AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024: Check Subject-Wise Exam Pattern

Rajalakshmi BK
Rajalakshmi BK

Updated on - Feb 7, 2024

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  • 20 May 2024 :

    AFCAT application form 2024 will be open to submit from May 30 - Jun 28, 2024.

  • 20 May 2024 :

    AFCAT 2 2024 notification has been released on May 20, 2024.

AFCAT exam pattern 2024 has been decided by Indian Air Force. AFCAT exam 2024 contains 100 questions, whereas the EKT exam contains 50 questions. Candidates have two hours to complete the AFCAT paper and 45 minutes to complete the EKT. AFCAT total marks will be 300, whereas EKT will be for 150 marks.

AFCAT exam pattern includes General Awareness, Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test, Verbal Ability in English, and Numerical Ability sections. The exam is given in English. The main AFCAT exam and the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) will be conducted online as computer-based tests. The EKT is only taken by candidates who are opting for technical posts of Ground Staff. 

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AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 Highlights

The following is the AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 for the online test:

  • The online AFCAT test is divided into four components.
  • The AFCAT question paper contains a total of 100 questions.
  • AFCAT is worth a maximum of 300 points.
  • All questions on the AFCAT and EKT exams are objective, with multiple-choice answers.
  • The examination paper is only available in English.
  • To qualify for the exam, candidates must obtain the minimum qualifying marks.

The following table shows the highlights of AFCAT exam pattern 2024

AFCAT 2024 Exam Highlights
Exam Centre 60 Cities across India
Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)
No. of Questions

AFCAT Exam: 100

EKT: 50

Marking Scheme

+3 Marks for Correct Answers

-1 for Incorrect Answers

Total Marks

AFCAT: 300

EKT: 150


AFCAT: 2 Hours, i.e., 120 Minutes

EKT: 45 Minutes

Medium English

Changes in AFCAT 2024 Exam Pattern

This year, IAF has made some changes in the AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024. Candidates can check below the changes made in the exam pattern.

  • IAF had removed EKT from AFCAT 1 2024 exam. Earlier, EKT was conducted for the Technical branch candidates
  • No vacancy was announced for the Permanent Commission
  • One new branch (Weapon System) was included in AFCAT 1 2024 exam
  • Candidates who applied for the Meteorology branch were required to appear for AFCAT online exam

How Many Papers Are in AFCAT?

According to the AFCAT Exam Pattern, there are four papers in AFCAT: General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. The AFCAT exam lasts 150 minutes or two hours. Candidates must obtain 140 to 190 points out of 300 on the AFCAT exam.

Subject-Wise AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 

The subjects included in the AFCAT exam pattern are General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning, and Military Aptitude Test. AFCAT 2024 exam pattern with respect to subjects is tabulated below.

AFCAT 2024 Exam Pattern
Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
General Awareness 20 60 2 Hours
Verbal Ability 20 60
Quantitative Ability  20 60
Logical Reasoning 20 60
Military Aptitude Test 20 60
Total 100 300
EKT Test (For Technical Ground Duty only) 50 150 45 Minutes

AFCAT 2024 Marking Scheme

The distribution of marks for each section of AFCAT 2024 exam pattern including the EKT is given below.

  • For each correct answer, 3 marks will be awarded
  • For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted
  • Unattempted questions will not be validated

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 for EKT

The EKT examination lasts 45 minutes. The exam includes questions from Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. There are 50 questions on the EKT paper. The maximum number of marks available for the EKT exam is 150.

The following is the framework of the EKT exam pattern 2024.

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 for EKT
Section Questions Marks Time
Reasoning and military aptitude test 35 105 2 Hours
Verbal ability in English 30 90
Numerical ability 15 45
General awareness 20 60
Mechanics/ Computer science/ Electrical and electronics 50 150 45 min

AFCAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Technical Branch

The following is the structure of the AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024 for the Technical branch.

AFCAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Technical Branch
Section Questions Marks Time
Reasoning and military aptitude test 35 105 2 Hours
Verbal ability in English 30 90
Numerical ability 15 45
General awareness 20 60

AFCAT Exam Pattern for SSB

Candidates who pass the written examination are shortlisted for additional stages of recruitment, according to the AFCAT exam structure. These shortlisted candidates will receive their interview invitations in the mail. The SSB Interview, broken into two stages, is the second selection stage for positions within the IAF.

Read the following information to learn everything you need to know about the AFCAT exam pattern for the SSB interview:

  • Stage 1 consists of an intelligence test, a picture perception test, and a discussion.
  • Stage 2 consists of a psychological test, a group discussion, an AFSB interview, and a Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test.

AFCAT 2024 Exam Time

The AFCAT online examination lasts two hours. The EKT lasts 45 minutes. The following are the AFCAT exam times:

AFCAT 2024 Exam Time
Activity  Shift 1 Shift 2
Reporting time 7.30 am 12.30 pm
Verification of admit card & ID Proof, Biometrics, Photo/ Thumb Impression/ Sign on Attendance Sheet & candidate seating in exam hall  7.30 am to 9.30 am  12.30 am to 2 pm 
Reading of instructions by candidates 9.30 am to 9.45 am  2 pm to 2.15 pm
AFCAT exam  9.45 am to 11.45 am  2.15 pm to 4.15 pm 

Benefits of AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024

Students should be familiar with the AFCAT exam format for numerous reasons if they intend to take it. Candidates must learn how mastering the AFCAT exam pattern can help them ace the exam:

  • Knowing the AFCAT examination format can help students realize what topics are vital for the exam.
  • Students can plan their studies accordingly, devoting more time to important subjects.
  • While taking AFCAT Mock Tests, candidates can divide their time as needed.


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