IAS Salary - IAS Officer Salary Structure

The blog starts with a basic introduction, followed by an overview of IAS as a profession which includes the process of becoming an IAS officer, the training process, post-training, deciding the cadre, posting procedure and the responsibility and power of an IAS.

  • After the salary structure and the facilities of an IAS were introduced which incorporate the basic salary of each post, the salary received by an IAS according to the 7th pay commission and the facilities of an IAS. 
  • The blog concludes with a short narrative and some relevant frequently asked questions.

IAS Salary - IAS Officer Salary Structure

Candidates who get top rank in the Civil Services Examination of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) get a chance to become IAS. These top-ranked candidates get a chance to work in the bureaucratic structure of the country through the Indian Administrative Service. The appointment of an IAS officer is done in various ministries and departments of the administration. The most senior position for an IAS officer is that of the Cabinet Secretary.

In such a situation, today through this blog we will tell you how much salary and what facilities are available to an IAS officer posted as a District Collector or any other post.

Also, we will share information on how to become an IAS Officer, their responsibilities and their power in this blog.

Also, read the blogs about How to Appear for the IAS Exam, Study Material for Free IAS Preparation, Prepare for UPSC Exam Online and UPSC CSE Exam: Eligibility Criteria.

The Overview of the IAS Profession

The Civil Services Examination of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is considered to be the most prestigious and difficult examination in the country. Lakhs of youths dream of serving the nation by passing this exam. Only after passing this exam, candidates get posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Engineering Service (IES) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS) according to their rank. However, among all these posts, most of the discussion is about IAS.

Let’s see all the aspects of the profession-

1) How to Become an IAS Officer

The IAS post is available according to the rank obtained in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Top rankers in this exam get IAS posts, but many times the top rankers choose IPS or IFS, in such a situation even those who get lower ranks get IAS posts. Those with ranks after this get IPS and IFS posts.

2) An IAS Officer Training Process

The 3-month training of IAS takes place at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie only. Also known as a foundation course. Here the candidate is given information about every sector of administration, policing and governance. Along with this, some special activities are done inside the academy, which include difficult trekking of the Himalayas for mental and physical strength.

3) What Happens Post-Training

They are sent to their cadre after training. Where they are entrusted with the administration of a particular area or department. They are given executive powers to make proposals and implement government policies for the development of their respective areas as well as take important decisions.

4) How the Cadre is Decided

The most important question after passing the UPAC exam is how to get the cadre. There are a total of 24 services in UPSC, for which candidates are selected. These are divided into two categories, the first one is All India Services. IAS (Indian Administrative Services) and IPS (Indian Police Services) also come in this service. Those who are selected in these are given cadres of states and union territories. Then on the second number are the Central Services which have Group A and Group B services.

5) Posting Process of an IAS

The first posting of an IAS officer is as a Sub Divisional Magistrate. After this, they get promoted to the post of District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner. IAS officers are needed on the posts of central and state secretariats, who work as PSU heads. Apart from working at the district level, an IAS also works as a Cabinet Secretary as well as Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary. This is the highest post in India on which only an IAS officer can be posted. The top post in the state is also that of the Chief Secretary who is an IAS.

6) Responsibilities and Power of IAS Officer

The IAS officer is very powerful as the District Magistrate. An IS has the responsibility of all the departments in the district. As the District Magistrate, he is the head of the police department as well as other departments. The District Magistrate is also responsible for the police system of the district. Only one DM takes all the decisions related to law and order like prohibition, section 144 etc. in the district. DM can also give orders like firing or taking action on the crowd. The IAS officers are controlled by the Department of Personnel and Training and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The Salary Structure and Facilities of an IAS Officer

The salary of an IAS officer is based on various structures, such as the Junior Scale, Senior Scale, and Super Time Scale.

A) The Basic Salary For Each Post

Rs-56100 is for the post of SDM, Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary; Rs- 67700 for the post of ADM, Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary; Rs 78800 for the post of District Magistrate, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, District Magistrate, Deputy Secretary and Director; Rs- 118500 for the post of Divisional Commissioner and Secretary cum Commissioner; Rs- 144200 for the post of Joint Secretary; Rs- 182200 for the post of Divisional Commissioner, Principal Secretary and Additional Secretary; Rs- 205400 for the post of Additional Chief Secretary; Rs- 225000 for the post of Chief Secretary and Secretary. For the post of Cabinet Secretary, a basic salary of Rs- 250000 is available.

The salaries in a nutshell-



Junior Scale Pay

Rs 1,77,500

Senior Pay Scale

Rs 67,700 – Rs 2,08,700

Super Time Scale Pay

Rs 78,800 – Rs 2,09,200

Selection Grade Pay

Rs 1,18,500 – Rs 2,14,100

Additional Secretary Salary

Rs 1,44,200 – Rs 2,18,200

Chief Secretary Salary

Rs 1,82,200 – Rs 2,24,100

Cabinet Secretary Salary

Rs 2,05,400


B) According to the 7th Pay Commission, the Salary Received By the IAS Officer

According to the 7th Pay Commission, any IAS officer gets a basic salary of Rs 56,100 per month. Apart from this, an IAS officer gets TA, DA HRA and many other allowances. According to reports, an IAS officer gets a total salary of more than Rs 1 lakh per month in the initial days, including all allowances. Talking about the maximum salary, after becoming the senior post of IAS such as Cabinet Secretary, an IAS officer gets a salary of about Rs 2.5 lakh per month and many allowances.

C) These Luxury Facilities Are available Apart, From the Salary

Apart from the salary, an IAS officer also gets other luxury facilities according to the different pay bands. With the basic salary, an IAS officer gets Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Subsidized Bills, Medical Allowance and Conveyance Allowance. Apart from this, an IAS officer also gets many facilities including housing, security, cooking and other staff based on pay band. The IAS officer is also given the facility of vehicle and driver for commuting. Apart from a travel allowance, a government house is also given there on going somewhere during the posting.


In conclusion, the IAS salary structure offers attractive income potential along with several perks and facilities. The salary package and benefits make the IAS post highly desirable among aspiring civil servants. The government’s focus on increasing the pay structure and facilities further highlights the importance of IAS in the Indian administrative system.

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