Nature of Work and Salary of an IAS

An IAS officer has a very interesting job profile. He/she is responsible for the direct administration of the area he/she is placed in.

As per the government records, an IAS is responsible for maintenance of law and order, revenue administration and other aspects of the administration in the area under him.


Specifically, the functions of an IAS officer include:

  • Collection of revenue and function as Courts in revenue matters;
  • Maintenance of law and order;
  • Function as Executive Magistrate;
  • Function as Chief Development Officer (CDO)/District Development Commissioner;
  • Supervision of implementation of policies of State Government and Central Government;
  • Oversee implementation of policies;
  • Supervision of expenditure of public funds as per norms of financial propriety;
  • In the process of policy formulation and decision making, IAS officers at various levels like Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary etc. Give their Suggestions and give final shape to policies;
  • To handle the daily affairs of the government, including framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister-in-charge of the concerned Ministry;


Prospects for an IAS

An IAS officers can be appointed in autonomous organizations; subordinate organizations; PSUs; UN Organizations; international organizations, like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, in various capacities. They also serve as Personal Secretaries to Ministers in Central Government. There is provision for deputation of IAS officers to private organizations also for a fixed tenure.

Thus, it is clear that the job profile of an IAS officer consists of mainly supervision and implementation of public policies. The work profile gives a candidate good opportunity to explore one’s potential and caliber.

Salary and Other Allowances of an IAS Officer

The Salary and other perks of an IAS officer, though not as high as some individuals in the corporate world, are quite respectable. An IAS officer gets salary and other perks according to government rules on the same, and depending upon his/her years of service as a civil servant.

An IAS officer is entitled to four broad paybands, which are as under-


  1. No.
Designation Payscale
1 Under Secretary in Government of India Entitled to Payband-3 and a Grade pay of Rs. 6600, after completion of four years of service.
2 Deputy Secretary in Government of India Entitled to Junior Administrative Grade of Payscale-3, along with a Gradepay of Rs. 7600, after completion of 9 years of service.
3 Director in Government of India Entitled to Selection Grade, with Payscale-4, along with a Gradepay of Rs. 8700, after completion of 13 years of service
4 Joint Secretary to Government of IndiaOr

Secretary in State Government

Entitled to Super Time Scale of Payscale-4, along with a Gradepay of Rs. 10000, after completion of 16 years of service.
5 Additional Secretary to Government of Indiaor

Principal Secretary to State Government

Entitled to Higher Administrative Grade, after completion of 25 years of service
6 Secretary to Government of Indiaor

Chief Secretary

Entitled to Apex Payscale of Rs. 80000 (fixed), after completion of 30 years of service
7 Cabinet Secretary Rs. 90000 (fixed)



Payband-3 = Rs 15600-39100

Payband-4 = Rs 37400-67000


Apart from the above mentioned basic pay-scales and grade-pay, a civil servant is also entitled to other allowances and perks, as per the rules of the Government of India. A civil servant is also entitled to allowances like- DA, HRA, and other allowances.


Overall, the salary and other allowances of an IAS officer are enough to provide him/her a decent lifestyle, to support oneself and one’s family. The government ensures that the considerations of the material security does not become an impediment to the performance of duty by an IAS officer.

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