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Like uniformed personnel, civilians also play a vital role in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). They are working side by side with the uniformed personnel.

There are two types of civilians working in the PAF. Those working in Air HQs are called higher formation civilians and others in Bases/Units are called lower formation civilians. The primary roles of civilians in the PAF are as under:

To provide skill not available with personnel in uniform  
To provide continuity in the smooth functioning of operations / administration in PAF  
To help uniform personnel to concentrate on primary military duties  
Various PAF Civilian Cadres and their Selection Criteria / Schedule:

These are 128 different Cadres of Civilians in the PAF starting from BPS-1 to BPS-19. There are following groups in Civilian Cadres as:

Civilian Gazetted Officers
Ministerial Staff
Technical Staff
Storekeeping Staff
Driving Staff
Cooking Staff
Drawing Staff
Medical Staff
Miscellaneous Staff
Class-IV Staff

Proper induction of civilians and effective manning of the PAF establishment has paramount importance. It contributes to achieve optimum utilization of civilian manpower by keeping the right man on the right job. This could only be done by selecting qualified persons in each cadre, for which different recruitment rules have been framed by the PAF with the approval of Govt of Pakistan. Briefly following conditions are kept in view while inducting civilians in the PAF:

Availability of Vacancy:
There should be a vacant post available.  
Age Limit:
The age of a candidate should not be less than 18 years at the time of enrolment. Generally, the maximum age is 25 years for most of the trades except Technical and Driving/Class-IV Staff for which it is 28 years and 30 years respectively.
For retired personnel of the Armed Forces of Pakistan the upper age Limit is relaxable up to maximum 15 years. Relaxation of 3 years is also admissible for candidates belong to FATA/FANA, backward areas of Sindh & Baluchistan and to the scheduled castes. Moreover, presently a general relaxation up to 5 years has also been allowed by the Government.

Educational Qualification:  
Different academic/professional qualification has been laid down for each cadre. Candidates seeking employment in any cadre mentioned above must fulfil the minimum academic/professional qualifications.  
Medical Fitness:
A candidate selected as civilian in PAF must be medically fit. However, there is an exception for disabled persons for which 2% quota has been reserved.
Provincial/Regional Quota:
Under the provision of constitution of Pakistan, the regional/provincial quota fixed by the Govt, is observed at the time of inducting civilians in PAF.
Security Clearance:  
All candidates employed in the PAF are to be security cleared through relevant civil agencies.