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Preparing for Defence Exams in India
In the dynamic realm of national security, India's defence forces are beacons of pride, valour, and commitment. For countless young aspirants, joining their ranks isn't just a career move but a call to serve the nation. Yet, the path is marked with challenges, with defence examinations in India renowned for their demanding nature and stiff competition. But with a potent weapon – practice – success is within reach.
Here's a look at the major defence exams held in India, and how unwavering practice can be your guide:
1. NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam
The initial milestone for youth aiming for a spot in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Subjects covered include mathematics, English, general knowledge, and current affairs.
Why Practice? With the need for sharp mathematical skills and staying abreast with current events, consistent practice is paramount. Mock tests and previous year's papers offer a genuine exam feel.
2. CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam
Targeted at graduates pursuing positions in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Naval Academy, or Air Force Academy.
Why Practice? With a syllabus that spans English, general knowledge, and elementary mathematics, a disciplined practice routine ensures thorough preparedness.
3. AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
For those who envision themselves amidst the clouds with the Indian Air Force. Candidates are tested on English, general awareness, numerical ability, reasoning, and military aptitude.
Why Practice? The diverse syllabus necessitates a well-rounded preparation strategy. Regular practice helps pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement.
4. INET (Indian Navy Entrance Test)
For aspirants of the vast Indian coastline defence, INET recruits officers for the Indian Navy. Topics include mathematical reasoning, numerical ability, general science, and English.
Why Practice? With INET demanding clear concepts and quick problem-solving, rigorous practice refines these skills.
5. DRDO Exam
For the thinkers and innovators aiming to contribute to India's defence technology. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducts exams encompassing technical subjects, reasoning, and general awareness.
Why Practice? Technical subjects demand in-depth understanding and application. Regular practice aids in grasping complex topics and applying them during exams.
6. Agniveer Vayu Group X & Group Y Exams
These exams are essential for those targeting technical and non-technical roles in the Air Force. While Group X focuses on technical aspects, Group Y covers non-technical trades.
Why Practice? The diverse nature of both exams, each with its unique requirements, emphasizes the importance of practice to understand, internalize, and apply concepts effectively.
India's defence forces stand for discipline, unwavering dedication, and tenacity. These attributes are not only vital on the battlefield but also in preparing for the pivotal defence exams. As you delve into practice sessions, you're not merely studying but conditioning your mind to think swiftly, connect dots, and develop the resilience necessary for these challenges.
So, to all future defenders of our land, engage deeply in practice. The journey to donning that cherished uniform starts with your commitment today. And remember, every challenge faced now is a step closer to your dream. Embrace it, for the end reward is unparalleled
The Air Force Common Admission Test - AFCAT is conducted by the Indian Air Force, the exam is held twice a year to select Class I Gazetted officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical).
AFCAT is a gateway for candidates, both male and female, to join the Indian Air Force as officers for both Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission in Ground Duties for both Technical and Non-Technical roles.
AFCAT Exam is held twice a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force.
- Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam for the Non-Technical candidates; and AFCAT+EKT for the Technical candidates.
- Stage 2: AFSB Interview.
- Stage 3: Medical Test.
|Exam||AFCAT||EKT (for Technical)|
|No of Questions||100||50|
|Duration||2 Hours||45 Minutes|
|Negative Marking||1 mark||1 mark|
- Nationality : Candidate must be a citizen of India.
Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry: 20 to 24 years. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot
License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years
Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years
- Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at SSB or medical will not be eligible for training. A candidate who marries during the period of training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family
- More details can be found on AFCAT official site here
- Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
- OR BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
- OR Candidates who have cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
- General Awareness
- Verbal Ability
- Numerical Ability
- Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test
- Error Detection
- Sentence Completion/ Filling in of the correct word
- Synonyms, Antonyms and Vocabulary
- Idioms and Phrases
- Decimal and Fraction
- Time and Work
- Profit & Loss
- Ratio & Proportion
- Simple Interest & Compound Interest
- Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
- Civics and Polity
- Current Affairs
- Basic Science
- Art & Culture
- Odd One Out
- Coding and Decoding
- Figure Classification
- Spotting the Embedded Figures
- Pattern Completion
- Dot Situation Analysis
- Venn Diagram
- Blood Relation
- Missing Figures