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UPSC CDS Salary - pay scale of Entry level officers

UPSC CDS Salary Officers Entry pay scale, allowances, benefits  

UPSC CDS Salary and Allowances 2018 – Union Public Selection Commission conducts Combined Defence Service Exam to recruit entry level officer in the Indian Military Academy(IMA), officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy(INA) and Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA). As per the course choose in application and marks chased in exam, you will be assigned duties.


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  • Officer Entry Pay Scale

  • Grade Pay (rank wise)

  • Allowances (all type)

  • Benefits


UPSC CDS Pay Scale 2020

Officer entry pay scale and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy




Lt. to Major
Lt. Col  to  Major General

Lt. General . Hag Scale

HAG + Scale* ( * Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens)

VCOAS / Army Cdr / Lt. Gen


15,600 - 39,100 ( PB - 3 )

37,400 - 67,000 ( PB - 4 )

67,000/- ( annual increment @ 3% ) - 79.000

75,000/- ( annual increment @ 3% ) - 80,000

80,000/- ( Fixed )

90,000/- ( Fixed )


Grade Pay

In addition to pay, Grade Pay will also be given



Rs  5400


Rs  6100


Rs  6600

Lt. Col

Rs  8000


Rs  8700


Rs  8900

Major. Gen

Rs  10000


  • Due to restructuring of Officers cadre on recommendation of AVS committee, promotion period has been reduced and time scale promotions  has been  increased upto the rank of Col (equivalent) and rank of Lt. Col (TS) has been abolished Col (TS) (equivalent) is entitled to Grade pay of Rs 8700/-

  • A fixed sum of Rs 6000/- is also payable as Military Service (MSP) to officers from LT. to Brig.


Training Stipend

All the candidates who gets commissioned through CDS exam will get stipend during the training days. You will get 21000 as fixed Stipend which includes 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay of 5,400/- for the entire duration of training.


Qualification Pay and Grant

Officers possessing certain prescribed qualifications are entitled to lumpsum Qualification Grant of 6,000/-, 9,000/-, 15,000/- or 20,000/- based on the qualification held by them.


The Indian Army Aviators (Pilots ) serving in Army Aviation Corps are entitled to the Qualification Pay, based on the Qualification held by them as under :

  1. Master Aviation Instructor                                 Rs 500/- p.m.

  3. Senior Aviation Instructor Class I               Rs 400/- p.m.

  5. Senior Aviation Instructor Class II              Rs 280/- p.m.

  7. Aviators holding Master Green Card           Rs 400/- p.m.

  9. Aviators holding Green Card                       Rs 280/- p.m.


The Indian Army Aviators ( Pilots ) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance as under :

Brig. and above                         10500/-

Maj to Col                                 14000/-

Capt and Equivalent                 11000/-

Lt and Equivalent                     9000/-


CDS Allowances:

  • Dearness Allowances are admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the Civilian Gazetted Officers from time to time.

  • A kit maintenance allowance of Rs 400/- p.m.

  • . Depending upon rank and area of posting, officers posted to Field Areas will be eligible for compensatory Highly active Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs 6,780/- to Rs 8,400/- p.m., Compensatory Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs 4,200/- to Rs 5,200/- p.m. and Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs 1,600/- to Rs 2,000/- p.m.

  • In addition to the Compensatory Field Area Allowance, officers posted to areas situated at a height of 9,000 ft and above are entitled for High Altitude Allowance in the range of Rs 1,060/- PM to  Rs 11,200/- PM depending upon rank of the officer and place of posting.

  • Siachen Allowance at the rate of Rs 14,000/- per month will be admissible in addition to Compensatory Field Area allowance to officers of all ranks. This allowance is, however, not admissible in conjunction with High Altitude / Uncongenial climate allowance.
  • Uniform Allowance: Initial allowance for a one time kit @ Rs 14,000/- and Rs 3,000/- for every three years.

  • Free rations are provided to all officers

  • Transport Allowance: Transport allowance @ Rs 3,200/- + DA thereon per month in A-1 / A Class cities and Rs 1,600/- + DA thereon per month at other places shall be admissible to officers.

  • Children Education Allowance

  • In the case of allowances specific to Defence Forces, the rates of these allowances have been further enhanced by 50% as Dearness Allowances has gone up by 100%.

  • State Govt. of Sikkim has approved a cash incentive of 1.5 lac ( Rupees One lakh fifty thousand only ) to successful candidates of Sikkim for all Officers entry scheme.


There are about different types of facilities, benefits and allowances that are applicable to Army in general. In fact if one were to work out the remuneration of a service officer vis a vis a comparable job in the private sector, on the basis of ‘Cost To Company’ (CTC) you would be astounded to find the returns of an Army man very attractive.