Perception of Job Stress among Fighter Controllers in Indian Air Force

  • Sowgandhi Chaturvedula Department of Aviation Psychology IMIAF Delhi
  • Avinash BK Indian Air Force
Keywords: Organisational role stress, Stress coping, Aerospace safety


The fighter controllers (FC) are an occupational group who deal with a hectic, difficult and highly demanding job. Their occupation entails high levels of responsibility in terms of shouldering the Air Defence operations. These kinds of duties require them to perform optimally at all times and thus impose high grade of an unambiguous occupational stress. In the present study 38 Fighter Controllers of 4 IAF Stations were administered Organisational Role Stress (ORS) scale, Stress Buster Tool Kit and Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale. It was found that 66 per cent of the participants felt Inter Role Distance as a reason for high graded stress, similarly Role Stagnancy (55 %), Role overload (61 %) and Role Isolation (40 %) have severely affected the sample studied. Stress buster tool kit showed that 34 per cent participants perceived severe service related and workplace related stress. Holmes & Rahe questionnaire reported that a total of 31.6 per cent participants were at 90 per cent risk of developing systemic co-morbidities due to stress. This study reports that Fighter Controllers perceive their role to be less important with little opportunities for growth. A significant finding that emerged and that needs attention is the possibility that 1/3rd of the participants are prone to stress induced illnesses. The role of Aerospace Medicine Specialists in this context is paramount in alleviating stress and enhancing self-esteem in Fighter Controllers.

Author Biographies

Sowgandhi Chaturvedula, Department of Aviation Psychology IMIAF Delhi

Dr Sowgandhi Chaturvedula, obtained her MA (Psychology) and MPhil from Osmania Universityand PhD in 2017. Presently working as Scientist ‘E’ in DRDO at Institute of Aerospace Medicine Indian Air Force as head of the Department of Aviation Psychology. Her current research involves study on personality, conflict management and well being of civil aviators and hazardous attitudes and aeronautical decision making in military aviators

Avinash BK, Indian Air Force
Mr Avinash BK is a graded specialist in aviation medicine. He secured first rank in MD (Aerospace Medicine) from the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, IAF in 2015. He was commissioned into IAF in 2015 and currently he is serving as a Sqn Ldr in IAF.
How to Cite
Chaturvedula, S., & BK, A. (2018). Perception of Job Stress among Fighter Controllers in Indian Air Force. Defence Life Science Journal, 3(4), 388-392.