Various Entrance Exams And Admission Processes To Join Various Officer Cadres Of Air Force Of India

December 13, 2021

Various Entrance Exams And Admission Processes To Join Various Officer Cadres Of Air Force Of India


Air Force of India

Serving the nation is a glorious thing. Working and training in the Air Force make a person face any challenging storm with confidence, courage, and adventure. An officer’s uniform is a statement of responsibility, it is an authority, power, position to lead, motivate, and inspire others to contribute to the nation in any situation.

Career as branches

  • Flying Branch.
  • Ground Duty (Technical Branch).
  • Ground Duty (Non- Technical Branch).

Career as per qualifications

  • 10+2: by applying for NDA (National Defence Academy). Candidates undergo 3 years of rigorous training followed by specialised training. Thereafter, they are commissioned as permanent commission officers and posted as officers at any Air Force Stations.

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year. Centres are allotted as all the major cities of India.

 NDA is an entry to flying branch, ground duty (technical and non-technical). and B.E are offered to technical cadets, and will be offered to non-technical cadets.

Eligibility: 10+2 and NDA qualified students.


  • Graduate: CDSE (combined defence services examination): Aspirants can get direct entry and can get a permanent commission. The exam is conducted by the UPSC.

Graduation in any discipline with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level. Final year students are also qualified to appear in the examination.

  • NCC(special entry)

Aspirants having an Air Wing Senior division ‘C’ certificate of the national corps can apply for a permanent and temporary commission in the category of men and women.

Eligibility:  50% minimum marks in 12th standard with mandatory subjects like maths and physics and 60%marks in graduation or equivalent.

Another way to apply for the -officer’s position in the Air Force of India is listed below.

Short service commission (SSC)

This applies to the entries of both the gender categories- male and females. SSC in the flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension period. One can apply for SSC in a flying branch by appearing in AFCAT.

Eligibility- 50% marks in 10+2 in each maths and physics. 60% marks in graduation in any discipline. Advertisements and exam schedules will be released by IAF every year.

Common eligibilities for a candidate to apply in any branch

  • Indian national.
  • Marital status- single.
  • Age 20-24 at the time of commencement.
  • 10+2 with 50% each in maths and physics.
  • If graduate- 60% is minimum marks required in any discipline.

To reach a position where you are responsible for the security of the nation and protecting Indian citizens, this enormous responsibility is achieved by clearing various steps including a written exam, training, medical fitness, interviews.

Selection procedures

1. This includes various written exams conducted every year or twice a year for different branches and qualifications.

NDA (National Defence Academy Exam)

  • Mode of exam- online.
  • Question pattern type- MCQ (multiple choice questions)
  • Duration- 2.5 hours.
  • Language- both Hindi and English.
  • Written exam marks- 900 (300 marks for the maths and 600 marks for the General Ability Test).
  • Interview marks- 900

CDS (Combined Defence Services Exam)

  • Mode of exam- offline.
  • Exam pattern-MCQs (multiple choice questions).
  • Questions for AFA (air force academy – 300.
  • Language- in both English and Hindi.
  • Duration- 2 hours for each test. (English- 100 marks and 2 hours, general knowledge- 100 marks and 2 hours, elementary maths- 100 marks and 2 hours.)
  • Negative marking- 1/3.

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)

  • Mode of exam- online.
  • Time duration- 2 hours and 45 minutes. 
  • Marking scheme 3 marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • Negative marking- 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
  • Number of questions- 100.
  • Maximum marks- 300.
  • Syllabus- general awareness, verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, and military aptitude.

For EKT (engineering knowledge test): this includes a time duration of 45 minutes with 50 questions of 150 marks in the online mode of examination. The subjects include are- mechanical, computer science and electrical and electronics. The marking schemes and the negative marks will be the same as mentioned in the AFCAT.

After qualifying for the written test. The qualified candidates will receive a call letter from AFSB (Air Force Selection Board). Candidates can report to one of the boards in Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, and Mysore and undergo various tests.

Stage 1 and 2 testing- officer intelligence rating test and picture perception and discussion test.
It is a basic screening test for the candidates and those who qualify for stage 1 are eligible to appear in stage 2 and the rest of others are asked to go back after announcements of results.

Stage 2 includes tests like- physiological tests in written form conducted by an experienced psychologist. Group tests are conducted in indoor and outdoor activities which involve both mental and physical strength or may involve a combination of both.

After that, personal interviews are conducted by the officers.

Candidates selected for the flying batch will now appear in CPSS (computerised pilot selection system) tests.

  • Medical tests

If a candidate is selected by the selection board, then he/she has to go for the medical eligibility (fitness) in AFCME (Air Force Central Medical Establishment New Delhi) or Institution of Aviation Medicines, Bangalore.

  • Merit list

Final steps include- declaration of merit list- A merit list is prepared on the basis of overall performance in all the steps/tests and may depend upon the vacancies for the post available in various branches. Instructions would be given for the joining of training establishments.

By Mithila Rathod

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