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UPSC CDS 2016 Officer Entry Pay scale and Allowances

Last Updated - June 08, 2017

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.

CDS 2017 Pay Scale

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.

RankPay Band ( )
Lt. to Major15,600-39,100 (PB-3)
Lt. Col. to Major Gen.37,400-67,000 (PB-4)
Lt. Gen. HAG Scale67,000/- (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)
COAS90,000/- (Fixed)

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CDS 2017 Grade pay

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:

RankPay Bands/ScaleGrade PayMSP
LT ColonelPB-4/37400-6700080006000
Major GeneralPB-4/37400-6700010000NIL

CDS 2017 Qualification Pay and Grant

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:

  1. Master Aviation Instructor Rs.500/- p.m.
  2. Senior Aviation Instructor Class I – Rs.400/- p.m.
  3. Senior Aviation Instructor Class II – Rs.280/- p.m.
  4. Aviators holding Master Green Card – Rs.400/- p.m.
  5. Aviators holding Green Card – Rs.280/- p.m.

CDS Officers’ Allowances

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:

  1. Brigadier and above Rs. 10,500/-
  2. Major to Colonel Rs. 14,000/-
  3. Captain and Equivalent Rs. 11,000/-
  4. Lt. and Equivalent Rs. 9,000/-

The UPSC CDS aspirants should go through the various categories of allowances that the UPSC CDS Officers are entitled to:

  1. UPSC CDS Dearness Allowances (DA):  Same rate and applicable under the same conditions as that of are the Civilian Gazetted Officers from time to time.
  2. UPSC CDS Kit maintenance allowance: Rs.400/- per month
  3. UPSC CDS Field Area Allowance: On the basis of the field areas that the UPSC CDS Officers are posted to, they enjoy the compensatory Field Area Allowance.
  • The Compensatory Highly active field allowance rates are 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.
  • Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs. 1,600/- to Rs. 2,000/- p.m.
  • Additionally, officers posted to the areas situated at a height of 9,000 ft. and above enjoy an extra High Altitude Allowance in the range of Rs. 1,060 p.m. to Rs. 11,200 pm. The amount is decided on the basis of the officer rank and place of posting.
  • Siachen Allowance:  A rate of Rs.14000/- per month is granted to the officers of all ranks in addition to the Compensatory Field Area Allowance. However, a rule applied to this allowance is that it is not admissible along with other High Altitude / Uncongenial climate allowance.
  1. Uniform allowance: For a one-time kit, the Initial allowance received by the UPSC CDS officers is Rs.14000/- and Rs. 3,000/- for every three years. The officers also receive free rations.
  2. Transport allowance: The transport allowance is applicable in two categories:
  • In A-1/A class cities Rs. 3,200/- + DA thereon p.m.
  • At other places Rupee1,600/- + DA thereon p.m.
  1. Children’s Education Allowance



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