Salary Pay Scale Allowances in Indian Army

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2022)

Salary, Pay Scale & Allowances in Indian Army

Salary Pay Scale Allowances in Indian Army : The salary for Indian Army officers is fixed on the basis of rank and comes with various additional allowances as well. After the introduction of 7th Pay Commission and Pay Matrix Table, it is now very easy to understand the Indian Army Salary. Indian Army officers get very attractive salary. The grade pay level is from 3-18 and the pay scale ranges from Rs.21,700/- to Rs.2,50,000/-.

Interested candidates can check and compare CDS Salary, NDA Salary and AFCAT Salary in the linked articles.

Also, one must practice previous years question papers to get good marks in the exam. Check NDA Question Paper and CDS Question Paper with Answer Key.

Indian Army Rank Wise Salary

Indian Army Rank wise pay scale is difficult to understand for the candidates who don’t know anything about Basic Pay, Grade Pay etc. Candidates having basic knowledge of these terms can understand them easily.

Here we will provide the pay scale for each post in Indian Army. The salary of an army soldier is the sum of various posts like Basic Pay, Grade Pay, Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance and other benefits.

Candidates to be selected as Soldier GD will have to complete long training period. During the training period, the candidates were selected first for Constable/Rifleman then Lance Naik, then Naik then Havildar then Naib Subedar and then Subedar and then Subedar Major (SM).

Grade Pay and Basic Pay by India Army

  • Grade Pay is the total payment that will be depending on the pay band , category,  and class of employment.
  • Basic pay is the total grade pay and pays in the pay band.

Pay Scale of JCO/ OR

The pay scale for all ranks which comes under JCO/ OR is given below.

​Indian Army Rank-wise Salary: After 7th Pay Commission

The salary has been revised after the introduction of the 7th Pay Commission in the Indian Army. The post-wise salary of Indian Army officers is given in the table below.

Rank / Pay Level Salary (After 7th Pay Commission)
Chief of Army Staff (Level 18) INR 2,50,000/- (Fixed)
VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NEGS) (Level 17) INR 2,25,000/- (Fixed)
Indian Army Lieutenant General Salary (level 15) INR 1,82,200/- – INR 2,24,100/-
Indian Army Major General Salary (level 14) INR 1,44,200/- – INR 2,18,200/-
Indian Army Brigadier Salary (level 13 A) INR 1,39,600/- – INR 2,17,600/-
Indian Army Colonel Salary (level 13) INR 1,30,600/- – INR 2,15,900/-
Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel Salary (level 12) INR 1,21,200/- – INR 2,12,400/-
Indian Army Major Salary (level 11) INR 69400/- – INR 2,07,200/-
Indian Army Captain Salary (level 10 B) INR 61,300/- – INR 1,93,900/-
Indian Army Lieutenant Salary (level 10) INR 56,100/- – INR 1,77,500/-
Indian Army Subedar Major Salary (level 8) INR 34,800/-
Indian Army Subedar Salary (level 7) INR 34,800/-
Indian Army Naib Subedar Salary (level 6) INR 34,800/-
Indian Army Havaldar Salary (level 5) INR 34,800/-
Indian Army Naik Salary (level 4) INR 20,200/-
Indian Army Lance Naik Salary (level 3) INR 20,200/-
Indian Army Sepoy Salary (level 3) INR 20,200/-

Apart from the salary, army officers get many other benefits like air/rail travel concession, free hospital facilities, low interest loan, canteen facilities etc. Know more about Indian Army Ranks, Batch, Commissioned and Non-Commissioned. Officer.

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Grade Pay

What is the pay scale in Indian Army Salary?

As you can see Indian Army provides attractive salary package and remunerative benefits to its employees. The pay scale within the Indian Army Pay depends on the rank or trade of the army personnel. Army soldiers get salary as per 7th pay commission. Within the Pay Commission Matrix, the pay scale is the pay range or pay structure that shows the starting pay as well as the highest pay a soldier can receive in that particular pay scale. Also as per pay commission matrix, grade pay and army service pay is provided in addition to the amount mentioned on the pay scale.

Indian Army Salary- Basic Pay and Grade Pay

Basic Pay and Grade Pay are two words that are used while describing the salary in any organization including the Indian Army. Thus, it is necessary to know the difference between the two words.

Indian Army Basic Pay – This is the base income of an employee based on his designation. This typically comprises 35-50% of the total salary, excluding any bonuses, allowances or deductions. This is a fixed amount.
Indian Army Grade Pay- Grade Pay of any government employee is calculated on the basis of his/her class, category and pay band. It is calculated as per the norms of 7th Pay Commission applicable to the post of the employee.

Thus, Indian Army provides satisfactory salary package to the candidates and also provides additional facilities.


Indian army allowance

Apart from salary and House Rent Allowance (HRA) a lot of allowances and facilities are provided to the officers of the Indian Army. Some of them are given below.

  1. Transportation Allowances – INR 3,600/- +DA – INR 7200/- +DA
  2. Military Service Pay –  INR 15,500/- (From Lt. Post to Brig)
  3. Counterinsurgency – INR 6300/-
  4. Uniform Allowances – INR 20,000/- per Year
  5. Field Area Allowances – INR10,500/-
  6. Parachute Pay – INR 1200/-
  7. High Altitude Allowances – INR 5300/-
  8. Siachen – INR 42,500/- per month
  9. Special Forces – INR 9000/- per month
  10. Flying Pay – INR 25,000
  11. Casual Leave of 20 Days
  12. Encash of Leave up to 300 Days of Last Pay Drawn
  13. Study Leave of up to 2 Years with Full Pay and all Benefits
  14. Lifelong Pension
  15. Dearness Allowance: same as civilian personnel
  16. Death Cum Retirement Gratuity and Foreign Postings.

Indian Army Salary: Other Allowances

Apart from the allowances mentioned above, there are a few other allowances too given to the Indian Army.

  • Air/ Rail Travel Concession
  • Free Hospital Facilities
  • Low-Interest Rates on Loans
  • Canteen Facilities, Rations, and others.

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Rank-wise Structure

Indian Army Salary- Rank-Wise Structure

Not all ranks are recruited directly through NDA or CDS exam. In fact, very few are direct recruits and for the rest, cadets are promoted after the training period. All these ranks are further divided into three categories, namely- Non-Commissioned Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Commissioned Officers.

Training period

Irrespective of the posts, all new recruits have to go through a training period. The stipend ranges between 15000INR to 21000INR depending on the pay band of the rank.

Posts Stipend
Sepoy or Rifleman The constable holds rank 3 in the pay matrix. The starting salary of a constable without any allowance is 21700INR. Retirement is after 19 years of service or 42 years of age – whichever is earlier.
Lance Naik Sepoys are promoted to the rank of Lance Naik and there is not much difference between the two posts. The retirement age is 24 years of service or 49 years of age.
Naik The pay matrix level for Naik is 4 and the starting salary without allowances is Rs 25,500. Lance Naik is promoted to hero and can be recognized by two chevron arm patches. The retirement age is 24 years of service or 49 years of age.
Havildar The Havildar is Level 5 in the Pay Matrix and the minimum pay is INR 29,200. Retirement occurs after 26 years of service or 42 years of age. There are three rank chevrons on the arm patch and you can directly get recruited to this position.
Naib Subedar Naib Subedar is Level 6 in the Pay Matrix and the minimum salary is INR 35,400. Havildars are promoted to this post and the retirement age is 30 years of service or 52 years of age. It is a JCO post and is represented by the shoulder patch in the uniform.
Subedar The pay level is 7 and the starting pay without allowances is Rs 44,900. This rank is also obtained through promotion and not directly recruited.
Subedar Major Subedar Major is pay level 8 and the minimum salary without allowance is INR 47,600. Retirement is after 34 years of service or 54 years of age.
Captain The pay level for Captain is 10B and the salary without allowances is Rs 61,300. A person who has served as a lieutenant for at least 2 years is eligible for this promotion.
Lieutenant The pay level is 10 and the minimum salary without allowance is INR 56,100 and the retirement age is 52 years of age.
Lieutenant Colonel The pay level as per the Pay Matrix for Lt Col is 12A and the minimum pay without allowances is INR 1,21,200. The retirement age is 54 years and you can reach this post after serving 13 years as an officer.
Lieutenant General The pay scale for Lieutenant General is INR 1,82,200 without an allowance and it is a rank belonging to pay matrix level 15.
Honorary Lieutenant The pay level is 10 and the minimum pay without allowances is Rs 56,100. The rank is given to honor the services of JCOs. Both Subedar and Subedar Major are eligible for this rank.
Colonel The level in the pay matrix for Colonel is 13 and the salary without allowances is Rs 1,30,600. The retirement age is 54 years. Lieutenant Colonel becomes eligible for this post after completing 15 years of service.
Brigadier The pay level is 13A and the minimum pay without allowance for Brigadier is INR 1,39,600. The retirement age is 56 years.
Major The pay level for Major is 11 in the Pay Matrix and the pay without allowances is Rs 69,400. The retirement age is 52 years. A person who has served as an officer in the Indian Army for 6 years is eligible for promotion.
Major General The pay matrix level is 14 for Major General and the minimum payment without allowance is INR 1,44,200. The age of retirement is 58 years.
General The level in the pay matrix for General is 18 and the starting pay without allowances is Rs 2,50,000. The retirement age as Chief of Army Staff is 3 years or 62 years.
Field Marshal It is the highest honor of the Indian Army. It is not part of the normal rank hierarchy as the appointment to this post is closed these days. There is no retirement age for this post and they get lifelong salary even if they are no longer serving the country.

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Salary Pay Scale Allowances in Indian Army FAQs

Question. When is the salary of a lieutenant in the Indian Army?

Answer: The salary of a lieutenant in the Indian Army ranges between INR 56,100- 1,77,500.

Question. How much does the Indian Army pay per year?

Answer: Indian Army salary depends on various factors including the rank of the candidate. The detailed rank-wise salary for each post is given in the table above.

Question. What is the highest salary in Indian Army?

Answer: The highest salary of a general in the Indian Army is INR 2,50,000 per month.

Question. Does the salary of the Indian Army change every year?

Answer: After the introduction of the 7th Pay Commission, the salary of the Indian Army was revised but since then there has been no change in it.

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