Service Profile of the Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service (IP&TAFS)

The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) is a Group ‘A’ service which was constituted in 1973. This service provides accounting and financial services to the Indian posts and telecommunications departments. This is one of the services that a candidate who clears the UPSC civil services can be recruited into. This article talks about the functions, training and career prospects/hierarchy of the IP&TAFS officers.

Functions

  1. Assessing and collecting the License Fee and the Spectrum usage charges from the telecom licensors.
  2. Conducting spectrum auction.
  3. Making of policies in the departments of telecom and posts.
  4. Managing finances in the departments of telecom and posts.
  5. Conducting internal audits in the departments of telecom and posts.
  6. Accounting in the departments of telecom and posts.
  7. Managing pensions in the departments of telecom and posts, MTNL and BSNL.

Training

The following table gives the details of the training undergone by the IP&TAFS probationers. The training starts at LBSNAA at Mussourie, the same as that for IAS officers.

Module

Institution

Duration

Foundation Course

LBSNAA, Mussourie

16 days

Professional Training Course

National Institute of Finance Management, Faridabad

44 weeks

Department Training

National Institute of Communication Finance, New Delhi

36 weeks

Hierarchy and Salary

Grade

DoT

DoP

Pay Scale

HQ

Field

HQ

Field

Junior Time Scale

Assistant Chief Accounts Officer

Assistant Chief Accounts Officer

Assistant Chief Accounts Officer

Assistant Chief Accounts Officer

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 5400

Senior Time Scale

Assistant Director General

Deputy Controller of Communication Accounts

Assistant Director General

Deputy Director

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 6600

Junior Administrative Grade

Director

Joint Controller of Communication Accounts

Director

Director

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 7600

Senior

Administrative

Grade

Deputy Director General/Joint Administrator

Controller of Communication Accounts

Deputy Director General/General Manager

General Manager

37400-67000 + Grade Pay 10000

Higher

Administrative

Grade

Senior Deputy Director General

Principal Controller of Communication Accounts

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67000(annual increment @

3%)-79000

Higher

Administrative

Grade+

Advisor (Finance)

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75500-80000

IP&TAFS can be posted anywhere in India. The postings are mostly confined to capital cities. They can also be appointed to central and state governments, Central Staffing Scheme, autonomous organisations, PSUs and international organisations like the UN, ADB, World Bank, etc. on deputation.

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