AFCAT Salary 2020
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 - 5:10 p.m. IST by Vikrant.shukla

AFCAT Salary 2020 - Indian Air Force (IAF) has mentioned the AFCAT 2020 Salary in its official notification released on November 23, 2019, and also at Candidates looking to appear for AFCAT 2020 exam must go through the salary of AFCAT 2020 and know about the pay scale and benefits they will be getting after being commissioned. As per IAF, the AFCAT salary scale comprises of basic salary and various other benefits. Along with the basic AFCAT salary 2020, selected candidates are also entitled to various other allowances like dearness allowance, travel allowances, house rent allowances, loan facilities, children education etc. According to the official notification of AFCAT, a candidate even before being commissioned as an Air Force Officer will earn a monthly stipend of Rs. 56,100/- during their last one year training period at any of the training institutions. To know more about AFCAT salary 2020, check out the complete article here.

IAF is conducting the AFCAT 2020 exam to recruit candidates into three branches - Flying duty, Technical duty and Ground duty. Once a candidate successfully qualifies AFCAT and completes the training, they will be put in either of these three branches based on their performance. While filling up the AFCAT application form candidates will be able to choose the respective branches.

The following AFCAT salary pay would be applicable on the grant of Commission to Flying Officers:-

Pay in Pay Band (Common to all Branches) - Rs 56,100 Per Month (The officer will be placed in Level 10 in the Pay Matrix of VIIth CPC - 56,100-1,10,700).

Military Service Pay:- Rs 15,500 Per Month.

Apart from this, the newly Commissioned Officers in Flying and Technical Branches will also get:-

  • Flying Allowance to Flying Branch Officers

  • Technical Allowance to Technical Branch Officers

AFCAT 2020 Salary Highlights:

  • This job comes with its challenges, a handsome paycheque and more than that endless benefits and facilities for you and your family so much that you will not need any other luxury in the world.

  • The proper AFCAT pay scale of each post differs for each post.

  • Apart from the basic salary, candidates will also get Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Dearness Allowance, Allowances for Kit Maintenance & Transport Allowance separately.

  • IAF has a separate AFCAT pay scale for each branch - Flying duty, Technical duty and Ground duty.

  • After being a part of IAF a candidate enjoys the luxury of working for the best defence organisations in the world apart from the respect and honour.

  • As the candidate grows in rank and stature their income, responsibilities and other entitlements will also increase

AFCAT 2020 Salary - Payscale

Being an IAF officer is one of the most challenging jobs but the authorities know how to take great care of the recruits making it one of the well-paid jobs in the world. After qualifying the AFCAT and completing the training period successfully, an officer can earn a salary of Rs. 56,100-1,10,700. Apart from the salary the Indian Air Force also provides its officers with various other benefits and perks. In the following table, we have shared the branch-wise payscale of AFCAT and the benefits.

AFCAT Salary 2020 - Branch-wise Payscale

Flying Branch Salary

Rs. 85,372/-

Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 74,872/-

Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary

Rs. 71,872/-

AFCAT 2020 Salary - Benefits

Once you join the Indian Air Force, you get entitled to many facilities and benefits which range from housing facilities, medical facilities, schools for your kids and all the other day-to-day needs. Not just this, but you also continue to avail these benefits after your retirement. Few of the benefits are mentioned here:

AFCAT 2020 - Various Benefits


Air Force Personnel - Rs. 75 lacs

Air Force Personnel (Pilots) - 85 lacs

Scholarships and Welfare

Grants from the AFWWA (Air Force Wives Welfare Association)


All Air Force Officers, their families and dependants get free access to medical rooms and hospitals equipped with the best facilities.

Loan facility

Computer Loan

Conveyance Loan

House Building Loan

Post-retirement Benefits

  • Pension

  • Insurance

  • Medical (Lifetime access)

Educational Opportunities

  • M.Tech for officers of Technical Branches in IIT & BHU-IT

  • Study leave of up to 24 months

  • Tie-ups with IGNOU

Placement cell

Helping retired officers get a civil job matching their profile

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

Promotions in AFCAT

The promotions are applicable on the basis of the timescale for the first three ranks. For the other posts, the promotions are done on the basis of selection which depends upon the frequency with which the job positions get vacant. Promotion after this stage becomes a little abrupt because of the pyramidal promotional scene.

  • Once an individual has served the Flying officers for complete 3 years, they will be promoted to Flight lieutenants. They will have to qualify a department test to be eligible.

  • The Air Force is currently hiring Commissioned Officers as Flying Officers. So, Technical Officers who are actually engineers are provided seniority of 2 years for the purpose of pay and promotion as compared to Officers of the IAF.

  • If a candidate completes 6 years of service IAF, they will be granted the rank of Squadron Leader.

  • To climb up in the hierarchy, all Officers are mandatory to clear the promotion exam ‘C’ (Departmental).

Apart from the salary in AFCAT 2020 there are various growth opportunities as well. As an IAF officer, the sky's the limit for the candidates. Starting a career as a Flying Officer a candidate can spruce up to the rank of Air Marshal. Check out the rank structure of the commissioned officers in IAF:

Rank Structure in AFCAT 2020:



Junior Level

Flying Officer

Flight Lieutenant

Executive Level

Squadron Leader

Wing Commander

Group Captain

Director Level

Air Commodore

Air Vice Marshal

Air Marshal


Air Chief Marshal

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - AFCAT Salary 2020

Question: How much salary and benefits are expected for AFCAT?


The Pay Band of AFCAT (Common to all Branches) is Rs 56,100 Per Month (The officer will be placed in Level 10 in the Pay Matrix of VIIth CPC - 56,100-1,10,700). While the candidate will also be entitled for Military Service Pay amounting to Rs 15,500 Per Month.

Question: What is the salary offered to the candidates after qualifying AFCAT?


Candidates get a salary of Rs. 56100-110700, depending upon their post.

Question: What is the salary which one gets while training at Indian Air Force?


The stipend is Rs. 21,000 but after deducting the fooding and lodging charges the in hand stipend can be anything around 13000-14000.

Question: What are the salary packages after qualifying for the AFCAT and clearing the SSB?


The salary package is different for various branches. Flying Branch Salary - Rs. 85,372/-, Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary - Rs. 74,872/-,

Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary - Rs. 71,872/-.

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Questions related to AFCAT

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i have compleated my PUC i humanities and compleated diploma in aeronautical engineering and i have applied and got my admit card. is there any problem regarding my eduction can i able to write the exam?

AnkiT KunwaR 19th Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Unfortunately you are not eligible for IAF AFCAT.

There is no post for candidates holding Diploma degree in Indian air force.For joining any post in Indian Air Force, one must possess a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level. And a Graduation with a minimum of 3 years degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or a B.Tech degree.

I hope this helps.

what are the post in airforce for girls

Malini S N 25th Jan, 2020

There are three ways by which you can render your to Indian Air Force if you are a female.One is by joining the Flying branch. Female candidates of age 19 to 23 years can opt for flying branch.The eligibility for this is that you should be have a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university with aggregate of 60% marks and had maths and physics as subjects in your class 12.Other is the technical branch for which the age limit is 18-28 years and you should have a degree in Aeronautical engineering from any recognized university with 60% aggregate.The third one is Government duty Branches in which you will be posted in any of the fields of Logistics, Accounts, Education, Administration and Medical & Dental Branch.Qualification for this will differ based on the post you are applying for.


I am in 12th. Can i apply for AFCAT which is open now?

Manisha Gupta Expert 8th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

AFCAT exam is conducted to recruit the candidates at the Flying Branch and Permanent Commission (PC)/Short Service Commission (SSC) in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) Branches.

As per the eligibility you should be graduate, The eligibility varies to the post. As you told that you are in Class 12th then you are not eligible to apply for AFCAT.

To check the further information you can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


if I clear the exam of air Force x &y grp then how many chances to get the job

KISHORE LOHRA 29th Dec, 2019

dear ajay ,

if you clear the airforce group x or group y exam then there is a 50% chance to get the job because clearing the written exam will not provide you the job it only allows a candidate to go for next level which is the physical fitness test and medical .for getting a job in airforce you must have a good physical strength for clearing physical fitness test ,and most of the candidate does this mistake that they prepare for written test but not for physicalfitness test and they disqualified.

so if you want to get the airforce job then you must prepare yourself for both written exam and physical fitness test.


i am in B. sc final year . can i elligible for afcat now

Mridusmita Deka 22nd Jan, 2020

You are definitely eligible for AFCAT provided you had Maths and Physics in 10+2 with 60% marks in each subjects. Indian Air Force (IAF) prescribes the eligibility criteria of AFCAT . The eligibility of AFCAT is decided on the basis of age, marital status, nationality, educational qualifications, and physical standards of the aspiring candidates.
AFCAT is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned/Class 1 Gazetted Officers in Flying and for Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical branches) in the Indian Air Force. There are three stages in AFCAT selection process - online test, AFSB interview and medical test. Candidates have to qualify one stage of the exam to appear for the subsequent stage.

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