IAS Salary: Gross Salary, allowances and Ranks of IAS Officer

A Civil Service aspirant studies hard for years not just because of the salary of an IAS officer but for something much bigger than that, to serve the nation. Though that does not mean salary is not meant for anything. Afterall it is one of the basic necessity that a person is compensated for the work done and believe me an IAS officer is compensated well enough to meet his/her daily needs and decent living. You Can be an IAS Officer by cracking the UPSC examination. However, many IAS officers leave their Government Service to work in Private Companies at much higher salary packages but that numbers are very small. There were rumours about IAS officers do not get paid for the quality of the service they deliver but salary of an IAS officer is really a hefty one after the 7th Pay Commission.

An IAS Officer

Let us have a look at it.

An IAS Officer’s Salary 2019 after 7th Pay Commission Recommendation

First of all, we would know about what is 7th Pay commission. A Pay Commission is a body set by Government Of India to research and decide the salary of Central Government Employees as per the rate of inflation in Indian Economy. Then this body recommends the necessary salary hikes to Government of India to choose or reject it.

IAS salary per month in India 2019

The Cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on June 29th, 2016. So an IAS officer gets the basic pay of ₹56,100 at entry level (Pay Grade 10) and a grade pay of ₹16,500. Apart from that, allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Conveyance Allowance (CA), Medical Allowance (MA), Travel Allowance (TA) and other allowances are given. The maximum basic pay of a senior IAS officer is fixed at ₹2,70,000. So the gross salary of an IAS officer rises upto:

Gross Salary = Basic Pay+ Grade Pay + DA + HRA + CA + other Allowances

Here, all allowances are calculated as per the Basic Pay + Grade Pay.

DA is paid according to the cost of living. Right now it is 0% but will increase incase of inflation.

HRA is generally 8-24% of the both pays, calculated according to the city. For Class A cities (metropolitan, capital), it is 24%, for Class B cities 16% and for Class C cities, it is 8%. Incase, Government House is provided, HRA ia not given.

Here is the Salary Slip of In Hand amount of Newly Joined IAS Officer Per month

Salary Slip of Junior Scale IAS Officer

Salary of an IAS officer during training

Salary of IAS during Training Period

During training Period an IAS Candidates are entitled to get ₹45,000 per month amount. But technically saying, They are not Getting salary. They are getting a “special pay advance”. Meaning thereby that LBSNAA (institute) is paying us on behalf of our cadre. 
So, Overall they get ₹38,500 per month from month of September to June. Out of this amount, approximately ₹ 10,000 is deducted as mess bill food, uniform, track suits, horse riding costumes etc. and various others miscellaneous charges.

Rank Wise Basic Pay and Grade Pay Structure Of IAS :

The entire IAS cadre is divided into 8 Grades or Ranks.

Pay Grade Grade Basic Pay Grade Pay Service Period Post
10 Junior Scale ₹50,000 – ₹1,50,000 ₹16,500 0-4 years SDM, SDO, ADM (after 2 years probation period)
11 Senior Time Scale ₹50,000 – ₹1,50,001 ₹20,000 5 years DM, DC, Joint Secretary
12 Junior Administrative Grade ₹50,000 – ₹1,50,002 ₹23,000 9 years Special Secretary, State Government Department Heads
13 Selection Grade ₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000 ₹26,000 12-15 Years Ministry Department Head
14 Super Time Scale ₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000 ₹30,000 17-20 years Director of any Ministry
15 Above Super Time scale ₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000 ₹30,000 Not fixed Commissioner, Additional Secretary
16 Apex Scale ₹2,40,000(fixed) NA Not Fixed Chief Secretary in Ministries
17 Cabinet Secretary Grade ₹2,70,000 NA Not Fixed Cabinet Secretary

Basic Pay of an IAS officer increases time to time as they are promoted in their respective scales or to other scales. Usually, IAS officers are promoted every 4-5 years as per their service record. So the salaries are decided on the basis of officers experience, their ranks and their pay grades. Also, IAS officers get great retirement packages and perks like, service vehicles, security for family. In contrast, the perks or salary of an IAS officer is something private sectors can never offer.

Therefore, an IAS post is way more than its salary. Many Person dnt know how to become an IAS Officer. Some have no Idea about Power and postion of an IAS. Let me tell you IAS Officer Power and Responsibilities is highest among all other Civil Services Post which you get on Cracking UPSC exam.

There are many benefits also of an IAS officer.

  • Residence
  • Transport
  • Electricity and Bills
  • Trips
  • Security
  • Study Leave
  • Job Security and Lifetime Pension

It is about honour and service to the nation. It is the solemn duty of a civil servant to shape and manage a better nation. So focusing on the salary of an IAS officer is not justified in any way. Being an IAS officer is larger than life.

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