NDA 2021 Officer Entry Pay Scale & Allowances

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Sep 29, 2020

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The NDA 2021 will be held in April 2021 and in September 2021 (tentatively). National Defence Academy Exam 2021 is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in Army, Navy, and Air Force. Check more NDA Application Form 2021.

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With the rising popularity and craze for Defence, National Defence Academy, NDA has grown out to be one of the most sought after career prospect to a lot of young candidates. Apart from all the adventure, pride and respect that Indian Defence provides, it also looks after the monetary needs and demands of its Officers and other employees.

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NDA 2021: Pay Scale

Besides, the opportunity to serve the nation, candidates are offered attractive payscale and allowances. The pay benefits to the candidates selected through NDA begins during the training period. 

NDA 2021 aspirants can go through the Pay Scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy.

Rank Pay Band
Lt. to Major

Lt: Level 10 (56,100-1,77,500)

Capt: Level10 B (61,300-1,93,900)

Maj: Level 11 (69,400-2,07,200)

Lt. Colonel to Major General

Lt Col: Level 12A (1,21,200 2,12,400)

Col: Level 13 (1,30,600-2,15,900)

Brig: Level 13A (1,39,600-2,17,600)

Maj Gen - Level 14 (1,44,200-2,18,200)

Lt. General HAG Scale Level 15 (1, 82, 200-2,24,100)
HAG Scale* (* Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens) Level 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)
VCO / AS / Army Cadre / Lt Gen (NFSG) Level 17 (2,25,000) (fixed)
COAS    Level 18 (2,50,000) (fixed)

NDA 2021: Grade Pay

Candidates recruited through NDA exam for the post of Officers also enjoy the various perks of promotions. The promotion period is reduced and the time scale of promotion is increased up to the rank of Colonel (or equivalent). The rank of Lieutenant Colonel (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 timescale. It is also depended on the basis of fulfillment of the required service condition.

Stipend during training at Service Academy: NDA qualified Officers receive a certain amount of stipend during the training session at the UPSC NDA Service Academy. The fixed stipend during the entire NDA training period is INR 21,000/- per month (INR 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay of INR 5,400/-).

In the following table, UPSC NDA Pay Scale and promotion criteria according to the rank is mentioned:

Rank Pay Bands/Scale Grade Pay MSP
Lieutenant PB-3/15600-39100 5400 6000
Captain PB-3/15600-39100 6100 6000
Major PB-3/15600-39100 6600 6000
LT Colonel PB-4/37400-67000 8000 6000
Colonel PB-4/37400-67000 8700 6000
Brigadier PB-4/37400-67000 8900 6000
Major General PB-4/37400-67000 10000 NIL

NDA 2017: Qualification Pay and Grant

The government pays a lump sum qualification grant to the Officers recruited through UPSC NDA and also possessing certain prescribed qualifications. The UPSC NDA Qualification grant amounts to INR 6000/-, 9000/-, 15000/- or 20,000/- applicable according to the qualification of the officers. The UPSC NDA Qualification grant according to the Officer rank is detailed below:

  1. Master Aviation Instructor- INR 500/- p.m.
  2. Senior Aviation Instructor Class I– INR 400/- p.m.
  3. Senior Aviation Instructor Class II– INR 280/- p.m.
  4. Aviators holding Master Green Card– INR 400/- p.m.
  5. Aviators holding Green Card– INR 280/- p.m.

NDA 2017: Officers’ Allowances

UPSC NDA Allowances specifically to the Defence Force has undergone an enhancement of 50%. The Government of State of Sikkim has announced a cash incentive of INR 1.5 lac for the successful candidates of Sikkim in all Officers entry scheme.

In case of Army Aviators (Pilots) who serve the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to the following range of allowances:

  1. Brigadier and above: INR 10,500/-
  2. Major to Colonel: INR 14,000/-
  3. Captain and Equivalent: INR 11,000/-
  4. Lt. and Equivalent: INR 9,000/-

NDA 2017 aspirants should go through the various categories of allowances that the UPSC NDA Officers are entitled to:

  1. UPSC NDA Dearness Allowances (DA):  Same rate and applicable under the same conditions as that of are the Civilian Gazetted Officers from time to time.
  2. UPSC NDA Kit maintenance allowance: INR 400/- p.m.
  3. UPSC NDA Field Area Allowance: On the basis of the field areas that the UPSC NDA Officers are posted to, they enjoy the compensatory Field Area Allowance.
  • TheCompensatory Highly active field allowance rates are INR 6,780/- to INR 8,400/- p.m.
  • Compensatory Field Area Allowance at the rate of INR 4,200/- to INR 5,200/- p.m.
  • Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance at the rate of INR 1,600/- to INR 2,000/- p.m.
  • Additionally, officers posted to the areas situated at a height of 9,000 ft. and above enjoy an extra High Altitude Allowance in the range of INR 1,060 p.m. to INR 11,200 pm. The amount is decided on the basis of the officer rank and place of posting.
  1. Uniform allowance: For one-time kit, initial allowance received by UPSC NDA officers is INR 14000/- and INR 3,000/- for every 3 years. The officers also receive free rations.
  2. Transport allowance: The transport allowance is applicable in 2 categories:
  • In A-1/A class cities INR 3,200/- + DA thereon p.m.
  • At other places 1,600/- + DA thereon p.m.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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