Career Overview - The Indian Air force is the fourth largest air force in the world. Recently, National geographic ran a reality show, Mission Udan which was based on life in the Indian Air Force. The show captured all the thrills, excitement and joy of flying the most modern machines.
The air force can be divided into 3 branches, let's see what's in store for you in each of these branches:
Flying Branch - You'll be flying fighter/bomber aircraft designed to destroy the enemy in the air and on the ground. As a transport pilot you will be ferrying troops and equipments under enemy fire often making rough landings at makeshift runways. You could even be assigned to V.I.P. transport.
As a chopper pilot you will closely co-ordinate with the army in its operations. You could spy on enemy positions or drop commandos with pinpoint accuracy or ambush enemy tanks with guns and rockets.
Technical Branch - For those of you with a technical bent of mind, the Indian Air Force offers an opportunity for hands-on experience on sophisticated aircraft and weapon systems. You will ensure the war preparedness of the fleet and the airworthiness of the aircraft.
Ground duty - You will look after administration, logistics, accounts, education and meteorology. You could also be the eyes in the sky as the air traffic controller and fighter combat controller.