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How to join Indian Air Force


Age: 16 ½ to 19 years
Indian National

Educational Qualifications

10+2 with Physics and Mathematics.
Final year students can also apply.

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March and October every year.
Admission granted to National Defence Academy, Pune
Educational Qualification: Graduate
Flying Branch/ Technical Branch/ Ground Duty Branch

Women in Indian Air force: (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION)

Selection Procedure:
Scrutiny of Applications
Testing Officer Like Qualities
Medical Exam
All India Merit List

FLYING BRANCH (Only Unmarried Indian Male)

Age:19- 23 years
Educational Qualifications:

  • Graduate (3Year Course) in any stream from a recognized university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) / BE / B Tech.
  • Final Year students can apply (No backlogs + min. 60% marks in preceding term)
  • No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry
  • Qualifying Examinations for Flying Branch

Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) (written test under UPSC)
Advertisement:April and September every year.


Age:18- 28years
Candidates may apply via Direct Entry/ University Entry Scheme
Direct Entry: (Men and Women)
Educational Qualification: Engineering

University Entry Scheme

Age: 18- 28yrs.

Educational Qualification

All candidates applying must have

Four year degree qualification with 60% marks aggregate from a recognized university


Cleared examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India)
(Sec. A+ B)


Cleared examination of Aeronautical Society of India(Sections A +B)

All the candidates must have pursued 8 subjects out of the total 18 mentioned below while pursuing any 1 of the above mentioned qualifications:-
(1) Physics / Engineering Physics.
(2) Engineering Drawing/ Graphics.
(3) Engineering Mathematics
(4) Automotive Engineering / Plant Engineering / Industrial Engineering.
(5) Engineering Mechanics / Strength of Material.
(6) Aerodynamics.
(7) Thermodynamics and Applications / Heat Power Engineering.
(8) Heat and Mass Transfer.
(9) Fluid Mechanics / Turbo Machines.
(10) Flight Mechanics.
(11) Machine Drawing / Machine Design.
(12) Mechatronics.
(13) Material Science / Metallurgy.
(14) Vibrations.
(15) Workshop Technology / Manufacturing Technology / Production Engineering.
(16) Hydraulics and Pneumatics.
(17) Aircraft Structures.
(18) Theory of Machines (Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery


February and August Every Year

Note: Final year students are eligible to apply on the condition that they produce the degree and marks sheet 15 days prior to commencement of training.


Administration Branch
Accounts Branch
Logistics Branch
Nationality: Indian

Age Limit for all Branches:

20 to 23 years for Graduates
20 to 25 years for Post Graduates
20 to 26 Years for Graduates in Law/ ICWA/CA

Marital Status: All candidates below 25yrs must be unmarried.

Educational Qualifications for Administration/ Logistics/Accounts Branch:

Graduation degree in any discipline with minimum 60% marks


Post Graduation degree / equivalent diploma in any discipline with a minimum 50% aggregate.