Hand Book on Defence Pension for Commissioned Officers – 2021

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Hand Book on Defence Pension for Commissioned Officers – 2021

Hand Book on Defence Pension for Commissioned Officers – 2021

Year – 2021


New Pension Code came into force w.e.f 01.06.1953 vide A.I 1/S/53. Since then tremendous changes have taken place in pensionary awards of the Armed Forces Personnel and their families due to the recommendation of the successive Central Pay Commission. These changes are scattered over a number of Govt. letters, memoranda etc. issued from time to time.

2. A need was, therefore, felt to review and update. The same with reference to latest Govt. letters, ruling and clarifications issued over a past these years and to summaries them in a precise manures.

3. Keeping the above facts in view, the efforts have been made to put the important changes made upto 2020 in fundamental principle in pension structure of various kinds of pensionary awards precisely in the form of a Hand Book.

4. I, hope, this Hand Book will be a useful guide to all the dealing staff and officers of this office who are employed on the sanction of various kinds of pensionary awards in their day to day working.

5. For facility, illustrations based on the Seventh CPC are given showing calculation of pension. Appendices showing changes in rates of the pension etc. with relevant authority have also been given. The Govt. letters mentioned in the Hand Book have also been listed with Group Order No. for necessary check as and when required.

6. The Hand Book has been prepared separately for PBORs and Commissioned Officers.

7. Any suggestion to improve this Hand Book would be gratefully acknowledged.

Rajiv Ranjan, IDAS
Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)


Changes in pensionary entitlement of Armed Forces Personnel and their families are made by the Govt. from time to time. These changes are being notified by the Govt. in letters, memoranda etc.

Pr.C.D.A (Pension) Allahabad being the Pension Sanctioning Authority in respect of Armed Forces Personnel and circulate these orders in the form of Group Orders for information and guidance of the Staff and Officers in their day to day working.

Since these orders are scattered and not consolidated, the same may loss sight due to the passage of time and the Officers and Staff may sometime feel difficulty to deal with the pensionary entitlement in an effective way.

To overcome the above, an effort had been made to review the important changes made in pensionary entitlements and update them in a precise way and put them in a Hand Book which may be handy.

I hope this Hand Book may be useful to all the Officers and Staff in grant of pensionary awards.

Any suggestion to improve this Hand Book would be gratefully acknowledged.

Senior Accounts Officer (Gts/Tech)

A few words from the writer of the Hand Book

Pension in respect of Armed Forces Personnel is in fact a very complex subject in itself as the orders issued thereon are scattered. Nothing is available on which one can lay his hands for a compact knowledge. This has given me an idea to put all the relevant orders issued on a particular subject at one place in the form of a Handbook.

With this fact in view, I review the Govt. letters issued upto 12/2020 and summarize them precisely on each subject and tried to put them in the Handbook separately for PBORs and ICOs.

For this I got blessings of benevolent Principal Controller Mr. Rajiv Ranjan. I express my heartfelt gratitude to him.

Further, I would also like to convey my sincere thanks to Officer In Charge Grants Tech. Mr. A. K. Malviya and cooperation of his staff at each stage as the same have helped me a lot.

At last, I request esteem readers to ignore the shortcomings, if any, considering the same as my incompetency.




Sl. No. – Subject

  1. Qualifying service for earning Retiring Pension
  2. Periods of service qualifying for pension
  3. Determination of amount of pension
  4. Retirement Gratuity
  5. Commutation of Pension
  6. Restoration of commuted portion of pension
  7. Disability pension
  8. Categorisation of disability
  9. Procedure for adjudication of Disability Pension claim
    1. Injury cases
    2. Disease cases
  10. Disability pension on invalidment
  11. Disability element on retirement
  12. Rates of Disability Element
  13. Constant Attendance Allowance
  14. Lump sum compensation in lieu of Disability Element
  15. Invalid Pension
  16. War Injury Pension on invalidment
  17. War injury Pension on retention in service
  18. Lump sum compensation in lieu of war injury pension in service
  19. War injury element on subsequent retirement
  20. Liberalized disability pension
  21. Ex-gratia awards to cadets (direct) in case of disablement
  22. Appeal
  23. Ordinary Family Pension
  24. Eligible members of family for Ordinary Family Pension
  25. Ordinary Family Pension in case of missing personnel/pensioners
  26. Rates of Ordinary Family Pension
    1. Normal Rate
    2. Enhanced Rate
  27. Special Family Pension
  28. Eligible members for Special Family Pension
  29. Special Family Pension on re-marriage widow
  30. Dependent pension to Parents and Brothers/Sisters
  31. Liberalized Family Pension
  32. Dependent Pension (Liberalized)
  33. Ex-gratia lump sum compensation who die in harness
  34. Death Gratuity
  35. Monetary allowances attached to Gallantry Awards
  36. Pensionary awards in respect of Non-regulars Commissioned Officers (SSC/TC/EC/SSRC)
  37. Counting of Past service
  38. Condonation of break in service
  39. Pro-rata pension
  40. Appendices – Rates of
    1. Retiring Pension
    2. Retirement Gratuity
    3. Disability Element
    4. Ordinary family pension-prior to 01.06.53 and after 01.06.53
    5. Special Family Pension-Prior to 01.06.53 and after 01.06.53
    6. Monetary allowances attached to gallantry decorations
    7. Evaluation of Pensionary structure prior to 01.06.53 and thereafter and also important changes due to successive CPC recommendations.
    8. List of Govt. letters referred to in the Hand Book with Group Order No. under which reproduced
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