Indian Revenue Service - Profile, Roles, Career Growth

The Indian Revenue Service (IRS) is the largest Group A Central Service. It is one of the most important services since it is concerned with the collection of revenue in India. This article talks about the profile of the Indian Revenue Service.

The IRS plays a crucial role mainly in the implementation of the direct taxes laws through the Income Tax Department. The Income Tax Department is one of the largest Government departments in India with about 75,000 employees spread across 550 locations. Almost every district of the country has an Income Tax office.

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Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Roles & Responsibilities

Policy formulation

Policy formulation and changes are indirect taxes are conducted by the IRS officers through the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

Tax administration

In the field, levying and collecting taxes is the chief function of an IRS officer. An important function is to ensure that wilful tax evaders are brought to book and the collection of revenue is complete and regular. As tax administrators IRS officers also play the part of investigators and prosecutors.

Fight against black money

Curbing black money is also an important mandate of IRS officers. In this regard, they have to negotiate international agreements with other tax jurisdictions as well.

Training of IRS officers

On entering the service, IRS officers are mainly trained at the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) at Nagpur. There is a Foundation Course for four months post which the officers receive extensive training for sixteen months in specially designed modules on taxation and allied laws, accounting, public finances, fiscal policy, office procedures and so on. During the training, they are also sent to various field offices and organisations across India. They are also sent abroad to give global exposure to the best taxation practices worldwide.

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Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Designations & Payscale

Indian Revenue Service Officers have ample scope for promotions and have very attractive pay scales.

The below table gives information on the Designations and Payscales associated with Indian Revenue Service (IRS)


Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax 80,000 (fixed)
Chief Commissioner of Income Tax 75,500 – 80,000
Principal Commissioner of Income Tax 67,000 – 79,000
Commissioner of Income Tax 37,400 – 67,000 + grade pay of 10,000
Additional Commissioner of Income Tax 37,400 – 67,000 + grade pay of 8700
Joint Commissioner of Income Tax 15,600 – 39,100 + grade pay of 7600
Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax 15,600 – 39,100 + grade pay of 6600
Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax 15,600 – 39,100 + grade pay of 5400

Indian Revenue Service – Career Prospects

It is a very vibrant service, officers of IRS cadres have the option of donning many different hats.

  1. Since the IRS cadre officers are the experts in the matters of taxation they are recruited in various agencies like CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing) and IB (Intelligence Bureau).
  2. IRS officers get an opportunity to serve as chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  3. IRS officers get an opportunity for overseas posting.
  4. IRS cadre officers also may get the opportunity to serve as Income Tax Ombudsman.
  5. IRS cadre officers get the opportunity to serve in Ministries.

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