NDA Salary/Perks/Allowances 2021 for Navy, Army & Air Force

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : July 26th, 2021

NDA & NA exam is one of the best routes to join Indian Defence Services as a Grade-A officer. Here is this article we will discuss on Stipend, Salary, Allowances, Promotion Avenues, Retirement benefits in National Defence Academy (NDA).

NDA & NA exam is one of the best routes to join Indian Defence Services as a Grade-A officer. Here is this article we will discuss on Stipend, Salary, Allowances, Promotion Avenues, Retirement benefits in National Defence Academy (NDA).

Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training:- 

Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy 

Stipend to Gentlemen Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service Academies i.e. during the training period at IMA. Rs 56,100/- p.m.* (Starting pay in Level 10)

Payscale of Officers in Army and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy

Rank

Level

Grade Pay

Lieutenant

Level 10

Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500

Captain

Level 10 B

Rs. 6,13,00-1,93,900

Major

Level 11

Rs. 6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel

Level 12A

Rs. 1,21,200 – 2,12400

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)

A. Details of MSP (Military Service Pay)

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

B. Flying Allowance: 

  • The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance at Rs 25,000/- p.m. 

C.

Dearness Allowance  

Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel 38 from time to time

Para Allce 

Rs 10,500/- pm

Para Jump Instructor Allce 

Rs 10,500/- pm  

Project Allce 

Rs 3,400/- pm 

Special Forces Allce

Rs 25,000/- pm Technical 

Technical Allce (Tier-I)  

Rs 3,000/- pm  

Technical Allce (Tier-II) 

Rs 4,500/- pm 

D. Field Area Allowance:
As per the area of posting and rank of the officers, field area allowance are provided to the officials as mentioned below:

Rank

Level

HAFA

(Highly Active Field Area)

Field Area Allowance

Modified Field Area Allowance

Lieutenant and above

Level 10 and above

16900

10500

6300

 E. High Altitude Allowance

Rank

Level

CAT-I (PM)

CAT-II (PM)

CAT-III (PM)

Lieutenant and above

Level 10 and above

3400

5300

25000

 F. Counter Insurgency Allowance  

Level

Counter Insurgency Allce in Peace Area 

Counter Insurgency Allce in Field Area 

Counter Insurgency Allce in Modified Field Area 

Officers 

Rs 10,500/- pm 

Rs 16,900/- pm

Rs 13,013/- pm

G. Siachen Allowance: Rs 42,500/- per month. 

H. Uniform allowance: Rs 20,000/- per year. 

I. Ration in Kind In peace and Field areas 

J. Transport Allowance (TPTA)

Level of Pay

Cities with Higher TPTA

(Rs. Per month)

Other Places

(Rs. Per month)

Level 9 and above

Rs. 7200+DA

Rs. 3600+DA

K. Children Education Allowance (CEA)
This allowance is admissible from Nursery to class 12th and maybe availed monthly at Rs. 2250/- per child for two children only.

PROMOTIONAL AVENUES:  

S.No

Army

Navy

Air Force

Minimum Reckonable Commissioned Service required for Substantive Promotion 

(a)

Lieutenant 

Sub Lieutenant

Flying Officer 

On Commission  

(b)

Captain 

Lieutenant 

Flight Lieutenant

02 Years 

(c)

Major

Lt. Commander

Squadron Leader

06 years

(d)

Lieutenant Colonel 

Commander

Wing Commander

13 years

(e)

Colonel(Selection) 

Captain (Selection) 

Group Captain (Selection) 

On Selection 

(f)

Colonel (Time Scale) 

Captain (Time Scale)

Group Captain (Time Scale) 

26 years

(g)

Brigadier 

Commodore 

Air Commodore 

On Selection  

(h)

Major General 

Rear Admiral 

Air Vice Marshal 

On Selection

(i)

Lieutenant General 

Vice Admiral 

Air Marshal 

On Selection

(j)

General 

Admiral 

Air Chief Marshal

On Selection 

RETIREMENT BENEFITS: Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time. 

LEAVE: Leave will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time. 

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  • A stipend is given to Gentlemen Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service Academies i.e. during the training period at IMA is Rs 56,100. On successful commissioning in NDA, the pay in the Pay Matrix of the Officer commissioned will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10.

  • An NDA cadet can be promoted to the level of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

  • The In-hand salary for NDA graduates will include Basic Pay and various allowances. After the training, the candidates will be eligible for a salary with the pay scale of Rs.56,100/- to Rs.1,77, 500/-.

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