UPSC CDS Salary 2021 - Check UPSC CDS Pay Scale, Promotions, Benefits
CDS Salary 2021 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the exam conducting authority for the UPSC CDS exam. The compensation provided to candidates after joining the service is amazing. Many candidates search for the salaries and benefits they will get after clearing the CDS exam. The CDS 2021 salary comprises various components like the basic salary, allowances, compensation associated with the posting location and more. CDS exam is conducted in two stages - written exam and SSB interview. Candidates clearing both the stages are selected to the Indian Defence Services. CDS 2021 examination is going to be conducted on February 7, 2021. Read the article below for more information on CDS salary 2021.
Latest: CDS 1/2021 admit card has been released on January 07, 2021. The last date to download the admit card is February 07, 2021. CDS 1 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on February 7, 2021.
CDS Exam 2021 Overview
Name of the exam
Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS exam)
Commonly known as
Union Public Service Commission
Frequency of exam
Twice a year
Number of vacancies
To be announced
Mode of application
Mode of exam
Stages of exam
CDS Salary 2021 – Posts Wise Salaries
Through the CDS 2021 recruitment process, only eligible and qualified candidates will be recruited as officers in the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. The CDS 2021 selection process is carried out in two stages. Check the post wise salaries of CDS officers in the table below:
CDS salaries post wise
Pay in Rupees
Military Service Pay
Rs 56,100 - Rs 1,77,500
Level 10 B
Rs 61,300 - Rs 1,93,900
Rs 69,400 - Rs 2,07,200
Level 12 A
Rs 1,21,200 - Rs 2,12,400
Rs 1,30,600 - Rs 2,15,900
Level 13 A
Rs 1,39,600 - Rs 2,17,600
Rs 1,44,200 - Rs 2,18,200
Rs 1,82,200 - Rs 2,24,100
Rs 2,05,400 – Rs 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)
Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)
CDS Salary 2021 - Pay Scale
The CDS salaries pay is mentioned in the official CDS 2021 notification for all different ranks. The grade pay varies according to the ranks of the CDS officers. Defence service officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier get a fixed amount, Military Service Pay during their entire service period along with CDS 2021 salary. Also, cadets are also paid a monthly stipend of Rs 56,100 during the training period in the Academy.
CDS Salary 2021 - Formula for salary calculation
The CDS officers salary ranges from Rs 56,100 to Rs 2,50,00. They are also entitled to numerous perks and benefits as per their ranks. The CDS salary calculation formula is mentioned below:
CDS salary calculation formula
Total Salary = Basic Pay + Grade Pay + Allowance + Other benefits
CDS Salary 2021 - Allowances
Candidates who are recruited as officers through CDS exam are entitled to numerous perks and allowances. Some of these allowances are mentioned below:
Dearness Allowance - CDS salary includes a DA which is same as that applicable to civilians
Dress Allowance - It is received annually in the amount of Rs. 20000.
Transport Allowance - CDS officers can either use the office or their own vehicle and receive the TA allowance
Flying Allowances - Aviation Corps are entitled to a flying allowance. The FA amount is Rs 25,000 per month for Lieutenants and above rank officers
Posting/ Location - Officers receive a Field Area, High Altitude and Siachen Allowance as per their place of posting over and above the basic CDS salary
CDS 2021 - Rank and Promotion
After the initial CDS training, the cadets are inducted to the rank of a Lieutenant and slowly make their way upwards. Check the table below for rank and promotion criteria.
CDS rank and promotion
After the training
2 years service
6 years of service
13 years of service
26 years of service
15 years of service
23 years of service
25 years of service
28 years of service
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC CDS Salary 2021 - Check UPSC CDS Pay Scale, Promotions, Benefits
Question: What are the different stages of the CDS exam?
Combined Defence Services exam has two stages - written exam and SSB interview.
Question: Is the CDS exam held online or offline?
UPSC CDS written exam is held in offline mode.
Question: What is the minimum age to apply for the CDS exam?
The minimum age to apply for the CDS exam is 19 years.
Question: What is the application fee for the CDS form?
The CDS application form fee is Rs 100 for general category applicants.
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Questions related to CDS
My DOB is June 23 1998 I am I eligible for CDS 2021?
Yes, The candidate born between 02 Jan 1998 to 01 Jan 2003 . So you will are eligible according to this years' eligibility criteria. CDS Notification is published by Union Public Service Commission. CDS follows a three-stage recruitment process it consists of:
- Written Test
- SSB Interview
- Medical Examination
- Merit List
Follow the link below for more information:
my dob is April 2004 ,am I eligible for cds paper 2in 2022
As per as your Date Of Birth, you will be 18 years of old by April 2022, which does not fulfill the required CDS Eligibility Criteria 2022 as per Age Limit which is 19 - 25 years of old( unmarried).
Candidates should be graduates and between the age group of 19 to 25 years. CDS eligiblity criteria 2021 is based on age limit, educational qualification, nationality and more.
Can 1st year BCA student apply for CDS OTA ?
I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but you are not eligible for CDS OTA if you are in the first year of BCA
This is because,
To be eligible for CDS OTA you should have completed your graduation course, also students who are in the final year of their degree examination are eligible
but you are still in the first year of your BCA ,thus you are not eligible. You can apply for CDS OTA either after the completion of your bca or in the final year of your BCA.
For your reference CDS eligibility criteria is provided below:-
-)you should be indian/nepali/bhutani
-) or you should be a tibetan refugee who came here before January, 1962 in india to settle permanently .
-)or you should be of indian origin migrated from following countries to settle here in India permanently :-
->Sri Lanka & East African Countries
The age limit and marital status for different CDS courses is provided below:-
*Indian Military Academy :- you should be between 19 to 24 years and unmarried
*Indian Naval Academy :- you should be between 19 to 24 years and unmarried
*Air Force Academy :- you should be between 20 to 24 years and unmarried
*Officers' Training Academy (Men) :- you should be between 19 to 25 years and can be either unmarried or Married
*Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical) :- you should be between 19 to 25 years and unmarried or widow or a Divorcee
Educational qualifications required for CDS is provided below:-
*Indian Military Academy :- you need a bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university. Those who are in final year of their degree are also eligible.
*Indian Naval Academy :- Must have bachelor's degree in engineering or should be in final year of your engineering.
*Air Force Academy :- You should have bachelor's degree in engineering or Bachelor's Degree in any discipline with physics and mathematics in your 10+2 level . Those who are in final year of their degree are also eligible
* OTA (Men) :- you need a bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university. Those who are in final year of bachelor's degree are also eligible.
* OTA (Women - Non-Technical) :- you need a bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university. Those who are in final year of their degree are also eligible
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i have a 60.62% marks in 12th science so....can i apply for cds and afcat examination.. .
You need to hold a graduation degree in order to apply for both of the CDS and AFCAT exam. Your class 12th marks won't pose any hindrance.
The education qualification needed for CDS are:
For I.M.A. and OTA, candidates should have a bachelor's degree from a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by the Central/State Government.
For INA candidate needs to have a Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/institution.
Also, to apply to Air Force Academy, the candidates need a degree from a recognized university( with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2) or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
Also, apart from educational eligibility criteria, you also need to fulfill the other criteria to be eligible. Check the link below for more information regarding this
BSc(cbz) is ok to Join AFA in CDS ? PLEASE ANSWER
I am not very sure of BSc(CBZ) acceptance for CDS.
But I can provide you these links to check out:
These are the official sites of the Indian Airforce. You can check the career options from these sites.
Through these links, you can also check out which branch (flying or technical or non technical) you are eligible.
Also, please note that, CDS is not the only entrance for AFA. You have options like AFCAT and NCC Special Entry also. You can check these also through the links provided.