Airmen Selection Process of Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force is the premium organisation of our country. Like Indian Army has Soldiers, Indian Air Force has Airmen. Airmen are soldiers of Indian Air Force. Selection of Airmen is done in Group ‘X’ and ‘Y’.

Most people think that Group ‘X’ is technical entry and Group ‘Y’ is non technical entry. But that is not 100% true because Group ‘X’ has some non technical trades like Education Instructor and Group ‘Y’ has technical trades like Radio Tech, Auto Tech etc.

Various candidates are eager to know about Airmen selection process of Indian Air Force. So, let me explain step by step.

First you need to fill the online application form as and when notified by Indian Air Force. Once you fill the application form without any error, your form is submitted and you will be notified about the written examination date and centre. At that particular time and at particular examination centre you have to be present to appear in written examination.

Exam Pattern

There are questions from English, Reasoning, Arithmetic & General Awareness for Group ‘Y’ trades. Question paper will be of 45 minutes for Group ‘Y’ and 60 minutes for Group ‘X’. Group ‘X’ exam will have questions from Maths and Physics too. Questions of Reasoning and Arithmetic are not as tough as we have in SSC and Banking examinations. If you prepare current affairs of last six months then you are going to attempt about all the questions.

Physical Test

Once you qualify Airmen written test then you will be called for Physical Endurance Test. In which you need to do 10 Sit ups, 10 push ups and 20 Squats. Candidates also need to qualify 1600 meters race in 06 minutes 30 seconds. If candidate completes running within 06 minutes and 30 seconds then he will be given 3 marks. If candidate takes more than 6.5 minutes but less than 7 minutes then he will be awarded with 2 marks. Candidate who completes the run between 7 and 8 minutes there will be given 1 mark.

Adaptability Test

Candidates who qualify Physical Endurance Test will have to undergo Adaptability test. This test is to check the mental strength of the candidates. In Adaptability test, candidates have to answer certain situations and tick the appropriate answer. This test does not have any wrong answer but there are marks defined for all the options. The option which is most appropriate will have highest marks. So, candidates should attempt all questions.

Medical Examination

Once candidates qualify Adaptability test, then they have to undergo medical examination. In medical examination everything is checked properly. Everything means everything. Candidates should not have any serious disease and he should be fit to become Airmen in Indian Air Force. Doctors conduct  Sugar, Blood Pressure, Urine, ECG, X-Ray tests. Candidates should not be overweight or underweight as per their prescribed table which is as per height and age. IAF declares some candidates temporary unfit and they get time to appeal within 3 months and some are declared permanent unfit. Like in case of Color blindness, Doctor will permanently unfit the candidate. If you are declared fit then you will be issued with green card.

Merit list

Next phase in Airmen Selection process comes All India Merit list. Once you have qualified all the stages, then you need to wait for the final merit list. There are Main and Stand by candidates in merit list. If your name appears in merit list as main candidate then it is sure that you will be called for training within 06 months. If you are in waiting list then you may have to wait up to one year of more. It also happens that candidates in waiting list do not get joining letter.

Airmen Training & Promotion

Once you have joining letter in your hand then IAF will call you at your respective Airmen Selection Centre. From there they will route you for Joint Basic Phase Training (JBPT) at Belagavi (Earlier Belgaum), Karnataka. IAF will allot trades as per your Group ‘X’ or ‘Y’ after completion of JBPT. Then you have to go for Trade training. When you complete your trade training, you become permanent staff of Indian Air Force. First rank of IAF irrespective of Group ‘X’ or ‘Y’ is Aircraftsman except for Education Instructor for them first rank is Sergeant. In Army Education Instructor is called as ‘Education Havildar’. Following are air force ranks in increase order for Airmen.

AC Aircraftsman
LAC Leading Aircraftsman
CPL Corporal
SGT Sergeant
JWO Junior Warrant Officer
WO Warrant Officer
MWO Master Warrant Officer
HFO Honorary Flying Officer
HFL Honorary Flight Lieutenant

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