Indian Air Force Permanent and Short Service Commission

iaf permanent and short service commission

Defence aspirants who want to join Indian Air Force must know the different type of entries and commission they can opt in Indian Air Force. Also, what are the various modes and entries for each type of commission we have in Indian Air Force. In this post we will be discussion about Indian Air Force permanent and short service commission.

There are only two types of commission we have in Indian Air Force

Permanent Commission

A Permanent Commission in the Air Force means that you will work for IAF till you retire. Permanent Commission Officers continue to serve till the age of superannuation.

  • Flying Branch
    • After 10+2 you can join National Defence Academy (NDA) through NDA exam conducted by UPSC every year.
    • After graduation you can join IAF flying branch through CDS exam conducted by UPSC every year.
  • Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch
    • You can join Technical and Ground Duty branch of Indian Air Force after Graduation through AFCAT [Air Force Common Admission Test] exam which is conducted by Indian Air Force every year.
  • Presently Women Officers of Education and Accounts Branch only are being considered for Permanent Commission. Option for PC will be considered /offered on successful completion of Short Service Commission (SSC) tenure, subject to Vacancies, suitability, merit, willingness and service requirements

Short Service Commission

If you opt for short service commission in India Air Force then you will be working for a limited period. It could be 10-14 years based on branch you have selected.
Both Men and Women can opt for short service commission in Indian Air Force
  • Flying Branch
    • All graduates and post graduates can join SSC Flying Branch through AFCAT entry conducted by IAF every year. The engagement period is 14 years from date of commissioning (not extendable)
  • Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch
    • All graduates and post graduates can join Indian Air Force technical and ground duty branch through AFCAT entry conducted by Indian Air Force. The engagement period would be for a period of 10 years. An extension of 4 years may be granted subject to vacancies, suitability, merit, willingness and service requirement.

Condition before Joining Indian Air Force

  • Marital Status: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried (term unmarried excludes widower and divorcee even though without encumbrances). Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.
  • Candidate should not have been arrested, convicted or prosecuted on criminal charges.
  • Candidates who have been withdrawn / suspended from Defence Training Establishments on grounds of discipline are not eligible to apply.
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  • Swapnil Bansal

    do we get fighter branch through AFCAT?

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  • sibil

    my daughter wants to join in the IAF. she is now studying BSC physics . can she join as a pilot

  • Kapil Sahu

    After joining indian airforce as a technical officer, can I be able to live with my family… Can my family resides with me like where I will be posted. As being a technical officer, my duties will be on Air force base so can my family live in the nearby area where my airbase. Will I able to go home like for sleep when possible. Do not take it offensive but I just want to know like a normal job of 12 hours in a private or govt sector, can a technical officer in indian airforce can get that life like live with family, can go home at night after his/her shift and also can do his job with full responsibilities towards his country