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Air Force Academy (AFA), Hyderabad


  • Candidates can be admitted to the academy by three modes of entry: (1)CDSE, (2)NCC, and (3)Airmen.
  • Candidates who apply for Air Force through more than one source are tested/interviewed at Air Force Selection Boards only once.
  • Common candidates who fail in INS-B/PAB test as an NCC or Airman candidate are called again for OLQ testing for Army/Navy/OTA only, in case that he has applied through CDS Exam also.
  • Selected candidates are detailed for training based on the merit list ranking and available vacancy. The merit list is based on the combined marks of the written examination and interview for UPSC candidates and only interview for NCC candidates.


  • The approximate duration of training for Flying Branch (Pilots): 74 weeks.

Cost of Training

  • The cost of training including accommodations, books, uniforms, boarding and medical treatment is borne by Government.
  • Candidates are expected to meet their pocket expenses themselves.
  • If in any case a cadet’s parents or guardian is unable to meet wholly or partly even this expenditure, financial assistance may be granted by the Government.
    • Eligibility for the grant will depend upon the parent's or guardian’s income. The income should not exceed Rs. 750/- per month.
    • The immovable property and other assets and income from all sources are also taken into account for determining the eligibility for financial assistance.
    • Application for financial assistance should be submitted (after the final selection) through the District Magistrate of his District who will forward the Application with his recommendation to the Commandant, Pre Flying Training Courses, Begumpet.
  • Monetary Deposit: Candidates finally selected for training at the Academy will be required to deposit the following amount on arrival:

Pocket allowance for six months at Rs. 140.00 p.m

Rs. 840.00

For items of clothing and equipment

Rs. 1500.00


Rs. 2340.00


  • Refundable Amount: Out of the amount mentioned above, Pocket Allowances is refundable to the candidate if financial aid is being sanctioned.


  • Air Force Group Insurance Society pays Rs. 1,00,000/- for a monthly contribution of Rs. 800/- pm. as ex-gratia award to the next-of-kin of a flight cadet drawn from Civil life and undergoing flying training in an unfortunate eventuality.
  • In case, flight cadet undergoing flying training is medically invalidated and boarded out, he is paid Rs. 20,000/- as ex gratia award for 100% disability and this reduces proportionately upto 20%.
  • Once flight cadets are granted pay and allowances by government, the death cover is Rs. 50,000/- and the disability cover is Rs. 25,000/- for 100% disability.
  • This cover is provided by AFGIS on payment of monthly non-refundable contribution of Rs. 76/- by each flight cadet undergoing flying training for which membership is compulsory.

Career Prospects

  • After successful completion of training, the candidates pass out in the rank of Flying Officer and become entitled to the pay and allowance of the rank.
  • There are two types of promotions in the IAF: Grant of higher Acting rank and Substantive rank. Each high rank carries with it extra emolument.
  • Time scale promotion to the rank of Squadron Leader and Wing Commander is granted after successful completion of ten years of Flying (Pilot) branch and 20 years service respectively.
  • Grant of higher rank from Wing Commander and above is by selection, carried out by duly constituted promotion boards. 

Leave and Leave Travel Concession

  • Annual Leave: 60 days a year
  • Casual Leave: 20 days a year not more than 10 days at a time.
  • Officers are authorised encashment of Annual Leave upto 10 days alongwith LTC to the extent of a total 60 days in a career span to cover incidental expenses on travel.

Other Privileges

The officers and their families are entitled to free medical aid, accommodation on concessional rent, group insurance scheme, group housing scheme, family assistance scheme, canteen facilities etc.