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Indian Revenue Service

The Indian Revenue Service has two wings, one being Income Tax and the other Customs and Central Exercise.

The Indian Customs and Central Excise Service (IC & CES) is basically concerned with two main aspects, mainly Customs and Excise.

While Customs is concerned with the checking and levy of duty on taxable goods brought into the country, the Excise department is involved with the taxation of goods manufactured within the country.

The members of this service begin their Career as Assistant Collectors of Customs/Central Excise and may rise up in the hierarchy to the level of Chief Collector of Customs.

The hierarchy:
Probationers > Assistant Commissioners (Customs) > Deputy Commissioners (customs) > Additional Commissioners (Customs)> Commissioners (Customs) > member (Central Board of Excise and Customs) > Chairman (Central Board of Excise and Customs)

The Central Excise Officers start as Assistant Commissioner (Central Excise). After that, the hierarchy follows as: Deputy Commissioners (Central Excise) > Additional Commissioner (Central Excise) > Commissioners (central Excise) > Member (Central Board of Excise and Customs) > Chairman (Central Board of Excise & Customs).

Probationers to the customs service begin their field training at Madras while the excise officers may start service in any metropolitan city. Custom officers are posted at international airports and ports like, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Goa, etc. They could be posted at international border post or and coastal towns.

Their principal duty is to levy customs' duty on goods, which are brought to the country. Customs & excise cadres are not watertight compartments. Officers are liable to transfer from one to another, depending upon their experience and the exigencies of the work.

Chief Commissioner of Customs and Excise, with the pay of an Additional Secretary holds technical and administrative charges in all the regions, exercising overall supervision on the technical and administration work.

The head of the administration is the Chairman Central Board of Excise and Customs.

Indian Customs and Central Excise Service Eligibility

The eligibility criterion for the Indian Customs and Central Excise Service is the same as for other Civil services. Once the candidate clears the civil services exam and gets allotment to the Indian Revenue Service, he has to go through specified training for Customs and Central Excise Service.

Indian Revenue Service Syllabus 2016

The syllabus for the Indian Revenue Service is same as per Civil Services exam conducted every year. There is no difference in the syllabus and it is common with other services.

ICLS Exam 2016

The ICLS exam 2016 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 27th of may 2015. The date of prelims exam is 7th August 2016. The next exam will happen in 2017 around the same time.

ICLS syllabus 2016

The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2016 and every other year is the same for the ICLS as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) Ranks and Salaries

Salaries According to Rank or Service Hierarchy


Field Designation (Commercial)

Field Designation (Operational)

Pay Scale

Junior Time Scale

Assistant Commissioner


8000-8275-13,500 INR (monthly)

Senior Time Scale

Deputy Commissioner


10,000-10,325-15,200 INR (monthly)

Junior Administrative Grade

Joint Commissioner


12,000-12,365-16,500 INR (monthly)

Selection Grade

Additional Commissioner


14,300-14,700-18,300 INR (monthly)

Senior Admin Grade



18,400-18,900-22,400 INR (monthly)

Higher Admin Grade

Chief Commissioner/Director General


18,400-18,900-22,400 INR (monthly)

Higher Admin Grade



24,050-24,600-26,000 INR (monthly)

Higher Admin Grade



26,000 (fixed)

Note:Please note that the Union Cabinet gave its sanction on bringing the salaries of apex grade IRS officers on par with Central Government Secretaries, and top level IAS/IFS/IPS cadre officers. Salaries of Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of CBDT have been raised from 67,000-79,000 INR to 75,500-80,000 INR.