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Everything You Need to Know About Joining the Air Force!

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Indian air force aspirants are looking forward to joining the Indian Air force as an officer. Can make it happen in six major ways (entries) through which aspirants will join the flying, technical, and non-technical branch of the Indian air force as an officer, both male and female aspirants can apply for these entries. The IAF recruits for many disciplines positions like Flying Branch, Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical Branch), etc. All these jobs are exhilarating and amazing. Further, the pay and the benefits associated with the job are good.

One can join the Indian Air Force (IAF) in many ways. The IAF provides opportunities to the aspirants who have passed 10th, 12th, graduation, and post-graduation. There are other special entry options like NCC entry or University Entry Scheme (UES).

Many ways to enter IAF is as follows:

After 10th, IAF recruits for various civilian posts like multi-tasking staff (MTS), stenographer, content assistant, lower division clerk (LDC), watchman, cook, carpenter, messenger, gardener, fitter, vendor, barber, mechanic, tailor, painter, etc. To be recruited for these positions, the aspirants must-have passed 10th class or having a diploma in the concerned field to get recruited. In some particular areas, qualification is limited to 10th class only while in some others, ITI is required.

After 12th, aspirants can enter the IAF after passing class 12th. The ones, who have passed the exam of class 12th, may join National Defence Academy (NDA) by passing the written exam and SSB interview. Once the training is completed, the aspirants join the IAF. The exam for NDA is conducted by the UPSC twice a year.

After graduation, one can also join any branch of the IAF by qualifying the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam which is conducted by the UPSC twice a year. The aspirants can also appear in the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) to get selected in the IAF. After the selection, the aspirants get training at one of the IAF training institutes and then they are commissioned and posted as Officers.

After post graduations, the aspirants can join the technical or ground duty branches. It is easy to join the IAF if the aspirants have a degree in aeronautical engineering or electronics. The positions in the meteorological branch is possible only after post-graduation in any science stream, mathematics, applied physics, oceanography, environmental biology etc., with minimum 50% marks in total in all the papers put together (provided that Maths and Physics are the subjects at graduation level, with minimum 55% marks in both).

National Cadet Corps (NCC) entry, also known as the Fourth Line of Defence, provides an opportunity to join the IAF. If the aspirants have completed NCC training and obtained a ?C? Certificate from the Air Wing NCC, then they are eligible to join the IAF.

University Entry Scheme (UES) Entry is for those aspirants who are currently pursuing their Pre-final year of Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Tech degree. It is to be ensured that there should not be any backlog in any paper in the previous semesters at the time of SSB Interview. On the completion of the degree, the aspirants must obtain a minimum of 60% marks in total in all the papers.

Now, it is quite clear that the aspirants can enter the IAF anytime from class 10th to the post-graduation degree. Age plays a role in joining IAF. Therefore, the aspirants need to be careful about the age limit before applying to IAF.


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