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AFCAT Salary & Job Profile: Salary-Structure, Allowances, and Perks

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Feb 25, 2021

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After the final selection, aspirants will join as per vacant posts. The AFCAT salary and other details regarding allowances and job profile have been mentioned in the official notification as well as the official website the Indian Air Force.

The pay scale of the candidates after joining will be paid an amount of INR 56,100/-. . The salary and the allowances will be equal for both men and women officers. In the following article, the AFCAT Salary, benefits & allowances are discussed in detail.

Training Stipend

AFCAT Salary 2021: Training Stipend

The amount of the stipend will be Rs 56,100/ per month (Starting pay in Level 10). This will be paid to men and women during the last year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.

The duration of training will be 74 weeks for the flying and technical branch and 52 weeks in

The case of Non-Tech branches. The accommodation will be provided by the training authorities during the training period.

Salary Structure

AFCAT 2021 Salary Structure

On the successful completion of the training period, the salary of AFA officers will be paid in the first cell of Level 10.

Annual Salary Package of AFCAT

The salary will vary for every branch of the Indian Air Force. The Annual Package for each department, as per the 7th pay commission is enlisted below:

Branch Salary Package
Flying Branch INR 8 - 10 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Tech) INR 7-9 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Non-Tech) INR 7-9 Lakhs

AFCAT Salary Structure

The salary structure of the AFA officers will also be different as per the posts. Candidates can understand what is the sum amount they would receive while joining the Indian Air Force.

Posts Salary Per Month
Flying Branch INR 85,372/-
Ground Duty (Tech) INR 74,872/-
Ground Duty (Non-Tech) INR 71,872/-
Additional Benefits

AFCAT Perks and Additional Benefits

Along with the salary, the Air Force Officers are entitled 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 variable due to the place of posting and nature of duty.

The allowances include Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Field Area Allowance, Special Force, Siachen, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Island Special Duty, Area, and Remote Locality Allowance.

Here is a list of additional benefits other than the above-mentioned allowances.

AFCAT Benefits Description
  • Air Force Personnel - Rs 75 lakhs
  • Air Force Personnel (Pilots) - Rs 85 lakhs
Loan facility
  • Computer Loan
  • Conveyance Loan
  • House Building Loan
Placement cell Helps to provide civil job to retired officers
Medical Allowances
  • All Air Force Officers,
  • Their families
Scholarships and Welfare Grants from the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA)
Post-retirement Benefits
  • Pension
  • Insurance
  • Medical (Lifetime access)
Educational Benefits
  • M.Tech from IIT & BHU-IT (for officers of Technical Branches)
  • Study leave (up to 24 months)
  • Tie-ups with IGNOU
Other benefits
  • Accommodation
  • Leave- Annual leave for 60 days and casual leave of 20 days per year
  • Leave travel concessions
  • Institute and Messes membership
  • School facilities
  • Rail concessions
  • Secured camp life
  • CSD facilities
  • Recreational and sports facilities
AFCAT Job Profile

AFCAT Job Profile

The roles and responsibilities are different for all three posts. Candidates who are aiming for a specific post under IAF should know the job profile. The job profile of all three branches are discussed in detail below:

Job Profile of AFCAT Flying Branch

  • Operate and look after fighter planes with combat.
  • Transportation of material and ammunition tasks
  • Air support and supplies.
  • Helicopters are in service for casual and emergencies.

AFCAT Ground Duty (Tech)

  • Maintenance of all technical tools and equipment of aircraft.
  • Responsibility for managing the technicians who are already qualified.
  • Checking technicians are being provided with the required equipment and tools for the job consisting of RADAR, Aircraft, etc.
  • Must perform aeronautical engineering, weapons, communication systems, avionics, etc.
  • Handling of the aircraft service, Technical processes, and management

AFCAT Ground Duty (Non-Tech)

  • Administration of Air Traffic Controller and Fighter Controller.
  • Managing Accounts and Logistics of the department.
  • Managing the Education.
AFCAT Career Growth

AFCAT Career Growth and Ranks

  • For Flight Lieutenant, an officer must serve for 3 years in the Flying Officers and qualify for a departmental test to get the promotion.
  • To get the rank of Squadron Leader, the officer must complete 6 years of service.
  • Technical officers who are engineers are given the seniority of 2 years for promotion and pay which will be compared to the Indian Air Force officers.
  • All officers must attend the C’ examination which consists of General Knowledge and post concerning topics for Departmental promotion and to seek promotion in ranks.

AFCAT Rank Structure

Level Posts
Junior Level
  • Flying Officer
  • Flight Lieutenant
Executive Level
  • Squadron Leader
  • Wing Commander
  • Group Captain
Director Level
  • Air Commodore
  • Air Vice-Marshal
  • Air Marshal
Chief Air Chief Marshal


Ques. What is the salary of an IAF pilot?

Ans. The in-hand salary of an IAF pilot ranges from Rs. 80,000 to 1,00,000 per month

Ques. How many students appeared for the AFCAT 2020 Exam?

Ans. About two lakh appear for AFCAT for all branches in the AFCAT online computed based test 2020.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.