Clear AFCAT Written exam in first attempt


Clear AFCAT Exams

"Fire in the belly leads to success" - as they say will help you to clear AFCAT exams. My friends  AFCAT exams are the entrance written exams conducted twice a year for Air Force Officers entries for the post of Flying branch, Technical and Ground duty branch. Candidates applying for the exams for the first time need to know the exact paper pattern of the exam and also we have discussed various tips and tricks on how to clear AFCAT written exam paper in very first attempt. kindly go through the complete article and any queries or questions in mind feel free to ask below in comments.

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Clear AFCAT Written exam in first attempt

Tips to Clear AFCAT Written exam :

Subjects : General knowledge/Awareness/Studies, English, Mathematics, Reasoning
Number of Question: 100
Total marks: 300(100*3 i.e 3 marks each question)

Note: There is negative marking system 1 mark is deducted for wrong answer

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Generally AFCAT written exam cutoff marks is between 125 - 130 marks out of 300. so candidates have to score for near about 150 marks in exams to clear the written examinations and would also help you for merit list scorings.

AFCAT Paper consists of various subjects where candidates can score according to there capability.Subjects are Verbal Ability in English, GA, Numerical Aptitude, Reasoning etc.

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AFCAT Written paper consist total of 100 questions only with various subjects. so candidates have to quickly start solving the part they are comfortable with.AFCAT written exam paper is divided in following ways:-

English - 15-20 questions
General knowledge - 20-25 questions
Numerical Ability - 10-15 Questions
Reasoning - 30-35 Questions

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Clear AFCAT Exams


First of all we'll talk about English. Generally the paper is easy if you are well versed with English. But if you are not, don’t worry, you can still clear it. There is a pattern that is followed in this exam. There are certain things which come for sure. These are Antonyms and Synonyms, Comprehensive Passages, Spotting the errors, Jumbled Sentences and Ordering of sentences. Now if you follow a planned approach towards the exam you can easily clear AFCAT.

1. Synonyms and Antonyms- People think there are n number of words in the vocabulary, how on earth is it possible to know them all. However, the smart way to catch hold of this portion is to Pick up the previous year’s AFCAT question papers and take a note of all the words that have been asked. Now write them on blank sheets one by one. Trust me when you do this, half of the work is done. Because mere reading them from the book won’t help you remember them. so when you do this, the words remain in your mind for a longer duration. Second step is memorizing. Have you ever tried early morning studying? Yes. I'm talking about getting up early in the morning and just reading those words which you have written.

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 Give them a glance. Then try remembering them. Third step is to use these words in your routine. For e.g.- I try to use these synonyms or antonyms in my conversation as far as possible. Be it Facebook chat or whatsapp or your face to face conversation with your friends. Because when you do so, they stick in your mind. The reason behind this is, when we use these words in our daily communication, our brain tends to form an image related to the conversation in which you have used the words in particular. Like you are sitting on a bench in park with your friend and while talking you have used a word, then next time you hear that word, you'll immediately remember the word and hence will be able to answer it correctly. So this is how you crack this exercise.

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2. Spotting the errors- We all know that finding faults in others is in the nature of humans. Haha... So why not put it to better use and clear AFCAT exam? This exercise consists of sentences divided into four parts and one of them has an error or no error in the whole sentence at all. This exercise is completely based on grammar. So the basics should be clear.There are various rules regarding grammar. Usually we talk slang English and tend to go by them in the exams too. This is the line where most of the people go wrong, even though there spoken English is good. The rules based on Noun, pronoun, tense, phrases, adjectives etc all are given in that book. Plus it has sample exercises too. Now what you have to do is, first, carefully read the rules written in the book and try to memorize them. And then start solving them one by one. Initially you will be able to solve only a few but over a period of time you will solve most of them. This is based on practice, so please practice.

3. Jumbled sentences- These are quite tricky. One needs to read the sentence first. The trick here is do not try to solve the question all by yourself, don’t try to find the sequence all by yourself. AFCAT has given you options, just apply the options and one of them will be correct. Most of the candidates try to bring out the sequence and then the look for the matching option. This consumes time and hence they find it difficult to score in here.

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4. Ordering of sentences- This is a bit tough as compared to all other exercises. The best way to solve this is to take the question as a narration of a story. That way your brain starts thinking more accurately. Same trick, apply all the options and find out the correct one.

Apart from these regular exercises, there are some questions like sentence improvement, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, etc. You see, when you thoroughly read and practice spotting the error exercise, all these miscellaneous questions are taken care of, so no need to worry much. Just focus on the main four exercises because these are the ones where you can score maximum.

Okay. Now in addition to these, you should listen to English songs. They will enhance the receptivity of your brain as far as English is concerned.

During the exam- the moment you get the question paper, go through it, just give it a glance, and have a good feeling about it. My personal experience says that if you have a positive feeling that you can successfully solve the paper then your chance to clear AFCAT has a high percentage.

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Moving on to the part of General Knowledge, this is the section where candidates call it as unpredictable questions. But the beauty about this paper is , candidates belonging to all the streams have an equal opportunity to solve this paper. Like students of science, commerce and arts can solve them easily if they have the right approach. In this paper, a pattern has been followed over these years. The portion of science holds 30% marks, Current affairs- 20%, geography- 20%, polity- 20%, history- 10%. This is the usual pattern. The candidates are worried about current affairs the most.

1.Current affairs- put to use all the resources. Magazines like Competitive success review, Competition 360, etc. (links) Make notes wherever necessary. Read from internet and newspapers. And always be systematic in your work. Do not make notes in a haphazard manner. There should be heading and some detail about it. And if possible, try to read and write so that you have some idea about the news with the first writing itself.

2.History- Thoroughly read the AFCAT book you can buy the book from the link given below. The reading should be normal. Don’t stress yourself with the first reading itself, like what are the dates, who what when….. The best way to know about history is…. “His-story”. Read it as if it were a story. Actually it is a story if you see it from one angle. After you are done reading the whole syllabus thrice, now go ahead and start off with making datelines. As you know there are three parts in history, i.e. Ancient, Medieval and Modern. Make notes, like give headings, subheadings and some details. When you are done with the first 2 parts, and come to modern history, you will have to have a different approach. Here start with making notes about all the governor generals and viceroys. Their tenure, what all happened during their reign, who all were the eminent personalities then, etc. And then come the revolutionary movements. One by one just make notes about all these movements led by our freedom fighters. This way, you can cover up the portion of history.

3. Geography- This is the most interesting subject of all. Just reading this subject apprises you of what all is there. Again give it a reading, once, twice, thrice. No need to make notes as this subject is easier than others and just reading will help you remember it. However, there are certain things on which needs focus, For eg- Physical features of India- Mountains, Rivers, their deltas and estuaries etc.

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4. Indian Polity- This is the toughest of all. Here, mere reading won’t help. The level of English used here is technical. The words of Civics or polity need to be comprehended first. Also the questions asked from this portion are application based. So one needs to be thorough here. Never go by here and there information regarding polity. This is a very sensitive subject and one small silly mistake can cost you an  answer. Our constitution is divided into three parts. 1. Legislature 2. Executive 3. Judiciary. Read from the book about all three and have some basic knowledge about what it is actually about. Most of the people get confused regarding the working of the union govt and a state govt. Start making your notes.

5.Economics- This subject needs just a reading. The book has enough knowledge. Make sure you read about our 5 year plans, economic terms, Census- most important.

6.Science- Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Regular science stream students have the advantage here, but other students too can score well here. The concepts involved in this subject are basic so read from the book and get your basics clear. Then start solving previous years question papers. There is not much to mug up her, its science… so start off with solving sample questions. This will help you beforehand to score well and clear AFCAT exam.

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Current Affairs Covers following Section:
  • Current Affairs (National and International Importance)
  • Major Financial/Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Science & Technologies News.
  • Who is Who
  • Sports
  • Currencies
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honours
  • Science - Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organisations
  • Defence News - Army, Air Force and Navy
  • Government Schemes Launches

The question papers in the last few years have been tough! Not that the difficulty level is raised but the questions are lengthy, hence consume time. Most of the candidates consider this subject as a scoring one, and indeed it is, but where they fail is, they don’t practice enough. This is not a subject where you can go with the attitude of last minute reading or glance. Here you need to put in long hours and solve maximum no of questions in stipulated time. Time and work, Time and Distance, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Ages Problems carry more weight age. Focus on these topics more. Also solve previous years question papers, that too in time limit. This will make you land scoring good marks in math’s and hence you will clear AFCAT exam.

Topic covered in Maths Paper:
  • Number System
  • HCF, LCM
  • Simplification
  • Decimal Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Unitary Method
  • Percentage
  • Problems on Ages
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Profit and Loss
  • Probability
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound Interest
So everyone out there who really wants to clear AFCAT, work hard my friends, because there is no short cut to success. If you work hard, you’ll end up seeing yourself in that uniform, for sure!


This section is generally scoring part for the candidates who are generally weak in GA can easily score in this. Generally there are various verbal and non verbal reasoning questions which can be easily done if you have practiced them in your practice section. Generally Reasoning can be solved easily because it works only in Clockwise and Anticlockwise directions which you can easily find out the answer with the given figures. There are Odd man out,series, Coding - Decoding, Missing Figures/Numbers etc. Generally reasoning needs practice which will help you to solve questions in very less time and help you to score well. Try to answer as many as sure shot questions in reasoning.

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  • Number Series
  • Alphabet Series
  • Test of Direction Sense
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Number Ranking
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Problem on Age Calculation
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Decision Making etc.
  • Non Verbal Series
  • Mirror Images
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Grouping Identical Figures
  • Embedded Figures etc.
Candidates are requested to start preparing for AFCAT written exams with the above given sure shot tips to clear the afcat exam. Daily study and practice will surely help you to achieve success in the examinations. Also appearing candidates can download the previous year question papers for guidance and start solving questions which will help you for time management from the link provided below.

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  1. thanks a lot Jobsfundaz for such a amazing article .. explaining each and every thing in details. thnku so much!

  2. thank you so much:) helped a lot!!




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