2 Ways For Girls to Join Indian Air Force: Women Entries 2017

Indian Air Force is the most sought-after service among women. Even though Air Force has only two women entries, IAF has the highest number of women officers as compared to Navy and Army. In contrast, the Army has 4 women entries.

The two entries are AFCAT and Non-AFCAT (FTS):

AFCAT Entries:  Female candidates who want to fly high in the sky or dream to be an Air Warrior of IAF then they have to clear an exam named AFCAT which is held twice in a year. It is a written exam and those who qualify in this exam are called for SSB interview. You can opt for the following branches by AFCAT exam:

  1. Flying branch:
  • Eligibility: Women candidates of age 19 to 23 years (as per notified in the advertisement) can opt for flying branch.
  • Educational Qualification: To apply for this entry, a candidate should be having a Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of 60% marks and have passed Math and Physics at 10+2 level OR B.E/B.Tech degree from a recognised university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks.
  1. Technical Branch:
  • Eligibility: Female engineering candidates of age 18 to 28 years can opt for the technical branch. There are two types of technical service whose educational qualification conditions are given below:
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical): Minimum four-year degree course from a recognised university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects out of eighteen as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical society of India in regular courses.
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Electrical):Minimum four-year degree course from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical society of India or graduate membership exam of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in regular courses.

3. Ground Duty Branches:

  • Eligibility: For graduates: 20 to 23 years, Post Graduates: 20 to 25 years, LLB: 20 to 26 years, M.Ed/ PhD/ CA: 20 to 27 years.
  • Educational Qualifications: There are three types of services in Ground Duty Branches whose educational qualification conditions are given below:
    1. Administration and Logistics: Graduate in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks.
    2. Education: Post Graduate degree in any discipline with aggregate of minimum 50% mark
    3. Accounts: Graduate degree in any commerce with an aggregate of minimum 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in Commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA with an aggregate of minimum 50% marks.

Non-AFCAT Entry (CDSE and FTS):

  1. Meteorology Branch:
  • Eligibility: Age group in this entry is 20 to 25 years and  27 years for PhD candidates.
  • Educational Qualifications: To be eligible for this entry candidates must be having a Post-graduate degree in any science stream / Maths / Statistics / Geography / CS / EVS / Physics / Geo-physics etc. with minimum 50% aggregate and have scored 55% marks both in Maths and Physics at graduation level. Final year students can also apply for it.
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