Difference between salary of NDA & CDS Officers

The officers selected through the NDA Exam and the CDS Exam are eligible for top-level positions in the tri-services of India – Army, Navy and Air Force. Though both the exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the pay and allowances offered to the officers selected through the NDA & CDS Exams differ significantly. For the benefit of NDA & CDS aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing a comparative analysis of pay and allowances of officers selected through NDA & CDS Exams.

Comparative pay scales of NDA & CDS Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy are as given below. It should be noted that the total pay of NDA Officers is the sum of rank pay and grade pay.

NDA Officer Pay vs CDS Officer Pay

Rank

                  NDA Officer Pay (in Rupees)

CDS Officer (Total Pay in Rupees)

Rank Pay

Grade Pay

Lieutenant

15,600—39,100/-

5,400/-

56,100 – 1,77,500

Captain

15,600—39,100/-

6,100/-

6,13,00-1,93,900

Major

15,600—39,100/-

6,600/-

6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel

37,400—67,000/-

8,000/-

1,21,200 – 2,12400

Colonel

37,400—67,000/-

8,700/-

1,30,600-2, 15,900

Brigadier

37,400—67,000/-

8,900/-

1,39,600-2,17,600

Major General

37,400—67,000/-

10,000/-

1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

67,000/--79,000/-

  -

1, 82, 200-2,24,100

HAG+Scale

75,500/- 80,000/-

-

2,05,400 – 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

80,000/-

-

2,25,000/-(fixed)

COAS

90,000/- (fixed)

-

2,25,000/-(fixed)

In addition to the above mentioned pay, the officers in the rank starting from Lieutenant up to Brigadier are eligible for the Military Service Pay (MSP). While a fixed sum of Rs. 6,000/- p.m in lieu of MSP for NDA Officers, the CDS Officers get Rs. 15,500 per month.

Besides the Pay and the MSP, the officers are eligible for various allowances. In fact, the allowances offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force to the officers are considered as the major pull factors  for the CDS & NDA Exam aspirants.

Comparison between allowances offered to Army officers selected through  NDA & CDS and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy are as given below.

NDA Officer Allowance vs CDS Officer Allowance

Type

NDA Officer (in Rupees pm)

CDS Officer (in Rupees pm)

Dearness Allowance

Equal to Civilian Gazetted Officers

Equal to Civilian Gazetted Officers

Kit Maintenance Allowance

400/-

Subsumed into DA

High Altitude Allowance

1,060/-

  3,400 – 25,000/-

Siachen Allowance

Not Applicable

 42,500/-

Uniform allowance

14,000/- (initial) and 3,000/- (every 3 years)

Subsumed into proposed DA

Transport allowance

1,600 – 3,200 /- + DA

3,600 – 7,200 /- + DA

Children Education Allowance

Not Applicable

Rs. 2,250/pm/per child for two children from Nursery – XII

The aspirants should note that for the CDS Officers, the newly proposed Daily Allowance (DA) is Rs. 20,000 per month.

Besides the pay and allowance, Qualification Pay and Flying Allowances are provided for Indian Air Force Officers. While the final order on the Qualificaiton Pay for the CDS Officers is awaited, the details related to NDA Officers is as given below.

Qualification Pay of NDA Officers

Rank/Position

Qualification Pay (in Rupees)

Master Aviation Instructor

500/- p.m.

 

Senior Aviation Instructor Class I

400/- p.m.

Senior Aviation Instructor Class II

280/- p.m.

Aviators holding Master Green Card

400/- p.m.

Aviators holding Green Card

280/- p.m.

The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance as under —

Flying Allowance: NDA Officer vs CDS Officer

Rank/Position

NDA Officers (in Rupees/pm)

CDS Officers (in Rupees/pm)

Lieutenant

9,000/-

 

 

25,000/- (fixed)

Captain

11,000/-

Major to Colonel

14,000/-

Brigadier & above

10,500/-

Best Wishes from Jagran Josh!!!!

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