The Easiest Way To Join IAF Through CDS Examination For A Graduate or A Technician Person

If you are a graduate person and want to become a Pilot in Indian Air Force, you can apply through UPSC Combined Defense Services Examination.

Only male candidates are allowed to apply through this mode of entry. UPSC releases Advertisements in the months of June and November for this exam.


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Eligibility for CDSE Exam:

You should fulfill the following requirements to join IAF through CDSE-


Educational Qualification –

(a) You can apply if you are a Graduate in Three Years Course in any discipline from a recognized University. You should pass 10+2 level with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

(b)You can apply if you are an BE or B Tech (Four Year Course).

(c) You are eligible to apply if you are a Final Year/semester student. You should produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

No Percentage Bar is there for CDSE entry.


Only male candidate can apply for UPSC CDSE to become a pilot in Indian Air Force.



Your age must be between 19 years to 23 years at the time of commencement of course.



Only Indian Students are allowed to apply for this exam.

Marital Status: Single.


Selection Procedure and syllabus of CDSE Examination:

The selection procedure is a 2 stage process.

After scrutiny of the application forms of the applicants, there will be three stages of exam for the Flying Branch of the IAF (Indian Air Force) through the CDSE –

  1. The first stage is the written examination and
  2. The second stage is the SSB interview.
  3. The Third stage is the PABT


CDS Written Exam for IAF selection:

With 3 different papers of 100 marks each, the written exam will comprise of the following subjects: English, General Knowledge and Math. The duration of all three papers will be 2 hours each. These papers will be of objective type questions in the multiple choice format.

Important Book :

Pathfinder CDS: Combined Defence Services Entrance Examination: This is an informative and comprehensive self-study book by Arihant. This book is divided into eight categories, Biology, Mathematics, English, General Studies, Chemistry, Indian Polity, History and General Knowledge. Each chapter contains detailed information on the topic and has several solved questions which can help in better comprehension of the subject. This book also supplies question papers from previous years’ examinations

Also Read our article regarding Best Books for CDS Exam.


SSB Interview:

After successful completion of the written examination of the CDSE, you will have to appear for an interview. The interview will be conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). As mentioned above, the SSB interview will be of 2 stages.

In the Stage 1 of the SSB Interview, the interview includes an Officer Intelligence Test and a Picture perception Test.

The qualified Candidates in the Stage 1 of the SSB interview get permission to appear for the Stage 2 of the interview which is comprise of psychological tests, group tasks and a personal interview.


Important Book For SSB Interview:

Read a free sample of Dr. (CDR) N. K. Natarajan’s SSB Interview : The Complete Guide (English). The book comprises of chapters on the screening tests, psychological tests, group testing, personal interview, service-related information, geo-politics and national issues. In addition, the book also provides valuable information about Service Selection Board and the interview procedure.

For more about SSB interview, please read our this article.


Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT):

The candidates who qualify in all the above tests will have to appear for another test called Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). This PABT Test includes written and machine tests to test your ability to read instruments, to test your control over your movements and your mental strength. You can only appear for this once in your lifetime.


Training at Air Force Academy:

If you qualify in the PABT as well, then you will be admitted to the Air Force Academy for training. This is the final stage for a candidate to achieve the goal. Because, after completion of your training from the AFA, you will be posted as a commissioned pilot of the Indian Air Force if you are found medically fit.

This is how one can join IAF as a pilot through UPSC Combined Defense Services Examination after his graduation.

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