Different types of Entries to join Indian Air Force as an Officer

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Types of Entries to join Indian Air Force 

Hello Aspirants, looking Types of Entries to join Indian Air Force as Officer. Great! So if you have a dream you should know the way to achieve your dreams and how to get their. We would help you to know all the different types of entries in Indian Air Force according to your Education qualification and age. There are number of ways you can join Indian air force in flying branch, technical branch or ground duty branch. Aspirants need to be aware of the entries to which they are eligible.


We would also like to tell you if you are not eligible for flying branch don't be disappoint because even technical and ground duty branch in Indian air force have same importance which flying branch has as they are the back bone of Indian air force and also enjoys same pay and perks in Indian air force. Any you can join IAF till the age of 26 years of age so don't lose hope to Join Indian air force. For more further details regarding types of entries to join Indian Air force read the whole article given below. Feel free to ask questions below in comments.

types of Entries In Indian Air Force as an Officer:

Different types of Entries In Indian Air Force

 Entries in Indian Air Force as an Officer :


Types of Entries in Indian Air Force:

1. Flying Branch
  • Fighters
  • Transports
  • Helicopters
2. Technical Branch
  • Mechanical
  • Electronics
3. Ground Duty Branch
  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Meteorology

Flying Branch:

Work: 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:

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:

Nationality: Citizen of India.

Gender: Unmarried Men only

Age limit: Candidates must be between 16 ½ to 19 years of age (at the time of commencement of course)

Educational Qualifications: Candidates should have completed 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics.

NOTE: Students appearing in final year are also eligible to apply.

Advertisement Schedule: May and December. (Advertisement is released by UPSC.

As a Graduate: As a Graduate, 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)

Unmarried Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.

Eligibility criteria:

Nationality: Citizen Of India.

Marital Status: Single/ Unmarried.

Gender: Men only.

Age Limit: Candidates must be between 19 to 23 years of age(at the time of commencement of course).

Educational Qualifications: Candidates should have completed Graduation (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech (Four Year Course).

NOTE: Their is No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.

Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements are released by UPSC in the months of June and October.


Ground Duty Branches: (For Graduates/ Post Graduates):

Work: Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force.

Eligibility Criteria for Ground Duty Branches:

Nationality: Citizen of India.

Marital Status: Single.

Gender: Unmarried Men and Women.

Age limit: Candidate must be between 20 to 23 Years of age for Graduates and 20 to 25 years for Post Graduates (at the time of commencement of course). Upper age limit relaxed upto 26 years for Law Graduates (3 Years Course), upto 27 years for CA / ICWA / M Ed / Ph D.
Marital Status – Candidates below the age of 25 years must be Unmarried.
As a Graduate/ Post Graduate you can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches.

ADMINISTRATION BRANCH:

Work: Responsible for the efficient management of both human and material resources. Some of the officers of the Administration Branch are selected and trained to carry out the following duties also:

Air Traffic Controller :
Involves maintaining an orderly flow of traffic and airspace management.

Fighter Controller:
Involves close contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.

ACCOUNTS BRANCH:

Work: Responsible for efficient financial management of funds.You will also act as internal auditor to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.

LOGISTICS BRANCH:

Work: Responsible for materials management of all Air Force resources. You would ensure efficient supervision of inventories, and involve in procurement processes of various ranges of equipment.

EDUCATION BRANCH:

Work: Responsible for teaching in the academy.

METEOROLOGY BRANCH:

Work: As a Meteorology Branch Officer you would be involved handling the latest satellite imagery and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, you would render specific advice to the operators on all aspects of weather.

Entry through: AFCAT

Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

Technical Branches:

Work: As an officer in the Technical Branch, you propel and manage your team to ensure that the Indian Air Force remains airworthy. You would be in charge of some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world by joining one of the sub branches based on your qualification.

Eligibility for Aeronautical Engineering Branch are (applicable for men and women):

Nationality: Citizen of India.

Marital Status: Candidates below the age of 25 years should be unmarried.

Gender: Unmarried Men and Women.

Age limit: Candidate must be between 18 to 28 years of age (at the time of commencement of course).

Educational Qualifications: Candidates must have completed four year degree qualification from a recognised University OR Cleared Section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) OR Cleared Section A and B examination of Aeronautical Society of India OR Graduate membership examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers by actual studies. In addition to this there are certain subjects which should match with the subjects given by the IAF, which you must have studied.

Entry into the Technical Branch is through two schemes, both via AFCAT.

UNIVERSITY ENTRY SCHEME (UES):

For candidates studying in Pre-Final year of B-tech/BE degree course.
For men only. Grant of Permanent Commission.

Educational Qualifications: The candidate must be currently studying in Pre-final year of BE / BTech degree course with choice of subject as mentioned above. There must be No backlog / arrears of papers of previous semesters at the time of SSB Testing. On completion of degree, minimum 60% of marks in aggregate in all papers put together are mandatory.
Advertisement Schedule: December every year (through AFCAT).

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING COURSE:

After completion of Engineering degree or while in your final year/semester of Engineering.
For both Men and Women. Permanent Commission (for men) / Short Service Commission (For men and women).

Minimum Marks: Must have scored a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all the papers put together in any one of the qualifications listed.
Final year students are eligible to apply provided they do not have any present backlog at the time of SSB testing and they produce provisional/ original degree 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.

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:

Nationality: Citizen of India.

Marital Status:  Single.

Gender: Unmarried Men only.

Age limit: Candidates must be between 19 to 23 years of age (at the time of commencement of course).

Educational Qualifications: Candidate must be Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.
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:

Nationality: Citizen of India.

Marital Status: Single.

Gender: Unmarried Men and Women.

Age limit: Candidate must be between 19 to 23 years of age (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 25 years(at the time of commencement of course).

Educational Qualifications: Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.

Advertisement Schedule:
Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

Also Read: Complete SSB Guidance

Official Website: Indian Air Force 

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