How to join IAF Flying Branch Through AFCAT SSC

The Short Term Service Commissions (SSC) in Indian Air Force is only for 14 years. This service term is not extendable.

For SSC entry you can apply through AFCAT in the Flying Branch.

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is the only path which allows both men & women to get into the flying branch for Short Service Commission.

Short Service Commission in flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.

You can also join Indian Air Force after 12th

AFCAT Exam Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for IAF Pilot through SSC:

Here are the eligibility conditions for AFCAT flying branch.

Age – For AFCAT SSC selection, your age must be between 20 to 24 years at the time of commencement of course. Upper age limit is relaxed up to 26 years for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India).

Nationality – An Indian citizen can apply for this post.

Marital Status – You must be single.

Gender – Both male and female candidates can join air force through this mode of selection.

Educational Qualifications:

(a) You can apply for IAF through SSC if you are a Graduate in Three Year Course in any discipline from a recognized University. You should have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.

(b) You can also apply for SSC iIf you are a BE or B Tech in Four Year Course from a recognized university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
(c) You can also apply if you are a Final Year student. You should produce Degree certificates issued by the Govt. recognized University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.


Advertisements for AFCAT are released by the IAF in the months of June and December.

Keep in mind that you will not be eligible for this mode of entry if you have failed the PABT earlier or if you’re a flight cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy.


AFCAT Syllabus:

In the first stage, there will be a written examination that will consist of objective type multiple choice questions related to: verbal ability , general awareness, numerical ability, reasoning and military aptitude. The duration of the test will be of 2 hours.

The second stage tests are conducted at the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar or Varanasi. This stage will be of two parts.

The first part will test your Intelligence and will be conducted along with some other tests. In the second part of this test, a psychologist will conduct a psychological test. Psychological test consist of a group tests and a personal interview.


Important Book for AFCAT:

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PABT will comprise of 2 stages:

After qualifying in all of these tests, you will have to appear for a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). As mentioned earlier, this will test is to check your ability to read instruments, mental strength and control over your movements.

If you qualify in all the above tests a medical examination will be done to check your health and fitness.

Now, you are eligible for training course at the Air Force Academy . Upon completion of your training from the academy, you will be a commissioned as a pilot of the Indian Air Force for the next 14 years.

This is how you can be a part of Indian Air Force as a pilot. Join IAF and fulfill your dream. IAF takes care of the employees all the time, even after retirement. After leading a very active life in Air Force, ex- Air Force personnel find a suitable job in govt. sector. The Placement Cell of Air Force Association offers employment assistance to fulfill the need of the retired personnel. The Cell acts as a facilitator between the employer and the employee. Retired Air Force Personnel can register themselves for employment through the website.

If you have any confusion about AFCAT flying branch, feel free to ask in the comment section.

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