Eligible women officers who are being inducted into Ground Duty branches are considered for grant of permanent commission at par with their male counterparts based on a gender neutral policy with uniform Qualitative requirements (QRs).
Permanent commission (excluding Medical and Dental Branch) have been granted to 10177 officers in the IAF as on 01.12.2016.
A total number of 336 women officers (excluding Medical and Dental branch) have been granted permanent commission till date.
The criteria for allotting permanent commission (PC) in the IAF are based on a gender neutral policy. The eligible officers for grant of PC are considered by a Board of Officers constituted at Air Headquarters based on their suitability, willingness, medical category, availability of vacancies and position in merit etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Poonamben Maadam in Lok Sabha today.