Top 10 Highest Paying Government Jobs in India (Salary, Perks, and Application Process)
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Top 10 Highest Paying Government Jobs in India (Salary, Perks, and Application Process)

Most of the youth want to become IAS officers because of their high salary, status, and power. But some other highly reputed and well-paid jobs like SEBI Grade A officer, which you might be unaware of. 

So, you’ll learn about the top 10 highest paying government jobs in India, some of which are less popular among people which will help you crack easily because the competition is lesser as compared to other popular jobs like UPSC or Defense services.

Without any further ado, let’s dig deep about the Best highest paying government jobs in India for 2021.

Top 10 Highest Paying Government Jobs in India 2021

#1. UPSC Civil Services Officer

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A. Indian Foreign Services

Indian Foreign Services (IFS) under UPSC is the highest paid government job in India with above $4,000 salary if posted abroad. After IFS Officers come to the IAS and IPS officers when it comes to salary.

Only top 20 to 25 candidates become eligible for IFS posts and the candidate has to select the preference (whether he will go for IFS, IAS, or IPS) during the selection procedure.

An IFS Officer’s job is to represent the Indian government in foreign countries. They play vital roles in strengthening diplomatic relationships with other nations.

Salary 

IFS officer’s starting salary is around Rs. 80,000 but when they are posted abroad they get a foreign allowance of 3,000-4,000 USD (above Rs. 2 lakh) and their salary becomes 4,000-5,500 USD (around Rs. 3 lakh).

Other perks 

  • Free 2 or 3 BHK accommodation in posh areas
  • Free education to their kids in international schools
  • Official luxury car with driver
  • Housemaid and Gunman facility
  • Free medical treatment
  • Free air tickets for travel to India
  • You can take your family abroad 

B. Indian Administrative Services (IAS) or Indian Police Services (IPS)

IAS works in the field as District Magistrate, Secretary, or Directors of various departments to implement the government policies among the common man. They become the policymakers of the nation. 

IPS officers have the responsibility to maintain the law and order in the country. They enforce laws to keep the internal security of India intact.

Salary 

IAS and IPS officer’s starting salary is around Rs. 58,000 after the training period is over. In the next 5 years, they start getting Rs. 1 lakh per month and 10 years later, they reach the Rs. 2.50 lakh monthly salary slab.

Other perks 

  • Big government bungalows
  • Official car with a driver.
  • No electricity and mobile bill
  • Option for studying abroad on a government scholarship
  • Housemaid and Gunman
  • Free medical treatment
  • Pension benefits 

Eligibility criteria of the UPSC (CSE) exam

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 32 years
Age relaxation3-10 years as per category
Educational QualificationGraduation or above
NationalityIndian
Physical StandardsAs per the Rank or post
Attempts6 attempts (No restriction for SC/ST candidates)

Application process

UPSC civil services exam has 3 stages –

  • Preliminary exam (objective type)
  • Mains exam (subjective or written)
  • Interview

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#2. SEBI Grade A Officer

Sebi grade a officer

SEBI Grade A Officer or SEBI Assistant Manager Grade A job is a less popular but well-paid job that is good for people who have strong maths.

Work that a SEBI Grade A officer may handle is 

  • Inspecting accounts of various players in stock exchanges
  • Investigating any illegal practices within the securities market
  • Increasing awareness of Investors about the securities market
  • Handling the legal issues of SEBI

Salary 

The salary of SEBI Assistant Manager Grade A is Rs. 73,000 with accommodation and Rs. 1,07,000 without accommodation. You need to add the basic salary and allowances to know the gross salary.

The pay scale of Grade A manager is Rs. 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)-46600-EB-1750(4) -53600- 2000(1)-55600 (17 years)

List of Allowances

  • House Rent Allowance
  • Dearness Allowance
  • Family Allowance
  • Local Allowance
  • House Cleaning Allowance

Other Perks

  • Leave Fare Concession
  • Medical Expenses
  • Conveyance Expenses
  • Domestic staff

Eligibility Criteria

SEBI Assistant Manager post has multiple streams like general, legal, IT, and so on. You can apply for a maximum of 2 streams at a time. 

Education qualification for SEBI Grade A post varies depending on the stream you are applying for. You can see the details below.

Stream Educational Criteria
GeneralGeneral stream candidates should hold a Masters degree in any discipline,

OR Bachelors degree in Law / Engineering

OR Chartered Accountant / Company Secretary / Chartered Financial Analyst / Cost & Work Accountant
LegalBachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized University / Institute.
Information TechnologyBachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical / Electronics / Electronics And Communication / Information Technology / Computer Science)

OR Masters in Computers Application

OR Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a postgraduate qualification (minimum 2 years duration) in Computers / Information Technology.
Engineering (Civil)Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University / Institute
Electrical EngineeringBachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University / Institute
ResearchMaster’s Degree in Statistics / Economics / Commerce / Business Administration (Finance) / Econometrics from a recognized University / Institute
Official LanguageMaster’s Degree in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at Bachelor’s Degree level or Master’s Degree in Sanskrit / English / Economics / Commerce with Hindi as a subject at Bachelor’s Degree level from a recognized University / Institute

Age Limit of SEBI Grade A Post

  • The maximum age limit is 30 years
  • Age relaxation for the reserved categories is min. 3 years to max. 15 years as per the government norms.

Application Process

After applying you have to follow the SEBI Grade A Selection procedure divided into 3 phases –

  • Phase -I (Entry Level Exam)
  • Phase -II (Written exam)
  • Interview

#3. Assistant Section Officer (ASO) under SSC CGL

SSC CGL

ASO is another lesser-known job under the SSC CGL exam. The main work of ASO is to assist IFS officers in their work like preparing reports, official replies, and executing government orders.

If you want a highly paid job in Delhi, then go with ASO under Staff Selection Commission (SSC) because ASO is posted in Delhi and remains in Delhi for most of the job tenure.

In some cases, you will be posted in the regional passport offices throughout the country on a need basis.

An ASO can also apply for foreign posts but you have to clear the foreign language proficiency test.

Salary 

ASO’s starting salary is around Rs. 58,000 and they get around $1800-$2000 during foreign posting.

Other perks 

  • Free education to their kids in international schools
  • Free medical treatment
  • Free air tickets for travel to India (economy class)
  • Free 2 BHK flats in Chanakyapuri or Dwarka areas in Delhi
  • You can take your family abroad 

Eligibility Criteria of the SSC (CGL) Exam

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 30 years
Age relaxation3-10 years as per category
Educational QualificationGraduation or above
NationalityIndian

Application Process

SSC CGL exam has 4 stages –

  • Stage 1: Tier-I (Computer Based Exam)
  • Stage 2: Tier-II (Computer Based Exam)
  • Stage 3: (Descriptive Exam)
  • Stage 4: Data Entry Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test

#4. Defense Services

indian defense services

You can apply for defense services in the Army, Air Force, or Navy through exams like NDA.

Your initial appointment would be as 

  • Lieutenant in the Army, 
  • Flying officer for Air Force
  • Sub-Lieutenant in Navy

Salary 

Starting as Lieutenant or similar rank you get a salary around Rs. 78,800 and crosses 90,000 after 2 years of service when you get promoted to Captain.

PostPay ScaleGrade PayMilitary Service PayTotal In-Hand Salary
Lieutenant/ Flying Officer/ Sub-Lieutenant56,100 – 1,77,500540015,50078,800

You also get a stipend of Rs. 56,100 during the training period.

Allowances 

  • Dearness Allowance
  • Flying Allowance
  • Kit Maintenance Allowance
  • High Active Field Allowance
  • Altitude Allowance
  • Siachen Allowance
  • Child Education Allowance

Other perks 

  • Free ration
  • Free medical treatment of self and family in army hospitals
  • Subsidized grocery and daily need stuff from army canteens
  • Free furnished accommodation 
  • Pension benefits

Eligibility Criteria of the NDA Exam

ParticularsNDACDS
Age16 -19 Years19 to 25 Years
EligibilityMen onlyMen and Women
Educational QualificationClass 12thGraduation

Application Process

NDA and CDS exams have 3 stages –

  • Stage 1: Written exam
  • Stage 2: Physical fitness exam 
  • Stage 3: Interview

#5. Scientist or Engineers at Government Research Organizations (ISRO or DRDO)

isro drdo

Students with science or engineering education can join ISRO or DRDO to become scientists in space, aeronautics, and defense operations.

Salary 

Starting salary of a scientist at ISRO or DRDO is similar. You get around Rs. 60,000 with a starting pay band of Rs. 15,600 – 39,100.

Other perks 

  • Free food at the office cafeteria
  • Free accommodation
  • Free medical treatment of self and family
  • Pension benefits

Eligibility Criteria of the ISRO Scientist

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria18 – 35 years
Educational QualificationMinimum B. Tech, B.E, M. Sc, M. Tech
12th with Non-Medical (60% above marks)
NationalityIndian

Application Process

ISRO scientist post has 2 stages –

  • Written online exam
  • Skill Test cum Interview

#6. NABARD Grade B Officer

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Nabard (National Bank of Agriculture & Rural Development) Grade B job is quite challenging because mostly you work as a rural bank manager in rural areas.

Key operational areas of NABARD Grade B Officer are –

  • Approve bank loans for agriculture projects
  • Manage development projects in the rural areas
  • Ensuring financial assistance small scale industries in rural areas
  • Handling bad debts

Salary 

The monthly salary of a NABARD Grade B officer is Rs. 73,000 and you start earning around 1 lakh per month when you become Assistant General Manager after 5 years of service.

The pay scale of NABARD Grade B officer is INR 35150-1750(9)-50900-EB-1750(2)-54400-2000(4)-62400(16 years)

List of Allowances

  • House Rent Allowance
  • Dearness Allowance
  • Family Allowance
  • Local Allowance
  • House Cleaning Allowance

Other Perks

  • Medical expenses
  • House Maid expenses
  • Conveyance expenses
  • Government accommodation (subject to availability)
  • Loans at concessional rates of interest (house, car, education)

Eligibility Criteria

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 35 years
Age relaxation3 -10 years as per category
Educational QualificationGraduation with 60%
or
Post-graduation with 55% 

Application Process

The Nabard Grade B officer selection procedure divided into 3 phases –

  • Preliminary (Objective)
  • Mains exam (Subjective)
  • Interview

#7. State Civil Services

State civil services

You can apply for state civil services if you couldn’t clear IAS because the competition is less as compared to UPSC. 

Secondly, you can start as SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Tehsildar, or DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) which are equally reputed and have similar work profiles. The only difference is in the ranking and protocol.

You have to implement government policies and enforce Law & order in your area being your duty.

Salary 

Starting salary of a state civil servant is around Rs. 50,000 after joining which reaches Rs. 1 lakh per month after 6 to 7 years of service.

Other perks 

  • Free government accommodation
  • Official car with a driver and gunman
  • No electricity bill
  • Free mobile bill
  • Free medical treatment

Eligibility Criteria of the State Civil Services Exam

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 32 years
Age relaxation3-10 years as per category
Educational QualificationGraduation or above
NationalityIndian
Physical StandardsAs per the Rank or post
AttemptsVaries from state to state

Application Process

State Civil Services exam has 3 stages –

  • Preliminary exam (Objective)
  • Mains exam (Subjective)
  • Interview

#8. Government Doctors

UPSC-CMS

Government doctor is a noble job that also pays you handsome salary around Rs. 50,000 in the start making it an ideal choice for medical students.

Being a doctor you have to work in civil hospitals, rural dispensaries, as well as perform emergency duties in trauma wards or COVID wards.

Salary 

Government MBBS doctor’s starting salary is around Rs. 50,000 and your salary increases to around Rs. 1 lakh per month if you do the Masters and become a specialist.

If you have done BDS to become a dentist, the starting salary would be the same as an MBBS doctor, however, the competition is high in dental officer posts as compared to medical officers.

Other perks 

  • Free medical treatment in government hospitals

Eligibility Criteria of the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) Exam

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 30 years
Age relaxation3-10 years as per category
Educational QualificationMBBS
NationalityIndian

Application Process

CMSE exam has 2 stages –

  • Stage 1: Online exam
  • Stage 2: Interview

#9. RBI Grade B Officer

rbi grade b

Another highly paid job ideal for people who have strong mathematics and a deep interest in finance.

Key operational areas of RBI Grade B officer are –

  • Handing the currency circulation
  • Managing Government and central bank accounts
  • Ensuring financial stability in the country
  • Handling legal issues

Salary 

The monthly salary of an RBI Grade B officer is Rs. 80,000 (in hand Rs. 54,000) depending on the location as in metro cities like Mumbai the salary is higher which is around 1 lakh per month.

You can easily get Rs. 1.5 lakh per month in the next 5 years tenure.

The pay scale of RBI Grade B officer is INR 35150-1750(9)-50900-EB-1750(2)-54400-2000(4)-62400(16 years)

List of Allowances

  • House Rent Allowance
  • Dearness Allowance
  • Family Allowance
  • Local Allowance
  • House Cleaning Allowance

Other Perks

  • Medical expenses
  • Financial newspapers
  • Conveyance expenses
  • Government accommodation
  • Subsidized food at the office canteen

Eligibility Criteria

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 30 years for Graduation
21- 32 years for M. Phil
21- 34 years for Ph. D
Age relaxation3 -10 years as per category
Educational QualificationGraduation with 60% marks (55% for SC/ST)
NationalityIndian
Physical StandardsAs per the Rank or post
Attempts6 attempts for General, Unlimited for rest

Application Process

The RBI Grade B officer selection procedure divided into 3 phases –

  • Phase -I (Entry-level exam)
  • Phase -II (Written exam)
  • Interview

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#10. Assistant Professors in College

UGC NET

If you like teaching, then you are going to earn a handsome salary with an easy-going routine because most of the jobs require at least 9 am to 5 pm time commitment whereas a professor works in an “8 am to 2 pm” or “9 am to 3 pm” routine.

Salary 

The salary of a government college assistant professor is Rs. 65,000 in the beginning after the 7th pay commission.

You can easily earn between Rs. 1 lakh to 1.25 lakh when you become a professor.

Other perks 

  • Less work pressure
  • Summer and Winter holidays
  • Leave Travel Allowance

Eligibility Criteria of the Assistant Professor

ParticularsDetails
Age Criteria21- 40 years
Age relaxation3-10 years as per category
Educational QualificationMaster’s degree or above

Application Process

Assistant Professor entrance exam has 3 stages –

  • Entrance exam (objective)
  • Interview

Closing Thoughts 

So this is my research on the highest paying government jobs in India. Tell me which is your favorite job and are you preparing for it.

If you know any other government job which is highly paid but I missed adding to the list, do let me know in the comments.

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