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CDS Salary 2024

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Salary for 2024, released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), features a Basic Pay and allowances like DA, High Altitude Allowance, and Uniform Allowance. Candidates selected for the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) will join as Lieutenants with a monthly pay scale of Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500. This article covers the UPSC CDS Salary Structure, Pay Scale, and Job Profile, offering insights for those preparing for the Combined Defence Services Exam.

CDS 1 Notification 2024 has been OUT now, visit this link to know the details about the application form and vacancy.

CDS Salary 2024 – Overview

The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS), conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, is commonly known as the CDS Examination. It occurs twice a year, with the 2023 Basic Salary ranging from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 1,77,500 per month. The CDS Salary Composition includes Basic Pay, Grade Pay, Allowances, and Benefits. The mode of examination is offline, and the stages involve a Written Exam, SSB Interview (lasting 5 days), and a Medical Examination. For more information, candidates can visit the official website at

Name of the ExaminationCombined Defence Services Examination (CDS)
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Commonly Known AsCDS Examination
Frequency of ExamTwice a Year
CDS 2023 Basic SalaryRs. 56,100 – Rs. 1,77,500 per Month
CDS Salary CompositionBasic Pay + Grade Pay + Allowance + Benefits
Mode of ExamOffline
Stages of ExamWritten Exam, SSB Interview (5 Days), Medical Examination

CDS Notification PDF

CDS Salary Payscale

During their training at the academies, male and female cadets receive a monthly stipend of Rs 56,100. It’s important to note that this period is not considered as commissioned service. Once successfully commissioned, CDS officers receive a salary in the level 10 pay matrix, along with arrears based on their pay matrix from the training period.

The table below provides information on CDS salary/grade pay, approximate in-hand salary for different posts, and the corresponding pay matrix level as per the latest 7th Pay Commission. Officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier receive a fixed amount of Rs 15,500 per month as Military Service Pay (MSP).

Please keep in mind that the given data can vary depending on factors like posting location, experience, and other considerations.

Indian ArmyIndian Air ForceIndian NavyLevelPay Scale (INR)Military Service Pay(MSP)
LieutenantFlying OfficerSub Lieutenant10₹56,100 – ₹1,77,500₹15.500 p.m. fixed
CaptainFlight LieutenantLieutenant10B₹61,300 – ₹1,93,900₹15.500 p.m. fixed
MajorSquadron LeaderLieutenant Commander11₹69,400 – ₹2,07,200₹15.500 p.m. fixed
Lieutenant ColonelWing CommanderCommander12/12A₹1,21,200 – ₹2,12,400₹15.500 p.m. fixed
ColonelGroup CaptainCaptain13₹1,30,600 – ₹2,15,900₹15.500 p.m. fixed
BrigadierAir CommodoreCommodore13A₹1,39,600 – ₹2,17,600₹15.500 p.m. fixed
Major GeneralAir Vice-MarshalRear Admiral14₹1,44,200 – ₹2,18,200
Lieutenant GeneralAir Marshal HAG ScaleVice Admiral15₹1,82,200 – ₹2,24,100
HAG + ScaleHAG + ScaleVice Admiral and Equivalent16₹2,05,400 – ₹2,24,400
VCOAS/ Army CdrVACS/ Air Force Cdr/ Air Marshal (NFSG)VCNS / C-IN-C/ Equivalent/ DGAFMS (Director General AFMS)17₹2,25,000
Chief of Army Staff (COAS)CAS (Chief of Air Staff)CNS / Equivalent18₹2,50,000

CDS Salary 2024 – Training Period Stipend

  • The CDS starting salary refers to the stipend received by CDS Cadets during their training period.
  • For Level 10, the CDS starting salary is Rs 56,100, which is the same as the stipend provided to cadets during training.
  • The duration of the CDS training period varies depending on the academy: 18 months for the Indian Military Academy/Indian Navy Academy/Air Force Academy and 49 weeks for the Officers’ Training Academy.
  • Army Officers and their equivalent counterparts in the Navy and Air Force receive a fixed CDS starting salary/stipend of Rs 56,100 per month.
  • The purpose of the CDS starting salary is to cover the cadets’ expenses during training and is not their final salary as CDS officers.
  • After completing their training, CDS officers receive various benefits, allowances, and a salary based on their rank and position.
  • It’s worth noting that CDS officers enjoy an attractive salary package, and the starting salary is just the beginning of their successful career in the Indian Defence Services.
Salary ComponentCDS Training Period Salary
Basic PayFixed stipend of Rs. 56,100/ month
Pay LevelLevel 10
AllowancesNo Allowance
Commission ServiceNot a commission service

CDS Salary 2024 – Perks and Allowances

  • Defence force personnel are eligible for various allowances and benefits. Here are some of the allowances to consider:
  • Qualification Grant: The Higher Qualification Incentive (HQI) is yet to be issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • Flying Allowance: Army Aviators (Pilots) in the Army Aviation Corps, from Lieutenant rank and above in level 10, receive Rs. 25,000 per month.
  • Dearness Allowance: Applies to defence personnel as it does to civilian personnel, with rates subject to change.
  • Kit Maintenance Allowance: Combined with the proposed dress, the allowance is Rs. 20,000 per year.
  • Field Area Allowance: Officers posted to Field Areas receive Field Area Allowances based on their rank and posting location. For Lieutenant rank and above in level 10 and above:
Allowance TypeAmount (per month)
Highly Active Field Area AllowanceRs. 16,900
Field Area AllowanceRs. 10,500
Modified Field Area AllowanceRs. 6,300
  • High Altitude Allowance: Varies for officers in Level 10 and above based on the following categories:
CategoryMonthly Allowance
CAT IRs. 3,400
CAT IIRs. 5,300
CAT IIIRs. 25,000
Allowance TypeAmount (per month/year)Eligibility/Details
Siachen AllowanceRs. 42,500Candidates posted to Siachen
Uniform AllowanceRs. 20,000 (per year)Proposed dress allowance
Transport AllowanceVariesBased on the officer’s city and pay level
Children Education AllowanceRs. 2,250 (per child per month)Provided for two eldest children from Nursery to Class 12th
House Rent Allowance10-30% of Basic PayOfficers without government accommodation
Special Forces AllowanceRs. 1,200Officers posted in Special Forces
Parachute PayRs. 9,000Officers posted in Active Parachute Battalions/Regiments
  • Free Ration: Officers serving in field areas and peace are entitled to free ration.
  • Note: Some allowances may not be applicable and are subject to factors such as posting location and rank.

CDS Salary – Travel allowance

  • When it comes to travel allowance in CDS Salary, candidates should take note of the following instructions:
  • Higher TPTA Cities (UA) include Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Surat, Kochi, Bengaluru, Kozhikode, Indore, Nagpur, Pune, Greater Mumbai, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, and Chennai.
  • The travel allowance is applicable for calendar months fully covered by leave.
  • TPTA allowance is granted to CDS service personnel who have been provided with government transport facilities.
  • Officers in CDS with Pay Level 14 and above, who have the entitlement to use an official car, can choose between availing the official car facility or receiving TPTA of Rs 15,750/+DA thereon.

CDS Salary – Additional Benefits

Type of BenefitExplanation
Leave and Leave Travel ConcessionOfficers in the Navy/ Army/ Air Force can get an annual leave of 60 days per year and a casual leave of 20 days per year. Officers of CDS can encash their Annual Leave up to 10 days in addition to the Leave Travel Concession till 60 days in a career span to cover incidental travel expenses.
Other PrivilegesOfficers and their family members get other benefits like free medical aid, group insurance scheme, accommodation on concessional rent, canteen facilities, group housing scheme, family assistance scheme, etc.

CDS Salary – Job Promotion and Career Growth

To give an better understanding about promotion and career growth. We have curated an table below.

CDS Salary – IMA and INA

RanksTime Scale
LieutenantAfter completing training
Captain2 years of commissioned service
Major6 years of commissioned service
Lieutenant Colonel13 years of commissioned service
Colonel (TS)26 years of commissioned service
Colonel15 years of commissioned service
Brigadier23 years of commissioned service
Major General25 years of commissioned service
Lieutenant General28 years of commissioned service
GeneralNo restrictions

CDS Salary – AFA

CDS Rank – AFAPromotion by Time scaleBasic Pay
Flying OfficerOn CommissionRs. 56,100/-
Flight Lieutenant2 Years of commissioned serviceRs. 61,200/-
Squadron Leader6 years of commissioned serviceRs. 69,400/-
Wing Commander13 years of commissioned serviceRs. 1,16,700/-
Group Captain26 years of commissioned serviceRs. 1,25,700/-
Air CommodoreRs. 1,34,400/-
Air Vice MarshalRs. 1,44,200/-
Air Chief Marshal HAG ScaleRs. 1,82,200/-
Air Chief Marshal Apex ScaleRs. 2,05,400/-
Air Chief MarshalRs. 2,50,000/-

CDS Salary – OTA

CDS Rank – OTAPromotion by Time scale
CaptainOn completion of 2 years of commissioned service
MajorOn completion of 6 years of commissioned service.
Lieutenant ColonelOn completion of 13 years of commissioned service.

We hope this article gave you clear view and understanding on the job profile, allowances and benefits that comes with UPSC CDS position. For more information like this visit oliveboard’s website.

CDS Salary 2024 – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the time period of training for UPSC CDS?

Ans. The time period of training for IMA, NA and AFA is 18 months.

Q2. How much is the stipend offered during training?

Ans. The stipend an officer get during training is INR 56,100.


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