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Education Qualification of IAF FLYING BRANCH

You surely fly high by joining the Flying branch of the IAF. You are trained as a Fighter pilot or a Helicopter pilot or a Transport pilot and are part of various peace and wartime missions.


As a Graduate/ Engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:

CDSE (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION) (FOR MEN ONLY)
  1. Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.
  2. Eligibility criteria:
    • Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
    • Nationality – Indian
    • Marital Status – Single
    • Gender – Men only.
    • Educational Qualifications
      • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/BE/B Tech (Four Year Course).
      • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
      • No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.
  3. Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements are released by UPSC in the months of November and August.
  4. For more details visit www.upsc.gov.in
NCC SPECIAL ENTRY (FOR MEN AND WOMEN)
(Candidates can apply online through NCC Special Entry)
  1. As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Men & women can join the Air Force through this mode of entry. Permanent Commission offered for men and Short Service Commission for men and women.
  2. Eligibility criteria:
    • Age –20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course). Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course).
    • Nationality – Indian
    • Marital Status – Single
    • Gender – Men only.
    • Educational Qualifications
      • Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level
        OR
      • BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent
        OR
      • Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
      • Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
      • NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate and validity of the certificate would be two years before the date of commencement of the course.
  3. Advertisement Schedule: Advertisement for NCC Special Entry is released by the IAF in the months of June and December.
SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN)
  1. You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.
  2. Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.
  3. Eligibility criteria:
    • Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course).
    • Nationality – Indian
    • Marital Status – Single
    • Gender – Men and Women.
    • Educational Qualifications
      • Minimum of 60% marks each in Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.
      • Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent OR BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
      • Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
      • Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
  4. Advertisement Schedule: Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

Indian Air Force AFCAT 02/ 2019 Online Form

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