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How to join Indian Air Force 2024 - Know the best ways to join IAF here

How to join Indian Air Force 2024 - Know the best ways to join IAF here

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on Dec 20, 2023 03:32 PM IST | #NDA

Many people across India aspire to join the defence services. Being a part of the Indian defence services (such as the Army, Navy, and Air Force) is considered a very honourable profession.Candidates typically join the Indian Air Force through exams and other schemes such as the through exams like NDA, AFCAT, CDS and University Entry Scheme (UES).

Posts in the Indian Air Force are very sought after. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that many lakhs of candidates attempt to get recruited by the Indian Air Force on a yearly basis. On this page, we discuss the best ways a candidate can get recruited into the Indian Air Force. Candidates wondering how to join the Indian Air Force can consult the material below for information about which exams to take and their respective eligibility criteria.

How To Join the Indian Air Force?

Applicants can check the table below for the different ways to join the Indian Air Force and the minimum educational qualification required to appear for that particular exam.

Know how to join IAF and the eligibility

Qualification

Name of entry

10th (Diploma) and 12th pass

Air Force Group X & Y

12th Pass and appearing

NDA & NA

Graduation

UPSC CDS

AFCAT

UES

NCC Special Entry

Various IAF exam dates 2024

Entry

Notification/Application

Exam

AFCAT 1

To be announced

To be announced

AFCAT 2

To be notified

To be notified

CDS 1

December 21, 2022

April 16, 2024

CDS 2

May 17, 2024

April 21, 2024

NDA 1

December 21, 2022

April 16, 2024

NDA 2

May 17, 2024

April 21, 2024

Airmen Group X &Y

To be announced

To be announced

NCC Special Entry

To be announced

Direct Entry

Different ways to join IAF

Below are six different ways to join the IAF and some other details about each of the IAF exams.

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

Indian Air Force is the exam conducting body for the AFCAT exam. The AFCAT exam is the most preferred competitive exam to join the Indian Air force as an officer. AFCAT is conducted twice every year. The AFCAT 2024 application form is released on the IAF official website.

The AFCAT selection process consists of a written test, an AFSB interview and a medical test. Candidates clearing all the stages of the AFCAT 2024 recruitment will be commissioned in the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches of the Indian Air Force.

AFCAT exam overview

Conducting Body

Indian Air Force

Name of the exam

Air Force Common Admission Test

Frequency

Twice a year

Exam type

Graduation

Mode of exam

Online

Mode of application

Online

Application fee

250/-

AFCAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Branch

Age limit

Educational Qualification

Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical)

20 to 24 years

Graduation

Flying branch

20 to 26 years

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2024

IAF prescribes the AFCAT 2024 syllabus for the AFCAT and EKT exams. The AFCAT and EKT exams will be conducted online at various centres across the country. Check the AFCAT 2024 exam pattern in the tables below.

AFCAT exam pattern

Subject

Duration

No. of Questions

Max Marks

General Awareness

120 minutes

100

300

Verbal Ability in English

Numerical Ability

Reasoning and Military Aptitude

EKT (For Ground Duty Technical Branch only) exam pattern

Subject

Duration

No. of Questions

Max Marks

Mechanical

45 minutes

50

150

Computer Science

Electrical and Electronics

Combined Defence Services (CDS)

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the exam conducting authority for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination. Candidates fulfilling the CDS eligibility criteria 2024 can fill the CDS 2024 application form on the UPSC website - upsc.gov.in. The CDS selection process 2024 consists of a written test and SSB interview. Candidates clearing the CDS exam's recruitment process will be recruited to any one of the three defence services i.e. Indian Army, Navy or Air Force.

CDS exam overview

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

Name of the exam

Combined Defence Services

Frequency

Twice a year

Exam type

Graduation

Mode of exam

Offline

Mode of application

Online

Application fee

Rs 200

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2024

Courses

Age limit

Educational Qualification

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 to 24 years

Graduation

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men)

19 to 25 years

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

CDS Exam Pattern 2024

UPSC prescribes the CDS 2024 syllabus for the CDS written exam. The UPSC CDS written exam will be conducted in offline mode at various centres across the country. Check the CDS 2024 exam pattern in the tables below.

CDS Exam Pattern For INA, IMA & IFA

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration

Elementary Mathematics

100

100

2 hours

English

120

100

2 hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 hours

Total

340

300

6 hours

CDS exam pattern for OTA

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration

English

120

100

2 hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 hours

Total

240

200

4 hours

National Defence Academy (NDA)

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the exam conducting authority for the National Defence Academy (NDA) examination. Applicants fulfilling the NDA 2024 eligibility criteria can fill the UPSC NDA 2024 application form online on the UPSC website - upsc.gov.in. The NDA 2024 selection process consists of a written exam and SSB interview. Applicants qualifying all the stages of the NDA recruitment process will be recruited as officers in the Indian Defence Services.

NDA exam overview

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

Name of the exam

National Defence Academy

Frequency

Twice a year

Exam type

12th passed

Mode of exam

Offline

Mode of application

Online

Application fee

Rs 100

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024

Exam

Age limit

Educational Qualification

NDA 1 and 2

16.5 to 19.5 years

12th passed or appearing

NDA Exam Pattern 2024

UPSC prescribes the NDA syllabus 2024 for the National Defence Academy written exam. The NDA written test will be conducted in offline mode at various centres across the country. Check the UPSC NDA 2024 exam pattern in the tables below.

NDA exam pattern

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration

Mathematics

120

300

2 hours 30 minutes

GAT

150

600

2 hours 30 minutes

Total

270

900

5 hours

Indian Air Force Group X & Y

After completing their class 12th exams candidates can also join the Indian Air Force through the Airmen Group X and Y entry. This exam is also conducted twice every year. Candidates fulfilling the Airmen Group X and Y eligibility criteria can fill the Airmen Group X and Y application from. The upper age limit to appear for this exam is 21 years. For more information on the IAF Group X and Y entry eligibility check the table below.

IAF Group X and Y eligibility criteria

Group

Eligibility

Group X (Except education instructor trade)

Passed Intermediate/ 10+2/ Equivalent examination with Maths, Physics and English

Group Y (Except Automobile Technician, GTI, IAF(P), Musician and IAF(S)

Passed Intermediate/ 10+2/ Equivalent Exam in any stream with minimum 50% marks and 50% marks in English

Group Y (Medical Assistant Trade)

Passed 10+2/Intermediate/ equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with a minimum of 50% marks and 50% marks in English

IAF Group X and Y exam pattern 2024

Indian Air Force Group X and Y syllabus is prescribed by the IAF. Check the tables below for the IAF Group X and Y exam pattern 2024.

IAF Group X and Y exam pattern

Group

Subjects

Number of questions

Duration

Group X

English

20

60 minutes

Physics

25

Mathematics

25

Group Y

English

20

45 minutes

Reasoning & General Awareness

30

Group X & Y

English

20

85 minutes

Physics

25

Mathematics

25

Reasoning & General Awareness

30

Indian Air Force NCC Entry

It is a special entry provision provided to candidates for joining the IAF. Candidates with a NCC Grade C certificate and 60% marks in graduation are eligible for NCC entry. Candidates fulfilling the NCC entry eligibility criteria will be called for the SSB interview directly. Candidates can check the NCC IAF entry eligibility criteria in the table below.

IAF NCC entry eligibility criteria

Particulars

Eligibility

Nationality

Indian

Age limit

19 to 23 years

Marital status

Single

Educational qualification

Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks and passed class 12th with Physics and Mathematics

BE/ B.Tech from a recognized University with minimum 60% marks

NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate

University Entry Scheme (UES)

Indian Air Force conducts University Entry Scheme (UES) recruitment process for the final year candidates to join the IAF as officers in the different cadres. It is one of the best opportunities for candidates to join the Indian Air Force while completing their academic degree. Applicants need to fulfill the UES eligibility criteria to be eligible for UES recruitment. Applicants must also note that they should not have any backlogs at the time of SSB interview. Applicants must have 60% marks to be eligible for UES entry on completion of their degree. The IAF UES selection process comprises a group discussion round. The shortlisted applicants from UES GD round have to appear for SSB interviews followed by a medical test.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What posts is the AFCAT exam conducted for?

AFCAT exam is held for recruitment of eligible and qualified applicants to Flying Branch and Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches.

2. Is the CDS exam conducted in online mode or offline mode?

CDS exam is conducted in offline mode for all the UPSC CDS courses.

3. How many stages does the AFCAT exam have?

AFCAT 2024 exam has three stages. They as follows:

  • Online Test

  • AFSB Interview

  • Medical Test

4. What is the NDA 01/2024 exam date?

UPSC NDA 01/2024 exam date is April 21, 2024.

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Questions related to NDA

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For the NDA exam, focus on:


Mathematics: Algebra, trigonometry, calculus.

General Ability Test (GAT):

English: Grammar, vocabulary, comprehension.

General Knowledge: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, Current Affairs


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Yes, you can still fill out the NDA form even if you failed 12th class. The NDA eligibility criteria for educational qualification state that you must have passed a 10+2 exam or equivalent. There is no restriction on the number of attempts you took for 12th board exams.Since you have not passed 12th yet,  mention yourself as a "12th Appearing" student in the application form.

CBSE private students are valid for the NDA exam and most other competitive exams in India. There's no discrimination against private students when it comes to eligibility. The focus is on passing the qualifying exam (10+2 or equivalent) from a recognized board like CBSE.

While you can appear for the NDA with a 12th appearing status, it's crucial to pass your 12th board exams before the SSB interview stage. The SSB interview cannot be attended without a valid 12th pass certificate.Keep in mind the age limit for appearing in the NDA exam. You should be between 16.5 and 19.5 years old when you apply.

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The application fee of NDA examination is Rs 100 for General/ OBC/ EWS category aspirants and for SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs, it is free of cost.

These are the credentials and details needed for NDA application:

  • Active email ID and mobile number.

  • Scanned photograph and signature.

  • Valid photo ID card details.

  • Other NDA exam registration details/documents and certificates (if applicable).

  • Basic personal and academic details

  • NDA form fee payment details - Visa/Master/Rupay debit or credit card/UPI payment or by using internet banking of any bank etc

Please visit the website by clicking on the link given below for more information:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-application-form#toc_2

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Yes, you are eligible to join the army wing of NDA. The eligibility criteria for joining army wing in NDA is completion of 12th standard from State Education Board or a University. Candidates from any stream can join the army wing of NDA.

But for joining the Air Force and Naval wing of NDA, one has pass 12th standard with with Physics and Mathematics from State Education Board or a University.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link given below:

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Yes, a student who has passed their 12th grade with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) and meets the age and physical fitness requirements can apply for the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam. However, the admission process also involves clearing written exams and interviews conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).


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