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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- At senior roles, the IDAS cadre officers would be working at Command Headquarters.
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