How to Join Indian Air Force? – Step By Step Process

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Many candidates fill out the application form every year to join the Indian Air Force to serve the country by joining the Indian Air Force and giving flight to their dreams. If you are preparing to join Indian Air Force for the first time and you want to know about different types of ways to join the Indian Air Force. Then this article will prove to be very necessary and effective for you. In today’s article, you are being given information about the topics of How to Join Indian Air Force? If you want to join Indian Air Force to work as an officer then you have to prepare for the exam by filling out the application form for the following exams. You have to fulfil different eligibility criteria to fill out a different application form to work for the officer post. Let us inform you that by filling out the application form you can reach the post of officer.

·        NDA Exam

·        CDS Exam

·        AFCAT Exam

·        SEC Entry

·        NCC entry

·        Group X and Y

How to Join Indian Air Force? – Step By Step Process:-

Let us now inform you by which steps in the process you can get an appointment in the Indian Air Force.

To join the Indian Air Force, you have to fill out the application form related to the Indian Air Force. For this, you have to fill the application form like NDA, CDS, and AFCAT. The age limit and education criteria for each examination are different to fill the application form. To get age criteria and other information, you write and read completely.

National Defence Academy and Combined Defense Services exam is conducted twice a year by UPSC. Whereas Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted twice a year by the Indian Air Force Recruitment Department.

After filling out the application form, the candidate has to prepare according to the exam syllabus. To appear in NDA and AFCAT exams and qualify in the written exam you need to pass the 12th class.

Whereas to qualify in the written examination of Combined Defence Services, you have to complete the graduation level. You have to complete your graduation to fill out this application form.

After filling out the application form, you can prepare for the written exam according to the syllabus. In the article below, we have given you the syllabus and topics of each exam. After qualifying for the written examination, the candidates have to clear the interview to be conducted by the Selection Service Board.SSB interview is conducted in NDA and CDS whereas AFSB interview in AFCAT exam is like SSB interview.

During the SSB interview, the physical and medical examination of the candidates is done. The candidates who pass the medical and physical examination are sent to different academies for courses for 4 years according to their branch.

After completing the course, candidates are appointed to the rank of officer in the Indian Air Force.

How to Join Indian Air Force through NDA Exam: – Eligibility

To get the information related to the application form and any information related to the preparation for the exam, you read our complete guide for you.

In the notification issued by the Union Public Service Commission, the date and date of applying for the NDA exam are as follows:-

EventsDates
Exam nameNDA
Age Limit16.5 to 19 year
QualificationClass 12 with PCM (marks 60%) for Army, Navy, and Air Force
HeightMin 157.2 to Max 162.5
Marital statusUnmarried (both Male and Female)
Exam organized byUPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
Official websitewww.upsc.gov.in

NDA Exam Pattern:-

NDA written exam is a national-level exam. To qualify for this exam, the candidate has to qualify for the Written Examination and SSB Interview. The mode of examination is completely offline and the Mathematics paper in this examination consists of 120 questions and the GAT paper are 150 questions. Thus the question paper consists of a total of 280 questions and the total time to solve it is 5 hours. For every wrong answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted as a penalty. Major Kalshi Classes is one of the best NDA coachings in India.

Here you can easily understand the NDA exam pattern from the table given below.

Pattern of NDADetails
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Questions typesMCQs Based
Total Numbers of Questions280
Section in PaperPaper 1:- Mathematics Paper 2:- GAT
Marking of Each paperPaper 1:- Mathematics (300 Marks) Paper 2:- GAT (600 Marks)
Timing5 hours (2.5 hours for Each Paper)
Negative mark for each Wrong QuestionPaper 1:- 0.83 Paper 2:- 1.33

How to Join Indian Air Force through AFCAT Exam: – Eligibility

The Air Force Common Admission Test conducted in the Indian Air Force is a direct entry to the Indian Air Force. By this, you are selected in the Indian Air Force only. To fill out this application form, you must keep in mind the exam preparation syllabus and age limit.

Age Limit:-

  • AFCAT Flying Branch: 20-24 Years
  • Ground Duty Technical / Non-Technical: 20-26 Years 

AFCAT Selection Process:-

  • Written Examination
  • EKT examination (For Ground Duty Technical)
  • AFSB Interview
  • Medical Examination

AFCAT Written Exam Pattern:-

  1. Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  2. One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
ExamsSubjectsNo. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
AFCATGeneral Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test1003002 hours
EKT [For Candidates with one of the choices as (Technical) Branch]Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics5015045 Min

It is mandatory for the candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch to appear in both AFCAT as well as Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

SubjectsNo of Questions
Reasoning35
English30
General Knowledge20
Arithmetic15

How to Join Indian Air Force through CDS Exam: – Eligibility

CDS Exam is conducted twice a year like AFCAT but the CDS exam is conducted by the UPSC exam. Any airmen can apply for the CDS Exam and opt Air force for the service.

Age limit for CDS Entry:-

AcademyAge Limit
For IMA, the candidate age must be between19-24yrs old
For AFA, the candidate age must be between19-24yrs old
For INA, the candidate’s age must be between19-22yrs old
For OTA, candidates’ age must be between19-27yrs old.

Selection Process:-

  1. Written Exam
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Medical Exam

Eligibility Criteria for CDS:-

  • You can apply for the CDS examination only after graduation.
  • If the candidate is in the final year of his graduation can also apply for this.
  • The candidate must have at least 60% marks in his graduation.

Indian Military Academy (IMA):-

The candidate should have a graduation degree in any discipline from any recognized institute.

Indian Air Force Academy (AFA):-

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 with physics and mathematics and have a degree in any discipline from any recognized Institute.

Indian Naval Academy (INA):-

  • Candidate should have passed 10+2 with physics and mathematics and have a B.E or B.Tech degree from any recognized Institute.

Officers Training Academy (OTA):-

  •  For OTA Candidates should have a graduation degree in any discipline from any recognized Institute. Through the OTA candidate can become officers in the Indian Army as SSC (Short Service Commission).

Exam Pattern of IMA, INA, OTA, and Indian Air Force

PapersSubjectsQuestionsMarksDuration
Paper-IEnglish1201002 Hr.
Paper-IIElementary Mathematics1001002 Hr.
Paper-IIIGeneral Knowledge1201002 Hr.
Total3403006 hours

CDS Office Training Academy (OTA)Exam pattern is given below:-

PapersSubjectsQuestionsMarksDuration
Paper-IEnglish1201002 Hr.
Paper-IIGeneral Knowledge1201002 Hr.
Total2402004 hours

How to Join Indian Air Force through NCC: – Eligibility

Candidates should have obtained a minimum of a ‘B’ Grade in the ‘C’ Certificate Exam of NCC. Applicants, who are not holding the NCC ‘C’ Certificate on the date of application, are not eligible to apply for the course.

And candidates also have degrees of a recognized University or equivalent with an aggregate of a minimum of 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in the final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.

Non-Commission Entry in the Airforce

Group X and Y

The above-given information is about the application form to be filled to serve as an officer in the Indian Air Force. If you are working as an Airman in Indian Air Force and dreaming of getting appointed as Officer. So you can fulfil this dream of your being an Airman. You can get recruited as Airman by X, Y Group in Indian Air Force. While working in the Indian Air Force as an Airman, when you are in the rank of sergeant, you have an opportunity to apply for the post of officer in the Indian Air Force. Being in the rank of sergeant, you have to follow the following steps, so that you can work as an officer in the Indian Army.

Service Entry Commission (SEC Entry):-

Airmen of the rank of Sergeant & above with 10 years of minimum service and within the age limit of 32 to 42 years get the opportunity to become a Commissioned Officer in the IAF. This is done by the internal written exam and SSB interview. After completing the 10 years of service you get this opportunity.

  1. IAF provides an opportunity for Sgt and above with a minimum 10+2 educational qualification to become a permanent commissioned officer in ground duty branches (Technical and Non-Technical) in the IAF.
  2. Airmen with higher education qualifications and sports achievements are given weightage in the selection process. Eligible airmen have to pass the written test and SSB interview to be selected for the commissioning course at AFA. On successful completion of the course, they are granted permanent commission.

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Frequently Asked Question:-

How to Join Indian Air Force?

To join Indian Air Force you can fulfil your dream by filling the application form like AFCAT, NDA, CDS, NCC, Group X, and Y.

Are NDA and AFCAT exams the same?

NDA exam is conducted by UP for all the three departments of Armed Forces whereas AFCAT exam is conducted only for appointment to the post of Officer in Indian Air Force.

Can female candidates apply for AFCAT?

Both male and female candidates can fill out the application form in the AFCAT exam.

Can I join Indian Air Force after completing graduation?

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