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Indian Air Force: Branch and How to Join-

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Indian Air Force: Branch and How to Join-

Indian Air Force: Do you want to join Indian Air Force as an officer? Becoming a member of the Indian Air Force is a dream for many youngsters out there.

The Indian Air Force recruits in many disciplines like Flying Branch, Ground Duty, etc. All these jobs are exhilarating and amazing. Moreover, the pay and the benefits associated with the job are also good. Read through for more information.

Indian Air Force: Branch and How to Join-

Do you want to join Indian Air Force as an officer? Well, you can apply for the Flying, Technical and Ground duties in the Indian Air Force through their official website at

This official site is where you will apply for the Indian Air Force Common Admission Test. In this article, you will get to know in detail about the qualifications required for Flying, Technical and Ground duties in the Indian Air Force.

Benefits of Joining the Indian Air Force

Working in the Indian Air Force makes you strong enough and teaches you not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge, to learn to stand up in the storm.

It gives you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage, and an appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

Indian Air Force Career: Branches Available

Talking about Commissioned Officers’ posts in the Indian Air Force, there are three main Branches. The three main branches in IAF where one may build a career are-

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Branch

The working of these three branches is crucial to the smooth functioning of the Indian Air Force. These three branches work in tandem. There is coordination between them all. These branches have further sub-branches. Let us take a look at the sub-branches one by one-

  • Flying Branch

The career available in Flying Branch is that of a Pilot! In IAF, the Flying branch houses Pilots who are trained to handle three types of Aircraft- Fighter Jets, Transport Aircraft and Helicopters. These three divisions make up the sub-branches of the Flying Branch.

  • Technical Branch

Technical branch houses Engineers, who have to work with machinery and equipment that the Indian Air Force makes use of. Their duty involves tasks like- maintenance, development, and testing of equipment and machinery. The two sub-branches of the Technical branch are- Mechanical and Electronics sections.

  • Ground Duty Branch

This is the third and last Branch. Ground Duty Branch consists of sub-branches like- Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education and Meteorology. Flying Branch is all about action-packed stuff and Technical Branch about equipment and machinery, Ground Duty Branch takes care of administrative and accounts related tasks.

It is evident from the above paragraphs that all three Branches are crucial when it comes to the smooth functioning of Indian Air Force. 10+2 Science stream students, Graduates, and PG students may build careers in the above 3 branches of Indian Air Force.

Indian Air Force: How to Join Flying Branch

There are 2 main ways in which one can join IAF’s Flying Branch and build a career in that Branch-

  • 10+2 Entry (NDA)
  • As a Graduate

NDA (10+2) Flying Branch Entry

10+2 Science stream (Physics and Mathematics subjects)

As a Graduate

One may also have a career as a Pilot in IAF after Graduation also! Entry modes available are- CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination), NCC (Special Entry) and SSC (Short Service Commission) entry.

Graduation Degree (3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University), also 10+2 Science stream schooling (Physics and Mathematics subjects) is required in addition to Degree

Indian Air Force: How to Join the Technical Branch

To join Indian Air Force as an Officer and build a career in the Technical Branch, there are two schemes- UES (University Entry Scheme) and Aeronautical Engineering course.

Only Engineering students and Graduates are eligible to apply for this post (not all Engineering Branches’ students are eligible though).

Indian Air Force: How to Join Ground Duty Branch

One may build a career in Indian Air Force’s Ground Duty Branch after completing the Graduation course. Here are basic eligibility criteria details

  • Administration Branch

Graduation Degree in any Discipline (3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University) with minimum 60% marks

  • Accounts Branch

Graduation Degree in B.Com with minimum 60% marks or PG Degree M.Com./CA/ICWA with minimum 50% marks

  • Logistics Branch

Graduation Degree in any Discipline(3 or 4 years long program from a Recognized University) with minimum 60% marks or PG Degree with minimum 50% marks

  • Education Branch

PG Degree in any Discipline 50% marks

  • Meteorology Branch

Post-Graduation Degree in any streams like- / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo-physics / Environmental Biology with minimum 50% marks.

Candidate must have also studied Maths & Physics in Graduation with minimum 55% marks in them

Please note that in case of female candidates applying for Ground Duty Branches, only SSC (Short Service Commission) entry is available for them. Male candidates have the option to choose between the Permanent Commission and SSC.

Indian Air Force Physical and Medical Standards

During the selection process in the case of IAF, much importance is given to Physical and Medical standards. Irrespective of the Branch and entry, a candidate will have to satisfy the Physical standards’ conditions set by Indian Air Force.

Further, in the case of Flying Branch applicants, an additional set of Medical standards must also be met. Let us check those standards out-

Physical Standards (Basic)

To join Indian Air Force, candidates, irrespective of the entry mode and educational qualifications, must satisfy a basic set of Physical standards. The list is quite long. But the main things that are checked are-

  • Weight and Height ratio
  • Good Physical and Mental health
  • Good hearing
  • Well-developed chests (expansion should be at least 5cm after full inspiration)
  • Healthy Bones and Joints

Medical Standards (Flying Branch)

In the case of Flying Branch recruitment, an additional set of Medical standards are also present, which a candidate has to satisfy. Some important tests and things checked as part of this Medical test are-

  • Anthropometric Measurements
  • Spinal Conditions
  • Vision (Eyesight requirements)
  • Occular Muscle Balance

Steps on How to Join the Indian Air Force

  • Choose a Specific Branch

If you want to become an IAF officer, you have access to three main branches – Flying branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch. Based on your interest, academic qualifications and other factors, choose a specific branch.

Each branch consists of multiple job profiles and roles. For example, if you are passionate about flying an aircraft, you may choose the flying branch of the Indian Air Force!

  • Check If You Are Eligible For That Particular Branch/Job Post

The next step is – checking whether you are eligible for the branch/job post or not. Each post demands applicants to have certain educational qualifications, age limit, physical and medical fitness standards.

We have discussed these requirements in detail. For example – if you choose the flying branch, you must meet the stringent physical and medical standards set by the Indian Air Force. Check Eligibility Criteria

  • Choose Relevant Examination

The third step is choosing an ideal entrance exam. The exam you are going to select depends upon factors such as – your academic qualifications, your age, the type of entry you are interested in, etc.

For example, candidates (male) who have just passed the 12th standard (with PCM subjects) may use the NDA entry (through the NDA exam). Graduates may use CDS or AFCAT examinations.

  • Undergo the Selection Process

Most of the selection tests have two main stages – written test and SSB interview. The selection test format may vary from one mode of recruitment to another.

If you clear relevant exams and interviews, you have a chance to make it to the merit list. The final selection of candidates depends upon his/her position in the merit list.

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