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Indian Air Force Pilot Exams


Indian Airforce selects eligible candidates for the training of pilots in its Flying branch. After the training, the candidates will be recruited as pilots in the Flying Branch.  Other important recruitments are done in Ground duty branch and Engineers. These posts come under central government jobs and the employees will have many benefits when compared with their private counterparts. 


  • Fighter pilot
  • Helicopter pilot
  • Transport pilot

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age Limit – 20 to 24 years and the candidates must be unmarried
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Educational Qualification

Candidate must be a graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from any recognised University and must have obtained a minimum 60% marks or equivalent marks in their graduation, and the candidates must have Physics & Mathematics in 10+2 level.   (Or)

BE / B Tech (Four Year Course) from any recognised university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.


See the notification for details regarding relaxations and reservations.


Current Notification

How To Apply

Selection Procedure

  • STEP 1
  • Candidates can enter the course in three ways that are given below
  1. NDA and CDSE (for men only)
  2. SSC (Short Service Commission) (FOR Both MEN & WOMEN)
  3. NCC entry (for men only)
  • STEP 2 – SSB (Services Selection Board) Test
  • STEP 3 – Medical Examinations
  • STEP 4 – All India Merit List Preparation

Examination Pattern


Candidates need to qualify NDA or CDSE exam conducted by the UPSC or candidates need to qualify the SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION) to get into the step 2 of the selection procedure.

Candidates having Air Sqn NCC Senior Division ‘C’ certificate can apply through DG NCC/ NCC Air Squadron for step 2.

STEP 2 – SSB (Services Selection Board) TEST

This step consists of two stages

Stage I is a screening test and the candidates who qualify this test will be eligible to attend next stage of this step.

  • Officer Intelligence Rating Test
  • Picture Perception and Discussion Test
  1. Stage II Testing

This details of tests during this stage are listed below.

  • Written Psychological Tests conducted by a Psychologist.
  • Group Tests are comprising interactive indoor and outdoor activities which will be a combination of mental and physical work.
  • Interview with an Interviewing Officer.

These tests will be explained in detail to the candidates before they are conducted.

The schedule for OLQ Tests is given in the below table.

Day 1Phase I testing – Officers Intelligence Rating Test & Picture Perception and Discussion test
Day 2 Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) followed by Psychological test
Day 3Group tests / Interview
Day 4Group tests / Interview
Day 5Group tests / Interview
Day 6Group tests / Interview / Conference

STEP 3 – Conduct of Medical Examinations

Knowledge on GK improves the chances of cracking the exam. After successfully qualifying step II candidates will be sent for the medical examination at Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bengaluru or Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), New Delhi.

STEP 4 – All India Merit List

Based on the performance in all the tests candidates will be selected and joining instructions will be issued to join at one of the Training establishments to the candidates. Drona provides updated information on these recruitment’s.


For detailed syllabus click the below link

Indian Air Force Common Admission Test Syllabus and Sample Questions