Pay & Allowances for Indian Army Officers as per 6th pay commission
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The 7th Pay Commission has already been constituted by the Government and the pay scales of all Central Government employees shall be revised wef 01 Jan 2016 as and when the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are finalised and approved by the Government. Therefore we can expect a substantial increase in pay /perks as enumerated above.
Consequent to the Sixth Pay Commission salaries have substantially increased. While the pay and the allowances of an Army officer may superficially appear to be at par with other Central government services, and may be less than that offered by the corporate sector, the quality of life and non-inflationary nature of the perks, which the Army offers outshine the other services. Government job entitles you to many hidden perks, which you may NOT quantify while calculating remuneration.
Apparently, there are about 61 types of facilities, benefits and allowances that are applicable to Army in general. In fact if one were to work out the remuneration of a service officer vis a vis a comparable job in the private sector, on the basis of ‘Cost To Company’ (CTC) you would be astounded to find the returns of an Army man to be more if not the same.
The pay/ perks which are entitled to a Lieutenant, which is the starting rank are enumerated below:-
Starting Basic Pay Band Rs 15600/- To 39100/-PM
Grade Pay Rs 5400/-
Military Service Pay Rs 6000/-
Kit Maintenance Allowance Rs 400/-PM
Transport Allowance Rs 1600/- Pm To Rs 3200 PM/-
Field Area Allowance Rs 25% Of Basic Pay Rs6780/- PM
Counter Insurgency Rs 6300/- PM
High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Rs 5600/- PM
Siachen Glacier Allowance Rs 14000/- PM
Flying Pay Rs 9000/- PM
Parachute Pay Rs 1200/- PM
Special Forces Pay Rs 9000/- PM
Life Long Pension
Qualification Pay/ Grant for Service Courses Rs 6000/- Pm To Rs 20000/- PM
Outfit Allowance Renewed Every Three Years Rs 14000/- Initial & Rs 3000/-
Annual Leave Two Months & Casual Leave 20 Days
Concession on Air Travel
Free Train Travel Once A Year and Subsidy for other Journeys, Leave Travel Concession (LTC)
Free Medical- Self and Family in Well Equipped Military Hospitals
Subsidised Housing in Clean Cantonments All Over the Country
Canteen Facilities for Subsidised Purchase of Items Including Cars, Air Conditioners/Refrigerators/Washing Machines etc
Insurance Cover for Rs 50 Lakhs at Subsidised Premium and an attractive saving component.
Group Housing Schemes in Cities Including Metros
Low Interest Loans
Field Area Family Accommodation in Choice Stations.
Encashment of Leave upto 300 Days of Last Pay Drawn
Study Leave upto 2 Years With Full Pay and All Benefits
The above are entitled as per service conditions and qualifications acquired. Cadets At The IMA, OTA, Cadet Training Wing At CME, MCME, And MCTE get A fixed stipend of Rs 21000/- PM.
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
MBA Programme for Retired Offrs
Apparently, there are about 61 types of facilities, benefits and allowances that are applicable to Army in general. In fact if one were to work out the remuneration of a service officer vis a vis a comparable job in the private sector, on the basis of ‘Cost To Company’ (CTC) you would be astounded to find the returns of an Army man very attractive.