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Indian Air Force Airman Tech Exam

As an airman under the Technical Trades, one is involved in the maintenance and testing of aircraft and flying related equipment. He is also directly or indirectly involved in the maintenance and overhaul of ground equipment and armament.

Training is given to undertake the operation of all mechanical and electrical systems as an airman’s responsibilities can involve handling sophisticated specialist vehicles.

The Technical Trades have been grouped under the following Combatant Groups:

• Combatant Group 'X'
• Combatant Group 'Y'

Combatant Group 'X'

The following are the various technical trades under Group 'X' :


Combatant Group 'Y'

The following are the various technical trades under Group 'Y' :


Examinations are held twice every year in the months of August/September or April/May for the courses commencing in the months of January and July.

IAF Airman Tech Exam Eligibility Criteria

'X' Technical Cadre

Age Limit: 16-22 years

Educational Qualification: Passed Intermediate/10+2/Equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. OR Three year Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Automobile/ Computer Science/ Instrumentation Technology) from a Government recognized Polytechnic/Institute.

'Y' Technical Cadre

Age Limit: 16-20 years

Educational Qualification: Passed Matriculation/Equivalent examination with English and a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate.

Physical Standards For 'X' Technical 'Y' Technical Cadre

(a) Minimum Height: 152.5 cms (for Mechanical Transport Driver- 165 cms with minimum leg length of 99 cms);

(b) Chest: Expanded chest measurement should not be less than 75 cms with minimum range of expansion of 5 cms;

(c) Vision For Technical Trades: Aided visual acuity of at least 6/12 in each eye with glasses or 6/6 in one eye and 6/36 in the worse eye. Myopia not exceeding 7D in any meridian Colour vision: Normal/Defective Safe CP2/CP3. Candidates should be physically and mentally fit to serve anywhere in the world.

Colour vision: Normal/Defective Safe CP2/CP3. Candidates should be physically and mentally fit to serve anywhere in the world.

(d) Vision For Non Technical Trades: Visual acuity of at least 6/12 in each eye with glasses or 6/6 in one eye and 6/36 in other eye without glasses and correctable to 6/6 in each eye with glasses.

For Mechanical Transport Driver: At least 6/36 (each eye) without glasses correctable to 6/6 and 6/9 with glasses. Hearing- Able to hear forced whisper at 600 cms.

IAF Airman Tech Exam Selection Procedure

For the recruitment of IAF Airman Technical Trade Cadres, a five-step selection method is followed:

Step 1- Processing of Application

The applications are processed to ascertain the eligibility of the candidates. Then an admit card is sent which contains all the relevant details like the date, time and venue of examination. Technical Trades Candidates are tested in Mathematics, Science, English and Intelligence & General Awareness.

Step 2- Testing the Abilities

The selection tests will be held at any of the 13 Airmen Selection Centers across India. Your answer sheets will be assessed at the examination centers and results announced the same day.

Step 3- Conducting Medical Examination

The candidate will be sent for a medical examination, which shall be conducted by a Medical Officer of the Armed Forces. After the medical examination, one is either declared 'Fit' or 'Unfit' or 'Temporarily Medically Unfit' (TMU).

Step 4- Preparing Merit List

After successfully clearing the examination and being declared medically fit / TMU, the candidate’s name will feature in the All India Merit List. This list will be displayed at the Airmen Selection Centers, where the tests were conducted. A call letter is sent to requesting the candidate to report to the Airmen Selection Centers for enrollment.

Step 5- Undertaking Enrollment

Apart from the enrollment formalities, the candidate will take a Trade Aptitude Test to determine the right trade for him. Depending upon the score as well as the position in the Merit List, the candidate will be assigned to one of the streams in the Technical Trades.

After completing enrollment formalities, the successful candidate will be sent to the Administrative Training Institute for 26 weeks for Basic Combatant Training. Thereafter, he will be sent to one of the Training Institutes for specialization in the assigned trade.

IAF Airman Tech Exam Application Form

Candidates must submit their application on plain paper in the prescribed proforma as published in the Employment News and send it by Post on or before the specified last date, to the President, Central Airmen Selection Board, Post Box No 11807, New Delhi-110010.

IAF Airman Tech Test Centers

There are 13 Airmen Selection Centers spread over the country. Their addresses and locations are shown here. After selection the candidates is sent to Belgaum, Bangalore or Chennai depending on the trade for training.

1. Airmen Selection Center
48, Mansfield Road, Ambala Cantt.–133001
2. Airmen Selection Center
Race Course Camp, New Delhi – 110003.
3. Airmen Selection Center
Air Force Station, Chakeri, Kanpur – 208008.
4. Airmen Selection Center
(Near Palta Gate) A F Station, Barrackpore West Bengal – 743122. Tele : 5601251. Extn-350
5. Airmen Selection Center
Old Pali Road, Jodhpur – 342011. Tele : 511516. Extn - 5728
6. Airmen Selection Center
A F Station, Cotton Green Mumbai – 400033
7. Airmen Selection Center
No. 1 Cubbon Road, Bangalore – 560001
8. Airmen Selection Center
Air Force Station, Tambaram, Chennai - 600046.
9. Airmen Selection Center
Near Aerodrome Gate, Bhubaneswar - 751020. Tele : 591736
10. Airmen Selection Center
Air Force Station, Bihta, Patna - 801103.
11. Airmen Selection Center
Borjhar, Tele : 840976. Extn : 333
12. Airmen Selection Center
Air Force Station Bowenpally, Secunderabad – 500011. Tele : 7753551. Extn-267
13. Airmen Selection Center
VII/302-B, Vayu Sena Road Kakkanad, Kochi - 682030 Tele : 427010

IAF Airman Tech Exam Contact Details

Indian Air force
Air Headquarters
Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 011
Tel.: 23012579
Fax: 23018981
Website: www.careerairforce.nic.in