you seek to "touch the sky with glory"; the Indian Air Force is
the "ideal target". Imagine being the master of the blue sky...
adrenaline pumping... as you fly a fighter jet like Sukhoi-30, Mirage-
2000, Jaguar or the MiG variants, transport troops and supplies
in an IL-76 or a AN-32 or hug the tree tops by flying
helicopter gunships like Mi-35 or Mi-25, all the while in
total control. That's what the Indian Air Force (IAF) offers- a promising
and bright career complete with excitement and rewards for the aspiring.
The IAF trains you to be pilot, a navigator, an engineer, an
administrator, a fighter/Air Traffic Controller, a financial wizard, a
materials manager, a trainer-cum-instructor or an expert in Atmospheric
one can opt one of the three branches in the officer cadre ie, Flying,
Technical and Ground Duty Branches. The IAF offers a Permanent
Commission(PC) or a Short Service Commission(SSC).
Fly Your Dream Machine : In
the Flying Branch, the aspirant could be flying any of the fighter or
transport aircraft or a helicopter. Initially, one is commissioned in the
rank of a Flying Officer and attached to a squadron. The two modes of
entry for male candidates are through the National Defence Academy (NDA)
or the Combined Defence Services (CDS). Advertisements are released in the
months of April and November each year. After clearing the test, the
candidates with Air Force as the first choice would be called to appear
for a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) and subsequently for a series of
tests which comprise psychological test, group test and an interview.
Your Future : The job profile of Technical
Branch Officers entails handling of complex and advanced technological
system of aircraft, radars, missiles, host of weapon systems and advanced
weapon electronic network systems. Those with an engineering degree and
between the age group of 18 and 28 years can apply for a commission in the
Technical Branch through the Direct Entry Scheme. Advertisements are
released in the months of January and July each year. On the other hand,
through the University Entry Scheme (UES), IAF also provides an
opportunity for the pre-final and final year students of engineering
colleges to obtain a commission in the Technical Branch. Advertisement for
UES entry is released in the month of October each year.
Ground Duty Branch : A
Ground Duty Officer has a crucial role to play in controlling the aircraft
with hi-tech radar systems to overall administration of airbases, human
resource development and logistics management. Eligible candidates can
apply for a commission in the administrative (Fighter/Air Traffic
Controller), accounts, logistics, education and meteorological branches of
IAF. For this, one should be a graduate.
Women in IAF : IAF
was the first amongst the three wings of the Armed Forces to induct women
in the combatant role. Unmarried women candidates can apply for a Short
Service Commission in all the above branches. The age limit and
educational qualifications are the same as for male candidates.
On completion of training and being
commissioned, one would be entitled to a pay packet, which for an officer
of the Flying Branch is approximately Rs 2,04,000 per annum as his
starting salary. The corresponding figures for the Aeronautical
Engineering and Ground Duties Branches are Rs 1,56,000 and Rs 1,44,000
Also the inductee becomes eligible
for other allowances such as Rank Pay of Rs 400 per month for Flight
Lieutenant increasing to Rs 2,400 per month for Air Commodore. Typically,
a Squadron Leader of Flying Branch with nine years service would be
grossing over Rs 3,10,000 per annum. If he happens to be a test pilot, he
can add another Rs 12,000 per annum to this figure.
Apart from offering a multi-dimensional career
prospects, the Indian Air Force also provides many exciting avenues in
adventure activities like para-sailing, mountaineering, sky-diving,
rallies, trekking and rafting. It also enables to lead a satisfying and
active social life.