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How To Join Indian Air Force
 
If you are thinking to join Indian Air Force, then you need to ensure that you qualified to Join Indian Air force. One can join the Indian Air Force in the flying, technical or the ground branches. Know the eligibility criteria for different branches and educational qualification below:

1. Intermediate (10+2)
2. Graduate
3. Engineer
4. Post Graduate

Physical Standards: Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force.Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfil some basic physical standards. Listed below are some guidelines that identify the general physical requirements that are common for all candidates.You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties.There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.The height and weight standards for men and women differ. Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.

  • There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  • You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
  • The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
  • An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.
  • There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
  • Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.
  • Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
  • Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.
  • You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:
  • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
  • Severe menorrhagia
  • Severe dysmenorrhea
  • Complete prolapse of uterus
  • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
  • Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist. 
 
 
Details about Each Branch:
1. Flying Branch: You surely fly high after joining the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. You are trained either as a Fighter pilot, or a Helicopter pilot, or a Transport pilot and are a part of various peace and wartime missions. As a graduate, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the three modes of entry for engineers to join the Flying branch:

Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE): You can take the Combined Defence Services Examination (written test conducted by UPSC) to join the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.For applying through any of the entry points mentioned above, you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
  • Age - 19 to 23 years
  • Marital Status – SingleNationality - IndianGender - for men only.
  • Educational Qualifications: 1. Any Graduate (Three Year Course)/ BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level. 2. Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog. 3. No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.Advertisement Schedule: April and September Every Year
National Cadet Corps Special Entry (Through CO NCC Unit / DG NCC): As an Air Wing Senior division 'C' Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.For applying through any of the entry points mentioned above, you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
  • Age - 19 to 23 years
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - for men only.
  • Educational Qualifications: 1. Any Graduate Degree ( Three year Course)/ BE / B Tech ( Four Year Course) with minimum 60 % marks in Aggregate in all papers put together in Graduation with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level. 2. Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog and min 60 % aggregate marks in the previous year/ semester. 3. NCC Air Wing Senior Division 'C' certificate.Advertisement Schedule: April and October Every Year
Flying (Pilot) Short Service Commission (For Men & women) with Term of Engagement of 14 Years with no further extension: Both men and women are eligible to apply for short service commission in the flying branch. ” Short Service Commission in flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension. For applying through any of the entry points mentioned above, you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
  • Age - 19 to 23 years
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - This is applicable to both men and women.
  • Educational Qualifications: 1. Any Graduate Degree ( Three year Course)/ BE / B Tech ( Four Year Course) with minimum 60 % marks in Aggregate in all papers put together in Graduation with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level. 2. Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog and min 60 % aggregate marks in the previous year/ semester. 3. Advertisement Schedule: March and September Every Year.
2. Technical Branch: As an officer in the Technical Branch, you propel and manage your team to ensure that the Indian Air Force remains airworthy. You can apply for any of the following streams through the Direct Entry Scheme.Direct Entry Scheme - After you have completed your Engineering, you can join the Technical Branch through the Direct Entry Scheme. Both men and women can use this mode of entry to apply to the Indian Air Force.
 
Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics): As an Aeronautical Engineer in the Electronics stream, you will be responsible for the communication and signals required on the Air Force station. You will also be in charge of the execution of preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft. With further in-service training, you could also move to the repair and overhaul divisions of the Indian Air Force.
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical): After you join the Indian Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Mechanical stream, you could be placed at a position that requires you to be involved with preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft or of common user and specialist application vehicles. You could also be involved in the safety and maintenance of firearms and ammunition at an Air Force Base.
 
You can apply for the Technical Branch via any of the two schemes listed below:
Direct Entry Scheme: After you have completed your engineering, you can join the Technical Branch through the Direct Entry Scheme. Both Men and Women can use this mode of entry to apply to the Indian Air Force.University Entry Scheme (UES) Direct Entry Scheme: Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) & Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Permanent Commission (Men) / Short Service Commission (Men & Women)
 
Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)Permanent / Short Service Commission: As an Aeronautical Engineer in the Electronics stream, you will be responsible for the communication and signals required on the Air Force station. You will also be in charge of the execution of preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft. With further in-service training, you could also move to the repair and overhaul divisions of the Indian Air Force. To join the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) stream you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
  • Age - 18 to 28 years*
  • Marital Status – Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - This is applicable to both men and women.
  • Educational Qualification: (Aeronautical Engineer – Electronics) - Minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together in BE / B.Tech in Electronics / Telecommunication / Electrical / Communication / Electronics & Communication / Instrumentation / Information Technology /Computer Science & Engineering or a combination of these subjects. OR Diploma in Electronics of Madras Institute of Technology. OR B Tech in Radio Physics and Electronics / Optics and Opto Electronics. OR M.Sc Degree in Physics (With Electronics) / Electronics / Computer Science / Computer Applications OR MCA with Maths, Physics and Electronics at graduation level. OR MSc. Tech in Electronics and Radio Engineering OR Section A&B Examination of the Associate Membership Examination of the Institution of Engineers (India) in Electrical, Electronics or Telecommunication subjects OR Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with subjects of Section A & full subjects of Section B by actual studies (Maths, Applied Electronics and Circuits, Principals of Communication Engineering, Transmission lines and Networks) OR Section A & B of Examination of Aeronautical Society of India by Actual Studies in Avionics / Communication streams
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)Permanent / Short Service Commission: After you join the Indian Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Mechanical stream, you could be placed at a position that requires you to be involved with preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft or of common user and specialist application vehicles. You could also be involved in the safety and maintenance of firearms and ammunition at an Air Force Base. To join the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) stream, you must fulfil the following conditions:
  • Age - 18 to 28 years*
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - This is applicable to both men and women.
  • Educational Qualification (Aeronautical Engineer-Mechanical) - Minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together in BE / B.Tech in Aeronautical / Mechanical / Production / Industrial Production or a combination of these subjects OR Section A and B of Associate Membership Examination of Institution of Engineering (India) with Mechanical / Aeronautical subjects by actual studies OR Section A and B of Associate Membership Examination of the Aeronautical Society of India with Group I (Design and Production) or Group II (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) subjects by actual studies. 
 
Advertisement Schedule: February and August Every Year. At the time of commencement of training.• University Entry Scheme (UES) • Permanent Commission (For Male only)
  • Educational Qualifications: The candidate must be currently studying in Pre-final year of BE / B Tech degree course in the relevant streams of engineering as mentioned above and must have secured minimum of 60% marks in aggregate unto the last semester for which results have been declared, at the time of applying / AFSB testing. There must be No backlog / arrears of papers of previous semesters. On completion of degree, minimum 60% of marks in aggregate are mandatory.
3. Ground Duty Branches: Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force. There are numerous opportunities for both men and women to build a challenging career.
 
Some of the officers of the Administration Branch are selected to carry out the following duties also:
Air Traffic Controller: As Air Traffic Controller, your core responsibilities will involve maintaining an orderly flow of traffic and airspace management.
Fighter Controller: As Fighter Controller, you will be posted to an Air Defence radar unit and will be responsible for close contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.

To join the Administration Branches, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Age - 20 to 23 years* for Graduates, 20 to 25 years* for Post Graduates and 20 to 26 Years for Law Graduates (3 Years Course).
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - This is applicable to both men and women.Educational Qualifications - Any Graduate with minimum 60 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together OR Post Graduate Degree with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together in Arts / Science / Commerce / Management / Engineering or LLB . [For law graduates (three years course) the upper age is relaxed upto 26 years]
Accounts Branch Permanent/Short Service Commission: As an officer in the Accounts Branch, you are responsible for efficient management of funds as well as disbursement of pay and allowances to Air Force personnel. You will also act as internal auditor to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.

You must fulfil the following criteria to be a part of the Accounts Branch:

  • Age - 20 to 23 years* for Graduates, 20 to 25 years* for Post Graduates and 20 to 27 years for CA / ICWA.
  • Marital Status - Single
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Gender - This is applicable to both men and women.
  • Educational Qualifications - Graduate Degree in Commerce with minimum 60 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together Or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in all papers put together. Or CA / ICWA with minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together after BCom / M Com.
LogisticsPermanent/Short Service Commission: As an officer in the logistics department, you will undertake material management of all Air Force resources. From clothing to aircraft equipment, you will ensure efficient supervision of inventories and availability of necessary items to all operators and users.


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