Indian Air Force

Working in the Indian Air Force (IAF) is about being in the middle of supersonic jets, state-of-the-art technology and best of the people. You are where the action is. Air Force provides you with the most modern facilities and gives you an unparalleled way of life and creates an environment, where the best in you comes out.

Whether you are a graduate or you have finished your schooling or you have passed your class tenth, Indian Air Force has an exciting career opportunity for you. You can join the Indian Air force to jump start a secure future for you and your family. However IAF focuses solely on the prospects for graduates.

Career in Indian Air Force (IAF)

The various career opportunities available with Indian Air Force include both technical and non technical branches. As an officer in the Indian Air Force you strategize, lead and manage. Trained in diversified fields and environments you are ready for all the challenges that the fast paced life in the Air Force has in store for you. Be it flying the most advanced combat aircraft or providing technical support, your mission is to always give your best.

Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted at any of the Air Force Stations.

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Indian Air Force Job Opportunities

Indian Air Force Officer Jobs

One can join the Indian Air Force as an officer in the flying, technical or the ground duty branches depending on his/her educational qualification. These three branches of the IAF have further sub-streams:

(a) Flying Branch: Fighter pilots, Transport pilots, Helicopter pilots - You would be working as any of these pilots both during peace and war. You can get into the flying branch as a graduate [through CDS exam (men), through AFCATexam (men & women), through NCC special entry (men)]. You can also get in after 10+2 by qualifying the NDA/ NA exam.

(b) Technical Branch: Mechanical, Electronics - You would be taking care of some of the most sophisticated equipments in the world - You can get into this branch through the exam, AFCAT or through University Entry Scheme (UES.)

(c) Ground Duty Branch: Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education, Meteorology - As part of these mentioned departments, you would be looking after and maintaining human & material resource/ managing funds, work as internal auditors/ work as air traffic controller or fighter controller. You can get into this branch by qualifying AFCAT.

On the basis of your educational qualifications, here are the opportunities available for you to join as an officer in IAF:

After 10+2

There is a golden opportunity for young boys having 10+2 (Science) qualification with Physics and Maths to join as an officer in the Indian Air Force by appearing for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination conducted by the UPSC conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

If you get short-listed for Air Force after the initial selection procedure, you will have to undergo a very strict 3 year training routine at NDA, Khadakwasla. Post this, you will be commissioned as officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.

After Graduation

Both men and women, who are graduates, can enter the Air Force as officers through this route. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure (such as the  AFCAT exam,) go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted at any of the Air Force Stations.

After Engineering

The Indian Air Force calls for enthusiastic and committed engineers to become a part of the Indian Air Force team. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure ((such as the AFCAT exam and CDS exam), go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and embark on a glorious and fulfilling career.

As an Engineer, you can soar into a rewarding and challenging career in the Indian Air Force. You can even join the Technical Branch in your final or pre-final year of engineering through the University Entry Scheme. See the advertisement usually published in employment news from time to time.

After Post Graduation

Men and women who are post-graduates also have opportunities to explore in the Indian Air Force, especially for Ground Duty. You can get in for these services through the AFCAT exam.


Salary & allowances for Indian Air Force officer jobs

You start earning even before become an Air Force officer, during your last year of training - a monthly stipend of Rs. 21,000.

The salary break-up of commissioned Indian Air Force officers (per month):

  • Pay in Pay Band (same for flying, technical, ground duty): Rs. 15,600
  • Grade Pay: Rs. 5,400
  • Military Service Pay: Rs. 6,000
  • Dearness Allowance @ 107 percent: Rs. 28,890
  • Kit Maintenance Allowance: Rs. 500
  • Transport Allowance: Rs. 3,200 + DA ( in major cities) or Rs. 1,600 + DA ( in other cities)

Additional allowance:

  • Flying Allowance: Rs. 11,250 per month for Flying Branch officers
  • Technical Allowance: Rs. 2,500 per month for Technical Branch officers

In short, the monthly pay package of the officers would be:

Flying branch: Rs. 74,264
Technical branch: Rs. 65,514
Ground duty branch: Rs. 63,014

Indian Air Force Airman


As an airman in the Indian Air Force, you make sure that all the air and ground operations run smoothly. From operating air defence systems to fitting missiles, you are actively involved in all the action happening in the air base and give your support to various missions.

Depending on your educational qualification, you can join the Air Force in the Technical Trades or Non-Technical Trades. No matter at what level you start your career, the Air Force gives you opportunities to learn and grow to newer heights.

The positions are available for people having qualification viz. matriculation or below, intermediate, diploma, graduate and post-graduate.

IAF Airman Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

For Officer:

16 ½ to 19 years (candidates applying for NDA)
19 to 23 years (for graduate individuals in flying branch)
18 to 28 years (for graduate individuals in technical branch)
20 to 23 years (for graduate individuals in ground duty branches)
19 to 23 years (for engineering graduates in flying branch)
18 to 28 years (for engineering graduates in technical branch)
20 to 25 years (for engineering graduates in ground duty branches)
18 to 28 years (for post-graduate individuals in technical branch)
20 to 25 years (for post-graduate individuals in ground duty branches)

For Airmen:


16-20 years (positions available for candidates with matriculation or below)
16-22 years (positions available for candidates with intermediate qualification)
16-22 years (positions available for candidates with diploma qualification)
20-25 years (positions available for graduate individuals)
20-28 years (positions available for post-graduate individuals)

Sex: Male/Female (Depending upon the type of job)

Nationality: Indian

Marital Status: Single

Essential Qualities:

Unlike other career options Air Force is replete with risks, obstacles and thrills galore. Hence the aspiring youth need to do some serious thinking about adopting this profession.

If you happen to possess any or most of the following qualities, consider yourself eligible for a post.You must be bold, dashing and daring.

  • Must have a sense of adventure
  • Must be willing to risk your life for the nation
  • Must be philosophical and realise the ephemeral quality of life
  • Must be hardworking, able to withstand strain
  • Must be fond of travelling
  • Must be able to fly for long hours
  • Must have a calm temperament and strong nerves

How to Apply


The recruitment for all kinds of courses in the Indian Air force is carried out by the Ministry of defence with its headquarters in New Delhi. The ministry of defense brings out notification in various leading dailies as well as in Employment News.

The procedure for sending the application is fairly simple. After spotting the relevant ad, eligible candidate can send the application in the format mentioned in the advertisement, before the last date of receiving of application.

The IAF has a thorough selection procedure to ensure that the very best become a part of the team. This procedure begins as soon as we receive your application.

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