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IAS Officer Salary Structure, Allowances & Job Profile 2023 

Topics Covered: IAS Officer Salary, Salary Structure (After 7th Pay Commission), IAS Salary in India, IAS Officer Allowances & Perks, Job Profile & Career Growth of an IAS Officer

There is an age-old saying which is also referenced in one of notable movies, “With great power, comes great responsibility”.  

Well, certainly in the case of civil servants, especially for an IAS officer, I would like to further add as “With great responsibility, comes a great salary package”.  

As civil servants hold key position in public administration, the renumeration of an IAS officer is highly desirable amongst the youth in the country.  

Apart from pride and prestige which is attached with this exam, the salary (along with allowances and other benefits) and the nature of work are some of the key factors behind the popularity of the exam. 

Now, an IAS officer does live a life of hard work and toil, but the Government takes great care to keep these able-bodied administrators of our nation, in the highest of their morale. 

It does so by providing them with not only handsome in-hand salary packages but also a host of allowances. 

With that said, it should also be mentioned that the salary and allowances of IAS officers increase with time, as they climb the administrative ladder to get promoted to the various high-ranking government posts. 

However, it should be noted that the IAS officers are not paid so well just because they are IAS officers per se. Rather it’s because they are able to do things that very few from the Indian workforce will be capable of doing. 

So, without wasting any more of your time let us get straight into understanding IAS salary 2023 by discussing the salary structure, Job Profile of an IAS officer and other important details such allowances, perks and career growth.    

Table of Content – UPSC IAS Officers’ Salary & Allowances 

Salary of IAS Officer 2023

In this section of the article, I have mentioned the topic of IAS officer salary in India in detail and also the salary structure/pay scale of IAS officers according to the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.  

Depending on the rank and years of service, the salary of an IAS officer is as follows: 

  • The basic IAS salary per month in India starts from Rs. 56,100. This value can go up to Rs 2,50,000 per month which is the salary of the post of Cabinet Secretary of India.  
  • However, the gross monthly salary typically varies from Rs. 56,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 (approx.) depending on the different allowances.  

Talking about the Gross monthly salary of an IAS officer, it comprises of DA, TA and HRA and it differs from state to state, district to district and the reason we cannot mention a standard Gross monthly salary for each of the IAS posts. 

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IAS Officer Salary Structure – 7th Pay Commission

To properly understand details regarding IAS salary 2023, I have mentioned in a tabulated form the salaries of IAS officers according to the various posts that they acquire according to the number of years of service that they put in.

Also, note that these salaries are in accordance with the 7th Pay commission. 

Basic Pay By Career Growth of UPSC IAS

IAS Officer Grade Pay 

Coming to the section of grade pay, the monthly salary of an IAS officer is divided into 8 grades with different grade pay along with the pay scale. As it is the case with the salary, the level for each grade pay depends on the seniority in work experience.  

To provide you a better picture of the same, I have provided the information on different grade pay of an IAS officer in a simplified manner: 

    • Junior scale – At the entry level and with no years of service, the pay scale of an officer ranges between Rs. 50,000- 1, 50, 000 with a grade pay of Rs. 16, 500.  
    • Senior time scale: After 5 years of service, the pay scale of an IAS officer varies between Rs. 50,000- 1, 50, 001 with an increase in the grade pay to Rs. 20,000.  
    • Junior administrative Grade: Upon completion of 9 years of service, the range of pay scale of an officer lies between Rs 50,000 – 1,50, 002 with a raise in the grade pay to Rs 23,000.  

The highest grade level is of Cabinet Secretary of India with Rs 2, 50, 000 (fixed) pay scale with no predefined years of service.  

IAS Salary in India:

Basic Pay (INR) Posts
State Secretariat District Administration Central Secretariat
56,100 Undersecretary Sub-Divisional Magistrate Assistant Secretary
67,700 Deputy Secretary Additional District Magistrate Undersecretary
78,800 Joint Secretary District Magistrate Deputy Secretary
1,18,500 Special Secretary-cum-Director District Magistrate Director
1,44,200 Secretary-cum-Commissioner Divisional Commissioner Joint Secretary
1,82,200 Principal Secretary Divisional Commissioner Additional Secretary
2,05,400 Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank
2,25,000 Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank Secretary
2,50,000 No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India

What is mentioned above in the table is the IAS salary in India excluding the various allowances that the government offers to these officers like House Rent Allowances, Dearness Allowances, Travel Allowances, Medical, etc. 

The reason these allowances don’t have a fixed value is that they differ according to the city of posting, and various other factors. 

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Anyway, I have gathered some info about the topic of the “IAS Officer Allowances”. Let me share it with you. 

IAS Officer Allowances

The allowances that an IAS officer gets form a major part of this gross monthly salary. Thus, it is important. to have an understanding of it. 

So let me clear it for you once and for all, allowances here are of multiple types – House Rent Allowance (HRA), Dearness Allowance (DA), Travel Allowance (TA), etc. Meaning that the gross monthly salary: 

Salary of an IAS officer (Gross Salary) = Basic monthly pay + Allowances. 

Let’s get to know them one by one. 

HRA (House Rent Allowances)

An IAS officer is eligible to receive an HRA when he needs to live in a rented accommodation at the place of his posting. His HRA depends on the kind of posting he gets. To put things into perspective, here are some points:

    • The HRA of an IAS officer is 24% of the Basic Salary if he gets posted in one of the 8 metro cities in India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune 
    • If the IAS officer gets posted into smaller cities with a population of above 5 lakhs, then he’s eligible for an HRA of 16% 
    • If the IAS officer gets posted into a rural area, then he’s eligible for an HRA of 8% 

You should note though that if the IAS officer chooses to reside in an official accommodation, he doesn’t receive an HRA.

DA (Dearness Allowances)

The DA is an allowance that the government pays to its employees to offset the effects of inflation and help them cope with the rising prices.

    • DA started from 0% after the 7th pay commission recommendation and it stands at 31%. As mentioned earlier, this component is linked to inflation.  
    • DA is revised twice a year based on the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee chaired by the Prime Minister. 

TA (Travel Allowances)

The TA is credited by the government into the accounts of the IAS officers to help them meet their travel expenses.

    • As the DA, the TA is also not something that is static. It changes from time to time, depending on the rise and fall of fuel prices. 
    • However, you should note that, if an IAS officer is given a government vehicle, then he doesn’t receive any TA. 
    • Apart from these other allowances and perks include medical expenses, electricity bills, water bills, mobile bills, abroad study option, pensions and retirement benefits, etc. 

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That brings us to the end of the section of IAS salary, let’s now get to know about the IAS officer job profile.

IAS Officer Other Facilities 

Along with being provided with lucrative salary and host of allowances, an IAS officer enjoys other benefits which come in form of facilities. I have mentioned below the following list of facilities which are provided to an administrative officer after getting selected: 

    • Place of residence: After coming into service, an IAS officer is allotted residence with at a minimal to no rent. Along with that, other services of cooks, maids, security guards and gardeners are made available to them.  
    • High Security: Due to demanding and dangerous nature of the job, officers are ensured with protection of security guards for themselves and their families.  
    • Subsidized bills and Transport: There is a provision of huge subsidy allotted on the supply of water, electricity, gas and telephone connection for the officers. With that, they are also facilitated vehicles with a driver for official purposes.  
    • Trips: Officers enjoy facility of subsidized accommodation in government guest houses whenever they make a visit to Delhi or can make use of this accommodation facility in their respective state bhavan.  
    • Study – Leaves: Another advantage offered to the officers is the allowance of 2 – 4 years of official study leave to pursue the courses of their interest in prestigious foreign universities, the cost of which is borne by the government. An important point to note here is that only officers who have completed a minimum of 7 years in the services are eligible to avail the service and are also required to sign a bond to serve a minimum time period on their return with the government.  
    • Job security: Since the procedure to discharge an IAS officer from his/her post is not easy and requires an elaborate investigation and inquiry as mandated by the constitution, therefore an officer enjoys this benefit of job security.  
    • Post- retirement benefits: After completing their tenure, IAS officers can also be appointed to tribunals and commissions. Apart from enjoying the lifetime pension and other retirement benefits, many officers are pursued by private consulting companies for making use of their work experience in administrative field.  

In addition to immense work responsibilities, the IAS officers also enjoy the above-mentioned facilities and perks which make their job profile so aspirational among a huge section of the population.  

Now, that we have discussed the facilities provided to IAS officer, it’s time to move on to the IAS Job profile.  

IAS Officer Job Profile 2023

The IAS officer Job profile is something that varies from officer to officer depending on the nature of assignments. They can either be assigned a field job, a job at a state secretariat, a public sector undertaking, or a job at the central secretariat.  

An IAS officer’s duties are monitoring the execution of government schemes and policies to responding with correct measures for handling disasters, natural calamities, riots or major accidents which take place in their jurisdiction.  

Administrative officers are also key players in coordinating relief activities during an emergency situation.  

The daily work routine of an IAS officer usually begins at 9:00 AM which would involve going through daily reports, supervising various tasks at hand of the department and making a field trip to ensure effective implementation of the policies in the district and attending to the public problems in the district they are posted to.   

These activities usually end by 5:00 PM. Extraordinary situations like emergencies or riots can put IAS officers to work beyond regular office hours.    

The IAS officer job profile as a district administrator would include responsibilities like: 

    • Managing and distributing the various funds allocated by the central government to a particular district as per government schemes.
    • Handling government and administrative affairs, such as framing, implementing, and reviewing policies.
    • Working with elected representatives and other government departments to successfully implement a scheme or a policy on the ground.
    • Attending to the needs and grievances of citizens and responding to emergencies such as earthquakes, or other natural disasters, riots, or accidents in their jurisdiction.

That was the IAS officer Job profile for an officer working field assignments. However, after the officers reach the level of a District Magistrate, they are usually assigned jobs at the central or the state secretariats.

Then, as officers working at the secretariats, they get to apply the learnings that they got from their administrative fieldwork to assist elected representatives of the centre and the states to formulate policies and manage government processes.

With that, we bring the section of the job profile of an IAS officer to a close.

Career Growth for an IAS Officer

With time a newly inducted IAS officer gets to don a lot of different hats in terms of postings and promotions: 

    • At first a newly recruited IAS trainee is sent to train at the LBSNAA at Mussoorie. 
    • There the recruit is trained to handle the various facets of administrative work and the nitty-gritties of being an IAS officer.
    • Once the training is over, the trainee then formally takes charge as an IAS officer at the post of SDM or Sub-divisional Magistrate. Depending on his performance as an SDM, he’s then given more responsibilities and further promoted to higher posts.
Promotions of UPSC IAS

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In the table given below, I have mentioned the various posts that an IAS officer can be promoted to in his/her administrative careerDo check it out.

Number of years required in service Posts
State Secretariat District Administration Central Secretariat
1-4 Undersecretary Sub-Divisional Magistrate Assistant Secretary
5-8 Deputy Secretary Additional District Magistrate Undersecretary
9-12 Joint Secretary District Magistrate Deputy Secretary
13-16 Special Secretary-cum-Director District Magistrate Director
16-24 Secretary-cum-Commissioner Divisional Commissioner Joint Secretary
25-30 Principal Secretary Divisional Commissioner Additional Secretary
30-33 Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank
34-36 Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank Secretary
37+ years No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India


With that, we come to the end of the section. Till now we have discussed in detail everything concerning the salary, allowances & perks, facilities and job profile of an IAS officer.

I hope you the detailed information helpful in your understanding of work profile and salary of an IAS officer. It’s time for me to bid you farewell and wish you all the best for future endeavors.  

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FAQs: UPSC IAS Officers’ Salary & Allowances

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    What is the starting salary of an IAS officer after the 7th Pay Commission? 

    The starting basic salary of an IAS officer is Rs. 56,100 per month. And that is just the basic IAS salary per month without taking into account all the perks and allowances that he is eligible to receive, like Dearness Allowance (DA), Transport Allowance (TA), and House Rent Allowance (HRA), and so on and so forth.

    Therefore, the starting gross salary can get close to Rs. 1,50,000 per month (depending on the DA & other allowances at the time).  

    Also, to note is that the base monthly salary of an IAS officer is when he’s been in the civil services for 1-4 years. So, after 4 years the basic monthly salary of IAS officers increases to 67,700 INR. However, since the question asks about the starting salary of an IAS officer, I will stop right there. 

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    Who pays the salary of an IAS officer? 

    This is an important question. So, the answer is, the state government pays the salary of IAS officers. Now, you might be thinking that how is this possible when the IAS officers have been selected via the UPSC, and not the State PSCs.

    Well, the explanation for this is that the salary of IAS officers is decided and fixed by the Union Government of India. However, it is the State government that pays the salary of IAS officers, to those assigned to the state in question. 

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    What is the salary of an IAS per day? 

    Well, I can tell you the basic monthly salary of an IAS officer who’s been in service for 1-4 years, and that is Rs. 56,100. That’s of course excluding all the allowances that he/she receives. 

    So, to find out the per day salary of the IAS officer we’d just need to divide the base monthly salary amount by 26, considering that Saturdays are mostly working for IAS officers. So the per day salary amounts to around Rs. 2,157 excluding daily allowances (HRA, DA etc.). 

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    Is the Salary of an IAS Officer more than that of an IPS Officer? 

    Yes, the IAS officer salary is slightly higher than that of an IPS officer, because the IAS officer mostly is a bit more superior in terms of power and importance.

    This can be assessed by the fact that there is usually only one IAS officer in an area, but the number of IPS officers present in an area can be decided according to the area’s requirement. 

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    What are the perks of an IAS Officer? 

    The perks of being an IAS officer are many. You’ll get: 

    • Travel Allowance 
    • Dearness Allowance 
    • House Rent Allowance 
    • Electricity & Water Bills 
    • Mobile Bills 
    • Medial Expenses 
    • Study Leaves of up to 2 years after a service of more than 7 years 
    • Abroad Study Option 
    • House Help Support 
    • Job Security 
    • Pension & Retirement Benefits 
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    What is HRA and DA for IAS Officer?

    HRA is basically short for House Rent Allowance, and DA is short for Dearness Allowance. These allowances form a pretty significant portion of an IAS officer’s gross monthly salary. 


    • 24% in Class X cities 
    • 16% in Class Y cities 
    • 8% in Class Z cities 

    However, HRA is linked to DA and will change once the DA crosses 50% and again when it crosses 100%. 


    The DA is linked to inflation and is revised twice a year. It is 31% as of December 2021. 

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    Does the government provide the electricity and other bills of an IAS officer? 

    Yes, that is usually the case, and even if it’s not, the costs are heavily subsidized. And it is not just the electricity bills, but the water bills, gas, and phone bills, that are also taken care of by the government.

    This is so because the IAS’ post is an extremely important post and demands that the officer in question be completely subservient to the act of solving the problems of the area that he is posted in. 

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    Do IAS officers get a salary during training? 

    Yes. IAS officers do get paid a monthly stipend of Rs 56,100 during their 2 year training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration or LBSNAA.   

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    What are the powers of an IAS officer? 

    The powers of an IAS officer are immense. They can either play their part at the state or at the central level.

    At the state level, an IAS officer is the one who fulfills the task of ensuring the smooth functioning of a district.

    Once an IAS officer proves his competence at the state level, he’s then handed greater responsibilities and is also made to do things like represent India on the world stage in a foreign country, or handle the functioning of a PSU, or become the Cabinet Secretary.  


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    How is HRA linked to DA? 

    HRA and DA are linked in the following manner:  

    When DA crosses 25%, HRA shall be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities respectively, and when DA crosses 50%, the HRA will further be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities, respectively.   

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    Which is the highest post in IAS?
    The highest position in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is the Cabinet Secretary of India.

    The Cabinet Secretary of India is one of highly important office holder as he/she works closely with the Prime Minister of India.

    An administrative officer becomes Cabinet secretary of India after serving for more than 37 years. The basic monthly salary of an IAS officer at the post of the Cabinet Secretary of India is Rs. 2,50,000. 


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    What is an IAS Officer job profile?
    The job profile of an IAS officer includes handling government and administrative affairs such as framing, implementing and reviewing of the policies as well as managing and distributing the various funds allocated by the central government to a particular district as per the government schemes.   

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    What are the working hours of an IAS Officer?
    Though the official working hours are considered to be 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., however there are no fixed number of hours an IAS officer must work. There are various factors that come into play such as roles and responsibilities, designation as well as extraordinary situations that demand attention.     

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