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Salary of an IAS Officer

The salary that comes with the post of an IAS officer should not be the only reason you want to succeed at...

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Salary of an IAS Officer

The salary that comes with the post of an IAS officer should not be the only reason you want to succeed at the UPSC examinations. After all, the job comes with a huge array of responsibilities and demands a huge amount of respect. However, in case the job really is what you are after, the salary is a quite a decent compensation for your hard work. Let us examine the details below:

Salary of an IAS officer: 7th Pay Commission Recommendations

The starting salaries of all Civil Servants (Group A) are the same (Pay Level 10).

7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on 29th June 2016. Now the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers is Rs. 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at Rs.2,50,000.

Salary Breakup

Total Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

The above-mentioned figures are basic salaries. You may also be entitled to HRA, DA and TA.

HRA would be 8-24% of Basic Salary. If you are getting official accommodation, HRA part won’t be credited to your salary.

DA would start from 0% after 7th pay commission recommendation. This component would be linked to inflation. But remember that DA had touched 107% of Basic Salary of government officers in 2015 and in future, the DA part would be significant. DA is revised on half yearly basis (January and July every year) depending on the inflation index (CPI).

You will also be given Travel Allowance (TA) to meet various expenses related to travel.

Note: There was another component called grade pay in government officers salary before. Now, this part has been removed.

Thus, it can be seen that the total salary of entry-level IAS officers would be Rs 56100 + DA + House Rent Allowance + Transport Allowance.

The structure and goes up to Pay Level 18.

Understanding IAS officer’s salary structure: Based on 7th Pay Commission Recommendations

A new Pay Matrix system has been introduced by the commission, which contains as many as 18 horizontal levels to take care of fixation of pay on MACP or Promotion. The vertical range for each of these 18 levels is meant for fixation of pay by providing annual increment.

7th Pay Commission has done away with the Pay Band – Grade Pay System that existed before. The previous pay bands are shown for comparison purpose only. The new Pay Levels are highlighted row-wise (1-18) from left to right in the above table. Within the same column, if you go downward, the pay for the next years are mentioned.

  •  IAS officers are usually promoted every 4-5 years.
  • The IAS officers get two extra-increment (6%) when they are Level 11, 12 and 13.
  • After the level 14 salaries of all officers are same.

Pay Level for each rank

The Pay Levels for each rank are as follows:

  • Level 10: (1-4yrs) ASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 11: (5-8 yrs) SP/DM/Deputy Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 12: (9-12 yrs) SSP/DM (DS in GOS)/Joint Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 13: ( 13-16 yrs) SSP/DM (Director in Government of India)/Additional Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 13A: (14th yr) DIG (No parallel Scale in IAS or IRS)
  • Level 14: (16-24 yrs) IG/Commissioner (IAS/IRS)/JS in GOI
  • Level 15: ( 25-30 yrs) ADG/Additional Secretary in GOI/Principal Secretary in State/ Principal Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 16: (30-33 yrs) Additional Chief Secretary /DG/Chief Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 17: (34-36 yrs) Chief Secretary/DG/Secretary of GOI/ Principal Chief Commissioner in IRS
  • Level 18: (37+ yrs) Cabinet Secretary to Government of India

HRA and Transport Allowance for Central Government Employees as recommended by 7th Pay Commission

HRA @ 24%, 16%, and 8% have been proposed for X, Y and Z class cities respectively. 7th Pay Commission has also recommended for enhancement of HRA while DA crosses 50% and 100%. As far as Transport Allowance is concerned, there is no increase. DA @ 125% has been merged with existing Transport Allowance.

Scales of IAS officers (Approx.)

  1. Junior Scales (0-4 years)
  2. Senior Scales (4-9 years)
  3. — Senior Timescale (4 years+)
  4. — Junior Administrative grade (9 years+)
  5. Selection Grade (13 years+)
  6. Super Times Scale(16 year+)
  7. Above Super Time Scale(25 years+)

The old pay structure according to 6th Central Pay Commission was as below:

Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS officer Number of years required in service Post
Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400 Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)
Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100 6600 5 District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100 7600 9 Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection Grade 37400 – 67000 8700 12 – 15 Secretary to a Ministry
Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700 17 – 20 Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 12000 Varies Varies
Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA Varies Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed) NA Varies Cabinet Secretary of India

The basic pay at the entry level increases 3% each year at the starting level. At the Cabinet Secretary level, it is fixed. The Dearness Allowance increases 0-14% each year at the entry level. At the highest level, DA could increase. Youngsters should remember that the IAS pay scale in India should not be the only criterion for them to join the services. The civil service is an opportunity to serve the nation and make a positive impact on the lives of the people of the country.

Difference in the salary of an IAS and IPS

IAS and IPS both share the responsibility of maintaining the law and order in the country and they are equally respected in the society. In the following article, we have tried to describe the difference in the pay scale of IAS and IPS officers according to the designation and post.

Being an IAS, IPS or IFS officer is a privilege in itself. They are considered to the flag bearers of Indian Democracy. IAS and IPS officers have different but specific roles in the executive management where an IPS is often in charge of the Law and order situation in the district. But even if the role of an IPS is not less than any IAS officer but the designation and salary difference remains.

Salary, Perks, facilities of an IAS Officer

Here, in the following article, we have tried to describe the difference in the pay scale of IAS and IPS officers according to the designation and post.

IAS Salary:

An IAS officer’s salary structure consists of different Pay Scales: Junior Scale, Senior Scales, Super Time Scale, Above Super Time Scales etc. Each of the pay scales further consists of different pay bands. IAS officers may also be entitled to HRA (40% of Basic or official accommodation), DA (the DA has increased from 72% in 2012 to 107% of Basic Salary in 2015), TA etc. DA is revised on half yearly (January and July every year) basis depending on the inflation index.

Difference between IAS and PCS Officer

Apart from the satisfaction and pride of serving the country, the job of an IAS officer comes with a host of other perks and facilities that even CEO’s of private companies can’t expect.

IPS Salary:

Rank Time-scale Pay Scale Grade
SP     Junior Scale Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs. 5400
  Senior Scale Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs.6600
  Junior Administrative Grade Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs.7600
  Selection Grade Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 8700
DIG Super-time Scale Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 8900
IG Super-time Scale Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 10000
ADG Above Super-time Scale Rs. 67000 – 79000 Nil
DG Above Super-time Scale HAG Rs. 75500 – 80000 (Increment @3%) Nil
    Rs. 80000 Fixed Nil

The police force is a place where you really can make a difference to society at all levels. While the IAS is a generalist service, the IPS focuses exclusively on matters of law and order although this provides for a wider canvass to perform than most of us might think. A police officer could be doing anything from organizing traffic duties to managing the regulations to drive the commercial and civil life and protecting the lives and property of citizens.

Appraisal of an IPS

The job profile of an IPS can never be defined as he does a lot of work like he leads all security commands, maintains peace, security for VIP’s, manages disaster and crisis, implements the Laws at the regional level, prevent even the economic offences, Commanding Police Forces and collaborating with the Indian Army.

IPS Officers Salary according to the 7th pay commission is given in the below table:  

Rank Time-scale Pay Scale Grade
SP     Junior Scale Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs. 5400
  Senior Scale Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs.6600
  Junior Administrative Grade Rs. 15600 – 39100 Rs.7600
  Selection Grade Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 8700
DIG Super-time Scale Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 8900
IG Super-time Scale Rs. 37400 – 67000 Rs. 10000
ADG Above Super-time Scale Rs. 67000 – 79000 Nil
DG Above Super-time Scale HAG Rs. 75500 – 80000 (Increment @3%) Nil
    Rs. 80000 Fixed Nil

Other Perks:

IAS and IPS officers also enjoy several other benefits in the form of PF, Gratuity, Healthcare services, lifetime pension, residence, service quarter, transportation, household staff, study leave and several other retirement benefits. These are just some of the major perks and facilities that are enjoyed by IAS and IPS officers in India.

Conclusion:

 IAS and IPS officers are responsible for the maintenance of law and order, revenue administration and general administration in the area under them. The major reason for having a permanent lobby of bureaucrats is that they act as an intermediate between public and government by good execution and deliverance skills.

Salary, Perks, Powers of the IAS and IPS services are some of the motivators for the IAS Preparation. Facilities provided to an IPS, IAS and IFS Officers are among the best facilities in the country. Being an IAS, IPS or IFS officer is a matter of pride in itself. However, despite all the powers and prestige that the post of these officers brings to the table; the salary scale varies among them. This can also be noted that civil servants including the top ranking all-India service officer including IAS, IPS or IFS officers earn relatively lower salaries compared to their counterparts in private sector.

Of course, the IAS/IPS/IRS post needs rewards for all the hard work you did. The government should pay you well to have a decent living, but the perks and allowances should never be the attraction for aiming for Civil Services. As the name suggests, it is a service for the nation.

Written by Payal Ghosh
Payal is an FRM and an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus interested in things as diverse as Waste Management and photography. She has over 16 years of work experience and is passionate about writing, teaching and sustainable living. Helping students and seeing them succeed makes gives her motivation to push herself further. Profile

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