Indian Army Salary: Know Pay Scale and Job Profile of Army Officers

Indian Army Salary: Indian Armed Forces Salary includes Basic Pay and Allowances, for example, DA, High Altitude Allowance, Uniform Allowance and others. In this article we have described the Salary of Indian Armed Forces Officers, Pay Scale, Promotion Policy and Job Profile.

Fixed Stipend Provided Training Period

Candidates who joins Indian Army, Navy or Air Force are first required to experience and complete Cadet Training at their respective academies. During the training, Officers and the equal post officials in Navy and Air Force are qualified to get Fixed Stipend of Rs 56,100 every month, which the beginning compensation in Level 10.
The training period is not considered as the commissioned service.  Once the candidates are commissioned successfully,  they get all the arrears remaining on the basis of their pay matrix with effect from their training period.

 Salary & Pay Scale of Officers in Army/Air Force/Navy

Rank Level Pay Scale
Lieutenant Level 10 Rs 56,100-1,77,500
Captain Level 10B Rs 61,300-1,93,900
Major Level 11 Rs 69,400-2,07,200
Lt Colonel Level 12A Rs 1,21,200-2,12,400
Colonel Level 13 Rs 1,30,600-2,15,900
Brigadier Level 13A Rs 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 14 Rs 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 Rs 1,82,200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army CDR/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
COAS Level 18 Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)

Military Service Pay (MSP) for Officers

Cadets commissioned as Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel or Brigadier in Army or equivalent posts in Air Force and Navy are offered the Military Service Pay (MSP).

Allowances & Perks for IMA/INA/OTA/AFA Officers

Apart from a decent salary package, the officers are eligible to get a few Allowances such as Flying Allowance, Dearness Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Uniform Allowance, etc. Below we have provided the allowances and perks of Officers.

Allowances Details
Flying Allowance Pilots in Level 10 & above pay scale get Rs 25,000 per month as flying allowance
Dearness Allowance Same rates as applicable to civilian personnel
Kit Maintenance Allowance Rs 20,000 annually
Highly Active Field Area Allowance Rs 16,900 pm
Field Area Allowance Rs 10,500 pm
Modified Field Area Allowance Rs 6,300 pm
High Altitude Allowance Category-I – Rs 3,400 pm

Category-II – Rs 5,300 pm

Category-III – Rs 25,000 pm

Siachen Allowance Rs. 42,500 pm
Uniform allowance Rs. 20,000 pm
Free Ration Officer in Peace & Filed Areas get Free ration.
Transport Allowance (TPTA) Higher TPTA Cities: Rs 7200 + DA pm

Other Places: Rs 3600 +DA pm

Children Education Allowance (CEA) Rs. 2250 pm per child for only eldest two surviving

CEA is applicable from kids’ Nursery to 12th class

Indian Armed Forces Promotion Policy 

The promotion avenues are different in all the armed forces. Have a look at the promotion policies for officers recruited in Indian Military, Navy, OTA and Air Force below:

Promotion Policy for Indian Army

Rank Promotion Criteria
Lieutenant After completing training
Captain 2 years of commissioned service
Major 6 years of commissioned service
Lieutenant Colonel 13 years of commissioned service
Colonel (Time Scale) 26 years of commissioned service
Colonel 15 years of commissioned service
Brigadier On Selection
Major General On Selection
Lieutenant General On Selection
General On Selection

Promotion Policy for Indian Air Force

Rank Promotion Criteria
Flying Officer On Commission
Flight Lieutenant 2 Years of commissioned service
Squadron Leader 6 years of commissioned service
Wing Commander 13 years of commissioned service
Group Captain 26 years of commissioned service
Group Captain (Select) Selection
Air Commodore Selection
Air Vice-Marshal Selection
Air Marshal Selection
Air Chief Marshal Selection

Promotion Policy for SSC Officers 

Male and Female candidates who are granted with the Short Service Commission by the OTA are eligible for the following promotion avenues:

Captain – On completion of 2 years of commissioned service

Major –  On completion of 6 years of commissioned service

Lieutenant Colonel – On completion of 13 years of commissioned service