Indian Air Force X Y Group Preparation Tips

Indian Air Force X Y Group Preparation Tips

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: Jan 12, 2021Indian Air Force X Y Group 2021 Exam Date out! Check Air Force Group X & Y Exam Date, Apply Online link, fee, Salary, eligibility, Syllabus & study material.
Indian Air Force X Y Group 2021 Exam Date out! Check Air Force Group X & Y Exam Date, Apply Online link, fee, Salary, eligibility, Syllabus & study material.
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Indian Air Force XY Group Preparation Tips

Indian Air Force exam preparation tips for Airmen Group X & Y 2021 exam are provided here by our expert educators. Since the Indian Air Force is a national level exam and a much-reputed government job, thus it becomes important to have a smart strategy. Below you can go through the section-wise IAF preparation tips to grab the opportunity to join Indian Air Force.

IAF Airmen Group X & Y Exam Pattern

The written exam pattern for Indian Air Force exam will have the following sections based on the group you are appearing for:


Subject & No. of Questions

Total Marks


Group X

Maths: 25 Q

Physics: 25 Q

English: 20 Q

70 Marks

60 Minutes

Group Y

Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 Q

English: 20 Q

50 Marks

45 Minutes

Group X & Y (both)

Maths: 25 Q

Physics: 25 Q

English: 20 Q

Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 Q

100 Marks

85 Minutes

Note: There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

How to Score Good Marks and Clear the Cutoff?

  • As most of the students who appear for this exam are recently passed out of 12th std, so sticking to what you have already studied would boost your preparation as you only need to revise the concepts.
  • Also knowing your strong areas will help you better as you can attempt the specific questions with confidence and clear them with ease.
  • During the exam, the first and foremost thing is to read the questions properly, as it is observed many students in a hurry do mistakes. We know the time is less but at the same time, you need to understand that you first need to clear IAF cut off marks.
  • If you have not practised any numerical then attempt only those questions in which you are 110% sure as any wrong answer will reduce your marks.
  • Also, understand that a minimum of questions is to be attempted correctly to clear the sectional cut off.

How to Manage Time in Airmen Group X & Y exam?

  • As you know that the number of questions is more and the time of the exam is less, so it is difficult for candidates to attempt all these questions.
  • The key here is to first attempt those questions which take less time. For example, many students who are good in English might find it easier to attempt more questions in less time, while some might find general awareness easier.


  • Revision of facts and figures will benefit you a lot. Revising GK topics & Physics will be fruitful to you. Also revising rules of grammar & vocabulary will help boost your chances of choosing the correct option.
  • Time management is of utmost importance so if you get stuck in any question, move ahead and go through the next one.

Section Wise Tips for Airmen Group X & Y 2021 Exam

English Language Tips For Air Force Group X & Y 2021 

  • For Synonyms and Antonyms revise the list of words that were made by you during preparation.
  • While answering questions of the cloze test, try eliminating the wrong answers and get the correct answer.
  • For questions from Active/Passive: apply the general rule of conversion from active to the passive voice which is :
    object + are/am/was/were/been/be/is/being etc. + past participle + by + subject.
    The second term varies according to the verb of the sentence.
  • For Jumbled Sentences, one must identify the connecting words such as “if”, “but” as they cannot be the first sentence. The last sentence would start with words “therefore”, “thus” etc. Now try connecting the first sentence with remaining sentences.

Mathematics Tips For Air Force Group X & Y 2021

  • For questions of trigonometry, know the relation between sine, cosine, tangent, and cotangent.
  • Practice NCERT questions and previously asked from topics such as Determinants, Limits, Differential equation, probability.
  • Attempt those questions that are easier. Don't waste your time on difficult questions.

Reasoning & General Awareness Tips For Air Force Group X & Y 2021


  • Attempt questions from distance and directions, youngest and tallest relation based questions, average, fractions, time speed and distance, profit & Loss etc.
  • Revise your notes for important formulae, difficult questions, and short cut tricks.
  • Revise the formulae from the following chapters:
  1. Time, Speed and Distance
  2. Ratio and Proportion
  3. Profit & Loss
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Surface Area and Volume

General Awareness:

  • Revise dates of historical battles, governor generals and their contribution, freedom struggle for History
  • For Geography make a list of dams, rivers and national parks in India.
  • For Political Science, important provisions in the constitution, president, Courts, committees etc.
  • For General Science make a list of formulae of laws, inventions, diseases caused by the deficiency of vitamins etc.
  • For Current Affairs go through the important news of the previous 6 months.

Do’s and Don’t for Air Force Group X & Y 2021

  • Do not panic and get nervous once the exam starts.
  • Read the questions properly and then attempt it.
  • Do not make wild guesses as it may lead to negative marking.

Many times we feel that we have not prepared well and our performance is not up to the mark. I request you to keep calm and be confident about your preparation.

Keep in mind the last year cutoff and try to score more than it, for safe attempts.

Do not panic if you come across any new question. Read it properly first and go for it only if you understand the language of the question.

Always Remember:

You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great

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Naveen SinghNaveen SinghMember since Jan 2019
Recommended twice for Indian Army in 2011 & 2017. Cleared NDA, CDSE, AFCAT, CAPF Exams.
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  • Practice lots of mock tests and follow the above-given tips to crack the Indian Air Force exam successfully.

  • The exam pattern for Air Force includes three subjects for both Group X & Group Y exam. However, if a candidate opts for both Group X & Y then he/she has to appear for 5 different subjects. You can check out the detailed Air Force Airmen Group X & Y exam pattern above.

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