CDS is conducted twice a year for recruitment of Permanent Commissioned Officers for Indian Armed Forces. CDS, being a recruitment examination, requires candidates to look into the pay scale, allowances, facilities that are applicable to the respective posts.
On an average, 61 varieties of facilities, benefits, and allowances are offered to Army in general. After 6th and 7th pay commission, pay scale offered has been increased. In this article we will cover the payband, grade pay and several benefits offered to Top Officers in INA, IMA and AFA.
After the implementation of the 6th pay commission, CDS Pay scale had undergone an increase along with the introduction of many other allowances. CDS aspirants can go through the Pay Scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy from the table given below:
|Rank||Pay Band (INR)|
|Lt. to Major||15,600-39,100 (PB-3)|
|Lt. Col. to Major Gen.||37,400-67,000 (PB-4)|
|Lt. Gen. HAG Scale||67,000/- (annual increment @ 3%) – 79.000|
|HAG Scale* (* Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens)||75,500/- (annual increment @ 3%) – 80,000|
|VCO / AS / Army Cdr / Lt Gen (NFSG)||80,000/- (Fixed)|
The officers recruited through CDS also enjoy the various perks and promotions. The promotion period has been reduced and the time scale of promotion is increased up to the rank of Colonel (equivalent). The rank of Lieutenant Col (TS) has been terminated.
As a part of Military Service Pay (MSP), the officers ranking from Lieutenant to Brigadier are entitled to the fixed sum of INR 6000/-.
Criteria for promotion: The promotion of Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel occurs in accordance with the timescale. It also depends on the basis of fulfillment of the required service condition.
Stipend during training at Service Academy: The UPSC CDS qualified officers receive a certain amount of stipend during the training session at the service academy. The fixed Stipend during the entire training period is INR 21,000/- per month (INR 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay of INR 5,400/-).
The candidates can go through CDS Pay Scale and promotion criteria according to the rank:
|Rank||Pay Bands/Scale||Grade Pay||MSP|
The government pays a lump sum qualification grant to the officers recruited through UPSC CDS and also possessing certain prescribed qualifications. The UPSC CDS Qualification grant amounts to INR 6000/-, 9000/-, 15000/- or 20,000/- applicable according to the qualification of the officers. The USC CDS Qualification grant according to the officer rank is detailed below:
The UPSC CDS Allowances specific to the defence force has undergone an enhancement of 50%. The Government of State of Sikkim has announced a cash incentive of Rs.1.5 lac for the successful candidates of Sikkim in all Officers entry scheme.
In the case of the Army Aviators (Pilots) who serve the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to the following range of allowances described below:
The UPSC CDS aspirants should go through the various categories of allowances that the UPSC CDS Officers are entitled to:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.