Indian Air Force Airman Group X and Y: 

Indian Air Force (IAF) Group XY is a personnel level position below officer rank. The XY Group Recruits are also known as Airmen in the Indian Air Force. Candidates can apply for the post through the official website of Airman Group X and

Important dates for Airman Group X and Y: 

  • Starting Date for Apply Online: 22/01/2021
  • Last Date for Apply Online: 07/02/2021 
  • Exam Date: 18-22 April 2021
  • Admit Card Available: April 2021

Application Fee:

  • General / OBC: 250/-
  • SC / ST: 250/-

Eligibility Criteria for Airman Group X and Y:

Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Education Qualification:


Educational Qualification

Group X (Except Education Instructor Trade)

  • Passed 10+2 / equivalent exam with Mathematics, Physics & English.
  • He must have 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English.


  • Passed 3 years diploma course in Engineering in any stream with 50% marks aggregate & and 50% marks in English in diploma or in Intermediate/Matriculation mark sheet, if English is not a subject in diploma course.

Group Y (Medical Assistant)

  • A 10+2/Intermediate / equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English
  • He must have an aggregate of 50% and an English mark of 50%.

Group X (Education Instructor Trade)

For Post Graduation -

  • BA with English as one the subjects or B.Sc with Physics/ Psychology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ IT / Computer Science/ Statistics as one of the subjects or BCA with minimum 50% marks.
  • B.Ed degree with minimum of 50% marks from a Government recognized institute.
  • Graduation and B.Ed programmes should be recognized by UGC/ NCTE/ Competent accreditation authority.

For Post Graduation -

  • MA in English/ Psychology or M.Sc in Mathematics/ Physics/ Statistics/ Computer Science/ IT or MCA with 50% marks.
  • B.Ed degree with minimum of 50% marks from a government recognized institute.
  • Graduation, Post-Graduation and B.Ed programmes should be recognized by UGC/ NCTE/ Competent accreditation authority.

Group ‘Y' (Except Med Asst and Musician)

  • Should have passed Class 10 + 2/Intermediate / Equivalent exam from an education board / Institute listed in Council of Boards for School Education (COBSE) website as members, in any stream/subjects with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English as per the mark sheet of Class 10 + 2 / Intermediate /Equivalent exam.

Group‘Y’ (Musician Trade)

  • 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 / KeyBoard / Guitar / Sarod / Viola / Cello / ContraBass (String Bass).
  1. Candidates eligible for Group X examination are also eligible for Group Y and would be given an option of appearing in both Group X and Group Y exam in one sitting (if they desire to appear for both Groups) while filling up the online registration form.
  2. Diploma holders are eligible to appear for Group X trades only.
  3. Education Boards listed in Council of Boards for School Education (COBSE) website as members, as on date of registration will only be permitted.
  4. Exact aggregate Percentage of marks before decimal as written in the marks sheet of 10+2/Intermediate/Equivalent Examination/Three years Diploma Course OR calculated as per the rules of concerned Education Board/Polytechnic Institute will only be considered (For example 49.99% should be taken as 49% and not be rounded off to 50%).
  5. Candidate must possess his unique valid e-mail ID and mobile number for filling an online application. All communication with the candidate will be done on his registered e-mail ID only.

 Age Limit: 

Group ‘X’ Trades (Except Education Instructor):

Minimum: 17 Years

Maximum: 21 Years

Group ‘X’ (Education Instructor(:

For Graduates:

Minimum: 20 Years

Maximum: 25 Years

For Post Graduates:

Minimum: 20 Years

Maximum: 28 Years

Group ‘Y’ Trades (Except Med Asst and Musician):

Minimum: 17 Years

Maximum: 21 Years

Group ‘Y’ (Medical Assistant):

Minimum: 17 Years

Maximum: 21 Years

GROUP ‘Y’ (Musician Trade):

Minimum: 17 Years

Maximum: 25 Years

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Unmarried

Click here to read Official Notification

Selection Process for Airman Group X and Y:

  • Phase - I (Online Exam)

·         Phase - II ((Physical Fitness Test, AT-I and AT-II Test (At Airmen Selection Centre of IAF)

  • Phase - III (Medical Examination)

Indian Air Force Group X & Y Exam Pattern:

Phase I: Online Exam

Language of Exam: Hindi or English

Below is the pattern of the examination conducted by Airmen Group X & Y exam:

Name of the Group

Subject & No. of Questions

Total Marks

Exam Duration

Airmen Group X

English: 20 Questions (20 minutes)

Mathematics: 25 Questions (20 minutes)

Physics: 25 Questions (20 minutes)

70 marks

60 minutes

Airmen Group Y

Reasoning & General Awareness (RAGA): 30 Questions (25 minutes)

English: 20 Questions (20 minutes)

50 marks

45 minutes

Airmen Group X & Y

Mathematics: 25 Questions (20 minutes)

English: 20 marks Questions (20 minutes)

Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 Questions (25 minutes)

Physics: 25 Question Questions (20 minutes)

100 marks

85 minutes

  • For each question, a candidate will be given 1 mark for the correct answer.
  • For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • If a candidate qualifies Phase I, then he will receive an admit card in his registered email Id for Phase II test.

Phase II: Physical Fitness Test

The candidate who qualifies the Phase- I exam can get further information for Phase- II in CASB Web Portal 

  • 1.6 Km runs to be completed in 06 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • 10 Pushups
  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 20 squats

The candidate who qualifies the Main Exam and Physical Fitness Test, has to face the psychological test. This test is called Adaptability Test 1 & 2. It is inserted in Airman selection since 2006. This test is to check mental ability of candidates and its only qualify in nature, no number is given for it.

  • Adaptability Test-1 (For both Group ‘ X’ & Group ‘Y’ Trades) All candidates who pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) will have to undertake Adaptability Test-1 (objective type written test). Adaptability Test – 1 aims to examine the adaptability of a candidate according to army environment  which involves deployment in varied geographic terrain, weather and operational conditions. The test lasts for 30 minutes in which you have to solve 45 questions.
  • Adaptability Test-2 (For both Group ‘ X’ & Group ‘Y’ Trades). All candidates who pass Adaptability Test -1 will have to undertake Adaptability Test-2 as per policy in vogue. Adaptability Test-2 is to select candidates who can adapt to the environment of Indian Air Force and are able to adjust to the military way of life.

List for Air force Selection Centers for Phase - II

  1. Ambala Cantt (Haryana) 
  2. New Delhi 
  3. Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
  4. 24 Paragnas (North) West Bengal
  5. Jodhpur (Rajasthan) 
  6. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  7. Bangalore (Karnataka)
  8. Chennai (Tamil Nadu) 
  9. Bhubaneswar (Odisha) 
  10. Patna (Bihar)
  11. Guwahati (Assam)
  12. Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
  13. Kochi (Kerala) 
  14. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

Phase III: Medical Standard

Visual Standards and Height

As per the table given below.


Weight should be proportionate to height and age.


Minimum range of expansion : 5 cm


Should have normal hearing i.e. able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters by each ear separately.


Should have healthy gums, a good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points.


Candidates should be of normal anatomy without loss of any appendages. He should be free from all communicable diseases & skin ailments. Candidates 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 the inner face of the forearms(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, the 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.

Note: 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:-

Sl No.


Candidates from


NE & Hill States

Other States


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  • 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.

General Medical Standards for both Group ‘X’ (Except Education Instructor Trade) and Group ‘Y’ (Except Automobile Technician, GTI, IAF (P), IAF(S) and Musician) Trades is according to the Indian Air Force Standards.



Medical Standard



152.5 cms



Minimum Range of Expansion 5 Cms



Proportionate to Height & Age (minimum weight of 55 Kg required for Operations Assistant (ATS)

Trade only)



Able to hear forced whisper from a distance of 6 meters with each ear separately


Corneal Surgery (PRK/LASIK)

Not acceptable.



Should have healthy gums, good set of teeth and minimum 14 dental points



Candidates should be of normal anatomy without loss of any appendages. He should be free from any active or latent, acute or chronic, medical or surgical disability or infection and skin ailments. Candidates shall be physically and mentally FIT to perform duty in any part of the world, in any climate and terrain.

Note: Permanent tattoos on the body are not permitted in the military, however, tattoos on the inner face of the forearms, back/reverse side of the palm, cultural & tribal tattoos may be considered.

Syllabus for Airman Group X and Y:

Airmen Group X and Y Syllabus: English

1. Passage:

A short passage followed by four questions to test comprehension (understanding of the passage, drawing inference, understanding of vocabulary).

2. Grammar I:

Verb concord, Forms of verbs and errors in the use of verbs, Sequence of tenses and errors in the use of tenses, Transformation of sentences – Compound, Complex, Simple, Negative,

Affirmative, Comparative degree, Positive degree, Superlative degree etc.

3. Grammar II:

a. Formation of words – Nouns from verbs and adjectives, Adjectives from nouns and verbs, Adverbs from adjectives

b. Determiners

c. The Preposition

d. Nouns and Pronouns

e. The Adjective

f. The Adverb

g. The Conjunction

h. The Modals

i. Clauses – Noun clauses, Adverb clauses of condition and time and Relative clauses

4. Vocabulary

a. Synonyms and Synonyms in context

b. Antonyms and Antonyms in context

c. One word substitution

d. Spelling pitfalls

e. Simple Idioms/phrases

f. Words often confused/Selecting the correct word fitting in a sentence

5. Narration (Direct and Indirect)

a. Commands and requests

b. Statements (Various tenses)

c. Questions (Various forms of questions, tenses, etc.)

6. Voice (Active and Passive)

a. Changes required under each tense.

b. Other conditions for transforming Active into Passive: The Preposition, Modal auxiliaries, Infinitive, Participles

7. Jumbled Sentences

Arrangement of jumbled sentences into meaningful ones.

 Airmen Group X Syllabus: Physics

  • Principles of Communication
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism
  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  • Physical Quantities and Measurement
  • Motion of System of Particles & Rigid Body
  • Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
  • Oscillation
  • Waves
  • Electrostatic
  • Current Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
  • Optics
  • Atomic Nucleus
  • Gravitation
  • Kinematics
  • Laws of Motion
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Solids and Semiconductors Devices

Airmen Group X Syllabus: Mathematics

  • Sets and Functions
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Mathematical Induction
  • Cartesian System of Coordinates
  • Straight Line
  • Circles
  • Conic Sections
  • Complex Numbers
  • Quadratic Equations and Linear Equations
  • Sequences and Series
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Binomial Theorems
  • Exponential and Logarithm Series
  • Solutions of Triangle
  • Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Function, Limit and Continuity
  • Differentiation
  • Applications of Derivatives
  • Indefinite Integrals
  • Definite Integrals
  • Differential Equation
  • Probability
  • Logarithm
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Boolean Algebra

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: Reasoning

  • Number Series
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Direction Test
  • Number Ranking
  • Alphabet Series
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Decision Making
  • Blood Relations
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Mirror Images
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Embedded Figures

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: General Awareness

  • General Science (biology of human body, organic chemistry, etc.)
  • Civics (polity, constitution of India, etc.)
  • Geography (lakes, river, waterfalls, irrigation and agriculture, etc.)
  • Current Events (days, events etc.)
  • History (Indian freedom struggle, viceroys, governors, dance, music and fairs, etc.)
  • Basic Computer Operations (computer and mobile technology)

Airmen Group Y Syllabus: Mathematics

  • 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 Cuboids, Cylinder, Cone and Sphere
  • Probability
  • Simple Trigonometry

The syllabus given above is of 10+2 level of the CBSE. 

Airman Group X and Y Salary and Perks:


During training, a stipend of Rs. 14,600/- per month will be paid. On completion of training the starting gross emoluments at the minimum of scale of pay including Military Service Pay (MSP) and Group ‘X’ Pay {applicable for Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trades only} plus Dearness Allowance (DA) will be as follows:

1. Group ‘X’ (Technical) Trade

Rs. 33,100/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.

2. Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) Trades

Rs. 26,900/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.

3. Education Instructor Trade (Sgt)

Rs. 40,600/- per month (approximately) plus DA (as applicable) which, in subsequent years, may rise as per the career progression of the individual.


1. Allowances

Transport allowance

Composite personal maintenance allowance (CPMA)

Leave Ration allowance (LRA)

Children Education Allowance


2. Perquisites

Perks such as Ration, Clothing, Medical facilities, Accommodation, CSD (Canteen) facilities, Leave (60 days Annual and 30 days Casual in a Calendar year as a privilege, subject to service exigencies), Recreational facilities, Transport for school going children and Leave Travel Concession (LTC) are also provided as per the existing rules. Group Insurance Cover of Rs. 37.5 Lakhs at a premium of Rs. 2300/- per month for all airmen and facilities of Group Housing Scheme are also extended. Other facilities by the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) are also extended to the families of airmen.

Career Growth in Airman X and Y Group:

Air Craftsman

Leading Air Craftsman



Junior Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer

Master Warrant officer