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If you are applying to the Flying Branch, you must remember that apart from the general physical standards, there are some standards that are specifically applicable to you. Listed below are the physical requirements applicable to both men and women applying to the Flying Branch.

  • Anthropometric Measurements
    The acceptable anthropometric measurements are as follows:


Minimum Height 
162.5 cms without any exceptions
Leg Length 
Minimum- 99 cms.
Maximum- 120 cms.
Thigh Length
Maximum- 64 cms
Sitting Height
Minimum- 81.5 cms
Maximum- 96 cms





Minimum Height
162.5 cm.
Leg Length
99 cm.

  • X-ray
    X-ray of cervical and Lumbosacaral spine will be carried out. 
    The following conditions detected in the X-ray will be a cause for rejection. 
    • More than mild Kyphosis/ Lordosis, Scolosis more than 15 by Cobb's method.
    • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.
    • Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level.
    • Atlanto occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies. 
    • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
  • Vision
    • Distant Vision 6/6 without spectcles.
    • Near Vision N-5 each eye.
    • Color Vision CP-1(ML T).
    • Manifest Hypermetropia must not exceed + 2.00 Dsph "Myopia - Nill" and Astigmatism + 0.75 DSph.
  • Occular Muscle Balance
    Hetrophoria with the Maddox Rod Test must not exceed:

At 6 meters

Exophoria 6 prism Diopters


Esophoria 6 prism Diopters


Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters

At 33 cm.

Exophoria 16 prism Diopters


Esophoria 6 prism Diopters


Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters

Binocular vision - must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).

  • EEG
    Routine EEG should be within normal limits.
  • In addition , for flying branches the under mentioned rules will also apply:-
  • (a) Spinal anomalies acceptable for Flying duties
    • Bilateral complete sacralisation of LV5 and bilateral complete lumbarisation of SV1.
    • Spina bifida in sacrum and in LV5, if completely sacralised.
  • (b) Spinal conditions not acceptable for flying duties:-
    • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb's method.
    • Herniated nucleus pulposus.
    • Presence of Scmorl's nodes at more than one level.
    • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalities.
    • Hemi vertebra and / or incomplete block (fused) vertebra at any level in cervical, dorsal, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebra at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
    • Unilateral sacralisation or lumbarisation ( complete or Incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbrarisation.

  The following are however conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:

    • Acute or chronic pelvic infection
    • Severe menorrhagia
    • Severe dysmenorrhea
    • Complete prolapse of uterus
    • Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
    • Any other gynecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.
  • The following conditions detected radiologically will disqualify a candidatefor all Air Force Duties:-
    • Granulomatous disease of spine.
    • Spondylolithesis / Spondylosis.
    • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
    • Scheuerman's Disease ( Adolescent kyphosis)
    • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
    • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circuitary deficit.
    • Any Other abnormality if so considered by the speacialist.
    • Arthridies / Spondylosis.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis.
    • Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease.
    • Non-articular rheumatism ( e.g lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.)
    • Misc disorders including SLE, Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis and Vasculitis.

Vision Standards for the Flying Branch Short Service Commission:-

  • (a) Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
  • (b) Manifest Myopia - Nil.
  • (c) LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short service Commission (Flying Branch) 

If the following conditions are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination:-

  • (i) LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  • (ii) The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
  • (iii) At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
  • (iv) The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
  • (v) Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.


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