The RPSC recruits SDM who receives a handsome salary along with other facilities. The candidates with high ranks in the merit list get the post of SDM. The post of SDM is highest in the rank in the State Administrative Service. The SDM gets due respect in the society and enjoys a prestigious life.
The post of an SDM is full with responsibility. There are no definite work hours because he has to be on the call of the duty every time. The post demands decision making and an SDM has to take decision in the matters of importance. He has to look after the affairs of administration in his area. If the posting of an SDM is in a sensitive area, then he has to be more alert.
Salary & Facilities Offered to SDM
With the amount of responsibility an SDM has, there is a handsome pay and other facilities. An SDM gets his pay in the pay scale 15600-39100 with a grade pay of Rs. 5400. The SDM gets other benefits along with the pay. These benefits include:
- Residence for self and staff quarter at no cost or at nominal rent
- Security guards and domestic help like cook and gardeners
- Official vehicle, usually with a beacon
- A telephone connection, bills of which are paid by the government
- Electricity bills paid by the government
- High class accommodation during official visits across the state
- Facility of study leaves
- Pension to spouse
Opportunities of Promotion for SDM
RAS Officers start their service as Assistant Collector and Executive Magistrate in training period. After the training, they are posted as SDM. Promotion is granted to SDM through the Departmental Promotion Committee, which is headed by the Chairman of the Commission, in accordance with the rules framed by the State Government. The SDM will get the first promotion after 8–9 years of the service and usually retires after one or two promotions. The promotion is slower in comparison to the UPSC recruits.
The RAS Officers may be put either in the field responsibility or in the Secretariat. The RAS Officers in the field duty are SDM who looks after the administrative matters in his area. If the RAS Officers are in field duty, then they have the following matrix of their promotion:
Some of the RAS Officers hold the posts in the State Secretariat. The RAS Officers in the Secretariat plan and formulate the policies of the government and help it implement in the state. The RAS Officers who hold the posts in the State Secretariat undergo the following promotional vertical:
Now, the aspirants know the salary, facilities and the ways of promotion as an SDM in the RPSC. The benefits are apart from the salary. All these things make the job more lucrative and appealing to the young aspirants. The SDM will be posted in their home state which is good because the Officer will live along with their family, friends and relatives.