IAS Salary 2020 - Many candidates often want to know about the salary of IAS officers. The IAS salary 2020 can reach Rs.2,50,000 at the level of Cabinet Secretary. 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. Candidates who qualify for UPSC IAS 2020 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. IAS Officers, along with a handsome IAS salary 2020, get the prestige and status in Indian society. 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. Check all details pertaining to the salary of IAS officers in this article. UPSC Civil Services Examination is a single-window entry to the elite civil services of India.
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IAS Salary 2020

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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/-.

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UPS IAS Salary 2020 Components

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 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



Additional district magistrate (ADM)

Deputy Secretary

Under Secretary



District magistrate (DM)

Joint Secretary

Deputy Secretary



District magistrate (DM)

Special Secretary-cum-Director




Divisional Commissioner (DC)


Joint Secretary



Divisional Commissioner (DC)

Principal Secretary

Additional secretary



No Equivalent Rank

Additional Chief Secretary

No Equivalent Rank



No Equivalent Rank

Chief Secretary




No Equivalent Rank

No Equivalent Rank

Cabinet Secretary of India

37+ years


Perks and Benefits offered to an IAS officer


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.


They are allotted chauffeur-driven cars for official purposes


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


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.


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


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:



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


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

Senior Time Scale


15600 – 39100


Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments

Junior Administrative


15600 – 39100


Secretary to a Ministry

Selection Grade

12 – 15

37400 – 67000


Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government

Super Time Scale

17 – 20

37400 – 67000



Above Super Time Scale


37400 – 67000


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

Apex Scale


80000 (Fixed)


Cabinet Secretary of India

Cabinet Secretary Grade


90000 (Fixed)


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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IAS Salary 2020

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


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?


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?


Yes,  IAS officers pay income tax.

Question: Who earns more IAS, IPS or IRS?


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?


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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i want to be an ias with a backup plan what should I choose ba or bsc

chinmayi 28th Mar, 2020


All The Best as you have a dream to become an IAS  . I suggest you to take B.Sc as there is science stream in your class 11 and 12 . You have many opportunities as you can do M.Sc or PhD after doing B.Sc . You have an opportunity if you fail to achieve your dream of an IAS officer . If you don't get selected for IAS then you have a chance of becoming professor .

Dream to become an IAS but have an other option also in your career . You should work very hard to become an IAS . But concentrate on your degree as Degree is most crucial to become an IAS as without a degree you are not supposed to write the prelims exam .

Hope this helps you .


if agri is the correct graduation for IAS /

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

First of all,according to eligibility criteria for UPSC,candidates need to pass graduation in any discipline and attained 21 years age, you can appear even in your final year,there isn't any best course or correct course in this matter, the sole reason being UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam. As per previous year trends also,people from different backgrounds like engineering, medical etc too have succeeded, what eventually matters is planning and strategy in this exam.

what are the groups in intermediate which is best for ias?

Megha 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

I will suggest you to first choose wisely your undergraduate and start preparing from starting itself.

Then , choose your subjects according to your preparation and interest that what subject you will take as an optional subject in your exams

Many people go for subjects in ART stream like bachelor of art with subject like geography , history , political science etc according to your interest .

Also , you can try for humanities.

Hope it helps , if you have further query please feel free to ask !


i want to become an IAS.so after finishing my hsc second year which is the better course for my brightfull future?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

In order to appear for UPSC, you just need to be 21 years old and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university,you can apply even in your final year. UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam.

See, it's important to understand where your interest lies, and accordingly choose career path. As UPSC is more humanities oriented, it's becomes comparatively easier for arts students to prepare for this exam as they're already well acquainted with this syllabus while science students didn't have any of these subjects at +2 level. But, let me tell you as per previous year trends, many people belonging to engineering and medical too have succeeded, and the only reason being eventually it's the planning and strategy that matters. So, think out clearly about your areas of interest, if you're absolutely clear about UPSC and have liking for any arts subject such as law, political science, history, economics etc you may go ahead, secondly if you're not sure, go with your choice it may be medical, management, engineering or anything else, even if you later feel like giving UPSC,  you can definitely go ahead after gaining some experiences in your related career field like so many successful candidates have done in the past.


I want to start my IAS preparation from home other than going to coaching centers.i want to write this exam in the year 2023 as I was born in march 2002,is it right?..which books help me for write the preliminary & mains better.i want to study in a smart way rather than spending a lot of time in it.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

The eligibility criteria for appearing in UPSC civil services examination is to have a graduate degree and age above 21.First of all you should start studying newspapers daily either The Hindu or The Indian Express.
Every topper recommends that your resources should be limited because there are tonnes of materials in the market and indulging in each one of them will waste your time and you will get confused ending up in messing everything.
There are few standard books recommended by toppers,these are :
  • NCERT books from 6 to 12.
  • Laxmikant for Polity
  • Spectrum fo Modern India
  • Tamil Nadu board book of class 11th for Ancient and Medieval india
  • Shankar IAS book for Environment
  • GC Leong for Gerography
  • Ramesh Singh for Economy.
  • Nitin Singhnia for Art and Culture
Apart from that keep and eye on everything happening around world and be curious.
For Mains,GS 1,2,3 above books and current affairs and for GS 4 you should study Lexicon.Apart from that you should study ARC Reports,NITI Ayog action agenda,PIB,PRS,Indian year book,Budget and Economic survey(of the year in which you will appear in the exam)

Good Luck
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