Air Force Group X and Y

What is Group X & Y Exam in Indian Air Force?

  • Indian Air Force Group X & Y are the personnel below officer rank in the Indian Air Force also known as Airmen.
  • The Indian Air Force conducts the Group X & Y exam for the selection of airmen into the Indian Air Force.
  • Indian Air Force Group X & Y is a national level examination which is conducted twice a year, first in March and next in September.
  • This exam is conducted for young undergraduates who are looking for an opportunity to join the Indian Air Force.

The exam is only applicable for Male candidates who are selected in the following branches/trades:

  1. Group X (Technical Trade):
  • Students who have passed/appeared in 10+2 with Physics and Maths are eligible for Group X trade.
  • Their work profile includes maintenance of all fields related to Aircraft, ground systems, etc.
  1. Group Y (Non-Technical Trade):
  • Students who have passed/appeared in 10+ 2 in any stream are eligible for Group Y trade.
  • Their work profile includes all work other than technical like logistics, administration, accounts, etc.
  1. Educational Qualification:
Trade Educational Qualification
Group X
  • 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 & 50% marks in English
Group Y (Except Medical Assistant)
  • Passed 10+2/equivalent exam with Mathematics, Physics & English
  • He Must have 50% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in English
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%


Candidates eligible for Group ‘X’ examination (based on the percentage of intermediate/10+2) are also eligible for Group Y and would have the choice of appearing for both Group X and Group Y exams. This choice can be mentioned while completing the online registration form.

The aggregate percentage of marks mentioned before the decimal will be considered. The rounding off of marks/percentage is not allowed. That means, 49.99% will not be considered as 50%.

  1. Medical Standards:

Even before the written exam, one needs to appear for medical examination, below is a list of medical standards for Indian Air Force Group X & Y 2020-21:

Criteria Minimum Standards
Height Minimum height – 152.5 Cm
Weight Proportionate to height & age (BMI)
Chest The minimum range of 5 cm expansion
Hearing Able to hear forced whispers from a range of 6m

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.

Indian Air Force Group X & Y Exam Pattern

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 QuestionsMathematics: 25 QuestionsPhysics: 25 Questions 70 marks 60 minutes
Airmen Group Y Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 QuestionsEnglish: 20 Questions 50 marks 45 minutes
Airmen Group X & Y Mathematics: 25 QuestionsEnglish: 20 marksReasoning & General Awareness: 30 QuestionsPhysics: 25 Question 100 marks 85 minutes

For each question, a candidate will be given 1 mark for the correct answer while for each wrong answer 0.25 mark will be deducted

Indian Air Force Group X & Y Syllabus

  1. English Syllabus for Indian Air Force Group X & Y exam:

Here is the detailed syllabus of the English paper of the Airmen Group X & Y exam, which consists of the following topics:

  1. Comprehension
    It will include a passage which is followed by some questions
  2. Grammar
    It will include the following sub-topics:
  • Word Formation (nouns from verbs, adjectives, etc.)
  • Proposition
  • Determiners
  • Noun & Pronoun
  • Conjunction
  • Adverb
  • Modals
  • Clauses (noun, adverb & relative clauses)
  • Subject-verb concord
  • Verb formation and error in their use
  • Sentence transformation (simple, negative, compound, complex, etc.)
  1. Vocabulary

This section will include the following topics:

  • One-word substitution
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spelling errors
  • Idioms and phrases
  1. Mathematics Syllabus for Indian Air Force Group X exam:

Questions that are asked in the Mathematics paper is from the following topics:

  • 3-Dimensional geometry
  • Application of derivatives
  • Application of integrals
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Cartesian system of rectangular coordinates
  • Circles and family of circles
  • Complex numbers
  • Conic sections
  • Definite and Indefinite integrals
  • Differential equations
  • Differentiation
  • Limit and continuity
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear programming
  • Mathematical induction
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Quadratic equations
  • Sequence and series
  • Sets, relations, and functions
  • Statistics
  • Straight lines and family of lines
  • Trigonometric & Inverse Trigonometric functions
  • Vector
  1. Physics Syllabus for Indian Air Force Group X exam:

Questions that are asked in the Physics paper is from the following topics:

  • Laws of motion
  • Communication Systems
  • Trigonometric & Inverse Trigonometric functions
  • Sets, relations, and functions
  • Electronic devices
  • Optics
  • Sequence and series
  • Kinematics
  • Waves and Oscillations
  • Physical-world and measurement
  • The behavior of perfect gases and the kinetic theory of gases
  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Bulk matter properties
  • Magnetism and Magnetic effects of current
  • Radiation and Dual nature of matter
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Straight lines and family of lines
  • Vector
  • Work, Power, and Energy
  • Electromagnetic induction and Alternating current
  • Electrostatics & Current Electricity
  • The motion of a system of particles and rigid body
  • Thermodynamics
  • Gravitation
  • Statistics
  1. Reasoning Syllabus for Airmen Group Y exam:

Following topics of the Reasoning section will be asked in the exam:

  • Distance and Direction
  • Number Simplification
  • Area of triangle, square and rectangle
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Blood relations
  • Number Puzzle and coding
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Odd one out
  • Percentage
  • Inserting correct mathematical sign
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Mutual relation problem
  • Assigning artificial values to mathematical digit
  • Average
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Simple Trigonometry
  • Time, Speed, and Distance
  • Dictionary words
  • Profit and loss
  • Number Series
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Youngest, tallest relation-based questions
  • Time sequence, Number and Ranking
  • Volume & Surface area of cone, cylinder, cuboid, and sphere
  1. General Awareness Syllabus for Airmen Group Y exam:

General Awareness section comprises of following topics:

  • Current Affairs
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Basic Computer Operations
  • Civics

Indian Air Force Group X & Y Selection Process

The Indian Air Force Group X & Y selection process is shared below:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Fitness Test
  3. Medical Examination
  4. Merit List

Phase I: Online Test:

The online test of Indian Air Force Group X comprises a total of 70 Questions of one mark each with a duration of 60 minutes. The Group Y Paper comprises a total of 50 Questions of one mark each with a duration of 45 minutes.

The candidates who appear for both Group X & Y need to appear for a paper which consists of a total of 100 questions, the total time duration is 85 minutes.

The subject-wise segregation is shown below:

Name of the Group Subject-wise no. of questions
Group X
  • English: 20 Questions
  • Mathematics: 25 Questions
  • Physics: 25 Questions
Group Y
  • Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 Questions
  • English: 20 Questions
Group X & Y
  • Mathematics: 25 Questions
  • English: 20 marks
  • Reasoning & General Awareness: 30 Questions
  • Physics: 25 Question


Correct Answer: 1 Marks

Incorrect Answer: 0.25 Marks

Unattempted Question: 0 Marks

To get to the subsequent stage, candidates need to clear the cut-off in each paper separately.

Phase II:

After clearing Phase I, which is an online test, a cut off marks will be decided by the CASB, and based on that, candidates will be shortlisted for Phase II of the selection of Indian Air Force Group X & Y.

Phase II of the Indian Air Force Selection Process will be conducted at the Airmen Selection Centre. Here is a list of 14 Airmen Selection Centres:

Airmen Selection Centre Address
1 Airmen Selection Centre Ambala, Haryana
2 Airmen Selection Centre New Delhi
3 Airmen Selection Centre Kanpur, UP
4 Airmen Selection Centre 24 Parganas (North), West Bengal
5 Airmen Selection Centre Jodhpur, Rajasthan
6 Airmen Selection Centre Mumbai
7 Airmen Selection Centre Bengaluru, Karnataka
8 Airmen Selection Centre Chennai, Tamil Nadu
9 Airmen Selection Centre Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
10 Airmen Selection Centre Patna, Bihar
11 Airmen Selection Centre Guwahati
12 Airmen Selection Centre Secunderabad Andhra Pradesh
14 Airmen Selection Centre Kochi, Kerala
15 Airmen Selection Centre Bhopal, MP

The Admit Card for the Indian Air Force Group X & Y phase II examination can be downloaded under candidates login and the following documents are required:

  • NOC and 4 self-attested photocopies from the employer for those who are presently serving in government organizations.
  • HB Pencil, Eraser, Glue stick, Stapler, and Blue/Black Ball Point Pen.
  • Original Phase – I admit card used during Phase – I testing which has a seal of Indian Air Force & invigilator’s sign.
  • 8 copies of unattested recent (which was used for the online application registration) color passport size photograph.
  • 4 self-attested photocopies of NCC ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificate along with Original Copy.
  • 4 self-attested photocopies of 10+2/Intermediate/Equivalent Examination Marksheet & passing certificate.
  • Printout for phase II of the Admit Card.
  • Duly filled application form & color print out.

The procedure of Phase II of Indian Air Force Group X & Y:

Candidates should have the above-mentioned papers to determine the prima-facie eligibility when appearing for the selection test to be scrutinized/verified before the beginning of Phase II.

Candidates who pass the Online Test and are selected on a specified date on the CASB Web Portal www. airmen will be called to designated Airmen Selection Center for Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consisting of 1.6 kilometers to be finished within 06 minutes and 30 seconds.

Candidates will also have to complete a minimum of 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 20 squats for qualifying in the Physical Fitness Test within the specified moment.

Note: It is recommended that candidates take their sports shoes and shorts/track pants.

Adaptability Test 1: (Applicable for both Group X & Y):

All applicants who clear the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) will be required to undergo Adaptability Test-1 (objective type – written test) to evaluate the suitability of the candidate for Indian Air Force job role which involves deployment in different geographical terrain, climate, and operational circumstances.

Adaptability Test 2: (Applicable for both Group X & Y):

All applicants passing the Adaptability Test -1 must undertake the Adaptability Test-2 by the current policy. Adaptability Test-2 is designed to select applicants who can adapt to the Indian Air Force setting and adapt to the military lifestyle.

Medical Exam:

Candidates qualifying for the Adaptability Test-II will be awarded at the corresponding ASCs with a letter of the medical appointment. It can also be downloaded for medical examination at the designated Medical Boarding Center (MBC) on a specified date under CASB internet portal Indian Air Force Medical Team shall conduct the medical examination by IAF medical norms.

Following are the tests that are conducted during the medical exam:

  1. Hemoglobin –
  2. Urine
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Blood Sugar
  5. Urea, Uric acid
  6. X-Ray
  7. ECG
  8. Serum Cholesterol

Some general guidelines that are needed to be taken care of:

  1. Candidates must mention 5 choices of examination in the order of preference while filling the application form. However, CASB has the right to allot and center than those mentioned in the application.
  2. Requests for change of exam date shall not be entertained.
  3. Duplicate / Incomplete / Applications filled incorrectly shall be dismissed.
  4. Candidates should be ready to remain under their own agreement for the entire length of the exams. No TA/DA is eligible.
  5. If a candidate completes all phases of the selection procedure, the upper age limit will be 21 years as of the date of enrolment.
  6. The candidacy of applicants applying more than once in response to this advertisement shall be rejected.

Provisional Select List (PSL):

The incorporation of candidate names in the PSL relies on the applicant’s performance in the selection exam and the same is determined by applying the cut-off marks against the number of skilled candidates in stage-II testing and expected vacancy.

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