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What is the Salary of an IAS officer?

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IAS officer Salary

IAS officers are the policy maker of the nation. They help in maintaining the law and order as well. In short, without these IAS officers, you can’t run the country. It’s a very responsible job. The salary of an IAS is also very handsome.  However, you should not aspire to become an IAS officer because of the Salary. Your intent should be to serve the country. 

Many students ask this question and why not after all it’s such a prestigious job. In this article, we will know the salary of an IAS officer. Earlier, the salary was also decent but after the 7th pay commission recommendation, the basic pay increased to 56000 rupees from 15600. Further, it goes up to 2,50,000 with tenure. 

You should also know that Travel Allowance TA and Dearness Allowance DA is not part of the basic salary. House rent allowance (HRA) is also separate from the IAS basic salary.  

Let’s understand it through table

Basic PayLevel
Rs 56,100Starting 
Rs 2,50,000Maximum

The Dearness Allowance(DA) starts from 0% for the new IAS officers and it increases with time. 

To become an IAS one needs to clear the UPSC exam which is held in 3 stages. There are several other perks given to IAS officials apart from the salary such as Bungalow, Car etc.  Apart from all these benefits, the honor of becoming the IAS officer is far greater than the monetary benefits. 

IAS Basic Salary Structure:

Pay GradeBasic Pay Scale (INR)Tenure
182,50,00037+ Years
172,25,00034-36 Years
162,05,40030-33 Years
151,82,20025-30 Years
141,44,20016-24 Years
131,18,50013-16 Years
1278,80009-12 Years
1167,70005-08 Years
1056,10001-04 Years

What is the salary of an IAS officer after the 7th Pay Commission?

Earlier, the salary of an IAS officer was not very sufficient. Though, it was not very low but remuneration was not enough as IAS officer works relentlessly for the betterment of the society. The decision was taken by the government to increase the salary of an IAS officer post the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission. 

GradeTotal Pay after 7th Pay Commission
Cabinet SecretaryRs 12,25,000
Apex ScaleRs 12,25,000
Above Super Time ScaleRs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 30,000
Super Time ScaleRs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 30,000
Selection GradeRs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 26,000
Junior Administrative GradeRs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,002 along with grade pay of Rs 20,000
Senior Time ScaleRs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,001 along with grade pay of Rs 20,000
Junior ScaleRs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,000 along with grade pay of Rs 16,500

IAS Salary Growth and Promotion:

Like any other job, an IAS officer also gets a promotion and also gets a salary hike. Salary is increased at the rate of 3% every year.  The DA (Dearness Allowance) increase rate is 0-14% each year at entry level. The DA rate increases highest when you become older in the system as well. 

Civil Servants jobs are most sought jobs in India but salary is not the only component which drives almost 10 lakhs students every year.  The honor and reputation associated with it are the main reason that every student wants to clear the exam. 

Other Benefits and Perks of an IAS officer

  • Free Phone Facility
  • Official Vehicles
  • Household help and security guards
  • Accomodation at very minimal rates
  • High level of Job Security
  • Study leave for studies in abroad
  • Pension and other retirement benefits

Transport Allowance and House Rent Allowance of an IAS officer

House Rent allowance is given to IAS officers as per the class cities. Cities are divided in three categories X, Y & Z. 

X Class City – 24 % Allowance

Y Class City – 16 % Allowance

Z Class City – 8 % Allowance

DA is merged with existing transport allowance.  

Frequently Asked Questions about IAS Salary

Q. What is the Maximum Salary of an IAS officer?

Ans – The Maximum Salary of an IAS officer goes up to Rs 2,50,000/ Month with the designation of Cabinet Secretary of India. 

Q. What is the minimum Salary of an IAS officer?

Ans – The minimum Salary of an IAS officer is Rs 56,000 / month at initial stage though this is not the total salary. It’s just basic.  

Q. Do IAS officers get paid in training?

Ans – Yes, IAS officers get paid in training as well. IAS training is conducted in Mussoorie. 

Q. How much hike an IAS officer gets every year?

Ans – Generally, the hike rate is 3% each year but it increases when IAS officers get promotions. 

Q – What is the Basic Salary of an IAS officer?

Ans – The basic salary of an IAS is Rs 56,000 without TA, DA & HRA.

Q – What is the Salary of a Cabinet Secretary?

Ans – The Cabinet Secretary gets the highest salary in IAS jobs. He or She gets Rs 2,50,000 / Month. 

As per the 7th pay commission, the following is the pay scale distribution:

  • Junior Scale: Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,000 along with grade pay of Rs 16,500
  • Senior Time Scale: Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,001 along with grade pay of Rs 20,000
  • Junior Administrative Grade: Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,50,002 along with grade pay of Rs 20,000
  • Selection Grade: Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 26,000
  • Super Time Scale: Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 30,000
  • Above Super Time Scale: Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,00,000 along with grade pay of Rs 30,000
  • Apex Scale: Rs 12,25,000 (fixed)
  • Cabinet Secretary Grade: Rs 12,25,000 (fixed)

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Written by Avinash P
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