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How to Join Indian Air Force After Graduation

How to Join Indian Air Force After Graduation

One who loves his country finds ways to express this love , though we can serve our country in various ways , even being a responsible citizen itself is a form of our love and devotion for the country but  serving the nation by Defending and safeguarding it is a who,e another level of Devotion , joining the prestigious armed forces of India is a matter of Honor and in this article we will discuss career and scope in IAF  after completing your graduation.

“When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

So if you are the one who is ready to take the challenges this article is for you .

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Entry

It is the most common way candidates opt for getting inducted into Air force as an officer  The “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy.

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CDS Exam : Overview

Mode of exam Offline
Number of sections Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) – Three
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) – Two
Total marks of the test IMA, INA, and AFA – 300
OTA – 200
Nature of questions Objective type
Language of question paper Hindi and English
Duration of the test 2 hours for each section of the test

Exam Pattern for AFA

Subject Duration Maximum marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100

After clearing the exam you have to appear for the SSB Interview

SSB Interview

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process – stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

NCC Special Entry

If you possess an Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate of NCC  then this entry is for you , It  is open for both male and female candidates who want to make their career in Indian Airforce. Here males get Permanent Commission, females are offered Short Service Commission

Eligibility

  •  unmarried candidates, Indian citizen between age 20 to 24 years at the time of commencement of the course are eligible.
  •  candidates who have Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA can get a relaxation up to 26 years of age at the commencement of course.
  • Tech students must have 60% marks in each Mathematics and Physics at 10+2 level and must be pursuing or completed Engineering from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks.
  • Students who have cleared Section A& B examinations of Associate Membership of Institute of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India with minimum 60% marks are also eligible.
  • final Year/semester students can apply provided with the fact that they don’t have any backlogs at the time of AFSB testing and can show certificate issued by the University at that time.

AFCAT Exam

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) Exam is conducted by Indian Air Force twice in a year for the recruitment of candidates in Short Service Commission (SSC) in Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non Technical) Branches.

IAF also recruit candidates for the grant of PC/SSC for NCC Special Entry Scheme (Flying Branch) and for Meteorological Entry. It is one of the most coveted jobs in Indian Air Force and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India.

AFCAT 1 2022: Exam Summary

Name of Exam Air Force Common Admission Test (2022)
Conducting Body Indian Air Force
Periodicity Twice a year
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online (CBT)
Exam Rounds 3 Stages (Written + AFSB + DV)
Exam Dates Written Test: —–
AFSB: —–
Job Location Across India
Official Website afcat.cdac.in

AFCAT  Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the AFCAT Exam:

(a) Nationality – Candidate must be a citizen of India as per the Indian citizenship act, 1955.
(b) Age –
  • Flying Branch. 20 to 24 years  Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years
  • Ground Duty (Technical/ Non-Technical) Branches. 20 to 26 years

(c) Educational Qualifications:

Branch Sub-Branch Educational Qualification
Ground Duty Technical Branch Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a four-year degree in graduation/integrated or post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.OR

Those who have cleared examination of associate membership of the institution of engineers (India) in both A and B section, with a minimum of 60% in certain disciples as prescribed by IAF.
Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) Minimum 60% marks each in physics and mathematics at 10+2 level and a degree in graduation/post-graduation in the field of engineering and technology from a recognized university.OR

Those who have cleared the examination of associate membership of the institution of engineers (India) in both A and B section, with a minimum of 60% in certain disciples as prescribed by IAF.
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches Administration Graduate degree with a minimum of 60% marks with a three-year degree course from a recognized university OR should have cleared section A & B examination with a minimum of 60%

We hope this article helped you in understanding the ways one can get Inducted into Air Force after graduation.

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