About Indian Army

The Indian Army comprises the largest constituent of the Indian Armed Forces. The origin of the Indian Army can be traced back to the period when India was under colonial rule. The Indian Army when first incorporated, was called the ‘British Indian Army’. With India becoming independent on 15th August, 1947, it was rechristened as the ‘Indian Army’.

The different regiments and units of the army have participated in many wars and battles all over the world since its inception. The Indian Army took part in numerous campaigns in the two World Wars and played a stellar role in Indo-Pak wars in 1947, 1965, and 1971 and Indo-China war in 1962.

The Indian Army is actively engaged in providing ho-holes barred security to the nation both internally and externally protecting the country from external hostility and belligerence and also maintaining defence within the nation. The Indian Army with more than a million active regiments and over 9 lakhs reserve troops is one of the biggest standing armies worldwide.

However the different personnel serving the Indian Army despite providing selfless service continue to draw salaries that make it very difficult for them to make ends meet and keep themselves active enough. Nevertheless, the Central Government has given in to the demand for constituting an exclusive Pay Commission for the Indian Armed Forces (distinct from the 7th Pay Commission for civilian employees) by the three service chiefs.

A Distinct Pay Commission for the Indian Armed Forces

The service chiefs heading the army, navy and the air-force divisions demanded that the salaries of the armed forces should be revised and upgraded in the same manner as that of the IAS cadres. They raised objections for not including a single representative from the armed forces in the panel constituted by the Prime Minister to review demands for uniformity in pay structure with that of civil servants.

Indian Army Salary Structure

Grade Pay Grade Pay Military Service Pay
Lieutenant 15,600 – 39,100 5400 6000
Captain 15,600 – 39,100 5700 6000
Major 15,600 – 39,100 5700 6000
Lt. Colonel 15,600 – 39,100 5700 6000
Colonel 15,600 – 39,100 5700 6000
Brigadier 15,600 – 39,100 5700 6000
Major General 39,200 – 67,000 9000 Nil
Lt General /Hag Scale 39,200 – 67,000 11000 Nil
Vice Chiefs 80000 Nil Nil
Service Chiefs 90000 Nil Nil

Military Service Pay (MSP) after 7th Pay Commission

Present Proposed
Service Officers 6000 15500
JCO/ORs 2000 5200
Nursing Officers 4200 10800
Non Combatants (Enrolled)in the Air Force 1000 3600

* Source: Financialexpress

Indian Army Pay and Allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR)


Post Pay Band Grade Pay Military Service Pay X Group Pay
Sepoy 5200-20200 2000 2000 1400
Naik 5200-20200 2400 2000 1400
Havaldar 5200-20200 2800 2000 1400
Nb Sub 9300-34800 4200 2000 1400
Subedar 9300-34800 4600 2000 1400
Sub Major 9300-34800 4800 2000 1400

Indian Army Officers Allowances

Allowances To Whom Applicable Rates
Hard Area Allowance Officers Posted in Hard Area 6750/- PM (25% of Basic Pay
High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Siachen Officers Posted in High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Officers Posted in Siachen 11200/-14000/-PM
Highly active Field Area Allowance Field Area Allowance Modified Field Area Allowance Officer Posted at Highly Active Field Area Officer Posted at Field Area Officer Posted at Modified Field Area 6780/-PM4200/-PM1600/-PM
Flying PayParachute Pay Officers Posted as Army Aviators Officers Posted in Active Parachute BNs/Regt 9000/-PM1200/-PM
Special Forces Allowance Officers posted in Special Forces 9000/- PM
Transport Allowance All Officers Rs. 3200/-+DA PM in A1/A cities and Rs 1600/-+DA PM at other places
House Rent Allowance To Officers not provided Govt. Accommodation 10-30% of Basic Pay (Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP)
Kit Maint Allowance All Officers 400/- PM
Uniform Allowance (Outfit Allowance) All Officers Initial 14000/- and 3000/- every Three Years
Qualification Pay/Grant for Service Courses All Officers undergoing specified courses Rs. 6000/- to 20000/-
Instructional Allowance All Officers Posted as Instructors Officers Posted in Siachen 1800/-

Post Retirement Benefits

  • Pension at 50% of Last Pay Drawn
  • Death Cum Retirement Gratuity
  • Free Medical Treatment for self and Dependants
  • Canteen Facilities as Before
  • Insurance Cover
  • Resettlement Opportunities
  • MBA Programme for Retired Offrs

* Source: ssbcrack