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About Career in the Airforce

The Indian Air Force has two areas which you can involve yourself as an airman and as an officer. As an airman, you handle all the air and ground operations. As an officer, you strategize, lead and manage, flying the most advanced combat aircraft or providing technical support.
Candidates, short-listed for Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the National Defence Academy, followed by specialised training at the Air Force Academy. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations
 

Career Prospects of Career in the Airforce

As an officer in the Indian Air Force, the sky is the limit for you. You start your career as a Flying Officer and can rise up to the rank of Air Marshal. The chosen one from the Flying Branch becomes the head of the family i.e. The Chief of Air Staff. To know the exact rank structure for commissioned officers read below.
Flying Officer (Fg Offr): Taking off a career in Air Force, this is the first rank an officer wears after successful completion of the training. The officer is posted as a Squadron Pilot, or an Adjutant, or a Security Officer, or a Welfare Officer in any of the small Air Force stations and given charge of men and affairs.
Flight lieutenant (Flt Lt): Beginning the climb to the top, Flight Lieutenant is the next rung in the Indian Air Force Hierarchy. Equivalent to a Captain in Army and Lieutenant in Navy, a Flight Lieutenant takes on junior level supervisory responsibilities and is posted as a Pilot, or an Adjutant, or a Security Officer in any of the medium level Air Force Stations.
Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr): Taking on bigger responsibilities under his wings, the Squadron Leader undertakes many tasks. Equivalent to a Major in Army and Lt. Commander in Navy, the Squadron Leader is the operational in-charge of a squadron's role. He is a senior level supervisor and takes responsibilities as a Flight Commander, or a Senior Administrative Officer in medium level Air Force Stations, or an Asst. Provost Marshal, or a Commanding Officer of Airmen Selection Centres
Wing Commander (Wg Cdr): Gearing up for the higher grounds the Wing Commander takes on additional responsibilities. He is equivalent to Lt. Col in Army and Commander in Navy and is posted as a Commanding Officer of Flying Squadrons, or Chief Administrative Officer of medium to large AF stations, or Commanding Officer of Liaison Units, or Staff Appointment at Air HQs/Command HQs
Group Captain: Taking charge of men and management, the Group Captain heads large Air Force Stations. Equivalent to Colonel in Army and Captain in Navy, he may command a medium-sized Air Force Station, or be Chief Operations Officer or a Chief Engineering Officer of a large Air Force Station or hold key Staff Appointments at the Air HQs/Command HQs
Air Commodore: The chosen few make it to this position. An Air Commodore is equivalent to Brigadier and Commodore in Navy and is posted as an Air Officer commanding large AF Stations, or Staff Appointments (senior level) at Air HQs/Command HQs.
Air Vice Marshal: Only the daring few can climb this high in the Air Force Hierarchy. An Air Vice Marshal is equivalent to Major General in Army and Rear Admiral in Navy. He is responsible for taking strategic decisions and is posted as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) at Command HQs or as Assistant Chief of Air Staff at Air HQ.
Air Marshal: Just one step below the top of the ladder, the Air Marshal commands a lot of power. He is equivalent to Lt. Gen. in Army and Vice Admiral in Navy. He is posted as the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) at Command HQs, or as the PSO at Air HQs or Command HQs.
Air Chief Marshal: The top of the rung is for the best of the best from the flying branch. The Air Chief Marshal heads the Air Force family and is responsible for all strategic and tactical decisions, regarding the Indian Air Force in the times of peace and war.
 

Skills & Education Required for Career in the Airforce

You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.
To join the NDA you need to fulfill the following requirements i.e. be an Indian national aged between 16 ½ to 19 years and this profession is open to men only.

You should have passed your 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. A graduate in any stream as well as Engineering students are taken in technical branches through the University Entry Scheme.
 

Comments/ Reviews on Career in the Airforce

  • Posted By : , on 02-04-2012 13:09:59 Report Abuse

  • Dear Sir, Please tell me scope for girls in airforce , and also for MBAs. I will be highly obliged for this act of your kindness. Thank You Yours Faithfully Abha Singh Posted By : abha singh, on 08-02-2012 09:49:36 Report Abuse

  • now i am doing engineering in fifth sem,what i have to do to join airforce and is there any exams? Posted By : siddu, on 15-01-2012 23:29:38 Report Abuse

  • Hi Sir , I am persuing B.com . and I have done I.Sc from Ranchi University , and I want to join IAF .. Please tell me about all details Posted By : Shashank Sona, on 18-12-2011 19:06:39 Report Abuse

  • sir, i am B-Tech (Electronics and Communication) want to join indian Airforce. in an easy way without the SSB part or in simply from lower post but should be in technical part. kindly tell me about those exams to be held where and when. Posted By : Nidhi Devi, on 13-09-2011 23:05:12 Report Abuse

  • sir i am 12th pass sci{pcm} with 58% i want to join in airforce plz tell me the details in my email. Posted By : chandrakant Nannaware, on 08-09-2011 18:49:42 Report Abuse

  • im bms graduate, is der any career option for me in airforce Posted By : jitendar, on 29-08-2011 12:05:39 Report Abuse

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  • Good evening sir. i have just cleared my +2 non med and i want to join air force . Plz tell me hw can i apply for it . Posted By : nancy bhatti, on 11-07-2011 17:12:20 Report Abuse

  • I have given tenth and want to know that is there compulsion of taking science after tenth to join airforce,or i can take up bifocal and then after twelth join airforce??????? Posted By : swapnil, on 03-06-2011 12:02:19 Report Abuse

  • I HAVE DONE 12TH ND I WANT TO CHOOSE CARERE IN AIRFORCE, WHAT SHOULD I HAVE TO DONE? Posted By : ANOOP KUMAR, on 20-05-2011 15:14:46 Report Abuse

  • Respected sir..... i want to go in airforce. is there any career option after 12th science & i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details or any other details in my email or cell..!! Posted By : shiroya nakul, on 16-05-2011 12:30:14 Report Abuse

  • Respected sir..... i want to go in airforce. is there any career option after 12th science & i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details/any other details in my email or cell..!! Posted By : shiroya nakul, on 16-05-2011 12:26:43 Report Abuse

  • respected sir..... i want to go in airforce. is there any career option after 12th science & i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details/any other details in my email/cell..!! Posted By : shiroya nakul, on 16-05-2011 12:23:13 Report Abuse

  • i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details in my email.i am pass 10+2(commerce) my email id is ( bhargav.luck@gmail.com) Posted By : bhargav gorasiya, on 09-05-2011 18:36:28 Report Abuse

  • i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details in my email.i am doing bca after 10+2(commerce) my email id is ( bhargav.luck@gmail.com) Posted By : bhargav gorasiya, on 09-05-2011 18:35:25 Report Abuse

  • hi iam in merchant navy age 21 ,as i will finish my bsc nautical science degree in june and giving exams for 2nd officers licence but ,now i want to join air-force or navy or army ,because i wanna work for my country ..is there any field where i can go Posted By : chirag dandekar , on 07-05-2011 12:14:35 Report Abuse

  • I want to join airforce i just given my +2 (PCM) frm C.B.S.E pls reply me soon hw can i apply.so contact me on 07587152092 Posted By : Deepak kumar singh, on 25-04-2011 16:01:09 Report Abuse

  • sir now iam doing my 12th science .what i want to do after my plus two to get a job in air force and what r t minimum % of marks in phy,maths and che.is there any exams pls sent me all the details....... Posted By : jabir ubaidulla, on 12-04-2011 07:39:29 Report Abuse

  • are girls eligible for air force Posted By : nikita agarwal, on 06-04-2011 19:59:05 Report Abuse

  • main 12th class main hoon,,,,,,,,,,,,,maine haal hi main apne cbse board ke exam de rahi hoon,,,,,,,,,,,,par mujhe yah nahi pata ki main aage kya karoon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but i want to do some thig related to maths..............plz tell me Posted By : moni, on 22-03-2011 15:41:18 Report Abuse

  • i want join the air force,becauce i want to do work for my country. Posted By : Rupesh karwe, on 18-01-2011 01:12:11 Report Abuse

  • i want join the air force,becauce i want to do work for my country. Posted By : Rupesh karwe, on 18-01-2011 01:11:53 Report Abuse

  • sir, i am doing 12th from commerce(with Informatics practices),can i apply for Air Force? Posted By : Vikash kumar tiwari, on 12-12-2010 03:38:48 Report Abuse

  • i want to join air force but i am too much confused because of my earlier studies at the time of high schooling , i have done my 10th from cbse board and 12th from national school of open schooling but with humanities subjects but now iam perusing software engeeniring and also graduation from du correspondence is there any opportunity for a person like me as i think it woul be because i heard that a computer language known person can be appointed n i have also met few person who works in airforce and works as a gazetted ranked arm personnel and they told me to give attention toward programming language as it would be helpful for me to be an air warrior but i am soo confused that how to enter or be an air warrior Posted By : saurabh arya, on 06-12-2010 11:59:45 Report Abuse

  • Sir can i read in more indian air force colleges or any other college for degree or for geting officer rank while doing my job as an airman group x trade Posted By : Manish kumar upadhyay, on 12-11-2010 11:59:38 Report Abuse

  • sir i am doing bba i have interest in airforce iwant to know is ther any job for a bba graduate in airforce? Posted By : vidushi, on 07-11-2010 22:36:17 Report Abuse

  • respected sir......... im doing bsc and i want to go in airforce. is there any career option after bsc... Posted By : ajax jose, on 11-10-2010 05:54:32 Report Abuse

  • I am graduate in bcom can I apply in airfore and what are job oppurtunities for a bcom student and what is the salary range for each job.Please sent answer by my mail donyjoseol@gmail.com Posted By : donyjose, on 11-10-2010 05:50:17 Report Abuse

  • SIR,it is my childhood draem to become a piolt.now i'm doing engineering.i'll complete my engineering in 2014 .i want to know more details about the procedure of the airman selection test.if you don't mind,please send me the details about the books which i want to refer and what all preparation that i have to take for this selection. Posted By : varghese k kariyatty, on 18-09-2010 01:19:07 Report Abuse

  • I have graduate in mca can I apply in airfore or any other field in which i have to join please tell me by sending mail. Posted By : shubham, on 19-07-2010 08:33:11 Report Abuse

  • Posted By : , on 07-07-2010 07:20:00 Report Abuse

  • sir/ma'am i have done my 12 with commerce and now im doing bba in hotel management.so am i able to join air force as a lady officer? Posted By : aishwarya, on 28-06-2010 03:36:34 Report Abuse

  • i am doing last year of bca right now.......i had passed 12th science with (physics,chemistry,maths) with two trials.......i want know that is there any career option in air force after bca degree....... Posted By : Chetan Singh, on 26-06-2010 12:55:03 Report Abuse

  • sir i am passed 12th sci(pcm) with 47% i want to know that can i get admission in aitforce. Posted By : Akshay Raut, on 19-06-2010 10:28:09 Report Abuse

  • hello..i complte my graduation(BBA)..i want 2 make my carrer in air force...is it possiple although i passed 12th by arts... Posted By : akhil, on 09-06-2010 06:29:57 Report Abuse

  • sir .... I am doing b.b.a and i want to go in Air Force. I had passed 12th science (physics,chemistry,maths) .......is there any career option in Air Force after B.B.A Posted By : Ashok Boora, on 02-06-2010 09:41:21 Report Abuse

  • i am persuing bca......a student of 2nd sem.......i completed my 12th standard with (physics,chemistry & mathematics)........& i want to join the airforce.......is there any career option for me in this field after persuing bca.........plz kindly help me with my query.........!!!!! Posted By : Debojyoti Singha Roy, on 19-05-2010 06:31:53 Report Abuse

  • i am doing second year bca right now.......i had passed 12th science with (physics,chemistry,maths) with two trials.......i want know that is there any career option in air force after bca degree....... Posted By : imran munshi, on 05-05-2010 03:49:50 Report Abuse

  • i want to join in airforce plz tell me the form details in my email.i am doing bca after 10+2(science)physics chem biology Posted By : subhrajit samantaray, on 16-02-2010 08:46:26 Report Abuse

  • sir..i need to know the NDA examination details ie.when it will be held exactly for my brother who is doing 12 science now Posted By : Rahila Khan, on 01-01-2010 00:00:00 Report Abuse

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