UPSC IAS Officers’ Salary & Allowances

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

As you might know, from the Spiderman movies, there’s a common saying called, “With great powers, come great responsibilities.”

Well, this is certainly the case for IAS officers, but I’d like to further add to the saying that in the case of an IAS officer, “With greater responsibilities, comes an even great salary package”, and that these lucrative salary packages are one of the major reasons for why people want to become IAS officers so badly.

Now, an IAS officer does live a life of 24×7 service 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.

That said, in this article, I shall be talking to you about the salary of IAS officers, and the kind of allowances that they receive. Oh! and the salary structure of the IAS officer posts that I’ll be mentioning here is according to that which came after the 7th pay commission.

I shall also talk about the job profile of an IAS officer and the prospects that await a newly commissioned IAS officer in terms of career growth.

So. without wasting any more of your time let us get to it. 

Table of Content – UPSC IAS Officers’ Salary & Allowances

Salary of IAS 

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 monthly IAS salary in India starts from Rs. 56,100 (excluding DA, TA, and HRA). This value can go on to reach a monthly salary of Rs, 2,50,000, 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 monthly salary 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. 

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.

Salary Structure of an IAS Officer

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 IAS officers like House rent Allowances, Dearness Allowances, Travel Allowances, Medical, etc.  

I have not mentioned the allowances here because the government does not specifically give out details about what allowances are allocated for the various pay grades.   

This is also due to the reason that Allowances that IAS officers receive from the govt. 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

As I have already mentioned above, the salary structure above is devoid of the amount reserved for an IAS in the form of allowances. It is just a table with the basic pays of all the various IAS posts.

So let me clear it for you once and for all, the gross monthly salary or the total monthly salary of an IAS officer = Basic monthly pay + Allowances.

Allowances here are of 3 types, House Rent Allowance (HRA), Dearness Allowance (DA), and Travel Allowance (TA). Meaning that the toral monthly IAS salary = the Basic monthly pay + HRA +DA + TA.

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 of 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.

That said, the DA is not something like the HRA, as it depends on the rise and fall of inflation across the nation.

In short, the DA percentage is not static. It keeps changing with time.

TA (Travel Allowances)

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

Like 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.

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  

The IAS officer Job profile is something that varies from officer to officer depending on the type of assignments that they get. They can either be assigned a field job, or a job at a state secretariat, or a Public Sector Undertaking, or a job at the central secretariat. 

Now, as far as the most challenging out 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.  

With that, I think you can now draw a rough idea about what the Job profile of an IAS officer is, and so we bring this section to a close.  

Now it is time to know a bit about the prospects of career growth in the path of an IAS officer. 

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 an IAS Officer

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

Conclusion

With that said, I guess you now a have a clearer picture about 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 UPSC topic of IAS salary in India. Having said that I now bid you farewell. Until next time.

Have a great day! 

Founder & CEO of Anujjindal.in

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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.

UPSC IAS Officers’ Salary & Allowances

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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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    What is the salary of an IAS officer per month in India?

    The basic monthly salary of a newly recruited IAS officer is Rs. 56100 (excluding allowances like the HRA, TA, and DA). This salary is in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. If you want to know about the topic of IAS salary in detail, then please go through the article that I have written on the same above. 

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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 falls 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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    Is the IAS Officer Salary more than the IPS Officer Salary?

    The salary of IAS and IPS officers are the same at the junior posts, but when it comes to the top posts, the salary of an IAS is a tad bit higher than that of his IPS counterpart. However, I really do not think that it should matter to you that much. I’d recommend that you focus on your UPSC preparations for now. 

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

    Oh, yes! The government generally provides of free or highly subsidized electricity, water, gas, and telecommunication services. 

    Also, when IAS officers make trips to the various locations in the country for work, they get provided with extremely subsidized or free accommodations in the government guest houses, bungalows, etc.

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