How to Join Pakistan Air Force as a General Duty Pilot (GDP)

Quality of Equipment, quality of Aircraft and quality of men is the Utmost importance of Pakistan Air force; The PAF is very much selective about choosing the right men for its selection. The selection in Pakistan Air force requires a set of highly advanced set of selection procedures which advances with a high standardized procedure of training, resulting in a rewarding career in the Pakistan Air force.


Joining Pakistan Air Force as a general duty pilot is one of the most daring and brave careers in life as PAF picks out one of the finest men and women in her country, The Pakistan air force known to be one of the best air forces in the World has acquired new era’s of Human skills and initiation, As our Quaid said about Pakistan Air force “second to none” surely it is and the men our air force chose are second to none as well.


Following are the selection requirements and procedures involved in Becoming a General Duty Pilot in the Pakistan Air Force.

Age Requirements: 16 to 22 years

Nationality: pakistan-flag-with-military

Male/Female citizens of Pakistan. (Candidates with dual nationality will have to surrender their foreign nationality upon joining the course otherwise their candidates will be cancelled).



Educational Qualification:PAF-Interview A Candidate must have obtained at least 50% marks in aggregate in any of the following:

  • HSSC/FSC (Pre Engineering /Pre Medical)
  • Senior Cambridge in five subjects and should have passed Physics and Math’s or Biology in “A” Level.
  • Intermediate with Physics and any two of Math’s, Statistics, Biology and Computer Science. (Equivalence certificate in case of foreign qualified) 

Marital Status: Unmarried Male/Female citizens of Pakistan.


Selection Procedure:PAF-registration

Registration at PAF Information & Selection Centre: candidates are required to register themselves in the PAF Information and selection centre’s situated in the following cities in Pakistan,


Abbotabad: 310, Mansehra Road, Near Ayub Medical complex, Abbottabad

Phone: 0992-385157

Bahawalpur: 10-A Extension Scheme Sattelite Town, Bahawalpur

Phone: 0621-9250103

Faisalabad: Main Jhang Road, Near 64 Pulley Stop, Faisalabad

Phone: 041- 9201199

Hyderabad: 49, Salahudin Road, Hyderabad

Phone: 022 – 9200936

Karachi: Main Shahra-e-Faisal, Near PAF Base, Faisal, Karachi

Phone: 021 – 99240999, 99547911

Lahore: 14, Munir Road, Munir Chowk, (Near PAF Cinema), Lahore

Phone: 042 – 99220084

Mianwali: TMA Rest House, Balu Khail Road, Committee Chowk, Mianwali

Phone: 0459 – 234397

Multan: 217, Sher Shah Road, Multan

Phone: 061 – 9201183

Peshawar: 9, The Mall, Peshawar

Phone: 091 – 9210829

Quetta: MA, Jinnah Road, Quetta

Phone:  081 – 9201753

Rawalpindi: 3, The Mall, opposite AFIC, Rawalpindi

Phone: 051 – 5701143

Sukkur: Minara Road, opposite Govt. Islamia College,Sukkur

Phone: 071 – 9310409

Intelligence Test followed by Academic Test in Physics & English: Intelligence tests are followed after the registration; these tests are conducted in the selection centers followed by Physics and English academic tests

Preliminary Medical Examination and Interview at Selection Centre: PAF-Selection-Procedure

Medical examinations are held by a Medical officer of the PAF in selection centers, Medical examinations usually carry out Height,weight, eye sight and chest inflation tests with other important tests, Interviews are conducted by the Officer Commanding of the Selection centres and Psychologist officers.


Tests at ISSB:ISSB-Tests
After succeeding and going through medical and intelligence tests, the successful candidates are given a call by the ISSB and are brought over for a 5 day series of tests in Kohat, Gujranwala and Malir( Karachi) any location near to the address of the candidate.


Medical Examination at CMB:Medical-Check-Up

Recommended candidates are then referred to CMB (Central Medical Board) after ISSB, these examinations are held in PAF Base Masroor and is a procedure taking almost 2 to 3 days.


Flying Aptitude Test:FAT

After Recommended by the Medical Board, successful candidates are then scheduled for flying aptitude tests that is held at PAF I&S Centre, Karachi, The flying aptitude test is the most difficult step in becoming a GD pilot, as it acquires the reflex and concentration of candidates


Cadets_Mess_PAF_Academy_RisalpurAfter the above tests, Selected and successful candidates are then finally Selected in the order of merit by the Air Headquarters and are then sent to training at the PAF academy Risalpur where they have a three and a half years of studies up to BSc and basic flying training at PAF Academy, Risalpur.




On successful completion of training, the Aviation Cadets are commissioned in the GD (P) Branch of the PAF.



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