Career in Indian Air Force (IAF) – Regular Updates 2021

If you are one of those enthusiastic youth who not only look for a career which could offer them the highest satisfaction but also opportunity to touch the sky in actual term, then career in India Air Force is the right choice.

To be a part of India Air Force is a dream of numerous aspiring youth across the nation. Here they are nurtured so that they are mentally and physically robust so as to protect the motherland from enemies. Once you are part of it, you are sure of numerous positive traits like leadership, integrity or how to lead a life in a disciplined manner just to name few.

Career Opportunities in Indian Air Force

From Senior Secondary pass outs to graduates and engineers, all have options to be part of this glorious force. However, you will have to face various challenges to reach the goal.

India Air Force can be categorized mainly into three branches namely

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch and
  • Ground Duty Branch.

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Career Opportunities in Technical and Non Technical Branches of IAF

Indian Air Force Airman X, Y Group Syllabus

Flying Branch


If you choose this branch then you will be flying fighter aircrafts. You can be appointed as a transport pilot or chopper pilot or be a part of VIP transport.

Eligibility for Career in Flying Branch:

  • Candidates must have passed with a minimum of 60% in Maths and Physics at Class 12 and Graduation in any discipline with 60% or equivalent Or BE/BTech with 60% or equivalent.
  • Candidates should be between 20 to 24 years. The upper age limit for candidates having a Commercial Pilot License is relaxed up to 26 years.
  • You need to appear in written examination (AFCAT) conducted by IAF and thereafter qualified candidates are called for an interview.

Technical (Engineering) Branch


If you incline towards technical side then you can try your hands on sophisticated aircrafts etc in India Air Force (IAF).

You can get into engineering branch of India Air force via the University Entry Scheme where you can be chosen for Permanent or Short Service Commission during your Final Year in the Engineering College.

Other way is by Direct Entry Scheme after completing graduation.

Eligibility for Career in Engineering Branch:

You must have any of the qualification:

  • Engineering degree in Electronics or Telecommunications or Electrical
  • B.Tech in Radio Physics & Electronics
  • B.Sc (Physics with Electronics)
  • M.Sc Electronics
  • B.Sc (physics, Mathematics & Chemistry)

For career in Aeronautical Engineering you need to have Engineering Degree in Aeronautical or Mechanical or Production /B.Sc (physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)

Ground Duty


In this branch of India Air Force (IAF) you can get job in administration, accounts, logistics and meteorology.

Eligibility Criteria for jobs in Ground Duties:

  • Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • 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).

Candidates with management degree can also apply for ground duties in India Air Force. Law graduates (both three years and five years) are also eligible for the jobs in this branch.

India Air Force publishes advertisements in the newspapers from time to time for openings in different branches of Air Force. You need to keep track on the advertisements in employment news to know about the opening. We recommand you to visit regular IAF Official Website.