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NDA Salary 2022: Complete Details on Perks and Allowances


NDA Salary 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam to select candidates to join Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The perks, allowances, and other benefits under the NDA salary are not the primary motivating factors for candidates to join the Indian Defence Services, but it is good to know that the government takes care of professional development and provides handsome compensation for candidates that enter defence services through the NDA exam process.

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Candidates selected through the NDA exam will be initially paid a stipend of Rs. 56100/- per month (at pay matrix of level 10) during the training period. After the training, the candidate will be commissioned as a Lieutenant with a pay scale of Rs. 56,100/- to Rs. 1,77, 500/-. Post that, as per the promotions, there will be salary increments. Detailed information about UPSC NDA salary, including in-hand salary, stipend, allowances, benefits, and promotions, are provided in this article.

NDA Officer Salary 2022: Overview

Before getting into the details of the salary structure, let us have an overview of the UPSC NDA exam from the table below:

Name of the ExamNational Defence Academy and Naval Academy Recruitment Exam
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Purpose of ExamTo join the Indian Army, Navy and Airforce
Frequency Twice a Year
Exam ModeOffline
Educational Eligibility12th Pass
Selection StagesWritten Test and SSB Interview
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

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NDA Salary per Month 2022: Salary and Pay Scale

Candidates shortlisted for NDA jobs are eligible for basic pay, allowances, and various other benefits under NDA salary. Check the post/position-wise NDA pay scale from the table below:

PositionPay Scale (Per Month)
Stipend During TrainingRs.56,100/-
LieutenantRs.56,100/- to Rs.1,77, 500/-
CaptainRs.61,300/- to Rs.1,93,900/-
MajorRs.69,400/- to Rs.2,07,200/-
Lieutenant ColonelRs.1,21,200/- to Rs.2,12,400/-
ColonelRs.1,30,600/- to Rs.2,15,900/-
BrigadierRs.1,39,600/- to Rs.2,17,600/-
Major GeneralRs.1,44,200/- to Rs.2,18,200/-
Lt. General HAG ScaleRs.1,82,200/- to Rs.2,24,100/-
HAG+ ScaleRs.2,05,400/- to  Rs.2,24,400/-
VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG)Rs.2,25,000/-

Note- There will be a fixed Military Service Pay (MSP) amount of INR 15,500/- per month to be paid to the officers of the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier.

  • NDA Salary During Training Period: The candidate under training will receive a fixed stipend of Rs.56100/- under the NDA training period salary. Note that the period of training shall not be treated as a commissioned service, and the allowances during the training period will be paid as arrears on successful commissioning.
  • NDA Salary After Training: Once the candidate has been commissioned as an officer (Lieutenant), the pay scale will be as per level 10 with Rs.56,100/- to 1,77,500/- as basic pay, including the allowances and other benefits.

NDA Salary per Month 2022: Allowances and Perks

Apart from the basic NDA salary, candidates will also be eligible for various allowances and perks under the NDA salary per month. Check the details from the table below:

Name of AllowancesAmount Payable (Per Month)
Dearness AllowanceAdmissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel from time to time.
Para AllowanceRs.10,500/-
Para Reserve AllowanceRs.2,625/-
Para Jump Instructor Allowance Rs.10,500/-
Project Allowance Rs.3,400/-
Special Forces Allowance Rs.25,000/-
Technical Allowance (Tier 1)Rs.3,000/-
Technical Allowance (Tier 2)Rs.4,500/-

Apart from this, there are several specific allowances. They are:

  • Flying Allowances

The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to a flying allowance of Rs. 25,000/- per month.

  • Allowances Based on Posting Area

Depending upon rank and area of posting, an officer posted to field areas will be eligible for the following field area allowances under the NDA officer salary:

Name of AllowancesAmount Payable (Per Month)
Highly Active Field Area AllowanceRs.16,900/- (Per Month)
Field Area AllowanceRs.10,500/- (Per Month)
Modified Field Area AllowanceRs.6,300/- (Per Month)
  • High Altitude Allowance
CategoryAmount Payable (Per Month)
Category – IRs.3,400/- (Per Month)
Category – IIRs.5,300/- (Per Month)
Category – IIIRs.25,000/- (Per Month)
  • Counter Insurgency Allowance
CategoryAmount Payable (Per Month)
Counter Insurgency Allowance in Peace Area Rs.10,500/- (Per Month)
Counter Insurgency Allowance in Field Area Rs.16,900/- (Per Month)
Counter Insurgency Allowance in Modified Field Area Rs.13,013/- (Per Month)
  • Other Allowances
Siachen Allowance Rs. 42,500/-
Uniform AllowanceRs. 20,000/-
Ration in Kind In Peace and Field Areas
  • Transport Allowance (TPTA)
PlaceAmount Payable (Per Month)
Higher TPTA Cities (Per Month) Rs.7200/- + DA
Other Places (Per Month) Rs.3600/- + DA
  • Children’s Education Allowance (CEA)
    • There is a monthly allowance of Rs.2250/- per child for the two oldest children alive.
    • Children’s Education Allowance is admissible from Nursery to Class 12.
  • Hostel Subsidy
    • There is a monthly allowance of Rs.6750/- per child for the two oldest children alive.
    • The allowance is admissible from Nursery to Class 12.

NDA Officer Salary 2022: Monetary Benefits in Case of Accidents During the Training

These benefits are applicable under the NDA training period salary if candidates face any unfortunate accidents during the training period. The consequences are divided into two parts- compensations in the case of disability and compensations in case of death. The seriousness of the consequences will directly impact the compensation amount.

A. Compensations in Case of Disability

  • A monthly Ex-Gratia amount of INR 9,000/- per month will be paid.
  • In the case of 100% Disability, the Ex-Gratia amount of INR 16,200/- per month shall be paid to the candidate.
  • In case of a disability percentage of 20% or lesser, no amount will be paid.
  • Constant-attendance allowance of INR 6750/- per month will be paid to the candidate if the Invaliding Medical Board (IMB) recommends.

B. Compensations in Case of Death

  • Ex-Gratia amount of INR 12.50 Lacs will be paid to the NoK.
  • Ex-Gratia amount of INR 9,000/- per month will be paid to the NoK.

NDA Officer Salary 2022: Increments, Promotions and Career Growth

Candidates selected through the NDA exam will be commissioned as Lieutenant in Army, Sub Lieutenant in the Navy, and Flying Officer in Air Force. Thereafter, candidates will be eligible for increments and promotions based on their performance and experience. Check the promotion and career growth path in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Minimum Service Required for PromotionsPositions
On CommissionArmy – Lieutenant
Navy – Sub Lieutenant
Air Force – Flying Officer
02 yearsArmy – Captain
Navy – Lieutenant
Air Force – Flight Lieutenant
06 YearsArmy – Major
Navy – Lt. Commander
Air Force – Squadron Leader
13 yearsArmy – Lt. Colonel
Navy – Commander
Air Force – Wing Commander
On SelectionArmy – Colonel (Selection)
Navy – Captain (Selection)
Air Force – Group Captain (Selection)
26 YearsArmy – Colonel (Time Scale)
Navy – Captain (Time Scale)
Air Force – Group Captain (Time Scale)
On SelectionArmy – Brigadier
Navy – Commodore
Air Force – Air Commodore
On SelectionArmy – Major General
Navy – Rear Admiral
Air Force – Air Vice-Marshal
On SelectionArmy – Lieutenant General
Navy – Vice Admiral
Air Force – Air Marshal
On SelectionArmy – General
Navy – Admiral
Air Force – Air Chief Marshal

NDA Officer Salary 2022: Insurance and Other Benefits

Let us look at NDA salary insurance and other benefits

  • The Army Group Insurance Fund provides insurance cover of Rs. 15 lakhs on payment of a one-time non-refundable premium of Rs. 7,200/- by cadets for 3 years (from the date of joining for pre-commission training)
  • In case of relegation, an additional premium of Rs. 1,355/- per relegated term will be paid.
  • Candidates who are invalidated by IMB on account of disability will be provided Rs.15 lakhs for 100% disability. Whereas, for 20% disability Rs. 3 lakhs will be paid. Moreover, for less than 20% disability only an Ex-Gratia grant of Rs. 50,000/- for the first two years of training and Rs. 1 lakh during the third year of training will be paid.
  • The Gentlemen Cadets at IMA when in receipt of stipend are insured for Rs. 75 lakh with a monthly contribution of Rs 5,000 as applicable to officers of regular Army.
  • The candidates invalidated by IMB account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided Rs 25 lakhs for 100% disability and Rs. 5 lakhs for 20% disability. For less than 20% disability an Ex-Gratia grant of Rs. 50,000/- will be paid.

UPSC NDA Salary: Retirement Benefits and Leaves Policy

According to the rules in force, pensions, gratuities, and casualty pensions will be admissible from time to time under the NDA salary.

We have now provided candidates with all the details on National Defence Academy and Naval Academy salaries. Army jobs not only provide a successful and respected career but also provide multiple benefits. The reason behind such perks and benefits for army personnel are the services and the contribution they make to our country. To join defence services as officers, the NDA exam is one of the best options. If candidates are preparing for NDA 2022 exam, then take free NDA Mock Tests at Embibe. Taking these tests will improve conceptual and test-taking skills.

Candidates can also check:

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NDA ResultNDA Cutoff

FAQs on NDA Salary 2022

The frequently asked questions on the NDA officer’s salary, allowances and other details are given below:

Q.1: What is the in-hand salary for NDA graduates?
Ans: The In-hand salary for NDA graduates will include Basic Pay and various allowances. After the training, the candidates will be eligible for a salary with a pay scale of Rs.56,100/- to Rs.1,77, 500/-.

Q.2: What is the NDA salary during training?
Candidates undergoing the training will be eligible for a fixed stipend of Rs.56,100/-.

Q.3: Do NDA Cadets get a salary?
Ans: The starting pay scale of candidates will be Rs.56,100/- plus various applicable allowances.

Q.4: What is the highest salary of an NDA officer?
Candidates commissioned as officers will receive the highest salary of around Rs.250000/- (2.5 lakhs) after reaching the highest post in Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Q.5: Which rank is given after NDA?
Ans: After the training period, candidates will be given the rank of Lieutenant in Army, Sub Lieutenant in Navy and Flying Officer in Air Force.

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