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

The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) is one of the Group ‘A’ services you can get into if you clear the USPC civil services examination. As the name suggests, this service is responsible for accounting functions of the defence department. The Defence Accounts Department (DAD) is headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts. The DAD is one of the oldest government departments in India and can be seen as an extension of the Military Finance Department of the British Raj era.

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.


Training for IDAS officers

  • The Foundation Training is given to the IDAS probationers along with the All India Services at the LBSNAA, Mussourie for four months.
  • After this, Induction Training is imparted at CENTRAD, New Delhi.
  • This is followed by Professional Training Course at National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad.
  • Finally, there is a Departmental Training at National Academy Of Defence Financial Management Institute, Pune.

The entire training lasts for a period of two years. After this, on passing the Departmental Examination, the probationers are confirmed into the Junior Time Scale grade.


Hierarchy and Pay Scales of IDAS officers


Designations in different offices

Pay Scales



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)


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


Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA)




80000 (Fixed)


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