What is the Salary of an IAS Officer?

A career in the Indian Administrative Services is a dream for many who are looking to serve nation. However, as it is also a full-time occupation and like every other job, UPSC aspirants also wonder what is the salary of an IAS Officer that they are going to get.  Every year lakhs of students give this exam but only few of them clear this exam and only fraction of them get Indian Administrative Service.

The career of an IAS officer attracts many youths due to pride attached to it and moto of serving the nation. An IAS officer work for the public and leaves a shadow in society by doing the great work. Apart from this, the salary structure, perks and benefits provided in the service are also very attractive which make the students to join the service.

In this article we will discuss about the salary of an IAS Officer and also the other benefits and allowance given to him/her.

  • Salary of an IAS Officer: Basic Pay

The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100 (TA, DA and HRA are extra) and can go on to reach Rs.2,500,00 for a Cabinet Secretary after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation. After this Commission, the IAS pay scale is decided only on the ‘Basic Pay’ along with TA, DA, and HRA.

Following is the salary structure of IAS and career growth:

GradePostNumber of Years Required in serviceOld Version


New Version


Grade PayPay ScalePay LevelBasic Pay
Junior or Lower Time ScaleADM/SDM/Asst.Commissioner1-4540015600-391001056100
Senior Time ScaleADM/Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary5-8660015600-391001167700
Junior AdministrativeDM/Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary9-12760015600-391001278,800
Selection GradeDM/Special Secretary cum director/Director13-16870037400-67000131,18,500
Selection GradeDivisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary16-24870037400-67000141,44,200
Super Time ScaleDivisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary25-301200037400-67000151,82,200
Above Super Time ScaleAdditional Chief Secretary30-33NA80000162.05,400
Apex ScaleChief Secretary34-36NA90000172.25.000
Cabinet Secretary GradeCabinet Secretary of India37+ yearsNA90000182,50,000
Salary of an IAS Officer: Allowances
  • As per 7th Pay Commission, the HRA allowance of the IAS Officer is 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent. It depends on the city in which you are posted. There is increase of HRA allowance.
  • As per 7th Pay Commission recommendation, DA crossed 50% and 100%.
  • There is no increase in Transport Allowance.
  • DA which is 125% has been merged with existing Transport Allowance.
  • 7th Pay Commission has discontinued the Pay Band – Grade Pay System which existed before.
In the following table we have mentioned the different allowances:
HRA Distribution
Class X8 Cities only- 24% HRA (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune)
Class YAround 100 Towns (With a Population above 5 Lakhs) – 16% HRA
Class ZRural Areas – 8% HRA
Dearness Allowance
DADA now crosses 50 to 100 %
Transport Allowance
The Transport allowance is not included in the DA which can reach upto 125% now

It is very important that, candidates who are planning to prepare for UPSC IAS exam and want to become an IAS, should not join this service on the basis of these high salary structure, perks and benefits. Rather their ultimate aim behind joining this service should be to serve the nation and serve the public and fulfill the demand of the post.

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