Career Column: Indian Air Force


You can join the Air Force in the flying, technical or the ground branches. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted at any of the Air Force Stations. As a graduate, you can fly into a challenging and rewarding career in the Air Force by applying for the suitable branch.

Flying Branch
You are trained either as a Fighter pilot, a Helicopter pilot, or a Transport pilot and are a part of various peace and wartime missions. As a graduate, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the three modes of entry for graduates to join the Flying Branch:

• Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)

You can take the Combined Defence Services Examination (conducted by UPSC) to join 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.

• National Cadet Corps

As a 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.

• Men & Women (Short Service Commission) with Term of Engagement of 14 Years with no extension

Both men and women are eligible to apply for short service commission in the flying branch.� Short Service Commission in flying branch is for 14 years with no extension.
To apply for this branch of the IAF, you must be between 19 to 23 years of age, unmarried, and have a Graduation in any discipline with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level, or a BE (4 years).

Technical Branch

As an officer in the Technical Branch, you propel and manage your team to ensure that the Indian Air Force remains airworthy. You can apply for any of the following streams through the Direct Entry Scheme. 1. Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) 2. Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)

Ground Duty Branches
Managing human and material resources, the Ground Duty Branch is the mechanism that steers the Indian Air Force. There are numerous opportunities for both men and women to build a challenging career.
You can join as an officer in any of the following Ground Duty Branches:
• Administration Branch
• Accounts Branch
• Logistics Branch

For more information on the application process and eligibility for all branches, log onto www.careerairforce.nic.in.



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