IAS Salary

A career in the Indian Administrative Service is one of the most sought-after professions in India. Every year, lakhs of people take the UPSC Civil Services Exam but only a handful clear the exam and an even smaller number make the cut as Indian Administrative Service officers. There are a lot of things that attract youngsters in the country towards a life in the civil service. Apart from the pride and honour that comes with being a career civil servant or diplomat, the IAS salary and benefits that come along with the responsibilities and powers are also a factor. In this article, we have discussed in depth the salary of IAS officer per month in India, and also the pay scale of IAS officers in India after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100(TA, DA and HRA are extra) and can go on to reach Rs.2,500,00 for a Cabinet Secretary.

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Read on for the new IAS salary structure and comparison with 6th Pay Commission.

IAS Salary

IAS Salary in India – Salary Structure of IAS Officers and IAS Career Path – 7th Pay Commission

The new pay structure has dispensed with the system of Pay Grades for Civil Services and introduced Consolidated Pay Levels in the 7th Central Pay Commission. Now the IAS pay scale is decided only on the Basic Pay along with TA, DA and HRA.

Pay Level Basic Pay(INR) Number of years required in service Post
District Administration State Secretariat Central Secretariat
10 56100 1-4 Sub-divisional magistrate Under secretary Assistant secretary
11 67,700 5-8 Additional district magistrate Deputy secretary Under secretary
12 78,800 9-12 District magistrate Joint secretary Deputy secretary
13 1,18,500 13-16 District magistrate Special secretary-cum-director Director
14 1,44,200 16-24 Divisional commissioner Secretary-cum-commissioner Joint secretary
15 1,82,200 25-30 Divisional commissioner Principal secretary Additional secretary
16 2,05,400 30-33 No Equivalent Rank Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank
17 2,25,000 34-36 No Equivalent Rank Chief secretary Secretary
18 2,50,000 37+ years No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India

The Dearness Allowance(DA) is fixed at 0% for IAS officers starting their career and increases with time.

The salaries of all IAS officers start at the same level and then increases with their tenure and promotions.

The next table gives the answer to the question what is the salary of an IAS officer per month at the entry level and the monthly salary of IAS officer at the apex level:

Level Basic Pay Total Salary
Entry level (starting salary) 56100 56100 – 132000
Maximum Pay (cabinet secretary level) 250000 250000

The old pay structure according to 6th Central Pay Commission was as follows:

Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS officer Number of years required in service Post
Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400 Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)
Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100 6600 5 District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100 7600 9 Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection Grade 37400 – 67000 8700 12 – 15 Secretary to a Ministry
Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700 17 – 20 Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 12000 Varies Varies
Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA Varies Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed) NA Varies Cabinet Secretary of India

The basic pay at the entry level increases 3% each year at the starting level. At the Cabinet Secretary level, it is fixed. The Dearness Allowance increases 0-14% each year at the entry level. At the highest level, DA could increase. Youngsters should remember that the IAS pay scale in India should not be the only criterion for them to join the services. The civil service is an opportunity to serve the nation and make a positive impact on the lives of the people of the country. Now that you know the details about IAS officer’s salary per month, it is time to gear up and start your IAS Exam Preparation. But, let the salary for IAS officer in India not be the only criterion for you to opt for a career in the civil service. Your chief motivation should be the desire to work for the country and make life better for many people.

  • Do IAS officers get salary during training?
  • Yes, IAS officers get a stipend during their training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).
  • What are the powers of an IAS officer?
  • An Indian Administrative Service officer can be a part of the State cadre or even the Centre deputation. At the state level, the district administrative machinery is under the control of the IAS officer in the early years of his/her career. With time and good performance, IAS officers can represent India abroad, become head of PSUs, and become the Cabinet Secretary.
  • Is IAS exam difficult?
  • The comprehensive UPSC syllabus and a large number of candidates as compared to the number of vacancies make IAS exam one of the most challenging exams in the world. However, considering the kind of power and prestige these posts hold, it is inevitable.
  • What to study to become an IAS officer?
  • IAS aspirants should hold at least a graduation degree from any recognised university. The UPSC recruits IAS officers through the Civil Services Exam. Refer the latest UPSC syllabus for detailed information.
  • How many marks are required to clear IAS prelims?
  • To clear UPSC Prelims, a candidate has to score more than the cutoff in General Studies Paper – I. Also, the candidate has to score at least 33% marks in CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) or GS Paper – II
  • How can I apply for the IAS exam 2019?
  • The UPSC notification for the year  2019 was released on February 19. To apply for UPSC 2019, candidates have to fill the two-part online registration on the UPSC official website before the last date of the application(before 6 PM, March 18, 2019).