All You Need to Know about the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)

Indian Audit and Accounts Service Salary and Perks/Indian Audit And Accounts Service Job Profile

The UPSC civil services exam is a gateway to a host of government jobs in India. The most coveted service is the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), closely followed by the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). For those who don’t get the required ranking to get these desired services, there are a host of other services that the government recruits into. This article tells you all you need to know about the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS). 

The IAAS, also shortened IA&AS is a Group ‘A’ service. It comprises the middle and top level management of the Indian Audit & Accounts Department (IA&AD). It is headed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The functions of this department are twofold – accounting and auditing. IAAS has the mandate of auditing the Central and State government accounts and public sector organisations, and also of maintaining the State government accounts. They also handle the entitlement function such as Pension and Provident Fund and for state government employees. The IA&AD also has three overseas offices in London, Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur since the CAG of India also conducts auditing for international organisations like the United Nations, World Intellectual Property Organization, etc.

Indian Audit and Accounts Service Salary and Perks

Hierarchy

Designation in field

Designation in HQ

Pay Scale (Rs.)

Grade

Assistant Accountant General

Assistant Director

8000-275-13500

Junior Time Scale

Deputy Accountant General

Deputy Director

10000-325-15200

Senior Time Scale

Senior Deputy Accountant General

Director

12300-375-16500

Junior Administrative Grade

Senior Deputy Accountant General

Director

14300-400-18300

NFSG of Junior Administrative Grade

Accountant General

Principal Director

18400-500-22400

Senior Administrative Grade

Principal Accountant General

Director General

22400-525-24500

 
 

Additional Deputy CAG

24050-650-26000

 
 

Deputy CAG (6 posts)

26000 (fixed)

 

You can also check the salary of an IAS officer.

Training

The officers recruited to the IAAS receive training at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts which is situated in Shimla for a period of 18 months. The training happens in two stages:

Stage 1: This stage trains the recruits on the theory behind concepts of government and commercial accounting as well as auditing.

Stage 2: In the second stage, the recruits are provided with a practical exposure of the work. Here, the recruits are sent to organisations such as the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, the RBI, the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and IIM-Lucknow. They are also provided global exposure via attachments with the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Pros of IAAS

  • For people who are not big fans of publicity that the IAS exposes one to, the IAAS is a good option. You can lead a quieter life.
  • Not a lot of political interference in your work.
  • This is an excellent option for people interested in accounting.
  • According to a government survey, amongst all the three All India Services and the seven central services, the IAAS had the highest percentage of job satisfaction amongst its officers.
  • You can even get overseas postings in the IAAS.
  • All postings would be in metro cities or state capitals. You would hardly get any rural postings here.

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