IAS Salary 2020
Updated on Feb 6, 2020 - 6:07 p.m. IST by Team Careers360
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IAS Salary 2020 - Many candidates often want to know about the salary of IAS officer as IAS is the most sought government civil services. Candidates who qualify for UPSC Civil Services Examination within top 75 - 100 ranks have an opportunity to become an IAS officer depending on candidates declared preference in his/her detailed application form and interview board recommendation. Many are of the opinion that the salary of IAS officer is not good enough, but the 6th and now 7th Pay Commission has increased the IAS salary 2020 drastically. Under the 7th Pay Commission, revisions have been made to IAS 2020 salary. Now the monthly salary of IAS officer has increased to Rs. 56,100/- (as basic pay) at the time of entry level. The IAS salary 2020 can reach Rs.2,50,000 at the level of Cabinet Secretary. Check all details pertaining to the salary of IAS officer in this article. UPSC Civil Services Examination is a single window entry to the elite civil services of India.

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Civil services is considered a prestigious career choice and an IAS officer commands a unique respect and standing in society. Thus, along with a handsome IAS salary 2020, the prestige and status associated with the position makes this job the best desired career option in India. The exclusive perks and benefits along with the IAS 2020 salary make the remuneration of UPSC IAS 2020 officers comparable to their private sector counterparts.

IAS Salary 2020 Revision - Latest Updates

The 7th pay Commission has removed the system of Pay Grades for Civil Services and the new structure has introduced Consolidated Pay Levels. Under the 6th Pay Commission, the basic IAS 2020 salary was Rs. 21000/-. Post 7th Pay Commission, it has increased to Rs. 56100/-.

What will the IAS 2020 Salary Consist of?

Most candidates do not realise that the IAS salary is a compilation of the basic pay plus a lot of perks and remuneration. Currently, the salary of IAS officer consists of Basic Pay along with TA, DA and HRA.

IAS 2020 salary is a sum of the following components:

  • Basic pay

  • Dearness Allowance (DA)

  • House Rent Allowance (HRA)

  • Travel Allowance (TA)

How to Calculate IAS Salary?

The computation of total salary of IAS = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA.
The salary of IAS officers starts at the same level and then increases with their tenure and promotions. After selection, every IAS officer undergoes training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). During the training period, the IAS officer is provided accommodation at LBSNAA, so HRA and the other perks like DA and TA are not paid.

IAS Salary 2020 after Joining = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

  • Given that the basic pay at the time of entry level is Rs. 56100/- and no HRA, DA and TA are paid, the monthly IAS salary after joining will be Rs. 56100/- only.

  • There would also be some monthly deductions to IAS 2020 salary like income tax, professional tax or Central Provident Fund or Central Pension Fund (CPF) etc.

IAS officers provided with government accommodation and vehicles cannot claim HRA and TA. Their total salary will be computed as,

IAS Salary 2020 (without HRA and TA) = Basic Pay + DA + 0 + 0

Sample of IAS 2020 Salary Slip

ias-salary-slip


IAS Salary 2020: Basic Pay

  • At the starting level, the basic pay for an IAS officer increases 3% each year (for the number of years he/she remains Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM)).

  • At the Cabinet Secretary level, the basic pay remains fixed.

IAS 2020 Salary: Dearness Allowance (DA)

  • At the start of their career, the DA is fixed at 0% for IAS officers and it increases with time.

  • DA increase is dependent on inflation. It is calculated as per Consumer Price Index (CPI) Level.

  • DA is revised on half yearly basis i.e. it is calculated in January and then in July every year.

  • Generally, the DA increases 0-14% each year at the entry level. But sometimes DA may touch 100% of Salary. For example, in 2016, Dearness Allowance touched 107% of Basic pay of government employees.

IAS Salary 2020: Travel Allowance (TA)

  • TA is given to meet various expenses related to travel.

  • If an IAS officer has been provided a vehicle by the government, then he/she cannot claim TA.

Thus, the monthly salary of IAS officer can range between Rs. 56100 – Rs. 132000 depending upon DA, HRA and TA.

IAS 2020 Salary: Pay Matrix

The 7th pay commission has introduced a new Pay Matrix system. The pay matrix system consists of 18 horizontal levels.

  • These 18 horizontal levels take care of promotions.

  • The vertical range for each of these 18 levels takes care of annual increments.

  • The Junior Scale is Level 10 in the Pay Matrix.

The salary of an IAS officer at entry level will be based on emoluments recommended by 7th Pay Commision at Level 10 i.e Junior Scale. The starting salaries of IAS/IPS/IRS and all Group A Civil Servants are the same (Pay Level 10) and goes upto Pay Level 18.

The image of IAS salary matrix is given here,

ias salary structure

Note: Apart from these, 7th Pay Commission has done away with the Pay Band – Grade Pay System (the first two rows shown in orange colour) which existed before.

  • In the above picture, the previous pay bands in orange colour are shown for comparison purpose only.

  • The new Pay Levels are highlighted horizontally (1-18).

  • Within the same column, if you go downward, the pay for the next years is mentioned.

Generally speaking, IAS officers normally get a promotion every 4-5 years.

IAS Officer Pay Scale in India

Careers-wise Posts

Number of years required in Service

Basic Pay (INR)

District Administration

State Secretariat

Central Secretariat

Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM)

Under Secretary

Assistant Secretary

1-4

56100

Additional district magistrate (ADM)

Deputy Secretary

Under Secretary

5-8

67,700

District magistrate (DM)

Joint Secretary

Deputy Secretary

9-12

78,800

District magistrate (DM)

Special Secretary-cum-Director

Director

13-16

1,18,500

Divisional Commissioner (DC)

Secretary-cum-Commissioner

Joint Secretary

16-24

1,44,200

Divisional Commissioner (DC)

Principal Secretary

Additional secretary

25-30

1,82,200

No Equivalent Rank

Additional Chief Secretary

No Equivalent Rank

30-33

2,05,400

No Equivalent Rank

Chief Secretary

Secretary

34-36

2,25,000

No Equivalent Rank

No Equivalent Rank

Cabinet Secretary of India

37+ years

2,50,000

Perks and Benefits offered to an IAS officer

Residence

IAS officers are eligible to get bungalows and big houses for residential purposes on very low or no rent. They are also allowed to avail the services of maids, cooks, gardeners, security guards, etc.

Transport

They are allotted chauffeur-driven cars for official purposes

Security


Given the high profile and sometimes dangerous nature of the job, IAS officers are provided with security guards for themselves and even their family.

Bills

They get electricity, water, gas and phone connections for free or for highly subsidised charges.


Job Security

As in government jobs, IAS officers enjoy immense job security. It is not easy to fire an IAS officer as the process requires extensive investigations and inquiries.

Study Leaves


On completion of 7 years of service, IAS officers can also go for study leaves for 2 years. They are allowed to undergo courses at reputed foreign universities and the cost of such courses is undertaken by the government.


Lifetime Pension

IAS officers are eligible for lifetime pension and other retirement benefits.

Post-retirement

Officers can also be appointed to commissions or tribunals and other departments of the government

Trips

They can get subsidised accommodation in government guest houses or bungalows when on official or non-official trips.

Despite a drastic improvement in the amount payable, the salary of IAS officer doesn’t really match up to the private sector counterparts. However, the dream of an IAS aspirant to become an IAS officer is not for the money. More than IAS salary 2020, it is the job profile of an IAS officer that draws and deserves the utmost attention. Civil servants like IAS officer are responsible for the administration and development of the country. They have a unique opportunity to positively impact millions of lives through their work. They have immense power and authority to influence government policies on social initiatives, education, health and economy of the country. The civil service is an opportunity to serve the nation and people of the country.

Previously, under 6th Central Pay Commission, the IAS Pay Scale was as follows:

Post

Grade

Number of years required in service

Pay Scale

Grade Pay of IAS officer

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)

Junior or Lower Time Scale

15600 – 39100

5400

District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

Senior Time Scale

5

15600 – 39100

6600

Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments

Junior Administrative

9

15600 – 39100

7600

Secretary to a Ministry

Selection Grade

12 – 15

37400 – 67000

8700

Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government

Super Time Scale

17 – 20

37400 – 67000

8700

Varies

Above Super Time Scale

Varies

37400 – 67000

12000

Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

Apex Scale

Varies

80000 (Fixed)

NA

Cabinet Secretary of India

Cabinet Secretary Grade

Varies

90000 (Fixed)

NA

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IAS Salary 2020

Question: What is the salary of an IAS officer per month in India?

Answer:

After the 7th Pay Commision, the monthly salary of IAS officer starts at Rs. 56100 for the entry-level positions. In addition to basic pay, other remuneration like HRA, DA and TA are also a part of IAS salary.

Question: What is the highest salary of IAS officer?

Answer:

The Cabinet Secretary of India which is the highest post for an IAS officer has monthly basic pay Rs. 2,50,000. In addition to basic pay, other remuneration like HRA, DA and TA are also a part of IAS salary.

Question: Do IAS officers pay income tax?

Answer:

Yes,  IAS officers pay income tax.

Question: Who earns more IAS, IPS or IRS?

Answer:

The starting salaries of IAS, IPS, IRS and all Group A Civil Servants are the same.

Question: Does an IAS officer get a house and a car?

Answer:

An IAS officer are eligible for many perks and benefits like government accommodation, vehicle, subsidised bills for electricity, water, gas and phone connections etc.

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