What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Salary of an IAS officer at various stages in his career.Civil servants salary is one of the highest in government sector which augurs well with the challenges it has.

Created On: Aug 5, 2015 11:31 IST

UPSC is the sole body for recruitment of personnel of Indian Administrative Services (IAS).The IAS officer gets one of the highest salaries in Government sector given the enormous challenges involved. IAS salary presently is based on the 6th Pay Commission recommendations. In India, Government employees are entitled to receive different pay scales that directly point towards the maximum or minimum of their basic pay in accordance with their positions.

The Indian Administrative Services or IAS officers have four Pay scales namely the Junior Scale, Senior Scale, Super Time Scale and Above Super Time Scale.


A.  Junior Scale:    Pay Band – 3 (Rs.15600-39100) and Grade Pay -Rs.5400.

In Junior Scale, the new recruit joins at Pay Band 3, which is Rs: 15,600 – 39,100. He also gets a Grade Pay of Rs 5,400 to compensate for training and learning. After that, the new recruit is placed in a probation period for two years after which he is posted as an SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), also known as SDO or Sub-Collector.


B.  Senior Scale:

    (i)  Senior Time Scale:  Pay Band – 3 (Rs.15600-39100) plus Grade Pay Rs.6600.

 After at least 5 years of service, the IAS employee is promoted to Senior Time Scale at the pay band of 15,600 - 39,100 with a grade pay of Rs 6,600. At that time, he may be posted as a District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government ministry.

    (ii)  Junior Administrative Grade:  Pay Band – 4 (Rs.37400-67000) plus Grade Pay Rs.8700

The IAS is promoted to this scale after nine years of service and could get the post of special secretary or the head of various government departments.

   (iii)  Selection Grade:  Pay Band - 4 (Rs.37400-67000) plus Grade Pay Rs.8700.

To reach this grade, you need to contribute a minimum of 12 - 15 years in the service. The post for Selection Grade is that of the secretary to a ministry


C. Super Time Scale: Pay Band – 4 (Rs.37400-67000) plus Grade Pay Rs.I0000.

After completing a minimum 17 to 20 years of service, the officer reaches the Super Time Scale salary and he becomes Principal Secretary of a very important department of the government.


D. Above Super Time Scale:

     (i)    Pay Band – 4 ( Rs.37400-67000) plus Grade Pay Rs.12000;

A limited number of bright individuals are selected for Above Super Time Scales.

     (ii)   Apex Scale: Rs.80000 (fixed); Grade Pay: nil;

Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

    (iii)   Cabinet Secretary Grade: Rs.90000 (fixed);Grade Pay : nil ;

Only the central Cabinet Secretary is given the base salary of Rs 90,000 (fixed)


What would be the basic salary of IAS officer at the time of joining?

Answer: He would be joining in Junior/lower time scale i.e. Pay Band – 3 (Rs.15600-39100) and Grade Pay -Rs.5400.

  1. Basic salary= 15,600+5400=21,000

Dearness Allowance (DA) at present for central government employees is 113%.

 2. DA= 113% of 21,000=23,730.

HRA as per City of working can be 20%/30%/40%.

3. HRA(assuming class B city)=30% of 21,000=7000

4. Other Benefits and allowances

Total salary=21000+23,700+7000= 51,700/-(Approx)


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