Needless to say, the path to become an IAS officer requires dedication and hardwork, and the UPSC Civil Services exam for IAS isn't an easy nut to crack, to say the least.
But once you make it, there are plenty of perks available. These include power, respect, numerous allowances, and decent salary cheques.
Read on to know how much money an IAS officer makes.
Basic pay of entry-level IAS officers
After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the basic pay of an entry-level IAS officer is prefixed at Rs. 56,100 per month.
Notably, this base pay doesn't include the various allowances that an IAS officer is entitled to.
Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), and Travel Allowance (TA) are provided separately.
Total Pay is basic pay, inclusive of all allowances
In addition to the base pay, an IAS officer is also entitled to a House Rent Allowance (HRA), which is 8-24% of the base salary, depending on the class of city.
Additionally, a Dearness Allowance (DA) is also provided, based on the Inflation Index (CPI).
Further, for meeting an officer's travel costs, a Travel Allowance (TA) is also provided.
How is the salary of an IAS officer determined
The Commission has introduced a new Pay Matrix System, under which the salary is determined on two scales- the Horizontal scale has 18 levels that takes into account pay fixation based on MACP or Promotion.
On the other hand, the Vertical bar for each of these 18 levels determines pay levels by considering annual increments.
The scale of an IAS officer's salary structure
There are, in total, 18 pay levels.
Notably, IAS officers are generally promoted every 4-5 years.
The annual increments in the base pay of officers is in the range of Rs. 1,000-5,000.
The highest base pay salary (ie. Level 18) of Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India is Rs. 2,50,000.