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How to become a Fighter Pilot in IAF

If you are thinking to become a fighter pilot and hunting for the detailed info. Then absolutely you are at right place. As we are giving you all the required details.You will come to know how to become a fighter pilot in Indian Air Force after 12th, graduation and post graduation, age limit, selection process and many more. Let’s kick off the discussion now……………………..

How to join IAF as a Fighter Pilot

The Flying Branch of IAF can be further divided into three sub-branches- Fighter Planes, Transport Aircraft and Helicopters. To join an IAF as a Fighter Pilot there are several ways. We will discuss it separately.

  1. Through NDA Exam (National Defence Academy)
  2. Through CDS (Combined Defence Services)
  3. Through AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)
  4. NCC Entry Mode

1) Through NDA Exam (National Defence Academy)

One of the prestigious academy after passing 12th class. Male candidates who passed 12th with science stream (Maths+Physics) are eligible for flying branch.

  • Gender: Only males (Unmarried)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Age Limit: 16-1/2 – 19 Years
  • Educational Qualification: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school Education with Physics and Mathematics, or equivalent
  • Mode of Selection: 1) NDA Written Examination 2) SSB Interview  3) PABT Test 4) Medical Examination 5) All India Merit List
  • After full filling all the mentioned details you will enter in flying branch & there you have to pass the training which again a bit challenge for you, for more details read this article: Fighter Pilot training in Indian Air Force
  • Advertisement publishes twice a year in May and December months

Also Read:

Tips for SSB Interview

NDA exam Eligibility Criteria

2) Through CDS (Combined Defence Services)

  • Gender: Males and Females
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Age Limit: 19-23 Years
  • Educational Qualification: Degree from a recognised University (Physics and Mathematics in 10+2) or Bachelor in Engineering
  • Mode of Selection: 1) CDSE Written Examination 2) SSB Interview  3) PABT Test 4) Medical Examination 5) All India Merit List
  • Then you have to pass clear all the three phases of Flying Pilot Training
  • Advertisement publishes twice a year in November and July months

Also read:

  1. PABT Test Detailed Info
  2. PABT Tips

3) Through AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)

  • Gender: Males and Females
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Age limit: The required age limit should be between 20 years to 24 years
  • Educational Qualification: Candidate must have passed graduation with 60% marks and essentially required maths, physics in class 10+2 or B.Tech/B.E. degree from a recognised university with minimum 60% qualification marks.
  • Mode of Selection: 1)AFCAT written exam 2)SSB Interview 3) PABT Test 4) Medical Examinations 5) All India Merit List.
  • Advertisement publishes twice a year in May and December months

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4) NCC Entry Mode

Gender: Males

Marital Status: Single

Age Limit: 19 – 23 years

Educational Qualification: Graduate degree in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks aggregate and you should have passed in Math and Physics in your Class 12th examinations or equivalent

Mode of Selection: If you have secured “A” or “B” grade in NCC C certificate then you have to face SSB Interview (Same process as given above)

NCC Entry, only cadets possessing Air Squadron NCC Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate are eligible to make use of this entry scheme. Eligible candidates are to apply through DG NCC or through their respective NCC Air Squadron.

Advertisement is published in April and October Every Year

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  1. Which is the best way to join IAF in flying branch directly after 12th or wait till graduation or engineering…..if after 12th what should be the percentage in science……..

    1. There are both options available for you: Either after 12th or after graduation. I recommend you to join after graduation through various entries: AFCAT, CDS etc….If you are wishing to join after 12th read here: http://ndaexamresult.com/how-to-become-airman-in-iaf/

    2. There are both options available for you: Either after 12th or after graduation. I recommend you to join after graduation through various entries: AFCAT, CDS etc….If you are wishing to join after 12th read here: http://ndaexamresult.com/how-to-become-airman-in-iaf/

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