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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian Engineering Services examination for recruitment to technical and managerial posts. A career in Indian Engineering Services is highly coveted. The postings are in the Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunications, Mechanical, and Civil domains. Placements are made in different Ministries and government departments like Telecom, National Highways Authority of India, Border Roads, Railways, Naval Armaments, Ordinance factories, IDSE, MES, CPWD, and others. 

The IES salary structure comes under the 7th Pay Commission. The salary varies according to the post and job location. The basic pay of an IES officer at the time of joining is ₹15,600 to ₹39,100. IES officers are also entitled to various perks and benefits. This article will discuss the IES salary structure, allowances, promotions/ career growth, opportunities available after clearing the IES exam, and other related information. 

Did you know that IES officers are provided with domestic help too? This is in order for them to better focus on their duties and responsibilities.

IES Officers’ Salary Structure

Besides the basic pay (₹15,600 to ₹39,100) the officers are also provided with perks and allowances according to the post and the location of the posting. The salary structure is similar to that of Civil Service Officers. 

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Level/ Post-wise Indian Engineering Services Salary

The salary structure of various IES posts is given below:

IES Officer Level

IES Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Time Taken for Promotion

Junior Level

₹15,600 to ₹ 39,100

₹ 5400

Immediate joining

IES Senior Scale

₹15,600 to ₹ 39,100

₹ 6600 

5 to 6 years after joining

IES Junior Administrative Grade

₹15,600 to ₹ 39,100

₹ 7600

Minimum 10 years after initial joining

Selection Grade Scale (Chief Engineer L2/Joint GM)

₹37,400 to ₹ 67,000

₹ 8700

13 years after joining

Super Timegrade (Chief Engineer/Additional GM)

₹37,400 to ₹ 67,000

₹ 8700

20 years or more

Cabinet Secretary Grade


₹ 8700

Based on the performance of the employee

IES Engineer Salary – Perks and Allowances

IES officers enjoy several perks and allowances. They are entitled to the following benefits.

  • Quarters or HRA (House Rent Allowance) – Officers are provided with residential quarters, but if the officer wishes to make his own arrangements HRA is provided according to the job location.

  • Dearness Allowance (DA) – Dearness Allowance is calculated according to the rate of inflation.

  • Travel Allowance for Leave – This is an employee incentive. The amount of leave travel allowance depends on various factors. 

  • Gratuity – Gratuity is provided as a token of appreciation to the officers for their services.

  • Provident Fund – The Provident Fund is provided to officers as a retirement benefit.

  • CGHS Medical Facility – It covers the medical needs of IES officers. In some departments, it is provided as an extra payout.

  • Personal Assistant – A personal assistant is assigned to the IES officer who assists with official duties.

  • Peon – IES officers are provided with a peon to help with official work.

  • Leave Encashment – If paid leaves are pending at the year’s end, the facility to encash them is provided to the officers.

  • Official Vehicle – The official vehicle is provided to officers for official work like covering sites and attending meetings and seminars.

  • Driver – A driver is provided to drive the official car of the IES officer.

  • Domestic Help – Domestic help is also provided to assist with household work.

Deductions from an IES Officer’s Salary

In accordance with government policies, certain deductions are made from the IES salary per month. These IES officer salary deductions are as follows. 

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IES Salary Structure

The salary structure of the IES officers according to the cities they are posted in and after deductions is as follows: 


  Class A Cities

    Class B Cities

    Class C Cities

  Basic Pay




  Grade Pay




  Net Basic Pay




  Dearness Allowance (25% of Basic)




  House Rent Allowance

  ₹6,300 (30%)

  ₹4,200 (20% of Basic Pay)

    ₹2,100 (10% of   Basic Pay)

    Transport Allowances

(15% of Basic)




    IES Gross Salary




    IES Deductions




    IES Salary in Hand




Career Growth of an IES Officer

The career progression of an IES officer is described below: 

  • The initial posting of a candidate after clearing an IES examination is Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director in any government department.

  • After 4 years of service, the officer can be promoted to the post of Executive Engineer or Director. It depends on their individual performance.

  • An officer becomes eligible to be promoted to the level of Joint General Manager or Chief Engineer of level 2 after 13 years of service.

  • The last promotion is given after 34 years of service when the officer is promoted to the level of Managing Director or Chairperson. 

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Career Opportunities After Clearing IES

Career opportunities in different engineering fields are listed below: 

For Civil Engineers

  • Border Roads Engineering Service

  • Central Engineering Service

  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)

  • Central Water Engineering

  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers

  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)

  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers

  • Indian Railway Stores Service

For Electrical Engineers

  • Central Electrical and Mechanical

  • Central Power Engineering Service

  • Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts) Indian Inspection Service

  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers

  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers

For Mechanical Engineers

  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service

  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) Indian Navy

  • Central Power Engineering Service

  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a branch in the Indian Army

  • Geological Survey of India

  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers

  • Indian Naval Armament Service

  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers

  • Indian Supply Service

For Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers

  • Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade- I

  • Central Power Engineering Service

  • Indian Inspection Service Group

  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts)

  • Indian Telecommunications Service

  • Junior Telecom officer in Indian Telecommunication Service


In conclusion, the Indian Engineering Services (IES) offer a rewarding and fulfilling career for those interested in technical fields such as engineering and architecture. The IES salary structure is competitive, with a starting salary of approximately 56,100 per month and opportunities for promotions and pay increases as an officer progresses through the ranks. In addition to a salary, IES officers also receive a range of benefits and perks, such as medical insurance, a housing allowance, and a pension. While the IES selection process is competitive, it is a highly sought-after career for those who are willing to put in the hard work and dedication required to succeed.

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