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How to crack the AFCAT 2023 Exam in First Attempt?

Shuchi Bagchi
Shuchi BagchiUpdated On: February 24, 2023 10:12 am IST | AFCAT
Are you preparaing and looking top crack AFCAT Exam in first attempt and join the Indian Air Force? Well, read the article to know about the strategies and tips to crack AFCAT Exam.
How to crack the AFCAT 2023 Exam in First Attempt?

Joining the Indian Air Force is a dream for every defense aspirant and for that they give their best to clear the recruitment process and finally become an Officer of the Indian Armed Forces. If you are also one of them and want to crack the AFCAT exam by self-preparation then you are reading the most appropriate article. In this article, we will tell you all the best ways through which you can ace the AFCAT exam just by following the preparation tips.

AFCAT is a gateway for all candidates who wish to join the Indian Air Force for  Short Service Commission in Flying Branch. Candidates can join the Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission on Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles as well. All candidates who wish to join the Indian Air Force must go through a rigorous training process at the Air Force Academy, situated in Dundigal, Telangana. The AFCAT Exam 2023 is scheduled to be conducted from February 24 to 26, 2023. AFCAT admit card 2023 will be released on February 8, 2023. 

Also Check: AFCAT Question Paper 2023

How to Crack the AFCAT Exam in the First Attempt?

The tips to crack the AFCAT exam on the first attempt are as follows:

1. Remember the Syllabus for the AFCAT Exam: The most important thing before appearing for any exam is to remember its syllabus. Candidates should always remember that the Air force authorities ask questions from the topics that are given in the AFCAT syllabus. Therefore, studying anything that is not in the syllabus is a waste of time and energy. Getting a knowledge of the syllabus will clear out most of the doubts about when the candidates will start their preparation. Knowing the topics gives a sense of clarity in the exam preparation.

2. Understand the AFCAT Exam Pattern: The AFCAT exam pattern is the second most important thing that candidates should remember. The candidate should be aware of the provisions of negative marking, total number of questions, total sections etc. to perform better in the AFCAT  exam.

For the comfortability of the candidates, we have provided the AFCAT exam pattern in a tabular form for better and quicker understating.



EKT (for Technical)

Mode of Exam



Number of Questions



Duration of Exam

2 Hours (120 minutes)


Maximum Marks




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

Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics

Negative Marking

1 Mark

1 Mark

Note:- 3 marks are allotted for every single correct answer, whereas 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. No marks are deducted for unattempted questions.

Also Read: What is a Good Score in AFCAT?

3. Solve Previous Year Question Papers and Mock Test: Previous year question papers helped the candidates to practice and get command over the exam pattern. The benefits of solving the previous year are:

  • Solving the AFCAT previous year's question paper will help candidates in recognizing the past trend and pattern of the IAF in asking questions. 

  • It will also help the candidates in recognizing their strong and weak areas so that they can improvise

  • Candidates must complete the previous year's papers 2-3 months before attempting the AFCAT exam

  • Attempting the previous year’s question paper on AFCAT has helped candidates in covering topics that they left behind

  • Attempt AFCAT mock tests to gain confidence

Solve Mock Test: Just like the previous year's paper helped the candidates to get a knowledge of the past trends, the mock test paper helps the candidates to know the upcoming trend in asking questions in the exam.

  • AFCAT Mock tests prepare candidates for unconditional questions in the AFCAT exam

  • Solving the AFCAT mock tests will help the candidates to understand the AFCAT exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly

  • It also helps in getting adapted as per the time limit prescribed for the AFCAT exam

  • Attempting mock tests and solving them within the time limit will help in boosting the candidate’s morale and enthusiasm

  • Hence, candidates must attempt AFCAT mock tests a month before the actual AFCAT exam

Read More:Tips to Score 250+ Marks in AFCAT Exam

4. Make a Realistic Timetable and Follow: Time management is very important when it comes to preparing for any competitive exam. The way a candidate manages his/her time matters a lot because there are a lot of distractions in the surroundings. Most candidates get involved in uncertain and unproductive activities that hamper their preparation and ultimately their AFCAT exam results. To prevent this, the candidates must make a realistic timetable, allocating various activities at a definite time. It will help them to manage time and make the day more productive than usual. It will also help them in bringing consistency, which is another important factor while preparing for the AFCAT exam.

5. Prefer Standard Books and Guides: The candidates who are preparing for the AFCAT Exam by themselves must not rely on a single source. The AFCAT question paper consists of questions full of diversity but within the syllabus. That is why candidates are advised to opt for standard and prescribed books for AFCAT. The prescribed books and guides will help the candidates in covering the AFCAT syllabus in a quick and efficient manner.

6. Take online coaching (if required): Online coaching helps the candidate in guiding and mentoring for any competitive exams. Mentorship is as important as self-study. After all, doing hard work in the right direction will give the desired results. Candidates can take AFCAT online coaching and enhance their chances of cracking the AFCAT exam in their first attempt. The coaching imparts knowledge through video lectures, one to one personal attention and doubt solving classes with experienced faculty. The AFCAT course is designed in a student-friendly way which can help the students to understand the basics and advances of the AFCAT exam.

7. Identify weak and strong areas: Every candidate has certain weak and strong areas that they recognize while preparing for the competitive exam. Don’t run away or ignore the weak areas, instead work on those areas to make them stronger to gain more marks in the AFCAT exam. The strong areas are an advantage to a candidate, but the weak areas are the potential marks that can be achieved with a little more hard work and practice. So, it is better to work on the weak areas to create probabilities of getting more marks.

8. Be aware of Current Affairs: Current affairs have become a part of all competitive exams these days. The candidates need to keep an eye on current affairs through newspapers or monthly current affairs magazines. Not everything can be covered by the standard books, the standard books only cover information till the day they were printed and bound. So current affairs should be done equally for the AFCAT exam without relying completely on the standard books and guides.

9. Revision is the Key: All the preparation would hold no meaning if there are zero revisions. It is better to read a book rather than to read 10 books at a time. Fewer resources and more revision is the key to success in the AFCAT exam. The candidates should revise every week to get a stronghold of the contents that they have studied earlier. Revisions also create relevancy in the content that is being read earlier and which is being read. And relevancy is very important to get a clear picture of the topics.

Read More:AFCAT 2023 Exam Day Instructions

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