Being a Pilot in the Airforce

Being a Pilot in the Airforce

Being a pilot in the Airforce is a dream of many youngsters but it is not so easy. For this, there must be strong will power and courage for this challenging and exciting role.

How to Become an Airforce Pilot? 

Airforce pilots have to undergo a very difficult training process. In which fighter plan has to be attacked from air to air during flying. It is the responsibility of the Indian Air Force to carry out the given mission. In which to destroy the enemy base, Soldiers and Civilians have to be saved. In some cases, Air Force pilots are also engaged in peace keeping missions. However, in most cases, they are also trained for attack with fighter jets.

Course to Become Pilot in Airforce

It is not easy to become a pilot in the Indian Airforce. There are four ways through which candidates can become pilots in the Indian Airforce.

  • National Defense Academy (NDA)
  • Combined Defense Service Exam (CDSE)
  • NCC entry
  • Short Service Commission Entry (SSC)

There are courses through which you can enter the Air Force as a flying officer. The first three of these are permanent commission. The candidate can join NDA after 12th. For other courses, candidates must be graduates.

National Defense Academy (NDA)

To join the Flying Branch in the Air Force, the candidates have to pass the NDA examination. NDA examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission i.e. UPSC.

Candidates who pass the NDA examination are sent for three-year training in the NDA. After training, candidates are commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers or appointed as Poults at the Indian Airforce Station.

Combined Defense Service Exam (CDSE)

Apart from NDA, UPSC also conducts CDS exam. Through which even male candidates can become pilots. After passing the CDS examination, candidates are admitted to the Indian Military Academy or the Indian Naval Academy or the Air Force Academy.

As with NDA training, candidates are given the appointment of Permanent Officers Commission after training or as a Pilot in the Air Force Station.

National Cadet Corps, NCC Entry

Now comes the NCC Special Entry which is only for male candidates. Those who hold a C certificate of Airwing Senior Division are considered eligible for National Cadet Corps i.e. NCC Special Entry, Women and Men l entry.

The Airforce Common Admission Test, AFCAT, is available for both female and male candidates. This examination is conducted by the Indian Air Force for 14 years for appointment to the Short Service Commission. Through this, the candidates are selected for technical branches and ground duty branches. This examination is conducted twice a year.

Eligibility Criteria to Become an Airforce Pilot

To become a pilot, candidates must be a citizen of India. Educational qualification to become an Airforce pilot, candidates must have passed 12th with Physics and Mathematics subjects for entry through NDA examination. Candidates with engineering degrees can also apply for the CDS exam.

Age Limit for Becoming an Airforce Pilot

For entry through the NDA examination, the age of the candidates should be between sixteen and a half to nineteen years. Candidates should be between twenty to twenty four years of age for entry through CDS Examination, NCC Special Entry and AFCAT.

Salary and other Benefits to Air Force Pilot

The salary of a flying officer or Indian Airforce pilot is determined on the basis of pay band. The basic salary and pay band is 3, 15600 to 49601 rupees. Apart from this, Grade Pay 5400 is given per month. Military service pay 6000 per month allowance allowance is 21600 per month.

Kit Maintenance Allowance is Rs 500 per month and Transport Allowance is Rs 3200 + DA in major cities or Rs 1600 + DA in other cities. Flying branch officer is given Rs 11250 per month in other allowances.

Overall, the new recruitment flying officer is paid Rs. 66110 per month as per the Sixth Pay Commission. After experience and promotion in service, salary becomes up to Rs 1.5 lakh in pay band 4.


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