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Indian Air Force Airmen Group X ( Technical ) & Group Y ( Non-Technical)

Indian Air Force Airmen Group X & Y Eligibility Criteria, Medical Standards, Career Progression And Post Retirement Benefits


(a) Group X

(i) Passed Intermediate/10+2/ Equivalent examination with Mathematics, Physics and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.


(ii) Passed Three years Diploma Course in Engineering in any stream, as mentioned in the drop-down menu of apply online section under candidate’s login on the CASB web portal The candidate should have completed the course from a Government recognized Polytechnic institute with 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English in diploma (or in Intermediate/Marticulation, if English is not a subject in Diploma Course).

(b) Group Y

Passed Intermediate / 10+2 / Equivalent Examination in any stream/subjects approved by Central / State Education Boards with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English

Note -1: Candidate eligible for Group X examination (on the basis of intermediate/10+2) are also eligible for Group Y and would be given an option of appearing in both group X and Group Y exam in one sitting while filling up the online registration form.

Note -2: Diploma holders are eligible to appear for Group X trades only.

Note -3: Exact aggregate Percentage of marks before decimal as written in the marks sheet of 10+2/Intermediate/Equivalent Examination/Three years Diploma Course OR calculated as per the rules of concerned Education Board/Polytechnic Institute shall only be considered (For example 49.99% should be taken as 49% and not to be rounded off to 50%)

General Medical Standards for both Group ‘X’ and Group ‘Y’ are as follows: –

(i) Height: Minimum acceptable height is 152.5 cm.

(ii) Chest: Minimum range of expansion: 5 cm.

(iii) Weight: Proportionate to height and age. However, minimum weight of 55 Kg required for Operations Assistant (ATS) Trade only.

(iv) Corneal Surgery (PRK/LASIK) is not acceptable.

(v) Hearing: Candidate should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters with each ear separately.

(vi) Dental: Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.

(vii) Health: Candidate should be of normal anatomy without loss of any appendages. He should be free from any active or latent, acute or chronic, medical or surgical disability or infection and skin ailments. Candidate shall be physically and mentally FIT to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain.


(i) Pay & Allowances: During training, a stipend of Rs. 14,600/- per month will be paid.  On completion of training the starting gross emoluments at the minimum of scale of pay including Military Service Pay (MSP), Group ‘X’ Pay {applicable for Group ‘X’ Trades only} and Dearness Allowance (DA) will be as follows:-

(a) Group ‘X’ Trades Rs.33,100/-per month plus Dearness allowance (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.

(b)Group ‘Y’ Trades Rs. 26,900/-per month plus Dearness allowance (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.

(ii) Other Allowances in addition to the above, various allowances such as Transport Allowance, Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance (CPMA), Leave Ration Allowance (LRA), High Altitude Allowance, Field Area/Modified Field Area Allowance, HRA, Children Education Allowance/ Hostel      Subsidy etc., are also admissible from time to time as applicable.  12.Perks.Perks  such  as Ration,  Clothing,  Medical  facilities,  Accommodation,  CSD  (Canteen) facilities,  Leave  (60  days  Annual  and  30  days  Casual  in  a  Calendar  year  as  a  privilege,  subject  to service  exigencies),  Recreational  facilities,  Transport  facility  for  school  going  children  and  Leave Travel Concession (LTC)are also provided as per the existing rules.  Also, Group Insurance Cover of Rs.  37.5 Lakhs at a premium of Rs. 2300/- per month is provided to all airmen and facility of Group Housing Scheme is also extended.


Promotion: Promotion prospects exist up to the rank of Master Warrant Officer (MWO). Opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer also exist for those airmen who qualify the prescribed examinations, later during their service career.

Higher Education: Airmen are permitted to pursue higher educational qualification only after acquiring prescribed skill grade in their trade


*Eligibility Criteria is also a subject of Change please Visit the Notification on the Official Website Indian Air Force:-