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NDA vs CDS Officers: Know all the similarities & differences

Jan 9, 2018 12:15 IST
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NDA vs CDS Officers: Know all the similarities & differences
NDA vs CDS Officers: Know all the similarities & differences

The National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exams are gateways to tri-services of the Indian Armed Forces. Though both the exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, i.e. UPSC, there are many similarities and differences in the recruitment, training, salary, perks, promotion opportunities, etc.

For those who are planning to join Indian Army, Navy or Air Force, it is essential to know these differences and similarities in NDA and CDS. They are as given below.

Parameter

NDA

CDS

Age

16.5-19.5 Years

19-25 Years

Eligibility

Men only

Men & Women

Educational Qualification

10+2

Degree

Scheme of Examination

Written + SSB

Written + SSB

Frequency of the Exam

Twice/Year

Twice/Year

Duration of Training

4-4.5 Years

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA (For Army cadets)

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy(For Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)

18 months for IMA Cadets

37-40 months for Navy Officers

74 months for Air Force Officers

Training Centres

National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun for Army Cadets

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala for Navy Cadets

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad for Air Force Officers

Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

Degrees awarded

Army Cadets - B.Sc./B.Sc. (Computer)/BA /B.Tech degree

Naval Cadets - B.Tech degree

Air Force Cadets - B.Tech degree

Army Cadets in IMA - PG Diploma in ‘Military and Defense Management

OTA Chennai – Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies

 

Rank assigned after training

Lieutenant

Lieutenant

Stipend during training

Rs. 21,000/- p.m. (fixed)

Rs. 21,000/- p.m. (fixed)

Promotional Avenues

        Rank

            Min. Commissioned Service required for Promotion

         NDA Officer

CDS Officer

Lieutenant

On Commission

On Commission

Captain

02 Years

02 Years

Major

06 years

06 years

Lieutenant Colonel

13 years

13 years

Colonel(Selection)

15 years

15 years

Colonel (Time Scale)

26 years

26 years

Brigadier

On Selection

23 years

Major General

On Selection

25 years

Lieutenant General

On Selection

28 years

General

On Selection

No restrictions

Pay and allowances offered to the officers selected through the NDA & CDS Exams differ significantly. Besides the promotional avenues, salary is considered as the major differentiator between NDA & CDS Officers. They are as given below.

NDA Officer Pay vs CDS Officer Pay

S.No.

Rank

                             NDA Officer Pay (in Rupees)

CDS Officer (Total Pay in Rupees)

Rank Pay

Grade Pay

1.

Lieutenant

15,600—39,100/-

5,400/-

56,100 – 1,77,500

2.

Captain

15,600—39,100/-

6,100/-

6,13,00-1,93,900

3.

Major

15,600—39,100/-

6,600/-

6,94,00 – 2,07,200

4.

Lieutenant Colonel

37,400—67,000/-

8,000/-

1,21,200 – 2,12400

5.

Colonel

37,400—67,000/-

8,700/-

1,30,600-2, 15,900

6.

Brigadier

37,400—67,000/-

8,900/-

1,39,600-2,17,600

7.

Major General

37,400—67,000/-

10,000/-

1,44,200-2,18,200

8.

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

67,000/--79,000/-

  -

1, 82, 200-2,24,100

9.

HAG+Scale

75,500/- 80,000/-

-

2,05,400 – 2,24,400

10.

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

80,000/-

-

2,25,000/-(fixed)

11.

COAS

90,000/- (fixed)

-

2,25,000/-(fixed)

In addition to the above mentioned pay, the officers in the rank starting from Lieutenant up to Brigadier are eligible for the Military Service Pay (MSP). While a fixed sum of Rs. 6,000/- p.m in lieu of MSP for NDA Officers, the CDS Officers get Rs. 15,500 per month.

Besides the Pay and the MSP, the officers are eligible for various allowances. In fact, the allowances offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force to the officers are considered as the attractives  for the CDS & NDA Exam aspirants.

Comparison between allowances offered to Army officers selected through  NDA & CDS and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy are as given below.

NDA Officer Allowance vs CDS Officer Allowance

S.No.

Type

NDA Officer (in Rupees pm)

CDS Officer (in Rupees pm)

1.

Dearness Allowance

Equal to Civilian Gazetted Officers

Equal to Civilian Gazetted Officers

2.

Kit Maintenance Allowance

400/-

Subsumed into DA

3.

High Altitude Allowance

1,060/

  3,400 – 25,000/-

4.

Siachen Allowance

Not Applicable

 42,500/-

5.

Uniform allowance

14,000/- (initial) and 3,000/- (every 3 years)

Subsumed into proposed DA

6.

Transport allowance

1,600 – 3,200 /- + DA

3,600 – 7,200 /- + DA

7.

Children Education Allowance

Not Applicable

Rs. 2,250/pm/per child for two children from Nursery – XII

The aspirants should note that for the CDS Officers, the newly proposed Daily Allowance (DA) is Rs. 20,000 per month.

Besides the pay and allowance, Qualification Pay and Flying Allowances are provided for Indian Air Force Officers. While the final order on the Qualificaiton Pay for the CDS Officers is awaited, the details related to NDA Officers is as given below.

Qualification Pay

S.No.

Rank/Position

Qualification Pay (in Rupees)

1.

Master Aviation Instructor

500/- p.m.

 

2.

Senior Aviation Instructor Class I

400/- p.m.

3.

Senior Aviation Instructor Class II

280/- p.m.

4.

Aviators holding Master Green Card

400/- p.m.

5.

Aviators holding Green Card

280/- p.m.

The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance as under —

Flying Allowance: NDA Officer vs CDS Officer

S.No.

Rank/Position

NDA Officers (in Rupees/pm)

CDS Officers (in Rupees/pm)

1.

Lieutenant

9,000/-

 

 

25,000/- (fixed)

2.

Captain

11,000/-

3.

Major to Colonel

14,000/-

4.

Brigadier & above

10,500/-

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