AFCAT Salary 2023 - Indian Air Force Salary, Allowances & Perks

AFCAT Salary 2023 – The salary of an Air Force officer after the 7th Pay Commission is mentioned on the official website. The benefit related to the pay scale of AFCAT starts with the beginning of the training period itself. The pay scale of candidates joining through AFCAT exam is Rs 56,100.

AFCAT is conducted to recruit eligible candidates (both men and women) to be part of the Indian Air Force. Candidates through AFCAT exam are selected to the post of Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches. Further information on the AFCAT exam is available on the link provided here.

This article will discuss in detail the AFCAT Salary, benefits to candidates such as Allowances, Perks, Promotions, etc. who join Indian Air Forces on clearing the AFCAT exam. Aspirants of other Government exams can get the relevant information about other upcoming exams on the given link. 

AFCAT Salary

Applicants appearing for AFCAT 1 2023 must be willing to know the detailed pay scale, allowances, perks, in-hand salary of Air Force officers on clearing the AFCAT examination. Hence, the table below highlights the salary of AFCAT for the trainee level for all branches. 

AFCAT Training Stipend 

Stipend for AFCAT Training in the Air Force is as mentioned below:

Training Stipend – AFCAT Stipend Amount
Stipend to men and women during the entire duration of training at any of the Air Force Training Institutions Rs 56,100/ per month (Starting pay in Level 10)

On successful completion of the training, the salary of AFCAT candidates in the pay matrix of the officer commissioned will be fixed in the first cell of Level 10.

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AFCAT Salary Structure

On grant of Commission to Flying Officer, the following pay and allowances are applicable – 

AFCAT Salary Structure
Rank Flying Officer
Level  10 
Pay as per 7th CPC pay matrix Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500
Military Service Pay Rs 15,500 Per Month

Apart from the mentioned AFCAT salary, the officers are also entitled to other allowances such as Transport Allowance, Children Education Allowance, HRA etc. which are discussed further in the article. 

AFCAT Salary – In-hand Pay & Annual Package

The salary in the Air Force is different for officers in different branches. 

The table below mentions the branch-wise pay scale of Air Force officers-.

IAF Branch IAF Salary
Flying Branch Rs 85,372
Ground Duty Technical Branch Rs 74,872
Ground Duty Non- Technical Branch Rs 71,872

Aspirants can go through the AFCAT Notification for further details on Air force Common Admission Test. 

The annual salary package is given to IAF Officers of different branches are as follows:

IAF Branches Annual Salary Package
Ground Duty (Technical) Rs 7-9 lakhs
Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Rs 7-9 lakhs
Flying Branch Rs 8-10 lakhs

Aspirants applying for various government exams can check the linked article for post-wise salary structure for examination.

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AFCAT – Allowances to Air Force Officers

In addition to the entitled salary, Air Force officers are admissible to various allowances as well. The allowances that IAF officers are entitled to are Flying Allowance to Flying Branch Officers, Technical Allowance to Technical Branch Officers. 

The allowances are admissible based on the place of posting, nature of duty. It includes Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance, Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Island Special Duty, Area and Remote Locality Allowance.

AFCAT – Privileges to Air Force officers

Apart from the salary and allowances, the IAF officers are also admissible to perks and privileges. The AFCAT perks and privileges are –

  • Furnished accommodation
  • Comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents
  • Loans at subsidised rates
  • Canteen, Officers’ Mess
  • Leave Travel Concession. Officers in the Air Force are entitled to leave (60 days annual and 20 days casual) subject to service exigencies
  • Insurance cover of Rs 1 crore applicable to serving officers. An additional cover of Rs 12 Lakh (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers

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AFCAT – Promotion to Air Force Officers

IAF promotions are based on the performance and years of service.  The levels of promotion given to Flying Officers are as follows:

AFCAT Promotions
IAF Posts IAF Levels
Flying Officer Junior Level
Flying Lieutenant Junior Level
Squadron Leader

Wing Commander

Group Captain

Executive Level
Air Comrade

Air Vice-Marshal

Air Marshal

Director Level
Air Chief Marshal Chief

AFCAT Career Growth of IAF Officers – important pointers

  1. Promotions for AFCAT are applicable to the first three ranks on the basis of the timeline. 
  2. On completion of training in flight cadet candidates are commissioned as Flying officers.
  3. On completing 3 years of service, the flying officers are promoted to Flying Lieutenant on passing the department test.
  4. On completing 6 years of Service, candidates will be promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader
  5. Promotions for other posts is done based on the job and according to the vacancies in the positions. 
  6. Technical officers who are engineers are given the seniority of 2 years for the purpose of promotion and pay which will be compared to the Indian Air Force officers.
  7. It is mandatory for all officers to attend the C’ examination which consists of General Knowledge and post concerning topics for Departmental promotion and to seek promotion in ranks.

Candidates can check the following links to know important information about AFCAT-

AFCAT – Job Profile of Air Force Officers

The job profile of the 3 branches of AFCAT is different. The table below highlights the responsibility and job profile of a candidate who joins the Air Force in any branch through AFCAT-

AFCAT – Job Profile of IAF Officers
IAF Branches IAF Job Profile
AFCAT Flying Branch
  • Operate and look after fighter planes with the combat, Transportation of ammunition tasks
  • Air support and supplies.
  • Transportation of materials
  • Helicopters are in service for casual and emergency situations.
AFCAT Ground Duty Technical 
  • Maintenance of all technical tools and equipment of aircraft
  • Managing the technicians who are already qualified.
  • Making sure the technicians are being provided with the required equipment and tools for the job consisting of RADAR, Aircraft, etc.
  • Performing aeronautical engineering, weapons, communication systems, avionics, etc. 
  • Handling of the aircraft service.
  • Technical processes and management in the aircraft.
AFCAT Ground Duty Non-Technical 
  • Administration of Air Traffic Controller and Fighter Controller.
  • Accounts of the department.
  • Logistics of the department.
  • Education.

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Frequently Asked Question – AFCAT Salary


Q.1. Who sets the AFCAT Salary for all the branches?

Ans. The Indian Air Force, being the conducting body of AFCAT exam, determines the AFCAT Salary for all the branches.

Q.2. What is the stipend paid to candidates during the training period?

Ans. The stipend to men and women during the entire duration of training at any of the Air Force Training Institutions is Rs 56100 per month.

Q.3. What is the highest designation a Flying Officer can be promoted to?

Ans. The highest designation a flying officer can avail of is the Air Chief Marshal.

Q.4. What is the minimum Military Service pay given to candidates recruited through AFCAT exam?

Ans. The Military service pay of INR 15500 is fixed per month apart from salary to all the officers being recruited through AFCAT examination.

Q.5. What is the AFCAT pay scale given to Flying officer on Grant of commission?

Ans. On grant of commission, the flying officers are paid in level 10 of 7 CPC pay Matrix and the minimum pay scale ranges between Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500 INR.

Q.6. What are the other allowances admissible to officers recruited through AFCAT exam?

Ans. Air Force officers are admissible to various allowances based on the place of posting, nature of duty. It includes Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance, Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Island Special Duty, Area and Remote Locality Allowance.