Indian Air Force Recruitment: The recruitment for the Indian Air Force is done on the basis of 4 step selection process. Steps of the recruitment process include written exam, Air Force Selection Board Testing, medical examination and compilation of merit list. The written exam is conducted through NDA, CDSE, AFCAT and NCC. AFSB testing consists of 2 stages. The first stage of this round consists of officer intelligence rating test and Picture Perception and Discussion Test. Second stage of testing is done in the duration of 4 to 5 days and consists of Psychological Tests, personal interview, group test and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test. The candidates clearing the AFSB testing are called for medical examination. A merit list is prepared for all the qualifying candidates after the medical examination.
Indian Air Force Recruitment
The Air force of India is the world’s 4th best air force established in the year 1932. The first flight from the aircraft of Indian Air Force was done as on April 01, 1933. Below are links for all the recruitments done for Indian Air Force.
- AFCAT 2021
- AFCAT 2019
- AFCAT 2 2018
- Indian Air Force Group C
- Indian Air Force Airmen Selection Group X and Y
Recruitment Process in AIF
The recruitment process for all the selections made by the Indian Air Force are common and have been listed below:
- Written Exam: The written exam is conducted after accepting all the applications for the particular recruitment. The written tests are through NDA, CDSE, AFCAT and NCC. The exam for NDA, CDSE and AFCAT is conducted twice a year. The candidates have to score marks more than the cut-off marks to qualify the exam. Candidates clearing the written exam are called for the Testing round conducted by the Air Force Selection Board.
- Air Force Selection Board Testing: The testing by the air force selection board is done in 2 stages. The first stage consists of Officer Intelligence rating Test and picture perception and discussion test. There is Psychological Tests, personal interview, group test and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test conducted in the round 2 of the testing. The round two is conducted in a duration of 4 to 5 days.
- Medical Examination: The candidates who clear the testing round appear for the medical examination. The medical examination is conducted in one of the 2 centres which are Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi or Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru.
- Merit List: Finally a merit list is prepared for all the candidates clearing the medical test. The all India merit list is based on the number of vacancies and the joint instructions issued by the training establishments.
About Indian Air Force
The Air Arm of the Indian Armed Forces is the Indian Air Force established on October 8 in the year 1932. The air force was formed during British India under the Indian Air Force Act, 1932. Back then, the air force was formed to work as a help to the Royal Air Force. The Indian Air Force is the 4th best air force among all the air forces in the world. The president of India always holds the rank of supreme commander of the Indian Air Force.
IAF has been into total 3 wars with Pakistan and 1 with China. The aircraft of the IAF have been broadly divided into fighter aircraft, transport aircraft and helicopters. Indian Air Force Flag consists of blue colour in the background and flag of India is the upper right corner. In the centre, the IAF flag consists of a roundel with the three colours of the Indian flag.
History of IAF
The Indian Air Force was established in the year 1932 on 8th October. It was established under the Royal Air Force with the enactment of the Indian Air Force Act, 1932. The first flight of the Indian Air Force was on 01 April 1933 with No.1 Squadron along with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and five Indian pilots. The first inventory of the Air army were four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes.
At the time of independence, along with the geographical partitions, the assets of the Indian Air Force were also divided. The name of the force changed into the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF). However, during the year 1950, the word “royal” was removed from the name and also the present roundel of the flag was also adopted. Indian Air Force fought 3 wars with Pakistan and 1 with China in its duration of existence. As on now, the Indian Air Force has 7 air headquarters in India with a huge inventory of aircraft and helicopters.
Legends of Indian Air Force
Here is the list of all the legends who fought and under the guidance of whom the country gained victory:
- Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee OBE
- Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal
- Air Cmde Mehar Singh MVC DSO
- Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh
- Fg Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon PVC
Structure of IAF
Air Force of India consists of 7 air headquarters across the notion which are listed below.
- WESTERN AIR COMMAND (Shillong, Meghalya)
- EASTERN AIR COMMAND (New Delhi)
- CENTRAL AIR COMMAND (Allahabad, U.P.)
- SOUTH-WESTERN AIR COMMAND (Gandhinagar, Gujarat)
- SOUTHERN AIR COMMAND (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela)
- TRAINING COMMAND (Banglore, Karnataka)
- MAINTAINANCE COMMAND (Nagpur, Maharashtra)
World Records of Indian Air Force
Listed below are the major world records of Indian Air Force and the name of the record holders:
LIMCA World Records:
- Air Marshal VK Bhatia PVSM, AVSM, VrC & Bar for a tandem skydiving jump at the age of 56 years from the aircraft AN-32
- Group Captain NK Prashar, JD AF Adv: was the first to fly X-Air microlight and then carry out a skydiving jump on the same aircraft.
- Sqn Ldr Sanjay Thapar VM: The man of many first in the parachuting field and ahs many other nation awards as well.
- Sqn Ldr Jay Shankar: 602 jumps as a non professional paratrooper
- Sqn Ldr MIK Reddy: 780 skydiving jumps as a non PJI in air force.
- Sqn Ldr RC Tripathi: 1040 jumps
- Sqn Ldr Vasant Raj and Flt Lt Bhawana Mane: the first couple in the Air Force to skydiving together on 30 May 2000.
- Flt Lt Kamal Singh Oberh: made a jump over South Pole on 01 Jan 2000.
- Flt Lt KB Samyal and Flt Lt Kopal Gupta
Types of Aircrafts
Below is the list of Aircraft that are the strengths of the Indian Air Force:
(i) Fighter Air Crafts:
- SU-30 MKI
- MiG-21 BISON
(ii) Transport Aircarfts:
- Boeing 737-200
- MI–17 V5
Motto of IAF
The motto of the Indian Air Force has been derived from the starting phrase of a verse of Gita. In the verse, Arjuna is praising Lord Krishna and speaking about his sky-touching glory through these words. The Indian Air Force has kept this as its motto aiming to remove the adverse conditions of an aerospace power application for the nation.