Salary of an IAS Officer: How Much you can Earn per Month after Clearing the UPSC Exam

IAS Salary

The salary that comes with the post of an IAS officer should not be the only reason you want to succeed at the union public service commission 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 per month is quite a decent compensation for your hard work. Let us examine the details below:

What is the Salary per Month of an IAS Officer after the 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 ₹ 56,100. 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 ₹ 2,50,000.

Salary Breakup of an IAS Officer

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 to 24% of the basic salary. If you are getting official accommodation, HRA won’t be credited to your salary.

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

An IAS officer will also be given travel allowance (TA) to meet various expenses related to travel.

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

Thus, it can be seen that the total per month salary of entry-level IAS officers would be ₹ 56100 + DA + house rent allowance + transport allowance.

This structure goes up to pay level 18.

Understanding the Salary Structure post 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 purposes 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 is mentioned.

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

Pay Level for Each Rank

The pay levels for each rank are mentioned below:

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

HRA and Transport Allowance for Central Government Employees

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.

Approximate Scales of IAS Officers

  • Junior scales (0-4 years)
  • Senior scales (4-9 years)
  • Senior time scale (4 years+)
  • Junior administrative Grade (9 years+)
  • Selection grade (13 years+)
  • Super times scale (16 year+)
  • Above super time scale (25 years+)

The Old Salary per Month Structure according to the 6th Central Pay Commission:

Grade

Pay Scale

Grade Pay of IAS officer

Number of years required in service

Post

Junior or lower time scale

₹ 15,600 to ₹ 39,100

₹ 5,400

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)

 

Senior time scale

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 6,600

5

District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

Junior administrative

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 7,600

9

Special Secretary or the Head of various government departments

Selection grade

₹ 37,400 – ₹ 67,000

₹ 8,700

12 – 15

Secretary to a Ministry

Super time scale

₹ 37,400 – ₹ 67,000

₹ 8,700

17 – 20

Principal Secretary of a very important department of the Government

Above super time scale

₹ 37,400 – ₹ 67,000

12,000

Varies

Varies

Apex scale

₹ 80,000 (Fixed)

NA

Varies

Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

Cabinet secretary grade

₹ 90,000 (Fixed)

NA

Varies

Cabinet Secretary of India

 

  • The basic pay at the entry-level increases by 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 preparing for the exam 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.

The 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 as 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 remain.

Salary, Perks, Facilities of an IAS Officer

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 a 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 the CEO’s of private companies can’t expect.

Salary per Month of an IPS Officer

Rank

Time-scale

Pay Scale

Grade

SP     

Junior scale

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 5,400

 

Senior scale

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39, 100

₹ 6,600

 

Junior administrative grade

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 7,600

 

Selection grade

₹ 37,400 – ₹67,000

₹ 8,700

DIG

Super time scale

₹ 37, 400 – ₹ 67,000

₹ 8,900

IG

Super time scale

₹ 37,400 –  ₹ 67,000

₹ 10,000

ADG

Above super time scale

₹ 67, 000 – ₹ 79,000

Nil

DG

Above super time scale

HAG ₹ 75,500 – ₹ 80,000 (Increment @3%)

Nil

 

 

₹ 80,000 Fixed

Nil

The police force is a place where you really can make a difference in 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, prevents even the economic offences, commanding police forces and collaborating with the Indian Army.

IPS Officers Salary according to the 7th Pay Commission

Rank

Time-scale

Pay Scale

Grade

SP     

Junior scale

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 5,400

 

Senior scale

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39, 100

₹ 6,600

 

Junior Administrative Grade

₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100

₹ 7,600

 

Selection grade

₹ 37,400 – ₹67,000

₹ 8,700

DIG

Super time scale

₹ 37, 400 – ₹ 67,000

₹ 8,900

IG

Super time scale

₹ 37,400 –  ₹ 67,000

₹ 10,000

ADG

Above super time scale

₹ 67, 000 – ₹ 79,000

Nil

DG

Above super time scale

HAG ₹ 75,500 – ₹ 80,000 (Increment @3%)

Nil

 

 

₹ 80,000 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 items
  • Study leave
  • 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 motivations for the IAS exam 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 officers including IAS, IPS or IFS officers earn relatively lower salaries compared to their counterparts in the private sector.

Of course, the IAS/ IPS/ IRS post deserves rewards for all the hard work they did. The government should pay them 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.

So now that you have got the idea about how much you can earn once you clear both the prelims exams and mains, how do you plan to start? Have you already started looking for IAS exam study materials ? Comment to let us know how you wish to begin your preparation.

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