Since its inception, the IAF has had its share of trials and tribulations. The IAF’s mettle was tested in the Second World War, after independence, in the conflicts of 1948, 1965, 1971 and the Kargil Victory in the summer of 1999. IAF has vindicated itself time and again by rising to the myriad challenges, tasks and demands placed on it by the nation. The fortitude and deeds of its men have won many laurels. Its growth and continuous modernization is an index of its ability to adapt with the times and its deeds a testimony to the caliber of its men.
Here is an opportunity to dedicate yourself to the honour and glory of your motherland, as a defender of the sovereign skies become a part of the noblest and most selfless of professions the Indian Air force , where you pledge to protect the frontiers of our airspace, where your bravery, daring, grit and the never-say-die spirit are tested each and every day in every conceivable situation to bring out the best in you. A career with Indian Air force would mean becoming are air warrior ready to face the challenges.
Methods of Entry
|Branch / Type of Entry||Educational Qualification||
Age Limit (Yrs)
|A. National Defence Academy (NDA)
(for men only)
|10+2 with Physics & Maths||161/2 – 19||Jan/June|
|B. Combined Defence Services
Examination (CDSE) (for men only)
|Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE||19 – 23||Apr/Sep|
|C. NCC Special Entry (Through CO Unit/DG NCC)
(for men only)
|Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE & NCC Air Wing Sr. Div. ‘C’ Certificate||19 – 23||Apr/Oct|
|D. Short Service Commission
(for Women only)
|Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE||19 – 23*||May/Nov|
*Upper age limit relaxed to 25 years for holders of Commercial Pilots’ Licence (CPL)
PC for Men
|A. Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)
B. Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
|First class degree in Engineering in Electronics / Mechanical / Allied subjects as per advertisement||18 – 28||Apr/Oct|
|SSC for Women
C. AE(L) and AE(M)
|Same as above||18 – 28||
|GROUND DUTIES BRANCH
PC for Men / SSC for Women)**
|First class Graduate or PG in subjects as per advertisement||20 – 23||May/Nov|
|First Class PG in subjects as per advertisement||
20 – 25
**PC – Permanent Commission / SSC – Short Service Commission
The above information is a broad guideline and is subject to change as per the induction requirement of the Indian Airforce.
All Advertisement are published in Employment News and National / Regional Leading Newspapers.
This data is only of information value and subject to change, for more details please visit at Air force website. www.indianairforce.nic.in
Methods of Entry:
(a) Group ‘X’ (Technical)
(b) Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical)
(a) Group ‘X’ (Technical):
(i) Passed Intermediate/10+2/ Equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.
(ii) Passed Three years Diploma Course in Engineering in any stream, as shown below, from a Government recognized Polytechnic Institute with 50% marks in overall aggregate,and 50% marks in English in Diploma or in Intermediate/Matriculation, if English is not a subject in Diploma Course.
(b) Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical):
Passed Intermediate / 10+2 / Equivalent Examination in any stream/subjects approved by Central / State Education Boards with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.
Date of Birth:
(a) Candidates born between 07 July 1998 and 20 December 2001 (both days inclusive) are eligible to apply for AIRFORCE 2017.
(b) In case, a candidate clears the Selection Procedure then the upper age limit as on date of enrolment is 21 years.
Mandatory Medical Standards:
General Medical Standards for both Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades and Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades are as follows: –
(i) Height: Minimum acceptable height is 152.5 cm.
(ii) Chest: Minimum range of expansion: 5 cm
(iii) Weight: Proportionate to height and age. However, minimum weight of 55 Kg required for Operations Assistant (ATS) Trade only.
(iv) Corneal Surgery (PRK/LASIK) is not acceptable.
(v) Hearing: Candidate should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters with each ear separately.
(vi) Dental: Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.
(vii) Health: Candidate should be free from medical or surgical deformity. He should be free from all communicable diseases and skin ailments. Candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain.
(viii) Body Tattoo: Permanent body tattoos on inner face of the fore arms (inside of elbow to the wrist), Back (dorsal) part of the hand/reverse side of palm and Tribals with tattoos which are as per custom and traditions of their tribes only are permitted. However, right to decide on acceptability/unacceptability of the individual rests with the Selection Centre. Candidates with permanent body tattoos are to submit a photograph of the Tattoo with size and type of the Tattoo.
Written Test will be objective type and question paper will be bilingual (English & Hindi) except for English paper. Written test for candidates opting for both Group X&Y shall be conducted in one sitting, using the same OMR sheet. Detailed procedure shall be explained before conduct of the examination. Written Test and Duration of the Test will be as follows: –
(a) Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades: Duration of the written test will be 60 minutes and will comprise of English,Physics and Mathematics as per 10+2 CBSE syllabus.
(b) Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades: Duration of the written test will be 45 minutes and will comprise of English as per 10+2 CBSE syllabus and Reasoning And General Awareness (RAGA).
(c) Both Groups ‘X&Y’ Trades: Duration of the written test will be 85 minutes and will comprise of English, Physics, and Mathematics as per 10+2 CBSE syllabus and Reasoning And General Awareness (RAGA).
NOTE: CANDIDATES ARE TO QUALIFY IN EACH PAPER SEPARATELY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE GROUPS.
Adaptability Test-1 [For both Group ‘ X’ (Technical) Trades & Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades]:All candidates who pass the Written Tests will have to undertake Adaptability Test-1 which is to assess suitability of a candidate for employment in the IAF which involves deployment in varied geographic terrain, weather and operational conditions.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT) [For both Group ‘ X’ (Technical) Trades & Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical):All candidates who pass Adaptability Test-1 are to undergo Physical Fitness Test (PFT) on the same or the next day. PFT consists of a 1.6 Km run to be completed within 7 minutes. Candidates will also have to complete 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups and 20 squats within the stipulated time to qualify in the Physical Fitness Test.
Note: Candidates are advised to bring their sports shoes and shorts.
Adaptability Test-2 [For both Group ‘ X’ (Technical) Trades & Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades]: All candidates who pass PFT will have to undertake Adaptability Test-2 as per policy in vogue. Adaptability Test-2 is to identify suitable candidates with requisite comprehension and communication ability.
Note: Candidates qualifying for Groups ‘X&Y’ will be given the group according to his merit as well as his preference given at the time of filling up of online application. However, President, CASB reserves the right to allocate Group to a candidate as per vacancies available with CASB and the decision of the President, CASB in this respect shall be final and binding upon the candidate.
Medical Examination: Candidates who qualify Adaptability Test-2 will be issued with medical appointment letter at Airmen Selection Centre for their medical examination at designated Medical Board Centre (MBC) on specified date. Medical Examination will be conducted by Air Force Medical Team as per IAF medical standards and policy in vogue on subject issue. Candidates declared Medically Unfit can avail the option for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) against their unfitness by depositing Rs. 40/- in a Government Treasury/RBI/SBI through Military Receivable Order (MRO). The application for AMB along with original copy of MRO, Photocopy of Unfitness Certificate and Postal Stamp worth Rs. 25/- affixed on a self addressed envelope are to be submitted to the respective Medical Board Centres for processing, within three working days from the date of issue of Medical Unfitness Certificate at MBC.
Medical examination would also include Baseline Investigation as listed below:-
(a) Blood Haemogram – Hb, TLC, DLC (b) Urine RE/ME
(c) Biochemistry: (i) Blood Sugar Fasting & PP(ii) Serum Cholesterol (iii) Urea, Uric acid, Creatinine (iv) LFT—Serum Bilurubin, SGOT, SGPT
(d) X- Ray chest (PA view) (e) ECG (R)
From Airmen to Commissioned Officer : Promotion Prospectus exist up to the rank of Master Warrant officer (MWO). Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exist for those airmen who qualify the prescribed examinations later during their service career.