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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

It is no secret that a job of an IAS officer is highly desirable among the youth of the nation. There are many factors that attract people to a career in the IAS. Apart from pride and prestige, the salary (along with allowances and other benefits) and the nature of work are some of the key factors.

There is an age-old saying, also referenced in the Spiderman movies, “With great power, comes great responsibility”.

Well, this is certainly the case, but I’d like to further add to the saying that in the case of an IAS officer, “With great responsibility, comes a great salary package”.

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 to it.

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. With that said let me get straight to the point. The basic IAS salary per month in India starts from Rs. 56,100 (excluding DA, TA, and HRA). This value can go up to Rs, 2,50,000 per month which is the salary of the post of Cabinet Secretary of India. Talking about the Gross monthly salary of an IAS officer, it differs from state to state, district to district. That is because the gross IAS salary per month means includes things like the House rent allowances, and since the house rent allowances are different for different states, we cannot mention a standard Gross monthly salary for each of the IAS posts. However, the gross monthly salary typically varies from Rs. 56,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 (approx.) depending on the different allowances. Don’t worry if you are not aware of the topic of allowances. I’ve written about it in detail in the section down below. So, you won’t miss out on anything. Now let us take a look at the pay scale of IAS officers according to the 7th Pay Commission.

IAS Officer Salary Structure – 7th Pay Commission

Here 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 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. Anyway, I have gathered some info about the topic of the “IAS Officer: Allowances and perks”. 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 or the total monthly salary of an IAS officer = 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 setting, 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 of December 2021. 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.

However, remember that the DA had touched 107% of the Basic Pay in 2015 (before the 7th pay commission implementation).

Therefore, in the future, the DA part is expected to be significant in the salary of an IAS officer. Even more so, as some of the other allowances (including HRA) are linked to the DA crossing the 50% & 100% of basic pay.

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 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.

Now, as far as the most challenging of all the types of jobs that an IAS officer can be assigned to carry out, the most challenging is the one that he does in the field, like that of a district administrator.

The IAS officer job profile as a district administrator would include things 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.

Sounds challenging yet interesting right?

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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 jobs, responsibilities, postings, and promotions.

    • At first a newly recruited IAS trainee is sent to train at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (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 the higher posts.
Promotions of UPSC IAS

In the table given below, I have mentioned the various posts that an IAS officer can be promoted to. Do check it out. As for the salaries for each post, I think you’ve already gone through that in a similar table given above.

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 said, I guess you now have a clearer picture of what an IAS officer’s job is all about, his salary, and the career prospects that lie in his path.

Now, I think out of all that I have talked about, it’s the IAS salary that has caught your eye the most, and if it is indeed the case, I’d advise you to be cautious.

That’s because making the salary of IAS as the main motivation for appearing for the UPSC CSE exams is not going to help you clear it. Being an IAS officer is more than just the salary and allowances and power that it fetches.

It is more about the responsibility that rests on anyone filling in as an IAS officer. Therefore, someone that wants to become an IAS officer for money or power alone will never be able to make it through all the 3 rounds of the UPSC CSE selection process. Definitely not through the personal interview round.

If you want to know about the UPSC CSE selection process or the exam pattern, you’ll find a blog pertaining to the same on my website itself.

That brings us to the end of this article. I hope it has helped you clear all your doubts about the topic of an IAS salary in India. Having said that I now bid you farewell. Until next time.

Have a great day!

CEO of Anujjindal.in

About Anuj Jindal

Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

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 monthly salary of an IAS officer 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 this 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? 

    Oh yes! IAS officers do get paid even during their training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration or LBSNAA. During the time they spend training to become able administrators, they get paid a monthly stipend. 

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    Which is the highest-paid post through the IAS Exam? 

    The highest-paid post that one can reach through the IAS exam is that of the Cabinet Secretary of India. 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 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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