CAREER PROGRESSION

The initial period of engagement in the IAF is 20 years, which can be extended up to the age of 57 years. Promotion prospects up to the rank of Master Warrant Officer exist to the deserving airmen. Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exist for those airmen who qualify the prescribed examination, later in their service career.

(a) Service Entry Commission.   Airmen of the rank of Sergeant & above with 10 years of minimum service and within the age limit of 34 to 42 years get the opportunity to become a Commissioned Officer in the IAF.

(b) Honorary Commission   Selected MWOs/WOs are granted Honorary Commission in the last year of their service before superannuating on Republic Day and Independence Day each year. On grant of Honorary Commission, they are eligible for higher scales of pay and allowances.

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
Well stocked libraries, a variety of sports facilities as well as adventure and cultural activities available at all the Air Force Establishments provide an opportunity for all round personality development.
POST RETIREMENT BENEFITS
Post-Retirement benefits include pension, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), gratuity and canteen facilities. Specialised pre-release courses (PRC) are also arranged to enable airmen to take up post retirement careers. In addition, airmen get relaxation in age and reservation in Government services as ex-servicemen.
JOB CONTENTS: TRADE WISE
On the basis of the performance in the Joint Basic Phase Training (JBPT) at Basic Training Institute, Belgaum specific trades are allotted to the successful candidates. Basic combatant training is imparted to all the recruits, which includes basic discipline and manners, educational training, weapon training etc. After successful completion of basic training, you will be trained in specific trades. PT, Parade and games are integral part of the training and service life. Succeeding paragraphs give an idea of the nature of job an airman is expected to perform in different trades. However, depending on service requirement, an airman may be assigned other jobs as required by his superior authorities and exigencies of service.
GROUP ‘X’ (TECHNICAL) TRADES
In this trade you are responsible for maintenance and repair of all types of light and heavy duty mechanical vehicles, cranes and loading equipment etc.
Electronics Fitter
As an Electronics Fitter you operate and maintain Radar, Voice and Data transmission and reception equipment mounted on latest airborne weapon delivery systems and ground based air defence systems. You will get trained in Digital Electronics, measuring instruments, radar technology, latest electronic devices and related trade fundaments.
Electrical Fitter
You will maintain power supply system of latest types of aircraft, airborne missiles and associated ground systems. You will also maintain photo equipment mounted on air borne weapon systems and operate ground based photo systems. You will get trained in electrical trade, operation and maintenance of digital devices, electronics devices etc.
Mechanical System Fitter
You will repair and maintain mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems of airborne missiles, engines, automobiles and aircraft fuelling equipment. Complete aircraft ground support equipment will also be repaired and maintained by you. You will be trained in handling and preparation of bombs and explosives and in electrical system, workshop and mechanical trades as well as automobile mechanics.
Structures Fitter
As Structure Fitter, you are responsible for the maintenance and servicing of airframes and their accessories, components and controls of aircraft. Regular checks for the entire hydraulic and pneumatic system to ensure proper functioning against leaks are also part of your duties. You will also be assigned the responsibility of marshalling, parking, picketing and ground handling of aircraft.
Propulsion Fitter
In this trade you will repair, maintain and prepare for use the propulsion system of aircraft and other airborne weapon delivery system.

Workshop Fitter (Smith)
You will undertake major structural repairs of all aircraft at central repair facilities. You will also be trained in workshop trade for material treatment, welding, heat treatment, smithy and basic machine tools etc.
Workshop Fitter (Mechanical)

You will undertake repair and maintenance work of mechanical nature. You will be trained in workshop trade and practices.
Weapon Fitter
In this trade, you will prepare, maintain and service armaments, ammunition and safety equipment of aircraft, missiles and other weapon delivery systems. You will also operate and maintain small arms and bomb destruction equipment. You will be trained to handle bombs, explosives, arms and their installation on weapon delivery platforms.

GROUP ‘X’ (NON-TECHNICAL) TRADES

Education Instructor
As an Education Instructor you will run training programme at instructional schools and improve education level of Air Force Personnel.

GROUP ‘Y’ (NON-TECHNICAL) TRADES
Adm Assistant
As an Admin Assistant you will maintain and analyse records, files and information of personnel. You will also manage ration supplies, cook houses and messes.Accts Assistant
As an Accounts Assistant you will record and manage accounting of pay and allowances, equipment, logistics transactions, public fund and cash flow etc.Medical Assistant
You are made familiar with nursing and first-aid. You are also involved in management of medical stores, dispensaries and ward supervision.
Logistics Assistant
As a Logistics Assistant, you are involved in the procurement, storage and handling inventory control as well as accounting of military stores.
Environment Support Services Assistant (ESSA)
This job involves maintenance of the firefighting section. It also requires that you ensure the upkeep of hygiene of Air Force Campus.
Ops Assistant
As an Ops Assistant you will operate various systems of Air Traffic Control Centre, Air Field and Air Defence System. You will be trained in operation of Radars, Display Units, reporting and tracking procedures of airborne weapon systems etc.
Meteorological Assistant
If you are a Meteorological Assistant, you are trained to undertake weather observation and to maintain meteorological instruments. You are also responsible for plotting of charts, taking balloon observations and compilation of weather summaries.
Ground Training Instructor
As a Ground Training Instructor, you will train personnel on drill, parade, handling of arms and physical exercise. You are also responsible for organizing and conducting all games and sports activities.
Indian Air Force (Police)
In the position of Indian Air Force (Police) your responsibilities involve assuming police duties and investigation of offences. You are also in-charge of maintenance of security.Indian Air Force (Security)As an Indian Air Force (Security) tradesman, you are to undertake special operations and carry out high level security operations.Musician
As a Musician you will become a part of the Air Force Band. You will be trained to play different musical instruments.
GROUP ‘Y’ (TECHNICAL) TRADES
Communication Technician
As a Communication Technician you will operate, service and maintain all types of state of the art communication devices, telephone exchange and radio equipment.

Automobile Technician
As an Automobile Technician you will drive all types of light, medium and heavy automobiles, load carriers and specialist vehicles like cranes, towing tractors, fork lifters etc. subject to service exigencies. As a technician you will also carry out minor repairs, day to day maintenance and basic level servicing of the common user vehicles and specialist vehicles in the Indian Air Force inventory.

CAUTION:

SELECTION IN THE INDIAN AIR FORCE IS ABSOLUTELY FREE AND FAIR. NO MONEY IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID TO ANY ONE FOR SELECTION. PLEASE DO NOT GET MISLED BY ANY ONE.

“IMPERSONATORS BEWARE, YOU WILL BE CAUGHT”

Education Instructor Trade (20 to 25 years)

(i) Graduation with a teaching Degree or Diploma of a recognized University with a minimum 50%   aggregate marks in each qualification

OR

(ii)  B.A. (Hons)/B.Sc(Hons)/BCA with a minimum score of 50% marks.

OR

(20 to 28 years)

(iii) A minimum second class M.A. in English/M.Sc in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or MCA.
Interviews :  Candidates passing both Written Test & PFT are to be interviewed by a team of officers & Warrant Ranks. Those who are recommended in interview will be medically examined by Recruitment Medical Team as per Indian Air Force Medical Standards. Those who are recommended in interview and Medically Fit will only be considered for final selection.

From Airmen to Commissioned Officer : Promotion Prospectus exist up to the rank of Master Warrant officer (MWO). Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exist for those airmen who qualify the prescribed examinations later during their service career.

The jobs provided by Airforce training are mentioned below:

  • Airforce(Technical) Group-X(I)
  • Airforce(Non-Technical) Group-X(D)
  • Airforce(Non-Technical) Group-Y
  • Airforce Garuda(Police

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