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AFCAT Exam Pattern – Get Ready to be An Air Marshal


The upcoming AFCAT exam pattern and other details like syllabus, books, cut-off and salary are discussed here.


It is safe to say here that, the Air Marshal is actually a rank in the IAF. It is a 3-star air officer rank in the Indian Air Force!

What’s AFCAT?

AFCAT is an umbrella exam for flying roles as well as non-flying, ground-duty, administrative roles in the Indian Air Force.

The technical ground-duty roles will require you to clear AFCAT EKT exam (Engineering Knowledge Test).

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AFCAT Exam Pattern

  • 100 questions for AFCAT and 50 questions for EKT.
  • 2 hours for AFCAT and 25 mins for EKT.


Marking Scheme in AFCAT exam pattern:-
(a) 3 marks for every correct answer
(b) 1 mark minus for every incorrect answer
(c) No marks for unattempted (left-out) questions


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AFCAT Question Papers will have the following topics:-

This is only for AFCAT main examination, not the EKT part. The EKT part is in below link.

(a) English. Comprehension, Idioms and Phrases, Synonyms, Sentence Completion/Filling in of correct word, Error Detection, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary,

(b) General Awareness. Current Affairs, History, Basic Science, Civics, Politics, Geography, Environment, Defence, Art, Culture, Sports, etc

(c) Numerical Ability. Percentage, Decimal Fraction, Average, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)

(d) Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test. Spatial Ability and Verbal Skills


The main selection test has above syllabus.

AFCAT EKT or the Engineering Knowledge Test has a detailed syllabus which is explained here. It is stupefying how one can be expected to remember all of this for an exam on a day. Too much of an ask!


The AFCAT exam qualifying marks is 165 marks out of 300. Once you qualify for AFCAT, you will have to clear AFCAT EKT exam if you are applying for ground technical posts. The EKT cutoff is as follows.

EKT Cutoff

30 marks out of 150


Along with salary, you will be entitled to various allowances as well. Your allowances will vary depending on the place of your posting and the nature of your duty.

These allowances include:

  • Test Pilot, Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance
  • Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Island Special Duty Area, and Remote Locality Allowance

Other than the above, here is a list of additional benefits.

InsuranceAir Force Personnel – Rs. 75 lakhs Air Force Personnel (Pilots) – Rs. 85 lakhs
Loan facilityComputer Loan Conveyance Loan House Building Loan
Placement cellHelps to provide civil job to retired officers
Medical AllowancesAll Air Force Officers, Their families
Scholarships and WelfareGrants from the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA)
Post-retirement BenefitsPension Insurance Medical (Lifetime access)
Educational BenefitsM.Tech from IIT & BHU-IT (for officers of Technical Branches) Study leave (up to 24 months) Tie-ups with IGNOU
Other benefitsAccommodation Leave- Annual leave for 60 days and casual leave of 20 days per year Leave travel concessions Institute and Messes membership School facilities Rail concessions Secured camp life CSD facilities Recreational and sports facilities


Here are some names of books that you will need to prepare.

Books for General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Manorama English Yearbook
  • From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh – KD Publication


Books for English Verbal Ability

  • Objective General English by Dr. RS. Aggarwal
  • Verbal Reasoning by Bhupendra Kumar Singh


Books for Numerical Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal/ S.Chand Publishing
  • Objective Arithmetic- S Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation-Disha Publication


Books for Reasoning and Military Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude- S.Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams-McGraw Hill Education


5 More Books for Reference 

  • AFCAT- For flying, technical, and ground duty branch –Arihant Experts
  • AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test): for flying and technical branch (Popular Master Guide) – R.Gupta
  • Let’s Crack AFCAT –Air Force Common Admission Test by SSBCrack
  • AFCAT Topic Wise Solved Papers (2011-2019) – Disha Experts
  • AFCAT- The First Step Book by Defense Direct Education


There you go!

Finally, you have all the information optimized just for your use.

All the best! Secure a rank in the IAF!

You will need the entire prospectus that’s here.

You will get the entire current AFCAT syllabus here.

Here are some fabulous exam tips. These work magically for all competitive exams or any other personal traditional exam, for that matter.

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