CDS Salary 2020: Candidates recruited through UPSC CDS exam are provided with one of the best compensations in terms of CDS 2020 salary. An aspirant willing to take the test might be interested in knowing the salary of CDS 2020 to get an idea how much they will be paid after their selection. The CDS Salary 2020 comprises various components like the basic salary, allowances and compensation associated with the post making their life financially secure. The allowances included in UPSC CDS officer salary 2020 are dearness allowance, flying allowance, dress allowance, transport allowance, field area allowance. CDS 2020 is a two stage exam consisting of a written test in pen and paper mode and an SSB interview. Candidates will be recruited as UPSC Commissioned Officers in the Defence after the successful conclusion of their training period in CDS. UPSC mentions the CDS pay scale 2020 in the detailed notification released for the recruitment.
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UPSC CDS Salary 2020

UPSC CDS Salary 2020 (Rank-wise)



Pay in Rupees



Level 10




Level 10B




Level 11



Lt Colonel

Level 12A




Level 13




Level 13A



Major General

Level 14



Lieutenant General HAG Scale

Level 15




Level 16

2,05,400 – 2,24,400


VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

Level 17

2,25,000 (fixed)



Level 18

2,50,000 (fixed)


CDS Pay Scale 2020

The official notification presents the pay scale for different ranks of UPSC CDS recruits. The grade pay of all the CDS officers varies according to the rank. Officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier are entitled to a fixed amount, MSP (Military Service Pay) during the entire service period along with UPSC CDS salary 2020. Moreover, cadets are also paid a monthly stipend of Rs. 56,100 for the training period in the service academies.

UPSC CDS 2020 Salary - Perks & Benefits

1. Flying Allowances: Pilots in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to a flying allowance. The flying allowances are a fixed amount of Rs. 25000 per month for Lieutenants and other officers of higher rank.

CDS Flying Allowance

Lieutenant and above

Level 10 and above

Rs 25,000/- p.m. fixed (R1H1 of Risk and Hardship Matrix)

2. Dearness Allowance (DA): Salary of CDS 2020 includes a Dearness Allowance (DA) which is the same as that applicable to civilians.

3. Dress Allowance: This dress allowance is received as an annual amount of Rs. 20000.

4. Transport Allowance (TA): Officers recruited through UPSC CDS can either avail the office vehicle or use their own vehicle and receive the allowances.

CDS Transport Allowance

Pay Level

Higher Transport Allowance Cities
(Rs. per month)

Other Places
(Rs. per month)

9 and above

7200+DA thereon

3600+DA thereon

5. Place of Post: CDS Officers receive a Field Area Allowance, High Altitude Allowance and Siachen Allowance as per the place of posting over and above the basic salary of UPSC CDS. This amount varies on the basis of ranks officers hold and their area of posting.

Field Area Allowances for CDS Officer



Highly Active Field Area Allowance

Field Area Allowance

Modified Field Area Allowance

Lieutenant and above

Level 10 and above




CDS High Altitude Allowance






Lieutenant and above

Level 10 and above




Siachen Allowance


Per Month Allowance in Rupees

Lieutenant and above


CDS 2020 - Rank and Promotions

An intensive training is provided to the UPSC CDS recruited cadets. After the completion of the training period, an officer is posted as Lieutenant. Officers will be placed in the next higher grade after the end of each tenure of rank. Appraisal is indeed fair and transparent. The officers recruited through UPSC CDS have immense growth opportunities.

CDS 2020 - Promotion Ladder


Promotion Criteria


After the end of training


2 years commissioned service


6 years of commissioned service

Lieutenant Colonel

13 years of commissioned service

Colonel (TS)

26 years of commissioned service


15 years of commissioned service


23 years of commissioned service

Major General

25 years of commissioned service

Lieutenant General

28 years of commissioned service


No restrictions

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC CDS Salary 2020

Question: What is the difference between CDS and OTA?


Combined Defence Service is an exam conducted by UPSC to recruit cadets as Commissioned Officers. While Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) is one of the academies in India for the CDS qualified candidates.

Question: What is the salary of a CDS officer?


The CDS salary varies as per the level one is posted. The CDS salary 2020 ranges between Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 2,50,000. The newly recruited cadets are paid a stipend of Rs. 56,100 per month during the training period.

Question: Which academy is better? IMA or OTA?


The only difference between IMA and OTA is who they train. IMA is a training academy for the male candidates and OTA is for the male and female candidates. The training structure, perks and benefits remain the same for all the academies.

Question: Is there any eligibility criteria for CDS?


As per CDS eligibility criteria, a candidate must meet certain criteria set by the Commission like nationality, age limit, physical standards, educational qualification, etc.

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Questions related to CDS

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Is spectacles allow a candidates can select with spectacles

Rehan Alam Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

yes you can apply for CDS exam even if you have spectacles however you will not be able to get into the air force and flying department because of your spectacles.

you could however go for logistics and administration even if you have your spectacles.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


if I have 50% in mathematics and physics in 10+2 class, can I appear for OTA and AFA?

Shiksha 25th Mar, 2020


Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.

  • The eligibility criteria for CDS OTA says: the person should be between 19-25 years age & should have a bachelor's degree from a recognised University/institue (men & women both). The men can be married or unmarried & women can be married or unmarried or widow.
  • The eligibility criteria for AFA says that: the person should be between 20-24 years unmarried. Should have a degree  (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) from a recognised University/institue or bachelor's in engineering.

I hope this clears you doubt.


i have completed my ba.llb degree and my dob is 04/03/1995 .can i apply for CDS .if not then is there any other option for me in defence.

Hrisheekesh Singh 24th Mar, 2020

Hi Dawood,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

You may refer to this article for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!


I heard about temporary and permanent rejections in medical test examination. Can you explain about different checkups in brief and how to overcome them within alloted time if we are temporarily rejected?

Saisrinandan Ch 27th Mar, 2020


You are talking about types of rejections in Services Selection Board (SSB).

Temporary rejections are those which can be cured/treated. Example: Extra Weight.

Permanent rejections are faced due to problems that cannot be cured. Example: Extra Leg Length for Fighter Pilots.

There are several tests inside the medicals. Some basic temporary rejections include: Knocked Knee, Over Weight, Wax in Ears, Kidney Stones, Appendix.

Some of these require surgery or doctor consultation. While problems like over weight can be set right with healthy diet and exercise. Knocked Knee can be cured by putting a pillow between your knees and standing for 20-30 secs daily.

Hope this helps.



A person with disability can apply for CDS exams?

Mohit Sinha 24th Mar, 2020

Aspirants submit their CDS online application form before the last date. but before fill form you should need to check your eligibility for CDS Entrance exam. here we are talking about CDS physical standards and CDS medical fitness both. Check all information regarding “CDS Physical eligibility” below.


General physical and mental standards are very important points to consider before apply for UPSC CDS Exam. here you find physical requirements for CDS and what type of physical fitness required for CDS check below.

  • First of all participant must aware about this that you are physically & mentally fit and fine and free from any type of disease / disability.
  • Participant not have any type of mental breakdown record in past.
  • Aspirant must undergo a preliminary medical check-up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • Candidate must be under a standard weight
  • Chest should be in fine condition . X Ray will taken for figure out any disease in chest.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • You should be no disease of bones and joints of the body. these are some of the CDS Physical criteria for interested candidates. here is more things which are also consider as CDS Physical eligibility.


CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it

  • A Participant selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination process by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
  • Female participants will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male / female doctors / specialists / Gynecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board.
  • Whole Generate reports by Medical board are confidential and not disclose to anyone.
  • The final decision of Candidate fitness will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board.
  • The candidate will also be intimated about the procedure for Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.
  • Candidates must be Physically and Mentally fit according to the given standards. for more details such as vision standards , Height & weight criteria , eye sight criteria , Ear , Nose , throat , teeth condition etc.


Most of the students ask this question that What is eyesight criteria for CDS ? CDSphysical test also covers your eyesight conditions. and vision standard for naval and Air force different from this which also mention below. Eyesight for CDS Exam –
Vision standard for Male Candidates

  • Candidate must able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses (For navy and Air Force without glasses only).
  • Myopia should not be more than 3.5D
  • Hypermetropia should not be more than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Vision standard for Female Candidates

  • Aspirant must able to read 6/6 (better eye) and 6/8 (worse eye) in a distant vision chart with or without glasses
  • Myopia should not be more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.
  • A candidate must have good binocular vision.
  • The colour vision standard will be CP-III.
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours.

Vision standard for Naval

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Vision standard for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -0.75D

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions – CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.

  • The applicants ought to have adequate number of normal and sound teeth.
  • At least 14 dental focuses will be satisfactory.
  • A hopeful ought not be experiencing serious pyorrhea.
  • The listening must be ordinary.
  • A hopeful ought to have the capacity to hear a constrained whisper with every ear at a separation of 610 cms in a very room.
  • There ought to be no confirmation of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • Sound metric test will be ruined AF. Sound metric misfortune ought not exceed+20 db in frequencies somewhere around 250Hz and 4000 Hz.

Height and weight standards
CDS Exam physical eligibility test also includes one major point is aspirant height. Here is a table for height required for CDS Exam for male and female candidates with weight parameters check it.

*45 for Navy @ 47 for Navy A ± 10% ( for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.

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