Perks and Power enjoyed by an IAS Officer

The Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is observed as the premier civil service of India. It is one of the three administrative arm of the All India Services which includes Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) as well. The IAS is an integral and devoted part of the executive of the Government of India. It is also a part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation. 

After the testimony of the service, an IAS officer is presumed to serve a probationary period in sub-divisional magistrate role. After the completion of this probationary period, the officer is confirmed to an executive administrative role as a district magistrate and collector, which lasts for a long time. An officer may be promoted to a divisional commissioner as head of a whole state division after the end of this tenure. These promotions and developments could be considered as some of the benefits of IAS officer.

Opportunities enjoyed by an IAS officer

When an IAS officer attains a higher scale of the pay matrix, he/she may lead any of the government departments and ministries. Generally, in these roles, an IAS officer may represent the country at an international level in both bilateral as well as multilateral negotiations. And if the officer is serving on deputation, then they may get employed by reputed intergovernmental organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, or by its agencies. As it is mandated by the Election Commission of India, IAS officers may also be involved in the conduct of the elections of India. 

Perks, power and facilities of being an IAS officer

The perks, power and facilities that come with being an IAS officer is the sole incentive and motivator behind a candidate preparing for IAS. There is no doubt in the fact that being an IAS officer is a matter of pride and honour. Apart from responsibility and honour that comes with being an IAS officer, there are also additional benefits in the official capacity.
 
Along with salary remuneration, the perks and benefits enjoyed by an IAS which is received from the government are as follows:

Service Quarter: The IAS officers are provided with a service quarter at their respective district headquarters or the place of their posting. The service quarter is provided beside the residence in the state capital.

Residence Quarter: All the IAS officers are entitled to a bungalow which has two living units or is a duplex bungalow. The bungalow is situated in a restricted zone (VVIP) of the state capital in which they are deployed. This officers enjoy this benefit, notwithstanding their posting in any district or the Headquarters.

Security provided: The IAS officers along, with their families, are provided with maximum security. The officers are provided in the state headquarters are allotted with two bodyguards and three home guards. If there is any case where there is a threat to their life, STF commandos can also be involved to protect them. 

For the IAS officers posted as District Magistrate/Commissioner, they have an entire police force of at their disposal and are authorized to construct their security cover concerning the requirement. 

Transportation facilities: For commuting purposes, the IAS officers are alotted with a minimum of one and a maximum number of three official vehicles along with a chauffeur/driver. All the cars have blue beacon light installed in them. The officers who are appointed in chief secretary scale are assigned vehicles with red beacon lights. The government also funds the fuel bill and cost of maintenance of the vehicles, assigned to the IAS officers.

Trips or visits: IAS officers enjoy sponsored accommodation at government bungalows or rest houses and circuit houses in different states for both the official and unofficial trips. For any visit to the capital, New Delhi, an IAS officer will be accommodated in the concerning State Bhavans with all the facilities. The officers are also provided with household staff to take care of the daily chores at their service quarter or official residence.

Funded Bills: IAS officers do not have to provide for bills of the common household services. For example, electricity is either completely free or heavily funded for their official residence. They are also alotted with three BSNL Sim cards with Talktime, SMS facility and internet services along with BSNL landline and a broadband connection at home.

Grant for Study Leaves: Another unbelievable benefit enjoyed by an IAS officer will be an official two to four-year study leave. IAS officers can take a leave of up to four years to study at a foreign reputed university. And the cost will be borne by the government. Other benefits are there in the form of PF, Healthcare services, Gratuity, Lifetime pension and all the other retirement benefits. 

Salary after the 7th Pay Commission

The benefits of IAS officer without any doubt also includes the salary benefits. Joining the race to becoming an IAS officer might be one of the toughest decisions and challenges to undertake, but the aspirant should never do it for the money involved. The enactment of the 7th Pay Commission has steadily changed the whole scenario of the salary of the IAS officers for good. 

For the employees that are working in the government services of India, the pay scale does not denote the total salary. The pay scale of the employee is only the minimum and maximum basic salary. The pay scale is appended with grade pay, DA (Daily Allowance) and other perks as well. 

The minimum and maximum salary of an IAS officer

The average salary an IAS officer receives in India, at the beginning of his/her career stands at a total of Rs. 47, 250 (approx). The average salary includes basic pay (Rs. 21,000) and the DA (Rs. 26250). The base pay of an IAS officer increases at a rate of 3% each year and the DA increases at an average of 10-14% per year. 

Among all the grades or positions in IAS, the Cabinet Secretary has the highest salary. The Cabinet Secretary has a basic pay of Rs. 90,000 which is fixed. Though this grade does not get any additional increase in the salary, his salary could increase with an increase in DA.

A roughly estimated total salary/payment for an IAS officer updated as of April 2016

IAS level/position

Basic Pay Amount

DA (at 125%) as per 2016  reports

Total salary amount

Newly recruited

Rs. 21,000 (increases 3% every year) 

Rs. 26,250 (increases 10-14% every year)

Rs. 47,250 (approx)

Maximum pay level 

Rs. 90,000 (fixed) 

Rs. 112,500 (has a chance of increasing)

Rs. 202,500 (approx)

Conclusion

Other professions may exist where the employees get more salary and perks enjoyed by IAS officers, but the administrative power and the honour, an IAS officer, enjoys along with the benefits are unique. The salary and benefits enjoyed by an IAS officer are, without a doubt attractive, but one should not consider salary as his sole criterion for preparing for IAS. The perks, power and prestige that comes with being an IAS officer make it a valuable and worthwhile profession. 

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