Salary of An IAS Officer

Indian Administrative Services offers unparalleled opportunities to serve the people of the country. The power and responsibilities that come with the job of an IAS officer cannot be given a monetary tag. However, as an aspirant of IAS, you must know about the salary and perks associated with the job.

IAS Officer's Salary after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission

With the introduction of the 7th pay commission, there has been a considerable increase in the salary of an IAS officer. The information below about the salary structure of IAS is important for all IAS preparing aspirants.

The Seventh Pay Commission recommended a hike of 14.27% in basic pay. However, the annual increment rate was retained at 3%. When the recommendations were improved, the basic salary of junior level IAS officers increased to Rs. 56,100 + DA. The basic pay of all Civil Servants (Group A) is the same i.e. Pay Level 10.

Note: HRA (House Rent Allowance) and TA (Travel Allowance) are not counted in IAS officer salary as IAS officers are provided with Government accommodation and vehicle. The 7th pay commission has also done away with the pay band and grade pay system.

DA (Dearness Allowance) started from 0% after the 7th pay commission recommendation as is it linked directly to inflation and is revised twice a year. In 2016, DA touched 107% of the basic pay of Government employees.
  • IAS officers are normally promoted every 4-5 years.
  • IAS officers get two extra-increment (6%) when they are Level 11, 12 and 13.
  • After level 14, the salaries of all officers are the same.

IAS Officer's 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
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Scales of IAS officer's Salary

  1. Junior Scales (0-4 years)
  2. Senior Scales (4-9 years)
  3. Senior Time scale (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+)
Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay Post
Junior Scale 50,000-1,50,000 16,500 Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), SDO or Sub Collector
Senior Time Scale 50,000-1,50,001 20,000 District Magistrate (DM), collector, joint secretary of a government ministry
Junior Administrative Grade 50,000-1,50,002 23,000 Special secretary or head of various government departments
Selection Grade 1,00,000-2,00,000 23,000 Secretary to a ministry
Super Time Scale 1,00,000-2,00,000 26,000 Principal Secretary
Above Super Time Scale 1,00,000-2,00,000 30,000 varies
Apex Scale 2,25,000 (Fixed scale) NA Chief Secretary of states, union Secretaries in-charge of various ministries of Govt of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 2,50,000 (Fixed) NA Cabinet Secretary of India

IAS salary structure consists of various Pay Scales: Junior Scale, Senior Scales, Super Time Scale, Above Super Time Scales etc. Each of the pay scales includes different pay bands.

The highest salary structure received by an IAS officer is 2.5 lakhs at the rank of Cabinet secretary.


Those who aspire to be IAS don't give importance to the salary structure as everyone knows the authority and power of an IAS officer are immense and the power must be utilised for the welfare of the nation. So money is secondary among UPSC preparing aspirants.

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