Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2017 Career Prospects
After successful completion of Combined Defence Services training, the candidates pass out in the rank of Flying Officer will be entitled to the pay and allowance of the rank.
Time scale promotions to the rank of Flight Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander and Group Captain are granted on completion of 2 years, 6 years, 13 years and 26 years of successful service respectively. Grant of Group Captain ( select ) and higher ranks is only by selections. Promising officers have a fair chance of getting higher promotions to air ranks – Air Commodore, Air Vice Marshall and Air Marshall.
Leave and Leave Travel Concession :
Annual Leave – 60 days a year
Casual Leave – 20 days a year.
Officers are authorised encashment of Annual Leave upto 10 days alongwith LTC to the extent of a total 60 days in a career span to cover incidental expenses on travel.
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Officers when proceeding on annual / casual leave, irrespective of its duration, is entitled for free conveyance from place of duty (unit) to home town and back once in the second year of his service for the first time and thereafter every alternate year to any place in India in lieu of home town or selected place of residence without any distance restriction.
In addition officers of Flying branch employed on regular Flying duties in UPSC Combined Defence Services I vacancies in authorized establishment are allowed, while proceeding on leave once every year on warrant a free rail journey in the appropriate class upto a total distance of 1600 kms. for the forward and return journeys both inclusive.
Officers when travelling on leave at their own expenses are entitled to travel by entitled class or lower class on payment of 60 percent of the fare for self, wife and children from unit to any place within India on 6 one way journey Form ‘D’ in a calender year. Two of these Form ‘D’ may be availed of for the entire family.
Pensionary Benefits :
Retiring Pension : The minimum period of qualifying service required for retiring pension is 20 years ( without weightage ). Retiring pension shall be calculated at 50% of the average of emoluments reckonable for pension ( i.e. pay, rank pay and non practicing allowance, if any ) drawn by the officer during the last 10 months of his service or 50% of last pay drawn whichever is more beneficial. The retiring pension in no case shall be less than 3,500/- per month.