These days, it is not uncommon for young female aspirants to actually join the Indian Air Force. India’s thinking is changing with time and a higher number of parents are now willing to let their girls join the Indian Armed Forces. An increase in awareness spread by the government and courageous women coming forward. Now, we have seen a join in the women officers in the Indian Air Force. As a result, the Indian Air Force has more women officers join than both the Indian Army and the Indian Navy. The following article lists various ways in which a woman can join the Indian Air Force.
The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) exam is conducted twice a year. It is the first stage, passing which, the female candidates qualify to take the Sashastra Seema Bal interview. One can enter three branches through this route.
A woman needs to be 19-23 years old to apply for the flying branch. The female candidate has had to have passed her 12th standard boards with at least a 60% aggregate and having the subjects Maths and Physics. Further, she should have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised college.
Women engineering candidates aged 18-28 years can apply for the technical branch. This branch is further divided into two branches:
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)- The woman can either pass sections A and B of the exam for Associate Membership of the Aeronautical Society of India. Can either possess at least a four-year degree from a recognised institution. Also, qualifying in at least eight out of the eighteen required subjects with a minimum of 60%.
Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical)- The candidate can either possess at least a four-year degree from a recognised institution. Also qualifying in at least eight out of the eighteen required subjects with a minimum of 60%. Pass sections A and B of the exam for Associate Membership of the Aeronautical Society of India. Clear the graduate membership exam of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in regular courses.
Ground Duty Branches
The woman candidate applying needs to be 20-27 years old, depending on her level of education. The three services under Ground Duty along with educational qualifications are:
- Administration and Logistics- The candidate needs to be a graduate/ post-graduate from a recognised university in any discipline and should have passed with a minimum of 60%.
- Education- The female applying should be a post-graduate in any field with an aggregate of 50%, passed out from a recognised university.
- Accounts- The candidate should have a graduate degree in commerce, passing with at least 60% or a postgraduate degree in commerce/ CA/ ICWA with minimum 50% marks.
Meteorology Branch- The candidates need to be in the age bracket of 20-27 years, depending on their educational qualification. She should have scored at least 55% in both Maths and Physics at the graduation level. Also, she should be a postgraduate in any science stream/ Maths/ Statistics/ Geography/ Computer Science etc.
NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force- The woman applying needs to be 20-24 years old. Acquiring the NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate is compulsory. Her educational qualifications can be any of the following-
- Have studied Maths and Physics in 12th standard with a minimum of 60% and then completed a degree in any discipline from a recognised university with at least 60% aggregate.
- Having studied Maths and Physics in 12th standard with a minimum of 60% and then completed a BE/BTech degree of 4 years, passing with at least 60% marks.
- Having passed sections A and B of the exam for Associate Membership of the Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60%.
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