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The eligibility criteria for the candidates appearing for the Airmen Selection Test

Educational Qualification

Group X (Except Education Instructor)

Note: The upper age limit on date of enrolment is 21 years.

Age: 17- 21 Years 
Education Qualification: Passed Intermediate / 10+2 / equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.
Passed 3 years Diploma Course in Engineering in any stream, as shown below, from a Government recognized Polytechnic Institute with 50% marks in aggregate, and 50% marks in English in Diploma or in Intermediate/Matriculation, if English is not a subject in Diploma Course.

Group X: Education Instructor Trade

Age: 20 - 25 Years 
Education Qualification : 
(i) BA with English as one the subjects or B.Sc with Physics/ Psychology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ IT / Computer Science/ Statistics as one of the subjects or BCA with minimum 50% marks.
(ii) B. Ed degree with a minimum of 50% marks from a Government recognized institute.
(iii) Graduation and B.Ed programmes should be recognized by UGC/ NCTE/ Competent accreditation authority.

Group Y (Except Med Asst and Musician)

Note: The upper age limit on date of enrolment is 21 years.

Age: 17- 21 Years 
Should have passed Class 10 + 2/Intermediate/Equivalent exam from an education board / Institute listed in Council of Boards for School Education (COBSE) website as members, in any stream/subjects with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English as per the mark sheet of Class 10 + 2 / Intermediate /Equivalent exam.

Group Y: Med Asst Trade

Note: The upper age limit on date of enrolment is 21 years.

Age: 17- 21 Years 
Education Qualification : 
Passed 10+2 / Intermediate / equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate, and 50% marks in English.

Group Y: Musician Trade

Age: 17 - 25 Years 

Education Qualification : 
Passed Matriculation /10th class or equivalent with minimum pass marks from any Government recognised School/Boards and should be proficient in playing at least one of the following musical instruments: Trumpet / Bass / Violin / Saxophone / Clarinet / Euphonium / Jazz-Drum / Piccolo / Bass Trombone / Key Board / Guitar / Sarod / Viola / Cello / Contra Bass (String Bass).

Physical Standards

Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the trade you are applying for, you must fulfill the basic physical standards.

  • Height To join the Air Force as an airman, you should be at least 152.5 cm. tall. There are however, some trades that have different requirements.
  • Mechanical Transport Driver and Certain Technical Trades
    • Minimum height - 165 cm.
    • Minimum leg length - 99 cm.
  • IAF Police
    • Minimum height - 175 cm.
  • Ground Training Instructor and Musician
    • Minimum height - 167 cm
Clear Medical Record

You should have a clear medical record, with history clear of any of the following:
  • Mental Sickness/Fits
  • Diseases/Skin Ailments
  • Surgical Deformity
  • Chest
  • Minimum Expanded Chest (75cm)
  • Minimum Range Of Expansion (5cm)
  • Hearing
    You should have normal hearing i.e. you should be able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters in each ear individually.
    • You should have a minimum corrected vision of at least 6 / 12 in each eye. You could also have 6 / 6 in the healthier eye and 6 / 18 in weaker eye with spectacles with power not more than + / -5.50 Dioptres, inclusive of astigmatism in any meridian with full field of vision and Minimum CP-IV unsafe colour vision.
  • There are, however, other detailed visual and colour standards that are specific to different trades.
You should have healthy gums and a good set of teeth.
It is advisable that candidates reporting for medical exam must ensure a high level of personal hygiene and bring the latest prescription and spectacles for corrected vision to avoid delay.


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