Indian Administration Services is undisputedly the most popular and sought-after civil service among the Indian masses. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the UPSC exam annually for 24 groups (groups A, B, and all India civil services). But IAS comes on the top in terms of popularity and desirability. The honor, pride, and power of being an IAS officer is a major factor in its desirability. But lucrative IAS salary is also a significant factor.
UPSC civil services exam isn’t only one of the hardest exams in India but in the whole world. Although hundreds of thousands of candidates appear for this exam every year. Only a handful of them passes the exam. This exam has three stages: prelims, main, and interview round. Candidates who pass all the rounds are recruited in different services according to their ranks and preferences. But IAS falls on the top.
This article discusses an IAS officer’s salary, pay scale, and other benefits. All the information in this article is as per the salary structure implied after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.
Before we dive into the detailed analysis of IAS salary in India, let’s have an overview of the salary of an IAS officer per month in India:
|Salary Pay Commission||7th Salary Pay Commission|
|IAS salary during the training period||₹33,000–35,000 (depending on some factors)|
|Entry-level salary of IAS officer||₹ 56,100|
|IAS officer salary after 8 years of service||₹78,800 monthly|
|Highest IAS salary per month||₹2,50,000 (37+ years of experience)|
|Other benefits & Allowances||DA, HRA, Travel, Medical allowances, and other benefits|
Entry level salary of an IAS officer in India starts from pay level 10. Every candidate who clears the exam completes the training and joins the service is entitled to get an initial salary of ₹56,100. This is exclusive of any allowances. The per month basic salary (and allowances) increase gradually according to the promotion and experience. IAS salary in India starts from pay grade 10 and goes to pay grade 18. The following are the different pay scales as per the different pay grades, years of service, and ranks.
|Pay Grade||Basic Pay||Rank||Years of Service|
|10||₹56100||SDM, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary||1-4 years|
|11||₹67,700||ADM, Deputy Secretary, Undersecretary||5-8 years|
|12||₹78,800||District Magistrate, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary||9-12 years|
|13||₹1,18,500||District Magistrate, Deputy Secretary, Director||13-16 years|
|14||1,44,200||Divisional Commissioner, Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Joint Secretary||16-24 years|
|15||1,82,200||Divisional Commissioner, Principal Secretary, Additional Secretary||25-30 years|
|16||2,05,400||Additional Chief Secretary||30-33 years|
|17||2,25,000||Chief Secretary and Secretary||34-36 years|
|18||2,50,000||Cabinet Secretary of India||37+ years|
Before the 7th Pay Commission, IAS salaries were decided with the system of ‘Pay Grade for Civil Services.’ But after the application of consolidated pay levels in the 7th Pay Commission, IAS salaries will be decided based on the ‘basic pay.’ All the allowances will be exclusive of the basic pay and their rates will be based on the basic pay. For instance, the entry-level salary of an IAS officer will be ₹56,100 (basic pay) + allowances.
There are two components of an IAS salary in India. First, basic pay, and second, allowances. The basic pay is based on the pay grade and the pay grade is based on rank and years of service. Further, all the allowances are based on basic pay. The higher the basic pay, the higher the allowances. The minimum (entry-level) basic pay for an IAS officer is ₹56,100 and the maximum (apex-level) basic pay is ₹2,50,000.
There are four allowances with the basic pay. HRA (house rent allowance), DA(dearness allowance), TA (travel allowance) and other allowances:
DA is relative to the rate of inflation. It is calculated as per the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Level. The government revises the rate of DA every six months i.e January and July. Dearness allowance can increase up to 14% of the basic pay a year.
The rate of HRA is decided according to the city of residency of the IAS officer. HRA ranges between 8-24% according to the city in which the officer is posted. The commission has divided all the cities and rural areas into three classes i.e. X, Y and Z.
In case the IAS officer is not provided with a government vehicle, they are entitled to get TA. If they have a government transportation facility, they won’t get the travel allowance as a part of the IAS salary.
Apart from DA, HRA and TA. an IAS officer also gets the following benefits along with their salaries:
Basic pay and allowances (DA, HRA, TA, and Medical allowance) are parts of salary under any profession (mostly). What makes an IAS job more attractive and distinct are the additional perks and benefits that an IAS officer enjoys. The following are the benefits that an IAS officer is entitled to get other than the IAS salary.
IAS and IPS being competitively popular and most sought-after services have similar salary structures. The entry-level and apex-level salaries are the same for both, IAS and IPS. Apex-level IAS officers get a basic pay of ₹2,50,000 + allowances at Cabinet Secretary’s rank. Whereas apex-level IPS officers get the same basic pay and allowances as DGP rank.
Indian Forest Services (IFS) falls under the all-India civil services along with IAS and IPS. Forest in IFS should not be confused with jungle. IFS officers are posted in different countries to protect the national interest of the country. An IFS officer’s salary starts from ₹15,600 to 39,100 and goes up to ₹90,000. IFS officers posted in other countries get foreign allowances. It makes a significant difference in their overall salary.
The Staring IAS salary per month is ₹56,100 + allowances. The given amount is the basic pay only and HRA, DA, TA, and other benefits are given on it.
The salary of an IAS officer per day depends on their monthly salary. We can divide whatever salary an IAS officer is getting by 30 (or by the number of days in a particular month) to get the per day salary of an IAS officer.
he salary of an IAS officer per month in India is ₹78,800 + allowances after 10 years of service.
Whether an IAS is rich or not depends on multiple factors. First, what is the threshold of being rich? Second, how an IAS officer saves and invests their money? Third, how honestly they work. But talking in general, their standard of living is higher than common people’s. They get a good amount of IAS salary and other benefits that cut the cost of living. Hence, they get a higher opportunity to save and invest money as compared to other job professionals. But they are not as rich as businessmen can get.