Salary in Indian Army

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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.


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Salary Tables for Some Positions in the Indian Army

Job TitleAverage Salary
Primary School Teacher (Army School)INR 1 lakh to INR 2.4 lakh
Physician/ AnaesthetistINR 6 lakh to INR 24 lakh
General PhysicianINR 3.1 lakh to INR 9.25 lakh
Registered NurseINR 1 lakh to 1.5 lNR

Average Salary in Different Cantonments

Years of EmploymentAverage Salary in lakhs
0-1 year1,59,190 INR-10,50,000 INR
1-4 years6,00,010 INR-24,00,000 INR
5-9 years3,70,971 INR-58,17,500 INR
10-19 years605,050 INR-20,76,000 INR
20 years and more8,68,900 INR-10,80,010 INR

Average Salary in Different Cantonments

City (state)Average annual salary
Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Army SchoolINR 1.6 lakh to INR 1.75
Bangalore (Karnataka), Physician8,84,382 INR-17,25,247 INR
Bangalore (Karnataka), Military HospitalINR 8.84 lakh to INR 17.25
DelhiINR 4.3 lakh to INR 7.8 lakh
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)INR 1.25 lakh to INR 3.5 lakh

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Average Salary in Terms of Skill/Specialty

Skill or SpecialtyAverage annual salary
Emergency RoomINR 9.6 lakh
Anaesthesia INR 9.07 lakh
Emergency MedicineINR 10.2 lakh
Intensive Care UnitINR 3 lakh

Average Salary According to Industry

IndustryAverage annual salary
Military/Armed ForcesINR 7.8 lakh
Government INR 6.3 lakh
National DefenceINR 8.7 lakh
HealthcareINR 9.3 lakh
HospitalINR 9 lakh

Median Salary According to Educational Certification

Educational CertificationAverage annual salary
MBBS (Anaesthesiology)INR 9.2 lakh to INR 19.2 lakh
Doctor of Medicine INR 7.03 lakh to INR 16.5 lakh

Median Salary According to Incentive/Perk

Benefit/IncentiveAverage annual salary
Paid Medical LeaveINR 6.6 lakh to INR 16.8 lakh

Median Salary According to Employment Status

Employment StatusAverage annual salary
PermanentINR 1.85 lakh


Last Updated: 16/03/2015