Aeronautical Engineering 2021 Admission: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

Aeronautical Engineering Exam

Aeronautics is one of the most exciting and promising fields of engineering. Those who want to carve out their career in the world of aircraft and jet planes should go on to study Aeronautical Engineering. Candidates can pursue Aeronautical Engineering course from Indian Air Force (IAF) academy. The complete details about the exam are as under.

Career Opportunities

Aeronautical Engineering is essentially an art and science of aircraft designing, maintaining and manufacturing. Students are taught how to develop, construct, use and maintain the aircraft system. Students are taught about the control mechanism, navigation system, quality checking, aircraft launch testing, structural design, and development.

Both private and government sectors hire aeronautical engineers. Almost all aviation companies involved in either construction, design or services hire Aeronautical engineers. Some of the regular recruiting companies of aeronautical engineers are HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organisation), ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), Indian Airlines, Air-India etc.

How to pursue Aeronautical Engineering Course

Students can opt for Aeronautical Engineering right after the 10+2 exam. They should be good students in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. There are three types of Aeronautical Engineering courses which can be pursued by students after 10+2 or Graduation or Post Graduation.

Name of Course in Aeronautical Engineering

Duration of Course

Minimum Educational qualification requirement

Polytechnic Diploma Course

3 years

10th or 10+2


4 years



2 years


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Candidates who wish to study in depth about Aeronautic Engineering can do the Doctoral Programme after completing M.Tech.

Available Application Forms

Aeronautical Engineering Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

The IAF conducts a very elaborate selection exam for admission in the aeronautical engineering course. The various stages of the exam are as follows –

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Fitness Test
  3. Interview,
  4. Medical Examination
  5. All India Selection List
  6. Enrollment of the candidate

Written Examination-

A candidate is tested for his English first, and if the candidate qualifies, then he is tested for Physics and Maths further.

Physical Fitness Test -

The candidates who qualify the written examination are tested for their physical fitness. They are asked to cover 1.6 Km by running in 8 minutes. Those candidates who complete this test in 7 minutes and 30 seconds or less are given additional points.

Interview -

Candidates who qualify the PFT are called for personal interview. It is a kind of a personality test. If a candidate qualifies this round, he is sent for the medical examination.

Medical Examination -

A candidate is required to undergo a medical examination. A candidate is tested thoroughly for his physical fitness. He is declared either ‘Fit’, ‘Unfit’ or ‘Temporarily Unfit’.

All India Selection List -

An All India Selection List is prepared, which is published on the official website of the IAF or the Airmen Call Centre. The Airmen selection authority calls those who qualify at this stage. Candidates should report to the authority. They are issued enrollment by the Airmen authority.

Enrollment of Candidate -

Those candidates who are issued enrollment are required to undertake 26 weeks of training at the Belgaum at the Airmen Training School. Here, they undergo the JBPT or Joint Basic Phase Training. At the completion of the training, they are again tested for TAT (Trade Aptitude Test). On the basis of candidate’s performance in the TAT, he is assigned a Trade. In order, to get a specialisation in the TAT, which is assigned to candidates he is referred to the training institutions.

OLQ Test

After clearing this stage of the exam, a candidate receives a call letter from the Air-force Selection Board. A candidate is again subjected to some tests, which are a Psychological test, Interview and Group discussion. All these tests collectively are referred to as OLQ or Officer-like qualities.

The Psychological test is a written test by the Psychologist. The Group discussion is conducted like an outdoor activity, where a candidate is seen for his active physical participation. Finally, a personal interview is conducted by the Airforce officers. Then, on the last day a conference is held, where each candidate is briefed about his performance in the exam. Those candidates who qualify the exam are asked to go back home and wait for the call, for further medical examination. Those candidates who fail in the exam are routed their home on the same day.

Aeronautical Engineering Exam 2021 Eligibility

Aeronautical Engineering in Electronics


A candidate should be an Indian citizen.

Age, Gender, and Marital Status

  • A candidate should be in the 18-28 years age group.
  • It applies to both Men and Women.
  • A candidate should be single.

Educational Qualifications

  • B.E/B.Tech – A candidate should have a score of 70% and above in the GATE exam.
  • He/ she should have done B.E/B.Tech in Telecommunication, Electronics, Electrical, Electrical Communication, Electronic Communication, Instrumentation, Computer Science, and Engineering.
  • M.Sc Degree – Physics, Electronic Computer Science, Computer Application.
  • M.Sc Tech in Electronics and Radio Engineering.
  • MCA – In Maths, Physics, and Electronics.

Aeronautical Engineering in Mechanical


A candidate should be an Indian citizen.

Age, Gender, and Marital Status

  • A candidate should be in the 18-28 years age group.
  • It applies to both Men and Women.
  • A candidate should be single.

Educational Qualifications

B.E/B.Tech in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Industrial Production, Production or a combination of these subjects.

Aeronautical Engineering Exam 2021 Application Process

How To Get Admission

  • All top-ranked institutions of India like IIT’s and NIT’s offer Aeronautical Engineering programmes. There are many private institutions also which offer this course. Candidates can opt for any of the two above- mentioned courses.
  • To get admission in the IIT and NIT colleges, a candidate should qualify the JEE Mains Exam.
  • Similarly, to get admission to the M.Tech programme, a candidate should qualify the GATE Exam. A candidate should be B.Tech in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

IAF (Indian Air –Force) Aeronautical Engineering Exam

The Indian Air-Force Aeronautical Engineering Exam is conducted on a yearly basis. The IAFAeronautics course is divided into 2 sections, namely – Electronics and Mechanical.

Aeronautics engineers of the Electronic branch, handle various jobs related to the aircraft communications system. They also handle sophisticated electronic gadgets related to the aircraft functioning like a Radar system.

Whereas the Aeronautics engineers of the Mechanical branch take care of the error-free operation of the aircraft.

Application Process

The candidates who wish to join the IAF Aeronautical Engineering should appear for the IAF entrance exam. The advertisement for the exam is published in all leading newspapers of the country. Candidates can also visit the official website of the IAF to know more details about the exam. There are three testing centres of the IAF exam – Varanasi, Dehradun and Mysore.

Other Details

IAF Aeronautical Engineering Test Centers

  • Varanasi
  • Mysore
  • Dehradun

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. How to get admission in the IAF Aeronautical Engineering?

Candidates can get admission in the IAF Aeronautical Engineering exam by qualifying its exam.

Q. How many branches of Aeronautical Engineering are there in the IAF?

There are two branches, namely Mechanical and Electrical.

Q. What should be the educational qualification to get in IAF Aeronautical Engineering Exam?

A candidate should have done B.E/B.Tech in related subjects and should have scored at least 70% marks in the GATE exam.

Q.If female candidates are also eligible to apply for the exam?

Yes, female candidates can also apply for the exam.

Q.How many stages are there in the IAF Aeronautical Engineering exam?

The candidate is required to pass through the following stages of examination –Written Examination, Physical Fitness Test, Interview, Medical Examination, All India Selection List, Enrollment of the candidate.

Q.What is the OLQ test in the exam?

It is an Officer-like qualities test which is conducted towards the end of the exam.

Q.How to know about the IAF Aeronautical Engineering exam?

The notification for the exam is published in most of the leading newspapers.

Q. What should be the age limit of the candidate for the exam?

A candidate should be between the age group of 18-28 years.


Vijay Nikam
January 27, 2021
Did i get job in Indian Air Force after completing IAF Aeronautical Engineering ?
likhith sai
September 11, 2019
hi my name is likhith sai currently i am studying 10 class in narayana high school and also preparing for NTSE examination what are the steps to become aeronautical engineering
Exams Planner
September 19, 2019
You must complete 12th class with science stream and then pursue B.Tech./ M.Sc. / MCA for becoming eligible for aeronautical engineering. Check out the eligibility section.
Pallavi dilip gaikwad
June 10, 2019
I am current 12th passing student and I want to intrested in navy and air force but ..At this time I want apply for aeronautical. Engineering plzz give me details fees, eligibility, colleges ,and etc
Exams Planner
June 11, 2019
Check out aeronautical engineering details -
Dudhane Mayuri
June 5, 2019
Can a 12th HSC pass,MHT-CET appear student apply for the Aeronautical Engineering?
Exams Planner
June 12, 2019
No, check out the eligibility section carefully.
Jidnesh mhatre
February 21, 2019
I am in last sem of diploma in mechanical engineering .I want to do aeronautical engineering so which exam is capable fir doing this course.
Exams Planner
February 25, 2019
You must clear the JEE Main exam for taking admission in B.Tech. Aeronautical Engineering course. There are other state-level engineering entrance exams you can appear for.
Kimaya Dhere
December 29, 2018
Is that compulsory, that student should have appear Jee entrance test?And what if he/she is qualifying only 12th board exams?
March 6, 2019
It is not necessary to join in aeronautical engineering except for national institutions like iits and nits