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IAS Officer Salary, Perks and Responsibilities | Quick Read4 min read

January 11, 2020 3 min read
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IAS Officer Salary, Perks and Responsibilities | Quick Read4 min read

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The Indi­an Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vice is the arm of Indi­an Civ­il Ser­vices. It is rec­og­nized as the pri­ma­ry civ­il ser­vice of India. It is one of the three admin­is­tra­tive arms of the All India Ser­vices. There are Indi­an Police Ser­vice Offi­cers IPS offi­cers) as well as the Indi­an For­est Ser­vice Offi­cers (IFoS offi­cers).

The Indi­an Civ­il Ser­vices will be dif­fi­cult to func­tion if the Indi­an Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vice is absent. There­fore, there is a promi­nent pres­ence of IAS in gov­er­nance. An IAS offi­cer’s salary in India is reward­ing, just like the ser­vice.

To get into civ­il ser­vices you need to clear the UPSC CSE exams. An IAS offi­cer assists the rul­ing gov­ern­ment in fram­ing the poli­cies and admin­is­tra­tion for the pub­lic sec­tor. There­after, they assess the effect of the imple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies and give feed­back and sug­ges­tions to the gov­ern­ment. There is a whole lot of respon­si­bil­i­ties and pow­er that entails under the rank of an IAS Offi­cer.

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The Levels Of An IAS Officer:

  • An IAS offi­cer joins the admin­is­tra­tion of the state at a sub-divi­sion­al lev­el. Either as a Dis­trict Mag­is­trate in a dis­trict or Joint Com­mis­sion­er in the State Gov­ern­ment.
  • As a civ­il ser­vant, his/her duty is to look after the gen­er­al admin­is­tra­tion of the area assigned. The law and order also need to be tak­en in con­trol by the sub-divi­sion­al mag­is­trate.
  • Sec­ond­ly, at the dis­trict lev­el, as a dis­trict com­mis­sion­er, dis­trict mag­is­trate or dis­trict col­lec­tor, x
  • There are var­i­ous oth­er lev­els to serve under. The deputy com­mis­sion­er and joint sec­re­tary are some of the oth­er few.
  • IAS offi­cers can also be appoint­ed as State Sec­re­tari­ats.

The Responsibilities:

An IAS Offi­cer is enti­tled to var­i­ous respon­si­bil­i­ties. They depend on the posi­tion and expe­ri­ence.

  • Plan­ning poli­cies with the con­cerned min­is­ter of the gov­ern­ment and hence­forth, imple­ment­ing the poli­cies under super­vi­sion.
  • Being answer­able to the par­lia­ment and state leg­is­la­tures in case of vio­la­tion of any rules.
  • Trav­el­ing abroad on var­i­ous mis­sions by the gov­ern­ment.
  • Assigned to super­vise and work under a depart­ment that falls direct­ly under the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.
  • A major part of the respon­si­bil­i­ties involves being in charge of a dis­trict, a state, or a depart­ment.
  • Pri­vate orga­ni­za­tions also appoint IAS Offi­cers. But, that only com­pris­es of short tenures.
  • IAS offi­cers get func­tion­al roles in var­i­ous types of assign­ments. The three most sig­nif­i­cant assign­ments come under the cat­e­go­ry of either field, the state sec­re­tari­at, or the cen­tral sec­re­tari­at.

Salary & Perks of IAS Officer:

The most impor­tant thing is that you should nev­er make the deci­sion of join­ing civ­il ser­vices influ­enced by the pay scale. The urge is to under­stand the impor­tance and pow­er that you are enti­tled to as an IAS offi­cer. It is the roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties and not the salary and perks that should inspire you to become an IAS offi­cer.

The rank of an IAS Offi­cer is not mere­ly a pro­fes­sion. It is much more than just a nor­mal career path. An IAS Offi­cer con­tributes to nation-build­ing.

There­fore, under the 6th Pay Com­mis­sion, the salary of an IAS Offi­cer increased dras­ti­cal­ly. It fur­ther increased with the release of the 7th Pay Com­mis­sion in 2016.

The salary of each IAS Offi­cer depends on the post that they are assigned to. There are dif­fer­ent pay lev­els of an IAS offi­cer. In fact, almost all IAS Offi­cers get the salary between INR 56,100 and can go up to INR 1,50,000. In gen­er­al, an IAS Offi­cer’s salary falls under the brack­et of INR 56,100 to INR 2,50,000, depend­ing on the post.

The salary struc­ture con­sists of Basic Pay + Dear­ness Allowance + Trans­port Allowance + House Rent Allowance.

Apart from the high pay scale, an IAS offi­cer also gets addi­tion­al perks in this job pro­file, such as:


An IAS Offi­cer gets to live in the gov­ern­ment res­i­den­tial divi­sions at the cap­i­tal of whichev­er state they are post­ed in.


IAS offi­cers also get house helpers like cook, a gar­den­er as well as secu­ri­ty guards.

Sub­si­dized Bills

The elec­tric­i­ty and water bills get sub­sidy for the IAS offi­cer’s house­hold.

Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices

IAS offi­cers get trans­porta­tion ser­vices with dri­vers for any com­mut­ing needs.

Pen­sion & Retire­ment Ben­e­fits

IAS offi­cers receive a life­time of month­ly pen­sion along with oth­er retire­ment ben­e­fits like Gra­tu­ity, PF, etc.

IAS EXAM Eligibility

  • A bach­e­lor’s degree in any field from an acknowl­edged uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Min­i­mum 21 years and max­i­mum of 32 years of age.
  • Last­ly, a can­di­date can give a max­i­mum of six attempts for this exam. Relax­ation is avail­able for SC/ST and OBC cat­e­gories.

IAS Exam Schedule 2020

If you also have the dream to become an IAS/IPS offi­cer, then mark your cal­en­dars. UPSC IAS Pre­lims 2020 Exam (Objec­tive) will be on 31st May 2020. The last date for receipt of appli­ca­tions is 3rd March 2020. The Main Exam (writ­ten) 2020 will com­mence from Sep­tem­ber 18, 2020.

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