IAS Officer Salary 2020 With Perks and Other Facilities
IAS vs The Private Sector
Everyone in India knows what is IAS or Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the most prestigious jobs in India. Millions of students dream to get these covetous jobs. However, there is a doubt about the salary among many bright students. They wonder is it good to join the IAS or try to get some high paying private jobs.
Many private jobs in India pays lucrative remuneration. Our IT sector can pay huge amounts to the deserving candidates. Naturally, many smart young people lingers a doubt about the sagacity of joining this illustrious service.
The reality is that after the 7th central pay commission, the salary of an IAS is now quite respectable. If you consider the perks and facilities you will get, the result is not to far away from those high paying private-sector jobs. Moreover, IAS is not just about the salary. It is more than just a job for making money. This service is also about serving the nation and its billion plus citizens.
Let us learn about the latest salary and other facilities of an IAS officer.
IAS Grades and Pay Scales
An IAS officer joined at the Junior scale and jumps the grades with the service seniority. She can reach up to the Cabinet Secretary Grade with seniority and great service record, which has the highest pay scale of a government employee in India.
The scales and grades are listed below:-
- Junior Scale
- Senior Time Scale
- Junior Administrative Grade
- Selection Grade
- Super Time Scale
- Above Super Time Scale
- Apex Scale
- Cabinet Secretary Grade
Summary of Pay Scales, Salary Ranges, and Grade Pay
Years of Service Required
Junior or Lower Time Scale
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years probation)
Senior Time Scale
District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
13 - 16
Secretary of a Ministry
Selection Grade II
Secretary or Divisional Commissioner
Super Time Scale
Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale
Senior Principal Secretary
Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade
Cabinet Secretary of India
Junior and Senior Time Scale
Junior Time Scale
- Pay Level: 10
- Starting Basic: Rs 56,100 (compensation for training and learning)
- Post: Sub-Divisional Magistrate or Sub-Collector (SDM or SDO) in a subdivision of a district.
After getting selected for the service a young officer is placed in the Junior Time Scale, at the pay level 10 according to the 7th CPC.
The newly recruited officer is sent to LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) for extensive training for a period of 1 year. After that, the junior officer is placed in the probation period for two years. Then usually the post of an SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), also known as SDO or Sub-Collector, is given to her.
Senior Time Scale
Years of Service Required to Reach The Level: 5
- Pay Level: 11
- Starting Basic Pay: Rs 67,700
- Post: District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
After at least 5 years of service, the IAS employee is promoted to Senior Time Scale at the pay level 11 with a starting basic of Rs 67,700. At that time, she/he may be posted as a District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government ministry.
Junior Administrative and Selection Grades
Junior Administrative Grade
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 9
- Pay Level: 12
- Grade Pay: Rs 78,800
- Post: District Magistrate or Director or Special Secretary
An IAS is promoted to this scale after nine years of continuous and satisfactory service experience.and could be promoted to the post of much famous Collector or DM post. Some of them can become a Joint Secretary of a ministry or director of a department.
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 13
- Pay Level: 13
- Basic Pay: Rs 118,500
- Post: Secretary/ Special Secretary
To reach this grade, you need to stay at least 13 years in the service. The post for Selection Grade is that of the secretary or special secretary of of a ministry. The starting basic of that grade is above the 1 lakh mark.
Selection Grade II
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 16
- Pay Level: 14
- Basic Pay: Rs 1,44,200
- Post: Principal Secretary/ Divisional Commissioner
To reach this grade, more than 15 years of experience in the service is a must. The Selection Grade II posts are like that of Principal Secretary or Divisional Commissioner. The starting basic of that grade is 1,44,200.
LBSNAA - The School to Train Group A Officers
Super Time Scale and Above
Super Time Scale
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 25
- Pay Level: 15
- Starting Basic: Rs 1,82,200
- Post: Principal secretary of a very important department of the government
After completing a minimum 25 to 30 years of service, the officer reaches the Super Time Scale and becomes Principal Secretary of a really important department with big budget.
Above Super Time Scale
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 30
- Pay Level: 16
- Starting Basic: Rs 2,05,400
- Post: Senior Principal Secretary or Additional Chief Secretary.
Above Super Time Scale is for very senior officers. They cross the 200 K salary barrier.
Apex Scale and Cabinet Secretary
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: 35
- Pay Level: 17
- Starting Basic: 2,25,200
- Post: Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
The Apex scale is for the IAS officers with great service record and seniority.
- Years of Service Required to Reach Level: (varies)
- Pay Level: 18
- Starting Basic: 2,50,000
- Post: Cabinet Secretary of India.
The Cabinet Secretary of India is the senior most among all the government employees of India. No civilian government officer can not have a higher scale than her/him.
What Is the Total Starting Salary of an IAS ?
You know that the government employees also get other salary components like D.A., H.R.A. etc along with the basic salary. Let us calculate the starting salary of a trainee IAS.
You need to keep it in mind that total pay can change later because with the change of Dearness Allowance (D.A.). At the moment, the total payment of an IAS recruit will be like that: -
- Basic Pay: Rs 56,100
- D.A. (@ 17%): Rs 9,537
- Total: Rs 65,637 (as according to the latest central D.A.)
A trainee is not entitled to other allowances and perks.The basic pay will increase at a rate of 3% per year and the amount of D.A. will also increase accordingly. Usually the D.A. increases with the rise of inflation. So, the salary use to increase each year.
The Maximum Salary
Among all the IAS officers, the Cabinet Secretary gets the highest scale. The basic is Rs. 2,50,000 per month.
The total pay will be like that:
- Base Pay: Rs 2,50,000
- D.A.(@17%): Rs 42,500
- Total: Rs 2,92,500
So the maximum salary of an IAS officer is Rs. 3.51 million per year.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of the Republic of India said that IAS is the steel frame of India.
Other Facilities and Perks
Salary is not the be-all and end-all of IAS. They get many other facilities too. Those are like these:-
- Officers are often given superb accommodation for very low rent like a big bungalow with its own security guards, gardeners, servants, and cooks usually in the prime locations.
- An IAS officer gets chauffeur operated government cars, usually with blue beacons.
- They often gets free or highly subsided electricity and phone bill reimbursements.
- Some officers get personal bodyguards.
- During official travel for duty, IAS officers get accommodation in very good government bungalows and rest houses.
- Free BSNL broadband connection.
- Job security is one of the best perks of this service. In fact, it is very, very difficult even for a chief minister to terminate an IAS officer’s job since they are protected by legal safeguards.
- IAS officers can apply for a study leave for 2 to 4 years in a reputable foreign university, the cost of which will be borne by the government.
- Postings in a PSU (Public Service Undertaking) could have its own special perks and benefits.
- IAS officers can get lucrative deputation posts in Intergovernmental organizations like United Nations or World Bank etc which gives high salary with foreign posting.
- Seniors sometimes chosen as a part of a delegation team usually led by a minister to go abroad for free. They are treated as VIPs in those foreign countries.
- Free healthcare for self and family.
- Like other central government employees they also get the Children's Education Allowance for maximum two children up to Rs 6750 per month for each.
- Retirement benefits and post retirement high paying postings.
The most valuable perks of being an IAS officer is the power and prestige. A member of the service is treated as a VIP everywhere in India. Things which are too difficult or cumbersome for others to do would be a cakewalk for them. Places which are inaccessible to others could be opened for them.
Moreover, an IAS officer is behind the formation and implementation of the policies of the central and various state governments. There is immense scope of helping millions of people by using the power associated with it.
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