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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Career after Engineering in Airforce

Posted by AndhraColleges.com


The Indian Air Force calls for enthusiastic and committed engineers to become a part of the Indian Air Force team. As an Engineer, you can soar into a rewarding and challenging career in the Indian Air Force. Following are the various branches in Air Force which you can choose as per your interest.

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch 
  • Ground Duty Branch

  1. Flying Branch
    As an engineer, you can enter the Flying branch through the Air Force Academy. The Air Force Academy is one of the most prestigious training establishments of the Indian Air Force. Here you will be trained either as a Fighter pilot, or a Helicopter pilot, or a Transport pilot and are a part of various peace and wartime missions.

    Modes of entry for engineers to join the Flying branch: 
    1. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
      You can take the Combined Defence Services Examination (written test conducted by UPSC) to join the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.
      Age: 19 to 23 years
      Marital Status: Single
      Nationality: Indian
      Gender: For men only.

      Educational Qualifications 
      • Any Graduate (Three Year Course)/ BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.
      • Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog.
      • No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.
      Advertisement Schedule: April and September Every Year 
    2. National Cadet Corps Special Entry ( Through CO NCC Unit / DG NCC )
      As a Air Wing Senior division 'C' Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. Men can join the Air Force through this mode of entry and will be given a Permanent Commission.

      Age: 19 to 23 years
      Marital Status: Single
      Nationality: Indian
      Gender: For men only.

      Educational Qualifications 
      • Any Graduate Degree ( Three year Course)/ BE / B Tech ( Four Year Course) with minimum 60 % marks in Aggregate in all papers put together in Graduation with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.
      • Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog and min 60 % aggregate marks in the previous year/ semister.
      • NCC Air Wing Senior Division 'C' certificate.
      Advertisement Schedule: April and October Every Year
    3. Flying (Pilot) Short Service Commission (For Men & women) with Term of Engagement of 14 Years with no further extension Both men and women are eligible to apply for short service commission in the flying branch.

      Age: 19 to 23 years
      Marital Status: Single
      Nationality: Indian
      Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

      Educational Qualifications 
      • Any Graduate Degree ( Three year Course)/ BE / B Tech ( Four Year Course) with minimum 60 % marks in Aggregate in all papers put together in Graduation with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.
      • Final Year students can also apply, provided they do not have any backlog and min 60 % aggregate marks in the previous year/ semister.
      Advertisement Schedule: March and September Every Year

      Note: 1 
      Permanent Commission: 
      If you receive the Permanent Commission from the Indian Air Force, it means that you have been accepted in service for life. You will undergo a period of training for 52 weeks, during which time; you will be given the status of Flight Cadet.

      After you have successfully completed your training, you will join the Air Force in the rank of Flying Officer. Only men are granted the Permanent Commission.

      Note: 2 
      Short Service Commission: 
      If the Indian Air Force grants you the Short Service Commission, it means that you have been accepted in service for a period of ten years. Depending upon your performance, Air Force requirements and your inclination to continue, you can extend your tenure by five years.

      Thereafter, you can extend your tenure by another five years or retire at forty whichever comes first. The Short Service Commission is granted to both men and women.

  2. Ground Duty Branch
    Ground Duty Branch: Permanent / Short Service Commission
    To join in this branch you need to qualify above mentioned entrance exams. But requirements will be differ.
    Age: 20 to 25 years
    Marital Status: Single
    Nationality: Indian
    Gender: This is applicable to both Men and Women.

    Educational Qualifications: 
    “PG in Science / Geography or MCA (Provided Maths and Physics were taken at graduation level for both PGs & MCAs)

    OR
    M Tech in Atmospheric Science from IIT Delhi with 50 % and above marks”
  3. Technical Branch
    You can apply for the Technical Branch via any of the two schemes listed below: 
    • Direct Entry Scheme: After you have completed your engineering, you can join the Technical Branch through the Direct Entry Scheme. Both Men and Women can use this mode of entry to apply to the Indian Air Force.
    • University Entry Scheme (UES)

    Direct Entry Scheme: 

    1. Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics): Permanent / Short Service Commission As an Aeronautical Engineer in the Electronics stream, you will be responsible for the communication and signals required on the Air Force station. You will also be in charge of the execution of preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft. With further in-service training, you could also move to the repair and overhaul divisions of the Indian Air Force.

      Eligibility criteria: 
      Age: 18 to 28 years
      Marital Status: Single
      Nationality: Indian
      Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

      Educational Qualification: 
      Minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together in
      • BE / B.Tech in Electronics / Telecommunication / Electrical / Communication / Electronics & Communication / Instrumentation / Information Technology /Computer Science & Engineering or a combination of these subjects.
      • Diploma in Electronics of Madras Institute of Technology.
      • B Tech in Radio Physics and Electronics / Optics and Opto Electronics.
      • MSc Degree in Physics (With Electronics) / Electronics / Computer Science / Computer Applications
      • MCA with Maths, Physics and Electronics at graduation level.
      • MSc. Tech in Electronics and Radio Engineering
      • Section A&B Examination of the Associate Membership Examination of the Institution of Engineers (India) in Electrical, Electronics or Telecommunication subjects
      • Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers with subjects of Section A & full subjects of Section B by actual studies (Maths, Applied Electronics and Circuits, Principals of Communication Engineering, Transmission lines and Networks)
      • Section A & B of Examination of Aeronautical Society of India by Actual Studies in Avionics / Communication streams
    2. Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Permanent / Short Service Commission: 
      After you join the Indian Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Mechanical stream, you could be placed at a position that requires you to be involved with preventive maintenance and servicing of aircraft or of common user and specialist application vehicles. You could also be involved in the safety and maintenance of firearms and ammunition at an Air Force Base.

      Eligibility criteria: 
      Age: 18 to 28 years
      Marital Status: Single
      Nationality: Indian
      Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

      Educational Qualification: 

      Minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together in 
      • BE / B.Tech in Aeronautical / Mechanical / Production / Industrial Production or a combination of these subjects
      • Section A and B of Associate Membership Examination of Institution of Engineering (India) with Mechanical / Aeronautical subjects by actual studies
      • Section A and B of Associate Membership Examination of the Aeronautical Society of India with Group I (Design and Production) or Group II (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) subjects by actual studies
    Advertisement Schedule: February and August Every Year University Entry Scheme (UES) Permanent Commission (For Male only)
    Educational Qualifications: The candidate must be currently studying in Pre-final year of BE / B Tech degree course in the relevant streams of engineering as mentioned above and must have secured minimum of 60% marks in aggregate up to the last semester for which results have been declared, at the time of applying / AFSB testing. There must be No backlog / arrears of papers of previous semesters. On completion of degree, minimum 60% of marks in aggregate are mandatory.

    Age: 18 to 28 years
    Marital Status: Single
    Nationality: Indian

    Application Procedure: 
    The procedure for sending your application is fairly simple. The first stage is to watch out for the advertisement inviting applications in the leading newspapers and the Employment News. After you spot the relevant ad, you send your application in the format mentioned in the advertisement, before the last date of receiving of application To see the format of application and to select the branch which you want to apply please log on to:
    careerairforce.nic.in

    Selection Procedure: 
    Selection Procedure involves
    Step 1 – Scrutiny of Applications
    Step 2 – Testing Officer Like Qualities
    Step 3 – Conducting of Medical Examinations
    Step 4 – Preparing All India Merit List

    Step 1 -Scrutiny of Applications
    The selection procedure begins immediately after you send your application forms. All application forms are first checked for eligibility after which you will receive a call letter with further instructions.

    If seek entry into the Flying Branch through the NDA or CDSE, your applications need to be sent to UPSC, New Delhi. UPSC conducts a written test twice a year in April & August (NDA) and April & September (CDSE).

    Advertisements for the examinations are released about six months in advance. Qualifying in these exams take you to step two. If you apply for Short Service Commission Flying (Pilot) or as an NCC Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate holder, your application is processed by Air HQ and call letter issued by AFSBs.

    If your have applied to the Technical Branch you will be required to appear the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT). Similarly, for non tech ground duty branches, you would require to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET). If you pass the EKT/CET, you move to the next step.

    Step 2 - Testing Officer Like Qualities 
    If you have successfully cleared Step 1, you will receive a call letter to report to any one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi and Mysore. At the Air Force Selection Boards, you undergo a number of psychological tests, an interview and group activities, which are collectively called the Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) Tests. These tests are designed to gauge your potential and suitability as an officer in the Armed Forces.

    • The Psychological Tests are written tests that are conducted by a Psychologist.
    • The Group Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor tests. We expect active physical participation from you.
    • The Interview involves a personal conversation with our Interviewing Officer.
    These tests will be explained to you in detail before they are conducted at the Selection Board.

    The following is the schedule for OLQ Tests: 
    Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force.

    PABT comprises three tests 

    • Instrument Battery Test (INSB),
    • Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and
    • Control Velocity Test (CVT).
    These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

    Step 3 - Conducting of Medical Examinations 
    If you have applied for the Flying branch and are found suitable by the Selection Board, you would be sent to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore for a thorough medical examination.

    If you have applied for the Technical or Ground Duty Branches and are found suitable, you may be asked to return home and await a call for a medical examination or be sent directly for the medical examination.

    Step 4 -Preparing All India Merit List 
    An All India Merit List is compiled on the basis of your performance at the AFSB and subject to being medically fit. Based on the vacancies available, Air HQ would issue joining instructions to join Air Force Academy for the training.

    Physical Standards: 
    Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfil some basic physical standards.

    Common General physical requirements: 
    You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight. The height and weight standards for men and women differ.

    Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.


    You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
    Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.

    There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.

    The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.

    An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.

    There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
    Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.

    Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
    Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected. You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable.

    When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

    The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties: 
    • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
    • Severe menorrhagia
    • Severe dysmenorrhea
    • Complete prolapse of uterus
    • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
    • Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.
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