Service Entry Commission in IAF [Complete Details]

Service entry commission in IAF is for in-service candidates. There are various types of commission in IAF like Permanent Commission, Short Service Commission, and Service Entry Commission.

Service Entry Commission in IAF

Many people ask what is service entry commission in IAF. I have compiled the full details of service entry commission.

  1. Service entry commission is only for candidates who are already working in the Indian air force.
  2. Only sergeants and above of Indian air force can apply for service entry commission.
  3. The minimum qualification for the service entry commission is 12th class.
  4. IAF airmen become flying officer after SEC training.
  5. Civil candidates are not eligible to apply for service entry commission.
  6. The age limit to apply for the Service entry commission is 34 to 42 years.
  7. Civil candidates can apply for AFCAT or CDSE examinations.
  8. Promotion in service entry commission is as much as age limit permits. The promotion hierarchy would be as following.
  • Flying Officer
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Squadron Leader
  • Wing Commander
  • Group Captain
  • Air Commodore
  • AVM (Air Vice Marshal)
  • Air Marshal

AFSB Interview

If you pass written examination, you need to go for AFSB interview. You need to select AFSB centre online. Indian Air Force has four AFSB testing centres located at Dehradun, Varansi, Mysore and Gandhinagar.

IAF calls you for interview at the selected centre. SSB Interview has three stages. First stage includes Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIRT), Picture Perception and discussion test, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Test, Story writing and group discussion. In other words, we call first stage as screening test.

In second stage you undergo Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Word Association Test (WAT), Command Task, Military Aptitude Test, Personal Interview etc. Candidates who apply for flying branch, undergo Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) test.

Thereafter, last stage of interview is Conference. During conference Presiding Officer, Ground Task Officer (GTO) and Psychologist sit together to finalize the scores, they brief further course of action to the successful candidates.

Medical Test

Congratulations! Once you have qualified the AFSB interview, you have to undergo medical examination. You have to pass various medical tests of Blood, Thyroid, Sugar, Blood Pressure, ECG, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Eye etc. Most of the time, Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), Delhi conducts medical test for AFSB candidates. Once you pass the medical examination, just relax and wait for the final merit list.

Final Merit List

Final Merit List is prepared based on performance in AFCAT examination and AFSB interview. Names of candidates are displayed in the list in order of merit. Based on candidate’s performance and available vacancies, Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission is allotted to candidate.

AFCAT 01/2020

Indian Air Force has declared AFCAT 01/2020 result on 17th March 2020. Candidates can check their results on website. In order to view result you need to login into website using your credentials. Credentials include email address, password and captcha. Once you are logged in, go to Result section and click on the link. It will show your score exam wise i.e AFCAT(Air Force Common Admission Test) & EKT(Engineering Knowledge Test). If you have appeared for both exam it will show you the score of both examinations. Cut off for the AFCAT 01/2020 have been 153 marks this time.

AFCAT 01/2020 Score Calculation Formula

Indian Air Force has certain formula to calculate AFCAT score as discussed below.

There are 100 questions in AFCAT written exam. Each question carries 3 marks. There is 1/3 negative marking which means for every wrong answer 1 mark is deducted. If you do not attempt any question then neither you gain any mark nor you loose. Marks of wrong answers is deducted from correct answers’ marks. For example, you attempted 70 questions and out of that 10 were wrong. Then your score would be like this.

60 X 3 = 180 – 10 = 170 Marks

Indian Air Force has issued Indian Air Force Recruitment 2018 notification. AFCAT 2018 notification is for AFCAT Entry, NCC & Meterological branches. Candidates may apply online from 16th December 2017 to 14th January 2018.

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Indian Air Force Recruitment 2018

Following are brief details of Indian Air Force Recruitment 2018, AFCAT 2018 Notification :-

Name of the Post

Commissioned officer in Indian Air Force through AFCAT entry, NCC Special Entry & Meteorology Branch.

Pay Scale

Initial pay scale of entry level commissioned officer i.e. Flying officer in Indian air force is Rs. 56100 – 110700/-. This pay scale is at level 10. In addition to pay, IAF also pays allowances like Flying, Technical, Field Area, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Special Force, Siachen, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Area and Remote Locality Allowance.

Educational Qualification

Candidates should be Graduates (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognized University. For detailed information please see official notification.

Application fee

There is NO application fee

Age Limit

Flying Branch :-

Candidates applying for flying branch should be between 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2019 i.e. born between 02 January 1995 to 01 January 1999. (both dates inclusive). Candidates having Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is can apply up to 26 years of age i.e. born between 02 January 1993 to 01 January 1999 (both dates inclusive).

Ground Duty Branches

Candidates should be between 20 to 26 years of age as on 01 January 2019 i.e. born between 02 January 1993 to 01 January 1999 (both dates inclusive).

AFCAT Selection Process

Candidates have to appear for AFCAT examination. After passing the examination, IAF will call candidates for SSB interview at various SSB Centres. Successful candidates have to undergo medical examination. Finally, there will be merit list. Successful candidates have to undergo training at Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.



All the best for your career ahead.


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