What is the Civil Servant Retirement Age in India?

What is the Retirement Age of Various Civil Servants in India?

Some of the important civil service positions in India and their retirement age are as follows:


Retirement Age

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

60 years

Indian Police Service (IPS)

60 years

Indian Forest Service (IFoS)

60 years

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

60 years

Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)

60 years

Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)

60 years

Indian Information Service (IIS)

60 years

Indian Postal Service (IPoS)

60 years

Indian Revenue Service (IRS)

60 years

Indian Trade Service (ITS)

60 years

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

60 years

Therefore, from the above table, it is clear that most civil servants retire at the age of 60 years. However, due to certain emergencies, these retirement ages can vary between ranges of 55 years to 65 years.

What Are the Benefits Given to Civil Servants Pre-Retirement?

What Are the Benefits Given to Civil Servants Post-Retirement?

Service Qualification

Rate of Gratuity Payment

Less than 1 year

2 x basic pay

1 year or more (but less than 5 years)

6 x basic pay

5 years or more (but less than 11 years)

12 x basic pay

11 years or more (but less than 20 years)

20 x basic pay

20 years or more

Half of the payments are received after every 6 months of service (should not exceed 33 x emoluments)

FAQs about Civil Servant Retirement Age

Are retirement benefits of civil servants taxable? up-arrow

Yes, some retirement benefits, such as a pension or annuity plan, are taxable even if you are a civil servant. In addition, if all the benefits fall under an employer retirement plan, they will be taxable. However, gratuity and provident funds are fully tax-free.

Is it possible to extend the retirement age of a civil servant in India? up-arrow

As per Fundamental Rule 56(d), no government service officer or civil servant shall be given an extension on the retirement age beyond 60 years. However, this rule has certain exceptions due to which the retirement age can extend up to 66 years.

Which pension scheme is better for civil servants, the old or the new one? up-arrow

There is a guaranteed post-retirement income for civil servants or other government employees under the old pension scheme. Besides, there are market-linked returns under the new pension scheme, which are not guaranteed but work for both government and non-government employees. Both have some benefits and drawbacks, and should be chosen as per requirement.