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AFCAT Salary 2019 – Know Branch wise salary and allowances (Air Force)

AFCAT Salary 2019-2020: Dear AFCAT aspirants, whatever job in this world in general be, we are always curious about the payment. And more often we accept or reject a job because of wages, though that might not be the case of aspirants who want to join Indian Air Force.

But one good thing about IAF, apart from the dedicated service that it provides is its pay grade and allowances and that makes a handsome salary. So here we will discuss about AFCAT Salary in detail.

AFCAT Salary 2019 – Know Branch wise salary in detail


Indian Air Force candidates are divided into three sections or Branches. While filling up the application form itself, the candidate is enabled to choose the duty that he wants to offer.

  1. Flying duty branch
  2. Technical duty branch
  3. Ground duty branch

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AFCAT Salary Definition

The Pay scale of each branch differs in structure as defined by IAF.

A Flying Officer is racked in Pay Band (15,600 – 39,100) per month along with Grade Pay, Military Service Pay. Dearness Allowances, Kit Maintenance & Transport Allowance.

Besides this, there are other allowances as well, based on the nature of duty or place of posting like Flying, Technical, Field area, Special compensatory(Hilly area). It also includes Special Force, Siachin, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Area and Remote Locality.

Once you successfully complete the AFCAT assessment, you will be put in either of the three branches based on performance.

  • Flying Branch salary – 85,372/-
  • Ground Duty (Tech) Branch Salary – 74,872/-
  • Ground Duty (Non-tech) Branch Salary – 71,872/-
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Other Allowance

  • For flying branch 11,500/- rs. as flying allowance.
  • For technical officers 2500/- rs. as Technical Allowance.

In Ground Duty Non Technical, Total 4 duties will be there. They are Administration, Logistics, Accounts and Education Duty.

For Ground Duty Technical, only Aeronautical engineers(Electronics and Communication or Mechanical) are there.

Allowances in IAF

In addition to Grade Pay, the officers are entitled to get paid the following allowances.

  • Military Service Pay
  • Dearness Allowance(DA)
  • Transport Allowance
  • Allowances based on type of duty such as Flying, Technical and Ground duty
  • Allowance depending on area of posting like Field area, Special Compensatory Hill area,Special Force, Siachin, Island Special Duty, Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer, Hard Area Allowance, Remote Locality

AFCAT Benefits

Indian Air Force offers other benefits also, apart from the grade pay and allowances

  • Furnished accommodation
  • Comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents
  • Supply of entitled rations
  • Canteen
  • Officers’ mess facilities and many more

LTC and leave (60 days annual and 20 days casual) subject to service exigency.


Once you complete the training successfully on time, you will get insurance coverage. In fact, 75 Lakh Insurance Cover (on contribution) is applicable to commissioned officers. Additional cover of 10 Lakh (on contribution) is applicable to Flying Branch Officers explicitly.

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