Indian Air Force

Since its inception, the IAF has had its share of trials and tribulations. The IAF’s mettle was tested in the Second World War, after independence, in the conflicts of 1948, 1965, 1971 and the Kargil Victory in the summer of 1999. IAF has vindicated itself time and again by rising to the myriad challenges, tasks and demands placed on it by the nation. The fortitude and deeds of its men have won many laurels. Its growth and continuous modernization is an index of its ability to adapt with the times and its deeds a testimony to the caliber of its men.



Here is an opportunity to dedicate yourself to the honour and glory of your motherland, as a defender of the sovereign skies become a part of the noblest and most selfless of professions the Indian Air force , where you pledge to protect the frontiers of our airspace, where your bravery, daring, grit and the never-say-die spirit are tested each and every day in every conceivable situation to bring out the best in you. A career with Indian Air force would mean becoming are air warrior ready to face the challenges.

Methods of Entry

Branch / Type of Entry Educational Qualification Age Limit(Yrs) Advertisement Schedule

(A) National Defence Academy (NDA)(for men only)

(B) Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) (for men only)

(C) NCC Special Entry (Through CO Unit/DG NCC) (for men only)

(D)Short Service Commission(for Women only)

10+2 with Physics & Maths



Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE


Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE & NCC Air Wing Sr. Div. ‘C’ Certificate


Any Grad. with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or BE


161/2 – 19


19 - 23



19 - 23



19 – 23*











*Upper age limit relaxed to 25 years for holders of Commercial Pilots’ Licence (CPL)

PC for Men

(A)  Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)
(B)  Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)

SSC for Women

(C)      AE(L) and AE(M)

PC for Men / SSC for Women)**

(A)       Administration
(B)        Logistics
(C)        Accounts
(D)       Education
(E)        Meteorology


First class degree in Engineering in
Electronics / Mechanical / Allied subjects as per advertisement


Same as above


First class Graduate or PG in subjects as per advertisement


First Class PG in subjects as per advertisement


18 – 28



18 – 28


20 – 23
20 – 25


20 - 25









**PC – Permanent Commission / SSC – Short Service Commission

Note :

(i) The above information is a broad guideline and is subject to change as per the induction requirement of the Indian Airforce.

(ii) All Advertisement are published in Employment News and National / Regional Leading Newspapers.

(iii) This data is only of information value and subject to change, for more details please visit at Air force website.Visit us :
Opportunities are open to young men to choose Indian Air force as career. Here the aspiration finds satisfaction. To become an our warrior in airman category check out your eligibility and look out for the opportunity as an when come.

Methods of Entry


Technical Trades (16 to 22 years)

The candidate should have passed Intermediate / 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English and a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.


Three year Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics/Automobile/Computer Science/Instrumentation Technology) from a Govt. recognized Polytechnic/Institute.


All Group ‘Y’ trades (16 to 20 years)

Passed Intermediate/10+2 or equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% with pass marks in English .

Education Instructor Trade

(20 to 25 years)

(i) Graduation with a teaching Degree or Diploma of a recognized University with a minimum 50%   

     aggregate marks in each qualification


(ii)  B.A. (Hons)/B.Sc(Hons)/BCA with a minimum score of 50% marks.



(20 to 28 years)

(iii) A minimum second class M.A. in English/M.Sc in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or MCA.


Interviews :  Candidates passing both Written Test & PFT are to be interviewed by a team of officers & Warrant Ranks. Those who are recommended in interview will be medically examined by Recruitment Medical Team as per Indian Air Force Medical Standards. Those who are recommended in interview and Medically Fit will only be considered for final selection.

From Airmen to Commissioned Officer : Promotion Prospectus exist up to the rank of Master Warrant officer (MWO). Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exist for those airmen who qualify the prescribed examinations later during their service career.