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Those students who like/wish to serve Nation in a charming life must join Indian Air Force as an Officer in any of the branches. Here you may come to know about Indian Air Force Officer Selection procedure & Life Style. 

भारतीय वायु  सेना में अफसर बनने की प्रक्रिया  तथा जीवन शैली की सम्पूर्ण जानकारी  हेतु यहाँ संपर्क करें -
Indian Air Force Officer
Indian Air Force Officer
1 - Aeronautical Engineering Branch.

2 - Flying Branch.

Career As Per Qualification:

1 – 10+2.

2 – Engineer.

3 – Graduate.

4 – Post graduate.

1 - Aeronautical Engineering Branch:   As an officer in the Technical Branch, you propel and manage your team to ensure that the Indian Air Force remains airworthy. You would be in charge of some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world by joining one of the sub branches based on your qualification.

Eligibility for Aeronautical Engineering Branch are (applicable for men and women):

Required Age - 20 - 26 years (at the time of commencement of course).

Marital Status - Candidates below the age of 25 years should be unmarried.

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING:     After completion of Engineering degree or while in your final year/semester of Engineering -

For both Men and Women. Permanent Commission (for men) / Short Service Commission (For men and women).

Marks - Must have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all the papers put together in any one of the qualifications listed.

Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of SSB testing and they produce provisional/ original degree issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Advertisement Schedule - Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December every year.

Required Qualification for Aeronautical Engineering Branch:    Depending upon your stream of Engineering and subjects studied, you could join one of the sub branches of the Technical branch. Check the educational qualification required for the sub branches.


1.       Eligible if they have undergone any one of the following Educational Qualifications -

4 year degree qualification from any recognized University. 


Cleared Section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India). 


Cleared Section A and B examination of Aeronautical Society of India.


Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies.

2.       All the candidates should have studied at least eight subjects out of the list of 18  subjects mentioned below while pursuing any one of the above mentioned qualifications -

Physics / Engineering Physics.
Mathematics / Engineering Mathematics.
Engineering Graphics / Engineering Drawing.
Electrical Engineering / Electrical Technology.
Control Engineering.
Digital Electronics / Basic Electronics.
Computer Networks.
Information Technology.
Network Theory Design.
Telecommunication Systems.
Electronic Circuit Design.
Radar Theory.
Switching Theory.
Microwave Engineering.
Antenna and Wave Propagation.
Electronic Devices.


1. Eligible if they have undergone any one of the following Educational Qualifications -

4 year degree qualification from any recognized University. 


Cleared Section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India). 


Cleared section A and B examination of Aeronautical Society of India.

2. All the candidates should have studied at least eight subjects out of the 18 subjects mentioned below while pursuing any one of the above mentioned qualifications:

Physics / Engineering Physics.
Engineering Maths / Mathematics.
Engineering Drawing / Graphics.
Automotive Engineering / Plant Engineering / Industrial Engineering.
Engineering Mechanics / Strength of Material.
Thermodynamics and Applications / Heat Power Engineering.
Heat and Mass Transfer.
Theory of Machines (Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery).
Fluid Mechanics / Turbo Machines.
Flight Mechanics.
Machine Drawing / Machine Design.
Material Science / Metallurgy.
Workshop Technology / Manufacturing Technology / Production Engineering.
Hydraulics and Pneumatic.
Aircraft Structures.

Flying Branch:     You surely fly high by joining the Flying branch of the IAF. You are trained as a Fighter pilot or a Helicopter pilot or a Transport pilot and are part of various peace and wartime missions. The various modes of entry into the Flying Branch are: 

As a Graduate. 
NDA- National Defence Academy. 

1 - As a Graduate:     As a Graduate/ Engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the 3 modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:


1. Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.

2. Eligibility criteria:

Required Age:    20 - 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).

Marital Status – Single.

Gender - Men only.

Educational Qualifications:    Graduate (3 Year Course) in any discipline from any recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B. Tech (4 Year Course).

Final year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.

Advertisement Schedule:    Advertisements are released by UPSC in the months of June and October.

For more details visit www.upsc.gov.in


(Through NCC Air Squadrons / DG NCC) -   As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.

Eligibility criteria:

Required Age:  20 - 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).

Marital Status - Single

Gender - Men only.

Educational Qualifications:    Graduate (3 year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level. 


BE / B. Tech (4 year Course) from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Final year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate.

Advertisement Schedule: NCC Cadets are to apply through respective NCC Air Squadrons/ DG NCC.

C - SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN):     You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.

Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.
Eligibility criteria:

Required Age:   20 - 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course). 

Marital Status – Single. 

Gender - Men and Women. 

Educational Qualifications:   Graduates (3 year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (4  year Course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Final year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

Advertisement Schedule:    Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

NDA- National Defence Academy:     The valiant boys could be part of the Indian Air Force family by applying for NDA (National Defence Academy).

Candidates, short-listed for Indian Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous 3 - year training regimen at the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, followed by specialised training at one of the AF Training Establishments. On successful completion, they are Commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.

You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Required Age:   16 ½ - 19 years (at the time of commencement of course).

Gender  - Men only.

Educational Qualifications:   10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. Students appearing in final year are also eligible to apply.

Advertisement Schedule -  May and December. (Advertisement is released by UPSC. Visit www.upsc.gov.in)

Ground Duty Branches:   (For Graduates/ Post Graduates) - Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force. 

Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty Branches:

Required Age:  20 - 26 years for Graduates Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course). 

Marital Status - Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.

Gender - Both men and women.  

As a Graduate/ Post Graduate you can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches -


Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women).

Responsible for the efficient management of both human and material resources. 

Some of the officers of the Administration Branch are selected and trained to carry out the following duties also:

Air Traffic Controller  – Involves maintaining an orderly flow of traffic and airspace management.

Fighter Controller  – Involves close contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.

Educational Qualifications:  Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together?


Post Graduation degree / equivalent diploma in any discipline with a minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.


Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women).

Responsible for efficient financial management of funds.You will also act as internal auditor to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.

Educational Qualifications:     Graduate Degree in Commerce (B Com) with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.


Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA with a minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.


Permanent Commission (for Men) / Short Service Commission (for Men & Women).

Responsible for materials management of all Air Force resources. You would ensure efficient supervision of inventories, and involve in procurement processes of various ranges of equipment.

Educational Qualifications:   Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.


Post Graduation Degree/ equivalent diploma in any discipline with a minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.


1 - 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 fulfil some basic physical standards. Listed below are some guidelines that identify the general physical requirements that are common for all candidates.

You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution or bodily defects.

The height and weight standards for men and women differ. Click to view the appropriate standards for each.

1. Men.
2. Women.

Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.

There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.

Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.

There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.

The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.

An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.

There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.

Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.

Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.

Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.

You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:

o Acute or chronic pelvic infection.
o Severe menorrhagia.
o Severe dysmenorrhea.
o Complete prolapse of uterus.
o Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea.
o Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.

2 - Medical Standards for the Flying Branch (Additional):    If you are applying for the Flying Branch, you must remember that apart from the general physical standards, there are some standards that are specifically applicable to you. Listed below are the physical requirements applicable to both men and women applying to the Flying Branch.

1. Anthropometric Measurements - The acceptable anthropometric measurements for both Men and Women are as follows:

Minimum Height - 162.5 cms.
Leg Length - Minimum- 99 cms.Maximum- 120 cms.
Thigh Length - Maximum- 64 cms.
Sitting Height -Minimum- 81.5 cms. Maximum- 96 cms.

2.  X-ray of cervical and Lumbosacral spine will be carried out.

3.  The following conditions detected radiologically will disqualify a candidate for all Air Force Duties:

Granulomatous Disease of spine.
Arthritis / Spondylosis.
Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Osteoarthrosis, Spondylosis and Degenerative joint disease.
Non-articular rheumatism ( e.g lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc).
Misc disorders including SLE, Polymyositis and Vasculitis.
Spondylolisthesis / Spondylolysis.
Compression fracture of vertebra
Scheuerman’s Disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)
Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
Unilateral / bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
Any other abnormality as so considered by the specialist.
In addition, for Flying Branches the under mentioned rules will also apply:

1. Spinal Anomalies acceptable for Flying Duties

Bilateral complete sacralisation of LV5 and bilateral complete lumbarisation of SV1.
Spina bifida in sacrum and in LV5, if completely sacralised.
Complete block (fused) vertebrae in cervical and dorsal spine at a single level.

2. Spinal Condition not acceptable for Flying Duties:

Scoliosis more than 15 by Cobb’s method.
Degenerative disc disease.
Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
Atlanto occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
Hemi Vertebra and / or incomplete block (fused) vertebra at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
Unilateral sacralisation or lumbarisation (complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral in complete sacralisation or lumbrarisation.

3.  Vision

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia. ) Manifest Hypermetropia must not exceed +2.0D Sph, Myopia – Nil and Astigmatism +0.75 D Cyl (within +2.0 D – Max).
Near Vision N-5 each eye.
Color Vision CP-1(ML T).
LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) If the following condition are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination -

LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.

1. The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.

2. At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.

3. The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.

4. Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.  

5. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

4. Occular Muscle Balance - Phorias with the Maddox Rod Test must not exceed:

At 6 meters

      Exophoria 6 prism Diopters.
      Esophoria 6 prism Diopters.
      Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters.
      Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters. 

At 33 cm  -

   Exophoria 16 prism Diopters.
   Esophoria 6 prism Diopters.
   Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters.
   Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters. 

It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force.

Selection Process:   As per details given below -


1. For NDA and CDSE  -

The advertisement for NDA is released twice a year in the months of May and December and for CDSE in the months of June and October by UPSC.
Duly filled applications are to be sent to UPSC as given in advt.
The written tests are conducted by UPSC only. For details visit www.upsc.gov.in

2. AFCAT – Air Force Common Admission Test -

For all entries other than NDA and CDSE and for all branches, candidates have to undergo the AFCAT.
The test is conducted twice a year in February and September.

Advertisements inviting applications for AFCAT are out in June and December. Candidates are to apply as per the advertisement.

The test is conducted all across India by the Indian Air Force.

3. NCC entry -

Air Sqn NCC Senior division ‘C’ certificate holders are to apply through DG NCC/ respective NCC Air Squadron.
They would then appear for AFCAT.

STEP 2 - SSB (Services Selection Board) TESTING -

If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a Call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), you undergo following tests in order to ascertain your suitability and gauge your potential as an Officer in the Indian Air Force.

1. Stage 1 Testing -

Officer Intelligence rating Test.
Picture perception and Discussion Test.

Stage I is a screening test. Those who qualify Stage-1 are eligible to undergo Stage 2  testing. Stage 1 disqualified candidates are routed back after announcement of results.

2. Stage 2 Testing -

All Stage 1 qualified candidates undergo following tests as part of Stage 2 testing during next three to four days.

Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities which are a combination of mental and physical work.
Interview involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer.

These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.

The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:

Day 1
Phase I testing – Officers Intelligence Rating Test & Picture Perception and Discussion test
Day 2
Group tests
Group tests   
Group tests   
Day 3
Group tests
Group tests   
Group tests   
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

* Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

At the Conference held on the last day, all the Assessors i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, discuss your personality and decide on whether to recommend you or not. Those recommended by the AFSBs will be required to fill up certain documents at the Boards and subsequently move to the next step.

STEP 3 - CONDUCT OF MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS -  If you are recommended by the Selection Board, you will be sent for the medical examination either at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.

STEP 4 - PREPARING ALL INDIA MERIT LIST -  An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance in the written test and AFSB interview, subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available in various branches / sub branches, joining instructions are issued to join one of the Training establishments.

AFCAT- FAQs:     Dear aspirants/ candidates,  many of your queries related to AFCAT would be addressed by going through the link below -


1. Candidates will be asked to report for training on a specific date and time, which will be specified in the Joining Instructions. Reporting late without proper authority is not permissible. In case you report early, arrangements for stay will have to be done personally until you report to the reception centre as per laid down instructions.

2. A Reception Centre will be established at Secunderabad Railway Station Exit Gate from 0900 hrs on the day of arrival. Your move from railway station to Air Force Academy will be arranged by the reception centre. The movement Control Officer (MCO) at the railway station can be contacted for guidance.

3. During the period of the training, all cadets will be provided with suitable accommodation.

4. Also, free messing will be arranged in the Flight Cadets Mess for the training period.

5. Free medical services will be also provided during the training period. Please note that you will not be entitled to claim any compensation for any injury sustained while under training. If you have any injury or have fallen sick after your Air Force Medical Examination, you are required to intimate AFA on arrival.

6. You would have to submit a medical certificate completed by you and a medical practitioner and furnish the same on arrival at AFA. The per forma will be sent with your Joining Instructions.

7. During training no leave will be granted except on medical and compassionate grounds.

8. To equip you with correct kitting requirements during training, as also your service career post commissioning, certain items (including uniform) will be issued to you on arrival at AFA.

9. Candidates need to be in possession of certain items like towels, slippers, mosquito net, white handkerchiefs, dressing gown, hangers, electric iron etc, on arrival at AFA.

10. Candidates must carry at least Rs 10,000/- as pocket allowance to meet initial kitting requirements
11. In case a candidate wishes to withdraw from training for any reason whatsoever or refuse to accept commission, if offered, he/she will be required to pay the entire cost of training to the Government . An undertaking to this effect will have to be given/ signed for the same.

12. An indifferent attitude towards training might amount to deliberate failure and termination of training and you may be required to pay the cost of training. U/T Flying officers/Flight cadets considered in disciplined and suspended on these grounds.

General Instructions For AFSB: 


Reporting - The Call Letter along with your Admit Card would be the authority for you to report to the nominated Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) for Testing. The same is to be handed over to the Board on arrival. You must report for the interview on the date and time as specified in the Call Letter. Late comers, on any account (inclusive of late running of trains) will not be admitted for tests. A representative in Air Force uniform will meet you at the Railway Station and escort you to the AFSB.

2.  Boarding and Lodging - Free boarding and lodging will be provided during your stay at the Board during the period of testing. Those candidates who arrive before the date and time indicated in the Call Letter will have to make their own arrangements. Parents/ guardians accompanying the candidates will have to make their own arrangements.

3.  Selection Procedure - The testing schedule is in two phases and normally for a period of five to six days depending upon contingencies and will be as follows -

Day 1
Phase 1- Officer Intelligence Rating and Picture Perception & Discussion Tests. Psychological Tests for Candidates who are Recommended in Phase 1
Day 2
Group Tests/ Interviews
Day 3
Group Tests/ Interviews
Day 4
Group Tests/ Interviews
Day 5
Group Tests/ Interviews, Board Conference
Day 6
Pilot Aptitude Battery Test for Recommended candidates eligible for Flying Branch

4. Documents - You are required to bring the following relevant documents, which will be checked and returned after verification -

o Original Matriculation/ Secondary School Certificate and Mark sheets issued by CBSE/ ICSE/ State Board. No other certificate will be accepted for verification of Date of Birth.
o Original Marks Sheet & Certificate of 10+2 (issued by the relevant Board).
o Original/ Provisional Graduation Degree/ Post Graduation Degree Certificates and Mark Sheet of each year/ semester issued by University - only for verification of educational qualifications which make you eligible for the course. Provisional Certificate issued by college Principal is not acceptable. 

However, Provisional Degree Certificate issued by the University is acceptable.

o In case of final year/ semester students, a Certificate from the College Principal, clearly mentioning the following aspects annotated with proper stamp and seal of the Institution is required -

(i) Name of the College.
(ii) Name of the University.
(iii) Discipline in which Graduation/ Post Graduation obtained.
(iv) Aggregate Percentage.
(v) Likely Date of Declaration of Final Result (in DD/MM/YYYY Format).

Two attested photocopies of each of the above mentioned certificates.
Original NCC Certificate (if applicable).
NOC from employers for candidates working in Central/ State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings.
Original valid Commercial Pilots’ License, issued by DGCA, if applicable.
Inbound Railway Ticket/ Bus Tickets. (For refund of Travelling Allowances).

NOTE:   Candidates not in possession of the above documents will not be accepted for the tests and will be routed back without travelling allowances. Candidates are also advised to bring twenty copies of recent passport size colour photographs (with negative) taken in light colored clothes against white background for documentation (if Recommended).

5. Requisites - You are advised to bring the following items:

(a) One pair of White Shirt/ T-Shirt, Shorts/ Trouser/ Track Suit/ Salwar kameez, Socks and a pair of white sports shoes.

(b) Adequate writing material (Pens and lead pencils).

(c) Clothing, according to season.

(d) Medium size locks to safeguard your personal luggage.

6. Traveling Allowance (TA) - Traveling Allowance by the shortest route for Sleeper Class Mail/ Express Trains to and fro for the journey from the place of Call Up or departure (whichever is nearer) is admissible. Change of address, if any, must be intimated to the Board well before your arrival. You shall furnish the railway ticket/ bus ticket to the Board, failing which no TA will be paid. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the government authorized rules. No TA is admissible, if you have already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards.

7. Medical Examination -  Recommended candidates will be required to proceed to Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore for medical examination for a duration of four to seven days. It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board/ Services Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force. You are advised to see the details about Medical Standards on our website, www.careerairforce.nic.in

8. Discipline -  Your conduct and behavior during your stay at the Board is expected to be disciplined and orderly. Any act of indiscipline or misconduct will lead to cancellation of your candidature. In all matters pertaining to indiscipline and/ or misconduct, the decision of the President of the Board shall be final and no appeal against his decision will be entertained. Should you try and influence any member of the Board directly or indirectly, your candidature will be cancelled.

9. General - No facility exists at AFSBs for safe custody of cash and valuables. Therefore, do not bring any valuables or excess money. Candidates are not permitted to carry their mobile phones, laptops or cameras inside the Selection Board premises.

10. Warning -  You should withhold your move, in case you have a relative, who is a member of the Board. Inform us the particulars of the person concerned immediately and await further instructions.

11. All correspondence with regard to this selection Call Letter details should be addressed to the President of the Board giving full details, including Course/ Batch No/ Code no etc.

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      (c)  Character certificate.
      (d)  Indemnity bond.

NOTE:   These instructions are general in nature. The instructions contained in the Advertisement for your course and Call Letter will be binding in determining your candidature for test and interview. In all matters, the decision of Air Force authority shall be final.

Training Procedure -

1 - Air Force Academy (AFA):      Since its inception in 1971, Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigal has built a formidable reputation as the premier training institution of the Indian Air Force. It is situated 43 km from Hyderabad.

The Air Force Academy imparts training to Flying, Technical and Ground Duty Branches as well as flying training to officers of the Army and Navy. It prepares you, both in mind and spirit, to take on the responsibilities of an Air Force Officer. Apart from developing the required skills, you are also trained to inculcate the service code of conduct and etiquette that are expected of an officer.The curriculum encompasses plethora of techniques like projects, case studies, On-job training, presentations, debates, book reviews, guest lectures, public speaking, drill, games, swimming, weapon training, Yoga, field craft training and cultural activities to enhance knowledge base as well as to ensure overall development of a trainee as gentleman officer.

TYPES OF TRAINING:     The following are the types of training conducted at Air Force Flying Academy (AFA), Hyderabad:

Flying Training:      If you have joined the Flying Branch, training is divided into Stage I, II and III. Each stage gradually takes you from fundamental to more complex levels of aviation.

Before the commencement of flying training, you will first be provided technical training on the trainer aircraft. This involves imparting theoretical understanding and then a practical demonstration on all systems of the aircraft. You will also be required to undertake a program in aviation medicine. Apart from a complete medical examination, you undergo a de-sensitisation programme to prevent / overcome airsickness with the help of Yoga. The programme also includes practical demonstrations in a high altitude simulator.

 Flying training is provided to pilot trainees from National Defence Academy, the National Cadet Corps or directly from universities. Trainees other than NDA cadets are first sent to the Pre-Flying Training School at Begumpet for six months before commencing Stage –I training. After completion of Stage –I training of 24 weeks at Air force Academy. Pilot trainees are trifurcated into Fighter, 

Transport and Helicopter streams. Then they undergo stage –II training of 24 weeks in their respective Flying Training Establishments. After Stage –II training, the successful pilot trainees are commissioned as Officers and undergo stage –III training. On completion of Stage –III training, they begin operational flying at the squadrons / Units assigned to them.

Air Traffic Control Officers Training:    Training for Air Traffic Control Courses is conducted at the Air Traffic Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE). The training is designed and structured on the basis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures. However, the specific military aviation requirements have been incorporated into the training syllabus.

During the Basic Air Traffic Controllers (BATCO) Course, apart from a basic theoretical understanding of the various standards and procedures, you will undergo practical training on a state of the art Visual Tower Simulator (VITOSIM).

Ground Duty Officers Training:      Air Force Academy conducts specialist training for all Ground Duty branches of the Indian Air Force. If you have joined the Administrative, Logistics, Accounts, Education or Meteorology branch, you will be trained at Air Force Academy for a year. The training curriculum is aimed at exposing the trainees to branch specific professional subjects and rigorous military training in order to prepare them for a challenging career ahead.

Joint Services Training:    Unity of objective, sense of mission through common efforts, inter branch camaraderie and understanding of functions of other branches are vital requirements of military training. This is achieved through initial phase of joint training wherein, cadets of all branches undergo common training on subjects like General Administration, management, logistics, engineering, leadership etc. covering generic matter.

Training for Aeronautical Engineering Branches:     Technical Branch trainees are imparted their initial phase of training of 22 weeks at the Academy. This includes general service training and military training.

2 - Air Force Administrative College (AFAC):        Air Force Administrative College (AFAC), located at Coimbatore, is one of the oldest training establishments of the Indian Air Force. It has been set up exclusively for conducting training programs for in-service officers of the Air Force, Navy and Army as well as officers of friendly foreign countries. Various courses conducted for in service officers are:

Basic Air Staff Course: Officers (BASCO).
Intermediate Air Staff Course: Officers (ISCO).
Basic Professional Knowledge Course: Officers (BPKC).
Advances Professional Knowledge Course: Officers (APKC).
Para Legal Course.

Besides these, this College is a premier institute for conducting Meteorology branch related courses -

Initial Forecasters’ Course (IFC).
Advanced Met Courses for Met Tradesmen (SNCOs).
2nd Stage Training of GDOC (Met).

3 - Air Force Technical College:        On completion of 22 weeks of initial training conducted at Air Force Academy. Thereafter, the remaining 52 weeks of training of engineering Officers is conducted at Air Force Technical College (AFTC), Bangalore. The training at AFTC is divided into two terms of 24 weeks each separated by a term break.

The training includes work in electronic and propulsion labs, specialisation involving visits to R & D establishments, aviation, electronic industries and front line field units to facilitate assimilation. A balance is maintained between theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on simulated as well as actual equipment to augment the technical skills.

4 - Flying Training Establishments:     The Indian Air Force has Flying Training Establishments (FTE) exclusively set up to train you to take off as a pilot. Each establishment is a mark of your progression, from basic to more complex levels of flying. On completion of training, you are awarded your Wings at a Combined Graduation Parade held at the Air Force Academy.

Following are the Flying Training Establishments:

Air Force Academy (Dundigal) – Stage I flying training (six months) along with Joint service training.
Hakimpet (Secunderabad).
Transport Training Wing, Yelahanka (Bangalore).
Bidar (Karnataka).

After basic Flying training (Stage I) at AFA, and trifurcation into Fighter, Transport and helicopter stream, a pilot would undergo further training as follows -

1. Stage II – Advanced stage.
2. Stage III – Specialization.

Fighter stream -

Stage II - Hakimpet - 24 Weeks.
Stage III - Bidar - 24 Weeks.

 Transport Stream -

Stage II & III - Yelahanka - 48 Weeks.

Helicopter Stream -

Stage II - Hakimpet - 24 Weeks.
Stage III - Yelahanka - 24 Weeks.

5 - National Defence Academy:     National Defence Academy (NDA), at Khadakwasla, is one of the most prestigious inter-services training establishments in India. Brilliant military leaders, astronauts and several recipients of gallantry and distinguished service awards have graduated from this institution. Click here to read more about the training at the Academy.

Nurturing heroes for more than 50 years, the National Defence Academy is one of the foremost training institutes in India. While the efforts of the students and staff have contributed to its stature, it is also the philosophy of the Academy that has kept the spirit of the institute alive year after year.

The training curriculum spread over three years at the Academy is largely divided into the following activities:

Physical Training.
Service Subjects.
Academics (you would get a graduate degree on completion of course).

To know details of NDA, please visit www.nda.nic.in

After successful completion of three year training at NDA , if cadets would go to Air Force Academy for Flying training of one year duration. On successful completion of traning, they get commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers in Flying Branch.

6 - Overview Training:      After you have cleared the selection procedure, you are sent to one of the Air Force training establishments. Here you undergo scientifically planned rigorous physical and academic training that is aimed to gear you for life in the Indian Air Force.

All Air Force training establishments are equipped with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and best of the facilities including institutes, swimming pools, squash courts etc. Once you join these training establishments, the IAF takes care of all your requirements like messing, lodging etc. and also gives you a monthly stipend during the last one year of training.

To know how these establishments instill Air Force traditions and make men and women out of boys and girls, click on the links under ’Training’ of the various training institutions.


BENEFITS:      Once you become a part of the Indian Air Force family, you enjoy many facilities and benefits. From housing facilities to free ration, from medical facilities to schools for your children, IAF takes care of all your needs. You continue to avail some of these benefits even after your retirement.

BENEFITS FOR SERVING PERSONNEL:   As per details given below -

Insurance:    All Air Force personnel, including Flight Cadets are provided life insurance cover under the Air Force Group Insurance Scheme (AFGIS). Monthly contribution rates are minimal and the insurance policy covers all contingencies. As an Air Force Officer you are insured for an amount of Rs. 50 lakhs with an additional insurance cover of Rs. 3.5 lakhs for pilots.

LOANS -    As a member of AFGIS, you can avail following loans:

o House Building Loan.
o Computer Loan.
o Conveyance Loan.

MEDICAL:     All Air Force officers, their families and dependents have free access to medical rooms and hospitals equipped with the best of facilities. Apart from being treated at the Armed Forces Hospitals, there are also tie ups with Civil Hospitals for treatment of specialized cases, if required. Patients are also given grants for purchase of necessary medical equipment and mechanical aid to help make them self-reliant.

Scholarships and welfare schemes from AFWWA( Air Force wives welfare association).


o Accommodation.
o Leave- Annual leave for 60 days and casual leave of 20 days per year.
o Leave travel concessions.
o Rations.
o Institute and Messes membership.
o School facilities.
o Rail concessions.
o Secured camp life.
o CSD facilities.
o Recreational and sports facilities.

Educational Opportunities:     Once you join the Air Force, you realize that behind all the action and adventure is a lot of effort towards academic pursuits. From the moment you are selected, till the time you retire, you are continuously honing your skills with a large number of in-service courses and other educational avenues.

o If you join the Air Force through NDA, you earn yourself a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Computer Science.
o The IAF also sponsors M. Tech. courses for officers of the Technical Branch, in institutes like IIT and BHU-IT.
o The IAF also has tie-ups with universities like IGNOU to facilitate long-distance learning for officers and airmen.
o Study Leave - They are also allowed study leave of up to 24 months extensible up to 28 months.


Pension:    After retirement from the service, An IAF Officer is entitled to a decent pension which takes care of the needs of the family

Insurance:   Post retirement insurance cover is provided to all Air Force pensioners who have rendered pensionable years of service on payment of minimal premium. The cover given by the Society is up to 72 years of age.

Medical:   All the retired officers and their dependents have access to medical rooms and hospitals equipped with the best of the facilities. Apart from being entitled to the medical facilities, retired Air Force personnel is also authorized for the following benefits:

o Coverage under medical insurance for lifetime.
o Grant for Commercial Venture for personnel who have had to leave service due to medical reasons.


Even before you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer you start earning a monthly stipend of Rs. 21,000/- during last one year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.
The following Pay / Allowances would be applicable on grant of Commission to Flying Officers -
Pay in Pay Band (Common to all Branches) – Rs. 15,600 Per Month -The officer will be placed in PB 3 – Rs.15600-39100/-+Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- PM.

Plus -

Military Service Pay – Rs. 6000/- PM.
Dearness Allowance @ 107 percent – Rs. 28890/- PM.
Kit Maintenance Allowance – Rs. 500/- PM.
Transport Allowance – Rs. 3200/- + DA (major cities) / 1600/- + DA (Other cities).

In addition the following allowances are admissible to the newly Commissioned Officers in Flying and Technical Branches -

Flying Allowance @ Rs 11250 PM to Flying Branch Officers.
Technical Allowance @ Rs 2500 PM to Technical Branch Officers.

Gross Monthly Emoluments:    The first monthly pay package of Flying Officers in all the branches would be as under (This does not Include other allowances based on place of posting except Transport Allowance of major cities which is included) -

Flying Branch:   Rs.74264/- PM.
Technical Branch:   Rs.65514/- PM.
Ground Duty Branch:   Rs.63014/- PM.

As you grow in rank and stature in the Air Force, your income and other entitlements also increase in harmony with your enhanced responsibilities.


1 - 10+2 -

The valiant boys could be part of the Indian Air Force family by applying for NDA ( National Defence Academy).

Candidates, short-listed for Indian Air Force after the initial selection procedure go through a rigorous 3 -year training regimen at the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, followed by specialised training at one of the training establishment. Thereafter, they are Commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.


You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

Eligibility Criteria:

Age - 16 ½ to 19 years (at the time of commencement of course).

Gender - Men only.

Educational Qualifications - 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. Appearing final year students can also eligible to apply.

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2 – Engineer -

As an Engineer, you can soar into a rewarding and challenging career in the Indian Air Force. You have the option to apply for all branches of the IAF. 

Flying Branch. 
Ground Duty Branches. 
Technical Branch. 

3 – Graduate -

As a graduate, you can fly into a challenging and rewarding career in the Air Force by applying for the suitable branch. Depending upon your educational qualification, you could apply for different branches. 

Flying Branch -
Technical Branch -
Ground Duty Branches - 

4 - Post Graduate -

As a Post- Graduate, you could join any of the Ground Duty Branches of the IAF. 

Ground Duty Branches:    General Terms and Conditions -

Types of commission:   There are two types of commission -

Permanent Commission:    A Permanent Commission means a career in the Air Force till you retire. 

Permanent Commission Officers continue to serve till the age of superannuation. For a Permanent Commission, you could join as follows:


o For Flying Branch.
o After 10+2 - Join NDA.
o After Graduation - Join through CDSE.
o For Technical and Ground Duty Branches - Opt for Permanent Commission (PC) course through AFCAT and join Air Force Academy.


o Presently Women Officers of Education and Accounts Branch only are being considered for Permanent Commission. Option for PC will be considered/offered on successful completion of Short Service Commission (SSC) tenure, subject to Vacancies, suitability, merit, willingness and service requirements.

Short Service Commission:     A Short Service Commission means a limited period career in the Air Force. You can join the IAF as a Short Service Commission Officer (SSC) by opting for a SSC Course.

For Men and Women.
Available to graduate and post graduate entries only.

1. Flying Branch:   The engagement period is 14 years from date of commissioning (not extendable).

2. Technical and Ground Duty branches:   The engagement period would be for a period of 10 years. An extension of 4 years may be granted subject to vacancies, suitability, merit, willingness and service requirement.

1. Marital Status:  Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried (term unmarried excludes widower and divorcee even though without encumbrances). Marriage is not permitted during training. 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.

2. Candidate should not have been arrested, convicted or prosecuted on criminal charges.

3. Candidates who have been withdrawn/suspended from Defence Training Establishments on grounds of discipline are not eligible to apply again.


i.  An Officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. To be able to lead and control, requires the ability to motivate yourself, inspire others and make tough decisions efficiently. When you join to become an Air Force Officer, IAF will help you develop your leadership and management skills, preparing you fully to take on the challenge of leading in real life situations. Lessons in team work, developing communication skills and confidence, honing strategic and dynamic thinking and preparing you to face pressures with ease are grilled into an Officer during his training. The Air Force teaches you all, not only making men and women of young boys and girls but making them leaders in life. An officer’s strength of character and strong moral compass make him/her stand out from the crowd at all times.

ii.  As an Officer in the Indian Air Force, you will inherit a glorious heritage and timeless traditions of the IAF, blended perfectly with the latest technology.

iii. As an officer in the Indian Air Force you will strategies, lead and manage. Depending on your qualifications, you could join one of the various branches in the IAF. Broadly the Air Force has three branches with further sub-streams:

(a) Flying Branch -

1. Fighters.
2. Transports.
3. Helicopters.

(b)  Technical Branch -

1. Mechanical.
2. Electronics.

(c)  Ground Duty Branch -

1. Administration.
2. Accounts.
3. Logistics.
4. Education.
5. Meteorology.

Placement Cell:   Air Force Association -    After leading a very active life in Air Force, majority of the retired Air Force personnel are faced with pressing need to keep themselves gainfully occupied in civil life. To help such ex- Air Force personnel find a suitable job post retirement, the Placement Cell of Air Force Association offers employment assistance to fulfil their needs. The Cell acts as a facilitator between the employer and the employee. The main function involves registration of retirees, matching their profile vis-à-vis qualitative requirements set out by the employer and arranging for their interview for final selection by the employer. Retired Air Force Personnel can register themselves for employment through the website: www.afa-india.org


By becoming a Soldier, your son or daughter or student can realize his or her potential and develop into a true leader. A leader with the discipline and strength to achieve more than you ever thought possible.

Above all, Soldiers get things done. Protecting freedom. Building a better world. And building a brighter future for themselves by learning leadership skills and developing the kind of self-confidence and self-respect that comes from serving your country. Your son or daughter or student will gain valuable interpersonal skills like teamwork, time management, problem-solving skills and professionalism. He or she will be challenged to accept a new sense of discipline and responsibility.
Let us assure you that as a Parent or Teacher or Counselor you will be proud of him/her.

ANSWERS FOR PARENTS:   We understand your concerns as a parent. For you, this section is designed to address your toughest questions and most pressing concerns. It delivers straight facts.
OFFICER CAREERS AND TRAINING:   As a parent, you want your children to have choices about their future career path

There are many ways your son or daughter will get important leadership experience and a fulfilling job as an officer in the Air Force. Keep in mind that while a flight career sounds appealing to many, the Air Force also offers extraordinary opportunities in technical, controlling, logistics, administration etc.

If your child wants to become a pilot after 10+2, he could join the National Defence Academy. The training at NDA will be for three years divided into six terms between which he’ll be back with you for the term breaks. After NDA he would be continuing his flying training at Air Force Academy for one more year.

After graduation, he could join the Air Force academy and get training in the Branch he/she chooses.
For details on career opportunities and training please visit the Home Page.

BENEFITS AND LIFE:   As a member of the Air Force, your son or daughter will have more opportunities than he/she ever thought possible! Your child will have access to more than just a wonderful career; his/her quality of life will be excellent due to our outstanding base amenities, accommodation facilities, travel opportunities and recreational activities.

LIFE ON A BASE:     Each Air Force base is a self-contained "minicity" created specifically for its citizens. With amenities like messes and institutes, health care, canteen and recreational facilities and shopping areas to relax by, your child will probably spend more time on base than originally thought. He would be staying in one of the safest and secure environment. Interested in paying your son or daughter a visit? You are more than welcome. As a parent, you would also be part of the Air Force family and can visit your child and even reside with him/her.

He/She will have an active social life, wherein his interactions with other Officers from varied cultures will broaden his outlook. His participation in various functions/parties and events will also hone his acting/ directing/event management skills.

PAY:     You do not have to pay any amount for the training, instead even while training, your child will be paid a stipend for Rs 21,000/- during last one year of his/her training. After he/she gets commissioned as an officer, their starting pay will range from Rs 50,330/- to Rs 61,580/- depending upon his/her branch.

TRAVEL:    One of the best opportunities of joining the Air Force is the chance your son or daughter will have to travel and really take advantage of seeing new and exciting parts of the world! You would soon have a collection of specialty items from places all across India and even abroad.

LEAVE:    Your child will have 60 days of annual leave and 20 days of casual leave with pay, which is far more vacation than most other jobs may offer! So, you will have him/her visiting you often.

MEDICAL AND INSURANCE:    Although the physically active lifestyle as an Armed Forces Officer takes care of your child’s physical fitness and health, your child will be entitled to the best of medical facilities and hospitals. If you are dependent on him/her, the facility would also be extended to you. Your child will also be insured at a very nominal contribution.

CAMARADERIE:    We understand how hard it is to say goodbye to your son or daughter and send him/her off to parts unknown, but keep in mind that when he/she leaves home, he/she is being welcomed into a much larger family with support and understanding that are truly second to none.

PERSONAL GROWTH:  Your child will grow as an individual and you will see a sea change in him after he gets commissioned. You will watch him taking on responsibilities and take decisions for you. He will not only be groomed to be an officer but also the perfect gentleman and lady.

Your child will also get opportunity to enhance his/her educational qualifications.

YOU AS PARENT:   As a parent, when your son or daughter comes to you to discuss joining the Air Force, listen. They’re making a choice that requires a deep personal commitment that will give them the strength and focus to succeed in life. To become someone you’ll be proud of.
Your son or daughter will learn what it means to be a Soldier—a title of distinction. They’ll face new levels of responsibility, discipline and self-knowledge. But first, they’ll need you to stand by them.

Real Life Story of an Indian Air Force Officer: 

The dreams of a young boy for his future life are many – but I had only one. All I wanted to do was flying. The exploits of the Keelor brothers in the 1965 Indo-Pak war and the victory in 1971 still gave me the goose bumps. There was nothing else I wanted to do but join the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The three years at the National Defence Academy gave me the basics of being a warrior and the Air Force Academy my coveted ‘Wings’. To this day I remember the exhilaration of getting off the ground on my first solo flight in the venerable HT-2 trainer aircraft-I, just kept laughing, possibly it was the thrill of being free from gravity and being all alone in the air.

The past 35 years in the IAF have whizzed past, but everyday brought something new and challenging with it. The thrill of being the first to land on the Siachen Glacier way back in 1978, the sense of achievement in evacuating casualties right from the border, helping our brethren in natural calamities, becoming a flying instructor, flying new aircraft on becoming a test pilot, representing our nation abroad in training courses, seminars and in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, and leading men and women as a base commander- the tasks have been multifarious and stimulating.
There has never been a dull moment – the challenges keep coming, as the Air Force continuously evaluates and hones its capabilities to meet the requirements of our Nation’s defence and other tasks in aid to civil power.

The aviation field is highly technical and scientific. With the revolution in computing sciences and the advancement in technology, the IAF retains its edge in the business of war fighting due to its superb engineers and technical manpower. The bulwark of support to do all this is provided by the dedicated administrative branches who work efficiently behind the scenes.

Are we paid well? The answer is that there is enough to have a comfortable living, give a good upbringing to our children, build a house, have a good vacation with family and still have sufficient for the rainy day.

Frequent moves on posting?  It happens sometimes for operational reasons, though the organisation goes out of its way to give as much stability as possible. And as part of the package comes a social life, camaraderie, facilities for higher education, self-development, sports, adventure and a sense of contentment that no other service can offer. Does anyone still want me to answer the proverbial question, what I would like to be in my next life?

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