The Indian Air Force administers the Air Force Common Admission Test – AFCAT exam twice in a year to recruit eligible candidates in three branches of the Air Force, namely-
- Flying Branch
- Ground Duty (technical) Branch
- Ground Duty (non-technical) Branch
Candidates through AFCAT get golden opportunity to fulfil their dream of serving the nation. For relevant details regarding the AFCAT examination aspirants can go through the linked page. Though the competition for the exam is very high but AFCAT is not a hard nut to crack. Candidates with proper guidance and preparation can crack the examination easily. Aspirants willing to appear for the AFCAT exam should start the preparation early for better results. Therefore, the article collates smart preparation tips that will help candidates pass the exam with flying colours.
Smart Tips to Approach Your AFCAT Exam
- Chart out a study routine – To start well with a preparation, it is imperative to move ahead systematically. Randomly picking up the subjects and studying them will lead to confusion. It is better to devise a routine and dedicate equal time of preparation to all the subjects. The study schedule should suit your daily routine and should be followed religiously.
- Gather good material – Candidates should first of all go through the detailed syllabus and exam pattern of AFCAT. This will help to collate related and relevant study material from different sources. Remember, do not try to refer to too many books or sources to prepare for one subject or topic. This will only create fuss and leave you irritated and exhausted. Picking the best material and comprehensively studying it would suffice.
- Lost time is never found again – Candidates in AFCAT have to solve 100 questions in 120 minutes that means they do have even one minute to solve each question. Hence the importance of time management cannot be ignored. Since the start of preparation to the D-day learn, practice and work on everything with time constraints. That is how you will be able to hone time management skills, which will ultimately help you in the final face-off.
- Sample Papers, Do a lot – Practicing previous year papers is something that is at the top of preparation strategies to ace any exam. While starting the preparation, just go through the past year papers, do not solve one, simply analyse and understand. Now, start preparing the syllabus and when you have completed the whole lot, that is the time when you should start practising the previous year question papers. They offer practice for the actual examination so set time limits and evaluate yourself sincerely.
- Revision and Practice Beforehand – Regular track of preparation is extremely important. Practice mock tests and online quizzes to keep tracking the progress of your preparation. Learn your strengths and weaknesses and accordingly strategise further so that you are able to attempt the questions in the exam with confidence.
- Be stress free – stress is the biggest enemy of good results. When you are stressed you are unable to give your 100 percent in the exam. A stressed mind commits mistakes even on the questions which you were able to answer just in the blink of the eyes. If you have practiced well, the questions in the paper are designed for you, it can’t trick you.
Now that you know how to approach AFCAT preparation in a systematic and strategic way. Given below are a few pointers to keep in mind on the examination day.
- Reach the exam centre well before the mentioned time
- Do not forget to take the admit card and original ID proof. Also, take two passport size photographs and a ballpoint pen.
- On receiving the question paper, read the questions carefully and do not haste in answering the questions.
- Focus on answering the easy questions first so that you are left with more time for the difficult questions.
- Do not panic if you get stuck on any question, move to the next one and come back again to solve it later.
Like AFCAT, there are many other national level entrance examinations through which aspirants can get into the Defence Services. Interested candidates can check the Defence exams on the linked page.