IAS Officers Salary and Perks

IAS Officer Salary

 

The Salary of government job in India is considered as very low. Many of them pay no heed to the salary, especially if they want to become an IAS officer. Civil service is not about salary. It is a profession not to make money but to serve the country. Apart from a private job, many of our enthusiastic youth want to become a part of administrative machinery to serve billions of people in India. The job of civil servants is considered as the esteemed job in India, there are also multiple benefits of being an IAS officer. The civil services consist of Group A and B posts.

After the 7th Pay commission, the salary of IAS officer in India has increased significantly, there are various perks of being an IAS. We have read, heard and seen a lot about IAS Exam, preparation, syllabus, eligibility criteria, strategies and more. So, here to give a fair idea to IAS aspirants who succeed in the exam about the salary and perks that they would relish as an IAS Officers. If you are curious to know “What is the starting salary of IAS Officer”, “What is the Salary of the IAS Officer as the career progresses?”, read on. Here, we discuss the IAS officer salary and perks as mentioned in the 7th Pay Commission report that is paid as per their position and the associated pay scale. You can also read about the salaries of IAS officers in India. You will also know what are the perks of being an IAS officer.

IAS Grades and Pay Scales

For employees in government services in India, the pay scale does not mean the total salary. The pay scale is only the minimum and maximum basic pay of an employee, it is appended with grade pay, DA (Daily Allowance) and other perks. An IAS Officer is promoted to pay scales according to the grade or seniority in service. This article gives you the income of an IAS officer.

Various scales of the IAS officers:

  • Junior Scale
  • Senior Time Scale
  • Junior Administrative Grade
  • Selection Grade
  • Super Time Scale
  • Above Super Time Scale
  • Apex Scale
  • Cabinet Secretary Grade

IAS ranks and pay:

The following table details the IAS monthly salary in India.

Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay Years of Service Required Post
Junior or Lower Time Scale 15,600 – 39,100 5,400 n/a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)
Senior Time Scale 15,600 – 39,100 6,600 5 District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
Junior Administrative 15,600 – 39,100 7,600 9 Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection Grade 37,400 – 67,000 8,700 12-15 Secretary to a Ministry
Super Time Scale 37,400 – 67,000 8,700 17-20 Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale 37,400 – 67,000 12,000 (varies) (varies)
Apex Scale 80,000 (fixed) n/a (varies) Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 90,000 (fixed) n/a (varies) Cabinet Secretary of India

The details of the IAS officer salary and other facilities are given below:

Junior or Lower Time Scale Summary (starting salary of IAS officer):

  • Pay Band:Rs 15,600 – 39,100
  • Grade Pay:Rs 5,400 (reimburses for training and learning)
  • Post:Sub-Divisional Magistrate or Sub-Collector (SDM or SDO) in a subdivision of a district

In Junior Scale, the new recruit joins at Pay Band 3 and pay scale is Rs15,600 – 39,100. He also gets a Grade Pay of Rs 5,400 to compensate for training and learning. Later, the new recruit is placed in a probation period for two years after which he/she is posted as an SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) also called as SDO or Sub-Collector. This is the starting salary of IAS officer in India.


  Senior Time Scale Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 5
  • Pay Band:Rs 15,600 – 39,100
  • Grade Pay:Rs 6,600
  • Post:District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

After at least 5 years of service, the IAS employee is promoted to Senior Time Scale at the pay band of 15,600 – 39,100 with a grade pay of Rs 6,600. During this time, he could be posted as a District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government ministry.


Junior Administrative Grade Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 9
  • Pay Band:Rs 15,600 – 39,100
  • Grade Pay:Rs 7,600
  • Post:Special secretary or Head of various government departments

After nine years of service, an IAS Officer is promoted to this scale and could get the post of a special secretary or the Head of various government departments.


Selection Grade Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 12-15
  • Pay Band:Rs 37,400 – 67,000
  • Grade Pay:Rs 8,700
  • Post:Secretary of a ministry

To reach this grade, you need to contribute a minimum of 12 – 15 years in the service. The post for Selection Grade is that of the secretary to a ministry.


Super Time Scale Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 17 – 20
  • Pay Band:Rs 37,400 – 67,000
  • Grade Pay:Rs 8,700
  • Post:Principal secretary of a very important department of the government

After completing a minimum of 17 to 20 years of service, an IAS officer reaches the Super Time Scale Salary and he/she becomes Principal Secretary of a very imperative department of the government.


Above Super Timescale Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: (varies)
  • Pay Band:Rs 37,400 – 67,000
  • Grade Pay:Rs 12,000
  • Post:(varies)

To the Above Super Time Scales, only a limited number of optimistic persons are selected.


Apex Scale Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: (varies)
  • Pay Band:Rs 80,000 (fixed)
  • Grade Pay:n/a
  • Post: Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

The highest basic salary is Rs 80,000 (fixed) for an IAS Officer.


Cabinet Secretary Grade Summary:

  • Years of Service Required to Reach Level: (varies)
  • Pay Band:Rs 90,000 (fixed)
  • Grade Pay:n/a
  • Post: Cabinet Secretary of India

Only the central Cabinet Secretary is given the basic salary of Rs 90,000 (fixed).  

What is the minimum and maximum salary of an IAS Officer?

As it may take some time to understand pay band, grade scale, and other government terms, so you would be interested to know the total starting salary that an IAS Officer would earn after joining the service. So, here to understand the salary range easily, below given is the minimum and maximum total salary of ias officer. But, IAS Officers should keep in mind that the total pay can vary with time.   Below given is the roughly estimated total payment as updated in April 2016 that an IAS Officer would get:

IAS Level Basic Pay DA (at 125%) 2016 Total Salary
  New Recruit   21000 (increases 3% per year)   26250 (increases 10-14% per year)   47250
Level at Maximum Pay 90,000 (fixed) 112500 (could increase) 202500

The Minimum Salary of an IAS Officer

The average salary of an IAS officer in India in the beginning of his/her career is:

  • Basic Pay:Rs 21,000
  • DA (at 125%):Rs 24,990
  • Total:Rs 47,225 (updated according to the latest central DA)

The base pay will increase at a rate of 3% per yearwhiletheDAcould increase at an average of 10% to 14% per annum. Fundamentally, an IAS officer can expect to double his salary every seven to nine years.  

The Maximum Salary of an IAS Officer Of all the grades in the IAS, the Cabinet Secretary receives the highest salary. He has a fixed basic pay of Rs 90,000. Since it is fixed, he/she does not get any additional rise. The estimated salary of an IAS Officer’s in this grade would be:

  • Base Pay:Rs 90,000
  • DA:Rs 1,12,500
  • Total:Rs 2,02,500

This salary may rise with a rise of DA.

IAS Officers Salary and other facilities

Apart from the salary part, let’s take a look at other facilities that one would enjoy as an IAS Officer (perks of IAS officer) which is comparatively as good as in any private sector.

Facilities of an IAS officer

  • An IAS Officer gets splendid accommodation generally a big bungalow at a very minimal low rent with its own cooks, gardeners,security guards, servants and etc.
  • An IAS Officer gets government transportation (a car with red lights).
  • IAS Officers also receive free electricity and telephone.
  • During official travel on duty, an IAS Officer gets accommodation in good government bungalows, rest houses, and other facilities.
  • Job security is utmost t compared to private sector jobs as it is very difficult even for a chief minister terminate IAS Officers as they are protected by legal safeguards.
  • An IAS Officer can apply for a study leave for 2 to 4 years in any reputable foreign university and the cost for the same would be paid by the government.
  • After retirement, an IAS Officer will get a lifetime pension and other benefits.
  • Above all packages and perks, the greatest advantage that an IAS Officer enjoys is the power, responsibilities and prestige 

There are many more conveniences, perks and facilities that an IAS Officer relishes which even a private sector employee wouldn’t get. Above all, being an IAS Officer is all about forming and implementing the policies of the central and different state governments that are for the good of the people which is the greatest perk of all in this so-called civil services job IAS.

No doubt the salary of an IAS officer is attractive but let this not be your only criterion for opting for a career in the Indian civil services. Being an IAS officer you also get an opportunity to serve the country and do your part in taking her to new heights. Let the IAS officer salary and perks only be incidental.

As you can see, it is not just the salary, but the perks of an IAS officer coupled with the power and prestige that he/she enjoys that make it a truly worthwhile profession. But remember the words, with great power comes great responsibility. So, enjoy the IAS perks and benefits for sure, but also perform your duty with unbridled passion and dedication and you will achieve something far greater than money and fame, and that is glory.

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