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Steps to join Indian Air Force after 12th

Do you have a dream of becoming a pilot and flying aircraft in the Indian air force, if you can, that can happen right after your 10 + 2 completion? We mentioned, in this article, how one can join an Indian Air Force as a pilot after 10 + 2. The brave children can belong to the Indian Airforce family if they apply at NDA (National Defense Academy) and after its completion.

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Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force IAF is an established, innovation-based force that recognizes its commitment to greatness and courage, having completed the Platinum Jubilee of die-hard respect for the country. The IAF is a force to be counted against, and it is upgraded with new technology and its courageous staff. With a very technical and trained force to defend our skies from enemy attack, IAF is the fourth biggest air force in the world.

A profession in the Indian Air Force requires an attitude of excellence and bravery and integrity to serve the country. Many high schoolers aspire to represent their country but don’t know how to join the Indian Air Force. Here it is given it all.

These are three branches with different subdivisions that will hold a career in Indian Air Force.

  1. Non-Technical Branch
  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Logistics
  • Education
  • Meteorology
  1. Technical Branch
  • Mechanical
  • Electronics
  • Flying Branch
  • Fighters
  • Transports
  • Helicopters
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NDA Examination 

Common admission test, NDA is an examination for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) as well as Navy, Air Force, and Army wings. It is two-phased examinations i.e. written examination and SSB interview which is performed twice a year.

Steps for joining Indian Air Force after 12th as an Officer.

National Defence Academy

In June and December, the notification to NDA is issued as it is released twice a year. Only UPSC performs the written examination.

  • Nationality – Must be Indian
  • Sex – The only male can apply
  • Eligibility –  Age – 16 1⁄2 to 19 1⁄2 years of age
  • Height –  For the air force, the average height requirement is 162.5 cms. The hills of north-eastern India, Gorkhas, Garhwal, and the Kumaon will earn a relief of 5 cm whereas the candidates from Lakshadweep will enjoy 2 cms of relaxation.
  • Weight – Weight will be varying and must be related to body height.
  • Length of thighs – 64.00 cms maximum, The minimum is not specified
  • Length of legs –120 cms maximum, 90 cms minimum
  • Height of sitting – 96 cms maximum, 81.50 cms minimum
  • Size of the chest – The chest must be a minimum of 81 cm. The expanding range should be at minimum 5 cm after complete inspiration
  • Educational eligibility – Must be passed class 12th with subjects of Maths, Physics, and English with at the least level of 50% marks in total and 50% marks specifically in English. Or else, 3 years of Diploma in Engineering at any officially recognized Polytechnic Institution with a minimum of 50% mark in total, and 50% in English.
  • Syllabus – Maths and General Ability Test
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Air Force Selection Board

AFSB aims at recognizing the ability of an individual as an Indian Air Force Officer. Gandhinagar, Dehradun, Mysore, and Varanasi have the Air Force Selection Board. 

There are two phases of AFSB

Phase 1 – It is a screening test and the qualifiers pass to the next level. This includes:

  • I) Officer Intelligence Rating Test
  • II) Picture Perception and Discussion Test

Phase 2 – All eligible applicants are subjected to group tests that involve physical and mental work, Psychological tests, interviews, and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test which is only dedicated to the flying branch. The work is carried out over 5 days and is carried out by GTO, interview officers, and psychologists. 

Ground for both tech and non-tech service, Flying branches are available for entrance via NDA.

The B.Tech in NDA would be offered to all cadets with flying branch and ground duty tech and the B Sc degree would be offered to cadets with nontech ground services.

Medical Test

The Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi, or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru, shall be requested by the Selection Board, for the medical assessment of the cadets. Mostly on basis of success in the written test and AFSB interviews, an All India Merit List is created according to medical fitness. Applicants chosen for Indian Air Force will be trained at Khadakwasla in the National Defense Academy, followed by advanced training in one of the AF Training Establishments. They are commissioned and appointed as officers at each of the Air Force stations on satisfactory implementation as permanent Commission Officers.

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Thus, you can register for the UPSC NDA Exam in your 10 + 2 and 10 + 2 if you’d like to enter the Indian airforce after 10 + 2 and become a fighter pilot. Twice a year the NDA examination is performed. After you have passed the written NDA exam, you will be asked to have the 5 days SSB interview after which you have to give a medical test. You have to wait for the final NDA exam’s merit list after you have cleared your medical examination. A dream of thousands of young generation is joining the Indian Air Force. In particular, a flying branch job is very lucrative as a flying officer. Young people want glamorous, tough work. And adrenaline adventurous is the work of a flying officer. Also, the salary scale and the benefits related to the work are decent as well. Here we will show you the IAF (Indian Air Force) membership procedure on how one can join an Indian Air Force as a pilot after 10 + 2. The brave children can belong to the Indian Airforce family if they apply at NDA (National Defense Academy) and after its completion.

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