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IAS officer Salary 2021 - In-hand salary, allowance, perks, and other benefits

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Tue, 14 Sep 2021 04:21 PM IST


Check out IAS officer Salary here with Safalta. Get to know the in-hand salary, allowance, perks, and other details.
IAS is a dream job for many in India. The road to becoming an IAS Officer is long and difficult. Union Public Service Commission each year conducts Civil Services Examination to recruit candidates for elite Group 'A' and some Group'B' services. The exam is conducted in three phases- Prelims, Mains and Interview. IAS Officer's Salary and Job profile is a matter of great interest for all. Often the career prospects and roles and responsibilities are the motivating factors for candidates. In this space, we will cover the much talked about salary and job profile of IAS officers. The IAS Officers' Salary is as per the recommendation of 7th pay commission. IAS Officers draw a basic salary of Rs. 56,100. They are also eligible for a number of allowances like Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Travelling allowances etc. But, it is not the salary but the job profile that makes IAS the most sought after job in the Government sector.  If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs Ebook- Download Now.


IAS Officer's Salary

The salary structure of IAS like any other government job is as per the 7 th CPC. The allowances and benefits given to them are some of the best. The allowances include Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Travelling allowances and others. The salary structure of IAS is much like any other government employee in the same pay band, but the IAS Officers get annual increments that are unmatched by any other job. They are also eligible for increments in salary despite promotion and rank. i.e. Salary and allowances of IAS Officers increase as per the batch. Irrespective of their promotion in the job they get annual increments. The salary structure is enumerated below.


Pay Level Posts 

Pay Scale

Basic Pay

Junior Scale

Pay level 10
  • Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs)
  • Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs)
  • Sub-Collector (After completion of Two- years of Completion)

50,000 - 1,50,000


Senior Time Scale

Pay level 11
  • District Magistrate (DM)
  • Collector 
  • Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

50,000 - 1,50,001


Junior Administrative Grade

Pay level 12
  • Special Secretary to the Government of India 
  • Head of Various Government Departments in the state government

50,000 - 1,50,002


Selection Grade

Pay level 13
  • Secretary to a Ministry
  • Director in a field organisation

1,00,000 - 2,00,000


Super Time Scale

Pay level 14
  • Principal Secretary

1,00,000 - 2,00,000


Above Super Time Scale

Pay level 15 Other Roles in Central Government

1,00,000 - 2,00,000


Apex Scale

Pay level 16

2,25,000 (Fixed)


Cabinet Secretary Grade

Pay level 17  

2,50,000 (Fixed)


IAS Officer's Salary: Allowances and Benefits 

Allowances are as per the rules and provisions of governments. The benefits attached to the job are numerous. The allowances and benefits are given as compensation for the work and to ensure the living standard of officers. The allowances and benefits make the salary of IAS rewarding and lucrative, The details are covered below.
  • Dearness Allowance (DA)-Increased from time to time.
  • House Rent Allowance (HRA) - 8% to 24% of the basic salary
  • Medical Allowance
  • Housing Accommodation
  • Official Vehicle
  • Home guard and other Security 
  • Phone and LapTop 
  • Medical Expenses are covered by the Government

IAS Officer's Salary: Job Profile 

The IAS Officer has a demanding job. The salary is attractive but the nature of work is the main reason behind such salary, Managing a district or a Ministry or Department is a responsible and difficult task. The IAS Officers are always involved in some sort of work. The responsibilities are related to law and order, revenue, elections, education, medical etc. All development programmes in a district are directly or indirectly under IAS. The roles and responsibilities are covered below.
  1. They are the Commissioners of Urban Bodies.
  2. They are the apex authority related to revenue in District.
  3. They are instrumental in conducting elections as Chief Returning Officer.
  4. They oversee overall medical, educational facilities in the district.
  5. They are the head of  District Disaster Management Committee.
  6. They are responsible for framing and implementing policies, programmes and schemes in Government.
  7. They are the Permanent Executive, the overall functioning of government machinery is their responsibility.

IAS Officer's Salary: Career Growth 

IAS Officers are central government employees who work under the State Governments. They are promoted within the state bureaucratic hierarchy or deputed to the central government. Overall they are governed by the Civil Services Rules 1964. Their promotion is done on a fixed time, The career graph of IAS Officers is covered below.

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Years in service)

1-4 years
Sub-divisional magistrate in District Administration
Undersecretary in State Secretariat
Assistant Secretary in Central Secretariat

5-8 years
Additional district magistrate in District Administration
Deputy Secretary in State Secretariat
Under-Secretary in Central Secretariat

9-12 years
District magistrate in District Administration
Joint Secretary  in State Secretariat
Deputy Secretary in Central Secretariat

13-16 years
District magistrate in District Administration
Special secretary-cum-director  in State Secretariat
Director in Central Secretariat

16-24 years
Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Secretary-cum-commissioner in State Secretariat
Joint Secretary in Central Secretariat

25-30 years
Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Principal Secretary in State Secretariat
Additional secretary in Central Secretariat

30-33 years
Additional Chief Secretary in State Secretariat

34-36 years
Chief Secretary in State Secretariat
Secretary in Central Secretariat

37+ years
Cabinet Secretary of India

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