The Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) is one of the Group ‘A’ services. The officers from this cadre are absorbed in the top and middle-level management of Indian Audit and Accounts Department. Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) heads this department. This article throws light on the objectives, advantages, pay scale and career growth associated with Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS).
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Accounting and auditing of Central Governments, State Governments, and Public Sector Undertakings (PSU’s) are the 2 main objectives of this Group ‘A’ Civil Service cadre. They have offices in 3 different countries – US, UK, & Malaysia. The reason behind having a presence in overseas location is to carry out auditing of Global Multilateral organisations.
Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) – 6 Major Advantages
- 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 IA&AS had the highest percentage of job satisfaction amongst its officers.
- IA&AS officers even get overseas postings in the IA&AS.
- All postings would be in metro cities or state capitals.
Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) – Grade and Salary
Before joining any career it is advisable for the candidates to have an awareness of the benefits offered by the concerned line of work.
The below table gives information on the Grade and Payscale of Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS)
|Designation||Pay Scale (Rs.)||Grade|
|Assistant Director||8000-275-13500||Junior Time Scale|
|Deputy Director||10000-325-15200||Senior Time Scale|
|Director||12300-375-16500||Junior Administrative Grade|
|Director||14300-400-18300||NFSG of Junior Administrative Grade|
|Principal Director||18400-500-22400||Senior Administrative Grade|
|Additional Deputy CAG||24050-650-26000|
|Deputy CAG (6 posts)||26000 (fixed)|
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Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS) – Training
In the initial phase, the candidates recruited into the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS) are trained for a period of 1 year 6 months at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Initially, the recruits are trained on theory and concepts of government and commercial accounting and auditing. The next stage will be the implementation of the learning by having practical exposure to the work, by visiting various Government organisations like RBI, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and visiting premier institutes like IIM-Lucknow and London School of Economics (LSE).
Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) – Career Growth
- Reports to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
- This is one of the most sought after services in India. IA&AS cadre officers get a plethora of opportunities to serve within the country and on deputation to foreign countries.
- CAG offices are present in Washington, London, Kuala Lumpur; IAAS cadre officers have the opportunity to be posted in offices in these locations.
- The work done by these officers in this cadre is of extreme importance as their audit reports are tabled in the Parliament.
The above details would help candidates preparing for UPSC 2021 in setting up their goals