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AFCAT Exam Pattern 2022: Mode, Marking Scheme, Duration

Updated On - June 09 2022 by Srishti Pandey

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2022 will be released by the Indian Air Force. AFCAT 2022 will be conducted from 12-14 Feruary 2022. For the preparation of the examination, a candidate must go through the exam pattern first. By going through the exam pattern candidate will get an estimate about the marking criteria. The candidate is advised to go through the below-given article to know more about AFCAT Exam Pattern.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2022

The candidate is advised to go through the AFCAT exam pattern before starting the preparation of the Common Admission Test exam. Candidate can refer to the below-given section to know the exam pattern in detail. Given below the scheme of AFCAT Paper Pattern 2022:
  • Candidates opting for flying branch and ground duty (non-technical) have to appear in AFCAT only, whereas, candidates need to appear in both AFCAT and EKT for ground duty (technical) branch.
  • The AFCAT exam duration will be 120 minutes (two hours).
  • The AFCAT exam duration of EKT will be 45 minutes.
  • AFCAT paper will consist of four sections as (i) General Awareness, (ii) Numerical Ability, (iii) Reasoning & Military Aptitude and (iv) Verbal Ability in English.
  • EKT Paper will consist of Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics engineering subjects.
  • All the questions will be multiple choice question (MCQs) in nature.
  • AFCAT paper will be of 300 marks and EKT paper will be of 150 marks.

Given-below the overviews of AFCAT Paper Pattern 2022:

AFCAT 2022 Question Paper Structure
ExamSubjectDurationNo. of QuestionTotal marks
AFCATGeneral Awareness, Verbal
Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and
Military Aptitude Test
02 hrs100300
EKT [For
with one of
the choices
as (Technical)
Mechanical, Computer
Science and Electrical &
45 mins50150

The following table shows the approximate number of questions asked from each section and marks of each section.

AFCAT Paper Pattern 2022
General Awareness20602 hours
Verbal Ability in English3090
Numerical Ability1545
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test35105
Candidates can check the AFCAT Syllabus 2022.
AFCAT Exam Marking Scheme 2022

AFCAT entrance exam marking scheme is as follows:

  1. Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer
  2. One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer
  3. No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.

Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) 2022

Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) is mandatory for those applicants who wish to opt for Ground Duties (Technical) Posts. The details of EKT 2022 are as under:
SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Computer Science50150
Electrical & Electronics

Note the following important points about AFCAT Exam Pattern for EKT:

  •  For every correct answer, 3 marks will be given.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong attempt.
  •  There will not be any deduction for un-attempted questions.

Important Instructions for AFCAT

Candidates appearing for AFCAT must be aware of the AFCAT Exam Pattern 2022. Interested candidates appearing for AFCAT 2022, should make his or her preparation strategy based on the exam pattern. Here are some important instructions for candidates appearing for AFCAT 2022.

  • Candidates are advised to start with General awareness section as it takes less time. This section does not involve calculations and complex questions. If the candidate is clear them it will take very less time for them to coverup topics.
  • Military aptitude test seems to be a little tricky in AFCAT as compared to other subjects. However, with clear concepts, the candidate can tackle heavy questions in the exam easily. The candidate is advised to prepare their notes regarding the formulas and questions from various topics. 
  • Logical reasoning and Numerical ability are considered as the toughest section of all. Candidates are advised to divide the topics into three parts depending on their level of preparation of the topics as:-
    1. Best preparation
    2. Good preparation
    3. Need more preparation

Dividing topics as per strength would help the candidate to strategize their preparation in a monotonous manner. Writing important formulae, squares, cubes over the wall of your study table will help you revise in your subconscious every time you look at those.

AFCAT Syllabus 2022

The Numeracy Skills Questionnaire will be at the matric level. The level of questions in some subjects will be at the graduation level.

AFCAT General Awareness Syllabus

The section is designed to test the applicant's general information. It will have questions to assess aspirants' awareness of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world.

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Defence
  • Art and Culture
  • International Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Basic Science

AFCAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus

This section will test the basic mathematical ability of participants. Around 15 questions will be asked from this section. It is considered to be a relatively scoring section though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.

The important topics for this section are as follows:

  • Decimal Fraction
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Percentage

AFCAT Reasoning Syllabus

The Reasoning and Military Aptitude section is the most important segment as maximum questions are asked in this section. The candidate’s mental and military aptitude is tested. The difficulty level is moderate and approximately 35 questions are asked from this section.

The important topics are listed below:

  • Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability
  • Data interpretation
  • Embedded Figure
  • Missing Character
  • Sets based on arrangements
  • Rotated blocks
  • Hidden figures
  • Analogy

AFCAT English Syllabus

As the name of the section suggests, this segment will assess the student’s knowledge, proficiency, and comprehension of the English language. The total number of questions asked from this section will be approximately 30.

The important topics for this section are:

  • Comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary
  • Tenses
  • Basic Grammar


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