IES 2020: Career Opportunities & Salary Structure for Engineers (After 7th CPC)

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Aug 21, 2020

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It is important to note that the pay scale or the salary structure of Indian engineering services, i.e. IES are as high as other Civil Services. After the 7th Pay Commission, the pay scale and benefits of being a government officer have increased manifold. IES Mains Exam is scheduled for October 18, 2020.  Check IES Exam Dates 2020

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IES Officer Salary 

Salary Structure For Different Posts and Pay Scales

  • Before you actually start thinking about applying for this reputed position, it is important to know about the salary structure depending on different posts and promotions.
  • There is a difference between salaries before and after the 7th Pay Commission. Earlier, the net in-hand salary was INR 42,000 but now the approximate in-hand salary has become INR 55, 135.

Details of the IES Officer Salary

Level Pay Scale Grade Pay Time Frame
Junior level INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 5400 On Joining
Senior Scale INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 6600 5 – 6 years of joining
Junior Administrative Grade INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 7600 Minimum 10 years after joining
Selection grade scale( Chief Engineer L2 / Jt. G M ) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700 20 years or more after joining
Super timegrade (Chief Engr. /Additional GM) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
Cabinet Secretary Grade INR 90,000 N/A Fixed
Apex Pay Scale INR 80,000 N/A Fixed

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IES Officer Salary at Entry-Level

Like all other government and private jobs, entry-level salary of an IES officer is different from those who are highly experienced and working on this post for a longer tenure.

  1. Basic Salary: INR 15600 – INR 39100
  2. Grade Pay: INR 5400
  3. Net Salary: INR 21000
  4. DA (Dearness Allowances): 113% of net salary i.e. 113% of INR 21000 equals to INR 23730
  5. HRA: 30% of Net Salary + DA i.e. 30% of INR (21000 + 23730) equals to INR 13419
  6. Transport Allowance: INR 6600 (for type 1 cities)
  7. Gross Salary: INR 64,749 (Addition of the above)

The pay scale of the employees will be dependent upon the city, they are posted. Read the following content to know the pay scale of three classes:

  • Class A: Metropolis
  • Class B: Metropolis+Other Big Cities
  • Class C: Village+Small Cities


Class A Cities Class B Cities

Class C Cities

Basic Pay 15,600 15,600 15,600
Grade Pay 5,400 5,400 5,400
Net Basic Pay 21,000 21,000 21,000
Dearness Allowance (125% of Basic) 26,250 26,250 26,250
House Rent Allowance 6,300 (30% of Basic) 4,200 (20% of Basic) 2,100 (10% of Basic)
Transport Allowances ((15% of Basic + DA) 7,087 7,087 7,087
IES Gross Salary 60,637 58,537 56,437
IES Deductions (Approx.) 10,000 10,000 10,000

IES Salary in Hand

50,637 48,537


Various Deductions Included in the IES Salary

Various deductions are included in the IES salary. These deductions are according to government policy and are applicable to all.

  • 10% of Gross for Pension
  • NPS Contribution: 10% of Basic + DA
  • Central Government employees group insurance scheme: INR 325
  • Income Tax – Functions of investments and savings in different schemes

Various Allowances & Privileges to IES Officers

Apart from salary, an IES officer will also get various allowances and privileges including:

  1. Residential Quarters or HRA
  2. Dearness Allowance
  3. Leave Travel Allowance/ Tour Allowance
  4. Official Vehicle
  5. Gratuity
  6. CGHS medical facility
  7. Provident Fund
  8. Personal Assistant
  9. Peon
  10. Leave Encashment
  11. Driver
  12. Domestic Servant

Job Profile of an IES Officer

IES or Indian engineering services are the civil services that are appointed so as to accomplish technical and managerial functions for the Indian government.

List of Organizations/Cadres for which the IES Officer is Recruited

The organizations or cadres where IES officers get recruitment are:

  1. Central Power Engineering Services
  2. Indian Telecommunication Service
  3. Indian Navy Armaments Service
  4. Border Roads Engineering Service
  5. Indian Railways Service
  6. Central Engineering Service for Roads
  7. Central Water Engineering
  8. Geological Survey of India
  9. Indian Ordnance Factory
  10. Indian Supply Service
  11. Defence service engineering corps
  12. Central Electrical and mechanical service
  13. Indian Army Engineering Service

Career Growth of an IES Officer

  • The candidate will be selected as an Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director.
  • After an experience of 3 to 4 years, the candidate will be promoted to Executive Engineer or Director.
  • After 13 years of experience, the candidate will be appointed as a Joint General Manager or Chief Engineer of level 2.
  • After 20 years of experience, the candidate will be promoted to the post of Additional General Manager or Chief Engineer.
  • After 30 years of experience, the candidate will become a Senior General Manager.
  • The final promotion will come after gaining experience of 34 years when the candidate will become a Managing Director or Chairperson of the governmental organization.

IES Eligibility

  • The candidate’s selection at each stage of the examination will be subject to the eligibility conditions and hence it is advised to go through the eligibility requirements of the IES officer and then apply for the exam.

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PSU through GATE

  • Candidates can get recruitment in PSU’s through the GATE examination. This exam is conducted at the national level and considered as a qualifying criterion to work with the PSU’s.
  • Nowadays PSU’s are using valid GATE scores to offer recruitment to the graduate engineers. Some of the PSU’s that use this criterion are BHEL, GAIL, BSNL, DMRC, and many more.

Career Opportunities after IES

There is a plethora of opportunities available for recent engineering graduates who successfully get through the IES Exam. UPSC selects and recruits eligible candidates to some reputed government departments such as Indian Railways, Military Engineering Services, Central Engineering Services, Telecommunication Department, and Central Water Services among others. Given below are the career prospects for engineers of various fields:

Career Prospects for Mechanical Engineers after clearing IES

After clearing IES, Mechanical Engineers have a great prospect in Group A services i.e. Mechanical Engineering posts.

  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Indian Naval Armament Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) Indian Navy
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Indian Supply Service
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a branch in the Indian Army
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers

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Career Prospects for Civil Engineers after clearing IES

Those who have graduated in the field of civil engineering can enter the following departments after qualifying in IES Exam.

  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Central Water Engineering
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)
  • Border Roads Engineering Service

Career Prospects for Electrical Engineers after clearing IES

Appointment of Electrical Engineering graduates will be done at the post of an Assistant Executive Electrical Engineer in the following departments of Government of India.

  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts) Indian Inspection Service
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical

Career Prospects for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers

For the post of Grade 1 engineers, graduates in electronics and telecommunication are preferred who successfully get through the exam, i.e., ESE.

  • Junior Telecom Officer in Indian Telecommunication Service
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts)
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade- I
  • Indian Inspection Service Group
  • Indian Telecommunication Service

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.