Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS): Service Profile and Pay Scales

The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) comes under Group ‘A’, one of the career options available for successful candidates of UPSC civil services examination. This service is responsible for the accounting functions of the defence department. The Controller General of Defence Accounts is the head of the Defence Accounts Department.

Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) – Functions

The main function is to provide financial advice, payment, and internal auditing and accounting functions for the Army, Air Force, Navy, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ordnance Factories, Canteen Stores Department, Border Road Organisation and other allied organisations.

Apart from departmental postings, the IDAS officers can also be appointed into other governmental organisations/ministries/departments. They can also be sent overseas as part of the Indian Army’s UN peacekeeping missions.

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Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) – Training

The initial training is for a period of 4 months at LBSNAA. The next training will be conducted at CENTRAD located in New Delhi. After completion of training at the National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad; the trainees will have final training at National Academy of Defence Financial Management Institute located at Pune. It takes a total time period of 24 months to complete the training.

Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) – Grades and Pay Scales

This Group “A” service has a very structured hierarchy and attractive pay scales associated with every grade.

Below table gives extensive details on the grades and pay scales of IDAS-

Grade Designations in different offices Pay Scales
HQ PCDA/CDA Factory Side Integrated Financial Advice (IFA) Side
Junior Time Scale Assistant Controller General of Defence Accounts (ACGDA) Assistant Controller of Defence Accounts (ACDA) Assistant Controller of Finance and Accounts (ACFA) Deputy Integrated Financial Advisor (Dy IFA) 15600-39100 + Grade Pay 5400
Senior Time Scale Senior ACGDA Deputy Controller of Defence Accounts (DCDA) Deputy Controller of Finance and Accounts (DCFA) Senior Dy IFA 15600-39100 + Grade Pay 6600
Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) Deputy CGDA Joint Controller of Defence Accounts Joint Controller of Finance and Accounts Joint IFA 15600-39100 + Grade Pay 7600
Non Functional Selection Grade of JAG Senior Deputy CGDA Additional Controller of Defence Accounts Additional Controller of Finance and Accounts Additional IFA 37400-67000 + Grade Pay 8700
Senior Administrative Grade Joint CGDA Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) Controller of Finance and Accounts (CFA) IFA 37400-67000 + Grade Pay 10000
Higher Administrative Grade Principal Controller of Defence Accounts Principal Controller of Finance and Accounts Principal IFA 67000 (annual increment @3%) – 79000
Higher Administrative Grade + Additional CGDA —— —— —— 75500 (annual increment @3%) – 80000
Apex Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) —— —— —— 80000 (Fixed)

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Indian Defence Accounts Service – Career Prospects

  1. Soon after induction of IDAS cadre officers, they will be posted as Assistant Controlling Officer of Defence Accounts. The postings are usually at municipal towns having cantonments.
  2. Going further, the IDAS cadre officers will be promoted as Deputy Controlling Officer of Defence Accounts. In this position, the postings are generally at State Capital Cities.
  3. At senior roles, the IDAS cadre officers would be working at Command Headquarters.

The above details would help candidates preparing for UPSC 2023 in setting up their goals.

Frequently Asked Questions about Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)


What is the work of Indian Defence Accounts Service?

The Defence Accounts Department is mandated to provide financial advice, accounts and internal audit to the three Defence Services, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ordnance Factories, Indian Coast Guard and other inter-services organisations.

Why was the IDAS established?

The Defence Accounts Department has a history of more than two hundred years having been established to look after the Pay Accounts of Military Services of India. IDAS is one of the Group Á’Central Civil Services of the Republic of India.

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