Indian Air Force

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Indian Air Force (IAF)

Indian Air Force (IAF) is shouldering the responsibility of securing Indian airspace. IAF was officially established on 8 October 1932 and the day every year is celebrated as Air Force Day in our country. After independence, the IAF has been actively involved in four wars one with China and other with Pakistan.

“Touch the Sky with Glory”

Two Display Teams of IAF are Surya Kiran and Sarang, Sarang is the Helicopter Display Team of the Indian Air Force.

With this thrilling motto IAF is rendering selfless service to Nation.

Following are the career opportunities based on branches which IAF offers you to be part of its Family.

Flying Branch Entries

With IAF you can Touch the Sky with Glory by joining the flying branch. Following are the career options which you can avail to fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a Pilot.

NDA (National Defence Academy)

– For admission to NDA you have to initially pass the Written exam Conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) this exam is conducted twice in a year. After Passing the written exam you have to appear for SSB Interview and those who passes then sent for PABT and Medical exam. Thereafter if you are in merit list then you will be allowed to join NDA. You will be granted Permanent Commission through this mode of entry. Following are the eligibility criteria for this entry.

Age – 16½ to 19½ years at the time when course commences

Nationality- Indian

Gender – Male

Educational Qualifications – 10+2 With Mathematics and Physics. Final year students can also apply.

Advertisement Schedule- May and December (Advt. Schedule can change)

 

CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination)

– For Graduates/ Engineers deciding to join the flying branch of IAF can apply through CDSE. You will be granted Permanent Commission through this mode of entry. Following are the eligibility criteria for this entry.

Age – 19 to 23 years the time when course commences

Nationality – Indian

Gender – Male

Marital Status – Single

Educational Qualifications –

    1. Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech (Four Year Course).
    2. Final Year/semester students can also apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advt.
    3. No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.

Advertisement Schedule – June and October (Advt. Schedule can change)

SSC (Short Service Commission )

– You can apply for Short Service Commission which extends for a Maximum of 14 years of service through AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test). This test is qualifying in nature, on passing AFCAT you have to appear for SSB and then PABT and Medicals. In this entry women can also apply.

Age – 19 to 23 years and 25 years for those holding Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA

Nationality – Indian

Gender – Men and Women

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduates (Three 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 (Four Year Course) from a recognised 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 – AFCAT notification released by IAF in the months of June and December.

NCC Special entry

Those having Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate of the National Cadet Corps can apply through this entry and on completion of training they will be granted permanent comission.

Age – 19 to 23 years when course commences

Nationality – Indian

Gender – Men only

Marital Status – Single

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Physic and Mathematics at 10+2 level .
  • BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.
  • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate.
  • 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 advt.

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

Note – 6/6 eyesight is utmost importnt for flying branch but if you have weaker eyesight then you will not be granted Permanent Commission however you can apply for SSC after having LASIK but with some terms and conditins by that you will be made a transport helicopter pilot.

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