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Indian Airforce Entry in Officer Cadre
Entry in Officer Rank



Branch/Type of entry Minimum Educational
Qualification
Age** Limit Subjects/Marks Relevant Information
1. FLYING BRANCH
(A) National Defence Academy
(NDA) (for Men only) PC
10+2 With physics & Mathematics 16 ½-19 Maths- 300 Marks
General Ability-600 Marks
Eng. GK,Phy, Chem,
Gen Scie, His, Geo,CA)
(a) Medical Test at AFCME, New
Delhi/IAM Bangalore for AFSBs
qualified- Eye sight 6/6 Height
162.5 cms Leg Length 99-120 cms
(b) Merit List for NDA/CDSE
by UPSC
(c) Call for NDA/CDSE
Course as per vacancies.
(B) Combined Defence
Services Examination
(CDSE) (for Men only) PC
Any Graduate/BE having
passed physics & Maths
at 10+2 level
19-23 Eng.-100 Marks,
GK – 100 Marks,
Ele. Maths- 100 Marks
(C) NCC Special Entry
(Through CO Unit/DG
NCC) (for Men only) PC
Any Graduate/BE having passed
Physics & Maths at 10+2 level
& NCC Air Wing Sr.Div.C Certificate
19-23 Not applicable- (a) Medical Standards as above
(b) Merit List by IAF
(c) Call for SSC Per vacancies
by IAF.
(D) Short Service Commission
(for Men & Women) F (P)
Any Graduate/BE having passed
Physics & Maths at 10+2 level
19-23@ Not applicable-
@ Upper age limit relaxed to 25 years for holders of Commerial pilots’Licence (CPL)
2. TECHNICAL BRANCH
(A) PC/SSC for Men & SSC for Women
Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
(B) University Entry Scheme (UES)
(For Men Only) PC
First class (Min 60%) degree in
Engineering in Electronics/
Mechanical/ Allied subjects
as per advertisement

Pre-final Engineering Graduates
in Subjects as per Advertisement
18-28




18-28
(a) Part-A Gen.Engg.
 (40 MCQs).


(b) Part B Specialist
subject (35 MCQs)
(a) Medical Test at AFCME,
New Delhi/IAM Bangalore
for AFSBs qualified-

Height
157.5 cms (Male)
152 cms (Female)
(b) Merit List by IAF
(c) Call for AEC/SSC/ UES
Course as per vacancies
3. GROUND DUTIES BRANCHES
(PC/SSC for Men & SSC For Women)
(A) Administration
(B) Logistics
(C) Accounts
(D) Education
(E) Meteorology
First class (Min 60%) Graduate
 OR
Second class (Min 50%)
PG in subjects as per advertisement

Second class (Min 50%) PG in
subjects as per advertisement
20-23

20-25


20-25
(a) Part A- English &
General Ability (30 MCQs).

(b) Part B Descriptive English
(Compreh, letter,para.writing)
(a) Medical Test at AFCME,
New Delhi/IAM Bangalore
for AFSBs qualified-

Height
157.5 cms (Male)
152 cms (Female)
(b) Merit List by IAF
(c) Call for training as per vacancies.


Carrer in Airforce as an airmen in the category of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR)

Eligibility Criteria
One can join rank and file of this jubilant force as an airmen in the category of Personnel Below Officer Rank(PBOR) if he possess following eligibility criteria:-
GROUP AGE* EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION TRADE ELIGIBLE FOR
Group ‘X’ 17 to 22 Years For Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades. Candidate should have passed Intermediate/ 10+2 with pass marks in Mathematics and Physics with a minimum of 50% marks in overall aggregate.

OR

 Should have passed a 3 year Diploma course in Engineering (Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics / Automobile / Computer Science/ Instrumentation Technology/ Information Technology) with at least 50% marks from a Govt. recognised Polytechnic Institute.
Technical Trades
Group ‘Y’ 17 to 22 Years Candidate should have passed Intermediate/10+2 with Science, Arts, Commerce subjects or equivalent vocational courses with minimum 50% marks in aggregate. Vocational course should be affiliated/recognised by CBSE/State Education Boards/Councils which are duly recognised at par with 10+2 by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). IAF(Security), IAF(Police) and all other Group 'Y' trades
Group ‘Z’ 17 to 35 Years Should be able to read and write English and have knowledge of elementary Arithmetic. Should be proficient in playing at least one musical instrument out of Trumpet / Bass/ Violin/ Saxophone /Clarinet / Euphonium /Jazz Drum /Picolo / Bass Trombone / Key Board/ Guitar / Sarod / Violin / Viola / Cello / Contra Bass (String Bass) Musician Trade


For the current eligibility of age/ trade of birth and detailed qualification, please refer our advertisement in Employment News and National/Regional newspapers. As an airman in the Indian Air Force, you make sure that all the air and ground operations run smoothly. From operating Air Defence systems to fitting missiles, you are involved in all activities of an air base and give support to various technical and non technical jobs.

Depending on your educational qualification, you can join the Air Force in the Technical Trades or Non-Technical Trades. No matter at what level you start your career, the ir Force gives you opportunities to learn and grow to in the ogranisation. To know about the eligibility criteria, click on your educational qualification below.

Physical Standards
To get selected as an Airman, the candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duties in any part of the world in any climate and terrain. The common and Specific Medical Standards to become an Airman are as follows :-

Height :Minimum acceptable height : 152.5 cm EXCEPT FOR Auto Technician (Mechanical Transport Driver) and Certain Technical trades : 165 cm {minimum leg length for Auto Technician (Mechanical Transport Driver) and certain technical trades is 99cm} Indian Air Force (Police) : 175 cm Indian Air Force (Security) : 172 cm Ground Training Instructor : 167 cm Musician : 162 cm

Note: For candidates from Uttranchal and North-Eastern States, relaxation in height by 10 cm, 4.5 cm and 2.5 cm is given for Indian Air Force (Security), Ground Training Instructor and Auto Technician (Mechanical Transport Driver) trades respectively. Physical Standards To get selected as an Airman, the candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duties in any part of the world in any climate and terrain. The common and Specific Medical Standards to become an Airman are as follows :- • Weight: Weight should be proportionate to height and age. • Chest : Minimum range of expansion : 5 cm • Vision: There are different visual standards specific to different trades. However, the common minimum visual standards acceptable for some of the trades are :-

(i) Unaided vision : 6/36 each eye. (ii) Correctable with spectacles : at least 6/9 each eye. (iii) Diopteric power : not exceeding +3.5 Diopters including Astigmatism. (iv) Field of vision : Full (v) Color perception : Minimum CP-III (vi) Corneal Surgery : PRK/LASIK is not acceptable

Note: Indian Air Force (Police) & Indian Air Force (Security) trades require 6/6 vision each eye unaided and CP-II i.e.no use of spectacles permissible for these trades. • Hearing: Should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters by each ear separately. • Dental: Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points. • Health: Should have no medical or surgical deformity and should be free from all communicable diseases & skin ailments. Note: Candidates are advised to get tartar & stains removed from their teeth before appearing for the written test. Ears to be free of wax. They should bring latest prescription and spectacles for corrected vision, if used. They should be prepared to stay for four to five days for which they have to make their own arrangements. No TA/DA will be admissible.

Note:Candidates are advised to get tartar & stains removed from their teeth before appearing for the written test. Ears to be free of wax. They should bring latest prescription and spectacles for corrected vision, if used. They should be prepared to stay for four to five days for which they have to make their own arrangements. No TA/DA will be admissible.

Candidates are advised to get tartar & stains removed from their teeth before appearing for the written test. Ears to be free of wax. They should bring latest prescription and spectacles for corrected vision, if used. They should be prepared to stay for four to five days for which they have to make their own arrangements. No TA/DA will be admissible.depend upon the trade allocated and will vary from 12 to 24 weeks. Training is however liable to be terminated at any time if the trainee fails to achieve the required standards in academics, profession, physical fitness and discipline or is found to be medically unfit.


Rank Structure
The ranks of airmen in the Indian Air Force are as follows :

Aircraftsman - AC
Leading Aircraftsman - LAC
Corporal - CPL
Sergeant - SGT
Junior Warrant Officer - JWO
Warrant Officer - WO Master Warrant Officer - MWO

Career Prospects
The initial period of engagement in the IAF is 20 years, which can be extended up to the age of 57 years. Promotion up to the rank of Master Warrant Officer exists to the deserving airmen. Provision for grant of Honorary Commission to the deserving Warrant Officers and Master Warrant Officer. Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exists for the deserving personnel.

Eligible Airmen can apply for selection as Officers in Flying (Pilot) Branch between the age group 19 to 20 years. Opportunities are also available for serving airmen for selection to officer rank in the Ground Duty Branches other than Medical Branch as per rules.

Honorary Commission : Selected MWOs / WOs are granted Honorary Commission in the last year of their service before superannuating on Republic day & Independence Day each year. On grant of Honorary Commission, they are eligible for higher rates of pay and allowances.

SNCO’s Commissiong : Airmen of the Sgt and above of Group ‘X’ technical trades are eligible to apply for grant of Permanent Commissioning in AE (L) and AE (M) branches.

The eligible condition will be :
(a) Education Qualifications : 10 + 2 or above (Higher technical qualification is desirable)
(b) Age Limit :Below 40 Years
(c) Rank :Sgt (Actg or Substantive) and above with a minimum of 10 years of service.

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
As an Airman you have the chance to pursue your higher studies. Well-stocked libraries and educationally conducive working environment will stimulate your desire for higher studies. A variety of sports and adventure activities like Hockey, Athletics, Para jumping, Skydiving, Trekking etc. will challenge your prowess. Ample cultural activities also provide opportunity for all round personality development and display of natural talents.