Indian Defence Accounts Service

Indian Defense Accounts Service

The Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS) is one of the Group ‘A’ services of Government of India. It is a service is responsible for accounting functions of the defense department. The Defence Accounts Department (DAD) is headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts. The Indian Defence Accounts is an important department which provides financial payment and accounting and internal audit functions of Army, Navy, Air Force, Ordnance Factories, Border Road Organisation, Defence Research and Canteen stores Department. It is an extension of the Military Finance Department of the British Raj era.

What are the eligibility conditions?

There are two modes of recruitment to the service, a) Through Civil Service Examination conducted by UPSC every year, b) Through promotion of Senior Accounts Officer (Group B).

What kind of training are offered ?

The officers recruited to IDAS are offered elaborate training at various centres. First, a foundation training along with the All India Services at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (Mussourie) for four months. After this, Induction Training is imparted at CENTRAD, New Delhi. This is followed by a special session training at Professional Training Course in National Institute of Financial Management (Faridabad). Finally, there is a Departmental Training at National Academy Of Defence Financial Management Institute, Pune. The entire training lasts for a period of two years. After this, on passing the Departmental Examination, the probationers are confirmed into the Junior Time Scale grade.

Indian Defence Account Service – Rank and Salary scale

Service Hierarchy


Pay scales

Designation in Field

Junior Time scale

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 5400

Assistant Controller of Defence Accounts

Senior time scale

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 6600

Deputy Controller of Defence Accounts

Junior administrative grade

15600-39100 + Grade Pay 7600

Joint Controller of Defence Accounts

Senior administrative grade

37400-67000 + Grade Pay 10000

Controller of Defence Accounts

Higher administrative grade

67000 (annual increment @3%) – 79000

Principal Controller of Defence Accounts Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts

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