Airmen Group X and Y: Salary, Other Benefits and Promotion

Airmen receive a decent salary and other benefits along with the due promotion during their service. Airmen receive many benefits like accommodation, ration, medical facilities for self and dependents, LTC for self and family, loans for education, interest-free loans for house repair or marriage of sister/daughter, scholarships for children etc.

Created On: Feb 12, 2019 10:53 IST
Modified On: Feb 12, 2019 10:53 IST
airmen group x and y salary and promotion
airmen group x and y salary and promotion

Employees in Group X and Y are called PBOR (Person below Officer Rank) or Airmen. Airmen in Group X will work in the technical fields subject to their trade while Airmen in Group Y will work in other stream other than technical.

In the technical trades of Group X, the posts are: Airframe Fitter, Propulsion Fitter, Weapon Fitter, Electrical Fitter, Electronic Fitter, Mechanical Fitter, Automobile Fitter and Workshop Fitter.

On the other hand, in the non-technical trades of Group Y, the posts are: Accounts Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Logistics Assistant, Operation Assistant, Medical Assistant, IAF Police & Security, Ground Training Instructor, Environmental Support Services Assistant, Meteorological Assistant, Musician and Cryptographer.

Airmen Group X and Y: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Salary of the Airmen in Group X and Y

When IAF selects the Airmen in Group X and Y then they are subjected to training. During the training, the Airmen in both the groups are given a stipend of Rs. 14,600. Once, the training is over, the Airmen in the Group X are given Rs.33,100 per month. The Dearness Allowance is given as applicable. The Airmen in the Group Y are given Rs.26,900 per month. The Dearness Allowance is given as applicable. The salary rises in the subsequent years. The Dearness Allowance is calculated on the sum total of Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP. Military Service Pay (MSP) is given to all the Airmen on a per month basis.

Salary and Promotion of Air Force Officers

Other Benefits to Airmen

In addition to the salary, Airmen also receive various benefits. These benefits are:

  • City Compensatory Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Rations
  • Medical facilities for self and dependents
  • Leave Travel Concession for self and family
  • Loans for education
  • Interest-free loan for house repair or marriage of sister/daughter
  • Scholarships for children
  • Grants for natural calamities, wheelchair etc.
  • Pensions including service, invalidity, disability, war injury etc.
  • Group Insurance covering disability and death
  • Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance
  • High Altitude Allowance
  • Field Area/Modified Field Area Allowance etc.

After retirement, the Airmen are entitled to the pension, medical insurance and gratuity, apart from canteen facilities. Besides this, Air Force allows relaxation in age and reservation in government services as an ex-serviceman.

AFCAT Exam 2019: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Promotion Prospects of Airmen

With time and expertise, Airmen get to the higher ranks during their stay in the Air Force. Also, eligible Airmen can apply for selection as an Officer in the Flying Branch within the age group of 19 to 20 years. Serving Airmen can apply for selection to the Officer’s rank in the Ground Duty Branches (other than Medical).

The promotion policy in IAF is based on the following:

(a) Annual Appraisal Report (AAR /AR/ACR): The basis for promotion is the 'Annual Appraisal report (AAR)' raised every year by the Superior Officer under whom the Airmen work. It is applicable for all ranks.

(b) Promotion Exams: Apart from AAR, Airmen are required to clear promotion exams for their next promotion. These exams are conducted to ensure that Airmen have the essential knowledge on Air Force law, service writing, administration and military history apart from professional knowledge.

(c) Minimum service: The next element is the 'minimum service' in a given rank. This is a necessary requirement for promotion. The minimum service presently in vogue is as follows:


Min Length of Service

Leading Aircraftsman to Corporal

5 Years

Corporal to Sergeant

13 Years 6 months

Sergeant to Junior Warrant Officer

17 Years

Junior Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer

23 Years

Warrant Officer to Master Warrant Officer

28 Years

With the higher ranks, the salary of the Airmen also goes higher. Here is the complete detail:

Rank of Airmen (Promotional Vertical)

Pay Matrix Level

Starting Basic Pay

Military Service Pay (MSP)



Rs. 21,700

Rs. 5,200

Leading Aircraftsman


Rs. 21,700

Rs. 5,200



Rs. 25,500

Rs. 5,200



Rs. 29,200

Rs. 5,200

Junior Warrant Officer


Rs. 35,400

Rs. 5,200

Warrant Officer


Rs. 44,900

Rs. 5,200

Master Warrant Officer


Rs. 47,600

Rs. 5,200

Now, it is evident to the candidates that the IAF provides ample career opportunities to the Airmen. There is much to achieve during the service. The salary is decent, benefits are many and substantial scope of promotion too.

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