Tips & Tricks To Crack AFCAT With Flying Colors

The aspirants who wish to join Indian Air Force as Commissioned Officer in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) positions can appear for AFCAT 2019(Air Force Common Admission Test) examination. AFCAT is a graduate level entrance exam conducted by the Indian Air Force. Graduates from any discipline with Indian citizenship and a minimum of 60% marks in Physics and Mathematics in 10+2 can apply for the exam. Scheduled to be conducted on 16 and 17 February 2019, the exam will be held in a computer-based format in the English language.

With the help of various online mock test series, it has become extremely easy for the candidates to get a detailed analysis about their preparation level. Once can pick platforms like Eduwhere to take online mock tests and know about their scores before attending the final examination. 

But before you start your test, your primary focus should be on getting completely prepared for the D day. Here are some tips and tricks that might just help you in performing better in the AFCAT 2019 examination.


AFCAT 2019 Preparation Tips and Tricks

Go through the syllabus

This is the first and the most important tip for the preparation of any competitive exam. Carefully check the syllabus of the exam as announced by the exam conducting body and accordingly make your plan.

Know the exam pattern

Having a detailed knowledge of AFCAT exam pattern will not just help you make the right preparation plan but will also help you plan the strategies for the exam day.

Given below is AFCAT 2019 exam pattern:



Mode of Exam

Online i.e. computer based test (CBT)

No. of Questions


Maximum Marks


Duration of Exam

2 hours (120 minutes)

Sections in Paper

General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

Negative Marking

1 mark


Candidates who apply for Technical duty also need to appear for EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test). EKT is a 45-minute test where candidates need to answer 50 questions on the discipline they applied for.

Daily reading

Develop a habit of reading magazines and daily newspapers to score well in the General Knowledge section. Thankfully, now students have access to the internet and different mobile applications, which they can use to check the daily news even when travelling. You can download such apps in your smartphones.

When reading magazines and newspapers, focus more on the latest books, winners in sports, cities located at the banks of famous rivers etc.

Remember the formulae

To score well in mathematics, you need to remember all the formulae. A great idea of doing this is to make notes of formulas or making a chart of the same and pasting it near your bed. Check all the formulae before going to bed. It will help you remember them for longer and use effectively in the examination hall.

Solve mock tests and previous year papers

Going through previous year papers and solving mock tests will boost your AFCAT preparation. This will not just help you get a better understanding of the types of questions asked but will also help you develop techniques to solve them quickly. Further, online mock tests will prepare you for the computer-based test. By solving these tests you can work on your speed, focus on your strengths and can make a list of the mistakes that you don’t have to make in the examination hall.

Read a lot

To prepare for the English section, you need to read as much as you can. Reader's Digest, The Hindu Editorials and other magazines are some option to improve your reading and English section. When preparing for English, you should also focus on Synonyms and Antonyms.

Military Aptitude

This is one of the most challenging sections of the AFCAT exam. You need to work on attention and regularly practice to prepare for this section. When preparing for Military aptitude, focus more on verbal skills and spatial ability.


Focus on going through only selected books instead of a heap of different books. A larger amount of study material mind sound good but is never a good idea as it confuses more. Here are some AFCAT books:

  •         High School English Grammar and Composition
  •         Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  •         Popular Master Guide, AFCAT - R. Gupta
  •         AFCAT - The First Step - DDE

Cracking any competitive exam is not impossible. You just need the right preparation plan and dedication. Hope the tips given in the article help you achieve your goal.

All the best in advance!