Indian Army Officer’s Pay Scale & Allowances 2018

Indian Army has a better life for you if you dare to join the Indian Army. After the 6th pay commission, the pay scale of an Indian army officer has increased. Not only pay scale, there are multiple allowances for Indian army officers. As a matter of fact, the CTC for a Lieutenant would be approximately Rs. 65000/- per month.


Indian Army Officer’s Pay Scale & Allowances

After the 7th pay commission, there are huge changes in the payment structure as mentioned below. Being a Lieutenant in India army at the age of 21 is indeed a dream job for many. Let’s have a look at pay scale of Indian army officers.indian army officer pay


Post  Pay Scale Grade Pay Army Service Pay Total IN HAND Cash (Salary)
Sepoy 5200-20200  1800 2000 25,000
Lance Naik 5200-20200  2000 2000 30,000
Naik 5200-20200  2400 2000 35,000
Havaldar 5200-20200  2800 2000 40,000
Naib Subedar 9300-34800  4200 2000 45,000
Subedar 9300-34800  4600 2000 50,000
Subedar Major 9300-34800  4800 2000 65,000
Lieutenant 15600-39100  5400 6000 68,000
Captain 15600-39100  6100 6000 75,000
Major 15600-39100  6600 6000 1,00,000
Lieutenant Colonel 37400-67000  8000 6000 1,12,000
Colonel 37400-67000  8700 6000 1,30,000
Brigadier 37400-67000  8900 6000
Major General 37400-67000  10,000  –  –
Lieutenant General 37400-67000  –  –  –


(OLD) Indian Army Officer’s Pay Scale & Allowances (OLD)

The promotion from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel is on time scale basis and thereafter on selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service condition. The pay scale and promotion criteria is as follows: –

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
67000 – (annual
increment @ 3%) –
HAG + Scale *
*Admissible to
1/3rd of total
strength of Lt Gens
75500 – (annual
increment @ 3%) –
VCOAS / Army
Cdr / Lt Gen (NFSG)
80000 (fixed) NIL NIL
COAS 90000 (fixed) NIL NIL

Allowances as applicable

The rates of allowances applicable to officer are as under:

Allowances To Whom Applicable Rates
Field Area Allowance Officers Posted to Fd Area Rs. 4200/-PM
High Altitude/ Uncongenial
Climate Siachen
Officers Posted in High
Officers Posted in Siachen
Rs. 11200

Rs.14000/-PMFlying PayOfficers Posted as Army
Aviators9000PMParachute PayOfficers Posted in Active Parachute BNs/Regt1200PMSpecial Forces AllowanceOfficers posted in Special Forces9000PMTransport AllowanceOfficers Posted in
Peace StationsRs3200/-+DA PM in A1/A cities and
Rs 1600+DA PM at other placesHouse Rent AllowanceTo officers not provided
Govt. Accommodation10-30% of Basic Pay (Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP)Kit Maintenance AllowanceAll officers400/-PMUniform Allowance
(Outfit Allowance)All officersInitial 14000/- and
3000/- every Three YearsQualification Pay/ Grant for Service CoursesAll officers undergoing specified coursesRs 6000 to 20000/-Instructional AllowanceAll Officers Posted as

NOTE: In the case of allowances specific to Defence Forces, the rates of these allowance have been further enhanced by 25% as Dearness allowance has gone up by 50%.

Cost to Company [CTC]: The CTC for a Lieutenant would be approximately Rs. 65000/- per month. This includes Basic Pay, DA, Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Tech Pay, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance. These rates are not statutory and are subject to change.

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