UPSC CDS Salary 2021: Check Pay Scale, Promotion Policy, Training Stipend

UPSC CDS Salary 2021: Check Pay Scale, Promotion Policy, Training Stipend

UPSC CDS Salary, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy: Combined Defence Services Exam 2 2021 Notification has been released by Union Public Service Commission on 4th August 2021 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). CDS 2 2021 exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 14.
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.

UPSC CDS Salary 2021: 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 2021

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 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.

Allowances Details
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 

RankPromotion Criteria
LieutenantAfter completing training
Captain2 years of commissioned service
Major6 years of commissioned service
Lieutenant Colonel13 years of commissioned service
Colonel (Time Scale)26 years of commissioned service
Colonel15 years of commissioned service
BrigadierOn Selection
Major GeneralOn Selection
Lieutenant GeneralOn Selection
GeneralOn Selection

Indian Air Force: Promotion Policy

RankPromotion Criteria
Flying OfficerOn Commission
Flight Lieutenant2 Years of commissioned service
Squadron Leader6 years of commissioned service
Wing Commander13 years of commissioned service
Group Captain26 years of commissioned service
Group Captain (Select)Selection
Air CommodoreSelection
Air Vice MarshalSelection
Air MarshalSelection
Air Chief MarshalSelection

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

UPSC CDS Salary 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the CDS officer salary? 

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

Q2. What is the CDS training period salary?

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

Q3. What is the CDS OTA salary? 
Ans. The salary of the CDS OTA category is the same as other categories i.e. 56,100 per month.

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