Please tell me everything about being an Air force pilot - education background, training and requirements?
The Air Force can be divided into 1) Flying Branch 2) Technical Branch
and 3) Ground duty branch
For flying branch the age limit is 19-23 years, relaxable up to 25 years for those holding Commercial Pilot License.
Educational Qualification: B.Sc. Physics and/or Mathematics or B.E.
Notification: Advertisement: Published in the month of January and July each year in the Employment News and leading Newspapers.
Entrance: Directly qualify for interview by Service Selection Board.
Successful candidates join the Air Force Academy directly for Pilot Training.
Engineering Branch: Entry into the engineering branch can be achieved through the University Entry Scheme. Here, you are selected to join the Aeronautical Engineering Branches for Short Service Commission while in the Pre-Final/ Final Year of your study in the Engineering Colleges. Alternatively, you can opt for the Direct Entry Scheme after graduation.
Age Limit: 18 to 28 years
A) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)
Eligibility: Engineering Degree in Electronics/Telecommunications/ Electrical
Communication/Electronics and Communication/Computer Science & Engineering or a combination of these subjects OR
B.Tech. in Radio Physics and Electronics of Calcutta University OR
B.Sc. Physics with Electronics of Bombay University OR
M.Sc. Electronics of Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, Gujarat, Lucknow or Calcutta University OR B.Sc. with Physics, Maths and Chemistry.
B) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
Eligibility: Engineering Degree in Aeronautical/ Mechanical/Production/ Industrial Production OR B.Sc. with Physics, Maths and Chemistry.
Advertisement: Applications are called for twice a year in the month of January and July through advertisement published in the leading newspapers/Employment News.
Entrance: Written examination conducted by UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.
Ground Duty Branch
A] For the Accounts Branch, age limit is 20 to 23 years for Graduates and 20 to 25 years for post graduates.
Educational Qualifications: B.Com/B.Com. (Hons) with 60 per cent and above marks and M.Com. with 50 per cent and above marks.
For candidates with AICWA/Chartered/Registered/Incorporated Accountant together with B.Com or M.Com degree the age is relaxable upto 27 years.
Advertisement: Released in leading newspapers/Employment News in the month of July each year.
Entrance: Through SSB interview
B] For Education Branch age limit is 21 to 25 years.
Educational Qualifications: M.A/M.Sc. with 50 per cent and above marks in English/Psychology/Defence studies/Mathematics/Physics/Statistics/Computer Science or an MBA with 50 per cent and above marks with a combination of minimum two subjects out of Physics, Maths, Statistics, English, Psychology or Defence Studies at B A/ B.Sc. level.Candidate with Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Two year full time or three years part time course) from Institutes recognised by All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with 50 per cent and above marks can also apply. For those who have done their M.Ed/ PhD, the age limit is relaxable up to 27 years.
Advertisement: Advertisement is released in leading newspapers/ Employment News in the month of July each year.
Entrance: Written examination conducted b y UPSC followed by a Services Selection Board interview for those who pass the written examination.
Medical: You must be in accordance with the prescribed physical standards i.e. be physically fit and free from any disease or disability and excess fat. The minimum acceptable height for the Air Force is 162 cm with a perfect eyesight (known as 6/6 vision).