In a recent report, it was revealed that the Indian Air Force is short of pilots than sanctioned strength. At present, IAF has 3,855 pilots against a sanctioned strength of 4,231. Still, the Indian Air Force needs 376 more. Adding to that, even the Indian Army and Indian Navy face a shortage of pilots. The information was also put forward in parliament by Union Minister of Defence (State) Dr Subhash Bhamre.
Indian Air Force Combat Squadron is also down to 34 squadrons than the sanctioned 42 combat squadron. Three of the squadrons are of older Mig-21Bis, Mig-21M and Mig27 squadrons and may not be effective in the event of war. The old aircraft are supposed to be replaced by Tejas but HAL is failing to speed up the production. The IAF already ordered two squadrons of Rafale aircraft that will boost IAF capabilities.
The selection procedure for becoming an officer in the Indian Air Force is one of the toughest things in the world as the chances of rejection are very high.