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing

Control Engineering

Telecommunication Systems

Electrical Engineering

Radar Theory


Antenna and Wave Propagation

Microwave Engineering

Information Technology

Network Theory Design

Analog and Digital Electronics

Computer Networks

Switching Theory

Electronic Devices

For Mechanical Engineering

Fundamental Engineering Allied Engineering Specialised Branch
Engineering Physics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Drawing/ Engineering Graphics


Flight Mechanics

Aircraft Structures

Power Plant Engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Automotive Engineering


Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines

Engineering Mechanics

Materials Science


Manufacturing Science

Machine Drawing

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Detailed AFCAT 2022 Syllabus

To understand the AFCAT syllabus, candidates can get an understanding of the predictable number of questions that are usually asked in the exam:

General Awareness

The questions asked in this section are mainly from History, Politics, Current Affairs, Geography, Environment, Defence, Art, Culture, Civics, Basic Science, Sports, etc.

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

English Language

The questions asked from this section are mainly related to Idioms, Testing of Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Phrases, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Error Detection and  Comprehension.

Topic No of Questions
Fill in the blacks 4
Error Detection 3
Idioms/Phrases 3
Reading Comprehension 2
Antonym/ Synonym 6
Cloze test 5
Total 23

Numerical Ability 

The questions asked from this section are mainly related to Time and Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams), Simple Interest, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Decimal Fraction, Average and Time and Work.

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

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

The questions asked from this section are mainly related to Spatial Ability and Verbal Skills.

Topic No of Questions
Non-Verbal (Image) 10
Odd one out 5
Analogy 5
Venn diagram 4
Complete the pattern 5
Miscellaneous 5
Total 34

AFCAT Syllabus – Sectional Weightage

The sections in the AFCAT syllabus remain the same for the exam for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer.

AFCAT 2021 Syllabus

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability in English 30 90
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 35 105
Numerical Ability 15 45
General Awareness 20 60

Exam Pattern for Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) 2021

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Computer Science/ Electrical & Electronics/Mechanical 50 150

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AFCAT Syllabus – Recommended Books

The AFCAT syllabus is vast since the questions asked in this examination are not limited to a fixed course or curriculum, especially in the case of Current Affairs. Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted above to score well in the upcoming AFCAT exam.

To get a better grip on various AFCAT subjects, candidates can find several expert-recommended books and online study resources in the tables below.

Book Author
AFCAT for Flying, Technical & Ground Duty Branch with Solved Papers (English, Paperback) Arihant Experts
SSB Interview: The Complete Guide Dr N.K. Natarajan
AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Arihant Experts
Manorama Yearbook 2019 Philip Mathew
Let’s Crack AFCAT – Air Force Common Admission Test SSBCrack
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R. S. Aggarwal
AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Self Study Guide-cum-Practice Work Book – 1810 Kiran Prakashan
AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam Guide: For Flying and Technical Branch (Popular Master Guide) R. Gupta
AFCAT Solved Papers and Practice Sets Arihant Experts

AFCAT Exam Pattern

Candidates who have registered or are applying for the AFCAT exam 2022 should go through the exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before attempting the exam. Here are a few key points that they should definitely keep in mind:

AFCAT Exam Pattern

Name of Examination AIR FORCE COMMON ADMISSION TEST (AFCAT- 01/2022)
Exam Conducting body Indian Air Force (IAF)
AFCAT Recruitment Official Website 
Exam frequency Twice a year
AFCAT Total Vacancies 317
AFCAT (1) Exam Date  12th, 13th, 14th February 2022
AFCAT (2) Exam Date August 2022*
Mode of Exam Online (computer-based test)
Number of sections AFCAT: 4

EKT: 3

Language of paper English
Credentials required to download AFCAT Admit Card Registration Number


Compulsory documents to carry on exam day Colour Print of the Admit card

Valid Photo ID Proof

Two passport photographs

Aadhar Card of the candidate

Duration of AFCAT Exam AFCAT – 2 hours (120 minutes)

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) – 45 Minutes

Maximum Questions  AFCAT – 100

EKT – 50

Maximum Marks   AFCAT – 300 Marks

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) – 150 Marks 

Marking System Correct answer: 3 marks

Incorrect Answer: (-1) mark

Unattempted Answer: NIL

AFCAT Syllabus – Previous Year’s Question Papers

Buddy4Study has compiled previous years’ question papers in the below table. Candidates can download these to understand the AFCAT exam pattern thoroughly and prepare for the upcoming examination accordingly.

AFCAT Previous Year Question Papers

AFCAT Question Paper 2013 AFCAT Question Paper 2014 AFCAT Question Paper 2015 AFCAT Question Paper 2016
AFCAT Question Paper 2017 AFCAT Question Paper 2018 AFCAT Question Paper 2020 AFCAT Question Paper 2021

EKT Previous Year Question Papers

EKT Sample Paper – (Mechanical) EKT Sample Paper – (Electrical & Electronics) EKT Sample Paper – (Computer Science)

AFCAT Model Question Papers

AFCAT Model Question Paper 1 AFCAT Model Question Paper 2
AFCAT Model Question Paper 3 AFCAT Model Question Paper 4
EKT Model Question Paper (Mechanical) 1 EKT Model Question Paper (Mechanical) 2
EKT Model Question Paper (Computer Science) 1 EKT Model Question Paper (Computer Science) 2
EKT Model Question Paper (Electrical & Electronics) 1 EKT Model Question Paper (Electrical & Electronics) 2

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AFCAT Answer Key to Model Question Papers 2021

Answer Keys AFCAT Answer Keys EKT

AFCAT Syllabus – FAQs

How many questions will be asked in the AFCAT exam 2022?

Candidates will have to attempt 100 questions of 300 marks within 120 minutes (2 hours) for AFCAT examination and 50 questions of 150 marks within 45 minutes for the online EKT exam. These questions will be asked in MCQ format.

What are the different sections of the AFCAT syllabus?

The AFCAT exam consists of subjects such as General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. For the EKT exam, the topics are related to Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

What is the standard of questions asked in the AFCAT Exam?

The basic standard of questions asked in the AFCAT exam begins from the level of 10+2.

What is the negative marking scheme in the AFCAT exam?

For every incorrect answer in both AFCAT and EKT exam of AFCAT 2022, 1 mark will be deducted.

Is it useful to solve sample papers or previous years' question papers?

AFCAT previous years' question papers and model papers help candidates to get a better idea about the types of questions asked in the exam and prepare well for it.

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