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AFCAT Salary and Job Profile- Check Salary, Allowances, Perks and Job Profile in Indian Air Force

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Wed, 20 Oct 2021 10:49 PM IST


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Looking for details on AFCAT salary? Well, this article will definitely help you! Candidates who clear the AFCAT exam and join the Indian Air Force Academy as cadets to get their training receive this handsome amount of salary. AFCAT- Air Force Common Admission Test is conducted by the Indian Air Force to recruit candidates to serve as officers in the Indian Air Force. Candidates who clear AFCAT exam serve as roup A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches. AFCAT Salary differs according to the rank of the officers and post of the officers in different branches.If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs E-book- Download Now.
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AFCAT Salary 2021

AFCAT Salary: Stipend

Candidates who clear AFCAT exam join the Indian Air Force Academy for their training. During the training period, cadets are given a stipend of Rs. 56,100 per month (Starting pay in Level 10). The duration of the training is 74 weeks for cadets of flying and technical branches and 52 weeks for cadets of non-technical branches. The stipend is paid during the last year of training period. 

AFCAT  Salary Structure

After being commissioned as officers on successful completion of the training, the candidates are paid salary in the following order. The salary varies for each branch of the Air Force. As per the 7th Pay Commission, the annual package for different branches is as follows:
Branch Salary Package
Flying Branch Rs. 8 - 10 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Tech) Rs. 7-9 Lakhs
Ground Duty (Non-Tech) Rs. 7-9 Lakhs

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On being commissioned as officers the salary as per different branches is as follows:

Branch Salary Per Month
Flying Branch Rs. 85,372/-
Ground Duty (Tech) Rs. 74,872/-
Ground Duty (Non-Tech) Rs. 71,872/-

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AFCAT Salary: Perks, Allowances and Other Benefits

Along with a handsome salary, there are various perks, allowances and other benefits that officers in the Air Force enjoy. The officers serving in the Flying Branch receive Flying Allowances, officers in the Technical Branch receive Technical Allowances. The allowances also depend on the place of posting and the 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.
Other benefits for Air Force officers are as follows:
AFCAT Benefits What They Entail
  • Air Force Personnel - Rs. 75 lakhs
  • Air Force Personnel (Pilots) - Rs. 85 lakhs
  • Computer Loan
  • Conveyance Loan
  • House Building Loan
Placement Cell To provide civilina jobs 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

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AFCAT Salary:Job Profile

Candidates can opt for Flying, Ground DutyTechnical or Ground Duty Non-Technical Branch while applying for AFCAT Exam. It is important to know the job profile under these three branches which are as follows:

AFCAT Flying Branch Job Profile

  • 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 Technical Branch Job Profile

  • 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-Technical Branch Job Profile

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

AFCAT Salary: Promotions and Career Growth

Promotions in the Indian Air Force are based on the performance and years of service of the officers. The rank structure in the Indian Air Force is as follows:

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

AFCAT Salary: Career Growth

  • On completing their training, cadets are commissioned as Flying Officers in the Indian Air Force
  • On completing 3 years of service, the flying officers are promoted to Flying Lieutenant on passing the department test.
  • Promotion to the rank of Squadron Leader is after 6 years of service
  • Promotions to other ranks are on the basis of vacancies and performance of the officers
  • 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
  • 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.


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AFCAT Salary FAQs 2021

Ques 1. Who set the AFCAT Salary for all the branches?

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

Ques 2. What is the AFCAT pay scale given to the Flying officer on the 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.

Ques 3. What are the allowances provided to candidates selected through the AFCAT exam?

Ans. In addition, to pay, allowances are applicable based on the nature of duty or place of posting and it includes Flying, Technical, Field Area, Special Compensatory (Hill area), Special Force, Siachen, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Area, and Remote Locality Allowance.

Ques 4. What is the in-hand AFCAT salary for Ground Duty (Tech and non-Tech) branches?

AFCAT salary for Ground Duty (Tech) branch is Rs 74,872 while it is Rs 71,872 for Ground Duty (Non-Tech) branch.

Ques 5. What job do candidates get after Afcat?

Candidates selected through the AFCAT exam are granted permanent commission (PC) and short service commission (SSC). A permanent commission is granted to men and those who will join will serve till the age of superannuation as per their branch and rank. SSC is granted to both men and women.


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