IAF Airmen Selection

The Indian Air Force is an institution of high value. To perform various tasks on air and ground requires skilled manpower, both technical and non-technical. So as the IAF functions tirelessly guarding the Indian skies the company recruits Airmen from diverse academic backgrounds. Here given details about Selection of Airmen in Indian Air Force.

IAF Airmen Eligibility Criteria

GROUP ‘X’ Trades (Except Education Instructor)

Age : 17- 21 Years
Education Qualification: Passed Intermediate / 10+2 / equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.
Passed 3 years Diploma Course in Engineering in any stream, as shown below, from a Government recognized Polytechnic Institute with 50% marks in aggregate, and 50% marks in English in Diploma or in Intermediate/Matriculation, if English is not a subject in Diploma Course.

Mechanical Stream
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Design & Drafting)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Foundry Technology)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Machine Tool Maintenance and repairs)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Refrigeration & Air Conditioning)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Tool & Die)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Production)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (Fabrication Tech)
  •     Mechanical Engineering (CAD/CAM Design & Robotics)
  •     Mechanical (Advance Manufacturing Technology)
  •     Manufacturing Engineering/Technology
  •     Production Engineering
  •     Automobile Engineering
  •     Advanced Diploma in Refrigeration & Air-conditioning
  •     Mechatronics
Electrical/Electronics/IT Stream
  •     Electronics
  •     Applied Electronics
  •     Electronics & Communication Engineering
  •     Electronics (Microprocessor)
  •     Electronics and Avionics
  •     Electronics (Fibre Optics)
  •     Electronics (Robotics)
  •     Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
  •     Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  •     Industrial Electronics
  •     Electrical Engineering
  •     Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  •     Instrumentation Engineering / Technology
  •     Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  •     Telecommunication Engineering/Technology
  •     Information Technology
  •     Computer Engineering
  •     Computer Science & Engineering
  •     Computer Science & Technology

GROUP ‘X’: Education Instructor Trade

Age : 20 - 25 Years
Education Qualification :
(i) BA with English as one the subjects or B.Sc with Physics/ Psychology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ IT / Computer Science/ Statistics as one of the subjects or BCA with minimum 50% marks.
(ii) B.Ed degree with minimum of 50% marks from a Government recognized institute.
(iii) Graduation and B.Ed programmes should be recognized by UGC/ NCTE/ Competent accreditation authority.

Age : 20 - 28 Years
Education Qualification :
(i) MA in English/ Psychology or M.Sc in Mathematics/ Physics/ Statistics/ Computer Science/ IT or MCA with 50% marks.
(ii) B.Ed degree with minimum of 50% marks from a government recognized institute.
(iii) Graduation, Post-Graduation and B.Ed programmes should be recognized by UGC/ NCTE/ Competent accreditation authority.

GROUP ‘Y’Trades (Except Med Asst and Musician)

Age : 17- 21 Years
Education Qualification:
Should have passed Class 10 + 2/Intermediate/Equivalent exam from an education board / Institute listed in Council of Boards for School Education (COBSE) website as members, in any stream/subjects with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English as per the mark sheet of Class 10 + 2 / Intermediate /Equivalent exam.

GROUP ‘Y: Med Asstt. Trade

Age : 17- 21 Years
Education Qualification :
Passed 10+2 / Intermediate / equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate, and 50% marks in English.

GROUP ‘Y’: Musician Trade

Education Qualification :
Passed Matriculation /10th class or equivalent with minimum pass marks from any Government recognised School/Boards and should be proficient in playing at least one of the following musical instruments: Trumpet / Bass / Violin / Saxophone / Clarinet / Euphonium / Jazz-Drum / Piccolo / Bass Trombone / Key Board / Guitar / Sarod / Viola / Cello / Contra Bass (String Bass).

Physical / Mental Fitness Standards

To get selected as an Airman, the candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duties in any part of the world, climate and terrain. Physical/Medical Standards to become an Airman are as follows:-

Weight: Weight should be proportionate to height and age.
Chest: Minimum range of expansion : 5 cm
Hearing: Should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters by each ear separately.
Dental: Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.
Health: Candidates should be of normal anatomy without loss of any appendages. He should be free from all communicable diseases & skin ailments. Candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain.
Body Tattoo: Permanent body tattoos are not permitted, however tattoos only on inner face of the fore arms(inside of elbow to the wrist), back(dorsal) part of the hand/reverse side of the palm and Tribals with tattoos which are as per custom Traditions of their tribes may be considered. However, right to decide on acceptability /unacceptability of the individual rests with the Selection Centre. Candidates with permanent body tattoos are to submit two photographs(close up and distinct view) with details of size and type of the Tattoo.
(a) Minimum height acceptable for recruitment will be 152.5 cms. For the following trades the minimum required height (determined at training centres) would be as indicated:

For North East and Hill States
  • Auto Tech: 162.5cm
  • GTI and PJI: 162.5cm
  • IAF(P): 175cm
  • Musician: 162cm
Other States
  • Auto Tech: 165cm
  • GTI and PJI: 167cm
  • IAF(P): 175cm
  • Musician: 162cm
(b) Candidates from NE and Hill states includes Gorkhas, Kumaonis, Garhwalis, Assamese and those belonging to the States of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim and hilly areas of Uttaranchal.

IAF Airmen Stipend and Salary

During training, a stipend of Rs. 14,600/- per month will be paid. On completion of training the starting gross emoluments at the minimum of scale of pay including Military Service Pay (MSP) and Group ‘X’ Pay {applicable for Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades only} plus Dearness Allowance (DA) will be as follows:
Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trade
Rs. 33,100/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.
Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades
Rs. 26,900/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.
Education Instructor Trade (Sgt)
Rs. 40,600/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.


Allowances: Allowances such as Transport allowance, Composite personal maintenance allowance (CPMA), Leave Ration allowance (LRA), Children Education Allowance, HRA etc. are also admissible as applicable from time to time.
Perquisites: Perks such as Ration, Clothing, Medical facilities, Accommodation, CSD (Canteen) facilities, Leave (60 days Annual and 30 days Casual in a Calendar year as a privilege, subject to service exigencies), Recreational facilities, Transport for school going children and Leave Travel Concession (LTC) are also provided as per the existing rules. Group Insurance Cover of Rs. 37.5 Lakhs at a premium of Rs. 2300/- per month for all airmen and facility of Group Housing Scheme are also extended. Other facilities by Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) are also extended to the families of airmen.

IAF Airmen Selection Process

The IAF Airmen Recruitment is a three stage selection procedure
  • Phase-I Online Test
  • Phase-II Physical Fitness Test, AT-I and AT-II Test
  • Phase-III Medical Fitness Test

How to apply for IAF Airmen Recruitment

The recruitment notification of IAF for Airmen is published in the Employment News and Official website. Application procedure is completely online. Prospective candidates require to register with official recruitment portal.
For more information about IAF, Airmen and selection candidates can also reach to:
Central Airmen Selection Board
Brar Square,Delhi Cantt,
New Delhi-110 010
Websites: www.airmenselection.cdac.in, www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in

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