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Air Force

(Govt & Defence)

Career Overview

CAREER AS AN AIR FORCE OFFICER  

          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, we’ll 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.

         

          As an officer in the Indian Air Force you will strategise, 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 

  • Fighters
  • Transports
  • Helicopters

 

 

(b)  Technical Branch 

  • Mechanical
  • Electronics

 

 

(c)  Ground Duty Branch 

  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Meteorology

 



Requirement to be in Indian Air Force:
 
Flying Branch

Before being inducted as a trainee pilot at the Air Force Academy you have to finish a three-year course from National Defence Academy.
Age Limit: 16 ½-19 years
Educational Qualifications: Minimum 10 + 2 with Physics and Mathematics
Entrance: Written examination conducted by UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.

Advertisement: In the month of April/ November by UPSC. The format of application will be available in the Employment News. 
 
Air Force Academy (CDSE)

Age Limit: 19 to 23 years
Educational Qualifications: B.Sc. (Physics and/ or Mathematics) or B.E.
Entrance: Written examination conducted by UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.

Advertisement: In the month of April/ November by UPSC. Successful candidates join the Air Force Academy directly for Pilot Training.
 
National Cadet Corps

Age Limit: 19 to 23 years
Educational Qualifications: B.Sc. Physics and/or Mathematics or B.E.
Entrance: Direct Services Selection Board interview.

 
Eligibility criteria for Women

Status: Unmarried or widows of service personnel killed on duty but without any child. 
Age Limit: 19-23 years, relaxable up to 25 years for those holding Commercial Pilot License.
Educational Qualification: B.Sc. Physics and/or Mathematics or B.E. 

 
Advertisement: Published in the month of January and July each year in the Employment News and leading Newspapers.
Entrance: Directly qualify for interview by Service Selection Board.
Successful candidates join the Air Force Academy directly for Pilot Training.
 
Engineering 

Entry into the engineering branch can be achieved through the University Entry Scheme. Here, you are selected to join the Aeronautical Engineering Branches for Permanent or Short Service Commission while in the Pre-Final/ Final Year of your study in the Engineering Colleges. 
Alternatively, you can opt for the Direct Entry Scheme after graduation.
Age Limit: 18 to 28 years

Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)
(Permanent Commission or Short Service Commission)

Engineering Degree in Electronics/Telecommunications/ Electrical 
Communication/Electronics and Communication/Computer Science & Engineering or a combination of these subjects 

OR 

B.Tech. in Radio Physics and Electronics of Calcutta University OR 
B.Sc. Physics with Electronics of Bombay University OR 
M.Sc. Electronics of Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, Gujarat, Lucknow or Calcutta University OR 
B.Sc. with Physics, Maths and Chemistry. 

 
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
(Permanent Commission or Short Service Commission)

Engineering Degree in Aeronautical/ Mechanical/Production/ Industrial Production 

OR 

B.Sc. with Physics, Maths and Chemistry

 
Advertisement: Applications are called for twice a year in the month of January and July through advertisement published in the leading newspapers/Employment News.
Entrance: Written examination conducted by UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination. 
 
Ground Duties

You would be inducted in one of these departments - Administrative, Logistics or Air Traffic Controller/Fight Controller (Short Service Commission) branches.
Age Limit: 20-23 years for graduates and 20-25 years for post graduates

Educational Qualifications:

Graduates with 60 per cent and above marks and post graduates with 50 per cent and above. 
Candidates with an MBA or post graduate diploma in Business Administration (Two years full time or three years part time course from institutes recognised by All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with 50 per cent and above marks and between the age group of 20-25 years can also apply. 
For Law graduates (three-year course) with 50 per cent and above marks the age is relaxable to 26 years. LLB (five-year course) with 50 per cent marks and above can also apply provided they are in the age group of 20-25 years.

Advertisement: It is released in leading newspapers or Employment News in January and July for the administrative branch. In January for Logistics Branch and in March for the Air Traffic Controller and Fighter Controller Branches.
 
Accounts Branch
Age Limit: 20 to 23 years for Graduates and 20 to 25 years for post graduates.
 
Educational Qualifications: B.Com/B.Com. (Hons) with 60 per cent and above marks and M.Com. with 50 per cent and above marks. 
For candidates with AICWA/Chartered/Registered/Incorporated Accountant together with B.Com or M.Com degree the age is relaxable upto 27 years.
Advertisement: Released in leading newspapers/Employment News in the month of July each year.
Entrance: Through SSB interview
 
Education Branch
Age Limit: 21 to 25 years. 
 
Educational Qualifications: M.A/M.Sc. with 50 per cent and above marks in English/Psychology/Defence Studies/Mathematics/Physics/Statistics/Computer Science or an MBA with 50 per cent and above marks with a combination of minimum two subjects out of Physics, Maths, Statistics, English, Psychology or Defence Studies at B A/ B.Sc. level. 
 
Candidate with Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Two year full time or three years part time course) from Institutes recognised by All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with 50 per cent and above marks can also apply. For those who have done their M.Ed/ PhD, the age limit is relaxable up to 27 years. 
 
Advertisement: Advertisement is released in leading newspapers/ Employment News in the month of July each year.
 
Entrance: Written examination conducted b y UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.
 
Meteorological Branch
Age Limit: 20 to 25 years.
 
Educational Qualifications: MSc in Physics/ Applied Physics/ Meteorology/ 
Geophysics with Meteorology and Oceanography/ Oceanography with specialisation in Meteorology/ 
M.A/M.Sc. in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics/M.tech. in Atmospheric Science from IIT Delhi with 50 per cent and above marks.
 
Advertisement: Advertisement is released in the leading Newspapers/ Employment News in the month of July each year.
 
Entrance: Written examination conducted by UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.
 
Candidates must be in accordance with the prescribed physical standards i.e. they should be physically fit and free from any disease or disability and excess fat. The minimum acceptable height for the Air Force is 162 cm. 
 
(For Gurkhas and residents of north-eastern India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height is 5 cm lower than the standard and for candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum height is lowered by 2 cm.)Candidates must have perfect eyesight (known as 6/6 vision). 
 
Besides these general conditions, each training institute and examination has their own standards and requirements. 




Career Prospects of an Indian Airforce Officer:
 
To make the IAF more attractive, the Short Service Commission for men across all divisions is being introduced so one can earn while they learn. 
 
Air force pilots after retirement can move on to commercial airlines. This is true for all other branches as the civilian airline industry mirrors the defence one. With flying clubs and adventure sports gaining popularity there is a need for qualified personnel in these areas too.


Job Opportunities in Indian Airforce:
 
Flying branch officers have to opt for a permanent commission of 20 years. Short Service commission of seven years is offered for all other branches. 
 
Your career growth usually takes this route: 
• Commissioning rank- Flying Officer 
• 5 years-Flight Lieutenant 
• 11 years -Squadron Leader 
• 16-21 years - Wing Commander 
• 22 years - Group Captain 
• 24 year - Air Commodore 
• 26 years - Air Vice Marshal 
• 28 years - Air Chief Marshal

 




Air Force Administrative College Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Air Force Academy Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Air Force Technical College Jalahalli
Air Force School Sambre, Belgaum
Flying Instructors’ School Tambaram (Tamil Nadu)
Elementrary Flying School Bidar (Karnataka)
Fighter Training and Transport Hakimpur and Yelahanka (Karnataka)
Training Wings of the Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine Bangluru (Karnataka)
Paratroopers Training School Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Navigation and Signal School Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
College of Air Warfare Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Ground Training Institutes Vadodara (Gujarat) and Barrackpur (West Bengal)