What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Civil Service Examination is considered to be the toughest examination of the country and rightly so because of the high degree of satisfaction, respect and comfort provided by the prestigious civil services of the country. Civil services require a set of qualities which can manage the complexities, unpredictable situations and problems that may arise administratively on a daily basis. Becoming a civil servant is one of the most sought-after, esteemed, exciting and challenging career choices in India. On successfully completing the arduous and long journey of the Civil Services examination, the hard and earnest work of the aspirants is rewarded with a respectable salary and a plethora of perks as a Civil Servant. Civil servants perform significant roles in the successful administration of State functions at different levels. They are tasked to perform their duties diligently, assiduously, efficiently and in a manner that promotes socio-economic development of the State as a whole. While, the roles and responsibilities that come with the job are enormous but equally impressive is the salary structure and the perks available.

The salary of an IAS officer when he/she joins the service after his/her probation period on his/her first posting is fixed at Level 10 of Pay Matrix under the 7th Pay Commission. The starting salary is Rs 56,100 as the base salary along with Dearness and House Rent Allowance which makes it lump sum close to Rs 80,000. There is an annual increment as per grade pay which ranges from Rs 5400 to 7600. The pay of a Government servant does not remain static. An employee starts with a particular pay commonly referred to as ‘initial pay’ then journeys through periodical increases referred to as ‘increments’ to reach the highest point that he/she is entitled to which is the ceiling. As an IAS, the initial pay is 56,100 along with the allowance and through the increments, you can reach the ceiling of 2,50,000.

 The pay matrix is as follows

The IAS has been referred to as a generalist service par excellence. The variety of experiences that the IAS undergoes during their career may be unmatched in any other career service in the world. Besides focusing on the economics and being preoccupied with it, an IAS should develop a democratic personality, which persuades them to have a healthy concern for others, not as a master, but as an empathetic co-traveller who has the power to help others.