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4 Ways To Become A Pilot In Indian Air Force

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The four most magical, adventurous, fantastic words in this world are “I am a Pilot”. And that too, being a pilot for the Indian Air Force has a charm of its own. Many see this dream, of flying high with the Indian Air Force, yet only a few are able to convert it into reality. Being an Indian Air Force pilot, is a tough job, right from the selection procedure, to the training. It demands a full mind and body devotion, strength and dedication. I’ll be talking about the ways, in which you can become a pilot in the Indian Air Force, and thus turn your dream of touching the sky with glory into reality.

 

The Procedure to become a pilot in Indian Air Force

The procedure for becoming a pilot in the IAF is similar to that of being an officer in any defence force, except for some extra medical criteria and an additional test called the PABT. So the candidate has the opportunity to apply through any written test, (or NCC special entry), qualify the written test, and get a call for SSB Interview. The procedure for the SSB is similar to that of the normal SSB, except that the candidate has to qualify a CPSS Computerised Pilot Selection System Test.

Computerised Pilot Selection System

Computerized Pilot Selection System Test is known as CPSS test will be replacing the well known PABT test to select the best candidates for Indian air force flying branch. Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) will replace the old PABT test and instruments that were in use for decades. Though there is no clear confirmation till now as to when CPSS test will replace the PABT test completely. Let’s talk more about the CPSS test for Indian air force flying branch and what Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) consist of.

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What is CPSS Test Computerized Pilot Selection System

  • To select the rock solid pilots to fly the advanced aircraft of Indian air force like Su-30, Tejas etc, the Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated the Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) at the No. 2 Air Force Selection Board Mysore. It will replace the pilot aptitude battery test that was in use for decades.
  • CPSS test is the brainchild of APJ Abdul Kalam, he advised for CPSS when he was scientific adviser of the prime minister in 1997. Mr. Kalam suggested to develop an intelligent tool for pilot aptitude test in consonance with the advanced IAF aircrafts.
  • It also aims at addressing the alarming rate of flying accidents attributed to pilot error in IAF.
  • After dedicating the new system to the nation, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said CPSS would be introduced in the other IAF selection boards at Dehradun and Varanasi soon.
 

Entries for Him:

Permanent commission:
  • NDA: Boys can join the IAF after their 10+2, through the National Defence Academy examination, which is held twice every year. There is no women entry through this exam. Through NDA only flying branch entries are possible. It involves three years training in NDA, Khadakwasla and one year training after that in Air Force Academy, Dundigal. A written test is followed by SSB is the procedure.
  • CDSE: Combined Defence Services is yet another exam through which guys can join the flying branch of IAF. This exam too is conducted twice every year, for the three forces. However for IAF, through CDSE only boys can apply and only for flying branch.
  • NCC Special Entry: As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply for the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. This is a direct entry and you don’t have to go through the written test.
Short Service Commission:
  • Boys can apply through AFCAT entry for the flying branch. It is a written test followed by SSB. This test is conducted twice every year.

Entry for her:

  • Women can apply only for short service commission in the IAF. They are given only transport aircraft and helicopters. Women can apply through AFCAT entry.
  • NCC Special Entry: As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply for the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force.  This entry is for women started in 2017 for the first time. This is a direct entry and you don’t have to go through the written test.
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Tashi Mishra
Tashi Mishrahttps://www.ssbcrack.com/
An ardent follower of Military, football. Loves to read. Writer by choice, computer professional by chance! And Dil toh fauji hai jee!!
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