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Indian Airforce Y Group exam pattern & selection process


Students (male only) who passed their 10+2 from any stream (Arts/Commerce/Med./Non- Med) with min. 50% overall and 50% marks in English subject, they are eligible for Indian Airforce Y group. They are non-tech men whose main task is for carrying out non tech job.

1. Know more about Indian Airforce y group and its work.


Indian Airforce Y Group Includes All Non technical trades Like:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Auto Technician
  • Logistics Assistant
  • Ops Assistant
  • Communication Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • IAF Police
  • IAF Security
  • Ground Training Instructor
  • Environmental Support Services Assistant
  • Meteorological Assistant
  • Musician
  • Cryptographer

2. Age and qualifications Requires for Indian Airforce y group exam.


Group ‘Y’ (Except Automobile Technician, GTI, IAF (P), IAF(S) and Musician) 

  • Age : 17 – 21 Years
  • Qualification : 12th / Intermediate passed in any stream/subjects approved by Central/State Education Boards with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English. 

Group ‘Y’ (Medical Assistant Trade)

  • Age : 17- 21 Years
  • Qualification : Passed 10+2 / Intermediate / equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate, and 50% marks in English.

Group ‘Y’ (Musician Trade)

  • Age : 17 – 25 Years
  • Education Qualification : Passed Matriculation /10th class or equivalent with minimum pass marks from any Government recognised School/Boards and should be proficient in playing at least one of the following musical instruments: Trumpet / Bass / Violin / Saxophone / Clarinet / Euphonium / Jazz-Drum / Piccolo / Bass Trombone / Key Board / Guitar / Sarod / Viola / Cello / Contra Bass (String Bass).

3. Physical and medical required for Indian Airforce y group. 

To get selected as an Airman, the candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duties in any part of the world, climate and terrain. 

Physical/Medical Standards to become an Airman are as follows:-

Visual Standards and Height for Indian Airforce Y Group As per the table given below. Weight Weight should be proportionate to height and age. Chest Minimum range of expansion : 5 cm Hearing Should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters by each ear separately. Dental Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.

Health Candidates should be of normal anatomy without loss of any appendages. He should be free from all communicable diseases & skin ailments.

Candidate must be physically and mentally FIT to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain. Body Tattoo Permanent body tattoos are not permitted, however tattoos only on inner face of the fore arms(inside of elbow to the wrist), back(dorsal) part of the hand/reverse side of the palm and Tribals with tattoos which are as per custom Traditions of their tribes may be considered. However, right to decide on acceptability /unacceptability of the individual rests with the Selection Centre.

Candidates with permanent body tattoos are to submit two photographs(close up and distinct view) with details of size and type of the Tattoo.


a). Minimum height acceptable for recruitment will be 152.5 cms. For the following trades the minimum required height (determined at training centres) would be as indicated:-

b). Candidates from NE and Hill states includes Gorkhas, Kumaonis, Garhwalis, Assamese and those belonging to the States of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim and hilly areas of Uttaranchal.

4. Selection Procedure of Indian Airforce Y Group Armen Exam

The selection procedure of the Indian Airforce Y Group Exam is little bit rigorous as it expects standard level of knowledge along with the physical fitness. Now a days Indian Air Force focuses on decision making and power of expression also for which Indian Air Force has formulated some of the basic tests also. Let’s understand these tests one by one in detail.

Phase- I : Computer based test (CBT)

Phase- II : Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

                      Adaptability Test-1

                      Adaptability Test-2

Phase- III : Medical Examination


A). Phase- I Process

In the Phase-I examination candidates will be appearing for online examination (CBT) which is scheduled on INTAKE-1 March month and INTAKE-2 September month at one of the examination centre chosen by the candidate. Earlier there was a written examination in place of online examination which used to take place at the selection centres of Indian Air Force.

Indian Airforce Group Y Exam Pattern :-

English (comprehension & Grammar / Vocab) 20 20
Reasoning & General Awareness (RAGA) 30 30
TOTAL 50 50

Marking pattern for Online Test:-

(i) One mark for every correct answer.

(ii) Nil (0) marks for unattempted question.

(iii) 0.25 marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

There are few instructions which are very important for all the candidates which are given below-

1. Syllabus ofthe examination will be of 10+2 CBSE Standard.

2. Candidates are to qualify in each paper separately in their respective groups.

3. The result of phase-I examination will be uploaded on within 15 days from the date of online exams.

B). Phase- II Process

Soon after the declaration of the result of Phase-I (Online) Test, a cut off will be applied based on the
marks scored by the candidates in the Phase I Test and SHORTLISTED candidates will be sent a new
admit card on their Registered e-mail ID for phase – II test at an Airmen Selection Centre.

This admit card for phase – II exam can also be downloaded online under candidate’s login on CASB web portal Candidates have to report at the stipulated date and time for Phase – II at the designated Airmen Selection Centre along required documents.

  • Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

As it is discussed earlier defence forces demands certain level of physical fitness. For ensuring this Indian Air Force has formulated a physical fitness test which is given following-

– 1.6 Km run in 6 minutes 30 seconds,

– 20 squat ups (Uthak-Baithak)

– 10 sit ups

– 10 Push-ups.

Note– PFT will be qualifying only. There are no marks assigned to PFT. Candidates are to qualify this only.

  • Adaptability Test- 1

Adaptability Test-I is basically the test of Situation Reaction ib which takes place just after the PFT if a candidate qualifies PFT. In this test decision making ability, Problem solving attitude, right mind set up is assessed. There will be 45 SRTs which a candidate has to complete within 30 minutes. These SRTs will be objective type and bilingual.

Note– PFT will be qualifying only. There are no marks assigned to PFT. Candidates are to qualify this only.

  • Adaptability Test- 2

Once the candidate clears the Adaptability test-I he goes through the next test which is known as Adaptability test-II which is basically the test of Group discussion. In this discussion a group comprises of some 10-15 candidates who are made to sit in a semi-circle and assigned a topic which is of basic in nature. The topics ranges from current affairs to social events.

This test is basically to check the knowledge, communication skill, interpersonal skills and convincing power of the candidate. A little bit of preparation and practice proves very handy for doing well in this test.

After all these above examinations candidates are given green cards with the dates and venue of the medical examination which generally takes place after 2 months.

C). Phase- III Process

Medical Examination Test :

Candidates who qualify Adaptability Test-2 (Phase-II) shall be issued with medical appointment letter at respective ASCs. It can also be downloaded under candidates login on CASB web portal for their medical examination at designated Medical Boarding Centre (MBC) on specified date.

Medical Examination shall be conducted by Air Force Medical Team as per IAF medical standards and policy in vogue on subject issue. Medical examination would also include baseline investigation of:-

(a) Blood Haemogram – Hb, TLC, DLC

(b) Urine RE/ME

(c) Biochemistry :-   (i) Blood Sugar Fasting & PP   (ii) Serum Cholesterol   (iii) Urea, Uric acid, Creatinine (iv) LFT—Serum Bilurubin, SGOT, SGPT

(d) X- Ray chest (PA view)

(e) ECG (R)

(f) Tests for Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substance Abuse.

(g) Any other test necessary in the opinion of the Medical Officer

General Medical Standards are as follows: –

    • Height: Minimum acceptable height is 5 cms.
    • Chest: Minimum range of expansion: 5 cm
    • Weight: Proportionate to height and age. minimum weight of 55 Kg required.
    • Corneal Surgery (PRK/LASIK) is not acceptable.
    • Hearing: Candidate should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters with each ear separately.
    • Dental: Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.
    • Health: Candidate should be free from medical or surgical deformity. He should be free from all communicable diseases and skin ailments. Candidate must be physically and mentally fit to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain.
    • Body Tattoo: Permanent body tattoos are not permitted, however tattoos only on inner face of the fore arms (inside of elbow to the wrist), back (dorsal) part of the hand/reverse side of palm and Tribals with tattoos which are as per custom and traditions of their tribes may be considered. However, right to decide on acceptability/ unacceptability of the individual rests with the Selection Centre. Candidates with permanent body tattoos are to submit two photographs (close up and distant view) with details of size and type of the Tattoo.
    • The recruiting Medical Officer and the specialist doctors of Armed Forces are the final authorities on declaring a candidate fit or unfit during initial medical examination, appeal medical board and medical examination prior to enrolment. The candidate shall be governed by Armed Forces standards which may be at variance from civil standards. There is no provision for representation or review after the appeal medical board.
    • Note. Candidates are advised to get tartar and stains removed from their teeth before appearing for the medical examination. Ears should be free of wax. Candidates should be prepared to stay for the medical test for four to five days under their own arrangement. No TA/DA shall be admissible. Candidates using corrective glasses must be in possession of prescription from ophthalmologist bearing stamp and registration number and it should not be more than one month old. Passing in the medical examination is not a guarantee for employment in Indian Air Force.


5. Indian Airforce Y Group Exam Syllabus & Model Test Paper :

Candidates applying for the Air Force recruitment vacancies can follow the syllabus and the exam pattern in this post to prepare for the written examination.


  1. Comprehension
    • To judge comprehension
    • Drawing of inferences
    • Use of vocabulary.
  1. Composition 
    • Agreement of subject with the verb
    • Pattern of verb
    • Use of verb
    • Sequence of tenses
    • Transformation of sequences
  1. Grammar
    • Spellings
    • Word formation
    • Antonyms and synonyms
    • One word substitution
    • articles
    • prepositions
    • Adjectives-degrees of comparison
    • conjunctions
    • Nouns and pronouns
    • Numbers (singular/plural)
    • adverbs
    • Word order
  1. Idioms and Phrases
    • Use of simple idioms
    • Use of common proverbs
  1. Narration Change: Direct/Indirect Sentences
    • Change of sentences from direct to indirect form
    • Change of sentences from indirect to direct form
  1. Active and Passive Voices
    • Change of sentences from active to passive form
    • Change of sentences from passive to the active form

To Downlaod English Syllabus & English Model Paper – Official Pdf File  Download Here


Reasoning and General Awareness (RGA)

  • Numerical series
  • Distance and direction sense test
  • Mathematical Operations (Assigning Value to Arithmetic Sign)
  • Number ranking & time sequence test
  • Assigning artificial values to mathematical digit
  • Inserting correct mathematical digit
  • Human relation
  • Coding and decoding
  • Odd man out
  • Mutual relation problem
  • Tallest youngest relation
  • Dictionary words
  • Analogy
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Number coding
  • Number puzzle


  • Ratio and proportion average
  • LCM, HCF
  • Profit and loss
  • Time, distance, and speed
  • Percentage
  • Simplification of numbers
  • Fraction
  • Area of triangle, square, and rectangle
  • Surface area and volume of cuboid, cylinder, cone, and sphere
  • Probability
  • Simple trigonometry

GK and CA

  • General science
  • Civics
  • Geography
  • Current events
  • History
  • Basic computer operation

To Downlaod RAGA Syllabus & RAGA Model Paper – Official Pdf File  Download Here


6. Final Selection Process of Indian Airforce Armen Exam- PSL & AISL list.


  • PSL (Provisional Selection List):- The PSL (merit-wise) will be prepared after the completion of selection test and the same will be displayed at all the airmen selection centres (ASCs) and also on webportal on 31 October 2020. Inclusion of names of candidates in the PSL depends upon the performance of the candidates in the selection test and the same is determined by application of cut off marks vis-à-vis number of qualified candidates in Phase-II testing and anticipated vacancy

Inclusion of name in provisional select list (PSL) does not guarantee automatic enrolment. Enrolment is strictly in order of merit subject to medical fitness, availability of vacancies, not exceeding the age of 21 years on date of enrolment and meeting all the laid down eligibility criteria as and when called for enrolment. The validity of the PSL shall be 06 months from the date of display and shall be applicable only for intake- 1 or 2.

  • AISL (All India Selection List):- This is the final Selection List, After passing all these above tests Central Airmen Selection Board prepares All India Select List (AISL) based on the marks secured by the candidates in the examination procedure. Those who make their name in the merit list served with the call letter to join for the Joint Basic Phase Training at Belagavi.


7. Pay & Allowances and Perquisites for Indian Airforce Y Group.

  • Pay & Allowances :- During training, a stipend of Rs. 14,600/- per month shall be paid. Group ‘Y’ [Except IAF(S) and Musician 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.
  • 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, House Rent Allowance (HRA), Children Education Allowance/ Hostel Subsidy etc., shall also be admissible from time to time as applicable.
  • Perks :- Perks such as ration, clothing, medical facilities, accommodation, CSD (Canteen) facilities, leave
    (60 days annual and 30 days casual or as per the terms and condition at the time of enrolment in a calendar year as a privilege, subject to service exigencies), Recreational facilities, Transport facility for school going children and Leave Travel Concession (LTC) shall also be provided as per the existing rules. Also, Group Insurance Cover of Rs. 50 Lakhs at a premium of Rs. 3200/- per month for all airmen .

8. Complete Schedule of Indian Airforce Airmen Exams.

Airmen Selection Intake- 1 Intake- 2Commencement of online registration January Month July Month Last date to apply online last of January last of July Issuance of phase I admit card March September Date of phase I selection test2nd or 3rd Week of March2nd or 3rd Week of September Declaration of phase I result April October Issuance of phase II admit card April – May Oct – Nov Date of phase II selection test May Nov Declaration of phase II result25-30 days after exam25-30 days after exam Provisional selection list31 Oct 30 Apr Enrolment list10 Dec10 Jun

9. Important Guidelines to apply applications form for Indian Airforce Airmen Exam.

  • Indian Air Force has released online application form on January and July month in a year.
  • Interested and eligible candidates can do registration at and details are also available at
  • Candidates have to upload some documents, as applicable, during Airmen selection registration. They are listed below.
  • Application fee is Rs 250. Applicant can pay fee using debit card, credit card, net banking, payment gateway, challan at Axis bank.
  • Candidate must have a valid email ID, mobile number for registration. Also, keep aadhaar card handy.

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10. Documents to upload in application form for Indian Airforce Y Group Exam

  • Class 10 certificate.
  • Class 12 marksheet or diploma marksheet
  • Passport size recently color photograph, must not be older than 15 days.
  • Left hand thumb impression
  • Signature
  • Father’s / mother’s / guardian’s signature image if candidate is less than 18 years as on date of filling form
  • Mark sheet with English subject in diploma (if applying on basis of diploma) or in 12th/10th if English is not a subject in Diploma.



TELEPHONE NO. 011- 25694209 /25699606


For queries
pertaining to filling up of online application form, candidates may also contact on Telephone No. 020-25503105/25503106.

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Indian AirForce Group Y FAQs

Q1. What are the subjects for the Indian Airforce Y Group syllabus ?

Ans. The subjects for the Group Y examination are English, and Reasoning and General Awareness.

Q2. What Selection Process of Indian Airforce Y Group ?

Ans. Group Y’s selection process includes a written examination, document verification, physical fitness test, adaptation test 1 and 2, and medical examination.

Q3. Where can I apply from for Airforce Airmen Exam ?

Ans. You can apply through the official website,

Q4. What is the application fee for Indian Airforce Airmen Exam ?

Ans. To submit form successfully, candidates have to pay application fee amounting to Rs. 250/-.

Q5. What is the eligibility criteria for Indian Air Force Airmen ?

Ans. Those who have passed 10+2 class are eligible to submit applications for IAF Airmen.

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