With time, Airmen get promoted to higher ranks and Air Force salary 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).
(A) Annual Appraisal Report (AAR /AR/ACR)
The basis for promotion in the Indian Air Force 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
In addition AAR, Airmen also need to clear departmental exams for their next Air Force promotion. These internal exams are conducted to ensure that Airmen have 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 tenure of service' in a given rank. This is a necessary requirement for a Air Force promotion. A Promotion Board is constituted in the month of May each year at Air Force Record Office to consider airmen for promotion. The minimum service presently in vogue is as follows:
Air Force Promotion
Minimum Length of Service
Aircraftsman to Leading Aircraftman
2 Years (including training)
Leading Aircraftman to Corporal
Corporal to Sergeant
13 Years and 6 months
Sergeant to Junior Warrant Officer
Junior Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer to Master Warrant Officer
Please note that in order to get promoted one has to pass the Corporal Promotion Exam and Sergeant Promotion Exam. There is no test for being promoted to LAC. After the rank of Sergeant, other than JWO Promotion Exam one has to have a good record of skill, behaviour, etc. which are also considered for further promotion.
With the higher ranks, the Air Force salary of the Airmen also increases. Here is the complete detail:
Rank of Airmen (Promotional Vertical)
Pay Matrix Level
Starting Basic Pay
Military Service Pay (MSP)
Junior Warrant Officer
Master Warrant Officer
Air Force Group X Salary and Allowances
The remuneration structure for employees recruited under the Air Force Group X is presented in the tabulated format, providing details of allowances and Basic Pay.
Amount or Percentage on Basic Pay
INR 21,700 /- to INR 47,600 (Varies with rank)
Dearness Allowance (DA), Transport Allowance, Education Loan, City Compensatory Allowance, Pension, and others
As per the notification issued by the IAF Board.
Perks and Benefits
Air Force Group X Salary: Additional Perks and Benefits
Candidates selected as employees in the IAF for the Air Force Group X position in 2023 will receive a range of perks and allowances as per Central Government regulations. These encompass House Rent Allowance, City Compensatory Allowances, Education Loan, Pension, Medical Allowance, Dearness Allowance, and Transport Allowance, all tailored for Air Force Group X employees.
Air Force Group X Job Profile
Aspirants who successfully qualify through the written examination, physical test, and medical assessment conducted by the board gain the opportunity to join the Indian Air Force under the Air Force Group X category. Here is an overview of the job profile for Air Force Group X:
Automobile Fitter: Responsible for the maintenance and repair of various light and heavy mechanical vehicles.
Structures Fitter: Tasked with the upkeep and servicing of aircraft airframes, accessories, components, and controls.
Electrical Fitter: Holds the role of maintaining the power supply systems for the latest airborne missiles, along with associated ground systems and defense aircraft.
Mechanical System Fitter: Undertakes the maintenance and repair of mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems across different types of airborne missiles.
The Air Force Group X offers diverse job profiles, encompassing various specialized roles within the Indian Air Force.