“The hike in salary was necessitated due to implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s (7CPC) recommendation that has resulted in increase of salaries of all Central government employees,” a senior government official said. “The salary of UPSC chief will now be that of Cabinet Secretary and members’ monthly remuneration will be that drawn by a secretary-level officer,” he said. (ALSO READ: Committee of Secretaries might submit report on higher allowance on February 20)
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14 per cent hike in salary to government officials, which has been accepted by the government. As per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the minimum salary of a central government employees has been increased from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The salary of cabinet secretaries has been increased up to a minimum of Rs 2.5 lakh per month against the current salary of Rs 90,000. The gratuity ceiling has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
The UPSC conducts civil services examination annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview– to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), among others.