The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was established on 8th October 1932. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of all Indian armed forces and by virtue of that fact is the National Commander-in-chief of the Air Force. The Chief of the Air Staff with the rank of Air chief marshal is the Commander.
A few ways to become a Fighter Pilot in Indian Air Force is as follows:
1. Combined Defense Services (CDS)
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE) twice a year for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
Graduates (three-year course) in any discipline from a recognised university (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level)/ BE/ B Tech (four-year course) is required. No percentage Bar is required for CDSE exam. Only men at the age of 20-24 can appear for the exam.
Check Out: CDS 1 2023 Notification And Exam Date. The notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2023 will be released on 21st December 2022 according to the Union Public Service Commission calendar. The exam is a national-level examination for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, the Officers’ Training Academy, the Indian Naval Academy and the Indian Air Force Academy. The exam is conducted twice a year and can be attempted in Hindi or English. It is an offline, written examination. The CDS 1 2023 exam will be conducted on 16th April 2023.
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2. Air force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Both male and female can give AFCAT Exam for Short Service Commission (SSC) in flying branch, it is for 14 years with no extension. The age limit should be between 20 to 24 years.
This exam is conducted twice a year (February and September) and the candidate must be Graduates (three-year course)/ BE/B Tech (four-year course) in any discipline from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
As per the previous trends, the Indian Air Force will publish the official notification of AFCAT 1 2023 in the month of December 2022. The AFCAT 1 2023 registrations will start in Dec 2022. Online AFCAT 1 2023 examination will be conducted in the second week of Feb 2023.
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3. National Defence Academy (NDA)
NDA is conducted twice a year by UPSC. The candidates who qualify the examination will have to undergo a three years training at NDA followed by flying training at Air Force Training establishments. After the completion of training, candidates get ‘Permanent Commission ‘.
Candidates must have completed their 10th or 12th with Physics and Mathematics.
Check Out: NDA 1 2023 Notification And Exam Date. According to the UPSC calendar, the NDA 1 2023 exam notification will be released on 21st December 2022. On successful passing, the entrance exam, clearing the SSB Interview, and the medical exam, candidates who complete their training at the National Defence Academy are recruited into the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The NDA 1 2023 exam will take place on the 16th of April, 2023.
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4. NCC Special Entry
Candidates having Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate holder is eligible for National Cadet Corps (NCC) Special Entry. Permanent Commission is offered for men while Short Service Commission is for men and women.
The joining will be done through the Directorate General National Cadet Corps or through your respective NCC Air Squadrons. Graduates (three year course)/ BE/B Tech (four-year course) in any discipline from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent is required.
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