Short Service Commission and its Benefits!

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : July 27th, 2020

Many of us want to join Indian Air Force and the Short Service Commission is one of the options to join Indian Air Force as Grade- A officer. Short Service Commission means a carrier of a minimum of 10 years and maximum 14 (10+4) years of service.

 You can join Indian Air Force through AFCAT entry as SSC officers (Technical, Ground Duty or Flying).


Benefits for candidates’ opting for SSC

As a part of the Indian Armed Forces, one develops skills such as analytical thinking, leadership skills, administrative and organisational abilities, teamwork etc. These skills are of utmost importance in any organisation, thus after retirement, an ex-defence officer gets innumerable opportunities.

  • As an SSC officer, you enjoy a greater degree of experience and exposure as compared to Permanent commission officers, as they get a chance to work in both Civil and Defence areas whereas PC officers just had the opportunity to work in Armed forces.
  • As defence sponsors and pays for MBA programmes in IIMs and other institutes, you can attend expertise in management courses such as HR where the past experience of managing people will come in handy. ·
  • After completing your short service you can also apply for government jobs (civil services) as ex-defence personnel are granted age relaxation of 5 years.


Rank Structure in Indian Air Force



Flying Officer

On completion of Training

Flight Lieutenant

2 years

Squadron Leader

6 years

Wing Commander

13 years

Group Captain

26 years

Air Commodore

23 years

Air Vice-Marshal

25 years 

Air Marshal

28 years

Air Chief Marshal

No restriction



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