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CDS is conducted twice a year for recruitment ofPermanent Commissioned Officers for Indian Armed Forces. UPSC CDS, being a recruitment examination, it is an essential task to look into the pay scale, allowances, facilities that are applicable to the respective posts.
On an average, 61 varieties of facilities, benefits, and allowances are offered to Army in general. According to the seventh pay commission constituted by Government, the pay scales of all Central Government employees will be revised effective from January, 2016. So, one can expect a considerable increase in pay or perks as counted above.
After the implementation of the 6th pay commission, the UPSC CDS Pay scale has undergone an increase along with the introduction of many other allowances. The 7th Pay Commission that came into force as of January 01, 2016, brought a revision of all the pay scales of Government employees including that of the UPSC CDS Officers.
The UPSC CDS aspirants can go through the Pay Scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy.
|Rank||Pay Band ( )|
|Lt. to Major||15,600-39,100 (PB-3)|
|Lt. Col. to Major Gen.||37,400-67,000 (PB-4)|
|Lt. Gen. HAG Scale||67,000/- (annual increment @ 3%) – 79.000|
|HAG Scale* (* Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens)||75,500/- (annual increment @ 3%) – 80,000|
|VCO / AS / Army Cdr / Lt Gen (NFSG)||80,000/- (Fixed)|
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The officers recruited through CDS 2017 also enjoy the various perks of promotions. The promotion period has been reduced and the time scale of promotion is increased up to the rank of Colonel (equivalent). The rank of Lieutenant Col (TS) has been terminated.
As a part of Military Service Pay (MSP), the officers ranking from Lieutenant to Brigadier are entitled to the fixed sum of Rs.6000/-.
Criteria for promotion: The promotion of Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel occurs in accordance with the timescale. It also depends on the basis of fulfillment of the required service condition.
Stipend during training at Service Academy: The UPSC CDS qualified officers receive a certain amount of stipend during the training session at the service academy. The fixed Stipend during the entire training period is Rs. 21,000/- per month (Rs. 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-).
The candidates can go through the UPSC CDS Pay Scale and promotion criteria according to the rank:
|Rank||Pay Bands/Scale||Grade Pay||MSP|
The government pays a lump sum qualification grant to the officers recruited through UPSC CDS and also possessing certain prescribed qualifications. The UPSC CDS Qualification grant amounts to Rs.6000/-, 9000/-, 15000/- or 20,000/- applicable according to the qualification of the officers. The USC CDS Qualification grant according to the officer rank is detailed below:
The UPSC CDS Allowances specific to the defence force has undergone an enhancement of 50%. The Government of State of Sikkim has announced a cash incentive of Rs.1.5 lac for the successful candidates of Sikkim in all Officers entry scheme.
In the case of the Army Aviators (Pilots) who serve the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to the following range of allowances described below:
The UPSC CDS aspirants should go through the various categories of allowances that the UPSC CDS Officers are entitled to:
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