One of the most desired job profiles in the country; the Indian Administrative Services offer the prestige of being associated with a government job and a host of perks at the same time This article focus on IAS salary based on ranks and scale.

In India, the different groups of government employees are entitled to receive different pay scales that directly point towards the maximum or minimum of their basic pay in accordance with their positions. The Indian Administrative Services or IAS officers have five scales namely the Junior Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade, Selection Grade and Super Time Scale. The salary of IAS officer is among the highest paying salaries in government sector. Here is a glimpse of what the Indian Administrative Officers receive as pay scales in different scales.

Salary Structure of IAS Officer

Grade Position in the State Government(s) or Central government Pay Scale (per month)
Above Super Time Scale Principal Secretary in the State Government ₹67,000-79,000
Apex Scale Chief Secretary of States, Secretary (Union Secretaries in charge) of
various ministries of Government of India
₹80,000 (fixed)
Cabinet Secretary Grade Cabinet Secretary of India ₹90,000
Junior Administrative Grade District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District ₹15,600-₹39,100 plus grade pay of₹7600
Junior Time Scale Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district/Section officer
in state secretariat (Entry)/Assistant Director the Government of India
₹15,600-₹39,100 plus grade pay of₹5400
Selection Grade District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District
or Special Secretary in the State government
or Director in the Government of India
₹37,400-₹67,000 plus grade Pay of₹8700
Senior Time Scale District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District ₹15,600-₹39,100 plus grade pay of₹6600
Super Time Scale Divisional Commissioner in a division
or Secretary in the State government
or Joint Secretary to the Government of India
₹37,400-₹67,000 plus grade pay of₹10000


Expected Salary After 7th Pay Commission Norm

  • Junior Scale- Grade Pay INR 5400 plus pay band of INR 15600- 39100
  • Senior Time Scale- Pay Band INR 15600-39100 with INR 6600 as grade pay.
  • Junior Administrative Grade- Pay band INR 15600-39100 along with INR 7600 Grade Pay.
  • Selection Grade Officer is entitled to a Grade Pay of INR 8700 plus pay band of INR 37400- 67,000
  • Super Time Scale- Pay Band of INR 37400- 67,000 plus INR 10,000 as Grade Pay

Salary of the Administrative Grade

Type of Pay Scale Salary at Entry Level
Higher Administrative Grade INR 201000
Higher Administrative Grade+ Scale INR 226500
Apex Scale INR 240000
Cabinet Secretary INR 270000

A Brief Look of IAS Officers Salary Per Month

A rough estimation of the total salary earned by an IAS officer has been made, keeping all the components of his salary in view:

  • Basic Pay- INR 23,640
  • HRA (at 30 percent)- INR 7,092
  • D.A (at 65 percent) – INR 15,366
  • T.A- INR 5280

Therefore, the total average salary stands at INR 51,378. It however, remains changeable with time. Considering the fact that his basic pay is likely to go up by 3 percent per year and DA by 10 to 14 percent, an officer can expect to earn double after every 7 to 9 years in service.

Other Benefits for IAS Officers

The officers are quite deservedly entitled to a series of benefits or perks including:

  • HRA
  • DA (As per available information, it is revised half yearly, mainly being governed by the inflation index)
  • Water Bills
  • Official Accommodation- Bungalows with gardeners and security guards at very low rates. They get similar facilities (bungalows) while traveling for official purposes as well
  • Electricity Bills
  • Office Vehicles
  • Phone Bills
  • Government cars with red lights?
  • Study leave of 2-4 years in a foreign university, expenses of which are borne by the Government of India
  • Pensions