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How to get into Indian Air Force

A Challenging Career and a Bright Future

Flying Branch

National Defence Academy (NDA) (Permanent Commission for Men only)
Educational Qualification : 10+2 with Physics & Maths
Age Limit (Yrs) – 161/2 – 19
Advertisement Schedule – Mar / Oct

Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) (Permanent Commission for Men only)
Educational Qualification – Any Graduate degree/BE/B Tech degree, having passed Physics & Math at 10+2
Age Limit (Yrs) – 19 – 23
Advertisement Schedule – Apr / Sept

NCC Special Engry (Through CO Unit/DG NCC) (Permanent Commission for Men only)
Educational Qualification – Any Graduate degree / BE/ B Tech degree with min 60% marks, having passed Physics and Maths at 10+2 and NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate.
Age Limit (Yrs) – 19-23
Advertisement Schedule – Apr / Oct  govtjobs.in

Short Service Commission (Permanent Commission for Men & Women only)
Educational Qualification – Any Graduate degree / BE / B Tech degree with min 60% marks, having passed Physics and Maths at 10+2 level.
Age Limit (Yrs) – 19-23
Upper age limit relaxed to 25 years for holders of Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)
Advertisement Schedule – Mar / Sept

Technical Branch
(Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission for Men and Short Service Commission for Women)

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
Education Qualification – Engineering degree with min 60% marks in the subjects as per advertisement.
Age Limit (Yrs.) – 18-28
Advertisement Schedule – Feb/Aug
(final semester/years students can also apply)

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
Education Qualification – Engineering degree with min 60% marks in the subjects as per advertisement.
Age Limit (Yrs.) – 18-28
Advertisement Schedule – Feb/Aug
(final semester/years students can also apply)

University Entry Scheme (UES) (Permanent Commission for Men only)
Education Qualification – Pre-final year engineering, as per advertisement (on completion of degree min 60% marks mandatory)
Age Limit (Yrs.) – 18-28
Advertisement Schedule – Feb

Ground Duty Branches
(Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission for Men and Short Service Commission for Women)

Administration / Logistics / Accounts
Education Qualification – Graduate degree with min 60% marks or Post Graduate degree with min 50% marks in subjects as per advertisement.
Age Limit (Yrs.) – 18-23
Upper age limit relaxed upto 26 years for Low Graduates (3 Years Course). Up to 27 years for CA/ICWA/ M.Ed. / Ph.D.
Advertisement Schedule – Mar/Sep

Education / Meteorology
Education Qualification – Post Graduate degree with min 50% marks in subjects as per advertisement
(final semester/years students can also apply)
Age Limit (Yrs.) – 18-25 (For Post Graduates)
Upper age limit relaxed upto 26 years for Low Graduates (3 Years Course). Up to 27 years for CA/ICWA/ M.Ed. / Ph.D.
Advertisement Schedule – Mar/Sep