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     Introduction

     

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) the youngest of the three defence services, was commissioned on October 8, 1932, with four single-propeller engine Wapiti aircrafts, six pilot officers, two airmen and 19 Hawai Sepoys. The first Indian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee one of the founding members of the Air Force took over on 1st April 1954. Today, the IAF is the fourth largest Airforce in the world with its forty-five squadron strength and some of the most sophisticated fighter air crafts like Mirage 2000, MIG 29, MIG 27, Jaguar, MIG 25, MIG 23 and MIG 21. The transport wing has the huge IL 76 (Gajraj), AN 32 and other smaller aircrafts. 

    Armed Forces offer excellent career opportunities to the adventurous young candidates. Its a career that offers immense facilities, a privileged lifestyle and of course, honour in serving the country. The major activity of the air force is that of flying combat air crafts and helicopters. Other activities include technical work such as aeronautical engineering, electronics, and computer engineering, as well as administrative, financial and planning duties.

    One can join the Air Force either as an Officer or Airman. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men having 10+2 (Intermediate), graduate, engineering and postgraduate degrees, in their three different branches. Women who are graduates

    , engineers and post graduates can join as an Officer in the Air force. The officers will be posted either as a Pilot, or a Navigator, or a Technical or a Ground Duty officer in any one of the Air Force bases. Women have opportunities only in the Officer cadre of the Air force. 

    In the Airmen cadre, there are opportunities even for class tenth pass (Matriculate) and below candidates, 10+2 (Intermediate), Diploma, graduates, postgraduates etc in their technical and non-technical trade fields. 

    ·         Officer

    ·         Airman

     

    Officer

     

    One can join the Air Force as an Officer in either one of the three branches, the Flying, Technical or the Ground branch. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men with 10+2 /Intermediate (only in the flying branch), graduates ( all three branches), engineers (all three branches) and postgraduates (all branches except the Flying branch). Women who are graduates, engineers and post graduates can join as an Officer in the Air force. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted either as a Pilot or a Navigator, or a Technical or a Ground Duty officer at any of the Air Force Stations. 

    Only the Officer cadre of the Air force provide opportunities for women. But they will be appointed only on 'Short Service Commission' i.e for a term of 10 years which you can extend up to 10 more years depending on your conduct or retire at the age of 40 whichever comes first. Only men will be granted 'Permanent Commission' from the Indian Air Force i.e will be accepted in service, for life. They can also opt for 'Short Service Commission'.

    The Flying branch includes Fighter pilots who fly combat or fighter planes carrying ammunition and missiles; Transport pilots who fly planes which carry men and materials, and Helicopter pilots who provide air support to a moving army, or are used for para-dropping men and supplies. This branch also includes navigators who fly along with the pilot and guide the aircraft by using the latest avionic equipment. 

    The Technical branch consists of all the engineering sections which are responsible for the engineering equipment and weapons systems of the air force. Aeronautical engineers in the mechanical department ensure the proper maintenance of all aircraft; while those in the electronics department handle the electronic and communication equipment in aircraft. 

    The Ground Duties Branch includes all the departments that provide logistical, meteorological, educational and administrative support to the flying and technical branches. This includes the Air Traffic Control Officer who provides control and advisory services to enable the pilot to conduct flights in total safety. The Fighter Controller monitors the skies for any potential threat and selects the appropriate air defense system using modern electronic equipment to intercept these threats. The logistics Officer is responsible for provisioning the aircraft with spares, fuel, armaments and so on, while the meteorological branch officers are engaged in conducting scientific research on the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions. There are also other branches such as administration, education and accounts. 

    Eligibility & Physical Standards

     

    The three branches of the Air force are Flying, Ground duty and Technical branch. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men with 10+2 / Intermediate (only in the Flying branch), graduates

    (all three branches), engineers (all three branches) and postgraduates (all branches except the Flying branch) in the various positions. Women with graduate (all three branches), engineering (all three branches) and post graduate degrees (all branches except the Flying branch) have openings as an Officer in the Air force. The career options and eligibility for the candidates having different educational qualifications for the Officer Cadre in the different branches of the Air force are given in the following links.

    ·         Intermediate (10+2 )

    • Engineer

    ·         Graduate

    • Post Graduate

    Physical Standards

    Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfill some basic physical standards. 

    General physical requirements common for all candidates.

    Conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties: 

    ·         Acute or chronic pelvic infection

    ·         Severe menorrhagia

    ·         Severe dysmenorrhea

    ·         Complete prolapse of uterus

    ·         Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea

    ·         Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.

    Height And Weight Standards for Men 

    Height in cm.
    (without shoes)

    Average weight in Kg

     

     

    18yrs

    20yrs

    22yrs

    152
    155
    157
    160
    162
    165
    168
    170
    173
    175
    178
    180
    183
    185
    188
    190
    193
    195

    44
    46
    47
    48
    50
    52
    53
    55
    57
    59
    61
    63
    65
    67
    70
    72
    74
    77

    46
    48
    49
    50
    52
    53
    55
    57
    59
    61
    62
    64
    67
    69
    71
    73
    76
    78

    47
    49
    50
    51
    53
    55
    57
    58
    60
    62
    63
    65
    67
    70
    72
    74
    77
    79

     Height And Weight Standards for Women

    Height in cm.
    (without shoes)

    Average weight in Kg

     

     

     

    18yrs

    20yrs

    22yrs

    143
    145
    146
    148
    150
    152
    154
    156
    158
    160
    162
    163
    165
    168
    170
    173
    175

    36.8
    37
    38
    39
    40
    42
    43
    43
    45
    46
    46
    47
    49
    50
    51
    53
    55

    40
    41
    42
    42
    42.5
    43
    44
    44.5
    46
    47
    47.5
    48
    50.5
    51.5
    52.5
    55
    56.5

    41
    42
    43
    43
    44
    45
    45.5
    46
    46.5
    47.5
    48.5
    49
    51.5
    52.5
    53.5
    56
    57.5

    *If you belong to the North Eastern regions of India, Garwahal or Kumaon or are a Gorkha then the height is relaxed by 5 cm.

    Selection

    The selection procedure for picking the candidates is quite strict and elaborate. The four steps  involved are

    ·         Scanning of Application

    ·         Testing Officer like Qualities

    ·         Conducting Medical Examinations

    ·         Preparing All India Merit List

    Scanning of Application
    After checking all eligibility wise application forms for the three branches, you will receive a call letter with further instructions.

    If you have applied to the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your applications will be sent for processing to UPSC. There after you will receive a call letter for writing the UPSC Exam. Men after clearing the UPSC Exams take the pilot aptitude battery test (PABT). If you are a woman applying for the Short Service Commission or applying as an NCC Senior Division 'C' Certificate Holder, you skip the UPSC Exams, and move to the next step i.e PABT, after your application has been processed. PABT comprises a written test in which a candidate's perception and grasp of the subject is gauged. This is followed by two machine tests for checking the basic co-ordination and psychomotor skills.

    If you have applied to the Ground Duty Branch, your application will be sent to the Air Headquarters for short-listing. Then the candidates need to undergo an officer intelligence-rating test.

    If you have applied to the Technical Branch, you will be required to take the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). If you pass the EKT, you move to the next step. 

    Testing Officer like Qualities 
    After you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSB) located at Dehradun, Varanasi and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Boards, you undergo a number of psychological tests, an interview and group activities, which are collectively called the Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) Tests. 

    The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist
    The Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor tests. We expect active physical participation from you. 
    The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing Officer.

    All of the above are screening tests. If you do not make the passing grades, you are routed back home the same day. If you have applied through NDA/CDSE (for Flying Branch) there is no screening; you are tested for your second/third choice of Army and Navy.

    At the conference held on the last day, all the assessors, i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, discuss your performance. Based on your performance, you will be selected for the next step.

    Conducting Medical Examinations
    If you have applied for the Flying branch and are found suitable by the Selection Board, you would be sent to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bangalore for a thorough medical examination.

    If you have applied for the Technical or Ground Duty Branches and are found suitable, you would be asked to return home and await a call for a medical examination depending upon your position in the merit list.

    Preparing All India Merit List
    An All India merit list is compiled on the basis of your performance at the group tests as well as the medical examination. If you qualify the merit list, depending upon vacancies, you are instructed to go to the training academy.

    Admission Procedure

    Flying branch

    The time of release of advertisements varies for the different modes of entry for the Flying Branch. 

    Mode Of Entry

    Month Of Release Of Advertisement

    Send Applications Here

    NDA

    April / November

    The Secretary,
    UPSC,
    Dholpur House,
    Shahjahan Road,
    New Delhi
    110011.

    CDSE

    April / November

    The Secretary,
    UPSC,
    Dholpur House,
    Shahjahan Road,
    New Delhi
    110011.

    NCC

    June / December

    DGNCC,
    West Block IV,
    RK Puram,
    New Delhi-110066.

    SSC (Women)

    January / July

    Post Bag No. 001,
    DHQ Post Office,
    New Delhi-110011


    Ground Duty Branches

    The time of release of advertisements varies for the Air Traffic Controller/Fighter Controller and other Ground Duty Branches are as below:.

    Branch

    Month Of Release Of Advertisement

    Send Applications Here

    Administrative
    Logistics
    Accounts
    Education
    Meteorology

    January / July

    Post Bag No. 001,
    DHQ Post Office,
    New Delhi-110011.

    Air Traffic Controller/Fighter Controller (Administrative)

    April

    Post Bag No. 001,
    DHQ Post Office,
    New Delhi-110011.

     

    Technical Branch

    You can apply to the Technical Branch through the University Entry Scheme or the Direct Entry Scheme. The time of release of the advertisements varies for the two schemes. 

     

    Direct Entry Schemes

    State

    Month Of Release Of Advertisement

    Send Applications Here

    Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi

    January / July

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Western Air Command,
    IAF, 
    SubrotoPark,
    New Delhi-110010.

    Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal

    January / July

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Eastern Air Command,
    IAF, 
    Nong Lyer,
    Shillong,
    Meghalaya.

    Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

    January / July

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Central Air Command,
    IAF, 
    Bamrauli,
    Allahabad-211012,
    Uttar Pradesh.

    Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra and Nager Haveli, Daman and Diu

    October

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters South Western Air Command,
    IAF, 
    Sector 9, 
    Gandhinagar - 382009 
    Gujarat

     Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshwadeep and Pondicherry

    October

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Southern Air Command,
    IAF, 
    Aakulam,
    Thiruvananthapuram-695031,
    Kerela.

    Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra

    January / July

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Maintenance Command, 
    IAF, 
    Vayu Sena Nagar,
    Nagpur-440007,
    Maharashtra.

    Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

    January / July

    Command Education Officer.
    Headquarters Training Command, 
    IAF, 
    Munni Reddy Palaya, 
    P.O. Bangalore-560006,
    Karnataka.

     

     

    oungest of the three defence services, was commissioned on October 8, 1932, with four single-propeller engine Wapiti aircrafts, six pilot officers, two airmen and 19 Hawai Sepoys. The first Indian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee one of the founding members of the Air Force took over on 1st April 1954. Today, the IAF is the fourth largest Airforce in the world with its forty-five squadron strength and some of the most sophisticated fighter air crafts like Mirage 2000, MIG 29, MIG 27, Jaguar, MIG 25, MIG 23 and MIG 21. The transport wing has the huge IL 76 (Gajraj), AN 32 and other smaller aircrafts. 

    Armed Forces offer excellent career opportunities to the adventurous young candidates. Its a career that offers immense facilities, a privileged lifestyle and of course, honour in serving the country. The major activity of the air force is that of flying combat air crafts and helicopters. Other activities include technical work such as aeronautical engineering, electronics, and computer engineering, as well as administrative, financial and planning duties.

    One can join the Air Force either as an Officer or Airman. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men having 10+2 (Intermediate), graduate, engineering and postgraduate degrees, in their three different branches. Women who are graduates, engineers and post graduates can join as an Officer in the Air force. The officers will be posted either as a Pilot, or a Navigator, or a Technical or a Ground Duty officer in any one of the Air Force bases. Women have opportunities only in the Officer cadre of the Air force. 

    In the Airmen cadre, there are opportunities even for class tenth pass (Matriculate) and below candidates, 10+2 (Intermediate), Diploma

    , graduates, postgraduates etc in their technical and non-technical trade fields. 

     

    1. Officer
    2. Airman

     

    Officer

     

    One can join the Air Force as an Officer in either one of the three branches, the Flying, Technical or the Ground branch. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men with 10+2 /Intermediate (only in the flying branch), graduates ( all three branches), engineers (all three branches) and postgraduates (all branches except the Flying branch). Women who are graduates, engineers and post graduates can join as an Officer in the Air force. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted either as a Pilot or a Navigator, or a Technical or a Ground Duty officer at any of the Air Force Stations. 

    Only the Officer cadre of the Air force provide opportunities for women. But they will be appointed only on 'Short Service Commission' i.e for a term of 10 years which you can extend up to 10 more years depending on your conduct or retire at the age of 40 whichever comes first. Only men will be granted 'Permanent Commission' from the Indian Air Force i.e will be accepted in service, for life. They can also opt for 'Short Service Commission'.

    The Flying branch includes Fighter pilots who fly combat or fighter planes carrying ammunition and missiles; Transport pilots who fly planes which carry men and materials, and Helicopter pilots who provide air support to a moving army, or are used for para-dropping men and supplies. This branch also includes navigators who fly along with the pilot and guide the aircraft by using the latest avionic equipment

    The Technical branch consists of all the engineering sections which are responsible for the engineering equipment and weapons systems of the air force. Aeronautical engineers in the mechanical department ensure the proper maintenance of all aircraft; while those in the electronics department handle the electronic and communication equipment in aircraft. 

    The Ground Duties Branch includes all the departments that provide logistical, meteorological, educational and administrative support to the flying and technical branches. This includes the Air Traffic Control Officer who provides control and advisory services to enable the pilot to conduct flights in total safety. The Fighter Controller monitors the skies for any potential threat and selects the appropriate air defence system using modern electronic equipment to intercept these threats. The logistics Officer is responsible for provisioning the aircraft with spares, fuel, armaments and so on, while the meteorological branch officers are engaged in conducting scientific research on the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions. There are also other branches such as administration, education and accounts.  

    Eligibility : The three branches of the Air force are Flying, Ground duty and Technical branch. The officer cadre provides opportunities for men with 10+2 / Intermediate (only in the Flying branch), graduates (all three branches), engineers (all three branches) and postgraduates (all branches except the Flying branch) in the various positions. Women with graduate (all three branches), engineering (all three branches) and post graduate degrees (all branches except the Flying branch) have openings as an Officer in the Air force. The career options and eligibility for the candidates having different educational qualifications for the Officer Cadre in the different branches of the Air force are given in the following links.

    1.      Intermediate (10+2 )

    2.      Engineer

    3.      Graduate

    4.      Post Graduate

    Physical Standards

    Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfill some basic physical standards. 

    General physical requirements common for all candidates.

      
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