How to join IAF in the flying Branch after Graduation?


As one of the most prestigious wings of the Indian defense service, the Indian Air force, offer career opportunities to people who are interested in the same. A career with the Indian Air Force can be considered as not only challenging but also as lucrative.  The details on how to join the Indian Air Force subsequent to the completion of graduation is given below.

Branches Available For the Candidates to Join In the IAF

Aspirants have the chance to join 3 branches in the Air Force. They are:

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Branches

Training Institutes in India

  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
  • Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore.
  • Air force Training Technical College, Jalahali.
  • Airmen Training School (ATS)
  • College of Air warfare, Sikandrabad.
  • Communications Training Institute
  • Electronics Training Institute
  • Elementary Flying Training School, Beeder (AP).
  • Fighter Training Wing, Hakimpeth.
  • Flying Instructors School, Tambaram
  • Mechanical Transport Training Institute
  • Paratrooper Training School, Agra
  • The Administrative Training Institute
  • The Electrical And Instrument Training Institute
  • Workshop Training Institute

Qualification to Joining the Indian Air Force as Officer

Candidates who join the Combined Defence Services Examination must be graduates with specialization in science. Those students who are going to write their final year paper will also be allowed to sit for the exam. Candidates must be no less than 19 years of age. They should also not be above 23 years of age.

Candidates who are holders of Air Wing Senior division ‘C’ Certificate can join the Air Force. They should also be graduates in any discipline. Those students who have finished their BE or B.Tech course can also apply by this method. The aspirants must not be below 19 years and not above 23 years when they apply.

Candidates who wish to join by the Flying (Pilot) Short Service Commission must be graduates with a background in science. Those students who have finished their graduation from any other discipline are eligible to apply by this procedure too. These students must have passed their higher secondary with a minimum of 60 percent in Mathematics and Physics. The aspirants must be no less than nineteen years when they join and they ought not to be above 25 years. The first two methods of entry can be selected only by men. The third method can be opted by both men and women.

Modes of Entry

There are 3 modes by which a candidate can join the IAF. They are:

  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
  • National Cadet Corps Special Entry ( Through CO NCC Unit / DG NCC )
  • Flying (Pilot) Short Service Commission (For Men & women) with Term of Engagement of 14 Years with no further extension

Selection procedure of the IAF

The selection of the students is done by 4 steps. They include:

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

The Air Head Quarters will issue instructions to those candidates who pass successfully in all four methods to join the training on the basis of the seats that are available.



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86 Responses to “How to join IAF in the flying Branch after Graduation?”

  1. 86
    Buta Singh:

    Hello sir, i am a student of B.A final year.I want to know that can i join IAF after complete my B.A and how much percentage required for joining?

  2. 85

    sir i am study in me i want to join in air force in officer level please sir guide me

  3. 84
    Ajith.s: i am doing second year aeronautical engineering. I dream is to become a fighter jet pilot in indian airforce. Now i am 19 years family is financially very bad. After finish my engineering cource how can i become a jet pilot with out spend lot of money? since my family is financially dull. What are the steps i need to take? Can i fullfill my dream? Plz …. Give me clear answer

  4. 83

    I am a post graduate teacher in English and 26 yrs old. Now i want to know whether i can join IAF ?…

  5. 82
    soumya shree sahoo:

    i am continuing my in mathematics. i am 22 years. i want to join indian airforce. please say how could i join this field.

  6. 81
    Sachin Bhawsar:

    Hello sir I am sachin bhawsar and I want to join the IAF flaying brach and I am student of BCA 1st sem can I join the IAF flaying branch. Kindly guydence me sir and what is the process it.

  7. 80

    can i join air force flying branch after finishing

  8. 79

    hai sir my name is durgarao i compleetd my betech (civil) am interested to join IAF can u tell me the whole procedure for joining in air force this is my mobile no 8341426216

  9. 78

    what kind of books should i refare for the entranse exam.

  10. 77
    anil thakur:

    G.m Sir, i want to know about indianairforce after may 10+2/ Non.Med

  11. 76
    Shete somnath:

    I am shete somnath
    l am complete my be in mechanical
    i have 52% aggre mark i want join indian air force plese guide me
    what requirment& books
    mail id is [email protected]
    mn- 7387182466

  12. 75
    sree harsha:

    can the B.i.p.c student after 12 have a option to join in flying branch air force

  13. 74

    how i can join IAF in fling branch after complete B.Pharmacy

  14. 73
    Rajeev Sharma:

    Can I join Indian Air Force for Flying Wing . I have done B.Tech in mechanical engg but I have passed age of 24. So tell can I or not.

  15. 72
    Sonali shingote:

    I gave H.S.C. Examination in PCMB group. I want to join IAF. so please tell me which branch i will take in engineering? And what other branches of graduation for join to IAF(Flying Officer). Plz suggest me…

  16. 71

    sir I am study in diploma mechanical branch 4th sem. my aim is IAF in flying branch and my DOB is 20-04-1991. can i apply for it plz. send me details….it is my childhood dream sir so plz. sir help me….

  17. 70
    Sudhir yadav:

    Sir,i am doing (mechanical branch) final year.How to apply officer post in indian airforce.

  18. 69
    santhosh kumar:

    sir i am doing in aeronutical engineering in first year .my aim is IAF in ground duty branch send me detals about the procedures pls sir

  19. 68
    rudra srujana:

    gd evening si please send me the details of iaf and wat is the role of flying branch for female and age limit my DOB is 22-09-1989 can i apply for it now

  20. 67

    Hello sir,my name is doin my Bachelor of Engineering degree in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING in the secnd year 4th sem presently. my question is, wen i am in my final year,my age will be 23yearz,. but it will be 23 yearz n 4months wen the flying branch courses commence in the month of january 2016. (my D.O.B= 8/8/1992) .. am i eligible fur the course at that age ?? please reply .. jai hind.

  21. 66
    ankit kumar:

    sir i am doing but my aim is making pilot in indian airforce sir plz guide me and told me that what can i make a pilot in indian airforce

  22. 65

    i am doing B.E mechanical engineering ,how can i join in IAF as pilot.send me the detals about the procedures.

  23. 64

    sir i m doing bca but my sole aim is to join IAF in the flying branch……please guide me

  24. 63

    how can i join airforce in flying branch after Bsc IT

  25. 62

    now I am doing my btech in mechanical.I wanted to know whether I can apply for flying branch of IAF through CDS exam during the course of 3rd yr 2nd sem or 4th yr 1st semester or not…
    Sir, kindly reply me soon.

  26. 61

    Hai.iam a 1st year B.e student.i would like to join indian airforce in flying branch,but i dont have maths at 10th,in 2 with can i join airforce after completin my course..pls help

  27. 60
    rakshith s:

    I have completed my diplamo in computer science and now doing my BE
    And after I’m graduating I want to join IAF has pilot am I eligible

  28. 59

    respected sir , presently i have started my BE course for 4 year in mechanical branch …. is it possible that i can join in IAF after completing my BE , if yes how is it possible? if possible can you PLEASE give me guide line or guide me its my humble request ….. i hope you would reply me on my gmail account

  29. 58
    Devi Priya:

    Hi Sir,

    I’ve completed my B. Tech (Electrical) with 72.58% and i want to join the Indian Air Force but according to IAF the age limit is 23 yrs. but my date of birth is 03 May 1989 during SSB. So i was not eligible for flying. So is there any other branch or way in which i can get into the Indian Air Force.
    Please Do Reply

    Thank You Sir…

  30. 57
    Kiran bajani:

    Can i apply for afcat or iaf during 3rd year?

  31. 56
    Deepak bhandari:

    Sir my aim is pilot officer in indian air force sir presintly i am studying BSC (IT) Sir if i am joining indian air force like x group and y group so sir can i give Pilot aptitude battery test and combined Defence service exam

  32. 55
    vipin sahu:

    sir i scored 64 in 10+2 and in 10+2 my subject is biology,can i join air force if yes then please tell me from which-which branch i will be eligible for air force

  33. 54
    Ashem Romen:

    Sir i have finished my Graduation In BCA with 62% overall. Can i join Indian Airforce as an Officer (FLYING BRANCH/ANY OTHER BRANCHES)

  34. 53
    mithilesh kumar choubey:

    sir i have scored 57.8 in 10+2 and now i am a first year student of engineering from cs branch can i join air force if not then please tell me from which-which branch i will be eligible for air force

  35. 52

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  36. 51
    virendra kumar machiya:

    I have completed my graduation B.E. with mechanical branch 75% IN 8th sem & 68% agreegate want to make career in the “AIR FORCE”.
    what should i do sir..???????????????????????

  37. 50

    sir I am a student of first year .Can I go for indian air force after com pleted my third year.What will be its fees of exam AFCAT.PLEASE CONTACT ME ON MY NO.9690185105.OR ON MY MAIL.

  38. 49

    i like to join IAF flying branch.but i dont have pilot license.

  39. 48
    Monica Zarekar:

    for medical examination in IAF for becoming flying officer .. is spectacles allowed

  40. 47
    abhay yadav:

    i am prsuing with electronics and communication branch.i wnat to know the exams date of both X and Y please tell me the as soon as possible..

    hope u answered

  41. 46
    mohit raj:

    sir i have done with 56% i.want to join iaf .colud i

  42. 45

    sir i am studying in B.E.comp . i want to join iaf after b.e. but i dnt knw procedure so plz help me.
    i hope u wil help me.

  43. 44

    sir i am studying in B.E.comp . i want to join iaf after b.e. but i dnt knw how to join so plz help me.
    i hope u wil help me.

  44. 43
    Prashant Sinha:

    Greeting Sir,
    I am doing my final yr in B.E. (Electrical). i want 2 join iaf as a pilot. but according to iaf age limit is 23 yrs. but my age will be 23.5 yrs during SSB. so i m not elligible for flying. So is there any scheme for us where age limit will be high (24 yrs , 25yrs) where i culd fight 4 d exam..
    Hope u reply.
    Thanx Sir…

  45. 42
    priya tyagi:

    hi sir,
    i m pursuing BCA (1ST) ,n i want to join IAF
    sir please tell me when i can try means in which year n which form i will have to submit for that . i have passed 10th with 85% n 12th with 69 % .

  46. 41
    karthic kumar.v:

    how to join as officer in indian air force with commerce stream line

  47. 40
    siva krishna:

    Sir, my name is siva krishna..recently i applied for airforce flying what is syllabus in written exam……..?
    how to prepare for flying branch…..?
    plz tell me………

  48. 39
    Prashant Sinha:

    My quallification is B.E.(Electrical) I want to join Indian Air Force as Flying Branch (Pilot). But my D.O.B. is July 1989.

  49. 38
    k ayyappa naidu:

    is final year student can apply any job in IADIAN AIR FORCE

  50. 37

    i hv cmpleted my 10+2 in non med wid 58.2 percent nd 60 percent in math(60) nd phy (58) …. can i join IAF in flying branch

  51. 36
    vikash kumar:

    is hight is necessary, cauz i m 5.4 ft high.

  52. 35

    In Aug 2011 i completed aircraft maintenance engineering. Its under Dgca
    And i wish to join I A F
    Is i can join I A F considering this qualification
    If yes how can I apply for it.

  53. 34

    dear sir

    i completed my MBA in 2010, can i join IAF after MBA.

  54. 33

    i completed my 10th exam with 62% and10+2 in science field with 50% & now i m doing 2nd year with subjuct physics & statistics. can i join indian air force ? if yes plz give me delails

  55. 32

    hello sir i m a student of engineering from Electronics Communication branch currently in 7 th semester nd want to join IAF . plz tell me procedur of selection nd imp dates of declration of forms? plz plz plz

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  57. 30

    I have completed 10+2 with 80% marks and also completed B.Sc. my age is 24 years. how to join IAF?

  58. 29

    I have completed my graduation in pure science and achieved 80.3 in m.p.c in intermediate. I am 24 years old. can i join in IAF?

  59. 28

    i completed my 10+2 in commerce & now doing this year nd i m of 19 years old. can i join indian air force ?

  60. 27
    piyush singh:

    how can i join Indian Airforce after completing engg in information science branch

  61. 26

    its that in 1oth &12th 60% is necessary or without that much we can apply.

  62. 25

    sir , i am a commerce student , i m into my last year , i want to apply CDSE air force examination , plsss plsss plssss tell me how should i apply & where to apply.. Urgently Plsssssss . i ll be very thnkful to u .

  63. 24
    anvesha singh:

    hi,myself anvesha singh,m pursueing b.e in mechanical branch ,m in pre final year,in my final year can i apply for flying branch in INDIAN AIR FORCE?

  64. 23

    this is binoy from doing my u.g degree final year,going to finish in this academic year.please guide me how to join in indian air force fliying branch

  65. 22
    Ravi bhushan:

    sir i want to know that i m student of commerce and i want to join iaf flying division after graduation is it possible pls gave me information im 1st yr student .

  66. 21
    parteek malik:

    i hav 81% in 10th but 58% in 12th. ..
    can i give IAF exam… plz plz plz reply on my mail….

  67. 20
    vaibhav bairagi:

    my self vaibhav bairagi and my birth day date is 10/04/1989.what can i join air force or not and which dipartment.please reply sir,
    thank you.

  68. 19
    Narinder Singh:

    i have passed 10+2 with physics and maths from nios and i am
    completing 3rd year from md university.
    can i join indian air force in the flying branch

  69. 18

    i am ashish shukla i am complet graduation and my date of berth 18/07/1989 how use to join IAF

  70. 17
    Vishva rathod:

    my self vishva.i had passed the 12th science with 59percentage than i am joining diploma in e.c. My age is now 19 so i want to know that can i join iaf after complete the diploma in e.c.?

  71. 16

    sir/madom, my self manju. My date of birth 18/dec/1987 .flying branch application are already posted, application will be eligible or not eliglble! Yes or no . Sir pls reply.

  72. 15
    Mayank Yadav:

    I am currently 24 yrs of age.
    Is there any option, through where I can enter IAF in Flying Branch…from where I can look forward to be a flying officer.
    And also, can I look forward to enter through technical branch and then switch over to Flying branch by giving PCVT.
    Reply soon.

  73. 14
    Shrikant banduke:

    Respected sir,my age is 18yr 6month (dob 28.11.1992). Now i take admission in b.e. 1st yr.Acc to this in yr 2014 iam in 6th sem. And i wan to give cds for air force academy. How many time they will give to complete my 8th sem final yr

  74. 13

    sir i wanted to join flyin but i don hav 60% in my college.. am an ncc we have intelligence like we do in the army???? are women allowed in it????? if i want to join the intelligence in iaf then wat are criterias i ll have to meet?????

  75. 12

    Iam student of final year in electronics and telecommunications , want to do career in IAF , so plz tell me about future of IAF .

  76. 11

    sir i am sachin. I have completed my BSc. Computer science with first class can i apply for air force and for which branch my age is 21 years

  77. 10

    i completed my this year nd i m 19 years old. Cn i join iaf?

  78. 9
    surendra singh:

    How to join indian air force in ground duty branch after graduation with bio subject………..?

  79. 8

    sir if there is any special entry for in service airmen to join flying branch….. or age relexation….. or any other benifit

  80. 7
    Sk. Ashiqul Islam:

    sir i am B.Sc(H) 1st year in math.after completing graduation how can become airman.

  81. 6
    abhinav gupta:

    how can i become an indian airforce piolet after/with my BE degree in mechanical? and how should i prepare for it?

  82. 5
    Ankit Singh:

    sir, i am in pre final yr b.e . please inform me how to apply & join the indian air force.pls sir.
    thanking you
    your’s sincerely
    Ankit Singh

  83. 4

    hello sir,
    myself amarjeet, i m from uttrakhand.i am completed bba in 2010 nd i wanna to jon IAF..nd i m born 04 march 1989 .is im able to join the iaf.if yes then how .please guide me.

    thanking you

  84. 3

    what is the procedure to join the indianairforce after 3yr diploma in electronics.

  85. 2

    hello sir….

    Myself Manasi. I am from Deogiri college, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
    I just completed my graduation from science. I want to join INDIAN AIR FORCE.
    I was the NCC cadet (C grade) and also TAEKWONDO player (ALL INDIA IUT SILVER MEDALIST).
    Please, guide me to join AIR FORCE as an officer.

    Thanking you.

  86. 1
    jyoti kholiya:

    sir, i’m a student of B.E 3rd year,specializing in computer science engg. I want to know about EKT exams,when it will be held and notification as well. Which BOOKS must be reffered for this examination?