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Indian Air Force FAQs

1. What is the min. age for boys to join the Indian army?
Ans - Yes, if you fulfill following conditions:-
Graduate(Min three years degree course) in any discipline from recognized university who attained min 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put to gather and have passed maths and physics at 10+2 level or B.E./B.Tech degree(Four year course) with min 60%.

2. What is physical standards for a lady pilot in Indian Air Force?
Ans - Height min-162.5 cms with correlated weight. Leg length-min-99cms and max-120cms, thigh length-64cms, sitting height min81.5 cms, max-96 cms.

3. I am Karina with vision spectacle? Can I be pilot in Indian Air Force?
Ans - Min visual actuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
Lasik surgery for correction of vision is admissible in transport and helicopter streams of SSC(Flying branch) after 20 years.

4. What is the age criteria for pilot in IAF?
Ans - Age should be 19 to 23 years. The person holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA(India) a relaxable upto 25 years.

5. I have passed Aeronautical Engineer(Electronics) with 58%. Can I join Technical branch of Indian Air Force?
Ans - No, one must get min 60% marks.

6. What are departments in Indian Air Force for various jobs?
Ans - There are main three branches as under :-

  • Flying Branch - Pilot
  • Technical Branch – Engineers
  • Ground Branch –
    • Administration &Logistics (Graduate)
    • Accounts B.Com – 60%,Age 20-23years, PG-M.Com/CA/ICWAM.Ed/Ph D 50%,Age- 20-27 years
    • LLB- 55% 20 to 26 yrs
7. What is PABT?
Ans - PABT stands for Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. The candidate who opts for flying branch must give this test. This is first and last trial exam. Because once candidate has passed/failed no second chance is given for PABT.

8. I have failed once in AFCAT. What shouldI do?
Ans - Don’t disappoint. You have to work hard for next chance. You can also join coaching class like Col Nirbans Defence Academy if you are nearby Ahmedabad.

9. What is EKT?
Ans - EKT stands for Engineering Knowledge Test. EKT is for 30 minutes immediate after AFCAT.

10. What is AFCAT?
Ans - AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. Indian Air Force authority publish notification twice in a year Dec and Jun. Exam will be conducted in Feb and sep respectively.

11. Which website I have to refer for AFCAT?
Ans - www.careerairforce.nic.in

12. What is duration of training in Air Force?

Ans - The duration of training training for Flying and Technical branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.

13. I want to join Air Force as an officer. How do I join?
Ans - There are mainly three ways to join Air force as an officer.
If you are 10 + 2 with maths and physics and 16 ½ to 19 years of age by appearing NDA exam.
If you are graduate and upto 24 years by appearing in CDS exam.
If you are graduate (24 years) & Engineer and upto 26 year by appearing AFCAT exam.
If you are LLB, LLM, MA& M Ed (27 years) with min 55% by on line application followed by AFSB.

14. What is procedure after passing AFCAT?
Ans - Candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of AFCAT will be called for Air Force Selection Board. There are four AFSB Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar(Gujarat) and Varanasi.

15. What is pay scale of Air Force Officer?
Ans - Flying Branch – Rs. 72,150
Technical Branch- Rs 63,400
Ground Duty Branch- Rs60,900
Above scale is as per 6th pay commission. It will be go around 1 lac after implemention of 7th Pay Commission.

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