IAS Officer Salary: How Much Do IAS Officers Really Make In India?

IAS Officer Salary

Welcome to the 3rd topic of our In-Depth Guide On IAS Officer.

In this post, you’ll get complete information about the latest IAS Officer Salary structure in India.

In short, if you are looking for the pay scale/salary structure of IAS officers after the 7th pay commission…

…then you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.


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Average Salary Of An IAS Officer In India

The basic salary of a junior level IAS officer after the 7th pay recommendations is ₹56,100 per month where dearness allowance (DA), travel allowance (TA) & house rent allowance (HRA) are extra.

Note: If you use government-provided accommodation and vehicles then travel allowance (TA) and house rent allowance (HRA) will not be added to your salary.

Talking about the highest pay of IAS officer in India,

A maximum amount an IAS officer can earn with the highest post (cabinet secretary) in India is ₹2,50,000 per month.

Components In IAS Officer Salary

In this section, we will talk about all the components involved in the salary of an IAS officer and…

…HOW the IAS gross and in-hand salary gets calculated.

Let’s face it.

1. Basic Salary

Basic salary is nothing but a pay without including DA, HRA & TA.

After 7th pay recommendations, the basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at ₹56,100.

At the starting level, the basic pay of an IAS officer increases 3% each year (continuing for the no. of years he/she remains sub-divisional magistrate).

However, at the cabinet secretary level, the basic pay remains fixed.

2. Dearness Allowance (DA)

The very first thing that gets added to the basic salary is dearness allowance (DA).

Although it is fixed at 0% for the aspirants who are just starting out with their career…but DA of IAS officers increases with time.

Dearness allowance gets revised on a half-yearly basis depending on the inflation index (CPI) in the month of January and July every year.

3. House Rent Allowance (HRA)

HRA is yet another thing that can a great addition to your basic pay.

Here’s the table that shows HRA distribution in a simple format.

HRA Distribution
Class XHRA 24% (Population 50 Lakhs +)
Cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune
Class YHRA 16% (Population 5 – 50 Lakhs)
Around 100 Towns
Class ZHRA 8% (Population 5 Lakhs)
Rural Areas

House rent allowance is given to those officers who have not got any official accommodation facility from the government.

In short, if you are making use of government official accommodation (duplex house) then you cannot claim HRA.

4. Travel Allowance (TA)

Being an IAS officer you’ll also get travel allowance (TA) to meet various expenses related to travel.

Travel allowance is given to those officers who have not got any official vehicle from the government.

In short, if you are making use of government official vehicle then you cannot claim TA.

How IAS Gross Salary Gets Calculated?

In case if you are not consuming additional perks of the government like government official accommodation and vehicles…then your gross salary will be calculated like this.

IAS Gross Salary = Basic Pay + Dearness Allowance (DA) + House Rent Allowance (HRA) + Travel Allowance (TA)


In case if you are taking advantage of the government official accommodation and vehicles then your monthly gross salary will be calculated like this.

IAS Gross Salary (without HRA and TA) = Basic pay +  Dearness Allowance (DA) + 0 + 0

How IAS In-Hand Salary Gets Calculated?

IAS in-hand salary gets calculated by doing some monthly deductions from the gross salary.

Here’s how it is calculated.

In-Hand Salary = Gross Salary – Monthly PF Deductions

Want to know more about these monthly deductions?

Here’s the deal.

So, IAS monthly salary deductions include.

  1. Income tax
  2. Professional tax
  3. Central provident fund
  4. Central pension fund

Sample IAS Salary Slip

Below is the sample salary slip of the junior scale IAS officer.

Additional Benefits/Perks Of An IAS Officer

Unlike basic salary, an IAS officer also enjoys crazy benefits of other additional perks.

The best part?

Even though if you deny to utilize some perks offered by the government…it can be still given to you as part of an extra salary.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Official Accommodation

IAS officers do not need to compromise anything when it comes to staying at a particular destination according to their posting.

Getting an official accommodation from the government is one of the most attractive perks of an IAS officer.

According to this perk, the government will provide a duplex bungalow in a (VVIP) restricted zone of the state capital where you are posted.

2. Official Vehicles

Just like the previous perk, IAS officers do get the official vehicles from the government to travel more conveniently.

The number of vehicles that will be provided to you by the government is anywhere between 1 to 3.

In other words, you are eligible to get 1 to 3 official vehicles from the government along with a driver/chauffeur.

3. Tight Security

Tight security is yet another awesome perk given by the government to IAS officers.

Most commonly, 3 home guards and 2 bodyguards will be allotted to you and sometimes even STF commandos can be provided.

If you are posted as district magistrate then the entire police force will be there for your security.

Also, you will have the complete right to design your security cover according to your need.

4. Requisite Expenses

Talking about some necessary monthly expenses like electricity bill, phone bill and other medical expenses are also taken care of by the government itself.


These expenses can be heavily subsidized for you by the government…so that you can focus more on your work rather than these expenses.

5. Other Perks

Besides official accommodation & vehicles, subsidised (phone, electricity) bills, you will also get other unofficial perks from the government.

What are unofficial perks?

Such perks includes getting invited to all major events, free tickets and passes for concerts, parties and even cricket matches etc.

IAS Officer Pay Scale In India

So, after talking about the average salary, components and other additional perks…it’s time to put little focus on the new system that has been introduced by the commission.

YES, we will talk about the new Pay Matrix System & IAS career path in this section and try to figure out How it is different from the previous one? (the old pay structure).

Basically, the new system i.e “7th Pay Commission” cancelled “System Of Pay Grade” and introduced “Consolidated Pay Levels.”

And, here the IAS pay scale is decided only on the Basic Pay along with TA, DA, and HRA.

IAS (New) Pay Matrix System

Careers-Wise PostPay levelYears Of ServiceBasic Pay (INR)
District AdministrationState SecretariatCentral Secretariat
Sub-divisional magistrateUndersecretaryAssistant Secretary101-4 years₹56,100
Additional district magistrateDeputy SecretaryUndersecretary115-8 years₹67,700
District magistrateJoint SecretaryDeputy Secretary129-12 years₹78,800
District magistrateSpecial secretary-cum-directorDirector1313-16 years₹1,18,500
Divisional commissionerSecretary-cum-commissionerJoint Secretary1416-24 years₹1,44,200
Divisional commissionerPrincipal SecretaryAdditional secretary1525-30 years₹1,82,200
No Equivalent RankAdditional Chief SecretaryNo Equivalent Rank1630-33 years₹2,05,400
No Equivalent RankChief SecretarySecretary1734-36 years₹2,25,000
No Equivalent RankNo Equivalent RankCabinet Secretary of India1837+ years₹2,50,000

IAS (Old) Pay Metrix System

PostGradeNumber Of YearsGrade PayPay Scale
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)Junior or Lower Time Scale₹15,600 to ₹39,100₹5,400
District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government MinistrySenior Time Scale5₹15,600 to ₹39,100₹6,600
Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government DepartmentsJunior Administrative9₹15,600 to ₹39,100₹7,600
Secretary to a MinistrySelection Grade12-15₹37,400 to ₹67,000₹8,700
Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the GovernmentSuper Time Scale17-20₹37,400 to ₹67,000₹8,700
VariesAbove Super Time ScaleVaries₹37,400 to ₹67,000₹12,000
Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of IndiaApex ScaleVaries₹80,000 (Fixed)NA
Cabinet Secretary of IndiaCabinet Secretary GradeVaries₹90,000 (Fixed)NA

Wrapping Up

Now, you have it.

The complete information about IAS officer salary in India.

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