The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one of the administrative arms of the All India Services (AIS). Considered among the premier civil services of India, the IAS is one of the three premier divisions of All India services along with the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS).
Phases of the Civil Service IAS Exams
- Phase 1: CSE Preliminary exam (Objective Type)
- Phase 2: CSE Main Exam (Descriptive Type)
- Phase 3: CSE Personal Interview (Personality Test)
Every year many aspirants sit for the UPSC exam to join the esteemed Civil Services – (like IAS, IPS and IFS, etc.) and only around 80-90 candidates qualify the final phase to join the administrative services like IAS, IPS or IFS officers as per the rank scored by them. UPSC CSE is considered the toughest exams of the country, and it is the only gateway to enter the prestigious civil services.
IAS Officer Salary and Career Path
IAS Officers don’t get paid during the first month of training.
Many candidates think, they’ll be starting to get paid immediately after joining the service, but after qualifying the UPSC CSE, the selected candidates are invited for the training program. Post joining as an IAS, or other officers- officers don’t get rewarded for the first month of their training period. This criterion is well informed and described to the officer in the joining letter issued by the DoPT.
The new pay structure for IAS officers has dispensed with the system of Pay Grades for different Civil Services profiles and introduced by the Consolidated Pay Levels (CPL) in the 7th Central Pay Commission. And the IAS pay scale is decided only on -the Basic Pay along with TA, DA, and HRA.
IAS Officer Salary Structure
|Pay Level||Basic Pay|
|Years Required in Service||Post|
|District Administration||State Secretariat||Central Secretariat|
|10||56,100||1-4||Sub-divisional magistrate||Undersecretary||Assistant Secretary|
|11||67,700||5-8||Additional district magistrate||Deputy Secretary||Undersecretary|
|12||78,800||9-12||District magistrate||Joint Secretary||Deputy Secretary|
|13||1,18,500||13-16||District magistrate||Special secretary-cum-director||Director|
|14||1,44,200||16-24||Divisional commissioner||Secretary-cum-commissioner||Joint Secretary|
|15||1,82,200||25-30||Divisional commissioner||Principal Secretary||Additional secretary|
|16||2,05,400||30-33||No Equivalent Rank||Additional Chief Secretary||No Equivalent Rank|
|17||2,25,000||34-36||No Equivalent Rank||Chief Secretary||Secretary|
|18||2,50,000||37+ years||No Equivalent Rank||No Equivalent Rank||Cabinet Secretary of India|
The Dearness Allowance (DA) is fixed at the 0% for Civil Services Indian Administrative Service officers starting from their career and increases with the time as per their ranks and performance.
The salary structure for all IAS officers start at the same level and then increase as per their performances and promotions.
Monthly Salary Structure
|Level||Basic Pay||Total IAS Salary|
|Entry-level (starting salary)||56100||56100 – 132000|
|Maximum Pay (cabinet secretary level)||250000||250000|
The basic pay of an IAS officer at the entry-level increases by- 3% each year at the starting level (As per their performance level). Salary at the Cabinet Secretary level- is fixed. The Dearness Allowance usually increases by 0-14% each year at the entry-level positions. At the highest level, the DA could increase. Young candidates should keep in mind that – the IAS or other service’s pay scale should not be the only motivating factor for them to join the service.
The UPSC Civil Services is an opportunity to serve the nation and make a positive and desired impact on the lives of millions of people in our country, which is why candidates should have a personal goal- Like to improve the countries circumstance of the education system or maybe to enhance the image of our country, etc.
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the UPSC is considered as one of the most prestigious and responsible services of our country. Apart from the decent responsibilities and the power, an IAS Officer enjoys a fair salary amount which rises as per his promotion during the service tenure.
Areas covered in this article
- Salary structure of a Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer
- The Official UPSC Civil Services Exam Notification
- UPSC Civil Services Exam – Application Process and Minimum Qualifications
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS Officer) Life, Duties, Roles and Responsibilities