NDA Salary 2023 - Basic Pay, Allowances & Perks After 7th Pay Commission

NDA Salary 2023– After the application of the 7th Pay Commission, the salary of the National Defense Academy and Naval Academy has witnessed many changes. The benefits related to the pay scale of NDA candidates starts with the beginning of the training period itself. The stipend given to candidates during this training session at IMA is Rs 56,100. 

This article shall discuss in detail the NDA Salary, Allowances, Perks and other benefits to candidates who join Indian Security Forces. 

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NDA Salary

Aspirants who wish to join the Army, Navy, or Indian Air Force, besides fulfilling their dream to serve the nation, must be curious to know the detailed pay scale, allowances, perks, in-hand salary of NDA. Hence, the table below highlights the salary of NDA from trainee level to different ranks. 

NDA Stipend 

Stipend for Cadet Training of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy:

Training Stipend – NDA Stipend Amount
Stipend to Gentlemen Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service Academies i.e. during the training period at IMA. Rs 56,100/ per month (Starting pay in Level 10)

On successful completion of the NDA Training, the salary of NDA candidates in the Pay matrix of the officer commissioned will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10. Candidates should know that the training period in NDA is not treated as commissioned service and arrears on account of admissible allowances (as applicable) are paid to the cadets for the training period. 

Aspirants can check the NDA Eligibility Criteria in detail. 

Rank-Wise NDA Salary

The rank-wise salary of NDA Army officers and equivalent ranks in the Air Force and Navy are as follows:

NDA Salary – Army, Navy, Air Force
NDA Posts or Ranks Salary of NDA Officer (Per Month)
Stipend during the training of the candidates in IMA INR 56,100/
Lieutenant INR 56,100/- to INR 1,77, 500/- 
Captain INR 61,300/- to 01,93,900/- 
Major INR 69,400/- to 02,07,200/-
Lieutenant Colonel INR 01,21,200/- to 02,12,400/-
Colonel INR 01,30,600/- to 02,15,900/- 
Brigadier INR 01,39,600/- to 02,17,600/-
Major General INR 01,44,200/- to 02,18,200/- 
Lt. General HAG Scale INR 01,82,200/- to 02,24,100/- 
HAG+ Scale INR 02,05,400/- To  02,24,400/-
VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG) INR 02,25,000/- Fixed
COAS INR 02,50,000/- Fixed

Note – There is a fixed Military Service Pay – MSP given to the officers which are as follows – 

NDA Officers Military Service Pay Amount
MSP to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier Rs 15,500/ per month fixed

Aspirants applying for various government exams can check the linked article for post-wise salary structure for examination.

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NDA Salary – Allowances & Perks

Apart from the salary of NDA officers, various allowances and perks are also accredited to them based on their field and nature of work and area of posting. Highlighted below are the NDA allowances and perks availed by candidates on joining Indian Navy, Army and the Airforce.  

NDA Allowances to the Cadets
Allowances to NDA Officers Amount Payable
Dearness Allowance Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel from time to time.
Kit Maintenance Allowances INR 20,000/- Annually with Dress Allowances
Para Allowance Rs 10,500/- Per Month
Special Forces Allowance Rs 25,000/- Per Month
Para Jump Instructor Allowance Rs 10,500/- Per Month
Project Allowance Rs 3,400/- Per Month
Para Reserve Allowance Rs 2,625/- Per Month
Technical Allowance (Tier-I) Rs 3,000/- Per Month
Technical Allowance (Tier-II) Rs 4,500/- Per Month

Based upon rank and area of posting, NDA officers posted to field areas are eligible for the following allowances – 

 Field Area Allowances

Field Area Allowance to NDA Amount Payable
Highly Active Field Area Allowance – HAFA Rs 16,900/- pm
Field Area Allowance – FD Area Rs 10,500/- pm
Modified Field Area Allowance – Mod FD Area Rs 6,300/- pm

High Altitude Allowances

Candidates posted to Siachen are entitled to Siachen Allowance of Rs 42,500/- per month. Similarly, NDA officers posted to high altitude region are benefited with the following allowances –

Levels of NDA Officers Allowance amount
Category-I Rs 3,400/- Per Month
Category-II Rs 5,300/- Per Month
Category-III Rs 25,000/- Per Month

Transport Allowance (TPTA)

Level Higher TPTA Cities Other Places
9 and Above Rs. 7200/ Rs + DA thereon (Per month) Rs. 3600/Rs + DA thereon (Per month)

NDA Allowance – Important Pointers

  • Higher TPTA Cities (UA) are Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Surat, Kochi, Bengaluru, Kozhikode, Indore, Nagpur, Pune, Greater Mumbai, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Chennai.
  • The TPTA allowance is admissible to those service personnel of NDA who have been provided with the facility of Government transport.
  • Officers of NDA in Pay Level 14 and above, who are entitled to use an official car, have the option to avail official car facility or to draw the TPTA of Rs 15,750/ +Dearness Allowance thereon.
  • The allowance is admissible for the calendar months wholly covered by leave.
  • The physically disabled service personnel will continue to be paid at double rate, subject to a minimum of Rs 2,250/ + Dearness Allowances. 

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Flying Allowances

The Pilots or Army Aviators serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to a flying allowance (R1H1 of Risk and Hardship Matrix) at a rate of Rs 25,000/ per month.

NDA – Other Allowances

Apart from the NDA Salary, Dearness Allowances, Travel Allowances, Flying allowances etc. the officers working on the Indian Security forces are entitled to a few other allowances as well. They are – 

NDA Salary – Special Allowances Amounts
Children Education Allowance – CEA Rs. 2250 Per Month Per Child for two eldest surviving. This allowance is admissible from Nursery to class 12th. 
Hostel Subsidy Rs. 6,750/- per month per child for two eldest surviving only (admissible from Nursery to class 12th).
Ration in Kind  In Field Area and Peace Area to all Defense officers every month

NDA – Monetary Benefits in Case of Mishap

In case any candidate in National Defense Academy or Naval Academy faces any unfortunate accident, then these are the applicable benefits in such a situation. 

Compensation for Disability

  1. Monthly Ex-gratia amount of Rs 9,000 per month.
  2. Ex-gratia disability award of Rs 16,200 per month is paid in case of 100% disability.
  3. No disability award shall be payable in cases where the degree of disablement is less than 20%.
  4. Constant Attendant Allowance – CCA of Rs 6, 750/ per month for 100% disabled on the recommendation of Invaliding Medical Board (IBM).

Compensation in case of Death

  1. Ex- gratia amount of INR 12.50 Lacs will be paid to the NoK.
  2. Ex- gratia amount of INR 9,000/- Per month will be paid to the NoK.
  3. The Ex-gratia awards to Cadets (Direct)/NoK, will be sanctioned purely on ex-gratia basis and the same should not be treated as pension for any purpose.

NDA Salary- Insurance Policies for Officers

  1. At IMA, at the time of stipend, the Gentlemen cadets are provided insurance cover of Rs 75 lakh with a monthly contribution of Rs 5,000 (with effect from October 1, 2016, as per maint AGI scheme as the application to regular officers).
  2. A compulsory contributory group scheme, Army Group Insurance Fund provides an insurance cover for 15 Lakh rupees on payment of one time non-refundable premium of Rs 6,400 for 3 years. This has to be paid from the date of joining NDA until completion of training.
  3. In the case of relegation, an additional premium of Rs 1,160 per relegated term will be paid immediately on occurrence.
  4. For those who are invalided out from NDA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided Rs 7.5 lakhs for 100 per cent disability. This will be reduced to Rs 1.5 lakhs for 20 % disability.
  5. Those who are invalidated out from IMA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided Rs 25 Lakhs for 100 % disability. This will be reduced to Rs 5 lakhs for 20 % disability.

For less than 20% disability (in point 4 and 5), only an Ex-Gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for the initial year of training and Rs 1 lakh during the last year of training will be paid.

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NDA – Promotion Opportunities

Aspirants can go through the list below to know the NDA promotions given to Officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force based on their performance and years of service.

NDA Promotion
Minimum Service Required for Promotion Indian Army Indian Navy Indian Air Force
On being Commissioned Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Flying Officer
After 2 years of service Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant
After 6 years of service Major Lt  Commander Squadron Leader
13 years of service Lieutenant Colonel Commander Wing Commander
On Selection Colonel(Selection) Captain (Selection) Group Captain (Selection)
26 years of service Colonel (Time Scale) Captain (Time Scale) Group Captain (Time Scale)
On Selection Brigadier Commodore Air Commodore
On Selection Major General Rear Admiral Air Vice-Marshal
On Selection Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Air Marshal
On Selection General Admiral Air Chief Marshal

NDA Retirement benefits

Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award will be given in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

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NDA Leave Policy

Leave will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

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Frequently Asked Question – NDA Salary


Q.1. What is the NDA salary paid to the Cadets during the training period?

Ans. The NDA salary offered to candidates during the training session at the Defence training academies is Rs 56,100/ per month.

Q.2. What is Military Service Pay given to officers in NDA?

Ans. The Military Service Pay known as MSP admissible to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier is Rs 15,500/ per month.

Q.3. What are the allowances admissible to the officers in the defence academy apart from NDA Salary?

Ans. Apart from the fixed NDA Salary the officers are entitled to various allowances such as field area allowance, high altitude allowance, Flying allowance, Travelling allowance, dearness allowance, etc.

Q.4. What are the benefits after retirement in National Defence Academy / Naval Academy?

Ans. NDA retirement benefits include pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award which will be given in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

Q.5. How much does the highest-paid NDA officer make, regardless of their training academy?

Ans. After achieving the highest rank in the Army, Navy and Air Force, the maximum basic salary is INR 250000/- (2.5 lakhs).

Q.6. How long is the NDA Officers’ probationary period?

Ans. The Army, Navy, and Air Force will put the chosen applicants through a three-year training programme that includes both intellectual and physical training.


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