How to join Air force?


Air force, the air arm is one of the prominent wings in Armed forces whose primary responsibility is to protect airspace and to play a pivotal role in the aerial conflicts during war time. One can join Air force as Officer / Airman / Pilot / Non Combatants Enrolled and civilians. Our Indian Air Force (IAF) has strength of approximately 170,000 personnel’s and around 1,330 aircrafts. Indians can be proud to say that IAF is the world’s fourth largest air force.

Qualification to Joining the Air Force as Airman

An airman in Air Force has to make sure that all the ground and air operations are going smoothly. The minimum qualification to join as airmen is 10+2 level education with English, Mathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects. Only male candidates are eligible to join Air Force as Airmen.

Qualification for Joining the Air Force as Pilot

The recruitment of pilot in Air Force is either through National Defense Academy (NDA) test or by Combined Defence Service (CDS) Exam. For NDA, the candidates between 16½ and 19 years who have passed 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects are eligible.  For CDS, the candidates should have a first class graduation with minimum 60% aggregate in any discipline. B.E / B.Tech holders can also apply for the CDS Exam. Only male candidates are eligible for this post.

Qualification for Joining the Air Force as Officer

The candidates can join Air Force at Intermediate level / Graduate level / Engineer level / Post Graduate level based on ones qualification.

For Intermediate level entry

Male candidates whose age are between 16½ and 19 years and have passed their high school graduation are eligible to apply for the intermediate level post.

For Graduate level entry

Those who have passed the under graduate degree and between 18 and 28 years of age can apply for the graduate level post. Female candidates are also eligible for this post.

For Engineer level entry

The candidates those who have completed engineering course in any stream and are between 18 and 28 years are eligible for the graduate level entry.

For Post Graduate level entry

Those who have completed their post graduate degree and between 18 and 28 years of age are eligible for the post graduate level entry.

Qualification to Joining the Air Force as Non Combatants Enrolled and civilians

Non Combatants Enrolled and civilians are those who provide personal assistance to the officer class. Generally, they are employed in administrative and non-technical work. To join as Non Combatants Enrolled and civilians in Air Force, one has to pass the 10+2 level education.

Training Institutes in India

  • Cavalier India
  • Disha Academy
  • Ground Zero Institute
  • SQS Defence Division
  • Colonel P.R Khandekar’s Eagle Academy
  • Margadarshak Career Academy
  • Defence Academy
  • ICS Academy
  • Olive Greens
  • New Career Academy
  • Impact Coaching and Educational Services Pvt. Ltd
  • A.C Vidyasagar Classes
  • Brain Storm Academy
  • Chandigarh Defence Academy
  • Lt. Col. Deol’s Minerva Academy
  • Baalnoi Academy
  • CMI Institute
  • Test Bag Academy
  • Bolster Academia
  • Akshardham: The Competitive Exams Academy
  • Tara Institute
  • O.P Singh’s IAS Academy
Candidates can join any of these centers for specialised training. They will be able to clear their doubts and also will they will have access to past papers and mock tests conducted by these institutes.


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40 Responses to “How to join Air force?”

  1. 40
    gopi nath:

    my age is 17 now. i will get 18 years by march 31st but last date for applying airforce is march 11. am i unable to apply for air force?

  2. 39

    can i join in air force? i have completed 2nd puc with 41% in science? & i have completed hardware & networking course.

  3. 38

    what is the age limit to join from an airmen

  4. 37
    ajit singh:

    im 12 pass with commercewith physical and who can join a airforce

  5. 36
    bhanu pratap singh rajawat:

    what is the minimum % requierd in 12 to get call later

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  7. 34

    i have completed mba and i join indian air force which sector i apply in air force. and how can my application ?

  8. 33

    i complete my diploma….so hw can i join airforce????? i want to join it….imideatly…

  9. 32
    manoj reddy:

    i am studying bbm 1st year can i join air force aftr cmpleting bbm
    pls infrm me

  10. 31
    hina kaushar:

    what r the jobs for the student of bio steam after passing class12?
    Plz clear my confusions……………

  11. 30

    my daughter is studding third. i want my daughter to join in air force. we live in chennai. I want the details of the schools which give training from school age itself.

  12. 29
    dharmendra singh tanwar:

    i want make airforce pilot to my daughter.
    i saw the add 1st fighter plane pilot in pakistan history,
    and india is female fighter plane pilot less.
    i fee guilty for our country. so i decided.i will try for her success,she is appear in 8th standard.
    i am a farmer in dewas district,m.p.
    so plz send detail.
    how to elgible IAF
    Jai hind,jai bharat

  13. 28
    jotaniya archit kmvalbhai:

    i passed 12 science.
    and i register in air force.
    bt i don’t know wht patten of exam and wht prepare for pass this exam….

  14. 27
    deval suthar:

    i study in 12(science).my exam complete in march 2013.i join in air what can i do sir?…….

  15. 26

    I want to do NDA air force…….

  16. 25

    completed 12th. but i want air force job. so me what can i do?

  17. 24
    radhe nandan:

    what is the procedure of joining air force as an officer after completing diploma in aeronautical engineering ?
    which exams will i have to appear and when ?

  18. 23
    Rishav Gupta:

    call me 8084657817

  19. 22
    Diwakar singh:

    When does airforce application form be publish?

  20. 21
    Teenu Gupta:

    respected sir,
    i have done 3 years engineering diploma in ece from govt poly college.i want make a career in indian air force.

  21. 20
    Shrikant Mahajan:

    Dear sir,
    Can i join Indian Air Force while compleating degree course (BHMS) ?

  22. 19
    Rafil ahmad lone:

    My education qualification is Bsc with math, physics electronics. I am 24 years old . I can apply any post

  23. 18
    lov Dutta:


    I have Passed b,com, an i am doing job in bharthi airtel Pvt Ltd
    in Finance Department, can i apply for airforce jobs for any dept
    pls Reply me ASAP
    Name - Lov Dutta
    Birth - On Aug 08/1987
    Language - English, Hindi,Bengali an Assamese
    Thanks Regards
    Lov Dutta

  24. 17
    dhiraj singham:

    i have passed isc with 63.6 percent .can i apply for airforce jobs

  25. 16
    tarun kohli:

    dear sir/mam i am tarun kohli and my date of birth is 24-05-1994 and i want give the nda exam but there is age limit of 16 to 19 yrs but my form is not filled what can i do now.pls rply me .

  26. 15
    omprakash kudi:

    Dear Sir I Am Omprakash Kudi Ward No.05 Shyam Publick School Shrimadhopur Distt.Sikar State Rajasthan I Am Passed March 2010 Arts Facalty 71.05% Rajasthan Board Ajmer My Father Late Sir Muja Airforce Bajna Ka Mara Papa Ka Sapna Tha Papa Ki Death 26feb.2010 Ko Ho Jana Ka Karan Main Aanga Nahi Pandh Sanka Main Airforce Join Karna Cahata Hoon Sir Chaha Muja Airforce Main Fourth Grade {Chaprasi} Hi Kyon Na Post Ki Noukari Mila Main Asha Karta Hoon Ki Sir AAP mARI hELP Jarur Karoga Bhagwan Apaka Bala Kanra …

  27. 14

    sir,from where i.e which site can i fill the online form for NDA. and when is the last date for it?do reply

  28. 13

    Sir,plse send me the detail information about the selection procedure in Indian Air Force with minimum qualification and age(for male only).

  29. 12
    Mandeep1 singh:

    Sir any wing for sport in airforce? If yes i do this how to

  30. 11
    aniruddha wagh:

    can i join air force in 2nd year of engineering in IT steam..

  31. 10

    Can you please tel me what if i get 55/- % marks in my graduation ? Will i be eligible to apply for the above mentioned courses.. ????

  32. 9
    sai gopal:

    how much height is needed to join iaf, &when iaf application forum r going to release

  33. 8

    how to join indian airforce after complete diploma. bcz i have completed my diploma in mechatronics engg so… i want join airforce

  34. 7

    sir gud evening my name is nagu iam complating ITI tecinical branch iam interesting airforce

  35. 6

    I Am A B.Pharm student. How i can Join the Indian Air Force.

  36. 5
    senin menon:

    i am completed BBA degree and how can i join in IAF

  37. 4
    Bijender Singh:

    Sir, My daughter is studying in 11th std. with PCMB and she wants to become an Air Force Pilot. Pl. let me know what she have to do for this post as she is determined and very confident to serve the nation as a Pilot. Pl. guide me the further course.

    Bijender Singh

  38. 3
    jinu joseph:

    i am persuing B.B.A second year .my intermediate subject was commerce. and how can i join in air force?

  39. 2
    adiotya chaware:

    me India air fors join karna chahata hu pa me abhi 12 stadard me hu or muze abh Indian air fors join karnahe . me kya karu ?

  40. 1

    iam studying postgradution in maths subject.iam eligible for which post in air force?