How to Become a Pilot in Indian Airforce ( All Ways )

By Vijay Gupta

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How to become a pilot in Indian Airforce

Today, in this article, I’m going to explain how to become a pilot in Indian Airforce. After reading this article, you will know about all the possible ways to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force.

That means if you wish to become a pilot in Indian Air Force, you have come to the right place.

So, without any further delay, let’s start telling the possible ways of how to become a pilot in Indian Airforce.

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What is Indian Air Force ?-

Before telling you how to become a pilot in Indian Airforce, let us make you aware of a little about the Indian Air Force so that you will get an idea of ​​what the Indian Air Force is.

Indian Air Force is one of the armed forces of India.

Whenever any air-related incident has to be taken place, the Indian Air Force is resorted to. In other words, the Indian Air Force looks after the work of air vigil or air security.

When our country was not independent, the full name of the Indian Air orce was Royal Indian Airforce but after the country became independent it was changed to Indian Airforce. Indian Air Force was established on 8 October 1932 and played an important role in World War II by showcasing its power.

To work in Indian Air Force means to dedicate yourself to the country.

There are two types of jobs in the Indian Air Force. After joining it, either you become an officer or airman. If you want to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force, you have four ways, following any one of which you can achieve your goal.

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How to Become a Pilot in Indian Airforce? –

As I told you above that there are totally four ways to become a pilot in Indian Air Force. I am going to describe them all one by one.

1. NDA exam –

It’s the most popular way to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force. This exam is conducted twice a year by UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission ).

It’s not easy to crack the NDA exam. Moreover, passing the exam is not enough, but training also has to be done successfully. Selected candidates are sent to the National Defense Academy for three years of rigorous training.

Every year lakhs of candidates apply for this exam, but only a few candidates get success.

When you successfully clear both the objective exam and training, you are posted as a pilot at any of the Air Force stations spread across the country.

If you have dreamed to become a pilot in Indian Air Force through NDA, you must have passed 12th with Physics and Mathematics otherwise you will not be able to apply for this exam. It’s mandatory to appear in the exam.

Many subjects are asked in the NDA entrance exam and they are Maths, Physics, English, Chemistry, Biology, Political Science, Economics. Apart from this, questions related to General Knowledge and Current Affairs are also asked.

Overall, if you want to get selected in the flying branch through NDA, just start your preparation from now.

2. CDSE –

CDSE is an abbreviation for Combined Defence Services Examination. As the NDA exam is conducted twice a year, in the same way, CDSE is also conducted twice a year. Another common thing about these exams is that both NDA and CDSE are conducted by UPSC. Only the way is different.

CDSE exam is not only for becoming a pilot in the Air Force, but by clearing this exam, candidates can also join the Indian Navy and Indian Military as per their choice.

After the exam, it also requires related training. That means after qualifying for the exam, candidates go through the training process.

Keep in your mind that only those candidates who are graduated from a recognized university can apply for this exam, but not 12th passed out candidates. Also, or B.E degree holders can apply for this exam. The most important thing is that most of the posts of this exam are for men only.

Women can apply for only OTA that is Officers Training Academy. It’s a short service commission. Its tenure is from 14 to 15 years only.

Overall, CDSE is for those who want to become a pilot after completing their graduation.

3. AFCAT –

There is another easy way to get into the flying branch and that is by clearing AFCAT which means Airforce Common Admission Test.

Through AFCAT, if you want to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force, you must have at least 60 percent marks in Mathematics and Physics in 12th.

In addition, while applying for this, it has to be kept in mind that you have either done graduation of three years or any four-year program ( Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Engineering ) from a recognized university otherwise you will be unable to apply for AFCAT.

Whenever there are vacancies in Flying Branch in AFCAT, it is publicly announced by IAF. The tenure of the candidates who got the job of the pilot in AFCAT is not much but up to 14 years.

4. NCC Special Entry –

It’s the last way by which you can become a pilot in the Indian Airforce. Actually, it’s an NCC special entry. Both men and women can apply for this. A permanent commission is offered only to men whereas a short service commission is offered to both. That is, women are able to work only for a short period of time.

While applying for NCC, keep in your mind that you should have at least 50 percent marks in maths and physics in your 12th board exam.

Final words –

I hope that the article has satisfied you as I’ve told you about all the ways of how to become a pilot in Indian Airforce. Now, you can choose the one which suits you the most.

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Vijay Gupta

Hello everyone, My name is Vijay Gupta and I belong to a very small town that is situated in district Hardoi, which is in Uttar Pradesh. 1. Education – I’ve completed my primary education from a private school that is situated in my hometown and upper primary, matric and higher secondary education have been completed from a government college. Well, I was an average student till class 5th, but I accelerated my preference towards studies from class six. Consequently, I passed out many classes with good positions. Even I passed out 12th with good marks ( 405/500 ) and topped my college. Due to getting good marks, I got a cheque of 500 rupees and was rewarded by the Principal of my college. After completing my 12th, I prepared twice for IIT ( Indian Institute of Technology ) from Aakash institute, but unfortunately, I failed to get selected into the best IIT colleges. But during the preparation, I was being graduated from CSJMU Kanpur. I completed my graduation in 2016 and now I’m pursuing an educational degree ( B.Ed. ). 2. Profession – Although I love teaching, but I also do blogging. Both are my favorite jobs.

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