DA for Indian Army, Navy, Air force from 1st Jan 2021, Risk & Hardship and other Allowances

Dearness Allowance, DA applicable to defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2021 will be increased by 3 % from 25 % to 28 % in 7th CPC pay scale. But, it will be added only from 1st July 2021, as DA is freezed till then by Govt. of India (Order is attached below).

Indian defence force representation for DA applicable to defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2021
Indian defence force representation

Dearness Allowance of Indian Army, Navy, Air force from 1st Jan 2021:

Dearness Allowance, DA applicable to defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2021 calculation is known after December AICPIN-IW declaration on 29.01.2021. The Department of Defence under Ministry of Defence of Government of India release the official order of DA, two times in a year.

AICPIN-IW for December 2020 has been released by Labour ministry on 29.01.2021. So, the DA calculation has also been updated till December 2020, which is shown below in the table for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force.

The Dearness allowances applicable for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force will not be hiked by Govt. of India at present, as it is freezed till 30.06.2021. But, till then we are calculating the quantum of DA increase on percentage basis in this post. This same increment of DA will be added with effect from 1st July 2021.

Major Contents in the Post: (Jump to the Section)

  1. Dearness Allowance, DA hike for Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2021
  2. Calculation of DA hike for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force in 7th CPC pay scale till December 2020
  3. DA and DR Freezing order for central govt. employees and pensioners including armed forces till June 2021
  4. DA hike for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force in 7th CPC – Ministry of Defence order since 2017

Calculation of DA hike from Jan 2021 and July 2021 for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force:

The DA hike for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from Jan 2021 calculation has been done after declaration of AICPIN-IW of Dec’20 month. The DA will not be hiked by Govt. of India at present as it is freezed till June 2021, but since the DA will be added for this period from 01.01.2020 to 30.06.2021 for July 2021 DA calculation. So, DA calculation is must, as the same number will be used for DA hike calculation.

DA Calculation for 7th CPC pay scale of defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force:

The formula of DA calculation for 7th CPC pay scale for old base year is :

DA = [(Average of AICPI-IW for last 12 months) – 261.4] / 261.4 x 100

The linking factor for AICPIN-IW old base year is 2.88 multiplied by AICPIN-IW new base year. So we can calculate theDA hike from 1st July 2020, DA hike from 1st Jan 2021 and finally DA hike from 1st July 2021. While the hike of DA from 1st Jan 2020, Govt. has already confirmed 4 %.

AICPIN-IW (Labour ministry Order)AICPIN-IW points (New base 2016=100)AICPIN-IW points (Old base 2001=100)AICPIN Average of last 12 monthsDA calculated (%)DA hike (%)
Mar-21119.6344338.5829.53
Feb-21119343337.0828.95
Jan-21118.2340335.8328.47
Dec-20 118.8342 335 28.16 = 283% 
Nov-20119.9  345334 27.77  
Oct-20 119.5344 332.58 27.23  
Sep-20118.1340331.0026.63 
Aug-20 338329.5026.05 
Jul-20 336328.0025.48 = 254%
Jun-20 332326.5824.94 
May-20 330325.2524.43 
Apr-20 329323.9223.92 
Mar-20 326322.5023.37 
Feb-20 328321.0822.83 
Jan-20 330319.3322.16 
Dec-19 330317.4221.43 = 214%
Nov-19 328315.0020.50 
Oct-19 325312.8319.68 
Sep-19 322310.9218.94 
Aug-19 320309.1718.27 
Jul-19 319307.5817.67 
Jun-19 316306.0817.094%
DA rate for 7th CPC pay scale defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2021

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This DA calculation is for record only so that whenever the DA change will resume, all this DA will be added and implemented since then. Like it can be understood from this table that

  1. up to Dec’19, DA was 17 %.
  2. From Jan’20 to Jun’20, after increment of 4 %, DA will be 21 %.
  3. From Jul’20 to Dec’20, increment is 4 %, making DA 25 %.
  4. From Jan’21 to Jun’21, increment is 3 %, making DA 28 %.

Similarly, after the declaration of AICPIN of Jan to Jun 2021, DA from July 2021 will be known to us.

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DA / DR Freezing order for central Govt. employees and central Govt. pensioners including Armed forces till 30th June 2021:

In 23rd April 2020 order, Govt had freezed the Dearness Allowance hike for central govt. employees and Dearness relief hike for central govt. pensioners till 30th June 2021 due to corona or covid-19 pandemic and rolled back the decision taken of hike from 17 % to 21 % for 7th CPC pay scale. So, the DA will remain at 17 % till June 2021 for 7th CPC pay scale.

order of Govt freezing the Dearness Allowance hike for central govt. employees
order of Govt freezing the Dearness Allowance hike for central govt. employees

But Govt. has promised that DA / DR will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 1st July 2021. So, it is expected to get a huge increment in DA / DR as this change will occur after 1.5 years.

But, one catch is here that no arrears will be paid for the past one and half years. For example, if DA / DR hike from 1st July 2021 is announced 10% for 7th CPC pay scale, then this hike will be paid in July 2021 salary and onward, but you won’t get any arrears for the last 1.5 years from 01.01.20 to 30.06.21.

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DA increase for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force from 1st Jan 2020:

The Government of India had already announced 4% increase in dearness allowance (DA) with effect from 1st Jan, 2020, but later rolled back this decision of DA hike. For DA hike of 7th Pay, the past data has been shown below since 2015.

In the cabinet meeting held on 13th Mar, 2020, Government had decided to increase the dearness allowance (DA) for 48 lakh employees and 65 lakh pensioners. This hike has been announced only for employees drawing payment in 7th CPC pay scales.

Before this hike, the dearness allowance (DA) was hiked by 5 % in October 2019 to 17% from 12% with effect from 1st July, 2019. Dearness allowance (DA) change decision comes 2 times a year effective from 1st Jan and 1st July every year only for central government employees and pensioners including defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force.

This decision of dearness allowance (DA) change is taken with the formula adopted in the 7th pay commission guidelines. Dearness allowance (DA) is adjustment for the cost of inflation and cost of living. The official letter regarding this is issued by Department of Defence (DoD) under Ministry of Defence.

Dearness allowance (DA) hike or increment for 7th CPC pay scale defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force :

The DA has been increased to 17% from 12% w.e.f. 1st July 2019 for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force in 7th CPC pay scale.

DA from 1st July 2019 order for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force by MOD
DA from 1st July 2019 order for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force by MOD
PeriodD. A. (%)Increase / DecreaseLetter by MoD
01-07-2021 to 31-12-2021
01-01-2021 to 30-06-202117 %0 %DA Freezed till 30.06.21
01-07-2020 to 31-12-202017 %0 %DA Freezed till 30.06.21
01-01-2020 to 30-06-202017 %0 %DA Freezed till 30.06.21
01-07-2019 to 31-12-201917 %5 %MoD Notif., 21.10.19
01-01-2019 to 30-06-201912 %3 %MoD Notif., 11.03.19
01-07-2018 to 31-12-20189 %2 %MoD Notif., 18.09.18
01-01-2018 to 30-06-20187 %2 %MoD Notif., 28.03.18
01-07-2017 to 31-12-20175 %1 %
01-01-2017 to 30-06-20174 %
Past DA hike for defence forces like Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air force in 7th CPC pay scale

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Defence force revised Rates of Risk and Hardship Allowances or Concessions in 7th CPC:

SI No.Defence Force Risk and Hardship (RH) Allowances in 7th CPCRH-MATRIX
(Risk / Hardship)
To whom grantedRates (Per Month)
1Boiler Watch
keeping Allowance
R3H1Sailors4100 PM
2Hard Lying MoneyR3H3Naval Officers1200 PM (Full), 600 PM (Half)
 Hard Lying MoneyR3H3Sailors1000 PM (Full), 500 PM (Half)
3MARCOS  and
Chariot Allowance
R1H1Naval Officers25000 PM
 MARCOS  and
Chariot Allowance
R1H1Sailors17300 PM
4Project AllowanceR3H2Officers3400 PM
 Project AllowanceR3H2JCOs/ORs & equiv.2700 PM
5Free Fall Jump Instructor AllowanceR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Free Fall Jump Instructor AllowanceR2H2JCOs/ORs & equiv.6000 PM
6Flying AllowanceR1H1Officers25000 PM
 Flying AllowanceR1H1JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF17300 PM
7Field Area AllowanceR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Field Area AllowanceR2H2JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF6000 PM
8Sea Going AllowanceR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Sea Going AllowanceR2H2Sailors6000 PM
9Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer AllowanceR1H3Test Pilot5300 PM
 Test Pilot & Flight Test Engineer AllowanceR1H3Flight Test Engineer4100 PM
10Modified Field Area Allowance Officers6300 PM
 Modified Field Area Allowance JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF3600 PM
11Highly Active Field Area AllowanceR1H2Officers16900 PM
 Highly Active Field Area AllowanceR1H2JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF9700 PM
12Counter Insurgency Allowance in Peace AreaR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Counter Insurgency Allowance in Peace AreaR2H2JCOs/ORs & equiv.6000 PM
13Counter Insurgency Allowance (CI Ops) in Field AreaR1H2Officers16900 PM
 Counter Insurgency Allowance (CI Ops) in Field AreaR1H2JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF9700 PM
14Counter Insurgency Allowance in Modified Field Area Officers13013 PM
 Counter Insurgency Allowance in Modified Field Area JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF7469 PM
15High Altitude Allowance Cat-IR3H2Officers3400 PM
 High Altitude Allowance Cat-IR3H2JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF2700 PM
16High Altitude Allowance Cat-IIR3H1Officers5300 PM
 High Altitude Allowance Cat-IIR3H1JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF4100 PM
17High Altitude Allowance Cat-IIIR1H1Officers25000 PM
 High Altitude Allowance Cat-IIIR1H1JCOs/ORs & equiv. in IAF17300 PM
18Hydrographic Survey Allowance (for non-surveyors)R3H3Non-Survey officers serving onboard ships1200 PM
 Hydrographic Survey Allowance (for non-surveyors)R3H3Non-Survey sailors serving onboard ships1000 PM
19Hydrographic Survey Allowance (except non-surveyors)R3H2Naval Officers3400 PM
 Hydrographic Survey Allowance (except non-surveyors)R3H2Sailors2700 PM
20Para AllowanceR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Para AllowanceR2H2JCOs/ORs & below6000 PM
21Para Reserve Allowance Officers2625 PM
 Para Reserve Allowance JCOs/ORs & below1500 PM
22Para Jump Instructor AllowanceR2H2Officers10500 PM
 Para Jump Instructor AllowanceR2H2JCOs/ORs & below6000 PM
23Siachen AllowanceRH-MAXOfficers42500 PM
 Siachen AllowanceRH-MAXJCOs/ORs & equiv.30000 PM
24Special Forces AllowanceR1H1Officers25000 PM
 Special Forces AllowanceR1H1JCOs/ORs & equiv.17300 PM
25Submarine AllowanceR1H1Naval Officers25000 PM
 Submarine AllowanceR1H1Sailors17300 PM
26Submarine Duty AllowanceR3H1Naval Officers (other than qualified submariners)5300 PM
 Submarine Duty AllowanceR3H1Sailors4100 PM
27Submarine Technical AllowanceR3H3Naval Artificers / Mechanicians4100 PM
28Tough Location Allowance (TLA) to All Defence personnel Level 9 & aboveLevel 8 & below
 TLA-IR3H15300 PM4100 PM
 TLA-IIR3H23400 PM2700 PM
 TLA-IIIR3H31200 PM1000 PM
Defence force revised Rates of Risk and Hardship Allowances or Concessions in 7th CPC

Defence force revised Rates of Other Allowances or Concessions in 7th CPC:

Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORs and equivalentAreaRate 
Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORsPeace68  pm 
Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORsField Area Below 3000 ft158  pm 
Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORsField Area 3000-4999 ft225 pm 
Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORsField Area 5000-8999 ft248 pm 
Rum AllowanceJCOs/ORsField Area 9000 & above360 pm 
Classification AllowanceHavildar & equivalent & below rankGrpXY
Classification AllowanceHavildar & equivalentCl 4 to 3225 p.m.
Classification AllowanceHavildar & equivalentCl 3 to 2270 om225 p.m.
Classification AllowanceHavildar & equivalentCl 2 to 1270 om225 p.m.
Dip MoneyAll Naval PersonnelDepth fathomsRate Per Minute
(in Rs.)
Applicable to IAF and Army personnel also
Dip MoneyAll Naval PersonnelUp to 202.70 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnel20 to 304.05 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnel30 to 405.40 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnel40 to 508.10 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnelso to 6010.80 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnel60 to 7515.30 
Dip MoneyAll Naval Personnel75 to 10017.10 
Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance (CPMA)JCOs / ORs and equivalentAllowanceRate (Rs. p.m.)Washing & Clothing Allowance is subsumed in it.
CPMAJCOs/ORsHair Cuttino Allowance45 
CPMAJCOs/ORsSoap Toilet Allowance45 
CPMAJCOs/ORsTotal90 
Air Worthiness Certificate AllowanceAviation trade PBORs 338 p.m. With Service of two to Ten Years
Air Worthiness Certificate AllowanceAviation trade PBORs 675 p.m. With Service of more than Ten Years
Dress AllowanceOfficers20,000 p.a.  
Dress AllowanceMNS Officers15,000 p.a.  
Dress AllowancePBORs10,000 p.a.  
Extra Work Allowance 2% of Basic Pay  
Post Graduate AllowanceOfficersPost Graduate Degree Holders2250 PM 
Post Graduate AllowanceOfficersPost Graduate Diploma Holders1350 PM 
Qualification AllowanceCategory ‘ A’ (ATC/FC)3600 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceCateaorv ‘B’ (ATC/FC)2700 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceMaster Aviation Instructor1125 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceSenior Aviation Instructor Class-I900 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceSenior Aviation Instructor -Class-II630 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceAviators holding Master Green Card900 p.m.  
Qualification AllowanceAviators holding Green Card630 p.m.  
Language AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORs and equivalentcategoryLanguage Allowance (PM) 
Language AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORsI2025 p.m. 
Language AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORsII1689 p.m. 
Language AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORsIII1350 p.m. 
Good Service / Good Conduct / Badge AllowanceJCOs/ORs and equivalent ArmyNavy &IAF
DOJCOs/ORsFirst Badge144180
DOJCOs/ORsSecond Badge288360
DOJCOs/ORsThird Badge432540
Funeral Expense (erstwhile Funeral Allowance)Officers/JCOs/ ORs and equivalent9000  
Aeronautical AllowanceAircraft technicians of all 3 Services450 p.m.  
Deputation (Duty) AllowanceOfficers/JCOs/ ORs and equivalentDefence forces personnel be given an option to draw:either (a) 50% of to civilians officers along with service concessions or 
Deputation (Duty) AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORs (b) draw 100%but forego the service concessions subject to following ceiling:-(i) Rs.4,500 p.m. for deputation within the same station. and (ii) Rs.9,000 p.m. involving change of station.
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelClearance/Dee Divinq Officers1800
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelShips Diving Officer900 
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelClearance Diver Class I1350 
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelClearance Diver Class II1170 
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelClearance Diver Class III990 
Diving AllowanceAll Naval PersonnelShips Diver900 
Diving Attendant AllowanceAll Naval Personnel1/5th to Dip Money  
Hard Area AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORs and equivalent20% of Basic Pay  
Island  Special  Duty AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORs and equivalentAreaRate as % of Basic
Pay
ISDA to be rationalized by a factor of 0.8.
Island  Special  Duty AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORsAreas  around the Capital Towns    (Port Blair, Kavaratti & Agatti)10% 
Island  Special  Duty AllowanceOfficers / JCOs / ORsDifficult Areas -Entire Lakshadweep Except Kavaratti, Agatti & Minicoy16%Difficult Areas-North & Middle Andaman, South Andaman Excluding Port Blair.
Island  Special  Duty AllowanceOfficers/ JCOs/ORsMore  Difficult Areas – Little Andaman, Nicobar group of Islands, 20%Narcondum Islands, East Islands and Minicoy
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORs and equivalentAward for passing Diploma Part-II Exam with 65% & above marks
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsCatSponsored CandidateNon- Sponsored Candidate
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsI675010125
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsII47256750
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsIII33754725
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORs   
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsAward for Passing Interpretership Exam  with 70% & above
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORs categorySponsored candidateNon- Sponsored candidate
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsI1350020250
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsII1012513500
Language AwardOfficers/ JCOs/ORsIII675010125
Reward for Meritorious ServiceAnnuity for JCOs & equivalent900 p.a.  
Reward for Meritorious ServiceGratuity for Long Service & Good Conduct Medal900 (One Time)  
Specialist AllowanceSpecialist Medical OfficersGraded soecialist3600 pm 
Specialist AllowanceSpecialist Medical OfficersClassified specialist4500 pm 
Specialist AllowanceSpecialist Medical OfficersConsultant/ Advisor / Professor5400 pm 
Technical AllowanceTechnical OfficersTier I3600 pmExisting system of TA up to 31.03.2018. 
Technical AllowanceTechnical OfficersTier II4500 pmTA (Tier-II ) to continue beyond 31.03.2018 only after review of courses.
Unit & Charge Certificate AllowanceArtificers and Mechanicians Unit CertificateCharge Certificate
Unit & Charge AllowanceArtificers and Mechanicianslower Rate338675
Unit & Charge AllowanceArtificers and MechaniciansHigher Rate6751013
Unit & Charge AllowanceArtificers and MechaniciansSpecial Rate1215
Children Education AllowanceAll2250 p.m. per child  
Special allowance for children for women with disabilitiesAll3000 p.m. per child  
Educational Concession to  the children of missing / disabled / killed in actionTuition feeFull reimbursement  
DOHostel chargesFull reimbursement  
DOBooks, stationary2000 p.a  
DOUniform2000 p.a  
DOClothing700 p.a  
Ration Money Allowance Officers  In peace areas in lieu of ration in kind
Territorial Army Allowance Officers2000 p.a Subsumes Camp Allowance, TA Bounty
TAAJCOs1500 p.a  
TAAOrs1000 p.a  
Non  Practicing Allowance (NPA)Officers of DGAFMS20% of Basic Pay  
House Rent AllowanceAll24% , 16% and 8%  For Class X, Y, Z cities / towns
Transport AllowanceLevel 9 and above7200 + DA  
Transport AllowanceLevel 1-83600 + DA  
Defence force revised Rates of Other Allowances or Concessions in 7th CPC:

Disclaimer: Kindly check for any clarification from official website.

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