In this article, we have provided thorough details about the salary package of an IAS officer in India and also the pay scale as per the different rankings. The Indian Administrative Service is always considered as one of the prestigious careers among the various government sectors in India. Every year around the country, various candidates who aspire to attend the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The average IAS salary package tends to attract a huge number of young aspirants to opt for a career in the Civil Services. An IAS officer is responsible for the law and order and general administration of a particular area under his work. Apart from providing a respectful and secure job opportunity, the IAS salary is still considered average in many aspects than the salary of high profile jobs of the private sector. Though the pay scale system of IAS has increased after the 6th pay and 7th pay commission, they still fall back when compared with the private sectors.
The Government Employees are paid as per their position and the associated pay scale. The Government Pay Scale is not the end salary but merely denotes the maximum and minimum salary on offer to the officer for that particular grade. The Pay Scale as per the old pay commissions, included the Grade Pay, DA, HRD and several other benefits. According to the year 2018-2019 and under the 7th Pay Commission, the total pay of an IAS officer includes Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA. The 7th pay commission was approved by the cabinet on 26th June 2016 and as per the commission, the basic salary at an entry-level is Rs.56100. 7th Pay Commission discontinued the Pay Band – Grade Pay System which existed before.
The different categories of pay scales and pay bands of an IAS officer as per the old 6th pay commission are provided in the table below:
|PAY SCALE||TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE||PAY BAND||GRADE PAY|
|JUNIOR SCALE||0-4 years||Rs.15600-39100||Rs.5400|
|SENIOR TIME SCALE||4-9 years||Rs.15600-39100||Rs.6600|
|JUNIOR ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE||9years+||Rs.15600-39100||Rs.7600|
|SELECTION GRADE||13 years+||Rs.37400-67000||Rs.8700|
|SUPER TIME SCALE||16 years+||Rs.37400-67000||Rs.10000|
|ABOVE SUPER TIME SCALE||25 years+||Rs.37400-67000||Rs.12000|
According to the 7th Pay Commission System, a new pay matrix is introduced where there are 18 different pay levels of Indian Administrative Services categorized as per the different rankings. The vertical range for each of these 18 levels is meant for fixation of pay by providing annual increment.
The detailed pay levels along with the rankings are provided in the table below:
|PAY LEVEL||BASIC PAY||YEARS OF EXPERIENCE||RANKS|
|LEVEL 10||56,100||1-4 years||ASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 11||67,700||5-8 years||SP/DM/Deputy Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 12||78,800||9-12 years||SSP/DM (DS in GOS)/Joint Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 13||1,18,500||13-16 years||SSP/DM (Director in Government of India)/Additional Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 14||1,44,200||16-24 years||IG/Commissioner (IAS/IRS)/JS in GOI|
|LEVEL 15||1,82,200||25-30 years||ADG/Additional Secretary in GOI/Principal Secretary in State/ Principal Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 16||2,05,400||30-33 years||Additional Chief Secretary /DG/Chief Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 17||2,25,000||34-36 years||Chief Secretary/DG/Secretary of GOI/ Principal Chief Commissioner in IRS|
|LEVEL 18||2,50,000||37 years||Cabinet Secretary to Government of India|
The promotion in the field of IAS takes place after every 4-5 years along with two extra increments of 6% is provided upon reaching the level 11, 12 and13. The salaries of all the IAS officers remain the same after the achievement of level 14.
To know more about the pay matrix system, go to the link provided: Pay matrix of IAS salary
SIDE CONVENIENCES OF AN IAS SALARY:
Apart from the basic salary, there are also other perks and facilities provided for an IAS officer. These includes:
- House Rent Allowances
- Dearness Allowances
- Water and electricity bills
- Office vehicles
The HRA allowances vary as per the city, will be mostly 24%, 16% and 8% respectively as per 7th Pay Commission norms. Along with these, 7th Pay Commission has also recommended for enhancement of HRA while DA crosses 50% and 100%. As far as Transport Allowance is concerned, there is no increase. However, DA @ 125% has been merged with an existing Transport Allowance. The basic salary at the entry-level increases each year at the rate of 3% while it is fixed at the Cabinet-level. The DA increases at the rate of 0-14% each year at the entry-level.
As mentioned above, the picture depicts the total salary of an IAS officer at an entry-level after the 7th pay commission system.
SOME OF THE POSITIVE SIDES OF AN IAS SALARY:
- Government accommodation
- Obtain a CTL every year
- Free medical care
- After more than 20 years of service, they get 50% of the last remuneration established by them. This pension continues till death after which, 50% is later transferred to the spouse.
Though after the 7th Pay commission, the IAS salary scale has increased drastically and is attracting many young aspirants, it should not be the sole reason to join the UPSC services. Aspirants should be inclined more towards serving the nation and looking forward to the upbringing of the civil services rather than being attracted by the salary scheme.