AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is an exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to recruit eligible candidates into the Air Force. The recruitment is done in three branches- the Flying branch, Ground Duty (Technical) branch, and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branch. Candidates who wish to get into the Ground Duty (Technical) branch need to appear for an additional exam called the AFCAT EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) exam. In this article, we will establish the AFCAT vs EKT differences.
The main difference between AFCAT and EKT is that AFCAT is for all three branches of the Indian Air Force while EKT is only for the technical branch. Remember, that the AFCAT exam is common for both technical and non-technical branches. However, the two exams have different eligibility requirements as well as different examination patterns. Let us dive into these differences one point at a time.
Overview of Difference between AFCAT and EKT
Take a look at the main differences between AFCAT vs EKT exam.
|Recruitment branch||Flying branch|
Ground Duty (Technical)
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branch
|Ground Duty (Technical)|
|Educational Qualification||Graduation in any discipline||B.Tech|
|Age Limit||20-24 years||20-26 years|
|Duration||2 hours||45 minutes|
|Sections||General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Numerical Ability and Military Aptitude Test||Fundamental Engineering, Specialization Topics, and Allied Engineering|
|Negative Marking||1 mark||1 mark|
Difference Between Eligibility of AFCAT and EKT
The eligibility criteria for an exam is the minimum requirement that has to be fulfilled by a candidate. Failure to satisfy the eligibility criteria results in disqualification. The importance of eligibility criteria is to make sure that candidates are fit for the role in terms of academic qualification, age, etc. What is difference between AFCAT and EKT eligibility criteria? Let us talk about them one by one.
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Aspirants of the flying branch have to be between 20 to 24 years of age. While aspirants of the Ground Duty branch must be between 20 to 26 years of age. This means that the age limit eligibility for the EKT exam is 20 to 26 years of age.
|AFCAT||20-24 years (Flying branch)|
|EKT||20 to 26 years|
The minimum educational requirements for the AFCAT and EKT exam are given as follows.
|Exam||Minimum educational qualification|
|AFCAT||50% marks in Maths and Physics at 10+2, and|
Minimum three years degree in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent from a recognized University, or
A minimum of four years degree of BE/B.Tech with a minimum of 60% marks from a recognized University, or
A minimum of 60% marks in Section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University
|EKT||A minimum of 50% mark in Maths and Physics at 10+2, and|
Minimum four years of graduation/integrated post-graduation in Engineering/Technology from a recognized University, or
A minimum of 60% marks in Section A and B exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers or Aeronautical Society of India or Graduate membership exam of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers from a recognized University in the following streams:
Applied Electronics & Instrumentation
Computer Engineering & Application
Computer Science and Engineering/Technology
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electronics Engineering/ Technology
Electronics Science and Engineering Electronics
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Electronics and Computer Science
Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering
Electronics and/or Telecommunication Engineering (Microwave)
Electronics and Computer Engineering
Electronics Communication and Instrumentation Engineering
Electronics Instrument & Control
Electronics Instrument & Control Engineering
Instrumentation & Control Engineering
Instrument & Control Engineering
Electric Power and Machinery Engineering
For the post of Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical), the streams are as follows:
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Automation
Mechanical Engineering (Production)
Mechanical Engineering (Repair and Maintenance).Mechatronics
Production and Industrial Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Aerospace and Applied Mechanics
Rubber Technology and Rubber Engineering
Difference Between Exam Pattern of AFCAT and EKT
As mentioned above, candidates who apply for the technical posts, have to appear for the EKT exam. A candidate who qualifies the AFCAT exam but not the EKT exam will not get recruited for the technical posts. The exam pattern is as follows.
|Section||General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Numerical Ability and Military Aptitude Test||Fundamental Engineering, Specialization Topics, and Allied Engineering|
|Duration||2 hours||45 minutes|
|Marks for each question||3||3|
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AFCAT vs EKT FAQs
AFCAT is an exam conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for recruitment in the branches of- the Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical) branch, and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branch. Among these branches, the technical branch requires an additional exam called EKT.
No, EKT is only for candidates who wish to join the technical branch of the Indian Air Force.
No, in order to get recruited in the technical branch, both AFCAT and EKT are to be cleared.
EKT is compulsory for aspirants for technical posts.
AFCAT is conducted for 2 hours while the EKT exam is conducted for 45 minutes.