The Indian Army has a better life for you if you dare to join the Indian Army. The pay scale of an Indian army officer increased after the 7th pay commission. It is not only the pay scale, but there are also multiple allowances for Indian army officers. As a matter of fact, the starting CTC for a Lieutenant would be approximately Rs. 70,000 – 90,000/- per month.
7th Central Pay Commission award, in many ways, has been a revolutionary due to the active involvement of the environment. This was for the first time when we have transited from Pay Bands to a Pay Matrix system. The method of awarding increments has been modified to a pre calculated stage system in the Defence Pay Matrix, thereby ensuring uniformity. Several old allowances have been merged, some allowances abolished and new ones have been granted.
Level of Ranks for Officers: Level of Ranks for all offrs, incl those from AMC, ADC and RVC but excluding MNS are as under.
Indian Army Officer’s Pay Scale & Allowances
There are considerable changes in the payment structure after the 7th pay commission, as mentioned below. Being a Lieutenant in the Indian army at the age of 21 is a dream job for many. Let’s have a look at the pay scale of Indian army officers.
|Post||Pay Scale||Grade Pay||Army Service Pay||Total IN HAND Cash (Salary)|
(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: –
|RANK||PAY BANDS/SCALE||GRADE PAY||MSP|
|LT GENERAL /|
|67000 – (annual|
increment @ 3%) –
|HAG + Scale *|
1/3rd of total
strength of Lt Gens
|75500 – (annual|
increment @ 3%) –
|VCOAS / Army|
Cdr / Lt Gen (NFSG)
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|
|Officers Posted in High|
Officers Posted in Siachen
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.