We all want our children to fly high. But, what if your child yearns to actually fly in the sky? On Indian Air Force Day, we tell you how your child can pursue a career in this field.
By Aarthi Arun
Does your child aspire to become a pilot and manoeuvre top-of-the-line aeroplanes, all the while sporting 'cool' aviator sunglasses? He can make his dreams come true by working towards a career in the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF is one of the most prestigious organisations in India, known for its cutting-edge technology, rigorous training, and of course, high remuneration and privileges. If your child is interested in having a career in the Indian Air Force and yearns to sport the uniform, there are many departments within the organisation he can choose from. Here is all he needs to know about having a career in the IAF.
Within the Air Force, there are three departments your child can opt for:
Your child needs to be in the best of shape to qualify for the IAF as the physical and psychological standards required to work in this field are very high. The strict selection process ensures that only the crème de la crème are chosen to serve in the IAF. Therefore, it is very important that he learns to eat healthy and maintains a good lifestyle from an early age. A candidate with any disability, vision problems or medical conditions is automatically disqualified from applying to the IAF.
Following are the different ways your child can apply for a post in the IAF:
After class 12
After passing one of these examinations, your child will receive a call letter to report to the Air Force Selection Boards located at Dehradun, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, Mysuru or Kanchrapara, West Bengal. She has to complete two rounds of Services Selection Board (SSB) tests to move to the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). This test checks if she has the skills to become a pilot.
Stage 1 Testing
Stage 2 Testing
There will be tests to ascertain her psychomotor skills and whether she can interpret the dials on the aircraft panel. Based on her test results, if selected, she will be sent for medical examinations.
With a high pay structure and hefty allowances, a career in the IAF will set your child for financial success in his life. Following are some of the benefits:
As the saying goes, there is no gain without pain. Your child must be intrinsically motivated to undergo the stringent training standards. He needs to be courageous, disciplined, determined, resilient and have strong leadership and social skills, among other things, to complete his training.
A career in the IAF can be challenging, and it is not for everyone. If your child wants to spread his wings, it is important that you stand by him and motivate him. You can help him develop the necessary skills by involving him in simple activities at home. For instance, you can encourage him to do physical and mental exercises that can lead to quicker assimilation and reactions.
Based on inputs from a senior official in the IAF. You can check the website for more details at www.indianairforce.nic.in
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