Indian Air Force X Y Group Selection Process 2023 – Written Test, PFT, Medical

By BYJU'S Exam Prep  |   Updated on: January 2nd, 2024
IAF Group X & Y Selection Procedure 2023: Here's everything you need to know about Indian Air Force Group X & Y selection process of CBT, Physical Fitness Test (PFT), and Medical Test.
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Indian Air Force is a national level exam conducted twice a year to recruit young candidates for Airmen Group X and Group Y post. Candidates interested in serving the nation and applying for the post of Airmen Group X & Y can check out the detailed selection procedure of Indian Air Force Airmen Group X & Group Y exam.

In this article, we have mentioned everything about Indian Air Force Airmen Group X & Group Y selection process, number of selection stages, and things to keep in mind for Physical and medical tests.

Indian Air Force Group X & Y Selection Process 2023

The selection process of the Indian Air Force 2023 examination is conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF Group X & Y selection process will consist of 3 different rounds including the written test, physical fitness test, and medical test. To grab the post under Group X or Group Y, candidates need to appear and pass all the selection rounds.

The Indian Air Force will analyse the candidates in all fields to check the capability of the candidates for Airmen Group X & Y position. Candidates need the crack the qualifying marks as set by the Indian Air Force. The Airmen Group X & Y selection will be purely be based on the merit along with candidates’ performance in other selection rounds.

Selection Stages of IAF Airmen Group X & Y

The selection for Airmen Group X & Y posts in the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be based on the following 3 stages:

  • Stage 1: Written Test
  • Stage 2: Physical Fitness Test
  • Stage 3: Medical Test
  • Stage 4: Merit List

Airforce Group X & Y 2023: Written Test

The Phase I consists of an All India Selection Test which will be conducted this year only at different centres. The Indian Air Force Group X and Y exam mode is online. Following is the sequence of IAF Group X and Y exam pattern




Group X

Physics – 25 Marks

English – 20 Marks

Mathematics – 25 Marks

60 Minutes

Group Y

RAGA (Reasoning and General Awareness) – 30 Marks

English – 20 Marks

45 Minutes

Group X & Y

Physics – 25 Marks

English – 20 Marks

Mathematics – 25 Marks

RAGA (Reasoning and General Awareness) – 30 Marks

85 Minutes

The test will be in bilingual language (both English and Hindi) except for the English paper. The paper is of 10+2 level. There will be a sectional cutoff for all the subjects in addition to an overall cutoff.

Airforce Group X & Y 2023: Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The Indian Air Force demands physical fitness and hence it is mandatory to pass the PFT. Following are the fitness test that shall be conducted:

  • 1.6 km run in 6 min 30 sec
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 20 Squats
  • 10 Sit-ups

Note: There are no marks assigned for PFT, it only of qualifying nature.

Adaptability Test-1:

The candidates who clear the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) will then proceed to the adaptability test where the first test is SRT (Situation Reaction Test). Here the decision making, response/reaction of a candidate is assessed. There are a total of 45 SRTs for which a total of 30 minutes is allotted. This test assesses the attitude of a candidate in response to the qualities set by the defence forces for selecting a candidate of the right frame of mind.

Adaptability Test-2:

After clearing the Adaptability Test 1, selected candidates appear for Group Discussion. This comprises of 10-15 candidates sitting in a group which are assigned a common topic and discuss their views on it. The topics are related to current affairs and social events. This test checks the knowledge as well as the communication skill of a person. Interpersonal skills such as convincing ability are also assessed.

After clearing all the rounds, those candidates that are shortlisted are given Test Series with the dates of medical examinations along with the venue.

Airforce Group X & Y 2023: Medical Test

The candidates after clearing Adaptability Test 2 then appear for medical examination where they are checked and cleared medically.

The following are the medical standards of the IAF:

To become an Airman in the IAF there physical and medical standards that you need to have. For more info check the below link:

>Physical and Medical Eligibility for Air Force Group X & Y

Airforce Group X & Y 2023: Merit List

All those candidates who have cleared the medical are then shortlisted on the basis of marks and based on that a merit list is made. The candidates whose name is mentioned in the merit list are issued a call letter and enrolled in the Indian Air Force with Joint Basic Training being carried out at Belgavi, Karnataka.

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