UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy : Know here

UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy : Know here

UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy : Combined Defence Services Exam 1 2021 Notification has been released by Union Public Service Commission on 28 October 2020 according to the UPSC Examination Calendar 2021 for induction of officers at Officers Training Academy (OTA) Men and Women, Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA). The CDS Salary includes Basic Pay and Allowances, for example, DA, High Altitude Allowance, Uniform Allowance and others. In this article we have described the UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy and Job Profile of UPSC CDS passed candidate.

Fixed Stipend during Training Period 

Candidates who get admitted to Army, Navy or Air Force subsequent to clearing the UPSC CDS test are first required to experience Cadet Training. During the preparation time frame, the Army Officers and the equal post officials in Navy and Air Force are qualified to get Fixed Stipend of Rs 56,100 every month, which the beginning compensation in Level 10. 

The training period is not treated as the commissioned service.  Once the candidates are commissioned successfully,  they get all the arrears remaining on the basis of their pay matrix with effect from their training period.

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



Pay Scale


Level 10

Rs 56,100-1,77,500


Level 10B

Rs 61,300-1,93,900


Level 11

Rs 69,400-2,07,200

Lt Colonel

Level 12A

Rs 1,21,200-2,12,400


Level 13

Rs 1,30,600-2,15,900


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


Level 16

Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army CDR/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

Level 17

Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)


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 the 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:



Flying Allowance

Pilots in Level 10 & above pay scale get Rs 25,000 per month as 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

Officer in Peace & Filed Areas get Free ration.

Transport Allowance (TPTA)

Higher TPTA Cities: Rs 7200 + DA pm

Other Places: Rs 3600 +DA pm

Children Education Allowance (CEA)

Rs. 2250 pm per child for only eldest two surviving

CEA is applicable from kids' Nursery to 12th class

UPSC 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 


Promotion Criteria


After completing training


2 years of commissioned service


6 years of commissioned service

Lieutenant Colonel

13 years of commissioned service

Colonel (Time Scale)

26 years of commissioned service


15 years of commissioned service


On Selection

Major General

On Selection

Lieutenant General

On Selection


On Selection

 Indian Air Force: Promotion Policy


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)


Air Commodore


Air Vice Marshal


Air Marshal


Air Chief Marshal


Officers Training Academy (OTA): Promotion Policy

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

Captain - On completion of 2 years of commissioned service

Major -  On completion of 6 years of commissioned service

Lieutenant Colonel - On completion of 13 years of commissioned service

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