How to join Indian Air Force, 6 ways to get entry into Indian Air Force

Becoming a member of the Indian Air Force is a dream for many youngsters. The IAF recruits in many disciplines like Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical Branch)

How to join Indian Air Force, 6 ways to get entry into Indian Air Force

Becoming a member of the Indian Air Force is a dream for many youngsters. The IAF recruits in many disciplines like Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical Branch) etc. All these jobs are exhilarating and amazing. To join the flying branch of the Indian Airforce, it is most important to have Mathematics and Physics as a permanent subject in class 12th. Only Science stream branch students can apply for the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Without further ado, let us tell you 6 ways to join Indian Air Force.

Ground Duty Branch

Ground Duty Branch deals with the control tower and functions related to meteorology. The Officers are expected to coordinate with the pilots to keep them informed of the weather conditions. Ground Duty Branch has two different branches. Technical and Non- Technical

Ground Duty (Technical Branch)

Technical Branch is concerned with the aircraft and other air force equipment.

Ground Duty (Non-Technical Branch)

Non-Technical Branch includes the Logistics, Accounts, Education, Administration and Medical & Dental Branch.

After 10th

IAF recruits for various civilian posts like Multi Tasking Staff (MTS), Stenographer, Content Assistant (Material Assistant), Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Watchman, Cook, Carpenter, Messenger, Gardener, Fitter, Vendor, Barber, Tin and Copper Smith, Mechanic, Tailor, Painter etc.

To get recruited for the above posts, the candidates must have passed 10th class or having a diploma in the concerned field to get recruited. In some posts, qualification is limited to 10th class while in some others, an ITI is required. It is also be noted that preference is given to the candidates who have passed class 12th.

After 12th (10+2)

The candidates can enter the IAF after passing class 12th through NDA. All students , who have passed the exam of class 12th, can join National Defence Academy (NDA) by passing the written exam and SSB interview. The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year. It is necessary to get 60% marks in this exam.Once the training is completed, the candidates join the IAF. The exam for NDA is conducted by the UPSC twice a year.

After Graduation

Graduates can also join any branch of the IAF bypassing the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam which is conducted by the UPSC twice a year. The candidates can also appear in the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) to get selected in the IAF. After the selection, the candidates get training at one of the IAF training institutes and then they are commissioned and posted as Officers.

After Post-Graduation

After completing the post-graduation, the candidates can join the technical or ground duty branches. It is easy to join the IAF if the candidates have a degree in Aeronautical Engineering or Electronics.

The entry in the Meteorological Branch is possible only after post-graduation in any Science stream / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Meteorology / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo-physics / Environmental Biology with minimum of 50% marks in total in all the papers put together (Provided that Maths and Physics are the subjects at Graduation Level, with minimum 55% marks in both).

NCC Entry

National Cadet Corps (NCC), also known as the Fourth Line of Defence, provides an opportunity to join the IAF. If the candidates have completed NCC training and obtained a ‘C’ Certificate from the Air Wing NCC then they are eligible to join the IAF.

University Entry Scheme (UES) Entry

University Entry Scheme (UES) is for those candidates who are currently pursuing their Pre-final year of BE/B.Tech degree. It is to be ensured that there should not be any backlog in any paper in the previous semesters at the time of the SSB Interview. On the completion of the degree, the candidates must obtain a minimum of 60% marks in total in all the papers.

What is Air Force Selection Board Interview (AFSB)

Candidates clearing the written test and applying through direct entry are called for an SSB interview.

The process for the SSB interview takes place in five stages. The candidates who complete these five stages are sent for medical checkups and PABT test.

PABT test is a pilot aptitude battery test. To become a Pilot in Indian Air Force, clearing the PABT test is the most important thing. Let us tell you, becoming a pilot in the Indian Air Force is not easy. One chance is given to clear the PABT test.

That is, if you are not able to clear the PABT test for the first time, then you cannot apply for the entire lifetime as a pilot in the Indian Air Force.

A final merit list is prepared after the medical checkup and PABT test which is based on SSB interview and written test. The candidates whose names appear in this merit list are then sent to Dundigal Air Force Academy for further training.


Now, it is quite clear that the candidates can enter the IAF anytime from class 10th to the post-graduation degree. Age plays a role in joining IAF therefore the candidates need to be careful about the age limit before applying to IAF.