Working in the Indian Air Force is about being in the middle of supersonic jets, state-of-the-art technology and best of the people. You are where the action is. Air Force provides you with the most modern facilities, gives you an unparalleled way of life and creates an environment, where the best in you comes out.

Whether you are a graduate or you have finished your schooling or you have passed your class tenth, Air Force has an exciting career opportunity for you. View the information below, to know how you can join the Indian Air force to jumpstart a secure future for you and your family.

As an officer in the Indian Air Force you strategize, lead and manage. Trained in diversified fields and environments you are ready for all the challenges that the fast paced life in the Air Force has in store for you. Be it flying the most advanced combat aircraft or providing technical support, your mission is to always give your best.

Ways of becoming an Officer in the Indian Air Force



Aim of Selection  –  Choose Right man for the right job

Main Requirement for being a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Air Force –  OFFICER LIKE QUALITIES

Join the Indian Air Force! Give your ambitions a chance!

General Eligibility Conditions for Serving in Indian Defence Forces

The main eligibility conditions for serving in the Indian Defence Services are as under:-

  • A candidate must be a citizen of India (Including subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibetan refugees or migrants from the rest of the Indian sub continent with the intention to permanently settle in India).
  • Physically fit in accordance with the prescribed standards.
  • Generally Unmarried male or female with a few categories of exceptions

Personality Traits for Indian Defence Officers

Effective intelligence, courage, sense of responsibility, reasoning ability, determination, ability to organise group activity, to take initiative, self confidence, balance decision making capability, social adaptability and  effective power of expression are some of the desired traits of an Indian Defence Officer.


Officer’s recruitment is advertised through the Employment News and all important National and Regional news papers/dailies. Selection for all Permanent Commission entries, except 10 + 2 (Tech) Cadet entry and NCC Special entry (Graduate) is through a written examination conducted by the UPSC, followed by an interview by the Service Selection Board (SSB). There is no written examination for the Short Service Commission entries. These applications are short listed as per the criteria laid down by the various Service Headquarters. SSC officers may opt for Permanent Commission depending on merit, and vacancy.

WOMEN ENTRY.            The women are granted Short Service Commission (SSC) in Naval Architect, Law, Logistics, ATC & Education Branches.  The government also gives approval for Permanent Commission (PC) in Education, Law and Naval architect branch on completion of SSC tenure depending upon merit.


It is mandatory that all Degrees and Educational Qualifications are from Educational Institutions the competent authority in the field. Degrees/mark sheets must be original or attested by appropriate authorities, as asked for in the advertisement. No compromise/relaxation will be made on this issue.  All candidates desirous of joining the Indian Navy must be physically/mentally fit as per laid down standards. Proficiency in sports, swimming and extra-curricular activities is desirable.

For further details, contact, The Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment, Naval Headquarters, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011, Tele:23010151,TeleFax : 011- 23011282, 23010097.

You can join the Air Force in the flying, technical or the ground branches. To know the eligibility criteria for different branches, select your educational qualification below.

Intermediate (10+2)

You can literally touch the sky by joining the Air Force, not to mention that you’ll be inside a supersonic jet, going at an incredible speed while doing that. Apart from the thrill and adventure, Air Force offers a fulfilling career for life to you.

The Basic Process
Candidates, short-listed for Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the National Defence Academy, followed by specialised training at the Air Force Academy. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.

To be in the National Defence Academy
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.

 Admissions to the NDA are made through written exam conducted by the UPSC which is followed by 5-day Service Selection Board interview covering general aptitude, psychological testing, team-building skills along with physical and social skills and medical tests. You can take the NDA entrance exam right after class XI.  Clear the UPSC exam, SSB , pass your medicals, and you’re in NDA.  Three years in NDA and you will be a much improved person.

There are two courses that start each year in Jan and Jul. On an average more than 3 lakh applicants enroll for the written exam every year out of which 9000 are invited for the interviews. Candidates who wish to go to Air force have to go through a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. The course strength varies from 300 to 350 for all the wings – Army, Air Force and Navy.

Apart from providing graduation degrees, NDA has the finest infrastructure for professional training. It offers phenomenal opportunities to develop your personality and cultivate new interests.

There are 31 plus extra-curricular activities to choose from.  You have aero-modeling, golf, gliding, sailing, wind surfing, astronomy, photography.. and many more.

On successful completion of the program cadets are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission: Army Cadets go to IMA Dehradun, Naval Cadets to INA Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Cadets are sent to Dundigal, Hyderabad.

NDA Eligibility

National Defence Academy (NDA)

Vacancies Per Course300 (Twice a year)
Army – 195
Air Force – 66
Navy – 39
Notify in Employment News and leading Daily news PaperMar and Oct Notified by UPSC
Eligibility Criteria
Age16 ½ to 19 yrs
Born Between2nd Jan to 1st Jul for Dec Course and
2nd Jul to 1st Jan for Jul Course
Qualification12th Class of 10+2 System of Edn of Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy
Marital StatusUn Married
Application to be Received by10-15 Nov for Jan Course and 10-15 Apr for Jul Course
Likely SSB DateSep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of TrgJan and Jul
Training AcademyNDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Trg3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA/ INA/IAA

NDA Application Procedure

The entrance examination for NDA is conducted by UPSC every year. To apply a candidate must register online and pay the fees by Credit/Debit card or by Bank Challan. The application form is very simple to fill and can be filled on the official website of the UPSC –

The candidate must clearly read and follow the instructions provided to fill the application form to avoid any hassles during the registration process.

Candidates should include Copies of certificates mentioned in the notification with the application.

The candidate must provide upload the fee details in the form and retain duplicate copies for all the receipts for future reference.

Keen attention must be paid while filling the application forms at all page.

NDA Examination Pattern

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:–

SubjectCodeDurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics012-½ Hours300
General Ability Test022-½ Hours600


The papers in all the subjects consist of Objective (multiple choice answers) Type questions only.

Question Papers of Paper I – Mathematics and Part B of Paper II will be set in English and Hindi.

SI units will be used in the papers and Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets).

The pattern of examination is subject to change and candidates are advised to refer to the UPSC website for latest instructions.

NDA Syllabus

PAPER-I Mathematics (Code No. 01)(Maximum Marks – 300)

1-Algebra5-Differential Calculus
2-Matrices and Determinants6-Integral Calculus and Differential equations
3-Trigonometry7-Vector Algebra
4-Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions8-Statistics and Probability

PAPER-II General Ability Test (Code No. 02) (Maximum Marks-600)Part ‘A’ – English (Maximum Marks 200).

Part ‘B’ – General Knowledge (Maximum Marks-400)

Section ‘A’ (Physics)

Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)

Section ‘C’ (General Science)

Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)

Section ‘E’ (Geography)

Section ‘F’ (Current Events)

NOTE : Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.

SSB Interview

• The Union Public Service Commission declares a list of qualified candidates (based on the written exam).

• The selected candidates appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. To know more and get an idea about the SSB, please view the Power Point Presentation         below.

Insight into SSB


• Candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and Executive branch of Naval Academy will be assessed on officer’s potentiality.

• Candidates for the Air Force wing, along with officer potentiality assessment, will also undergo a Pilot Aptitude Test.

Intelligence and Personality Test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

Guidelines for physical standards for admission to the National Defence Academy: Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to the prescribed physical standards. The guidelines for the same are given below. A number of qualified candidates are rejected subsequently on medical grounds. Candidates are therefore advised in their own interest to get themselves medically examined before submitting their applications to avoid disappointment at the final stage.

Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalization of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB.

The under mentioned ailments are considered, common minor ailments:

(a) Wax (Ears)

(b) Deviated Nasal Septum

(c) Hydrocele/Phimosis

(d) Overweight/Underweight

(e) Under sized Chest

(f) Piles

(g) Gynaecomastia

(h) Tonsillitis

(i) Varicocele

Civilian candidates appearing for all types of commission in the Armed Forces will be entitled to out-patients treatment from service sources at public expense for injuries sustained or diseases contracted during the course of their examination by the Selection Board.

They will also be entitled to in-patient treatment at public expense in the Officers’ ward of a hospital provided–

(a) The injury is sustained during the tests or,

(b) The disease is contracted during the course of the examination by selection board and there is no suitable accommodation in local civil hospital or it is impracticable to remove the patient to the civil hospital; or,

(c) The medical board requires the candidates’ admission for observation.

NOTE: They are not entitled to special nursing. A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not be divulged to anyone. However the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and the procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board will also be intimated to the candidate.

Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.

(a) The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely in interferes with the efficient performance of military duties.

(b) There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.

(c) The minimum acceptable height is 157.5 cms. (162.5 cms for Air Force) For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cms. less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms. Height and weight standards are given below:

Height/Weight Standards for Army/Air Force

Height in Centimeters (Without shoes)Weight in Kgs.Weight in Kgs.Weight in Kgs.
16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years

NOTE 2 : To meet special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under :–

Measurement TypeMinimumMaximum
Leg Length99.00 cm.120.00 cm.
Thigh Length64.00 cm.
Sitting Height81.50 cm.96. 00 cm.

On account of lower age of NDA candidates, a margin of upto 5.0 cm. in height, 2.5 cm. in leg length (minimum) and 1.0 cm. sitting height (minimum) may be given provided it is certified by the Medical Board that the candidate is likely to grow and come upto the required standard on completion of his training in NDA.

(d) Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

(e)There should be no mal-development or impairment of function of the bones or joint.

NDA Preparation

As with all the competitive exams NDA too demands that its candidates excel in all the fields required and for that the question paper is designed to cover a whole lot of sections and judge its candidates in various sections. The exam is conducted by the Union Public service Commission (UPSC) twice every year.

To excel in the exam here are a few tips that you can follow.

Get your basics right: Since a lot of topics are covered in the exam, its best to keep them prepared. Study your class X books from Geography to History. Remember and rehearse all the formulas and concepts.

Improve your English: Work on the foundation of your English writing and speaking skills, work on your grammar, since the exam has section of English it’s better to prepare it. Also, speaking good English will help you in interview.

Be physically fit: To get through the latter two stages of the exam you must make yourself absolutely fit. You must practice regularly to build up your energy and stamina as you will be required to undergo basic physical obstacle course during SSB.

Make a routine: You must learn to use your time judiciously. You must practice effective time management techniques.

Keep yourself with latest Current affairs: Reading aloud leads to massive improvement in English speaking skills. It helps overcoming hesitation in public speaking which few people have. It will further benefit you in staying abreast on general education and current affairs which is required for both written and SSB. You may listen to BBC broadcast for India to keep yourself updated.

In addition to all the above, you must practice taking mock tests under examination conditions. Check your result and see where you went wrong. Practice again and again till you are able to perform about 25% additional questions accurately in the time period.

Follow these tips to stay focused and ahead in the competition to achieve your goal.

Two Stage Selection Procedure for NDA

Two stage selection procedure is based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

All candidates are put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards.

Only candidates who qualify at stage one are admitted to the second stage.

Those candidates who qualify stage II are required to submit the original Certificates along with one photocopy each of :

Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth

Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification

For final qualification, candidates for the Army/Navy and Naval Academy should secure minimum qualifying marks separately in

(i) Written examination and

(ii) Officer potentiality test, and

Candidates for the Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in

(i) Written examination

(ii) Officer potentiality test, and

(iii) Pilot Aptitude Test as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.

Qualified candidates are then placed in final order of merit on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written examination, and the Services Selection Board Tests in three separate lists:

(i) Army and the Navy,

(ii) Air Force

(iii) Executive course at the Naval Academy.

The names of candidates who qualify for all Services of NDA and the Naval Academy and appearing in all the three Merit Lists.

The final selection for admission will be made in order of merit depending on the number of vacancies in each wing. The selection is subjected to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects.

NOTE: A candidate who fails in the Pilot Aptitude Test cannot apply for admission to the National Defence Academy Examination, the Air Force wing or General Duties (Pilot) Branch or Navy, Air Force or Army.

Selection Procedure for Air Force Candidates

Designed to pick out the very best, our four-step selection procedure is scientific and thorough. You can be a part of Air Force family going through this process and proving your mettle. If you are wondering what this process involves, then click on any of the selection procedure steps below:-

Step 1 – Scrutiny of Applications
Step 2 – Testing Officer Like Qualities
Step 3 – Conducting of Medical Examinations
Step 4 – Preparing All India Merit List

Step 1 -Scrutiny of Applications

The selection procedure begins immediately after you send your application forms to us. All application forms are first checked for eligibility after which you will receive a call letter with further instructions. If seek entry into the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your applications need to be sent to UPSC, New Delhi. UPSC conducts a written test twice a year in April & August (NDA) and April & September (CDSE). Advertisements for the examinations are released about six months in advance. Qualifying in these exams take you to step two. If you apply for Short Service Commission Flying (Pilot) or as an NCC Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate holder, your application is processed by Air HQ and call letter issued by AFSBs.

If your have applied to the Technical Branch you will be required to appear the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). Similarly, for non tech ground duty branches, you would require to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET). If you pass the EKT/CET, you move to the next step.

Step 2 – Testing Officer Like Qualities

If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Boards, you undergo a number of psychological tests, an interview and group activities, which are collectively called the Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) Tests. These tests are designed to gauge your potential and suitability as an officer in the Armed Forces.

  • The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
  • The Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor tests. We expect active physical participation from you.
  • The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing Officer.

These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.

The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:

ScheduleFlying BranchTechnical BranchGround Duty Branch
Day 1Pilot Aptitude Battery Test*
(Phase I)**
Intelligence Tests/ Psychological Tests
(Phase I)**
Intelligence Tests/ Psychological Tests
(Phase I)**
Day 2Phase I & Psychological TestsGroup testsGroup tests
Day 3Group testsGroup testsGroup tests
Day 4Group testsInterviewInterview
Day 5InterviewConferenceConference
Day 6Conference

* Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

** Phase I of testing gets over on 1st day for all type of entries except NDA/CDSE/NCC/Direct entry for which it gets over on second day. Only those candidates who qualify in Phase I shall be retained at AFSB for further testing of Phase II. NDA/CDSE candidates who do not qualify the PABT will still be tested for their second/third choice.
At the conference held on the last day, all the assessors i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, discuss your personality and decide on recommending you or not. Those recommended by the AFSBs will require to fill up certain documents at the Boards and subsequently move to the next step.

Step 3 – Conducting of Medical Examinations
If you have applied for the Flying branch and are found suitable by the Selection Board, you would be sent to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore for a thorough medical examination.

If you have applied for the Technical or Ground Duty Branches and are found suitable, you may be asked to return home and await a call for a medical examination or be sent directly for the medical examination.

Step 4 -Preparing All India Merit List
An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance at the AFSB and subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available, Air HQ would issue joining instructions to join Air Force Academy for the training.

Important Information

The Indian Air Force inducts its personnel purely on merit basis. Do not be carried away by anyone who claims that they can influence the selection process and thereby lose precious time and resources. Have faith in your inherent abilities and put in your best.

CDS Examination Syllabus

The question paper is designed to test your understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

Questions in English are from Synonyms, Antonyms, Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Error Spotting, Jumbled Sentences, Sentence Correction and Fill in the Blanks.

General Knowledge Syllabus

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper also includes questions on History of India and Geography of a nature.

Elementary Mathematics Syllabus


Number System – Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions.

Unitary method – time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory – Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.


Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.


Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0 < x < 90 degrees, Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees, Simple trigonometric identities, Use of trigonometric tables, simple cases of heights and distances.


Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.


Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.


Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc. Measures of central tendency.

Intelligence and Personality Test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

Physical Standards for Air Force Candidates

Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfil some basic physical standards. Listed below are some guidelines that identify the general physical requirements that are common for all candidates.

  • You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.
  • The height and weight standards for men and women differ. Please view the appropriate standards for each below.
  • Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
  • There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  • You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
  • The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
  • An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.
  • There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
  • Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.
  • Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
  • Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.
  • You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
  • The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:
    • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
    • Severe menorrhagia
    • Severe dysmenorrhea
    • Complete prolapse of uterus
    • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
    • Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.

It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force.

Height And Weight Standards for Air Men


In Cms

Age Range (years)

*If you belong to the North Eastern regions of India, Garwahal or Kumaon or are a Gorkha then the height is relaxed by 5 cm.
*If you are applying from Lakshwadeep, then the height is relaxed by 2 cm.

Height And Weight Standards for Air Women

Height in CmsWeight in Kg

Age Range (Years)


*If you belong to the North Eastern regions of India, Garwahal or Kumaon or are a Gorkha then the height is relaxed by 5 cm.

*If you are applying from Lakshwadeep, then the height is relaxed by 2 cm.

Medical Standards for the Flying Branch

If you are applying to the Flying Branch, you must remember that apart from the general physical standards, there are some standards that are specifically applicable to you. Listed below are the physical requirements applicable to both men and women applying to the Flying Branch.

  • Anthropometric Measurements
    The acceptable anthropometric measurements are as follows:
Minimum Height
162.5 cms without any exceptions
Leg Length
Minimum- 99 cms.
Maximum- 120 cms.
Thigh Length
Maximum- 64 cms
Sitting Height
Minimum- 81.5 cms
Maximum- 96 cms
Minimum Height
162.5 cm.
Leg Length
99 cm.
  • X-ray
    X-ray of cervical and Lumbosacaral spine will be carried out.
    The following conditions detected in the X-ray will be a cause for rejection.
  • More than mild Kyphosis/ Lordosis, Scolosis more than 15 by Cobb’s method.
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
  • Atlanto occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
  • Vision
    • Distant Vision 6/6 without spectcles.
    • Near Vision N-5 each eye.
    • Color Vision CP-1(ML T).
    • Manifest Hypermetropia must not exceed + 2.00 Dsph “Myopia – Nill” and Astigmatism + 0.75 DSph.
  • Occular Muscle Balance
    Hetrophoria with the Maddox Rod Test must not exceed:
At 6 metersExophoria 6 prism Diopters
Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
At 33 cm.Exophoria 16 prism Diopters
Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
  • Binocular vision – must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).
  • EEG
    Routine EEG should be within normal limits.
  • In addition , for flying branches the under mentioned rules will also apply:-
  • (a) Spinal anomalies acceptable for Flying duties
  • Bilateral complete sacralisation of LV5 and bilateral complete lumbarisation of SV1.
  • Spina bifida in sacrum and in LV5, if completely sacralised.
  • (b) Spinal conditions not acceptable for flying duties:-
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus.
  • Presence of Scmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalities.
  • Hemi vertebra and / or incomplete block (fused) vertebra at any level in cervical, dorsal, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebra at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
  • Unilateral sacralisation or lumbarisation ( complete or Incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbrarisation.

·  The following are however conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:

  • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
  • Severe menorrhagia
  • Severe dysmenorrhea
  • Complete prolapse of uterus
  • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
  • Any other gynecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.
  • The following conditions detected radiologically will disqualify a candidatefor all Air Force Duties:-
  • Granulomatous disease of spine.
  • Spondylolithesis / Spondylosis.
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  • Scheuerman’s Disease ( Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
  • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circuitary deficit.
  • Any Other abnormality if so considered by the speacialist.
  • Arthridies / Spondylosis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  • Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease.
  • Non-articular rheumatism ( e.g lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.)
  • Misc disorders including SLE, Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis and Vasculitis.
Vision Standards for the Flying Branch Short Service Commission:

  • (a) Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
  • (b) Manifest Myopia – Nil.
  • (c) LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short service Commission (Flying Branch)
  • if the following conditions are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination:-
  • (i) LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  • (ii) The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
  • (iii) At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
  • (iv) The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
  • (v) Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

Vision Standards for the Short Service Commission Flying (Pilot) Branch (LASIK Surgery)

LASIK Surgery for Correction of Vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) if the following conditions are fulfilled at the time of Air Force Medical Examination :-

  1. LASIK Surgery Should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  2. The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
  3. At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
  4. Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to lasik are to be excluded. “

Pay & Perks

The Indian Air Force not only offers you an adventurous and challenging career but also takes care of all your needs including accommodation, healthcare, recreational facilities and education for your children etc.

Even before you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer you start earning a monthly stipend of Rs. 21,000/- during last one year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.

Once you are Commissioned as a Flying Officer, besides getting an attractive pay package you and your family will enjoy an excellent way of life.

As per 6th CPC total emoluments on grant of Commission to Flying Officer would consist of the following:-

  1. Pay in Pay Band ( Common to all Branches ) – Rs 15,600 Per Month ( The officer will be placed in PB 3 – 15600-39100 )
  2. Grade Pay :- Rs 5400 PM
  3. Military Service Pay :- Rs 6000 PM
  4. Dearness Allowances as applicable
  5. Kit Maintenance Allowance :- Rs 400 PM
  6. Transport Allowance :- As applicable

In addition the following allowances are admissible

  1. Flying Allowance @ Rs 9000 PM to Flying Branch Officers.
  2. Technical Allowance @ Rs 2000 PM to Technical Branch Officers.

As you grow in rank and stature in the Air Force, your income and other entitlements also increase in harmony with your enhanced responsibilities.

Note:- Monthly Flying Pay admissible to different ranks are as follows :-

RANKFlying Pay
Flying OfficerRs 9,000 /-
Flight LieutenantRs 11,000 /-
Squadron LeaderRs 14,000/-
Wing CommanderRs 14,000/-
Group CaptainRs 14,000/-
Air Commodore & aboveRs 10,500/-

Similarly, Technical Allowance for Tier-I course is Rs 2000/- Per Month and for Tier-II course Rs 3000/- Per Month.

Other allowances based on place of posting and nature of duty would also be applicable. These are special compensatory (hill area) allowance, field area allowance, high altitude allowance, siachen allowance, special force allowance, Island special duty allowance, test pilot & flight test engineer allowance, hard area allowance and remote locality allowance.

Apart from the pay & allowances mentioned above, you also get the following perks and benefits:

  • Accommodation
    As an officer, you are provided with well-furnished and spacious accommodation depending upon your rank.
  • Insurance Cover
    The Indian Air Force provides you with an insurance cover at low premium rates.
  • Leave
    You will be entitled to an annual leave of 60 days and 20 days of casual leave.
  • Leave Travel Concession
    As an officer, you and your family are entitled to liberal Leave Travel Concessions.
  • Loans
    Liberal loans from the Air Force Group Insurance Society are available to you for purchase of house, car and computer. Apart from that, you are also entitled to government loans and loans from the Indian Air Force Benevolent Association.
  • Medical Facilities
    All personnel of Indian Air Force and their families are comprehensively covered by our medical facilities, including specialist services.
  • Ration
    The Air Force provides ration in kind to all officers.
  • Recreational Facilities
    As an Air Force officer, you are entitled to some of the finest facilities for recreational as well as competitive sports and other adventure activities.
  • Education Facilities
    Excellent schooling facilities for children along with provision of free / concessional school transport facility. Provision of reimbursement of school fee and other related expenditure.
  • Canteen Facilities
    As a member of armed forces, you are entitled to shop at concessional rates from CSD Canteens all over the Country.
  • Opportunities For Higher Learning
    As an officer, you are provided with ample opportunities for undergoing various courses to enhance your skills, whether in the field of computer technology, management sciences or military studies. You are also allowed special leave to pursue higher education.
  • Post Retirement Benefits
    After retirement, you are offered a large number of benefits like pension, medical facilities, use of the canteen etc.
  • Once you become a part of the Indian Air Force family, you enjoy many facilities and benefits. From housing facilities to free ration, from medical facilities to schools for your children, Air Force takes care of all your needs. These benefits are not only given to personnel in service but also to the retired individuals.

Benefits for Serving Personnel

  • Insurance
    All Air Force personnel, including Air Crew, Ground Duty Personnel and Flight Cadets, are covered for Life Insurance under the Air Force Group Insurance Scheme (AFGIS). Premium Rates are low and the Insurance Policy covers all contingencies.
  • Loans As an Air Force officer or an airman, you can avail any of the following easy loan options:
    • House Building Loans
    • Computer Loan
    • Loan for purchasing a car
    • Loan for Higher Studies
    • Loan for repair of house and for sister’s marriage
    • Welfare loan
  • Medical
    All Air Force officers, airmen and their families have free access to medical rooms and hospitals equipped with the best of the facilities, including facilities like Haemodialysis, Chemotherapy, Cobalt 60 Radiotherapy for cancer, CT scan, Renal transplants, Lithotripsy, etc. Apart from being entitled to the medical facilities, Air Force personnel are also authorized for the following benefits:
  • Air Force Wives’ Welfare Association (AFWWA)
  • Grant and Loan for medical treatment from civil sources.
  • Grant for Purchase of Wheel Chair, Mechanical aids, artificial limbs and for release of clothing sets as well as pocket money for TB patients.
  • Grant on Medical Grounds for reimbursement of medical bill and monthly grant for nourishment.
  • Grant for physically and mentally challenged children for purchase of mechanical aid.
  • The Air Force Wives’ Welfare Association was established in 1970 as a welfare arm of the Indian Air Force. The Association has done much for the benefit of the families of serving and retired personnel of the Indian Air Force.

An overview of some of the benefits offered by AFWWA:

General Welfare Activities

  • As part of the rehabilitation programs for mentally and physically challenged children of above 18 years of age, AFWWA has setup a number of vocational schools for them.
  • AFWWA has adopted villages around Air Force bases that lack basic amenities. They have organised health camps at regular intervals with the assistance of specialists from Air Force and civil hospitals.


  • Different scholarship schemes meant for physically and mentally challenged children covering school education as well as higher and professional education.
  • Silver Jubilee Merit Scholarship.
  • Air Chief Marshal PC Lal Memorial Scholarship for physically and mentally challenged children.
  • Flt Lt MS Sareen Memorial Scholarship for two physically and mentally challenged children studying in the special wing of Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, New Delhi.
  • Scholarship for children of airmen residing in AFWWA Hostel in Delhi.
  • For improvement of educational facilities for Air Force children, AFWWA worked with the Directorate of education in providing the necessary guidelines for standardisation of unit run Air Force schools.
  • The Association has organised various adult literacy programs in villages around Air Force Units.

Post-retirement Benefits

  • Insurance
    All retired personnel of the Indian Air Force are covered under the life insurance scheme of the Life Insurance Group Society up till the age of 70 years.
  • Medical
    All the retired officers and their dependents have access to medical rooms and hospitals equipped with the best of the facilities like Haemodialysis, Chemotherapy, Cobalt 60 Radiotherapy for cancer, CT scan, Renal transplants, Lithotripsy, etc. Apart from being entitled to the medical facilities, retired Air Force personnel is also authorized for the following benefits:
  • Coverage under medical insurance for lifetime.
  • Monthly Maintenance Grant for leprosy patients undergoing institutional treatment at various hospitals, for boarded out personnel pending award of disability pension and for permanently disabled personnel.
  • Grant for Commercial Venture for personnel who have had to leave service due to medical reasons.
  • Airmen can get grants for purchase of medical aids such as hearing aids and artificial limbs.
  • Reimbursement of medical bills.
  • Grants to the wives of personnel who have had to leave the service due to medical reasons.
  • Scholarships
    Retired Air Force personnel can avail the following scholarships:
  • Scholarship Grant for School or Higher Education of handicapped children.
  • Education grant for the children of airmen.
  • Senior Citizens’ HomeIn order to provide ‘Home’ to the aged retired personnel and their wives, a Senior Citizens’ Home has been built at Tughlakabad, New Delhi. The home has 37 rooms for officers and airmen. It is designed and built to take care of all the needs of the ageing people and provide them maximum comfort.
  • Placement Cell
    After leading a very active life in Air Force, many of the Air Force personnel wish to involve themselves in some work post-retirement. Keeping this need in mind the Air Force Association has established a Placement Cell for retired personnel for employment in civil sectors. The Air Force Association is a body of retired Air Force personnel (officers and airmen) which works towards solving problems its members may face while settling down post-retirement and after. Membership is voluntary. 



The role of CASB is to carry out selection and enrolment through 14 Airmen Selection Centes, spread all over India. These centres are under the direct functional control of CASB with Admin control and support by respective Air Commands.

CASB Structure


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1 Airmen Selection Centre
48, Mansfield road,
Ambala Cantt- 133 001
Tele : 0171- 2634980        Extn.4410
Email :
8 Airmen Selection Centre,
413 Air Force Station, Tambaram
Chennai-600 046
Tele : 044-22395553          Extn:3359
Email :
2 Airmen Selection Centre
Race Course Camp
New Delhi – 110 003
Tele: 011-23010231         Extn. 7652
Email :
9 Airmen Selection Centre,
Near Rajadhani College, Baramunda,
Tele: 0674-2561336
Email :
3 Airmen Selection centre
402 Air Force Station, Chakeri,
Kanpur – 208 008
Tele: 0512-2451730           Extn.4603
Email :
10 Airmen Selection Centre,
Air Force Station Bihta, Patna
Bihar – 801 103
Tele : 06115-253551-54      Extn. 4340
Email :
4 Airmen Selection Centre
(Near Palta Gate)
Air Force Station Barrackpore,
West Bengal – 743 122
Tele: 033-25921251           Extn.6391
Email :
11 Airmen Selection Centre
Guwahati- 781 015
Tele : 0361-2842720           Extn.333
Email :
5 Airmen Selection Centre
Old Pali Road
Jodhpur- 342 011
Tele: 0291-2511516       Extn. 2110
Email :
12 Airmen Selection Centre
404 Air Force Station, Bowenpally
Secunderabad-500 011
Tele : 040-27753551            Extn: 267
Email :
6 Airmen Selection Centre
411 Air Force Station, Cotton Green,
Mumbai-400 033
Tele: 022-23714963         Extn. 251
Email :
14 Airmen Selection Centre
VII/302-B,  Vayu Sena Road,
Kakkanad, Kochi-682 030
Tele : 0484-2427010
Email :
7 Airmen Selection Centre
No.1 Cubbon road,
Bangalore-560 001
Tele : 080-25328199
Email :
15 Airmen Selection Centre
IInd Floor, Phase-II,
Rajiv Gandhi Parisar, 35 Shyamala Hills,
Bhopal – 462 002
Tele : 0755 – 2661955
Email :


The recruitment of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) as an Airman in the IAF is conducted through All India Selection Tests and Recruitment Rallies. All India Selection Tests are conducted at the Airmen Selection Centers (ASCs) located all over India as per schedule whereas the Recruitment Rallies are conducted from time to time in selected areas/regions of particular States/Union Territories of the country.

All India Selection Tests: Advertisements are published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar inviting the applications for All India Selection Tests (STs). In response to the advertisement, eligible male Indian Citizens are to forward application to the:

Central Airmen Selection Board,
Post Box No. 11807,
New Delhi – 110 010

The Board sends admit cards to eligible and short listed candidates to appear in the Selection Tests.

  • Recruitment Rallies : Recruitment rallies are conducted at select places within the country from time to time.  Rally advertisements are published with the details of eligibility conditions, selection programme and rally venue in local/regional newspapers circulated in the region/area of the rally. For rally recruitment, eligible candidates are to report to the rally venue on the day of test with the requisite documents as published in the advertisements.  Further procedures will be briefed to the candidates at rally venue by the team of selections.

Candidates while reporting for Selection Test/Rally Recruitment are to be in possession of their Certificates/Mark Sheets and other related documents as mentioned in the advertisement. These documents will be scrutinized and verified by the Testing Team.

Written Test:  Candidates are tested in English, Physics & Mathematics for Group ‘X’ (Technical) trades and in English & Reasoning and General Awareness (RGA) for all Group ‘Y’ trades.

Written Test is objective type and question paper is bilingual (English & Hindi), except English paper.  Written test is based on CBSE syllabus of AISSCE.  Candidates for Group ‘Z’ (Musician) trade are tested in English dictation and proficiency to play the musical instrument applied for. Candidates are to qualify in each paper/test separately.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT):  Candidates passing the written tests are to undergo Physical Fitness Test(PFT).  The PFT for all trades excluding Indian Air Force (Police) & Indian Air Force (Security) trades consists of a 1.6 Km run to be completed within specified time.  The PFT for Indian Air Force (Police) & Indian Air Force (Security) trades includes a 5 Km run & 2.4 Km run to be completed in 30 minutes & 15 minutes respectively. Candidates completing PFT earlier will be awarded additional marks on a sliding scale.

Interview:  Candidates passsing PFT will be interviewed by a team of Officers & Warrant ranks. Interview is normally conducted in English.  Working knowledge of English is thus essential.

Trade Allocation Test (TAT) :  Candidates of Group ‘X’ (Technical) trades who qualify in interview are to undergo Trade Allocation Test for bifurcation into Mechanical and Electronics stream.  Specific trade allotment within these streams will be carried out at Basic Training Institute (BTI), Air Force (Belgaum).

Medical Examination:  Candidates who are recommended in the interview will be medically examined by the Recruitment Medical Team as per Indian Air Force medical standards.  Medical certificates/certificates of fitness from other doctors will not be admissible except for diopteric power as stated in Medical Standards given in detail on this site.


All India Select List (AISL) & Enrolment :   Candidates who are passing the Written Test, completing PFT, recommended in interview and undergone Medical Examination are arranged in All India Select List(AISL).  The inclusion of names of the candidates in the AISL depends upon the performance of the candidates in the Selection Test.  Candidates are enrolled in the Indian Air Force as per the existing vacancies.  Enrolment is for an initial period of 20 years and extendable up to the age of 57 years.

Training:  The candidates on enrolment are routed to Basic Training Institute (BTI), Belgaum, Karnataka to undergo Joint Basic Phase Training (JBPT) for a period of 12 weeks.  On successful completion of JBPT, candidates will be allocated trades and sent for trade training of specified duration.  After successful completion of training, the airmen will be deployed on ground based jobs as per their allotted trades.


One can join rank and file of Indian Air Force as an airman in the category of Personnel Below Officer Rank(PBOR) if he possess following eligibility criteria:-

(See note below)
Group ‘X’17 – 22 YearsCandidates should have passed Intermediate/ 10+2 with pass marks in Mathematics and Physics with a minimum of 50% marks in overall aggregate.


Should have passed a 3 year Diploma course in Engineering (Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/Automobile/Computer Science/ Instrumentation Technology/ Information Technology) with at least 50% marks from a Govt. recognized Polytechnic Institute.

Technical Trades
 Group ‘Y’17 -22 YearsCandidates should have passed Intermediate/ 10+2 with science, arts, commerce subjects or equivalent vocational courses with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.  Vocational courses conducted by CBSE and Kerala Board recognised by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) only are eligible. All Group ‘Y’ Trades (Except Musician Trade)
 Group ‘Y’17-25 YearsPassed Matriculation/ 10th class passed or equivalent with minimum pass marks from any Govt recognized school/Boards, should be between 17-25 years of age and should be proficient in playing at least one musical instrument of the following:

Trumpet /Bass/ Violin/ Saxophone/ Clarinet/ Euphonium /Jass-Drum/ Piccolo/Bass Trombone/ Key Board/ Guitar/ Sarod/  Viola/ Cello/ Contra Bass (String Bass).

 Musician Trade

* For age/date of birth and detailed qualifications, refer our advertisements in Employment News and National/Regional Newspapers released from time to time.

Note: – The Recruitment Test is not for selection as Officers/Pilots/Navigators.


To get selected as an Airman, the candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duties in any part of the world, climate and terrain.  Medical Standards to become an Airman are as follows:-

(a)   Height  :     Minimum acceptable height                        :           152.5 cm


Auto Technician and certain Technical Trades:     165 cm

(minimum leg length for Auto Technician

and certain Technical Trades is 99 cm)

Indian Air Force (Police)                             :           175 cm

Indian Air Force (Security)                          :           172 cm

Ground Training Instructor                          :           167 cm

Musician                                                      :           162 cm

Note:     For candidates from Uttarakhand and North-Eastern States, relaxation in height by 10 cm, 4.5 cm and 2.5 cm is given for Indian Air Force (Security), Ground Training Instructor and Auto Technician trades respectively.

(b)   Weight    :   Weight should be proportionate to height and age.

(c)   Chest      :    Minimum range of expansion                     :           5 cm

(d)   Vision      :    There are different visual standards specific to different trades.  However, the common minimum visual standards acceptable for some of the trades are :-

(i)     Unaided vision                            :   6/36 for each eye

(ii)    Correctable with spectacles       :   at least 6/9 for each eye

(iii)   Dioptectric power                        :   not exceeding + 3.5 Dioptres including


(iv)   Field of Vision                              :   Full

(v)    Colour perception                       :   Minimum CP-III

(vi)   Corneal Surgery                          :   PRK/LASIK is not acceptable

Note    :  Indian Air Force (Police) & Indian Air Force (Security) trades require 6/6 vision for each eye unaided and CP-II i.e. no use of spectacles permissible for these trades.

(e)    Hearing   :          Should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters by each ear separately.

(f)    Dental     :           Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum
14 dental points.

(g)   Health     :           Should have no medical or surgical deformity and should be free from all communicable diseases & skin ailments.

In addition to above medical standards, following are prerequisite for Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades and Group ‘Y’ {For Auto Tech, GTI and IAF (P)} Trades.

                                                                                                     Height & Visual Standards:



Visual AcuityMaximum limits of Ref ErrorColour Vision


HeightLeg length
Group ‘X’ (Technical Trade)6/36 each eye correctable to 6/9 each eye.  Full Field of VisionHypermetropia + 3.5D

Myopia – 3.5D

including Astigmatism


CP-II/III152.5 cmsN/A
Auto Tech6/12 each eye  correctable to 6/6  each   eye.Hypermetropia +2.0D.

Myopia –1D

 Including  + 0.5 Astigmatism



        165 cms

(162.5 cms for North East & Hill states)


99 cms
GTI6/12 each eye correctable to  6/6  each  eye.Hypermetropia +2.0D.

Myopia -1D

Including  + 0.5 Astigmatism



         167 cms

(162.5 cms for North East & Hill states)


IAF (P)Unaided visual acuity of  6/6Not Applicable



CP-II175 cmsN/A

Note   :           Candidates are advised to get tartar & stains removed from their teeth before appearing for the written test. Ears should be free of wax. They should bring latest prescription and spectacles for corrected vision, if used.  They should be prepared to stay for the test for four to five days under own arrangement. No TA/DA will be admissible.


Training InstitutesTrades
Basic Training Institute (BTI)
Belgaum, Karnataka – 591 124
Joint Basic Phase Training for all trades (JBPT)
Mechanical Transport Training Institute (MTTI), AF
Avadi, Chennai (Tamilnadu) – 600 055
Auto Technician
Automobile Fitter
Workshop Training Institute (WTI), AF
Chennai (Tamilnadu) – 600 046
Meteorological Assistant
Workshop Fitter (Mechanical)
Workshop Fitter (Smith)
Mechanical System Fitter
Mechanical Training Institute (MTI), AF
Chennai (Tamilnadu) – 600 046
Propulsion Fitter
Structure Fitter
Weapon Fitter
Electronic Training Institute (ETI), AF
Jalahalli East, Bangalore (Karnataka) – 560 014
Electronics Fitter
Ops Assistant
Electrical & Instrument Training Institute (E&ITI), AF
Jalahalli East, Bangalore (Karnataka) – 560 014
Electrical Fitter
Communication Training Institute (CTI), AF
Jalahalli West, Bangalore (Karnataka) – 560 015
Communication Technician
Logistic Training Institute (LTI), AF
C/O CTI Jalahalli, Bangalore (Karnataka) – 560015
Logistics Assistant
Non Technical Training Institute (NTTI), AF
C/O 405 AF Stn Belgaum (Karnataka) – 591 124
Adm Assistant
Environmental Support Services Assistant (ESSA)
Accts Assistant
Ground Training Instructor
Indian Air Force (Police)
Education Instructor
Medical Training Centre (MTC)
Air Force Agram Post
Bangalore (Karnataka) – 560 007
 Medical Assistant
 Garud Regimental Training Centre
C/O 28 Wing, AF
C/O 56 APO
 Indian Air Force (Security)


PAY & ALLOWANCES.  During training a stipend of Rs. 5,700/-pm will be paid.  On completion of training, one is placed in the emoluments as under.   Promotion to next Pay Band is as per the policy in vogue.
The Pay Scale of airmen of various ranks is given below:

Grade Pay
Pay Band – 1
Air Craftsman (AC)Rs. 5200 – 20200Rs. 2000/-
Leading Air Craftsman (LAC)Rs. 5200 – 20200Rs. 2000/-
Corporal (Cpl)Rs. 5200 – 20200Rs. 2400/-
Sergeant (Sgt)Rs. 5200 – 20200Rs. 2800/-
Pay Band – 2
Junior Warrant Officer (JWO)Rs. 9300 – 34800Rs. 4200/-
Warrant Officer (WO)Rs. 9300 – 34800Rs. 4600/-
Master Warrant Officer(MWO)Rs. 9300 – 34800Rs. 4800/-

Allowances.             In addition to the above, Military Service Pay of Rs.2000/- pm is paid to all airmen.  Various other allowances like Dearness Allowance (calculated on Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP), Transport Allowance, Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Field Area/Modified Field Area Allowance etc are also admissible as applicable.

Perquisites.              Perks such as Ration, Clothing, Medical facilities, Accommodation, Educational concession to children, recreational facilities, free transport for school going children and Leave Travel Concession are also provided as per the existing rules.  Post retirement benefits include pension, gratuity and leave encashment. Notwithstanding the above, Group Insurance Cover of  Rs. 15,00,000/- at nominal premium of Rs. 960/- pm, is covered for all airmen and facility of Group Housing Scheme is also extended. This insurance Cover is revised regularly. Other facilities by Air Force Wives Welfare Association are also extended for family of airmen.

The ranks of airmen in the Indian Air Force are as follows :

Aircraftsman – AC
Leading Aircraftsman – LAC
Corporal – CPL
Sergeant – SGT
Junior Warrant Officer – JWO
Warrant Officer – WO
Master Warrant Officer – MWO

The initial period of engagement in the IAF is 20 years, which can be extended up to the age of 57 years. Promotion up to the rank of Master Warrant Officer exists to the deserving airmen. Provision for grant of Honorary Commission to the deserving Warrant Officers and Master Warrant Officer. Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exists for the deserving personnel.



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