Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)

The Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) is one of the services you can get into if you crack the UPSC civil services examination. IDES is a Group ‘A’ service and its officers work at the Defence Estates Organization (DEO) whose primary mandate is to manage and administer the civil affairs of cantonments and defence land in the country. Read on to know all about the service profile of the IDES.

The IDES was started on 16th December 1926 when it was known as the Military Lands and Cantonments Service. In 1983, it was renamed Defence Lands and Cantonments Service. The service acquired its present nomenclature in 1985.

Structure of IDES:

The IDES is a 3-tiered structure.

Top tier: Directorate General, situated in Delhi Cantonment. This is the headquarters. The Directorate General is headed by the Director General Defence Estates (head of the IDES). Here there is one Senior Additional Director General and four Additional Director Generals, in charge of specific divisions.

Middle tier: Six Directorates as Regional Headquarters, co-located with six Army commands. They are located at Pune, Lucknow, Jammu, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Jaipur. Each Directorate is headed by a Principal Director who is assisted by Directors and other staff.

Third tier (Field level): 62 cantonments each of which is headed by a Chief Executive Officer. There are also Defence Estates Officers in 37 Defence Estates Circles and four Assistant Defence Estates Offices.

Functions of IDES officer:

  • Managing the defence lands.
  • Administering the Cantonment Boards.
  • Developing Cantonments and ensuring health care for all residents, quality schools for all children, social care system for the elderly, differently-abled and the underprivileged sections of society.
  • Conducting regular survey of defence lands.
  • Acquiring, hiring and requisitioning immovable properties for defence purposes.
  • Conducting regular audits of defence land.
  • Maintaining and updating accurate and digitised records of land.
  • Preventing and removing encroachments and unauthorized constructions on defence land.
  • Disposing defence land.
  • Handling litigation regarding ownership of defence land.
  • Advising the Defence Ministry on matters regarding Cantonments and defence land.
  • Supervising the implementation of the Cantonments Act 2006.

Training of IDES Officers:

The officers undergo training at the National Institute Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) at Delhi.

Hierarchy & Pay Scales:

Grade Designation in Directorate Designation in Directorate General Pay Scale
Junior Time


Assistant Director Assistant Director General 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay 5400
Senior Time


Deputy Director Assistant Director General 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay 6600


Grade (Ordinary)

Joint Director Deputy Director General 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay 7600




Joint Director Deputy Director General 37,400 – 67,000 + Grade Pay 8700



Director Additional Director General 37,400 – 67,000 + Grade Pay 10,000



Principal Director Senior Additional Director General 67,000 – 79,000
Secretary level


—— Director General

Defence Estates


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