The Bharatiya Vayu Sena or Indian Air Force (IAF) is a branch of the Indian armed forces. IAF is the world’s fourth largest airforce in the world in both the number of aircraft and its personnel. It was established as an auxiliary air force on 8 October 1932 by British and added a prefix ‘Royal’ in 1945 in recognition to its services during World War II and this prefix ‘Royal’ was dropped after India became a Republic in 1950. IAF’s primary responsibility is to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict and to secure the Indian airspace.
The organogram of Indian Air Force consists of two functional and five operational commands. Each Command will be headed by an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief who is having a rank of Air Marshal. The operational command conducts military operations within its area of responsibility using aircraft. Combat readiness will be maintained by the Functional commands. The IAF recruits candidates to various departments and the jobs will come under Central Government jobs. The primary flight training will be at the Air Force Academy, Dundigul which is located in the capital city of Telangana state Hyderabad. This primary training will be followed by operational training at other schools. Advanced officer training for command positions specialized advanced flight training Technical training schools are present in Karnataka, Telangana, and other locations respectively. The trained professionals will be inducted into the government jobs in IAF. After Indian independence, IAF has participated in four wars with Pakistan, one war with the People’s Republic of China. IAF had successfully undertaken many operations such as Operation Vijay, Operation Cactus, Operation Meghdoot, etc. The IAF has taken part in many peacekeeping missions of United Nations.
Candidates will be recruited to train and serve important positions in its three branches viz., Ground Duty Branch, Aeronautical/Engineering/Technical Branch and Indian Airforce Flying Branch. The ground duty branch is again divided into administration branch, accounts branch, logistics branch, education branch and meteorology branch. Air Traffic Controller, Fighter Controller, Accountants, Supervisors, Teachers, lecturers, etc., are some of the important positions in this branch. To qualify these exams a thorough knowledge of the standard is GK is necessary. In the Engineering or Technical branch candidates will be selected to train for Aeronautical engineers in the aeronautical, electronics and mechanical engineering streams. Whereas in the flying branch Fighter Pilot, Helicopter pilot and Transport Pilot are some important positions.
The eligible candidates are selected through various modes of entrance examination. Entry through NDA and CDSE exams is a very common and generally candidates prefer these exams. However, another better way is by giving Air Force Common Admission (AFCAT) Test. Even candidates having the National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificate can directly apply the for the vacancies but these candidates should clear the tests conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). For further detailed information, you can visit the official website of Air Force.
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