General Terms & Conditions

There are two types of commissions:

Permanent Commission (PC)

A Permanent Commission means a career in the Air Force till you retire. Permanent Commission Officers continue to serve till the age of superannuation. For a Permanent Commission, you could join as follows

  • For Flying Branch
    • After 10+2 - Join NDA
    • After Graduation - Join through CDSE/ NCC Special entry
  • For Ground Duty (Technical & Non-technical) Branches
    • After 10+2 - Join NDA
    • After Graduation - Join through AFCAT/ Met entry

Short Service Commission (SSC)

A Short Service Commission means a limited period career in the Air Force. You can join the IAF as a Short Service Commission Officer by opting for a SSC Course through AFCAT / MET Entry / NCC Special Entry.

  • For Men and Women
  • Tenure
    • For Flying Branch:- Fourteen years from the date of commissioning (Non-extendable).
    • For Ground Duty (Technical & Non-technical):- Ten years from the date of commissioning. An extension of four years may be granted subject to service requirements, availability of vacancies, suitability, merit and willingness.

    Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course.Widows, Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also ineligible. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.
  2. Candidate should not have been convicted on criminal charges.
  3. Candidates who have been removed from Defence Training Establishments on grounds of discipline are not eligible to apply.