- Meenal Bhargava
An officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. To be able to lead and control, requires the ability to motivate yourself, inspire others and make tough decisions efficiently. When you join to become an Air Force Officer, IAF helps you develop leadership and management skills, preparing you fully to take on the challenge of leading in real life situations. Team work, communication skills and confidence, strategic and dynamic thinking and facing pressures with ease are grilled into an Officer during his training. An officer’s strength of character and strong moral compass make him/her stand out from the crowd at all times.
As an Officer, you will inherit a glorious heritage and timeless traditions of the IAF, blended perfectly with the latest technology. Depending on your qualifications, you could join one of the various branches in the IAF. Broadly the Air Force has three branches with further sub-streams:
- Flying Branch / Fighters; Transports; Helicopters
- Technical Branch / Mechanical; Electronics
- Ground Duty Branch / Administration; Accounts; Logistics; Education; Meteorology
Life in IAF
As an officer in the IAF, you lead a challenging, adventurous and rewarding life. As you grow in the organization, you get many opportunities along your way, like a chance for specialized training in India and abroad, option to study further, possibility to get posted in Indian missions abroad, amongst others. You become an integral part of the adventurous and challenging life Air Force offers you. We bring to you few aspects of AF officer’s life.
- Adventure: The IAF has a long standing tradition of fostering the spirit of adventure. Be it the lofty heights of Himalayas or the mysterious depths of the ocean, vast expanse of the sky or closed confines of caves, Indian Air Force Personnel have been the pioneers of adventure activities in all these spheres. As an Officer in the Air Force, you could enjoy undertaking any of the activities organized by the IAF like Aero Sports, Land Sports and Water Sports.
As an officer in the Indian Air Force, the sky is the limit for you. You start your career as a Flying Officer and can rise up to the rank of Air Marshal. The chosen one from the Flying Branch becomes the head of the family i.e. The Chief of Air Staff.
- Quality of Life
As an Officer, you’re tasked with upholding the constitution and protecting India’s freedom. The responsibility is enormous, but it’s not only about work. It is also about living well. Quality of life is an important attribute of Air Force life and has no parallel in the civil sector. The life offers you challenge, adventure, excitement, honor, prestige, self respect, content family life, safety and security for self and family and not to forget the social status, respect and esteem of your countrymen.
Air Force Common Admission Test- AFCAT 2015
The Air Force Common Admission Test will be held on 13th September, 2015 this year. The online application process for the examination started on June 27 and will be open till July 23. Applications are invited from both Male and Female Indian Citizens as per Citizenship Act 1955 for the following courses commencing in July 2016 for grant of Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Technical and Ground Duty Branches.
1) Flying Branch (Short Service Commission for Men and Women)
2) Technical Branch (Permanent Commission for Men, Short Service Commission for Men and Women)
3) Ground Duty Branch (Permanent Commission for Men, Short Service Commission for Men and Women)
Start of Receipt of Applications: 27th June 2015
Last date for the Receipt of Applications: 23rd July 2015
Date of AFCAT & EKT Exam: 13th September 2015 (Sunday)
Date of Course Commencing: July 2016
Eligibility Criteria :-
1) Flying Branch
Candidate needs to be between 20-24 years in age as on 1st July 2016 and upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (Indian) is relaxable upto 26 years as on July 1, 2016.
Graduates (Minimum 3 years degree course) in any discipline from a recognized university, with a minimum 60% aggregate marks in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level or B.E./B.Tech degree (4 years course) from a recognized university with minimum 60% aggregate marks in all papers put together.
Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible to apply.
2) Technical Branch
Candidate needs to be of 20 to 26 years of age as on 01st July 2016.
Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) AE (L): Candidates can apply if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Sections A and B examination of Associate membership examination of the institute of electronics and telecommunication engineers by actual studies with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in all papers put together.
Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) AE (M): Candidates can apply if they have undergone a minimum of four year degree qualification from a recognized university or cleared Section A and B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India by actual studies with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in all papers put together.
3) Ground Duty Branch
Candidate needs to be of 20 to 26 years as on 01st July 2016.
Administration and Logistics: Graduate Degree (Minimum 3 year degree course) in any discipline with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks of all papers put together or a Post Graduate Degree/equivalent Diploma in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks of all papers put together.
Accounts: Graduate Degree in Commerce (B.Com) (Minimum 3 year degree course) with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks of all papers put together or Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (M.Com) /CA/ICWA with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks of all papers put together.
Education: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks of all papers put together.
Physical Standards :- i) Height and Weight: Minimum height – Men & Women- 157.5 Cms with correlated weight.
- ii) All other medical criteria would be evaluated by the Air Force Medical Authorities whose decision on the fitness would be final.
Type of Commission:-
Permanent Commission: Candidates joins as Permanent Commission (PC) officers would continue to serve fit the age of superannuation.
- i) Short Service Commission: The Engagement period for SSC Flying Branch is 14 years from the date of Commissioning (Not extendable).
- ii) The initial tenure for Short Service Commission officers in Technical and Ground Duty Branches would be for a period of ten years
The AFCAT will be of two hours duration and will consist of multiple choice questions (MCQs) on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness and military aptitude. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after AFCAT.