Indian Air Force Career & Promotion Details

Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force Selection process, Career, Pay, Lifestyle

Career as an Officer


When you ask children “What do you want to become?”. Some of them will answer “I want to become a Pilot”. You will have challenging life style in Indian Air Force. Indian Air Force is among one of the best career options. Above all it is an opportunity to serve the motherland. Mostly, there are to ways to join IAF; either as an officer or airman. You have to play combat role as an officer or airman. There are Non Combatants in IAF who do not play combat roles.

Selection Process for career as Officer

Minimum qualification for becoming an officer in IAF is graduation except NDA exam. If you go for NDA, you must be 12th Passed or appearing student. The age limit is 16 to 19 years for NDA. Age limit varies for different branches. Various branches include flying, technical & administrative.

Further, to become a commissioned officer in Indian air force one has to undergo selection process. Selection process includes written examination, SSB interview, medical examination and merit list. UPSC conducts examination of CDSE( Combined Defence Services Examination) and NDA . Candidates who qualify in the examination are called for SSB interview by air force selection boards.

Consequently, there is a medical examination. IAF prepares merit list. However, Indian Air Force also conducts separate examination twice in year. These tests are AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) and EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test).

IAF Officer Salary

Here is the video from which explains about the salary of IAF officer.


Later, candidates who are passed in all stages go for tough training at AFA (Air Force Academy). Subsequently, they are sent to different colleges as per allocated branch. Colleges for air force training are AFTC (Air Force Technical College) and AFAC (Air Force Administrative College). Candidates who successfully complete the training are granted commission by Hon’ble President of India. First rank of IAF is Flying Officer.

A Flying Officer can be promoted up to rank of Air Chief Marshal based on his performance through out career. A commissioned officer in Indian air force is a gazetted officer.

Career in Indian Air Force as Airmen

Candidate should be intermediate to join IAF as an Airman. Candidates having diploma or ITI, can apply for group X trades. Generally, There are two groups in Indian air force like Group ‘X’ and Group ‘Y’. Central Airmen Selection Board issues airmen recruitment notification from time to time. Candidates need to undergo Written examination, physical test, interview and medical examination during recruitment process.

Airmen can become become a commissioned officer in IAF. Airmen need to appear for examinations like ACC (Army Cadet Corps), GDOC (Ground Duty Officers’ Course) and SEC (Service Entry Commission). Subsequently, An Airman gets promotion up to rank of Master Warrant Officer. Promotion depends on performance and seniority.

Can Airman become fighter pilot

Yes, Airman can become fighter pilot. He has to appear for examination like NDA/CDS just like civil aspirants. There is no age relaxation for airman to become fighter pilot. However, there is age relaxation for other branches like technical or administrative.

Airmen Salary

IAF has two groups i.e X and Y. Group X Airmen get better salary. They get an additional X pay. Following video explains about airman salary.


Salary of airman is good after 7th Pay Commission. They deserve more looking towards their great work for country. Starting salary of an airman is Rs.28000/-. Salaries varies according to place of posting, group and trade. Following is the promotion hierarchy.

airmen selection official website

Officers Airmen
Flying Officer Aircraftsman
Flight Lieutenant Leading Aircraftsman
Squadron Leader Corporal
Wing Commander Sergeant
Group Captain Junior Warrant Officer
Air Commodore Warrant Officer
Air Vice Marshal Master Warrant Officer
Air Marshal Honorary Flying Officer
Air Chief Marshal Honorary Flight Lieutenant