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Career As An Iaf Officer In The Ground Duty Branches Of The Indian Air Force.


Posted Date: 04-Dec-2011  Last Updated:   Category: Career Guidance    
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This article deals with career as a commissioned officer in the ground duty branches of the Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force offers commissioned ranks to officers in ground duty branches like Administrative, Accounts, Logistics, Education and meteorology. The article narrates the procedure to apply, the educational qualifications and pay structure of the commissioned officers in the ground duty branches. The various other benefits offered to the officers of the IAF are also given.



Why should one select the Indian Air Force as a career


Every duty bound, patriotic Indian and physically fit Indian national must select the Indian Air Force as a career for the following reasons:

  • As a duty conscious and a physically fit Indian with a sense of patriotism, we should opt for joining the Indian Air Force not only for the better salaries the Indian Air Force offers us but also for the satisfaction of serving our motherland.

  • In case you want to lead an adventurous life in uniform commanding respect from one and all, we should offer our services to the armed forces.

  • The service in the Indian Air Force will give you a thrill of living together with your fellow colleagues and fighting for your nation both in peace and war. The deep satisfaction which you will get at the end of the day will relieve you of all your tension and hard work which you have rendered to the nation during the day.

  • To be a part of the Indian Air Force feeling your presence among the supersonic jets and the best of the world technology will make you feel that you are the best among the crowd of millions of people.

  • Wearing the uniform and the discipline of the service will make you feel you feel proud of yourself as an Indian citizen.

  • You will be among the most clean and service oriented people in the IAF.

  • The Indian Air Force will provide you the best of the facilities you need, the best of the social life for you and your family and an environment where you feel that you are able to give the country the best you have in you.

  • The Indian Air Force will give you a very good social status, a handsome salary and secure the future of your family by providing all the facilities which are available only to the service personnel.

  • The Indian Air Force will train you in qualities where you will be able to face the most difficult situations and challenges in life.

  • The Indian Air Force will make leader of you wherein you can make your own strategies to deal with any commanding situation.

  • Even as a ground duty officer of the IAF, you will be trained in diversified fields including commanding the personnel below you and leading them successfully in any challenging missions.


Join the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer


Procedure for joining the IAF as commissioned officer is listed below:

  • Commissioning in the Indian Air Force is open to the Indian citizens who fulfil the laid down physical standards including weight and height among others.

  • The entry as a commissioned officer in the Indian Air Force is offered to candidates at various qualification levels starting from the 10 + 2 level to the postgraduates’ level. There is separate entry for engineering graduates. In this article, we shall deal only with the entry at the graduate and postgraduate level in the ground duty branches of the IAF.

  • The entry to the IAF as a commissioned officer is open to both enthusiastic and committed men and women who can take up this challenging and the adventurous career.

  • Candidates are shortlisted after an initial selection procedure. They have to go through a rigorous training after the selection at the various Air Force Training Establishments depending on the ground duty branch for which they are selected.

  • All the training centres of the IAF are scientifically planned and are equipped with the state of the art infrastructure to give the cadets selected for training the requisite physical and academic training. The systematic training in these training centres makes the cadets fit for the life in the Air Force.

  • The training centres are well equipped with sports and gymnastics, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, games and recreation clubs and various facilities for outdoor and indoor games.

  • The Indian Air Force takes the responsibility of providing nutritious food to the cadets. The IAF also makes a suitable arrangements for the lodging the trainee officers.

  • The officer trainees of the IAF are provided a monthly stipend during the training period.

  • The day of the passing out parade of a trainee officer is the proudest day in his or her life.


Ground duty branches of the Indian Air Force


The ground duty officers are supposed to effectively manage both the men and material of the resources. This includes the accounting of the salaries of the IAF employees and also maintenance of the inventories of the Air Force equipment. These branches can be enumerated as under:

  1. Administrative Branch

  2. Accounts Branch

  3. Logistics Branch

  4. Education Branch

  5. Meteorology Branch


• The Indian Air Force offers permanent commission for men and short service commission for men and women in all the Ground Duty Branches of the IAF.

• The advertisement schedule for commissioning in the ground duty and other branches of the IAF is scheduled in June and December every year.

• Let us discuss these ground duty branches one by one and various conditions required to join these branches.

Administrative Branch


• A candidate trained for a ground duty officer in the Administrative Branch has to be responsible for an efficient management of both the men and material resources of the IAF. Some of the officers of the Administrative Branch are selected to undertake the following duties as well:

Air Traffic Controllers:


• The Flight Controllers are expected to take up the core responsibilities relating to the maintenance of an orderly flow of air traffic and airspace management.

Flight Controllers:


• Flight Controllers are posted to the establishments where Air Defence Radar units are situated and are responsible for closed contact and supervision between the air and radar for effective airspace management.

Eligibility conditions to become an officer in the Administrative Branch



  • Age: A candidate has to be 20 to 23 years of age in case of graduates and 20 to 25 years for postgraduates /LLB (Five years integrated course) and 20 to 26 years for law graduates ( 3 years course after graduation)

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.

  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals.

  • Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together
    OR
    Post Graduation degree or equivalent diploma in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.



Accounts Branch


• An officer commissioned in the Accounts Branch of the IAF, has to efficiently mange the funds of the Air Force and is responsible for disbursement of the pay and allowances of the Air Force personnel.

• They will also act as internal auditors to ensure a zero-defect audit from outside agencies.

Eligibility conditions to become an officer in the Accounts Branch



  • Age: 20 to 23 years for graduates, 20 to 25 years for postgraduates and 20 to 27 years for CA / ICWA

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.

  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals.

  • Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

  • Educational Qualifications: Graduate Degree in commerce (B Com) with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together
    OR
    Post Graduate Degree in commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together



Logistic Branch


• A commissioned officer in the Logistic Branch has to undertake material management of all the Air Force resources of unit where he or she is posted. This material will range from clothing to the costly aircraft equipment.

• A logistic officer of the IAF is supposed to maintain and supervise the inventories and is to ensure the availability of any necessary items to all operators and users.

Eligibility conditions to become an officer in the Logistics Branch



  • Age: A candidate has to be 20 to 23 years of age in case of graduates and 20 to 25 years for postgraduates /LLB (Five years integrated course) and 20 to 26 years for law graduates ( 3 years course after graduation)

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.

  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals.

  • Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together
    OR
    Post Graduation degree or equivalent diploma in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.



Education Branch


• A commissioned officer in the Education Branch has to undertake all duties related to the educational needs of the Air Force personnel.

• An education officer will be responsible for training of personnel, manage the air force libraries and information rooms and supervise the unit run schools.

Eligibility conditions to become an officer in the Education Branch



  • Age: 20 to 25 years for post graduates, 20 to 27 years for M.Ed and Ph.D.

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.

  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals.

  • Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

  • Educational Qualifications: Post Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in all papers put together.



Meteorology Branch


• A commissioned officer in the Meteorology Branch has to handle the latest satellite imagery and state of the art monitoring equipment.

• He or she will render specific advice to the operators on all aspects of the weather.

Eligibility conditions to become an officer in the Meteorology Branch



  • Age: 20 to 25 years.

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.

  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian nationals.

  • Gender: This is applicable to both men and women.

  • Educational Qualifications: Post Graduate Degree in any Science Stream / Mathematics / Statistics / Geography / Computer Applications / Environmental Science / Applied Physics / Oceanography / Agricultural Meteorology / Ecology & Environment / Geo- physics / Environmental Biology. All candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in all papers of Post Graduation put together and should have studied Maths & Physics in Graduation with minimum of 55% marks in both subjects.


Physical Standards required for ground duty branches of the IAF


• Anyone joining as a commissioned officer in the IAF must be physically fit according to the standards of fitness required by the IAF. The general guidelines about these physical standard are listed below for the guidance of the prospective candidates:

  1. Good physical a mental health and free from any disease or disability.

  2. The required mass and weight chart both for men and women is available at the official site Career opportunities in the IAF

  3. The chest should be well developed and must be able to expand up to 5 cm.

  4. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

  5. One should be free of any past medical history of mental illness or fits.

  6. The hearing should be normal without any present or past disease of ear, nose and throat.

  7. The candidate should not have any functional or organic disease of heart and blood vessels and the blood pressure should be normal.

  8. The abdominal muscles of the candidate should be well developed. There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen.

  9. An un-operated hernia can be cause for rejection. The operation, if any, should have been done six moths earlier prior to the examination date.

  10. There should be no sign of hydrocele, varicocele or piles. The operation, if any, should have been done six moths earlier prior to the examination date.

  11. There should be no abnormality in the urine examination.

  12. The skin disease likely to cause any abnormality could cause rejection.

  13. There should be good binocular vision. In case it is detected that one has undergone Radial Keratotomy it might cause rejection.

  14. There should be sufficient natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points are acceptable when 32 teeth are present. There should be on severe pyorrhoea.

  15. The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:


  • Acute or chronic pelvic infection

  • Severe menorrhagia

  • Severe dysmenorrhea

  • Complete prolapse of uterus

  • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea

  • Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.


  • How to apply


    The following steps should be followed when you are applying for commissioning in the IAF:

    • There is a simple procedure for sending the application. In the first stage you should keep watch out for the advertisement inviting applications in the leading newspapers and the Employment News in June and December

    • After spotting the relevant advertisement, send your application in the format mentioned in the advertisement.

    • The application must reach before the last date mentioned for receiving the application.

    • There is a four steps selection procedure. These steps are:

      1. Receipt of applications and written test

      2. Testing officer like qualities (OLQ).

      3. Conducting of medical examinations

      4. Preparing the all India merit list.


    • Advertisements for commissioning are usually published in the months of June and December every year.

    • In case of commissioning in ground duty branches, the applications need to be sent to the concerned Command HQs as mentioned in the advertisements for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT).

    • The scheme of syllabus and sample questions are available at the official website of the IAF Career opportunities in the IAF

    • For testing officer like qualities, the candidates are asked to report to one of the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi or Mysore for undergoing number of psychological tests, group tests and interviews which are collectively called as OLQ tests. The details of these tests are available at the official website of the IAF. These tests are held for about 6 days.

    • The next step is the conducting of the medical examination at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru for a thorough medical examination.

    • The last step will be preparing of the all India merit list of the selected candidates.


    Pay and allowances of the IAF officers of the Ground Duty Branches


    The following are the pay and allowances of the officers of the ground duty branches in the IAF:

    • A stipend of Rs.21,000 is given to every trainee cadet officer during the period of training.

    • After the successful training the ground duty branch officers are commissioned as Flying Officers. A Flying officer will be placed in a Pay Band 3 i.e. Rs.15600 – 39100 per month. He will get a monthly Grade Pay Rs.5400, Military Service Pay of Rs.6000 per month, DA per month @ 58% equal to Rs.15660, Kit Maintenance Allowance of Rs.500 per month and a transport allowance will be Rs.3200+DA in major cities and Rs.1600+DA in other cities. The total gross monthly emoluments of a flying officer of the ground duty branch will be about Rs. 48216 including transport allowances for major cities.

    • As the officers grow in ranks and stature, their salaries keeps on increasing keeping in with their enhanced status and responsibilities.

    • The gross monthly emoluments for a Flight Lieutenant will be Rs. 49738. The emoluments will increase to Rs.58,713 for a Squadron Leader, Rs.86,768 for a Wing Commander, Rs.99,345 for a Group Captain and Rs.1,04,443 for an Air Commodore.

    • In addition to the above, there are special allowances like the special compensatory (hill area) allowance, field area allowance, high altitude allowance, siachen allowance, special force allowance, Island special duty allowance, hard area allowance and remote locality allowance depending upon the area of the posting of an officer.

    • The Indian Air Force also looks after the accommodation, health care, recreational facilities of the officers and their families. The education needs of the children are also looked after.

    • Besides salaries, there are many other privileges which the officers of the Indian Air Force enjoy. These include accommodation, insurance cover, leave, leave travel concession, loans, medical facilities, ration, recreational facilities, canteen facilities, opportunities for higher learning and post retirement benefits the details of which are available at the official website of the IAF.

    • The full details of all the welfare measures and other details are available at the official career website of the IAF Career opportunities in the IAF



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    Responses to "Career As An Iaf Officer In The Ground Duty Branches Of The Indian Air Force."
    Author: Sukhdev Singh    07 Dec 2011Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0
    Dear editor,
    The article is re-submitted after necessary corrections as required for your kind perusal and approval, please.



    Author: Sukhdev Singh    07 Dec 2011Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0
    Dear editor.

    The bold html tags have been replaced with the U html tags as suggested. Kindly approve the article.



    Author: Ramprasad    10 Dec 2011Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0
    Hi,
    Very good article for the aspirants of becoming officers in Indian Air-force.



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