An in-depth discussion of the IAS salary in India and the pay scale/compensation structure of IAS officers following the 7th Pay Commission’s suggestion can be found in this article. An IAS officer’s base monthly pay begins at Rs. 56,100 (TA, DA, and HRA are additional) and can go to Rs. 2,50,000 for a Cabinet Secretary.

One of the most sought-after careers in India is the Indian Administrative Service. Each year, thousands of individuals take the UPSC Civil Services Exam, but only a tiny fraction of them succeed, and an even smaller fraction are chosen to serve as officers in the Indian Administrative Service.

The decision of youth in the country to join the civil service is influenced by a variety of circumstances. Along with the honour and pride that comes with becoming a career civil servant or diplomat, the IAS pay and benefits that accompany the duties and authority are a factor.

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What are an IAS Officer’s Salary and Perks?

In the 7th Central Pay Commission’s new pay structure, “Consolidated Pay Levels” have replaced the “Pay Grades for Civil Services” system. Now, only the “Basic Pay” coupled with TA, DA, and HRA determines the IAS pay scale.

IAS Salary in India:

An IAS Officer’s Salary 
Pay LevelBasic Pay(INR)Number of years required in servicePost
District AdministrationState SecretariatCentral Secretariat
10561001-4Sub-Divisional MagistrateUndersecretaryAssistant Secretary
1167,7005-8Additional District MagistrateDeputy SecretaryUndersecretary
1278,8009-12District MagistrateJoint SecretaryDeputy Secretary
131,18,50013-16District MagistrateSpecial Secretary-cum-DirectorDirector
141,44,20016-24Divisional CommissionerSecretary-cum-CommissionerJoint Secretary
151,82,20025-30Divisional CommissionerPrincipal SecretaryAdditional Secretary
162,05,40030-33No Equivalent RankAdditional Chief SecretaryNo Equivalent Rank
172,25,00034-36No Equivalent RankChief SecretarySecretary
182,50,00037+ yearsNo Equivalent RankNo Equivalent RankCabinet Secretary of India

One of the primary pulls for candidates for the UPSC Exam is the pay rate offered for the various postings. The beginning pay for all IAS officers is the same, and it increases as they advance in their careers and achieve promotions. The monthly pay of IAS officers at various levels, including entry-level and apex levels, are shown in the following table:

LevelBasic PayTotal IAS Salary
Entry-level (starting salary)5610056100 – 132000
Maximum Pay (cabinet secretary level)250000250000

IAS Salary – Perks & Other Benefits

The final salary is determined by the grade in which the Officer is employed. As was said previously, the IAS Salary is separated into numerous grades. The base pay, grade pay, and any benefits and allowances that an IAS Officer may get are all included in this remuneration. Several of these have been briefly mentioned below:

  • Dearness Allowance (DA): This is regularly adjusted by the government, and is a very significant component of an IAS officer’s remuneration. Even more has been added, reaching 103% of the base salary. DA can so directly raise the IAS Salary.
  • House Rent Allowance (HRA): This varies from city to city. Based on the city where the IAS Officer is assigned, HRA is given. Typically, it ranges from 8% to 24% of the base salary.
  • Medical Allowance: As part of the IAS Salary, an employee is also entitled to receive reimbursement for medical expenses.

Included in the list of additional benefits and allowances are travel expenditures, housekeeping assistance, mobile phone bills, pension benefits, and retirement benefits.

Candidates should keep in mind that there should be other considerations besides pay when deciding whether to enlist in the military. Serving the country and improving the lives of its citizens are both possible through civil service. Your primary drive should be the want to serve your nation and help to improve countless lives.

Now that you are aware of the monthly income for an IAS officer, it is time to be ready and begin your UPSC exam preparation.


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