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IAS Officer: Salary and Facilities

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March 24th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

IAS, which stands for Indian Administrative Services, is one of the most coveted jobs in India. Every year, lakhs of candidates appear for Indian Civil Services Exam in order to become an IAS. However, only a few succeed.

The biggest attraction of an IAS post is the power and prestige that come with it. You are directly involved in the functioning of the government, and you get a whole lot of perks which almost lead to a royal lifestyle. However, even if you have remove the prestige and power quotient, the post of IAS is still lucrative in terms of starting salary and the growth.

Read: Civil Service Exam 2013 Notification

How much is an IAS recruit paid?

In India, government employees are paid according to pay scales. Pay scales indicate the minimum and maximum basic pay of an employee according to his position. For an IAS officer, there are five scales viz. Junior Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade, Selection Grade, and Super Time Scale.

Junior Scale- A new IAS recruit joins at this pay scale. This pay scale has a basic pay of INR 15,600-39,100, apart from a Grade Pay of INR 5400. After serving two years as a probationary officer, a new IAS recruit gets posted as a sub collector or a SDO.

Senior Time Scale- An IAS recruit gets promoted to this pay scale after at least 5 years of service. The pay band is the same in this scale as that in Junior Scale, but the grade pay increases to INR 6600.

Junior Administrative Grade- The pay band again remains the same in this scale. However, the grade pay increases to INR 7600. An IAS gets promoted to this scale after at least 9 years of service.

Selection grade- The pay band in this scale is between INR 37,400 – 67,000, with a grade pay of INR 8700.

Super time scale- The pay band in this scale is the same i.e. INR 37,400-67,000, with a grade pay of INR 8700. An IAS gets promoted to this scale after at least 17-20 years of service.

What is the starting salary of an IAS?

While that was about the general pay scales and pay bands, that gives no idea about the starting salary of an IAS recruit. As of now, the starting salary of an IAS recruit is calculated as follows:

Basic Pay- INR 23,640
Daily Allowance (65% of Basic Pay)- INR 23,640
HRA (30% of basic pay)- INR 7092
TA- INR 5280
Total salary- INR 51,378

That is the salary of an IAS recruit when he starts his career. The basic pay usually increases at the rate of 3% every year, while the DA increases at the rate of 10-12%. Add to that salary a whole lot of perks such as a chauffeur driven car, a nice bungalow, free electricity, 24/7 security and much more. When seen as a whole, that is much more than the salary offered to new recruits by most private sector organizations.

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