CDS Salary Structure, Pay Scale, Allowances, Job Profile

CDS Salary Structure, Pay Scale, Allowances, Job Profile

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: May 17, 2022CDS salary is one of the major attraction towards this job along with the additional benefits enjoyed by an officer. Know here detailed CDS salary structure, job profile, promotions along with career path.
CDS salary is one of the major attraction towards this job along with the additional benefits enjoyed by an officer. Know here detailed CDS salary structure, job profile, promotions along with career path.
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CDS Salary 2022 is revised as per the 7th pay commission. UPSC CDS exam provides a great opportunity to the candidates who want to serve the nation and its lucrative salary package and perks are an added bonus for them. After clearing the exam, the aspirants will be entitled to various perks and allowances along with the UPSC CDS Salary. Here, you can get all the information related to CDS salary, promotions, allowances, job profile etc.

CDS Salary 2022

Before applying for the CDS Exam, you must know the CDS Salary and Job Profile 2022. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission every year across the nation to recruit suitable candidates for the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, and OTA. Understanding CDS Salary and Job Profiles will help you determine whether you are a fit for the role or not, and what will your job responsibilities. Here, you will learn about the CDS Salary 2022 rank-wise for the different sectors which are mentioned below.

Defence Sectors Covered Under CDS Salary 2022

Before you jump onto the CDS Salary and Job Profile 2022 you must know which defence sectors are covered under Combined Defence Services Examination.

  • IMA or Indian Military Academy
  • OTA or Officers Training Academy
  • AFA or Air-Force Academy
  • INA or Indian Naval Academy

Every year various eligible candidates are recruited for different posts such as Captain, Major, Lieutenant, etc. through the CDS or Combined Defence Service Exams. There are different pay-scale slabs for employees at various posts. CDS Salaries 2022 defines all of them according to the CDS Work Profile.

CDS Salary Highlights

  • Payscale of officers in Army, Air Force, and Navy
  • CDS Qualification pay & grant
  • Allowances offered under CDS

CDS Salary Rank-wise

Every employee will get the CDS Salary Slip indicating the CDS Basic Pay and other divisions of the salary structure. The following table shows the detailed CDS Salary Structure for your convenience. Take a look at this to know about the various posts and their respective salaries. According to the levels, the different pay scale is decided as per the 7th Commission.

RankLevelGrade Pay
LieutenantLevel 10₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B₹ 6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 11₹ 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A₹ 1,21,200 – 2,12400
ColonelLevel 13₹ 1,30,600-2, 15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A₹ 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 14₹ 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15₹ 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 16₹ 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 17₹ 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 18₹ 2,50,000/-(fixed)

Details of MSP (Military Service Pay)

  • Officers in the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier are also entitled to a Military Service Pay(MSP) of ₹ 15.500 p.m. (fixed).

CDS Salary During Training Period

After qualifying all the stages of examination in CDS, you will get selected for the appropriate post. However, prior to your final admission to the concerned academy, you will have to undergo separate Cadet training.

During this period, all the officers at the equivalent levels of Army, Navy, and Air Force will receive a fixed stipend amount. At present, the expected stipend for the training period is ₹ 56,100 per month.

CDS Salary 2022: Allowances and Perquisites

Besides an attractive salary package, you can also expect some decent allowances and perquisites as per the salary structure of the CDS Salary 2022. You can refer to the table given below for all additional allowances and perks associated with CDS Job Profile 2022.

CDS Salary Allowances/Perks

UPSC CDS Salary Structure

Dearness Allowance

At the same rates as the Civilian Personnel

Kit Maintenance Allowance

₹ 20,000 yearly

Flying Allowance

₹ 25,000/- per month for the pilots working in Level 10 or above

Field Area Allowance

₹ 10,500/- monthly

Highly Active Field Area Allowance

₹ 16,900/- monthly

High Altitude Allowance

Cat. I-₹ 3400/- per month

Cat. II- ₹ 5300/- per month

Cat. III- ₹ 25,000/- per month

Modified Field Area Allowance

₹ 6,300/- monthly

Uniform Allowance

₹ 20,000/- per month

Transport Allowance (TPTA)

Higher TPTA Cities- ₹ 7,200/- pm + the DA

For other places- ₹ 3,600/- pm + the DA

Children Education Allowance (CEA)

₹ 2,250/- per month for only the surviving eldest two.

Siachen Allowance

₹ 42,500/- per month

Free Ration

Only for Officers in Peace and Field Areas

  • Following are the high TPTA cities:
    Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Jaipur, Pune, Nagpur, Greater Mumbai, Indore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Bengaluru, Surat, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Patna, Hyderabad.
  • In case the person has been provided with government transport, he will not be eligible for this allowance.
  • Officials of Pay level 14 & above, who are entitled to use the official car may either take the official car facility or avail the transport allowance of Rs. 15,750+DA per month.

Children Education Allowance (CEA)

  • This allowance is admissible from Nursery to class 12th and may be availed monthly at Rs. 2250/- per child for two children only.
  • The Sikkim government provides a cash incentive of Rs. 1.5 lakhs to all the successful candidates of Sikkim for all the officer's entry scheme.

CDS Salary & Job Profile 2022: Promotions

Along with the lucrative allowances, you will also get promotions during your tenure. The different available promotions are enlisted below;-

  • Captain- Two years of commissioned service
  • Major- Six years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant Colonel- Thirteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel- Fifteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel (TS)- Twenty-six years of commissioned service
  • Major General- Twenty-five years of commissioned service
  • Brigadier- Twenty-three years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant General- Twenty-eight years of commissioned service
  • General- No restrictions
  • Lieutenant- Promotion only after completion of training

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CDS Salary & Job Profile FAQs

  • The starting CDS Salary is ₹ 56,100, which is equivalent to the stipend during the training period. Also, they have many other allowances to help them through the serving period.

  • Flight Lieutenant, Squadron leaders, Wing commanders, and Group Captain get the promotion based on their commissioned service years. Others are promoted on a selection basis.

  • The selected candidates getting Short Service Commission are subject to promotion for the posts of Captain, Major, and Lieutenant Colonel.

  • According to the CDS Salary structure, the Military Service Pay is offered to Lieutenant, Major, Captain, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, or Brigadier in the Army and the personnel in similar Air-Force and Navy posts.

  • The cadet training period is not to be considered a commissioned service. After completion of training, the cadets will receive all arrears as per the respective pay scale.

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