Salary and Promotions of Air Force Officers

The Indian Air Force provides a career with a handsome pay and perks. The Air Force Officers get the due promotions in their career as they go ahead with their services. The job is challenging and with the promotion, the challenge becomes bigger.

Created On: Feb 12, 2019 10:40 IST
salary and promotion in air force
salary and promotion in air force

The Indian Air Force provides an outstanding pay along with a career filled with prospects. Apart from the nationalism, patriotism and honour; the IAF is known to take care of its employees with good pay and other benefits. The job offers challenges but it offers the due salary also.

Salary & Allowances of Indian Air Force Officers

The IAF Officers start to earn even before they get Commission from the IAF. During the last year of their training, they will start receiving a stipend of Rs. 21,000 per month. When the Commission is given to them, then their salary break-up will be as follows:

  • Pay in the Pay Band Rs. 15,600-39,100 (Same for Flying, Technical, Ground Duty)
  • Grade Pay will be Rs. 5,400
  • Military Service Pay will be Rs. 6,000
  • Dearness Allowance @ 107 per cent amounts to Rs. 28,890
  • Kit Maintenance Allowance will be Rs. 500
  • Transport Allowance will be Rs. 3,200 + DA ( in major cities) OR Rs. 1,600 + DA ( in other cities)
  • Flying Allowance will be Rs. 11,250 per month for Flying Branch
  • Technical Allowance will be Rs. 2,500 per month for Technical Branch

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Additional Benefits Granted to IAF Officers:

  • Furnished accommodation, electricity, water, domestic help etc. at no or low charges
  • LTC scheme for vacation
  • Benefits like free Hospital, canteen benefits
  • Lifetime Pension (if service is at least 20 years)

The Monthly Package of the IAF Officers would be:

Flying Branch: Rs. 74,264
Technical Branch: Rs. 65,514
Ground Duty Branch: Rs. 63,014

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Promotions in Indian Air Force

Promotions in the IAF are based on timescale for the first three ranks. After this, the promotions are based on selection depending on the frequency with which positions become free. Promotion after this stage becomes steeper due to the pyramidal promotional structure. Hence, for this purpose, there exists a Time Scale (TS) promotion. Here are the details of the promotion policy:

Time Scale (TS) promotion

(a) The Air Force presently recruits Commissioned Officers as Flying Officers (Lieutenants). However, the Technical Officers who are engineers are given ante-date in seniority of 2 years for pay and promotion compared to other Officers of the IAF. The reason is to attract the best possible talent in the technical field.

(b) Officers after serving as Flying officers for 3 years are promoted to Flight lieutenants. However the Officers must pass a departmental examination referred to as Promotion Examination 'B'. This examination consists of papers in General Knowledge, Staff duties and Professional subject. An officer must secure 50% to pass this examination.

(c) On completion of six years of total service an Officer of the IAF is granted the rank of Squadron Leader.

(d) To go further up in the hierarchy, all Officers must pass promotion exam ‘C’. This exam consists of papers on Current affairs, Air Power, Air Force Law and General Service training. An Officer becomes a Wing Commander after 12 years of service.

Promotions Based on Seniority and Merit

Promotions above the rank of Wing Commander are based on seniority and merit. An Officer of the Flying Branch will become eligible for consideration to the rank of Group Captain after completing 16 years of service.

Ground Duty Officers, who are non flyers, will be considered for Group Captain Rank after 18 years of service. He will face Promotion Board No. 1, which is presided over by the Air Officer in Charge Personnel (AOP).

Subsequent promotions to the rank of Air Commodore and Air Vice Marshal come under No. 2 Promotion Board of which the Vice Chief is the presiding officer. All recommendations of the Promotion Boards (1 and 2) are put for approval to the Ministry of Defence, which has the last say in all the matters of promotion.

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