How to join IAF after Engineering (BE/B Tech)

 

Welcome to yet another IAF (Indian Air Force) related article on Apnaahangout! Earlier, I wrote articles describing how B Sc and B Com graduates/students may join IAF as Officers. In this article, I’m going to deal with Engineering (BE/B Tech) stream. Yes, Engineering students and graduates will be able to clear their doubts regarding building a rewarding career in the IAF! This article will cover details like- various posts available, eligibility criteria, educational qualifications, exams, important dates etc.

Thanks to the introduction of Private Engineering Institutes, the number of seats of this stream has seen a phenomenal rise across the country! For many students, this proved to be a boon since they could pursue the course of their choice. But at the same time, increased seats have also added to job market saturation. The dull economic situation isn’t helping the situation either!

Under such circumstances, many Engineering grads look for jobs in the Indian Armed Forces, of which IAF is a part. But due to lack of right information, they often remain unaware of the posts that they are eligible to apply for, the eligibility criteria, exam dates etc. I hope this article will provide them will all the important details that they would want!

Basically, in IAF, there are 3 Branches for which BE/B Tech students/graduates may apply for. They are-

 

#1 Flying Branch

#2 Ground Duty Branch

#3 Technical Branch

 

When it comes to these branches, posts open for Engineers are that of Commissioned Officers. The nature of the Commission varies, depending on the entry scheme- Permanent Commission or SSC (Short Service Commission).

Now, let us take each branch and check out details associated with them such as- Entry Schemes, Eligibility Criteria etc.

 

# Details related to Flying Branch-

Flying branch is all about taking IAF’s Aircrafts to the sky! Selected candidates are trained to fly fighter jets, helicopters and transport aircraft belonging to the IAF. Training for this will be provided at the AFA (Air Force Academy). Let us check out the three entry modes available for BE/B Tech students and graduates-

 

IAF Fighter jet

Find Entry modes to get into the Flying Branch in this section

#1 CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination) Entry

* Age limit- 20 to 24 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital status- Single

 

* Gender- Only for Men

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation in any Discipline of BE/B Tech from a recognized University. No minimum marks requirement present in this entry mode

 

* Final year/semester students may also apply, given that they will be able to provide Graduation Certificate on the date specified by the authorities

 

* Exam and dates- Interested candidates have to apply for the CDS exam held by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The exam is held two times a year. Advertisements are usually put up in June and October months. One may use sites- upsc.gov.in and upsconline.nic.in for getting further details. Application process has been made online now!

 

* After selection, candidates will be given Permanent Commission

 

#2 NCC Special Entry-

NCC stands for National Cadet Corps. This special entry mode is for those NCC cadets, who possess the Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate.

 

* Age limit- 20 to 24 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital Status- Single

 

* Gender- Men only

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation in any Discipline of BE/B Tech from a recognized University in India. Minimum marks requirement is 60% in this entry

 

* Final year/semester students may also apply, given that they don’t have arrears/backlogs at the time of SSB Interview and that they will be able to provide valid Graduation Certificate on the date specified by the authorities

 

* Candidates hoping to make use of this entry are supposed to possess Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate from the NCC

 

* Exam to appear- In this mode, candidates have to apply through NCC Air Squadron of theirs. Later, they have to appear for AFCAT test

 

* In case of selected candidates, Permanent Commission will be provided

 

#3 SSC (Short Service Commission) Entry

Some aspirants choose to serve in the IAF for a short duration only. SSC entry mode is meant for such folks! Under this entry, a selected candidate has to serve IAF for 14 years. This period is not extendable!

 

* Age limit- 20 to 24 years (at the time when the course starts). Upper age limit is relaxed in case of CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) holders. For them, upper age limit is 26 years

 

* Marital status- Single

 

* Gender- Both Men and Women may apply

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation in any Discipline of BE/B Tech from a recognized University. Minimum marks requirement is 60%

 

* Final year/semester students may also apply, given that they don’t have arrears/backlogs at the time of SSB Interview and that they will be able to provide Graduation Certificate on the date specified by the authorities

 

* Exam to appear- it will be AFCAT exam. Advertisements will be issued in months of June and December

 

* In case of selected candidates, they will be given Short Service Commission

 

That was all about the Flying Branch. Now, in a similar way, let us find out the details about the Ground Duty Branches-

 

# Details related to Ground Duty Branches-

IAF is not just about the Flying Branch. To work well as a unit, it also needs crew and staff on the Ground as well! Ground Duty Branches makes sure that IAF works well as a unit. Let us check out the two Ground Duty Branches for which Engineering students and graduates are eligible to apply for-

Aircraft after landing

Find more details about the Ground Duty Branches in this section

 

#1 Administration Branch-

 

* Age limit- 20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital status- candidates below the age of 25 must be single

 

*Gender- Men (Eligible for Permanent Commission and SSC), Women (Eligible for SSC only)

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation Degree in any BE/B Tech Branch with minimum 60% aggregate marks

 

* Exam details- AFCAT exam

 

# Logistics Branch-

 

* Age limit- 20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital status- candidates below the age of 25 must be single

 

* Gender- Men (Eligible for both SSC and Permanent Commission), Women (SSC only)

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation Degree in any BE/B Tech Branch with minimum 60% aggregate marks

 

* Exam details- AFCAT exam

 

Those were two Ground Duty Branches in the IAF, meant for Engineering Graduates to apply for. Even Post Graduates (M Tech grads) may apply. For them, the minimum marks requirement is 50%.

Now, let us check out the last branch- the Technical Branch.

 

# Details related to the Technical Branch-

When it comes to the Technical Branch, it is all about taking care of, managing and maintaining the machineries and equipment of the IAF. Here are two entry modes for Engineering students and graduates to get into the Technical Branch-

 

Also read: How to become an Officer in Technical Branch of IAF

 

cockpit

Check out entry modes to get into the Technical Branch

#1 UES (University Entry Scheme)

 

* Age limit- 20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital status- candidates below the age of 25 must be single

 

* Gender- Men only

 

* Educational Qualifications- Candidates must be studying in the Pre Final year of BE/B Tech program. There should not be any arrears/backlog at the time of SSB Interview. 60% minimum aggregate marks is also a requirement in this entry

 

* Find more details about the Engineering Branch required here

 

* In case of selected candidates, they will be given Permanent Commission

 

* Exam- AFCAT exam. Advertisement appears in December month

 

#2 Aeronautical Engineering Course-

 

* Age limit- 20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts)

 

* Marital status- candidates below the age of 25 must be single

 

* Gender- Men (Eligible for both Permanent commission and SSC), Women (SSC only)

 

* Educational Qualifications- Graduation Degree in specified Branch of BE/B Tech. 60% minimum aggregate marks is required. Final year students may also apply, when it comes to this entry

 

* Find details about Engineering Branch requirement here

 

* Exam- AFCAT exam, advertisement put out in months of June and December

 

* Physical and Medical Standards

In case of Ground Duty Branches, Technical Branch and Flying Branch, a set of basic Physical Standards exists, which a candidate must meet. In addition to these Physical Standards, Flying Branch applicants also have to satisfy additional Medical Standards too! Here  are details about Physical and Medical standards-

 

Physical Standards (Basic)-

To join IAF, candidates, irrespective of the entry mode and educational qualifications, must satisfy a basic set of Physical standards. The list is quite long. But the main things that are checked are-

 

  • Weight and Height ratio
  • Good Physical and Mental health
  • Good hearing
  • Well developed chests (expansion should be at least 5cm after full inspiration)
  • Healthy Bones and Joints

 

For the entire list of Physical Standards’ criteria set by IAF, check out the charts provided below. You may click on the images to get an enlarged view. You may find the full set of Physical standards on the image. You may even save it for future use-

 

IAF Physical standards chart 1

First set of IAF’s Physical Standards. Click on this image to read! Click on image to enlarge!

IAF Physical standards chart 2

Second set of IAF’s Physical Standards. Click on image to enlarge it and read it!

Medical Standards (In case of Flying Branch)

In case of Flying Branch recruitment, additional set of Medical standards are also present, which a candidate has to satisfy. Some important tests and things checked as part of this Medical test are-

 

  • Anthropometric Measurements
  • Spinal Conditions
  • Vision (Eyesight requirements)
  • Occular Muscle Balance

 

I’ve compiled detailed charts that deals with all the above mentioned Medical standards and tests. You may click on the images, enlarge them and read details with ease! You may even save these images for future use!

 

IAF Medical standards- Anthropometric measurements and some diseases chart

IAF Medical standards chart (Anthropometric Measurements). Click on the image to enlarge it and read!

 

IAF Medical standards- spinal conditions

IAF Medical Standards chart (Spinal Conditions). Click on the image to enlarge and read it!

 

IAF Medical Standards- Vision

IAF Medical standards chart (Eyesight requirements). Click on the image to enlarge and read it!

 

IAF Medical Standards- Occular Muscle Balance

IAF Medical Standards chart (Occular Muscle Balance). Click on the image to enlarge and read it!

 

Engineering students and Graduates who are interested in Flying Branch must give importance to this additional set of Medical Standards too. Before they are subjected to medical tests, Flying Branch aspirants must also go through PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) and clear it!

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