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Indian Air Force Career Guide

Hey students,

What do you aim to become? Which career path do you feel drawn to?
If you dream of joining the Indian Air Force (IAF), then this article is the career guidance you need. The Indian Air Force (IAF) was officially established on 8 October 1932. Its first ac flight came into being on 01 Apr 1933. The IAF has completed the Platinum Jubilee of dedicated service to the nation.

The Indian Air Force has seven commands, of which five are operational and two functional, namely:

? HQ Central Air Command, Allahabad

? HQ Eastern Air Command, Shillong

? HQ Western Air Command, New Delhi

? HQ Southern Air Command, Thiruvananthapuram

? HQ South-Western Air Command, Gandhi Nagar

? HQ Maintenance Command, Nagpur and

? HQ Training Command, Bangalore

Eligibility Criteria and Higher Studies

After 10 + 2: There is a golden opportunity for young enthusiasts 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 twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

After Graduation: Both men and women, who are graduates can enter the Air Force as officers through this route.

AFCAT Exam is held twice a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The questions will be Objective type and the language of the questions will be English only for both AFCAT and EKT (For Technical Branch). There is a provision of negative marking in this exam.

Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam for the Non-Technical candidates; and AFCAT+EKT for the Technical candidates.
Stage 2: AFSB Interview.
Stage 3: Medical Test.

Curriculum and Core Subjects

Indian Air Force (IAF) has invited online applications for the post of Airmen in Group ?X? Trades (except Education Instructor Trade) and Group ?Y? Trades (except Automobile Technician, Ground Training Instructor, Indian Air Force (Police), Indian Air Force (Security) and Musician Trades.

The syllabus for the Airmen Group X and Group Y Exam is the same as that of the syllabus of the 10+2 of CBSE. For Reasoning & General Awareness, the candidates should refer to a standard book. Here is the detailed syllabus of the Group X and Y of IAF:

Airmen Group X and Y Syllabus: English

? English Comprehension

? Subject Verb Agreement

? Sequence of Tenses

? Transformation of Sentences: Compound, Complex, Simple, Negative, Affirmative Sentences

? Spelling & Word Formation

? Antonyms and Synonyms

? One Word Substitution

? Correct usage of Articles

? Parts of Speech

? Commonly Confused Words and their Usages

? Idioms and Phrases

? Direct/Indirect Narration

? Active and Passive Voice

Airmen Group X Syllabus: Physics

? Principles of Communication

? Work, Energy and Power

? Heat and Thermodynamics

? Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism

? Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

? Physical Quantities and Measurement

? Motion of System of Particles & Rigid Body

? Mechanics of Solids and Fluids

? Oscillation

? Waves

? Electrostatic

? Current Electricity

? Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current

? Optics

? Atomic Nucleus

? Gravitation

? Kinematics

? Laws of Motion

? Electromagnetic Waves

? Solids and Semiconductors Devices

Airmen Group X Syllabus: Mathematics

? Sets and Functions

? Trigonometric Functions

? Mathematical Induction

? Cartesian System of Coordinates

? Straight Line

? Circles

? Conic Sections

? Complex Numbers

? Quadratic Equations and Linear Equations

? Sequences and Series

? Permutations and Combinations

? Binomial Theorems

? Exponential and Logarithm Series

? Solutions of Triangle

? Inverse Trigonometric Functions

? Matrices and Determinants

? Function, Limit and Continuity

? Differentiation

? Applications of Derivatives

? Indefinite Integrals

? Definite Integrals

? Differential Equation

? Probability

? Logarithm

? Statistics

? Mathematical Logic

? Boolean Algebra

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: Reasoning

? Number Series

? Non-Verbal Series

? Coding-Decoding

? Direction Test

? Number Ranking

? Alphabet Series

? Arithmetical Reasoning

? Analogy

? Decision Making

? Blood Relations

? Clocks & Calendars

? Mirror Images

? Cubes and Dice

? Embedded Figures

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: General Awareness

? General Science (biology of human body, organic chemistry, etc.)

? Civics (polity, constitution of India, etc.)

? Geography (lakes, river, waterfalls, irrigation and agriculture, etc.)

? Current Events (days, events etc.)

? History (Indian freedom struggle, viceroys, governors, dance, music and fairs, etc.)

? Basic Computer Operations (computer and mobile technology)

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: Mathematics

? Ratio and Proportion

? Average

? LCM, HCF

? Profit and Loss

? Time, Distance and Speed

? Percentage

? Simplification of Numbers

? Fraction

? Area of Triangle, Square and Rectangle

? Surface Area and Volume of Cuboids, Cylinder, Cone and Sphere

? Probability

? Simple Trigonometry

The syllabus given above is of 10+2 level of the CBSE. If the candidates have good command over the subjects, then they can easily crack the exam. However, they have to make efforts for General Awareness and Reasoning a little bit.

Careers Related to the Field

? Flying Branch: Fighter pilots, Transport pilots, Helicopter pilots

? Technical Branch: Mechanical, Electronics

? Ground Duty Branch: Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education, Meteorology

Salary Range

The highest salary in the air force of an officer is approximately Rs. 1 Lakh. The highest salary is of the chief of the air staff that is Rs. 5 lakh in hand with all world class facilities equivalent to Director General Of Police.

Top Universities & Colleges

? Flying School - Bidar, Karnataka

? Air Force Flying School - Jodhpur, Rajasthan

? College of Air warfare - Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh

? Air Force Administrative College - Coimbatore, Tamilnadu

? Navigation & Signals School - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

? Air Force Technical College - Bangalore, Karnataka

? IAF Paratroopers Training School - Agra, Uttar Pradesh

? Air Force Academy - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

? Fighter Training wing & Helicopter Training School - Hakimpet, Andhra Pradesh

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