To become a fighter pilot is the dream of every young lad of the country but
for most of them it remains a dream forever. There are only a few lucky one�s
that can reach the most cherished cock-pit of the fastest flying machine on this
earth. The machine that can even beat the speed of the sound. Armed Forces offer
excellent career opportunities to the adventurous young candidates to��
become pilot. It is a career that offers immense facilities, a privileged
lifestyle and of course, honor in serving the country.
Air Force Pilot Eligibility
To become an IAF Pilot you can avail one of the following Opportunities.
To join the NDA you need to fulfill the following requirements:
1. Educational Qualification
To be eligible for joining NDA you should be passed/appeared 10+2 with Physics
and Mathematics as subjects.
2. Age : 16-1/2� years to 19 years
3. Nationality : Indian
4. Gender :�This is applicable only to men.
5. Physical Standards
General physical requirements 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
- The height and weight standards for men and women differ.
- 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
- There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for
hydromel and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months
prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any
- 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
- 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 pyorrhea.
No 2. Through
Combined Defense Services Exam (CDSE)
To join threw CDSE you need to fulfill the following requirements:
1. Educational Qualification
- First Class Graduation (min 60% aggregate marks) in any discipline
(Three Years Course) with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.
- First Class (min 60 % aggregate marks) B.E./B.Tech. (Four years).
- Final Year students can also apply, provided they don�t have any backlog
and min 60 % aggregate marks in the previous year/ semester.
2. Age :� 19 years to 23
3. Nationality : Indian
4. Marital Status : Single.
How to be an IAF Pilot�
To become an IAF Pilot one has to follow the
below given steps
Step 1 -Scrutiny of Applications
After scrutiny of application for the eligibility-sent by you to the IAF-you
will receive a call letter with further instructions.
For seeking entry into the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your
applications need to be sent to UPSC, New Delhi. It 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.
Step 2 -Testing Officer Like Qualities
After successfully clearing 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.
Short Description of the Test
The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a
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.
The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests:
Schedule for Flying Branch
- Day 1 Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (Most Important Test)
- Day 2 Phase I & Psychological Tests
- Day 3 Group tests
- Day 4 Group tests Interview
- Day 5 Interview
- Day 6 Conference
Most Important test to become� an
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.
Only those candidates who qualify in Phase I shall be retained at AFSB for
further testing of Phase II 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 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.
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 of a
The Flying branch includes Fighter pilots-the elitist bunch of persons of the
Air force) who fly combat or fighter planes (like Mirage 2000, MIG 29, MIG 27,
Jaguar, MIG 25, MIG 23 and MIG 21) carrying ammunition and missiles; Transport
pilots who fly planes (like huge IL 76 (Gajraj) and AN 32 ) which carry men and
materials, and Helicopter(like MI-17) pilots who provide air support to a moving
army, or are used for para-dropping men and supplies. It depends upon your
performance in the training which plane you will be flying of after completing
your training in the academy.
Air Force Pilot Career Options
Once inducted in the IAF as pilot you can move
on to the following given position with the ability and experience of your
- Flying Officer
- Flight Lieutenant
- Squadron Leader
- Wing Commander
- Group Captain
- Air Commodore
- Air Vice Marshal
- Air Marshal
- Air Chief Marshal- Top most post of Indian Air Force-