The Indian Air Force has recently released an employment notification for the course commencing in July 2019. The positions in the course include Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC)/ Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches. Interested candidates can apply between June 16 and July 15, 2018.
The selection of the candidates will be based on AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Online Test). AFCAT is conducted twice a year in the month of February and August. Compared to the other competitive entrance examinations, AFCAT is not a hard nut to crack. With proper guidance and preparation, one can crack the examination in one month. Here are the preparation tips that will help you pass with flying colours.
AFCAT Exam Pattern
AFCAT exam consists of four sections, namely general awareness, verbal ability in English, numerical ability and reasoning & military aptitude test. The paper consists of 100 questions and every question carries three marks. The duration of the exam will be two hours. For every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted under negative marking.
Understand The Cut-off
Many aspirants miss the AFCAT examination cut-off by just a few marks. It is always good to have the maximum marks which will improve your chances of being selected for the SSB interview. One has to understand that the excess marks in the written examination will not make any difference in the SSB interview. Hence, aspirants should carefully answer the questions.
Know The Weightage
It is always suggested to start the preparation based on the weightage for each section. For instance, the numerical ability section carries more than 12 questions. If you have cracked all the questions in the quantitative section, assume that more than thirty marks are in your pocket.
Take Online Mock Test
Candidates who have registered successfully will be provided with an AFCAT online mock test on the IAF official website . Candidates are suggested to make use of this option to understand the types of questions that will be asked.
Save Time While Answering The General Awareness Questions
Candidates have to attempt 100 questions in 120 minutes. This means they will have less than one minutes to answer a question. The sections such as numerical ability and reasoning will consume more time because one needs to logically think to answer these questions. Hence, we suggest you to reduce the time while answering the general awareness section. There will be some questions in this section which can be answered in a few seconds.
Explore AFCAT Syllabus
- General Awareness - history, sports, geography, environment, civics, basic science, defence, art, culture, current affairs, politics etc.
- Verbal Ability in English - comprehension, error detection, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms and testing of vocabulary
- Numerical Ability - decimal fraction, simplification, average, profit & loss, percentage, ratio & proportion and simple interest
- Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test - verbal skills and spatial ability
AFCAT Preparation Tips
- Focus on time & work, simple and compound interest, profit and loss, percentages, etc. for the numerical ability section.
- Practise a lot of the reasoning questions such as series completion, Venn diagram, odd figure out, etc. Around twenty questions are expected from this section.
- Practising the previous years' question papers will be helpful to gain more marks in the English section.
- Read the newspaper daily. This will help you with the comprehension and current affairs topics.
- Synonyms and antonyms fetch more marks in the English section after the comprehension topic.
- Pick a good book of your choice and start reading it for the general awareness section.
- Highlighting the important points while reading might help you during the final phase of the preparation.