NDA Salary Structure, PayScale, Allowances, and Promotions

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Apr 5, 2021

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National Defence Academy (NDA) qualified candidates are provided with the training to the cadets of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This year, the NDA I 2021 will be conducted on April 18, 2021.

The salary of a National Defense Academy and Naval Academy officer starts with an amount of INR 56,100. After the successful training, the NDA salary will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10.

The salary will also increase with the career promotions. Along with the salary, the NDA officer will be able to exercise additional allowances such as Dearness Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowances, Para Allowance, etc.

NDA Training Stipend

Cadets are welcomed in NDA by the Joint training team (JTT). Candidates selected through the NDA exam will be initially paid a stipend of INR. 56100/- per month (at pay matrix of level 10) during the three years of the training period

The period of training will not be treated as commissioned service and arrears on account of admissible allowances (as applicable) for the training period will be paid to cadets.

NDA Rank wise Payscale

NDA Salary - Rank-wise Payscale

After the successful training, the pay in the pay matrix of the Officer commissioned shall be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10. Here is a table that will simplify the salary as per the designation:

Position Pay Scale (Per Month)
Lieutenant INR 56,100/- to INR1,77, 500/-
Captain INR 61,300/- to INR 1,93,900/-
Major INR 69,400/- to INR 2,07,200/-
Lieutenant Colonel INR 1,21,200/- to INR 2,12,400/-
Colonel INR 1,30,600/- to INR 2,15,900/-
Brigadier INR 1,39,600/- to INR 2,17,600/-
Major General INR 1,44,200/- to INR 2,18,200/-
Lt. General HAG Scale INR 1,82,200/- to INR 2,24,100/-
HAG+ Scale INR 2,05,400/- to INR 2,24,400/-
VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG) INR 2,25,000/-
COAS INR 2,50,000/-
NDA Allowances

NDA Salary: Allowances

Apart from the above mentioned basic salary, candidates will be tired with additional allowances and perks. Here are the details

Allowances Payable Amount
Dearness Allowance Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as applying to the civilian personnel from time to time.
Kit Maintenance Allowances INR 20,000/- Annually with Dress Allowances
Para Allowance INR 10,500/- Per Month
Special Forces Allowance INR 25,000/- Per Month
Para Jump Instructor Allowance INR 10,500/- Per Month
Project Allowance INR 3,400/- Per Month
Para Reserve Allowance INR 2,625/- Per Month
Technical Allowance (Tier-I) INR 3,000/- Per Month
Technical Allowance (Tier-II) INR 4,500/- Per Month

NDA Salary: Additional Allowances

Based upon rank and area of posting, NDA officers posted to field areas are eligible for the following allowances:

Field Area Allowances

Field Area Allowance Amount Payable(Per Month)
Highly Active Field Area Allowance – HAFA INR 16,900/-
Field Area Allowance – FD Area INR 10,500/-
Modified Field Area Allowance – Mod FD Area INR 6,300/-

High Altitude Allowances

Candidates posted to Siachen are entitled to a Siachen Allowance of INR 42,500/- per month. Similarly, NDA officers posted to high altitude region are benefiting from the following allowances –

Levels Allowance amount
Category-I INR 3,400/- Per Month
Category-II INR 5,300/- Per Month
Category-III INR 25,000/- Per Month

Counter Insurgency Allowance

Area Amount (Per Month)
Peace Area INR 10,500/-
Field Area INR 16,900/-
Modified Field Area INR 13,013/-

Children Education Allowance:

An amount of INR 2250/- per month per child for two eldest surviving children only. This allowance is admissible from Nursery to 12th Class.

Hostel Subsidy

An amount of INR 6,750/- per month per child for two eldest surviving children only. This allowance is admissible from Nursery to 12th Class.

Free Rations

The allowance of free ration will be applicable for 2 stages such as

  • Continue in Fd Area to all Defence Officers.
  • Defense officers posted in the peace area.
NDA Important Points

NDA Salary: Important Points

  1. The Dearness Allowance payable as per the revised pay scale goes up by 50%.
  2. Higher TPTA cities are Hyderabad, Patna, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Indore, Jaipur, Chennai, Lucknow, Greater Mumbai, Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Kozhikode, Pune, and Kanpur.
  3. The transport allowance shall not be permissible to that personnel who are already provided with the facility of government transport.
  4. The special facility is provided to the officers in pay level 14 or above who are entitled to use the official car. These officers shall have the option to avail car facility provided by the government or to draw the transport allowance at the rate of INR 15, 750 + DA thereon.
  5. Physically disabled personnel shall continue to be paid at double rate, subject to a minimum of INR 2, 250 + DA.

NDA 2021: Additional Benefits in Crisis

The below-mentioned facilities will only be applicable for certain types of mishappening. The mishappenings are divided into two categories: Death and Disability. Here are the benefits as per the category.

In Case of Disability

  • Monthly Ex-gratia amount of INR 9,000 per month.
  • Ex-gratia disability award of INR 16,200 per month
  • Constant Attendant A

In Case of Death

  • Ex-gratia amount of INR 12.5 lakhs to the NoK.
  • The Ex-gratia amount of INR 9,000 per month to the NoK.
  • The Ex-gratia awards to Cadets (Direct)/NOK, will be sanctioned purely on ex-gratia basis and the same should not be treated as pension for any purpose.
NDA Insurance

NDA Salary: Insurance Policies

  • Army Group Insurance Fund, a compulsory contributory group scheme, provides insurance cover for INR 15 Lakh on payment of one time non-refundable premium of INR 6,400 for 3 years paid from the date of joining NDA till completion of training.
  • In case of relegation, an additional premium of INR 1,160 per relegated term will be paid immediately on occurrence.
  • The officers who are invalided out from NDA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided with INR 7.5 lakhs for 100% disability.
  • The amount will be reduced to INR 1.5 lakhs for 20% disability.
  • For less than 20% disability, only an Ex-Gratia Grant of INR 50,000 for the initial year of training and INR 1 lakh during the last year of training will be paid.
  • At IMA, at the time of stipend, the Gentlemen cadets are provided insurance cover of INR 75 lakh with a monthly contribution of INR 5,000 (with effect from October 1, 2016, as per maint AGI scheme as an application to regular officers).
  • Those who are invalidated out from IMA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided INR 25 Lakhs for 100 % disability.
  • The initial amount will be reduced to INR 5 lakhs due to 20 % disability.
  • For officers who have more than 20% disability, only an Ex-Gratia amount of INR 50,000 for the initial year of training and INR 1 lakh during the last year of training will be paid.
NDA Promotions

NDA Career Promotions

Candidates can check below the promotions given to the Army, Navy, and Air Force based on their performance and years of service.

Required Service Positions
On Commission
  • IMA- Lieutenant
  • INA- Sub Lieutenant
  • AFA- Flying Officer
02 years
  • IMA - Captain
  • INA - Lieutenant
  • AFA - Flight Lieutenant
06 Years
  • IMA - Major
  • INA - Lt. Commander
  • AFA - Squadron Leader
13 years
  • IMA - Lt. Colonel
  • INA - Commander
  • AFA - Wing Commander
On Selection
  • IMA - Colonel (Selection)
  • INA - Captain (Selection)
  • AFA - Group Captain (Selection)
26 Years
  • IMA - Colonel (Time Scale)
  • INA - Captain (Time Scale)
  • AFA - Group Captain (Time Scale)
On Selection
  • IMA - Brigadier
  • INA - Commodore
  • AFA - Air Commodore
On Selection
  • IMA - Major General
  • INA - Rear Admiral
  • AFA - Air Vice-Marshal
On Selection
  • IMA - Lieutenant General
  • INA - Vice Admiral
  • AFA - Air Marshal
On Selection
  • IMA - General
  • INA - Admiral
  • AFA - Air Chief Marshal

The leave policy will be applicable in accordance with the rules in force from time to time and after the retirements, pension, gratuity, and casualty pensionary award will be given in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.


NDA Salary FAQs

Ques. What are promotional benefits?

Ans. Various officers of different departments are promoted based on distinct contemporary rules. Some are promoted within one year while others within six months depending upon their ranks.

Ques. How long is the Probation period for the NDA Officers?

Ans. The selected candidates will go through a three years training period for three services viz. The Army, Navy, and Air Force undergo both academic and physical training.

Ques. Will I be paid during the training period?

Ans. Candidates undergoing the training will be eligible for a fixed stipend of INR. 56100/-

Ques. What is the highest salary of an NDA officer regardless of the academy?

Ans. The highest-paid amount is INR 250000/- (2.5 lakhs) after reaching the highest post in Army, Navy, and Air Force as the basic amount.

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sheetal chib
What is the salary after NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. In addition to attractive salary mentioned here, employees get attractive salary which attracts them towards this job.