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Jobs - Defence : Entry in to Indian Air force

Indian Air Force : The Indian Air Force calls for enthusiastic and committed engineers to become a part of the Indian Air Force team. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and embark on a glorious and fulfilling career.

As an Engineer, you can soar into a rewarding and challenging career in the Indian Air Force. You can even join the Technical Branch in your final or pre-final year of engineering through the University Entry Scheme. Know the eligibility conditions by clicking on any of the branches given below:

  • Flying branch
  • Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Branch

Flying Branch : You surely are propelled to newer heights in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force. You are trained either as a Fighter pilot, or a Helicopter pilot, or a Transport pilot and are a part of various peace and wartime missions. As an engineer, you enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy.

Air Force Academy : The Air Force Academy is one of the most prestigious training establishments of the Indian Air Force. Here you are trained and prepared for your responsibilities as a pilot. The following are the three modes of entry for engineers to join the Flying branch:

  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) You can take the Combined Defence Services Examination (conducted by UPSC) to join the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.
  • National Cadet Corps : As a senior division 'C' Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.
  • Men & Women (Short Service Commission) with Term of Engagement of 14 Years with no extension : Both men and women are eligible to apply for short service commission in the flying branch.” Short Service Commission in flying branch is for 14 years with no extension. For applying through any of the entry points mentioned above, you must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
    • Age 19 to 23 years*
    • Marital Status Single
    • Nationality Indian
    • Gender : This is applicable to both men & women.
    • Educational Qualifications : You should have completed your B.E. (four years) to join the Flying branch.

      * At the time of commencement of training.

Meteorological Branch

Permanent / Short Service Commission : You can look forward to a fulfilling career as an officer in the Meteorology Branch. Handling the latest satellite imagery and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, you would render specific advice to the operators on all aspects of weather. To join as an officer in the Meteorological Branch you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Age : 20 to 25 years*
  • Marital Status : Single
  • Nationality : Indian
  • Gender : This is applicable to both men & women.
  • Educational Qualifications :
    • “PG in Science / Geography Or MCA
      (Provided Maths and Physics were taken at graduation level for both PGs & MCAs)
    • M Tech in Atmospheric Science from IIT Delhi with 50 % and above marks”

      * At the time of commencement of training.

Technical Branch : As an officer in the Technical Branch, you would be in charge of some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world. You can apply for the Technical Branch via any of the two schemes listed below:

Direct Entry Scheme : After you have completed your engineering, you can join the Technical Branch through the Direct Entry Scheme. Both men and women can use this mode of entry to apply to the Indian Air Force.

Direct Entry Scheme

Aeronautical Engg. (Electronics) Permanent / Short Service Commission As an Aeronautical Engineer in the Electronics stream, you will be responsible for the communication and signals required on the Air Force station. You will also be in charge of the execution of preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft. With further in-service training, you could also move to the repair and overhaul divisions of the Indian Air Force. To join the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) stream you must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age : 18 to 28 years*
  • Marital Status : Single
  • Nationality : Indian
  • Gender : This is applicable to both men & women.
  • Educational Qualification (Aeronautical Engineer Electonics) 1 division (60% & above)
    • BE / B.Tech in Electronics / Telecommunication / Electrical / Electrical Communication / Electronics & Communication / Instrumentation / Computer Science & Engineering or a combination of these subjects. OR
    • Diploma in Electronics of Madras Institute of Technology OR
    • B Tech in Radio Physics and Electronics / Optics & Opto Electronics OR
    • MSc Degree in Physics (With Electronics) / Electronics / Computer Science / Computer Application / MCA with Maths, Physics and Electronics at graduation level or MSc. Tech in Electronics & Radio Engineering OR
    • Section A&B Examination of the Associate Membership Examination of the Institute of Engineers (India) in Electrical, Electronics or Telecommunication subjects OR
    • Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with subjects of Section A & full subjects of Section B by actual studies (Maths, Applied Electronics and Circuits, Principals of Communication Engineering, Transmission lines and Networks)

Aeronautical Engg (Mechanical) Permanent / Short Service Commission

After you join the Indian Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Mechanical stream, you could be placed at a position that requires you to be involved with preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft or of common user and specialist application vehicles. You could also be involved in the safety and maintenance of firearms and ammunition at an Air Force Base. To join the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) stream, you must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Age : 18 to 28 years*
  • Marital Status : Single
  • Nationality : Indian
  • Gender : This is applicable to both men & women.
  • Educational Qualification (Aeronautical Engineer Mech.) 1 division (60% & above)
    • BE / B.Tech in Aeronautical / Mechanical / Production / Industrial Production or a combination of these subjects OR
    • Section A & B of Examination of Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies in Avionics / Comm. streams OR
    • Section A & B of Associate Membership Examination of Institution of Engineering (India) with Mechanical / Aeronautical subjects by actual studies OR
    • Section A and B of Associate Membership Examination of the Aeronautical Society of India with Group I (Design and Production) or Group II (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) subjects by actual studies

Institute Membership Aeronautical Engg. (Electronics)

Educational Qualifications

  • Section A and B examination of the Associate Membership exam of the Institution of Engineers (India) in Electrical, Electronics or Telecommunication subjects. Or
  • Graduate Membership exam of the Institue of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with following subjects of Section A and full subjects of Section B by actual studies:-
    • Maths
    • Applied Electionics & Circuit
    • Principles of Comm. Engineering.
    • Transmission Lines & Networks. Or
    • Section A & B of exam of the Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies in Avionics / Communication streams.

Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)

Educational Qualifications : A combination of above mentioned subjects.

* At the time of commencement of training.

How to Apply

The procedure for sending your application is fairly simple. The first stage is to watch out for the advertisement inviting applications in the leading newspapers and the Employment News. After you spot the relevant ad, you send us your application in the format mentioned in the advertisement, before the last date of receiving of application.

Then you go through Selection Procedure. We have a thorough selection procedure to ensure that we pick out the very best to be a part of our team. This procedure begins as soon as your application is recieved.

Selection Procedure : Designed to pick out the very best, our four-step selection procedure is scientific and thorough. You can be a part of Air Force family going through this process and proving your mettle. If you are wondering what this process involves, then click on any of the selection procedure steps below:-

  • Scrutiny of Applications
  • Testing Officer Like Qualities
  • Conducting of Medical Examinations
  • Preparing All India Merit List

Step 1 -Scrutiny of Applications : The selection procedure begins immediately after you send your application forms to us. All application forms are first checked for eligibility after which you will receive a call letter with further instructions.

If seek entry into the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your applications need to be sent to UPSC, New Delhi. UPSC conducts a written test twice a year in April & August (NDA) and April & September (CDSE). Advertisements for the examinations are released about six months in advance. Qualifying in these exams take you to step two. If you apply for Short Service Commission Flying (Pilot) or as an NCC Senior Division 'C' Certificate holder, your application is processed by Air HQ and call letter issued by AFSBs.

If your have applied to the Technical Branch you will be required to appear the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). Similarly, for non tech ground duty branches, you would require to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET). If you pass the EKT/CET, you move to the next step.

Step 2 - Testing Officer Like Qualities : If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Boards, you undergo a number of psychological tests, an interview and group activities, which are collectively called the Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) Tests. These tests are designed to gauge your potential and suitability as an officer in the Armed Forces.

  • The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
  • The Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor tests. We expect active physical participation from you.
  • The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing Officer.

These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board. The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:

Flying Branch : Schedule

Day 1 Pilot Aptitude Battery Test* (Phase I)**
Day 2 Phase I & Psychological Tests
Day 3 Group tests
Day 4 Group tests
Day 5 Interview
Day 6 Conference

Technical Branch & Ground Duty Branch : Schedule

Day 1 Intelligence Tests / Psychological Tests (Phase I)**
Day 2 Group tests
Day 3 Group tests
Day 4 Group tests
Day 5 Interview
Day 6 Conference

* Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate's aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

** Phase I of testing gets over on 1st day for all type of entries except NDA/CDSE/NCC/Direct entry for which it gets over on second day. Only those candidates who qualify in Phase I shall be retained at AFSB for further testing of Phase II. NDA/CDSE candidates who do not qualify the PABT will still be tested for their second/third choice. At the conference held on the last day, all the assessors i.e. the Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer, discuss your personality and decide on recommending you or not. Those recommended by the AFSBs will require to fill up certain documents at the Boards and subsequently move to the next step.

Step 3 - Conducting of Medical Examinations : If you have applied for the Flying branch and are found suitable by the Selection Board, you would be sent to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore for a thorough medical examination. If you have applied for the Technical or Ground Duty Branches and are found suitable, you may be asked to return home and await a call for a medical examination or be sent directly for the medical examination.

Step 4 -Preparing All India Merit List : An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance at the AFSB and subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available, Air HQ would issue joining instructions to join Air Force Academy for the training.

Important Information :
The Indian Air Force inducts its personnel purely on merit basis. Do not be carried away by anyone who claims that they can influence the selection process and thereby lose precious time and resources. Have faith in your inherent abilities and put in your best

Physical Standards : Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfil some basic physical standards. Listed below are some guidelines that identify the general physical requirements that are common for all candidates.

  • You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.
  • The height and weight standards for men and women differ. Click to view the appropriate standards for each.
    A) Men
    B) Women
  • Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
  • There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  • You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
  • The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
  • An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.
  • There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
  • Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.
  • Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
  • Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.
  • You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
  • The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:
    A) Acute or chronic pelvic infection
    B) Severe menorrhagia
    C) Severe dysmenorrhea
    D) Complete prolapse of uterus
    E) Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
    F) Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist. It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force.

Medical Standards for the Flying Branch : If you are applying to the Flying Branch, you must remember that apart from the general physical standards, there are some standards that are specifically applicable to you. Listed below are the physical requirements applicable to both men and women applying to the Flying Branch.

  • Anthropometric Measurements : The acceptable anthropometric measurements are as follows :
    Men :
    Min. Height 162.5 cms without any exceptions
    Leg Length Minimum- 99 cms. Maximum- 120 cms.
    Thigh Length Maximum- 64 cms
    Sitting Height Minimum- 81.5 cms Maximum- 96 cms
    Women : Minimum Height 162.5 cm. Leg Length 99 cm.
  • X-ray X-ray of cervical and Lumbosacaral spine will be carried out.
    The following conditions detected in the X-ray will be a cause for rejection.
    A) More than mild Kyphosis/ Lordosis, Scolosis more than 15 by Cobb's method.
    B) Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.
    C) Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level.
    D) Atlanto occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
    E) Spinabifida other than LV5 & Sv1.
    F) Incomplete sacralisation unilateral or bilateral. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
  • Vision :
    A) Distant Vision 6/6, 6/9 correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. No manifest Myopia detected.
    B) Near Vision N-5 each eye.
    C) Color Vision CP-1(ML T).
    D) Manifest Hypermetropia must not exceed + 2.00 Dsph "Myopia - Nill" and Astigmatism + 0.75 DSph. .
  • Occular Muscle Balance : Hetrophoria with the Maddox Rod Test must not exceed:
    At 6 meters Exophoria 6 prism Diopters
    Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
    Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
    At 33 cm. Exophoria 16 prism Diopters
    Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
    Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
  • Binocular vision : must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude & depth).
  • EEG : Routine EEG should be within normal limits.
  • The following are however conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:
    • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
    • Severe menorrhagia
    • Severe dysmenorrhea
    • Complete prolapse of uterus
    • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
    • Any other gynecological condition, if so considered by the specialist

 


 
 

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