IAS Salary 2024: Grade-wise Officer Pay Scale, Allowances

Indian Administrative Services 2024 ( IAS )

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Rachit Kumar Saxena

Rachit Kumar SaxenaManager-Editorial

Updated on Jan 29, 2024 19:53 IST

The Union Public Service Commission provide information about the IAS salary in the official notification. The IAS and other Civil Servants' salary in the official notification. The Commission mention only the basic salary of the posts and does not mention the perks and benefits availed by the selected officers. The salary of an IAS officer is fixed by the Ministry of Personnel, Union Government of India. The state government has to pay the salary to the IAS officers assigned to the state. The state has no power to reduce the salary of an IAS officer. Moreover, they are obliged to keep the salaries of the state officers in check with the salary of an IAS officer of the same seniority. This remains a matter of discord between the small states and the Central government. Though IAS Salary is one of the motivational factors for some of the IAS aspirants the majority of candidates consider it secondary in comparison to the power of doing good to society, prestige and status. The higher number of applications in the IAS exam is one of the results of the fact that the IAS is the highest-paying generalist job in the nation. 

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The IAS salary is also commensurate with the social status of the IAS officers. But the salary of IAS does not work as the sole motivating factor for the candidates. It is the responsibilities and the opportunities to serve society that motivates the candidates. Salary of IAS officers after the 7th Pay Commission provided a much-required hike to maintain the social status of the post. IAS salary though is not a major motivational factor for the candidates preparing for IAS exam but it is a matter of concern for the IAS officers because it is a monthly affair and less salary will demotivate the IAS officers in the long term. 

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The Government of India implemented the recommendations of the 7th pay commission in 2016. Though the Central Government accepted the 7th Pay Commission recommendations but with some modifications. All the IAS officers selected do not hold the post of the Cabinet Secretary but the candidates who top the IAS exam got the opportunity to become the Cabinet Secretary.

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IAS Officers Salary

IAS officers' salary is governed by their grades. The grades are assigned to the IAS officers based on their number of years in the service. The IAS officers are regularly upgraded to the upper grade based on their years of experience. Sometimes they are promoted based on their performance. The grades of the IAS officers are summarised below:

Grade

Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Years of Service Required

Junior Scale

50,000 - 1,50,000

16,500

NA

Senior Time Scale

50,000 - 1,50,001

20,000

5 years

Junior Administrative Grade

50,000 - 1,50,002

23,000

9 years

Selection Grade

1,00,000 - 2,00,000

26,000

12 to 15 years

Super Time Scale

1,00,000 - 2,00,000

30,000

17 to 20 years

Above Super Time Scale

1,00,000 - 2,00,000

30,000

Varies

Apex Scale

2,25,000 (Fixed)

NA

Varies( around 30 years)

Cabinet Secretary Grade

2,50,000 (Fixed)

NA

Varies

The salary of an IAS officer is not very significant when compared to similar positions in the private sector but it is the authority associated with the position which makes all the difference. After the 7th pay commission recommendation, the salary of IAS officers was increased significantly but still, it is meagre in comparison to the private sector. IAS officers are the top officers of the Indian administrative structure. IAS officers are at the top of the bureaucratic pyramid.

IAS Officer Allowances & Perks

The IAS Salary structure is divided into eight grades. Each grade has a fixed basic pay and grade pay. This component of the IAS Salary is fixed throughout the grade. The IAS salary comprises the basic pay, grade pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Medical Allowance and Conveyance Allowance. 

Dearness Allowance (DA)

The DA depends on the city of posting and it differs from city to city. DA is the most important component of IAS salary and it is increased by the government from time to time. It is increased up to 103% of the basic salary. The Union government periodically revise the DA for the employees and sometimes merge it with the basic salary. The state government follow the suit in most cases and the 

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

HRA ranges from 8% to 24% of the basic salary. The pay structure as devised by the 7th pay commission does not provide the detail of the salary but provides clear information regarding the maximum and minimum salary of IAS officers within a grade. The payscale is further supported by Grade Pay, DA, HRD and several other benefits. 

See here: IPS Salary and allowances

IAS Pay Level and Posts

The salary of an IAS officer is further explained as per the number of service years and the Pay Level as follows.

Pay Level
(years in service)

Basic Pay

(INR)

Post
10
(1-4 years)
56100 Sub-divisional magistrate in District Administration
Undersecretary in State Secretariat
Assistant Secretary in Central Secretariat
11
(5-8 years)
67,700 Additional district magistrate in District Administration
Deputy Secretary in State Secretariat
Under-Secretary in Central Secretariat
12
(9-12 year)
78,800 District magistrate in District Administration
Joint Secretary  in State Secretariat
Deputy Secretary in Central Secretariat
13
(13-16 years)
1,18,500 District magistrate in District Administration
Special secretary-cum-director  in State Secretariat
Director in Central Secretariat
14
(16-24 years)
1,44,200 Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Secretary-cum-commissioner in State Secretariat
Joint Secretary in Central Secretariat
15
(25-30 years)
1,82,200 Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Principal Secretary in State Secretariat
Additional secretary in Central Secretariat
16
(30-33 years)
2,05,400 Additional Chief Secretary in State Secretariat
17
(34-36 years)
2,25,000 Chief Secretary in State Secretariat
Secretary in Central Secretariat
18
(37+ years)
2,50,000 Cabinet Secretary of India

Now we will describe each grade.

Junior Scale Grade

Junior Scale is the first grade assigned to the IAS probationers. The post included in the junior grade are:

  • Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs)
  • Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs)
  • Sub-Collector (After completion of Two- years of Completion)

The post differed from state to state and depends on the state nomenclature of the administrative structure.

Senior Time Scale Grade

Senior Time Scale is the second in the line and assigned to the IAS officers who have completed 5 years of service. The posts included in the senior time scale grade are

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

Junior Administrative Grade

Junior Administrative Grade is the next in line and as the name suggest, it is assigned to the IAS officers who complete 9 years in the services and becomes a member of the administrative group in the state bureaucracy. Some posts included in this grade are as follows.

  • Special Secretary to the Government of India 
  • Head of Various Government Departments in the state government

Selection Grade

The selection grade is assigned to the IAS officers who complete 12 to 15 years in service. This is the most opportune time for the IAS officer. At this stage, he plays a very important role in policy decisions.

  • Secretary to a Ministry
  • Director in a field organisation

Super Time Scale

This grade is assigned to the IAS officers when they complete 17 to 20 years in the service. The officers don’t follow a regular posting because the postings depend on the will of state governments. Besides, the state cadre strength also plays its role here. The most important posts included in this grade is

  • Principal Secretary

Above Super Time Scale

This grade is assigned after 20 years of service. After 20 years of service, the IAS officer keeps getting the grades and the salary increases with the grade, but the posting depends on the will of the government. The records and performance play a very important role in the posting. The post also varies in this grade. 

Apex Scale

The Apex scale is the second top grade in India and only second to the Cabinet Secretary Grade. The officers were assigned to this grade only after they achieved success in their previous postings. The posting in this grade depends on the performance and the will of the government. Some posts included in this grade are as follows

  • Chief Secretary of States
  • Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of the Government of India such as the Home Secretary, Finance Secretary

Cabinet Secretary Grade

This is the apex of the pyramid of IAS salary grades in India. Cabinet Secretary is the top officer of India. The IAS officer for this post is hand-picked by the Prime Minister of India and he can choose from a list of officers provided to him by the Ministry of Personnel.

One of the most important parts in relation to the IAS salary is that the salary is decided and fixed by the Union Government of India, but it is paid from the State funds. The state to which the IAS officer is assigned pays the salary and the other benefits.

See here: Designations and post occupied by IAS officers

IAS Salary in India

IAS officers get a decent salary and above it, they get allowances for all the major expenses done in a month. In addition, the IAS enjoys various facilities provided to the posts. IAS salaries in India differs from state to state, Post to post within a state and Grade to grade in case of Ministerial postings. 

IAS Officers Power

The Power of an IAS officer depends upon its place of posting and the department assigned. The IAS posted as a District Magistrate will have more powers in comparison to the IAS posted as director of Civil Supplies or dairy production. Though the salary of an IAS officer remains the same except for some of the allowances paid during the field postings.

IAS Officer Salary 2024 FAQs

Q. Is the salary of an IAS is more than an IPS?

A. Yes, the salary of an IAS officer is more than the IPS officer when both have the same service period. The IPS salary is slightly less than the IAS officers salary. Though both the post compliment each other because Peace and Development go hand in hand. The IPS officer report to the district magistrate in the district. The irony is that even the Home Secrtary is an IAS officer at the central level. 

Q. What is the salary of an IAS officer?

A. The salary of an IAS officer varies with his grade. The IAS pay grade is defined by the DoPT. The Junior Grade (at the time of joining) is 50000 -150000. In addition to the basic salary, IAS officer also gets Dearness Allowance, HRA (based on the city of residence) and various other allowances. The salary of an IAS Officer increases with time and grade. DA differs from State to State where the IAS is serving.

Q. Does the government provides the electricity and other bills of an IAS officer?

A. In the field posting, if the camp office is attached to the residence of the IAS officer, the electricity bills are deposited by the government. But in all other cases, there is no such provision. The IAS officer is the topmost functionalry of the Indina bureacratice structure. IAS is the decision making authority at the district level and the IAS officer is the person whom all the directors of specialised agency report. 

Q. Is the salary of an IAS officer highest in India?

A. The DoPT provided the highest pay grade to the Cabinet Secretary of India. In the IAS officers across India, Cabinet Secretary has the highest salary among the IAS officers. He directly report to the Prime Minister of India and the Prime Minister hand pick such officers for the post of Cabinet Secrretary. The Union Ministers are required to take his approval in some matters. The candidates who topped the Civil Service Exam are generally appointed to the Cabinet Secretary post. 

Q. Does the IAS Salary package include mobile and telephone expenses?

A. In the case of IAS officer, th e monthly allowance is fixed for the telephone. Over and above that limit, the IAS officer has to pay the access amount of bill by themselves. The government pay the bill for t he official mobile number allotted from the department to the IAS officer. 

Q. What are the perks of IAS Officer?

A. There are various perks enjoyed by the IAS officer during the field posting. It includes the vehicle (maximum three), security, free passes to the events occurring in his jurisdiction, even free cricket passes are also provided to the IAS officers.

Q. Does IAS officer get salary during the training period?

A. Yes, the selected candidates are called Officer Trainee in the LBSNNA. They get an approximate salary of seventy thousand (Basic 56100+DA-9%+ Grade Pay + other allowances). No HRA is given during the training period and where the accommodation is provided by the government.

Q. What is HRA and DA for IAS Officer?

A. Dearness Allowance is fixed by the Union Government from time to time. The House Rent Allowance (HRA) differs from city to city. HRA is not provided to the IAS officers who take the government accomodation. The DA is based on the basic pay scale of the IAS Pay level. The percentage of DA will be fixed by the Government of India and paid by the State Government.

Q. What is the salary of IAS after 7th Pay Commission?

A. The salary an IAS officer was considerably redefined by the 7th pay commission. The new IAS salary as defined by the 7th Pay commission is decent in comparison to the 6th pay commission. The initial salary of an IAS officer after the 7th pay commission is approximately seventy thousand. The Basic Slary in 56,100. Adding 34% of DA and other components can make it around 90,000 per month.

Q. Why the salary of the IAS officers is low?

A. The salary of the IAS officers is low in comparison to the private sector officials having the same capacity and responsibilities. But when compared to the other government officials, it is good. 

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

A. The take-home salary of an IAS officer is different depending on the place of posting and the number of service years. The Basic Slary in 56,100. Adding 34% of DA and other components can make it around 90,000 per month.

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