How to Become Fighter Pilot after 12th? Complete Info Here!

Indian Airforce Pilot

Published - 22 August , 2023

Fighter Pilot is a prestigious and challenging career that requires supreme dedication, passion and exceptional skills. If you dream of becoming a pilot here you will get all the answers.

Indian Air Force Pilot

In order to become a fighter pilot with Indian Air Force, candidates have to qualify for the written test, CPSS test and SSB interview.

How to become IAF Pilot

The most popular exams for selection as an Air Force pilot is NDA and AFCAT.  NDA is conducted by UPSC, whereas AFCAT is conducted by Indian Air Force.

Written Exams 

For appearing in NDA, candidates must be passed/appeared in class 12th with PCM subjects. Registration for NDA begins in May and December every year.

NDA Exam

For appearing in AFCAT, candidates must graduate and pass 12th with Physics & Maths. The registration commences in December & June every year.


After passing the written test candidates will have to go through the SSB interview process, which assesses candidates for various officer entry positions, including the Flying Branch.

SSB Interview

The final selection is done on the basis of the candidate's performance in the SSB interview, medical fitness, and availability of vacancies.

Final Merit List

For selection in the flying branch of IAF, candidates must have to clear the Computerized Pilot Selection System which is conducted at the time of SSB interview in AFCAT.


Candidates have only one chance in their entire lives to pass the CPSS test. A candidate cannot join the flying branch of the Indian armed forces if they fail the CPSS test.

CPSS is Mandatory

The candidates who have cleared SSB Interview will be shortlisted as per their scores and will be called for training from their choosen branches.

Pilot Training

Upon successful completion of training, candidates are commissioned as officers in the Indian Air Force flying branch and assigned further duties & responsibilities.

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