IAS Salary – Check Grade-wise Pay Scale, Allowances & Other Benefits

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Many people in India are always excited to know IAS Salary and their pay scale. In this article, we will show an IAS salary and their pay scale and discuss in-dept. This IAS salary and pay structure is as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendation

The basic salary of the IAS officer starts from Rs. 56,000 (TA. HRA, & DA are extra payable) and this basic can go upto Rs. 2,50,000 for cabinet Secretary level post.

Becoming an IAS officer or a career in the IAS is one of the most prestigious professions in India. Many students start thinking about entering into this profession from their 10th & 12 standards.

Lakhs of the candidates appear for the UPSC Civil Service Exam every year but very few crack this exam. This is one of the toughest exams in India and very few get selected for Indian Administrative Service officers (IAS)

The life of the IAS officer or civil services and a lot of other things always attract youngsters in India. As we know that IAS officers & other civil services like IFS, IRS jobs come with pride and honor but apart from this their salary, benefits, role & responsibility are also part of this job.

We must see their salary & benefits with their high level of responsibility towards the society and country.

IAS Salary (7th Pay Commission) and Their Career Path

The 7th pay commission has introduced a consolidated pay level by replacing an old system of pay grade for civil services.

The total IAS salary is including their basic salary plus HRA (House Rent Allowance), DA (Dearness Allowances) & TA (Transport Allowances).

IAS Salary:

Pay Scale LevelBasic Pay (Rs.)Service years requiredPost as per their Role
District Administration RoleState Secretariat RoleCentral Secretariat Role
10Rs. 561001-4 yearsSub-divisional magistrateUndersecretaryAssistant Secretary
11Rs. 67,7005-8 yearsAdditional district magistrateDeputy SecretaryUndersecretary
12Rs. 78,8009-12 yearsDistrict magistrateJoint SecretaryDeputy Secretary
13Rs. 1,18,50013-16 yearsDistrict magistrateSpecial secretary-cum-directorDirector
14Rs. 1,44,20016-24 yearsDivisional commissionerSecretary-cum-commissionerJoint Secretary
15Rs. 1,82,20025-30 yearsDivisional commissionerPrincipal SecretaryAdditional secretary
16Rs. 2,05,40030-33 yearsNo Equivalent RankAdditional Chief SecretaryNo Equivalent Rank
17Rs. 2,25,00034-36 yearsNo Equivalent RankChief SecretarySecretary
18Rs.  2,50,000More than 37 yearsNo Equivalent RankNo Equivalent RankCabinet Secretary of India

The Dearness Allowance i.e DA for IAS is fixed at 0% during entry-level career and it increases with promotions and service duration.

Career LevelBasic Pay (Rs.)Total IAS Salary including HRA, DA & TA
Entry level (starting salary)Rs. 56100Rs. 56100 – Rs. 132000
Maximum Pay (cabinet secretary level)Rs. 250000Rs. 250000

At the entry-level of the IAS career, the salary is the same for all the IAS officer and they get increment as per their service time and promotions which are pre-decided in the 7th Pay Commission.

If you want to check the rise of IAS salary from 6th Pay Commission to 7th pay commission the check below table. The following is the IAS salary of the 6th Pay Commission..

Grade LevelSalary Pay ScaleGrade PayService years requiredPost as per Role
Junior or Lower Time ScaleRs. 15600 – Rs. 39100Rs. 5400SDM, SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation period)
Senior Time ScaleRs. 15600 – Rs. 39100Rs. 66005 YearsDistrict Magistrate or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Central Government Ministry
Junior AdministrativeRs. 15600 – Rs. 39100Rs. 76009 YearsSpecial Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection GradeRs. 37400 – Rs. 67000Rs. 870012 – 15 YearsSecretary to a Ministry
Super Time ScaleRs. 37400 – Rs. 67000Rs. 870017 – 20 YearsPrincipal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time ScaleRs. 37400 – Rs. 67000Rs. 12000VariesVaries
Apex ScaleRs. 80000 (Fixed)NAVariesChief Secretary of States Government, Union Secretaries in charge of various central ministries
Cabinet Secretary GradeRs. 90000 (Fixed)NAVariesCabinet Secretary of India

The increment in basic pay of IAS Officer was increasing 3% every year at entry-level. The Dearness Allowance i.e DA for IAS was increasing from 0-14% every year during entry-level career.


We must understand that civil service jobs are an opportunity to serve the nation and the common public.

We should not give more weightage to their salary and benefits but we must think about their role in nation-building and their contribution to the nation-building.

This service allows the uplift life of the common people of India as well as contributes to the growth of the nation.

If you have the desire to serve your nation and its common people then you should give priority to the salary of the IAS but their role & responsibility in nation-building. This should be your motive for appearing in the IAS Exam.


All above details are applicable when we wrote this article. It will change time to time as per government policies.

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