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.
CDS Exam : Overview
|Mode of exam
|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
|Language of question paper
|Hindi and English
|Duration of the test
|2 hours for each section of the test
Exam Pattern for AFA
After clearing the exam you have to appear for the SSB Interview
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
- 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 (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)
|Indian Air Force
|Twice a year
|Mode of Application
|Mode of Exam
|3 Stages (Written + AFSB + DV)
|Written Test: —–
AFCAT Eligibility Criteria
The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the AFCAT Exam:
(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:
|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
|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.