How to be a Pilot in Indian Airforce

In order to become a Pilot in Indian Airforce. There are many ways to join Indian Airforce as a Fighter pilot or Transport Pilot or helicopter Pilot in the Indian Airforce. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the complete details about how to be a Pilot in Indian Airforce. To get complete details about this, check the complete article below. I have given details like  Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process and Age Limit required to become pilot in Indian Airforce.

How to be a Pilot in Indian Airforce

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How to be a Pilot in Indian Airforce:

To be Pilot in the Indian Armed forces. One will have to be medically and physically to join the service. You can also become a pilot in the Indian Army and Indian Navy etc. One can become a fighter Jet Pilot, fighter helicopter Pilot, Transport Pilot or transport Helicopter pilot etc. The Eligibility Criteria and selection process is completely different for each. Here we will talk about How to become Pilot in Indian Airforce and will discuss the eligibility criteria and age limit that is required to apply for this.

There are three ways to become a pilot in the Indian Airforce. The Eligibility Criteria and the selection process is a bit different. Here are those ways to be Pilot in Indian Airforce.

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Ways to Join Indian Airforce as Pilot:

There are three ways to become a pilot in the Indian Airforce.

  • NDA (National Defence Academy)
  • CDS (Combined Defence Service)
  • AFCAT (Air force Common Admission Test)

The NDA and CDS Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice in a year. A candidate can appear for this examination. here is the Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process of NDA Examination and CDS Examination.

National Defence Academy:

Selection Process:

A candidate will have to appear for the Written Examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. A Candidate who will clear this phase they will appear for the SSB Interview and then Medical Examination etc. In an easy way the selection would be like:

SSB Selection Process, 5 Days SSB Interview Selection Procedure

  • Written Examination
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination

Once you clear the Selection Process and get selected in the Service. You can opt for the Indian Airforce and Choose Flying Branch to be a Pilot in the Service.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidate must have physics and mathematics in 10+2.
  • If you are in class 12th. Then too you can apply.
  • Candidate must have 60% marks in PCM in 12th board.
  • Age Limit: The Age of the candidates must be between 16.5 to 19 yrs old.
  • There is no relaxation has been given to any caste or religion.
  • Age limit is the same for all the categories.

Combined Defence Service

Selection Process:

The Selection of the candidates will be done in three phases and it is mandatory to clear all three phase of selection. A candidate will appear for the Written Examination conducted by UPSC and SSB Interview and then  Medical Examination etc.

  • Written Examination
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination

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The Selection process of NDA and CDS Examination is pretty much similar but the Eligibility Criteria is completely different. Once you get selected in the Service through the CDS Examination. You can opt for the Indian Air force and Choose Flying Branch to be Pilot in the Service.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Only Indian Citizens are allowed.
  • You can apply for the CDS examination only after graduation.
  • If a candidate is in the final year of his graduation can also apply for this.
  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 with physics and mathematics and having degree in any discipline from any recognized Institute.
  • Candidate must have at least 60% marks in his graduation.
  • Age Limit: The age of the candidate must be between 19 years old to 24 years old.
  • There is relaxation has been given to any special caste and categories.

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT):

Selection Process:

The Selection Process of the candidate through the AFCAT is done through the Examination. A candidate will have to clear the three phases of the Selection process which is:

  • Computer-Based Online Examination
  • AFSB Interview
  • Medical Examination

Once you get selected in the Service, You can opt for the Flying branch in the service. The AFSB Interview is completely the same as SSB Interview there is no difference.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Candidate must have Graduation degree in any discipline with 60% marks.
  • Candidate appearing in the final semester or year can also apply.
  • Candidate should have physics and mathematics in class 12th
  • Candidate below the age of 25 must be unmarried before the commencement of the course.
  • Age Limit: The Age of the candidate must be between 19 years old to 24 years old.
  • There is no relaxation has been given in age to any caste or categories.

These are three ways by which one can become Pilot in the Indian Airforce. Now let me tell you something more about the selection process and choosing streams in the Indian Air force etc.

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How to Join Indian Airforce as a Pilot:

Once you get selected in the service as an officer. You would have three options to join the Service. These streams are:

  • Flying Branch or Stream
  • Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Branch etc.

You can join any of these branches as per your choice. If you want to become a pilot in the Indian Airforce. You have to select the flying branch. You may appear for the Re-medical Exams for the flying Branch.

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