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What is the Salary of an IAS Officer and Other Perks?

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The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the administrative arm of the All India Services of the Government of India. It is one of the three arms of AIS, the other two being the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). It is regarded as the premier central civil service of India. IAS officers serve both the central government as well as the individual states. 

This article discusses the salary structure of an IAS officer as per the 7th pay commission as well as the perks enjoyed by an IAS officer, the work he performs and more.

Did you know?

Every year a total of 180 IAS officers are appointed after clearing the IAS examination.

How Much is the Salary of an IAS Officer at Different Stages?

Union Public Sector Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency that conducts the Civil Service Examinations, which recruits IAS officers, and is considered the most difficult examination in India.

So, let's find out about the salary structure or the IAS pay scale of an IAS officer in this article after clearing such a difficult exam. The number of IAS officers is just 4926 compared to the current population of 1403,309,897, which is 0.00035%, not even 0.5%. Seeing this, one can understand why IAS officers are given so much respect.

IAS Officer Salary Structure

The Union Government of India fixes the salary of an IAS officer. It is paid from the state funds. The 7th pay commission determines the salary at present (which will be further discussed in this topic), but before this, the 6th pay commission determined it. Salary consists of basic salary plus dearness allowance (DA) plus House Rent Allowance (HRA), usually 24% of basic salary. The basic salary of an IAS officer in India starts from ₹56,100, which is the starting salary of IAS and goes up to ₹2,50,000, depending on several factors. However, gross salary cannot be determined because it differs from state to state. This is because it includes HRA (House Rent Allowance), which differs state-wise. However, the gross monthly salary of an IAS officer is roughly between ₹56,000 - ₹1,50,000 approximately, which will differ due to allowance.

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Salary Structure of an IAS Officer

District Administration – 7th Pay Commission

  • For Pay level 10, Sub-Divisional Magistrate for which work experience ranges between 1-and 4 years and the basic pay is ₹56,100
  • For Pay level 11, the Additional District Magistrate for work experience ranges between 5 and 8 years, and the basic pay is ₹67,700
  • For Pay level 12, District Magistrate for which work experience ranges between 9-12 years and the basic pay is ₹78,800
  • For Pay level 13, District Magistrate for which work experience ranges between 13-16 years and the basic pay is ₹1,18,500
  • For Pay level 14, Divisional Commissioner for which work experience ranges between 16-24 years and the basic pay is ₹1,44,200
  • For Pay level 15, Divisional Commissioner for which work experience ranges between 25-30 years and the basic pay is ₹1,82,200

Salary Structure of an IAS Officer: State Secretariat – 7th Pay Commission

  • For Pay level 10, Undersecretary for which work experience ranges between 1-4 years and the basic pay is ₹56,100
  • For Pay level 11, Deputy Secretary for which work experience ranges between 5-8 years and the basic pay is ₹67,700.
  •  For Pay level 12, Joint Secretary for which work experience ranges between 9-12 years and the basic pay is ₹78,800.
  •  For Pay level 13, Special Secretary-cum-Director for which work experience ranges between 13-16 years and the basic pay is ₹1,18,500
  • For Pay level 14, Secretary-cum-Commissioner for which work experience ranges between 16-24 years and the basic pay is ₹1,44,200.
  •  For Pay level 15, Principal Secretary for which work experience ranges between 25-30 years and the basic pay is ₹1,82,200
  • For Pay level 16, Additional Chief Secretary for which work experience ranges between 30-33 years and the basic pay is ₹2,05,400
  • For Pay level 17 Chief Secretary for which work experience ranges between 34-36 years and the basic pay is ₹2,25,000

Salary Structure of an IAS Officer: Central Secretariat – 7th Pay Commission

  • For Pay level 10, Assistant Secretary for this, work experience ranges between 1-4 years and the basic pay offered is ₹56,100.
  •  For Pay level 11, Undersecretary for this, work experience ranges between 5-8 years and the basic pay offered is ₹67,700
  • For Pay level 12, Deputy Secretary for this, work experience ranges between 9-12 years and the basic pay offered is ₹78,800
  • For Pay level 13, Director for this, work experience ranges between 13-16 years, and the basic pay offered is ₹1,18,500
  • For Pay level 14, Joint Secretary for this, work experience ranges between 16-24 years and the basic pay offered is ₹1,44,200.
  •  For Pay level 15, Additional Secretary for this, work experience ranges between 25-30 years and the basic pay offered is ₹1,82,200
  • For Pay level 17, Secretary for this, work experience ranges between 30-33 years and the basic pay offered is ₹2,25,000
  • For Pay level 18 Cabinet Secretary of India, work experience ranges between 34-36 years, and the basic pay offered is ₹2,50,000. The following is being presented in table form below.

What is the 7th Pay Commission?

Just like we have a finance department, to decide the salaries of the various employees, the government has set up an official body called the pay commission. This pay commission recommends salary to the government employee. The pay commission was established in 1956. The most recent pay commission was formed in February 2014. This is the 7th pay commission, also called the 7th CPC. Because of this, UPSC students get attracted as the salary/pay scale of all officers will be the same depending upon their posts. For example, the starting salary of IAS is ₹56100 and goes up to the maximum of ₹2,50,000 (Cabinet Secretary of India). The salary of IAS officers as per the 7th pay commission also includes (DA, TA, HRA). The below chart shows the salary of IAS officers of different posts.

IAS Salary: Perks and Other Benefits

An IAS officer enjoys many perks and benefits. A few of them are:

Total salary =Basic pay Dearness allowance + Travelling allowance + House Rent Allowance

Basic Pay

  • Basic pay is the amount that excludes all allowance and gratuity. As per the 7th pay commission, it is the starting salary of IAS, i.e., ₹56100 is the IAS salary per month.
  • At the starting level, the basic salary increases by 3% each year until they are a sub-divisional manager. This is not applicable in the case of the Cabinet Secretary as it is fixed.

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

  • The HRA is usually between 8% to 24% of the basic salary.
  • HRA depends upon the city of posting of the candidate. Hence HRA is not fixed as it varies from city to city & state to state.
  • However, the HRA amount will not be credited/added to the salary amount if the candidate resides in accommodation provided by the government.

Dearness Allowance (DA)

  • Dearness allowances have increased from 72% to 107% of basic salary.
  • Dearness allowance will increase twice a year, i.e., half yearly/6 months (January & July). DA will be increased based on the inflation index. It is calculated as per the consumer price index (CPI).
  • Dearness allowance forms an extremely important part of the salary of an IAS officer.

Travel Allowance (TA)

  • An IAS officer gets subsidised government accommodation. Even an IAS officer can book a room in state Bhavan whenever he visits Delhi. The government provides many other such travelling allowances to IAS officers. 
  • If an IAS officer has been provided a vehicle by the government, they cannot claim a travel allowance.

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Medical Allowance

  • Medical expenses also form part of the salary of an IAS. Medical expenses are reimbursed by the employer to the employee when the employee incurs any medical expenses.

So, the above written are few of the allowance enjoyed by the IAS, which are included in the salary. And few other perquisites and benefits are 

  • They are offered a bungalow or big house by the government of India for residential purposes, with low or no rent, along with security guards, housemaids, chief, etc.
  • The government itself meets electricity charges, water charges and phone connections.
  • They get a lifetime pension and other retirement benefits.
  • They are given a chauffeur-driven car for official as well as unofficial purposes.
  • On completion of 7 years of service, an IAS officer, at his discretion, can go for a study leave for 2 years in any renowned foreign institute, the cost/expenses of which will be borne by the government. And many such other benefits.

Though the amount of salary received by an IAS is less than a private sector employee, the motive behind clearing UPSC should not only be to earn a huge sum of money. Even if the pay scale of an IAS officer is not very attractive, the other perks and benefits from the government you receive are uncountable. No work gets so much respect from the people of India. Therefore, you get an opportunity to serve our nation. Your motive should be to work hard for our country and make the life of many people easy being an IAS officer. You will have immense power in implementing the policies of the country in different sectors such as social, education, health, etc.

Conclusion

Now you know all the details of salary and the perk and other benefits which the IAS officer enjoys!
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FAQs

Q: What does an IAS do/ what are they responsible for?

Ans:

An IAS officer is responsible for the administration and development of the country. They do many things that greatly impact society at large, but the primary responsibility of an IAS officer is administration and development.

Q: What is the in-hand salary of an IAS officer at the starting level?

Ans:

The total salary of an IAS officer is TA = Basic pay plus HRA plus DA plus TA. In this, the basic pay at the starting level is ₹56,100 and HRA plus DA plus TA, which ranges from ₹56,100 to ₹1,32,000.

Q: What is the highest designation, and what is the pay scale of an IAS officer at that level?

Ans:

The highest designation of an IAS officer is Cabinet Secretary of India, and the pay scale is ₹2,50,000 per month.

Q: Does an IAS officer get paid during the period of training?

Ans:

Yes,they get a salary of around ₹50,000 during the training period.

Q: What is the starting salary of an IAS officer per month?

Ans:

The starting salary of an IAS officer is around ₹56,100 per month.

Q: Who decides and pays the salary of an IAS officer?

Ans:

It is an important question, the salary is fixed and decided by the Union Government of India, and the State Government pays the salary to the IAS officer.

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