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I am a B.Tech (EEE) student. My aim is to be a part of the Air Force. I want to know which books I must study to prepare for AFCAT EXAM. Also, what steps should I take to join the Air Force?

Pradeep

Being ‘part’ of the Air Force is like being in the middle of supersonic jets, state-of-the-art technology and the cream of the society. The best in you comes out as the Air Force provides you with modern facilities and a sophisticated way of life.

Air Force has exciting career opportunities; whether you are a graduate or just finished your schooling.

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) has been recently introduced to provide suitable opportunities to candidates eligible for multiple branches of the Indian Air Force (IAF). AFCAT is conducted for posts that do not come under the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) entries for induction into officers’ cadre of the IAF.

Previously, candidates had to fill up separate application forms for induction into Flying, Technical and Ground Duty branches. However, now candidates can apply for different branches through AFCAT by filling up a single application form as per eligibility and choice. AFCAT is a common aptitude test conducted for all branches. It is a 2-hour test and contains multiple choice questions on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and aptitude.

Based on AFCAT scores, short-listed candidates are called for further testing at one of the Air Force Selection Boards.

Eligibility criteria for different branches are listed here.

1. Flying Branch

A Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 60% marks from any recognized university or Bachelor of Engineering/Technology of four years with 60% marks can appear for AFCAT to get admission into the flying branch. Candidates should be between 19 and 23 years of age. The age criterion is relaxed for candidates holding valid Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA up to 25 years.

Candidates who already applied for Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and failed need not apply. Flight Cadets suspended from flying training of the Air Force Academy are also not eligible to apply.

2. Technical Branch

A Bachelor’s degree of 4-year duration from any recognized university is required for Aeronautical Engineer. Final year students of 4-year Bachelor of Engineering/Technology from a recognised university for Aeronautical Engineering can appear for AFCAT to get into technical branch. Candidates should be between 18 to 28 years of age.

3. Ground Duty Branches

A Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 60% marks or post graduation or equivalent diploma in any subject with 50% marks can appear for AFCAT to get into Ground Duty branches. Candidates should be between 20 and 23, 20 and 25, 20 and 26 and 20 and 27 years of age as per qualifications.

Syllabus of AFCAT

1. The AFCAT Question Paper consists of 100 questions. All questions carry three marks each. For every correct answer, the candidate will get three marks and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted under negative marking scheme.

2. Questions will be from the following topics:

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

(b) Verbal Ability in English – Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Vocabulary.

(c) Numerical Ability – Decimal Fractions, Simplification, Averages, Profit & Loss, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion and Simple Interest.

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

For further details, please visit: http://careerairforce.nic.in/

Some of the books to be referred to prepare for AFCAT exam are listed here:

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam Guide by Rph Editorial Board

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam Guide by Ramesh publishing House

Verbal Ability and Reasoning, Books by RS Agarwal

General Knowledge, Upkar Publications and Manorama Books

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