How to Crack AFCAT Exam in First Attempt | 180+ Marks

Crack AFCAT
Crack AFCAT

You are reading this article means that you have taken the decision to Crack AFCAT Exam in First Attempt. Initially, it may seem impossible but if you are ready to work smart and study as per strategy, no one can stop you from clearing the AFCAT exam in your first attempt. Actually, the number of attempts doesn’t matter. You will clear the AFCAT exam in that attempt when you have genuinely worked hard on AFCAT Preparation (It can be first or last attempt!)

Considering the AFCAT Exam pattern and Syllabus, it is manageable to complete preparation in 6-7 months with multiple revisions. You just need to be smart enough to understand what AFCAT Exam demands. You must know about which topics to focus more and which topics to leave. In this detailed article on tips to crack afcat exam, you will get exact guidance on how to proceed your AFCAT preparation. I will give you 11 tips to clear AFCAT exam. So, keep patience till the end of this article.

After reading this detailed article, you will be capable enough to start study from the next moment (So, try to grasp A to Z things with open mind!)

1. Understand AFCAT Exam Pattern Thoroughly

Before beginning the AFCAT Preparation, it is necessary to understand the AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020. You must know the stages of AFCAT Exam, number of questions asked from each section, time alloted for each question so that you can plan your preparation accordingly.

There are three main branches via AFCAT Exam, that is, Flying Branch, Ground Duty Technical and Ground Duty Non-Technical. So, if you are applying for AFCAT Technical Branch, then you need to give 1 additional paper compared to other aspirants, that is, EKT Paper.

Flying branchAir Force Pilot
Ground Duty (Technical) Aeronautical Engineer Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineer Electronics
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Logistics, Accounts Branch and Administration

Now, Let us understand the AFCAT Written exam Pattern:

AFCAT Exam Pattern

Now let us see the micro-analysis of AFCAT Main Paper of 300 marks. So, that you can plan your preparation accordingly.


Systematic Breakdown of AFCAT Written exam Pattern:

Details About AFCAT Written ExamAFCAT ExamEKT (Technical
Graduates)
Total Questions:10050
Total Marks of AFCAT Written Exam:30050
Marks Given for 1 Question:31
Total Time Avilable:120 minutes45 Minutes
Time you get to attempt 1 Question:1.2 minutes54 Seconds
Marks Deducted for 1 Incorrect Answer:11

Check detailed article on AFCAT Exam Pattern so that A to Z aspects of AFCAT paper pattern are crystal clear !

2. Get Chapter-Wise Weightage of Each Subject (Analyse AFCAT Syllabus and Trend)

You will get the AFCAT Syllabus in Official Notification which will give a basic idea about which topics you need to study for AFCAT written exam. But to do a smart study, you need to analyse Syllabus as well as previous year question papers to get a chapter-wise weightage of each subject. I have done a detailed analysis of last 5 year papers of AFCAT Exam and created chapter-wise weightage of AFCAT Exam.

AFCAT Written Exam Overall Weightage:

General Awareness25 Questions
Verbal Ability in English25 Questions
Numerical Ability18 Questions
Reasoning and Military Aptitude32 Questions
  • General Awareness
  • Verbal Ability in English
  • Numerical Ability
  • Reasoning and Military Aptitude

Now, let us check Chapter-Wise Weightage of AFCAT Maths Section:


AFCAT Maths Topics (Numerical Ability)No. of Questions asked
Speed Time and Distance3-4 Questions
Time and Work2 Questions
Profit and Loss2-3 Questions
Basic Algebra3-4 Questions
Simplification (fraction, decimal)1-2 Questions
Geometry and Mensuration2-3 Questions
Ratio and Proportion1-2 Questions
Percentage1-2 Questions
Number System2-3 Questions
Average0-1 Questions

Follow detailed article on AFCAT Exam Syllabus where you will get similar chapter-wise weightage for all subjects of AFCAT Exam.

3. Check AFCAT Previous Year Cut Off (And Set Realistic Target!)

At the end, you will qualify only if you clear the AFCAT Cut Off Marks. And if you want your name in merit list, then you have to score 180+ Marks in written exam (because just clearing the cut off marks is not useful). So, now we will see the AFCAT previous year Cut Off marks and then set a realistic goal (based on personal strength and weakness)

AFCATAFCAT Cut offAFCAT EKT Cut off
AFCAT 2 2019 Cut Off14250
AFCAT 1 2019 Cut Off133 50
AFCAT 2 2018 Cut Off14055
AFCAT 1 2018 Cut Off15560
AFCAT 2 2017 Cut Off16060
AFCAT 1 2017 Cut Off15060

Let us set an aim of scoring 180+ Marks. Fo that, what must be our realistic attempt in upcoming AFCAT Exam?

Number of Questions to Attempt67-70 Questions
Correct Attempt (Minimum)62 Questions
Wrong Attempt (Maximum)4-5 Questions
Our Final Score186-5=181 Marks

Attempting less number of questions is of no use. Because in that case, you will not clear the AFCAT cutoff even after getting maximum answers correct.

4. You have to score 30/32 Correct in Reasoning Section (At Any Cost!)

Reasoning section of AFCAT Exam is the easiest and topic with highest weightage in AFCAT Exam. So, its your duty to score minimum 30 correct questions out of 32 which is practically possible. Check AFCAT Preparation Strategy article where we have provided exact books and sources to follow for AFCAT Reasoning section.

Scoring 30 correct questions in AFCAT exam will give you a lead of 90 marks which will be helpful to clear AFCAT Cut off with ease!

5. No need to Waste Too Much Time on Current Affairs (Which many Aspirants Do!)

25 Questions are asked from General Knowledge Section (Awareness) which mainly contain static questions from history, geography, economy, science, etc. Only 5-6 questions are asked from current affairs section. But it is generally seen that aspirants waste their maximum time in reading current affairs for AFCAT Exam. You are a graduate and must have the maturity to choose topics of high weightage and allocate maximum time to those topics.

I do not want to say that don’t study current affairs. But you must start current affairs study after completing the core subjects like reasoning, maths and English (which will help you to clear cut off marks!)

6. Don't Waste Even a Rupee on Coaching! (Self Preparation Matters a lot)

Please do not spend your money on coaching. Watch AFCAT preparation articles on our website which are free of cost. I will guide you in each and every stage of AFCAT Exam. You just need to be self-enlightened to study from the sources given in AFCAT Strategy.

We will soon start with free AFCAT Test Series so that you could practice the subjects which you are studing on a daily basis.

7. The only thing that can save you is Revision!

Revision is the key to sucess. You need to cover the AFCAT Syllabus as early as possible and revise it atleast once before that actual AFCAT exam so that you could recall each and every thing you have studied.

If you will not revise what you have studied, then your preparation level will be equivalent to a fresher!

8. Try to Score Maximum Marks in Written exam Only! (Don't rely on AFSB)

Marks obtained in AFSB Interview are not in our control. But written exam marks are. Moreover, AFCAT Exam pattern is also predictable. So, try to score maximum marks in AFCAT written exam itself, so that your chances of clearing the AFCAT Merit list becomes high!

9. SSB Interview is not an exam, its a way of Life!

Most of the aspirants fail in SSB Interview because they start its preparation after clearing the AFCAT written exam. But you must know that SSB is not an exam. Its a way of life. Whatever things you are going on a regular basis gets reflected in the SSB Interview. So, its recommended to bring changes and implement Officer like Qualities at grassroot level (in your day to day life). And you can prepare for AFSB with self preparation. Only thing which you need is guidance from Successful aspirants, which has also being made available free of cost.

  • SSB Interview Tips by AIR 1 Ipupu Mena (Video): Check Here
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10. You Must Believe that you will Clear AFCAT Exam in First Attempt!

Last but not the least. You must believe that you will Crack AFCAT Exam in First Attempt. Let things happen at psychological level too !

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I clear AFCAT Exam in First Attempt?

A: Ofcourse you can. You need to complete the AFCAT syllabus and revise it atleast once before the AFCAT exam. And follow AFCAT detailed Preparation strategy

Q: Is AFCAT Exam Difficult?

A: No. Considering the competitive exams conducted for Class 1 Posts, AFCAT Exam is highly predictable and easy to clear. But you need hard work and dedication to complete AFCAT Syllabus as per detailed strategy.

Q: Is their any negative marking in AFCAT Exam?

A: Yes. One Third negative marking exists in AFCAT Exam. 1 Mark is deducted for 1 Wrong answer. So, you must be 100% sure before marking any answer. As negative marking can waste your attempt.

Q: What is AFCAT Exam?


A: AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Aptitude Exam which is conducted by Indian Air Force for Recruitment of Class 1 Officers in Flying Branch, Ground Duty Technical and Ground Duty Non-Technical Posts. (Written exam +AFSB Interview)

Q: What is good score in AFCAT?

A: Good score is a elative term because if you want to clear AFCAT Cutoff, your score must be within 140-150 marks. But if you want to be in final merit list, then good score is 180+ Marks. 

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