Life of an Air Force Officer

By Sajneet|Updated : May 13th, 2021

Quality of Life as an Air Force Officer:

  • You're charged with upholding the constitution and defending India's independence as an officer, a fighter in the Air Force. It's a huge responsibility, but it's not just about work; it's also about living well, it’s a lifestyle.
  • The Air Force places a premium on the quality of life that is unmatched in the civilian sector. Life provides you with a challenge, adventure, excitement, honour, glory, self-confidence, a happy family life, protection and security for yourself and your family, and not to mention your countrymen's social standing, respect, and esteem.
  • Life in the IAF provides variety, adventure, and challenge, in addition to being a noble service to the motherland and an honourable career to be proud of.
  • It offers the best leisure, sporting, medical, educational, and club and institute facilities. The way of life instils in us a sense of well-being and a way of life.
  • The amount of quality time we spend with our families, the social bonds we form with our peers, the lifelong relationships we foster, and the unconditional, all-time support we receive from our extended family are all priceless.



Advantages of being an Air Force officer:

  • Officers in the Air Force typically enter at a young age and are taught the value of professionalism and a good life from the start.
  • It's not like doing a normal 9 to 6 desk job that gets boring after a while.
  • Your cubicle is a minimum of 30,000 feet above the earth, which is not something that many people like.

Eligibility for a career as an Air Force Officer:

  • The first choice is to enroll at the National Defence Academy in Pune, which primarily trains cadets in three branches of the military. A competitive review is held twice a year, in February and September, to get through NDA. Only unmarried male applicants under the age of 19 are eligible to apply. They must have completed a class 12th or equivalent test with physics and mathematics as required subjects. Cadets for the three services are trained at the National Defence Academy in Pune. A competitive test is held twice a year, in February and September, for a three-year training course that begins in January and July. Unmarried male applicants between the ages of 16.5 and 19.5 are qualified. Physicist and mathematician in XI.
  • Male and female applicants between the ages of 20 and 24 are eligible to apply. They must pass the NCC Air Wing Senior Division C Certificate. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university in any discipline with a minimum of 60%.
  • Candidates interested in being technical officers in the Air Force should apply for the Short Service Commission. Candidates must have completed the AFCAT examination and have a bachelor's degree in some area. Male and female applicants between the ages of 20 and 24 are eligible to apply.


What types of job roles performed by an Air Force officer?

The Indian Air Force offers a variety of Air Force Officer positions to eligible applicants. Flying Branch, Technical Branch, and Ground Duty Branch are the three major classifications. The following are some of the most common types of air force officer jobs:


In the Indian Air Force, they are mostly assigned to flying duties. Their responsibilities can range from flying fighter planes to supplying supplies during natural disasters, among other things.

Fighter Pilots

Fighter Pilots are highly trained and qualified to shoot down enemy aircraft and destroy ground targets in enemy territory from the air. Their primary responsibility is to protect and defend one's territory from intruders. For pinpoint bombing and target acquisition, they are fitted with electronic equipment, radars, and cameras. Since they are tasked with such big duties, it is considered one of the most prestigious positions in the Air Force.


Navigators are Air Force personnel who use navigational equipment, radars, and other optical instruments to guide pilots to the target and release the bombs. Their primary responsibility is to aid and guide the Pilots in navigation.

Transport Pilots

They are in charge of transporting men, materials, and explosives such as bombs and weapons to their destinations. Aside from that, they transport defence forces, equipment, and ammunition from one battleground to another.

Air Traffic Control Officer

The task of an air traffic control officer is to provide control and advisory services to pilots to ensure their safety and protect them from bad weather.

Logistic Officer

The logistics officer in the Air Force is in charge of logistics support such as aircraft spares, mechanical transport, and fuel, among other things.

Education Branch Officer

In the Air Force, the education branch officer creates training programs that integrate the most recent technological advancements. They also create training programs for the police.

Metrology Branch Officer

They undertake experimental work such as weather forecasting using the most up-to-date technology and methods, as well as conducting related research.


Air Force Officer Pay Scale/Salary:

Officers in the Air Force begin collecting money before they are commissioned. Air Force Officers are paid Rs. 21,000 a month during their final year of professional training. An Air Force Officer receives several benefits in addition to their regular pay, including a flying allowance, a technical allowance, military service pay, and others. Officers in the flying branch/technical branch and ground duty branch receive the following salaries:

Air Force Branch

Salary in INR (per annum)

Flying Branch


Technical Branch


Ground Branch 


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