Indian Trade Service (ITS)

The Indian Trade Service (ITS) is an organized Group ‘A’ central service that you can get into if you clear the UPSC civil services examination. The service started in 1977 and the first batch of officers to come through the UPSC CSE joined in 1986. Its cadre controlling authority is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) which is an attached office under the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The head of the DGFT is the Director General of Foreign Trade. The chief mandate of the ITS is to take care of India’s foreign trade and commercial activities.

ITS Officers Functions

  • Implementing the provisions of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992; Safeguard Measures (Quantitative Restrictions) Rules, 2012; Foreign Trade Policy (FTP), 2009-2014; Handbook of Procedure, Volume-I, 2009-2014; ITC (HS) Classification of Export and Import Items, 2012; and Handbook of Procedure, Volume-II (Standard).
  • Formulating policy in international trade.
  • Promoting exports.
  • Implementing trade policy.
  • Negotiating international trade deals and commercial diplomacy.
  • The officers can also be sent on deputation to work in other ministries and departments and also to international organisations like World Bank, ADB, UN organisations, etc.

ITS Officers Training

The ITS officers’ training takes place in two stages:

  1. Foundation Course Training – at any of the national academies including LBSNAA.
  2. Probationary Professional Training at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi for 8-9 months.

ITS Officers Salary




Junior Time Scale

Assistant Director General of Foreign Trade



Grade Pay Rs.5400

Senior Time Scale

Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade/ Under Secretary



Grade Pay Rs.6600

Junior Administrative Grade

Joint Director General of Foreign Trade/ Deputy Secretary



Grade Pay Rs.7600

Selection Grade

Joint Director General of Foreign Trade/ Director



Grade Pay Rs.8700

Senior Administrative Grade

Additional Director General of Foreign Trade/ Development Commissioner, Special Economic Zone/ Trade Advisor



Grade Pay Rs.10,000

Higher Administrative Grade

Director General of Foreign Trade/ Senior Development Commissioner, Special Economic Zone


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