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Indian Army Basic Salary Slip Structure – Rank Wise, Grade Pay, Allowances Chart

Indian Army Salary Slip – Rank Wise Salary, Grade Pay Scale  : If you have a burning desire to join Indian Army & serve your country with one of the most respectable jobs of the country, then you have come to the right place to get more motivation.

The reason to Join Indian Army may be serve the country or you are attracted by the extra-ordinary facilities & allowances of the Army person. To join the great organisation, you should check all the aspects before making a decision.

There are many reasons where Indian Army is the best career option. But before you jump in the competition , you should have knowledge of all the aspects that are useful to get a better placement from so many posts.

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Indian Army has so many Vacancies which are announced for the whole year. There are many lakhs people who apply for the posts without getting all the information & do not get the desired job. A survey has cleared that more than half participants know that how much salary they will get after they get the selection.

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Do know what are the salary & perks that a Army soldier gets as his salary. If you want to join Indian Army, then first try to know what salary is given to what post in Indian Army. First Know about the salary package then decide by which rank you want to join Indian Army.

Indian Army Salary Chart 2018 (Rank Wise)

There are so many terms which will come across you before you try to know about the salary structure. These terms are basic pay, grade pay, gross salary etc.

Indian Army Salary 2017 (Rank Wise)

Indian Army Salary 2017 (Rank Wise)

Below I have written the rank hierarchy of Indian Army.

If you are selected as a Soldier GD, then you will get to the training. After training, you will promoted to the next level like.

Ranking system in Indian army

Sepoy/rifleman > lance naik > naik > havildar > naib subedar > subedar > subedar major (SM)

If you are an undergraduate & a non science stream students in class 12th, then you can join Indian Army as Soldier GD , then you can become Major Subedar which is the highest for a Soldier GD. During the retirement age , you will be promoted to Honorary captain. If you will become Major Subedar via Soldier GD.

In the another case of being a Graduate, you can prepare for NDA or CDS. You will be sent for a training & then you will be posted as a Lieutenant in some Army Unit.

Lieutenant > captain > major > lieutenant colonel > colonel > brigadier > major general > lieutenant general

There are two other High Level posts, but here are going to pause this & will talk about the terms we know about.

Indian army ranks and salary 2017

The salary structure is not a complex thing to understand that most people thought. This can be easily done.

  • Gross Salary :- The amount that you will get as salary per month is gross salary.

Gross Salary = Grade Pay + Basic Pay + Monthly Allowances

The salary of a Government Employee (more specifically Central Government) is comprised of various parts i.e. basic pay, grade pay, dearness allowance, house rent allowance and other miscellaneous allowances.

  • Grade Pay :- It is an amount which is paid by Government to the Indian Army employee which depends on category, pay band & class of Employee. The Grade pay is calculated on the Position & class of an employ & 7th Pay Commission.
  • Basic Pay :- It is the sum of Grade Pay & Pay Band. Basic Pay = Grade Pay + Pay Band.

What is Basic Pay And Grade Pay ? What are the basic differences ?

The difference of Basic Pay & Grade Pay is very simple. Read the next points

  1. Grade Pay is same until you get the next promotion. While Basic Pay changes every year.
  2. Grade Pay changes with respect of ability & position. Pay Scale is the measure scale of Pay.
  3. Grade is a new term added after 6th Pay commission. Basic Pay is the Minimum remuneration which changes during time.
Monthly Extra Allowances

The extra allowances that a Government Employee get as compensation for the various expenditure i.e. Transportation charges, House rental Allowance(HRA). These are some of the extra allowance.

Not only, you will get facilities like Housing & Food Allowances, Army employee gets extra allowances like Kit Maintenance which is fixed as 400 Rupees per month. The TA is between 1600 to 3200.

A soldier also get some other allowances not just like Housing & Food but these are Kit Allowances. Kit Maintainenece is given to the soldier per month i.e. Rs. 400. The Transport Allowance is given from 1600 to 3200 per month.

  • Field Area Allowance :- It is calculated from 25% of Basic Pay
  • Counterinsurgency :-  Rs 6300
  • High Altitude :-  Rs. 5600
  • Siachen :- Rs 14000
  • Flying Pay :- Rs 9000
  • Parachute Pay :- Rs 1200
  • Special Forces:- Rs 9000 per month

There are some other miscellaneous charges that are not written here. We have provided enough data to you that can calculate the salary of a Soldier.

Now let’s take a look on Army Rank wise salary structure.

Indian army Salary Structure Rank Wise

The salary of Indian Army Rank hierarchy is written as. The in hand salary is the amount which is addition of some factors & some deductions too.

Period of Training & Stipend for Cadet

Indian Army sends the new recruits to the training before they join Army with any rank. The training cadets gets a stipend which quite less than the salary. The stipend of Training lies between 15K to 20K. The amount of stipend is depending on the pay band of the rank in which the cadet has to join.

Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) OR JCO Pay Scale

The ranks that falls under the category of JCO / OR are written below with their Grade Pay & Pay Band.

Sepoy or Rifleman (Pay Band 1)

  1. Pay Band :- Rs 5200 – 20200
  2. Grade pay :- Rs. 1800
  3. Military service :- Rs. 2000
  4. X (technical) Group Pay:- Rs. 1400.
  5. Cash In hand :- Rs. 25000 (approx.)

Sepoy is the initial rank in Indian Army, but the salary he gets per month is good. In the ground units, a sepoy is the primary force in the world. There are so many young & energetic people who get the selection in Indian Army. The selection is done by Open Rallies conducted in the various states of India.

A young man who age from 17 to 21 years with good physical standards can join the Army. The selection criteria is physical test & the written exam which needs to be cleared after they get the selection.

Lance Naik
  1. Pay Band 1
  2. Pay Band : Rs. 5200 – 20200
  3. Grade pay : Rs. 2000
  4. military service : Rs. 2000
  5. X group pay :- Rs. 1400.
  6. Cash In hand : Rs. 30,000 approx.

Sepoys are promoted to Lance Naik. There is not much difference between Sepoy & Lance Naik. The pay band of both are same but the grade pay of Lance Naik is 200 more than Sepoy i.e. Rs. 2200.

  1. Pay Band 1
  2. Pay Band : Rs. 5200 – 20200
  3. Grade pay : Rs. 2400
  4. military service :- Rs. 2000
  5. X group pay :- Rs. 1400
  6. Cash In hand : Rs. 35,000 approx.

You must know that Naik is the highest post in the above mentioned ranks. The Grade Pay of Naik is Rs 2400.


  1. Pay Band 1
  2. Pay Band : 5200 – 20200
  3. Grade pay : 2800
  4. military service : 2000
  5. X group pay: 1400
  6. Cash In hand : 40,000 (approx.)

In the pay band 1, Havildar is the post, this rank has the highest grade pay of the group. Generally, people consider the havildar rank of the army which is higher than the Police Havildar. The rank of Army is better & more responsible as compared to the Indian Police.

Naib Subedar
  • Pay Band 2
  • Pay Band : 9300-34800
  • Grade pay : 4200
  • military service : 2000
  • X group pay: 1400
  • Cash In hand : 45,000 (approx.)

This post have a recognizable hike in the salary. The post gets the second pay band. The basic pay is 60% more than the other posts that is mentioned below. There is nothing common in this rank with the Indian Police.


  1. Pay Band 2
  2. Pay Band : 9300-34800
  3. Grade pay : 4600
  4. military service : 2000
  5. X group pay: 1400
  6. Cash In hand : 50,000 (approx.)

Subedar is the most respectable post after SM. This post is gained after lot of experience. The basic pay of Subedar is 4600 (i.e. 200 more than the Naib Subedar).

Subedar Major (SM)
  • Pay Band : 9300-34800
  • Grade pay : 4800
  • military service : 2000
  • X group pay: 1400
  • Cash In hand : 65,000 (approx.)

A GD can reach up to Subedar Major in his whole career. This is the highest post a Soldier can get (Not in case of using a written exam). The second pay band officer gets the highest Pay band in this i.e. Rs. 4800.

The salary details of JCO / OR is complete now. Let us check the salary structure of Army Officers now.

Pay Scale of Army Officers – Salary Structure Rank Wise

An Army Officer is the most Respected job in Indian Army. The salary of Indian Army are very attractive. The new joined officer get the salary on the basis of Pay band 3. The salary structure of Indian Army Officer is described below.

Let us start with the rank hierarchy mentioned  by us in the above section.

Period of NDA Training Salary

The training in NDA allows no money to the cadets. After the cadet enters in the academy , a nominal amount of money is taken from the cadets which is used for the different purpose.

These expenses are described as below.

Pocket allowance for five months

Rs. 2000.00

For items of clothing and equipment

Rs. 3200.00

Incidental Expenditure during 1st Semester

Rs. 425.00


Rs. 5625.00

Other than all these expenses, some amount of money is refundable only if the financial aid is sanctioned to the cadet.

Pocket allowance for five months at Rs.400.00 p.m.

Rs. 2000

For items of clothing and equipment approximately

Rs. 475

After all this , cadet is send to the commissioning academy which includes Indian Military Academy, Air Force & Navy. There he gets 21,000 per month. Now he is authorised to get the salary of a Lieutenant or Flying Officer or Sub Lieutenant. After a cadet is commissioned , the balance is paid to the cadet as the stipend. During the NDA days, a cadet does not get salary.


  1. Pay band 3
  2. Pay Band : 15600-39100
  3. Grade pay : 5400
  4. military service pay : 6000
  5. Cash in hand : 65000 (approx.)

The rank which a candidate gets after he is recruited as a fresh officer. A candidate who is serving as a Soldier GD or JCO, OR can apply for the post of Officer. The prior qualification of the applicant should be 12th pass or Graduation.


  • Pay Band 3
  • Pay Band : 15600-39100
  • Grade pay : 6100
  • military service pay : 6000
  • Cash in hand : 75000 (approx.)

The Indian Army eligibility to become the captain in Indian Army is to serve as Lieutenant in the Indian Army for at least two years. The Grade Pay of captain is more than a lieutenant i.e 6100.

  • Pay Band 3
  • Pay Band : 15600-39100
  • Grade pay : 6600
  • military service pay : 6000
  • Cash in hand : 1,00,000 (approx.)

The person who serves for 6 years in Indian Army as Captain becomes eligible for the Post of Major. The grade pay is also increased after youe become a Major i.e. 6600.

Lieutenant Colonel
  1. Pay Band 4
  2. Pay Band : 37400-67000
  3. Grade pay : 8000
  4. Military service pay : 6000
  5. Cash in hand : 1,12,000 (approx.)

A Major with service of 13 years is ready to promoted for Lieutenant Colonel. The rank of a Lieutenant Colonel get the 4th Pay Band & the grade pay of Lieutenant Colonel is Rs. 8000.

  1. Pay Band 4
  2. Pay Band : 37400-67000
  3. Grade pay : 8700
  4. Military service pay : 6000
  5. Cash In hand : 1,30,000 (approx.)

There are some aspects which are checked before a Lieutenant Colonel is promoted to Colonel. The grade Pay of Colonel is 700 more than Lieutenant Colonel i.e. 8700.

  1. Pay Band 4
  2. Pay Band : 37400-67000
  3. Grade pay : 8900
  4. Military service pay : 6000

The post of brigadier is a very respectful post & it is given after a person has served for the country for a  long time. The Grade Pay of Brigadier is 8900.

Major General
  • Pay Band 4
  • Pay Band : 37400-67000
  • Grade pay : 10000

The Major General is the Most respectful Job in Indian Army. The grade pay of this rank is Rs. 10,000. The Major General does not get the benefits of military services.

Lieutenant General
  1. Pay band- 67000 to 79000

The Lieutenant General receives a Basic Pay of Rs. 67,000 to 79,000. There is no grade pay specified for this rank. Every year 3% increment is given to the Lieutenant General.

The cash in hand Salary is not the exact amount. This may vary on the extra allowances we described above.

The rank of Lieutenant General enjoys the increment of 3% every year. There are various monthly allowances like Kit Maintenance allowance, Transport Allowance, Field Area Allowance, Counter Insurgency, Special Forces, etc.

Chart for Indian Army Salary Rank Wise As per the 7th Pay Commission

The tabular representation is given here for more better explanation.

Indian Army Rank Pay Band Grade Pay Military service pay Cash In Hand (approx)
Sepoy 5200 – 20200 1800 2000 25,000
Lance Naik 5200 – 20200 2000 2000 30,000
Naik 5200 – 20200 2400 2000 35,000
Havaldar 5200 – 20200 2800 2000 40,000
Naib Subedar 9300 – 34800 4200 2000 45,000
Subedar 9300 – 34800 4600 2000 50,000
Subedar Major 9300 – 34800 4800 2000 65,000
Lieutenant 15600 – 39100 5400 6000 68,000
Captain 15600 – 39100 6100 6000 75,000
Major 15600 – 39100 6600 6000 1,00,000
Lieutenant Colonel 37400 – 67000 8000 6000 1,12,000
Colonel 37400 – 67000 8700 6000 1,30,000
Brigadier 37400 – 67000 8900 6000
Major General 37400 – 67000 10,000
Lieutenant General 67000 – 79000

Be Prepared & Get the Dream Job , Perks in Indian Army

The salary packages in Indian Army are very attractive & a person who is thinking & preparing for the Indian Army have get more details from this post. This will clear your views more than before.

There are open doors for the candidates who are hard working & deserving in Indian Army. May this post helps you.

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