What is the full form of IAAS?
IAAS stands for Indian Audit and Account Service is an exam of group ‘A’ in civil service of the Government of India. It is middle and the top management central government service under the comptroller and Auditor general of India and therefore it is not bounded through any executive responsibility or authority.
The grades lower than group ‘A’ is designated as group ‘B’. These three levels together form Indian Audit and Accounts department (IA&AD). The ongoing functions of this department comprises of two folds – One being of accounting and another being of auditing.
The IAAS has an inevitable function of managing and auditing the accounts of Central government, state government and public sector organisations. They even add on in their self-entitlement of pension and provident fund for state government employees.
IA&AS has their 3 offices in London, Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur, this facilitated CAG of India to maintain and audit International organisations like that of United Nations, World Intellectual property organisation, etc.
The selection in IAAS is done through UPSC civil service examination. The selected candidates are then trained in National Academy of Audit and Accounts and the National Institute of Financial Management, etc.
The eligibility criteria is based on different parameters, which comprises of following
- Nationality – An aspirant should own the nationality of any of the following countries –
- Subject of Bhutan
- Subject of Nepal
- Citizen of India
- Migrant from any of the mentioned countries with an aim of permanent settlement in India – Pakistan, Burma, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, East African Countries like Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda.
- Tibetan refugee who migrated to India before January 1, 1962 for settling down permanently in India.
- Educational qualification – To be eligible for appearing in IAAS exam, one has to hold any of the following degree from any recognised university from UGC or should possess an equivalent qualification
- Aspirant should possess a bachelor degree from any recognised university
- Aspirant should possess any technical or professional qualification from any of the recognised university by the Government or any such degree which is equivalent to the same are also allowed.
- Aspirant who have qualified any of the medical exam or MBBS, but are yet waiting to complete their internship can appear in the Main exam. Provided that they have to submit a confirmation certificate from their college or university side that they have qualified the professional final exam and are free to join any of the public or private organisation as per their eligibility.
- Aspirant who has appeared in the qualifying examination and their results are awaited or are yet to appear in the qualifying exam are definitely eligible for the preliminary examination. This aspirant has to provide proof of passing saying that you have passed the exam successfully and can apply in Main examination.
Age Limit – Minimum age limit for applying in IAAS exam is 21 years and maximum is of 30 years as on August 1, in the year of examination.
Relaxation in Age for applying in IAAS – Relaxation in age limit is given under certain special circumstances like –
- Up to maximum of 3 years for OBC aspirants
- Up to maximum of 5 years for SC/ST aspirants
- Up to maximum of 5 years for Defense Service personnel
- Up to maximum of 5 years for the candidates from the state of Jammu and Kashmir
- Up to maximum of 5 years for ECOs/SSCOs who have completed at least initial years of assignment of 5 years of Military service
- Up to maximum of 5 years for Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have given at least 5 years of Military service and has been released.
- Up to maximum of 10 years for deaf, blind, mute and orthopedically handicapped person.
Number of attempts
The maximum number of attempts is decided on the basis of caste and special cases based on the physical status –
- 6 attempts are given to a general category aspirant
- No restriction is there for SC/ST aspirant
- 9 attempts are given to an OBC aspirant
- If the aspirant is physically handicapped – 9 attempts are given to a general and OBC aspirant, whereas unlimited attempts are there for SC/ST aspirant
Training of selected candidates in IAAS
The officers recruited in IAAS are given training at National Academy of Audit and Accounts for time duration of 18 months in Shimla. The training happens in two months
Stage – 1 – The first training stage trains the recruits on the theory as set by the government policies for commercial auditing and accounting.
Stage – 2 – On the joining training or training is given by practically exposing the candidates on the work. This is given in National Institute of public Finance and Policy, the RBI, the Bureau of Parliamentary studies and IIM– Lucknow. The candidates are also given global experience by attachment with the London school of Economics and Political Science.
Postings offered after training
After training the hierarchy of IAAS officers in IAAD are as follows –
- Deputy Accountant General (DAG)/Deputy Director (DD)
- Senior DAG/Director
- Accountant General (AG)/Principal Director (PD)
- Principal Accountant General (PAG)/Director General (DG)
- Additional Deputy CAG (Seven Posts)
- Deputy CAG (Six posts)
Positives of IAAS – The list of positives in the concern of IAAS are as follows
- IAAS does not have any sort of political interference in their functioning
- IAAS does not have to do anything with the publicity as any IAS officer does; therefore IAAS is a better option if you are willing to hold a quieter life.
- A prestigious career scope for those aspirants who are interested in accounting and are good in calculation.
- A candidate can even be transferred to overseas for auditing and accounting purpose, thus you can even explore foreign countries
- Postings of IAAS officers are done only in urban areas and that too in metro and big cities, thus no rural postings are there.
- As per a survey done by government, out of three All India Services and 7 Central services, IAAS is the only one which is showing highest job satisfaction in it.
Roles and responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities of an IAAS officer are very esteemed and varied in nature. A great deal of responsibilities and awes are there in it. Thus, it is important for an officer to be physically and mentally capable enough to take the work load.
Following are some top responsibilities that an IAAS officer is obligatory given –
- Maintains the accounts of the state government
- IAAS officers are responsible to do timely auditing for Union and state government along with many esteemed public sector organisation.
- The role designated is very similar to the US GAO and National audit office which is in United Kingdom.
Hopefully, the aforesaid information’s might serve you well and will help you in gaining a fair idea about your dream role. All the best!!!