UPSC CDS Salary, Job Profile, and Career Growth 2021

UPSC CDS Salary 2021: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts various recruitment drives for different posts and departments. Combined Defence Services (CDS) is one such post that has a huge demand and the employees are highly paid. As the UPSC CDS Recruitment has begun, it is important for candidates to know how much are the employees paid and how is the job and its future scopes. So, here in this blog, we have provided complete insights into UPSC CDS Salary, Job Profile, and Career growth. Candidates who have applied for this post can go through the blog to know more in detail.

UPSC CDS Salary 2021

The CDS involves three fields: Air, Navy, and Army. Here is the table for all these three services separately. The table shows the salary details of the Combined Defence Services.

Indian Navy and Air Force Salary

Post Pay Band 
Lieutenant to Major Rs 15,600-39,100 (PB-3)
Lt. Colonel to Major General Rs 37,400-67,000 (PB-4)
Lt. General. HAG scale Rs 67,000 (annual increment @ 3%) – 79,000
HAG Scale (* Admissible to 1/3rd of the total strength of Lt. Gens) Rs 75,500 (annual increment @ 3%) – 80,000
VCO/AS/Army Cdr/ Lt. Gen (NFSG) Rs 80,000/- (Fixed)
COAS Rs 90,000/- (Fixed)

UPSC CDS Salary for Indian Army

Post Pay 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

UPSC CDS Salary: Perks, Benefits, and Allowances 

Candidates should be aware that some of the allowances listed below may or may not be applicable, depending on the posting area, rank, and other factors.

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Highly Active Field Area Allowance

Rs 6,780/- to Rs 8,400/- p.m


Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance

Rs 1,600/- to Rs 2,000/- p.m


Compensatory Field Area Allowance

Rs 4,200/- to Rs 5,200/- p.m


Transport allowance

Rs. 3,200/- + DA thereon pm in A-1/A class cities


High Altitude Allowance

Rs 1,060 to Rs 11,200 per month


Dearness Allowances(DA)

As per rules


Kit Maintenance Allowance

Rs 400/- per month


Siachen Allowance

Rs 14,000/- per month


Uniform Allowance

One Time kit Rs 14,000/-

Apart from this salary, the employees are entitled to many other perks and allowances like 

  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/-

UPSC CDS Job Profile and Career Growth

UPSC offers a great job profile in Defence services. Below is the table showing the growth of the Officer.

Post Promotion Criteria
Lieutenant On completion of Training
Captain 2 years of commissioned service
Major 6 years of Commissioned Service
Lieutenant Colonel 13 years of Commissioned Service
colonel 15 years of Commissioned Service
Colonel (TS) 16 years of Commissioned Service
Brigadier 23 years of Commissioned Service
Major General  25years of Commissioned Service
Lieutenant General 28 years of Commissioned Service
General No restrictions

Thus, candidates who are appearing for the UPSC CDS Exam can go through the detailed salary structure and job profile of the UPSC CDS post. start preparing well from the CDS Books available online.

FAQs on UPSC CDS Salary 2021

What will my income be if I pass the UPSC CDS Exam?

After passing the CDS, you will be sent to the appropriate military academy for training. As per the UPSC CDS Salary, the candidates would be inducted as Lieutenants (or equivalent) with a pay scale of Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500/- after successfully completing the programme.

How long will be the training period after the UPSC CDS Exam?

In the IMA, NA, and AFA, the training time will be 18 months. In the same way, the OTA will last 49 weeks.

After passing the CDS Exam, what would be my entry rank in the Indian Airforce?

Candidates will be inducted as Flying Officers or Flying Lieutenants after finishing their training at the Air Force Academy.

Which benefits and allowances will the CDS officer be eligible for?

Candidates will be eligible for various allowances based on their post/rank, such as Dearness Allowances, Kit Maintenance Allowances, Uniform Allowances, Siachen Allowances, and so on.

In the Indian Army, what is the highest rank?

The COAS (Chief of Army Staff) or General will be the apex post.

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