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.
Article Overview and Contents
- • Career in IAF: Branches available-
- • Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Flying Branch
- • Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Technical Branch
- • Career in Indian Air Force: How to join Ground Duty Branch
- • Physical and Medical Standards
• 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-
- Flying Branch
- Technical Branch
- 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-
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-
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-
To get detailed idea about the process of application and eligibility criteria, you may check out the following articles-
• 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: IAF Airmen Recruitment
• 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
2 Accounts Branch
3 Logistics Branch
4 Education Branch
5 Meteorology Branch
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-
• 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-
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
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)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.