IAF Group X And Y Syllabus :Exam pattern

Like many Defence Exams conducted, this exam will include three stages for the final selection of the candidates as tabulated below. Each of the tests will have to be qualified separately in order to be eligible to work as an Airmen Group X, Y Category of the IAF.  Air Force Group X  includes the Technical Trade while Group Y includes the Non-Technical Trade. The IAF Group X, Y Exam Pattern is given below.

Name of the Exam Type of the Exam/Time
Phase I Online Test
Phase II Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
Phase III Medical Examination


IAF Group X, Y Exam Pattern For Phase I

Group Subject Marks Total Marks Duration
Airmen Group X English 20 70 marks 60 minutes
Physics 25
Mathematics 25
Airmen Group Y Reasoning & General Awareness (RAGA) 30 50 marks 45 minutes
English 20
Airmen Group X & Y English 20 100 marks 85 minutes
Physics 25
Mathematics 25
Reasoning & General Awareness (RAGA) 30

Marking Scheme For Air Force Group X, Y Exam

(i) One mark for every correct answer.
(ii) Nil (0) marks for unattempted questions.
(iii) 0.25 marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

AF Group X, Y Syllabus 2020

The Indian Air Force Group X, Y Syllabus comprises of the following four subjects. The syllabus is common for the technical (Group X) and non-technical group (Group Y).

  1. English
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Reasoning & General Awareness (RAGA)

The detailed syllabus is given below for each of the subjects.

Indian Airforce Group X, Y Syllabus For English

English is common for IAF Group X, Y both. Therefore it is important that the candidates know the syllabus of English. It will be pretty scoring in nature for both the groups.

Grammar Para jumbles
Direct Indirect Speech Active and Passive Voice
Comprehension Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Fill in the blanks Vocabulary
Synonyms and Antonyms Idioms and Phrases
Basic Grammar such as
Preposition, Conjunctions, etc
Part of Speech


Indian Airforce Group X, Y Syllabus For Maths

The syllabus for maths is based on the 10+2 level.

 Sets, Relations, and functions Mathematical Induction
Permutation, Combination, Binomial Theorem Matrices and Determinants
Linear Programming and Vector Trigonometric Functions
Cartesian system of rectangular co-ordinates Definite & Indefinite Integrals
Differentiation Probability & Statistics
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Data Interpretation


Indian Airforce Group X, Y Syllabus For Physics

Physical World and Measurement Optics
Kinematics Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases
Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases. Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current Thermodynamics
Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism Communication system
Gravitation Work, Power and Energy


Indian Airforce Group X, Y Syllabus For Reasoning

Mathematical Operations Distance and Direction sense Test.
Numerical series Number coding.
Number Puzzle Number, Ranking & Time Sequence Test.
Dictionary woods. Non- Verbal Reasoning.
Number, Ranking & Time Sequence Test Assign Artificial Values to Mathematical Digit.
Coding & Decoding Inserting Correct Mathematical sign.
Odd One Out Tallest, youngest relations, Blood Relations
Mutual relation problems Analogy


Indian Airforce Group X, Y Syllabus For General Awareness

  1. General Science
  2.  Civics, Polity, Economy
  3. Geography
  4. Current Events
  5. History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern
  6.  Basic Computer Operations
  7. IAF Group X, Y Physical Fitness Test

  8. Soon after the declaration of the result of Phase-I (Online) Test, a cut off will be applied based on the
    marks scored by the candidates in the Phase I Test and SHORTLISTED candidates will be sent a new
    admit card on their Registered e-mail ID for phase – II test at an Airmen Selection Centre. The following tests will be conducted once a candidate qualifies the written stage of the exam.

    Height 152.5 CM
    Chest The minimum range of expansion: 5 cm
    weight Proportionate to height and age. (Minimum 55 Kg for ATS)
    Run 1.6 Km run to be completed within 06 minutes 30 seconds
    Push-up 10
    Sit-ups 10
    Squats 20

    IAF Group X, Y Medical Fitness Test

    The candidates qualifying the PFT will be issued a medical appointment letter at respective ASCs. Medical Examination shall be conducted by Air Force Medical Team as per IAF medical standards and policy in vogue on the subject issue.

    A medical examination would also include a baseline investigation of:-

    (a) Blood Haemogram – Hb, TLC, DLC
    (b) Urine RE/ME
    (c) Biochemistry :- (i) Blood Sugar Fasting & PP (ii) Serum Cholesterol (iii) Urea, Uric acid, Creatinine (iv) LFT—Serum Bilirubin, SGOT, SGPT
    (d) X-Ray chest (PA view)
    (e) ECG (R)
    (f) Tests for Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substance Abuse.
    (g) Any other test necessary in the opinion of the Medical Officer

    The candidates who will undergo all the three phases of exam will be appointed as an IAF Group X, Y Cadet.