Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officers Pay Scale and Perks

Though Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) is considered to be most sought after prestigious civil services post in India among the aspirants yet Indian Foreign Service (IFS) has maintained its sheen over time and is still one of the most anticipated and admired post.   Indian Foreign Service (IFS comes under one of the All India Services along with Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) and there is also a misconception about this post that most of the people think that the salary of the IFS is same as the IAS post. But they are different and the allowances make a huge difference and also depends on the country an IFS Officer is posted.   Every year about 10-15 candidates is selected for Indian Foreign Service post. After candidates qualify the entire examination process they undergo training and generally, it takes about 3 years to be confirmed in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) from the date a candidate joins the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) as a Foreign Service Probationer/Officer. Read on for more on salary of an Indian Foreign Service officer.

Also Read | How to become an Ambassador of India (IFS)?  

Salary of IFS Officer

As it is known, after the training Indian Foreign Service Officers are posted in Indian Embassies and High Commissions across the world as well as offices of Indian Ministry of External Offices in India. When it comes to salary and perks it depends on the location an IFS Officer is posted whether in India or other foreign countries. For officers posted in foreign countries will get Special Foreign Allowance which depends on the Purchasing Power parity of that particular country. Thus, the salary structure mentioned below would vary with the Special Foreign Allowance of those officers who are posted outside India.  

Grade, Rank and Salary Structure of Indian Foreign Service (IFS):

Grade Rank Basic Pay Grade Pay  
Junior Time Scale Under Secretary INR 8000 INR 5400/-  
Senior Time Scale Under Secretary INR 10700 INR 6600/-  
Junior Administrative Scale Deputy Secretary INR 12750 INR 7600/-  
Selection Grade Counselor Director INR 15100 INR 8700/-  
Senior Administrative Scale Joint Secretary INR 18400 INR 10000/-  
High Commissioner / Ambassador Foreign Secretary INR 26000 (Fixed) Nil  


  1. Junior Time Scale 

Officers at this level join as Under Secretary and the salary is around 8000 –14000 INR  

  1. Senior Time Scale

An officer at this level joins as Under Secretary and the salary is around 10, 650 -16000 INR  

  1. Junior Administrative Scale

An officer at this level joins as Deputy Secretary and the salary is around 12, 750 –17000 INR  

  1. Selection Grade

An officer at this level joins as Counselor Director and the salary is around 15, 100 –18500 INR  

  1. Senior Administrative Scale

An officer at this level joins as Joint Secretary and the salary is around 18, 400 –22, 500 INR  

  1. High Commissioner / Ambassador

An officer at this level join as Foreign Secretary and the salary is 26, 000 INR which is fixed with no grade pay.   An IFS Officer’s overall salary would be around 60000 INR including all the perks and allowances. This amount varies again depending on the country they are posted. But, it is the Special Foreign Allowance that makes a big difference in the salary of an IFS Officer like if an IFS officer is assigned at the Indian Embassy in the USA then she/he is eligible to get around 2.40 Lakhs per month as Special Foreign Allowance.  The foreign allowance given to an Indian Foreign Service officer varies with the place he/she is posted to. This allowance increases with the rise in the grade and level.   The DA currently is around 80% andifprojected to be around 90% of Basic Paythen the net salary of an IFS Officer of various grades would be as given below:  

Sl. No. Grade Pay Band Grade Pay
1 Junior Scale  15,600 –39,100 INR 5400 INR
2 Senior Scales – The Senior Scales is into 3 major categories                                –
i.   Senior time Scale 15600 –39100INR 6600 INR
ii.  Junior Administrative Grade 15,600 –39,100INR 7,600 INR
iii. Selection Grade 37,400 – 67,000INR 8,700 INR
3 Super Time Scale  37,400 –67,000INR 10,000 INR
4 Above Super Time Scale – Above Super Time Scale divided into 3 major categories i.e.  
i.   Super Super Time Scale 37,400 – Rs 67,000 INR 12,000 INR
ii.  Apex Pay Scale 80,000INR (fixed) Nil
iii. Cabinet Secretary 90,000INR (fixed) Nil


  1. Junior Scale – A newly posted officer pay scale would be

Pay Band Rs 15,600 –39,100 INR

Grade Pay – 5400 INR


  1. Senior Scales – The Senior Scales are divided into 3 major categories:

i) Senior time Scale

Pay Band: 15600 –39100 INR

Grade Pay: 6600 INR

ii) Junior Administrative Grade

Pay Band: 15,600 –39,100 INR

Grade Pay: 7,600INR

iii) Selection Grade

Pay Band: 37,400 – 67,000 INR

Grade Pay – 8,700 INR


  1. Super Time Scale– It would take about 20 years for an officer to reach this grade.

Pay Band: 37,40 ade0 –67,000 INR

Grade Pay: 10,000 INR


  1. Above Super Time Scale– Again Above Super Time Scale is divided into 3 major categories i.e.

i) The Super Super Scale: 37,400 –67,000 INR

Grade Pay – 12,000 INR

ii) The Apex Pay Scale: 80,000 INR (fixed)

Grade Pay: Nil

iii) The Cabinet Secretary: 90,000 INR (fixed)

Grade Pay: Nil

  IFS Officers Benefits under 7th Pay Commission The 7th Pay Commission has announced that the Indian Foreign Service Officers who currently get two increments in two years will get three increments when she/he is moved to senior level. Perks enjoyed by an IFS Officer

  1. Wonderful accommodation of 2 or 3 BHK in cheap rates
  2. Car for commuting
  3. Household helpers and security guards
  4. Medical Treatment expenses
  5. Official vehicles
  6. Free electricity and water facility
  7. Free phone call facility
  8. Abroad study options
  9. Retirement benefits and Pension


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