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.
- Assessing and collecting the License Fee and the Spectrum usage charges from the telecom licensors.
- Conducting spectrum auction.
- Making of policies in the departments of telecom and posts.
- Managing finances in the departments of telecom and posts.
- Conducting internal audits in the departments of telecom and posts.
- Accounting in the departments of telecom and posts.
- Managing pensions in the departments of telecom and posts, MTNL and BSNL.
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.
|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
|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|
|Deputy Director General/Joint Administrator||Controller of Communication Accounts||Deputy Director General/General Manager||General Manager||37400-67000 + Grade Pay 10000|
|Senior Deputy Director General||Principal Controller of Communication Accounts||——
|——||67000(annual increment @
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.