Indian Air force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It was officially established on Oct 8, 1932. The President of India Pranab Mukherjee serves as the ex-officio Commander-in-Chief of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), is a four-star commander and commands the Air Force.

Commissioned Officers

Marshal of the Air Force is a honorary rank given to an Air Chief Marshal for his invaluable service and will continue to serve the rest of his term with the honorary rank. In recognition of his services, the Government of India conferred the rank of Marshal of the Air Force onto Arjan Singh in January 2002 making him the first and the only ‘Five Star’ rank officer with the Indian Air Force.

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Marshal of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal
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Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader
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Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer* .

*The rank of Pilot Officer is not used anymore. All officers in the Indian Air Force are commissioned with the rank of Flying Officer.

Officers Pay & Perks In Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force not only offers you an adventurous and challenging career but also takes care of all your needs including accommodation, healthcare, recreational facilities and education for your children etc.
Right after 10+2,  you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer and you start earning a monthly stipend of Rs. 21,000/- during last one year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.

Once you are Commissioned as a Flying Officer, other than getting an attractive pay package you and your family enjoy an excellent way of life.

The following Pay / Allowances would be applicable on grant of Commission to Flying Officers:-

  1. Pay in Pay Band ( Common to all Branches ) – Rs 15,600 Per Month ( The officer will be placed in PB 3 – 15600-39100 )
  2. Grade Pay :- Rs 5400 PM
  3. Military Service Pay :- Rs 6000 PM
  4. Dearness Allowances @ 58 Percent :- Rs 15660 PM
  5. Kit Maintenance Allowance :- Rs 500 PM
  6. Transport Allowance :- Rs 3200 + DA ( major cities) / 1600 + DA ( Other cities)

In addition the following allowances are admissible

1. Flying Allowance @ Rs 11250 PM to Flying Branch Officers. 
2. Technical Allowance @ Rs 2500 PM to Technical Branch Officers.

The following are the gross monthly emoluments applicable at different ranks ( includes Pay in Pay Band, Grade Pay, MSP, DA and Transport Allowance of major cities. Flying and Technical allowance would be over and above as applicable).

Gross Monthly Emoluments
Flight Lieutenant
Rs 49,738 /-
Squadron Leader
Rs 58,713/-
Wing Commander
Rs 86,768/-
Group Captain
Rs 99,345/-
Air Commodore
Rs 1,04,443/-

Note:- Monthly Flying Pay admissible to different ranks are as follows :-

Flying Pay
Flying Officer
Rs 11,250 /-
Flight Lieutenant
Rs 13,750 /-
Squadron Leader
Rs 17,500/-
Wing Commander
Rs 17,500/-
Group Captain
Rs 17,500/-
Air Commodore & above
Rs 13,125/-

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