Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service is a group A service. The senior most person of this service is the Deputy Director General who heads this organisation.The hierarchy:
Assistant Chief Controllers of Imports and Exports > Deputy Chief Controller of Imports and Exports > Joint Chief Controller Imports and Exports or Chairman of a Public Sector unit.
The eligibility criteria for the Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Serviceexam is the same as for other services. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the Indian foriegn service as per his rank, he has to go through specified training.
After the selection through the civil services exams, the IP&TAFS officers get trained in the Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, followed by training in the financial management at the National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad, for 48 weeks along with officers of other organised accounts and finance services.
The final phase of training is at the advanced level telecom training centre at Ghaziabad with emphasis on postal and telecom functioning and rules. Here the training schedule has an intensive course in advanced accountancy.
After these training programmes, the officers will be able to handle posts in the Departments of Telecom and Posts, TRAI and a number of PSUs under the Communications Ministry.
All the finance posts in the largest PSUs in the country - BSNL and MTNL - are also manned by the officers of this service - Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service.
The Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service exam 2016 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 27th of may 2016. The date of prelims exam is 7th August 2016. The next exam will happen in 2017 around the same time.
The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2016 and every other year is the same for the Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.
The hierarchy of the posts in the IP&T AFS, Group-A, their pay scale and minimum span of service for promotion is mentioned below:-
|Sl. No.||Name of the Post & Pay Scale||The minimum qualifying service for promotion|
|1||Junior Time Scale PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 +Grade Pay Rs. 5400||Min. service for promotion: On initial Recruitment|
|2||Senior Time Scale PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 + Grade Pay Rs. 6600||Min. service for promotion: On completion of four years of approved service as on 1st January of the year|
|3||Junior Administrative Grade PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs. 7600||Min. service for promotion: On completion of 9 years of approved service as on 1st January of the year|
|4||Selection Grade in Junior Administrative Grade PB-4 Rs. 37400-67000 + Grade Pay of Rs. 8700||Min. service for promotion: Junior Administrative Grade officers who have entered into 13th year of service on 1st January of the year of examination|
|5||Senior Administrative Grade PB-4 Rs. 37400-67000 + Grade Pay of Rs. 10000||Min. service for promotion: On completion of 17 years of approved service with four year regular service in Junior Administrative Grade as on 1st January of the year|
|6||Higher Administrative Grade Rs. 67000 (annual increment @ 3%)-79000||Min. service for promotion: Senior Administrative Grade Officers with three years of regular service in the Grade as on 1st January|
|7||Higher Administrative Grade Rs. 75500--80000||Min. service for promotion: Officers in Higher Administrative Grade or Senior Administrative Grade Officers with three years of regular service in the Grade as on 1st January|