I want to become a combat pilot in the Indian Air Force

I am in Std IX. I want to become a combat pilot in the Indian Air Force. What should I do after Std X? And where do I have to go for admission and training?

In order to become a combat (or fighter) pilot you should join the flying branch of Indian Air Force, There are two ways to enter it: as a graduate or through NDA (National Defence Academy). For both entries, you should have Physics and Mathematics in 10+2.

Only male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA. For selection, UPSC conducts an entrance examination twice a year. Short-listed candidates go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the NDA at Khadakwasla, Pune, followed by specialized training at one of the Air Force training establishments. On successful completion, they are commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force stations.

Otherwise, after completing your graduation you may enter the flying branch through the Air Force Academy. There are three ways: CDSE (Combined Defence Services examination), NCC Special Entry or SSC (Short Service Commission) entry.

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I have a great affinity for the Indian Defence Forces

I am a student of Std X. I have a great affinity for the Indian Defence Forces. What are the requirements needed to join the defence forces? What pay package does one get in the defence academy? Is there also any possibility to enter the Indian Army through the commerce stream?

At this stage, you may think of entering the armed forces through the National Defence Academy (NDA). Eligibility is 10+2 (all streams) for army, with Mathematics and Physics for air force and navy. Selection is through a written examination, interview, outdoor physical tests, psychological assessment and group tests.

The course of training is for three years. Sixty-eight per cent of the training curriculum at the NDA is devoted to academics. The aim is to achieve excellence in academic pursuits without compromising on outdoor activities. Every cadet has to play some game, pass compulsory outdoor training tests, participate in competitive sports, including rifle firing, handball and yachting. On successful completion of the degree course, the cadets are awarded a Bachelor's degree in Arts, Science or Computer Science by the Jawaharlal Nehru University. During the entire course, you're provided with free accommodation and food.

After completion of the course at the NDA/ Naval Academy, army cadets join the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun; navy cadets join a training ship, and air force cadets move on to the Air Force Training Academy in Hyderabad. Here you will get a monthly salary of Rs 21,000. After completing the training, you will be commissioned as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces with starting salary around Rs 45,000 and many other facilities like transport, medical, student welfare, etc.

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