HOW TO BECOME AN INDIAN AIR FORCE PILOT 

You surely fly high by joining the Flying branch of the IAF. You are trained as a Fighter pilot or a Helicopter pilot or a Transport pilot and are part of various peace and wartime missions. The various modes of entry into the Flying Branch are:

As a Graduate 

NDA- National Defence Academy

As a Graduate

As a Graduate/ Engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:

CDSE (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION) (FOR MEN ONLY)

  1. Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.
  2. Eligibility criteria:
  • Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Marital Status – Single
  • Gender – Men only.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech (Four Year Course).
  • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.
  • Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements are released by UPSC in the months of June and November

 

For more details visit www.upsc.gov.in

 

NCC SPECIAL ENTRY (FOR MEN ONLY)

(Through NCC Air Squadrons / 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.
  • Eligibility criteria:
  • Age –20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Marital Status – Single
  • Gender – Men only.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 levelOR
  • BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent
  • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate.
  • Advertisement Schedule: NCC Cadets are to apply through respective NCC Air Squadrons/DG NCC.

 

SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

  • You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.
  • Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.
  • Eligibility criteria:
  • Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course).
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Marital Status – Single
  • Gender – Men and Women.
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of SSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  • Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

NDA- National Defence Academy

The valiant boys could be part of the Indian Air Force family by applying for NDA (National Defence Academy)

Candidates, short-listed for Indian Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, followed by specialised training at one of the AF Training Establishments. On successful completion, they are Commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.

You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.
Eligibility Criteria

  • Age – 16 ½ to 19 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Gender  – Men only
  • Educational Qualifications – 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. Students appearing in final year are also eligible to apply.
  • Advertisement Schedule –  May and December. (Advertisement is released by UPSC. Visit www.upsc.gov.in)

 

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