Indian Army is one of the biggest standing armies in the world. It is more than 11 lakh active troops which is the 4th largest in the world. Apart from this, there are more than 9 lakhs reserved troops in the Indian Army. Being a part of the armed forces of India is one of the dreams of many boys and girls in India. A large number of youngsters work hard and study a lot to get selected for India. But, do you know how much personnel of the Indian Army earns?
Well, You should know that salaries are different for various ranks like Subedar, Naik Subedar, Captain, Sepoy, etc. In this post, we will let you know about the salaries of Indian Army troops as per the 7th Pay Commission Grade Pay and Basic Pay.
Salary in Indian Army according to ranks
Officers in the Indian Army get their salaries on the basis of the ranks under which they have been working or posted. Various ranks in the Indian rank are as follows.
- Lance Naik
- Mstr. Havaldar
- Naib Subedar
- Subedar Major
- Major General
- Field Marshal
Indian Army Salary After 7th Pay commission
After the introduction of the 7th Pay commission matrix, the salary of Indian Army personnel has changed. You can check out the salary of the Indian Army Personnel given in the following table.
|Rank||Pay Scale||Total in hand (Indian Army Salary Per Month)|
|Indian Army Sepoy Salary||Level 3||Rs. 21, 700/-|
|Indian Army Lance Naik Salary||Level 3||Rs. 21, 700/-|
|Indian Army Naik Salary||Level 4||Rs. 25, 500/-|
|Indian Army Havaldar||Level 5||Rs. 29, 200/-|
|Indian Army Naib Subedar||Level 6||Rs. 35, 400/-|
|Indian Army Subedar||Level 7||Rs. 44, 900/-|
|Indian Army Subedar Major||Level 8||Rs. 47, 600/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant Salary||Level 10||Rs. 56, 100/-|
|Indian Army Captain Salary||Level 10 B||Rs. 61, 300/-|
|Indian Army Major Salary||Level 11||Rs. 69, 400/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel Salary||Level 12||Rs. 1, 21, 000/-|
|Indian Army Colonel Salary||Level 13||Rs. 1, 30, 600/-|
|Indian Army Brigadier Salary||Level 13A||Rs. 1, 39, 600/-|
|Indian Army Major General Salary||Level 14||Rs. 1, 44, 200/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant General||Level 15||Rs. 1, 82, 200/-|
|Indian Army General Salary||Level 18||Rs. 2, 50, 000/-|
What was the Indian Army Salary before 7th Pay Commission?
Some of you might be interested to know what was the salary of Indian Army Soldiers and other officers before 7th Pay Commission. Well, before the 7th Pay commission matrix the salary was provided based on 6th Pay commission. Check out the Indian Army Salary according to the 6th Pay commission as given below.
|Rank||Pay Scale||Total in hand (Indian Army Salary Per Month)|
|Indian Army Sepoy Salary||Pay Band 1||Rs. 21, 700/-|
|Indian Army Lance Naik Salary||Pay Band 1||Rs. 21, 700/-|
|Indian Army Naik Salary||Pay Band 1||Rs. 25, 500/-|
|Indian Army Havaldar||Pay Band 1||Rs. 29, 200/-|
|Indian Army Naib Subedar||Pay Band 2||Rs. 35, 400/-|
|Indian Army Subedar||Pay Band 2||Rs. 44, 900/-|
|Indian Army Subedar Major||Pay Band 2||Rs. 47, 600/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant Salary||Pay Band 3||Rs. 56, 100/-|
|Indian Army Captain Salary||Pay Band 3||Rs. 61, 300/-|
|Indian Army Major Salary||Pay Band 3||Rs. 69, 400/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel Salary||Pay Band 4||Rs. 1, 21, 000/-|
|Indian Army Colonel Salary||Pay Band 4||Rs. 1, 30, 600/-|
|Indian Army Brigadier Salary||Pay Band 4||Rs. 1, 39, 600/-|
|Indian Army Major General Salary||Pay Band 4||Rs. 1, 44, 200/-|
|Indian Army Lieutenant General||HAG + Scale||Rs. 1, 82, 200/-|
Salary of Indian Army Field Marshal
- The post of a Field Marshal in the Indian Army is only ceremonial. It is not included in the normal hierarchy or salary structure.
- Till now, only two officers in the Indian army have reached up to the rank of Field Marshal. These SHFJ Manekshaw and KM Cariappa. These two decorated officers have played instrumental roles in Indian Victories over Pakistan.
Indian Army Salary 2023- Understand the PayScale
Every year, the Indian Army releases a large number of vacancies of various posts. When you see the advertisement you will see the salary written in the form of a pay scale. It is so because the personnel in Indian army are offered lucrative salary packages along with remuneration benefits. The benefits apart from the salary also depend upon the post on which you are working currently.
What are Indian Army Grade Pay and Basic Pay?
Indian Army Grade Pay – In simple words, we can say that Grade pay is the amount that Indian Army employees receive according to the category, pay band, and a class of employee. The grade pay is calculated according to the post of an employee as per the 7th pay commission.
Please note that the Grade pay remains fixed until the employee gets the next promotion. Grade pay is the new term that is introduced in the 6th pay commission.
Indian Army Basic Pay – This is the basic income of an Indian Army employee. Generally, this amount is around 35% – 50% of the amount that an Army Personnel gets in hand every month. Unlike, Grade Pay, the Basic pay changes every year. Simply, you can say that Basic Pay = Grade pay + pay in the pay band.
Also Check: NSG Commando Salary
Indian Army Allowance
Apart from the basic pay and grade pay, the personnel in the Indian army also get many other allowances. Please note that all these allowances are not given to every soldier of the army. Different allowances are applicable for various posts and the location of posts. For example – the Siachen allowance is given only to the soldiers working in the Siachen glaciers. Check out the table given below to the various allowance and corresponding amounts.
|Allowance||Approximate amount of money given|
|Kit Maintenance Allowances||Rs. 400/- per month|
|Transportation Allowances||Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 3200/- per month|
|Field Area Allowances||25% of the basic pay|
|Flying pay||Rs. 9000/-|
|Special Forces||Rs. 9000/- per month|
|High Altitude Allowance||Rs. 5600/-|
|Parachute Pay||Rs. 1200/-|
|Special Forces||Rs. 9000/-|
|Study Leave of up to 2 Years with Full Pay and all Benefits||–|
|Encash of Leave up to 300 Days of Last Pay Drawn||–|
|Casual Leave of 20 Days||–|
|Death Cum Retirement Gratuity and Foreign Postings.||–|
Other Payments that Indian Army Personnel gets
Some of the other additional allowances that officers/ soldiers from the Indian army get are given below.
- Concessions in Air/ Rail Travel
- Low-Interest Rates on Home/ Vehicle/ Personal Loans
- Free Medical and Hospital facilities
- Canteen Facilities and Ration, etc.
You should note that allowances are different for various posts. They also depend upon the location on which a soldier or an officer is posted. Duration of the service is also a factor based on which the allowances are provided.
Salary during NDA Training Period
Cadets do not get any pocket money at the time of training in the National Defence Academy. In fact, cadets have to deposit some amount of money for his/ her training. However, some of the deposited money is refundable. Details of the same are given in the following table.
|Pocket Allowance of the cadet for the first five months||Rs. 2000/-|
|For various items including clothing and equipment||Rs. 3200/-|
|Incidental Expenditure during the 1st Semester||Rs. 425/-|
|Total Amount||Rs. 5625/-|
The remuneration gets started once a cadet is selected for training in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy, or Naval Academy. The salary of around Rs. 21000/- per month starts as soon as he/ she reaches these academies. Remember, the cadet in IMA is entitled to get the salary of a Lieutenant (Flying officer for Air Force Academy). The rest of the amount is credited to him as an outstanding payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The approximate in-hand salary of a lieutenant in the Indian Army is Rs. 68000/-.
The approximate salary of an Indian Army GD soldier is in the range of Rs. 25000/- to Rs. 30000/-.
No, you will not get any salary during your training in NDA.
The salary of an Indian Army Major is around Rs. 100000/- per month.
Your salary will be the same as a salary of an Indian Army Lieutenant. However, you will get a stipend of Rs. 21000/- per month. The rest of the amount will be provided later.