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CDS Salary 2024, In-Hand Salary, Structure, and Allowances

CDS Salary 2024

The UPSC notifies the salary details for CDS 2024 candidates in its official notification. Aspirants preparing for the CDS exam should refer to this post to understand the monthly salary for CDS positions. The CDS exam is highly competitive, with numerous candidates applying for it each year. Successful candidates are appointed as Officers in the Indian Defence forces. This article provides information on the UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Allowances, and Promotion Scale for Officers recruited in the IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA.

CDS Salary

The CDS Notification 2024 is already released, and many aspirants seek information about the salary. The salary structure for CDS is determined by the CDS pay scale, which defines the salary range and growth opportunities based on factors like rank, experience, and job duties. This structured system ensures fair compensation for CDS personnel, aligning pay with their roles and responsibilities.

The Post-Wise Salary outlines the specific salary corresponding to individual CDS positions, reflecting differences in seniority, skills, and level of responsibilities inherent to each role.

CDS Salary During Training Period

Candidates who successfully clear the UPSC CDS exam and are admitted to the Army, Navy, or Air Force must undergo Cadet Training. During this training period, Army Officers, as well as their counterparts in the Navy and Air Force, receive a Fixed Stipend of Rs 56,100 per month, which marks the starting salary in Level 10. It’s essential to understand that the training duration is not counted as commissioned service. After commissioning, candidates receive any remaining arrears based on their pay matrix, retroactively from their training period.

CDS Salary & Pay Scale of Officers in Army/Air Force/Navy 2024

The salary and pay scale of officers in the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy play a crucial role in attracting and retaining talented individuals who aspire to serve in the armed forces. The compensation offered to officers is designed to reflect their responsibilities, rank, and years of service. Candidates can check the rank-wise Salary Structure in the table below –

Rank Level Pay Scale
Lieutenant Level 10 Rs 56,100-1,77,500
Captain Level 10B Rs 61,300-1,93,900
Major Level 11 Rs 69,400-2,07,200
Lt Colonel Level 12A Rs 1,21,200-2,12,400
Colonel Level 13 Rs 1,30,600-2,15,900
Brigadier Level 13A Rs 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 14 Rs 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 Rs 1,82,200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army CDR/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
COAS Level 18 Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)

Military Service Pay (MSP)

Cadets recruited as Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel or Brigadier in Army or equivalent posts in Air Force and Navy are offered Military Service Pay (MSP).

UPSC CDS Allowances & Perks for IMA/INA/OTA/AFA

Apart from a decent salary package, the officers are eligible to get a few Allowances such as Flying Allowance, Dearness Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Uniform Allowance, etc. Have a look at these allowances below.
Allowances Details
Flying Allowance Pilots in Level 10 & above pay scale get Rs 25,000 per month as a flying allowance
Dearness Allowance Same rates as applicable to civilian personnel
Kit Maintenance Allowance Rs 20,000 annually
Highly Active Field Area Allowance Rs 16,900 pm
Field Area Allowance Rs 10,500 pm
Modified Field Area Allowance Rs 6,300 pm
High Altitude Allowance Category-I – Rs 3,400 pm Category-II – Rs 5,300 pm Category-III – Rs 25,000 pm
Siachen Allowance Rs. 42,500 pm
Uniform allowance Rs. 20,000 pm
Free Ration Officers in Peace & Filed Areas get Free ration.
Transport Allowance (TPTA) Higher TPTA Cities: Rs 7200 + DA pm Other Places: Rs 3600 +DA pm
Children’s Education Allowance (CEA) Rs. 2250 pm per child for only the eldest two surviving CEA is applicable from kids’ Nursery to 12th class

CDS Promotion Policy

The promotion avenues are different in all the armed forces. Have a look at the promotion policies for officers recruited in Indian Military, Navy, OTA and Air Force below.

Indian Army: Promotion Policy

Candidates can check the Promotion Criteria of different ranks in the Indian Army in the table given below –

Rank Promotion Criteria
Lieutenant After completing training
Captain 2 years of commissioned service
Major 6 years of commissioned service
Lieutenant Colonel 13 years of commissioned service
Colonel (Time Scale) 26 years of commissioned service
Colonel 15 years of commissioned service
Brigadier On Selection
Major General On Selection
Lieutenant General On Selection
General On Selection

Indian Air Force: Promotion Policy

Candidates can check the Promotion Criteria of different ranks in Indian Airforce in the table given below –

Rank Promotion Criteria
Flying Officer On Commission
Flight Lieutenant 2 Years of commissioned service
Squadron Leader 6 years of commissioned service
Wing Commander 13 years of commissioned service
Group Captain 26 years of commissioned service
Group Captain (Select) Selection
Air Commodore Selection
Air Vice Marshal Selection
Air Marshal Selection
Air Chief Marshal Selection

Officers Training Academy (OTA): Promotion Policy

Male and Female candidates who are granted the Short Service Commission by the OTA are eligible for the following promotion avenues:

Rank Years of Commissioned Service
Captain 2 years
Major 6 years
Lieutenant Colonel 13 years

All the Best!!


How much is CDS officer salary? 

The Salary ranges between INR 56,100 – 1,77,500 at the Lieutenant level (i.e. after completing training). 

What is the CDS training period salary?

During the training period, the lady and gentlemen candidates are given a fixed stipend of INR 56,100 per month. 

What is the CDS OTA salary? 

The salary of the CDS OTA category is the same as other categories i.e. 56,100 per month.