How to join Indian Air Force-www.careerairforce.nic.in

 

How to join Indian Air Force-www.careerairforce.nic.in

 

Do you want to join Indian Air Force as an officer? Well, you can apply for the Flying, Technical and Ground duties in the Indian Air Force now. The official site for applying for the Indian Air Force Common Admission test is www.careerairforce.nic.in. This article will describe you in detail about the qualifications required for Flying, Technical and Ground duties in the Air Force.

How to join Indian Air Force?

 

• Career in IAF: Branches available-

Talking about Commissioned Officers’ posts in Indian Air Force, there are three main Branches. The three main branches in IAF where one may build a career are-

 

  1. Flying Branch
  2. Technical Branch
  3. Ground Duty Branch

 

The working of these three branches is crucial to the smooth functioning of IAF. These three branches work in tandem. There is coordination between then all. These branches have further sub-branches. Let us take a look at the sub-branches one by one-

 

1 Flying Branch

Career available in Flying Branch is that of a Pilot! In IAF, the Flying branch houses Pilots who are trained to handle three types of Aircraft- Fighter Jets, Transport Aircraft and Helicopters. These three divisions makes up the sub-branches of Flying Branch.

 

2 Technical Branch

Technical branch houses Engineers, who have to work with machinery and equipments that the IAF makes use of. Their duty involves tasks like- maintenance, development and testing of equipment and machinery. The two sub-branches of Technical branch are- Mechanical and Electronics sections.

 

3 Ground Duty Branch

This is the third and last Branch. Ground Duty Branch consists of sub-branches like- Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education and Meteorology. Flying Branch is all about action packed stuff and Technical Branch about equipment and machinery, Ground Duty Branch takes care of administrative and accounts related tasks.

 

It is evident from the above paragraphs that all the three Branches are crucial, when it comes to the smooth functioning of IAF. 10+2 Science stream students, Graduates and PG students may build careers in the above 3 branches of IAF. I’ll discuss about those details in the next section.

 

• Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Flying Branch

There are 2 main ways in which one can join IAF’s Flying Branch and build a career in that Branch-

  • 10+2 Entry (NDA)
  • As a Graduate

Let us check out both these entry modes one by one-

 

1 NDA (10+2) Flying Branch Entry

Check out the basic eligibility criteria and details in the tabs below-

 

10+2 Science stream (Physics and Mathematics subjects)
16½ to 19 years (at the time when the course starts)
Only male candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

The above tabs will give you idea about eligibility criteria details. If you are interested in knowing about NDA Flying Branch entry in detail, you may check out this article-

 

Read: How to join IAF as Flying Officer after 12th Science

 

2 As a Graduate

One may also have career as a Pilot in IAF after Graduation also! Entry modes available are- CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination), NCC (Special Entry) and SSC (Short Service Commission) entry. You may check out basic eligibility details in the tabs below-

 

Graduation Degree (3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University). Also 10+2 Science stream schooling (Physics and Mathematics subjects) is required in addition to Degree
20 to 24 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidate must be single
Only male candidates may apply for CDS and NCC entry. Both male and female candidates may apply for SSC entry
Mentioned at the end of article

 

To get detailed idea about the process of application and eligibility criteria, you may check out the following articles-

 

Read: How to join IAF after Engineering

Read: How to join IAF Flying Branch after B.Sc.

Read: How girls/females may join IAF Flying Branch

 

• Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Technical Branch

To join IAF as an Officer and build a career in the Technical Branch, there are two schemes- UES (University Entry Scheme) and Aeronautical Engineering course. Only Engineering students and Graduates are eligible to apply for this post (not all Engineering Branches’ students are eligible though). For more details regarding eligibility criteria, age limit, examinations etc, make use of this article-

 

Read: How to join IAF after Engineering

 

• Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Ground Duty Branch

One may build a career in IAF’s Ground Duty Branch after completing Graduation course. Here are basic eligibility criteria details in the tab below-</p>

 

1 Administration Branch

Graduation Degree in any Discipline(3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University) with minimum 60% marks
20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried
Both male and female candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

2 Accounts Branch

Graduation Degree in B.Com. with minimum 60% marks or PG Degree M.Com./CA/ICWA with minimum 50% marks
20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried
Both male and female candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

3 Logistics Branch

Graduation Degree in any Discipline(3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University) with minimum 60% marks or PG Degree with minimum 50% marks
20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried
Both male and female candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

4 Education Branch

PG Degree in any Discipline 50% marks
20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried
Both male and female candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

5 Meteorology Branch

Post Graduation Degree in any streams like- / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo-physics / Environmental Biology with minimum 50% marks. Candidate must have also studied Maths & Physics in Graduation with minimum 55% marks in them
20 to 26 years (at the time when the course starts). Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried
Both male and female candidates may apply
Mentioned at the end of article

 

Please note that in case of female candidates applying for Ground Duty Branches, only SSC (Short Service Commission) entry is available for them. Male candidates have the option to choose between Permanent Commission and SSC. To get better idea about the process of application and eligibility details, do read the following articles-

 

Read: How to join IAF after B.Com.

Read: How to join IAF’s Ground Duty Branch after B.Sc.

 

• Physical and Medical Standards

During selection process in case of IAF, much importance is given to Physical and Medical standards. Irrespective of the Branch and entry, a candidate will have to satisfy Physical standards’ conditions set by IAF. Further, in case of Flying Branch applicants, additional set of Medical standards must also be met. Let us check those standards out-

 

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 (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!

 

Also read: SSB Interview tips

PABT tips

 

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!

 

Hope this article helped students who aspire to join Indian Air Force. For applying, visit the official site- www.careerairforce.nic.in. You may also check out sites like upsc.gov.in and upsconline.nic.in (examinations like NDA and CDS are conducted by UPSC). You can find more details regarding the exams and eligibility criteria and apply online there. Here is a quick overview of the steps involved in IAF application process –

How to join IAF (steps involved)

  1. Choose a specific branch

    If you want to become an IAF officer, you have access to three main branches – Flying branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch. Based on your interest, academic qualifications and other factors, choose a specific branch. Each branch consists of multiple job profiles and roles. For example, if you are passionate about flying an aircraft, you may choose the flying branch of IAF!IAF Choose Branch

  2. Check if you are eligible for that particular branch/job post

    The next step is – checking whether you are eligible for the branch/job post or not. Each post demands applicants to have certain educational qualifications, age limit, physical and medical fitness standards. I’ve discussed these requirements in detail (in this post). For example – if you choose flying branch, you must meet the stringent physical and medical standards set by the IAF.Check Eligibility Criteria

  3. Choose relevant examination

    The third step is choosing an ideal entrance exam. The exam you are going to select depends upon factors such as – your academic qualifications, your age, the type of entry you are interested in etc. For example, candidates (male) who have just passed 12th standard (with PCM subjects) may use the NDA entry (through NDA exam). Graduates may use CDS or AFCAT examinations.Choose Exam/Path

  4. Undergo the selection process

    Most of the selection tests have two main stages – written test and SSB interview. Selection test format may vary from one mode of recruitment to another. If you clear relevant exams and interviews, you have a chance to make it to the merit list. Final selection of candidates depends upon his/her position in the merit list.Undergo Selection Process

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