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CDS Salary: Complete Details CDS Officer Salary Perks, Allowances And Career Growth

CDS Salary 2020: Complete details about CDS Officer Salary & Pay Scale of Officers in Army, Air Force, Navy and CDS Career Growth.

| Updated On August 29th, 2020 at 07:28 pm

CDS Salary: CDS Officer Salary Perks, Allowances & Career Growth

Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted twice every year for the recruitment of officers in army, navy and air force defence services by Union Public Service Commission. Graduates from all over the country within the age limit apply for the CDS exam in the hope of getting selected for the prestigious government post. To work in the defence services as officers and serve the nation is a proud moment for aspirants. Now the question is- what is the salary of CDS officers? What is the CDS Salary for cadres recruited in defence forces? What are the benefits, perks and allowances one gets after getting recruited via CDS examination? Although you don’t need any particular reason to work in defence, we are highlighting all the benefits that make it worth it.

UPSC CDS Salary and Career Growth For Army Ranks

Indian army officers recruited through the CDS exam are posted to the rank of Lieutenant at level 10. The UPSC CDS salary of a Lieutenant is in the pay scale of Rs 56,100 -1,77,500. The Lieutenant are promoted to the post of Captain after 2 years of service. Check out the further ranks and pay scale of Indian Army:

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


CDS Officer Salary for Navy Ranks & Career Growth

UPSC CDS Salary 2020: Indian Naval officers recruited through the CDS examination are posted to the rank of Sub- Lieutenant at level 10. The CDS salary of a Sub- Lieutenant in Navy is in the pay scale of Rs 56,100 -1,77,500. The Sub-Lieutenant is promoted to the post of Lieutenant after 2 years of service. Check out the further ranks and pay scale of Indian Navy:

Pay Scale of Officers : CDS Officer Salary
SUB LIEUTENANT 10 56100-177500 15500
LIEUTENANT 10B 61300-193900 15500
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER 11 69400-207200 15500
COMMANDER 12A 121200-212400 15500
CAPTAIN 13 130600-215900 15500
COMMODORE 13A 139600-217600 15500
REAR ADMIRAL 14 144200-218200 NIL
VICE ADMIRAL 15 182200-224100 NIL
DGAFMS 17 225000 NIL


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CDS Salary & Career Growth For Air Force Ranks

CDS Air Force Officer Salary: Indian Air Force officers recruited through the CDS examination are posted to the rank of Flying Officer in the pay band 3. The CDS salary of a Flying Officer is in the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 in the grade pay 5400. The Flying Officer is promoted to the post of Flight Lieutenant after 2 years of service. Check out the further ranks and pay scale of Indian Air Force:

Sr.No. Air Force Rank Pay/Band
Pay Band/Scale Grade
1. Flying Officer Pb-3 15600-39100 5400
2. Flight Lieutenant Pb-3 15600-39100 6100
3. Sqn. Leader Pb-3 15600-39100 6600
4. Wing Commander Pb-4 37400-67000 7600
5. Group Captain Pb-4 37400-67000 8700
6. Air Commodore Pb-4 37400-67000 8900
7. Air Vice Marshal Pb-4 37400-67000 10000
8. Air Marshal Pb-4 37400-67000 12000
9. Chief Of Commands Apex Scale 80000
10. Chief Of Airforce Chief 90000


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CDS Allowances, Perks and Other Benefits

1. Dearness Allowance (DA)

It is admissible at the same rates as applicable to the civilian personnel from time to time.

2. Transport Allowance

For pay level 9 and above, Rs 7,200+DA thereon for Higher TPTA Cities and Rs 3,600+DA thereon for other places per month.

3. Accommodation

CDS officers are given accommodation by the government or the house rent allowance as per the norms.

4. Uniform Allowance

In the newly proposed allowances, Uniform allowance of Rs 20,000 per year has been included for the defence officers.

5. Children Education Allowance

Children Education Allowance are given to officers with children and are admissible from Nursery to Class 12.

6. High Altitude Allowance

Officers risking their lives at high altitude are provided high altitude allowance in addition to other allowances according to the areas they are posted.


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