What is the full form of IDES?
The Indian Defense Estate Services (IDES) or Bharatiya Raksha Sampada Seva is a section of Civil Service in the Indian Government. It is the Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) in the Ministry of Defense. The exam of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted every year is the main stream which acts as a gateway for the entry into the service.
The service is in boom since December 16, 1926 and has been continuously glowing thereafter. It was formerly known as Military Lands and Cantonments service between the years 1926 to 1983. Later, it is called as Defense Lands and Cantonment service between the years 1983 to 1985.
Finally in the year 1985 it was renamed as Indian Defense Estate Service. The finally organised service is controlled by Indian Defense Estate service (Group A) rules in 2013, here 75% recruitment is done directly and 25% is done by promotion.
The service of IDES i.e. that of ‘Group A’ and the relative officers’, who work at Defense Estates Organization (DEO), are centrally dedicated to manage and control the civil concerns and affairs of cantonments and defense land in the nation.
The organisation structure is designed basically in 3-tier structure –
Tier One or Top tier – This is the headquarter comprising of director general situated in Delhi Cantonment. The director general is headed by director general defense estates (head of the IDES).
Presently, there is only one senior additional director general and four additional director generals, who are in charge of their specific divisions.
Tier two or Middle tier – Six directorates as regional headquarters, co-located with 6 army commands, which are located respectively at Pune, Lucknow, Jammu, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Jaipur, respectively. Each directorate is headed by a Principal Director who is grounded by Directors and other staffs.
Tier three or Field (Third) tier – Chief Executive officers are used to head 62 cantonments. There are also Defense Estate Officers in 37 Defense Estates Circles and four Assistant Defense Estate Offices.
Recruitment in IDES – Recruitment in IDES is undertaken by a very competitive examination called as “Civil Service Examination” organised on yearly basis by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The numbers of vacancies is situational and therefore vary from year to year. Department of Personnel and Training in Government of India, elaborate number of vacancies after taking a rich advice from cadre controlling authority i.e. Ministry of Defense.
Organisation structure and Pay Scale
- Junior time scale – Designated as Assistant director and in general as assistant director general with a pay scale of Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 along with a grade pay of Rs. 5,400
- Senior time scale – Designated as deputy director and in general as assistant director general with a pay scale of Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 along with a grade pay of 6600
- Junior Administration Grade (Ordinary) – Designated as Joint director and in general as deputy director general with a pay scale of Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 along with a grade pay of 7600
- Junior Administrative Grade (Selection) – Designated as Joint director and in general as Deputy director general with a pay scale of Rs. 37,400 – 67,000 along with a grade pay of 10,000
- Higher administrative grade – Designated as Principal director and in general as Senior additional director general with a pay scale of Rs. 67,000 – 79,000
- Secretory level posts – Designated in general as a Director general Defense Estates with a pay scale of Rs. 80,000.
National Institute of Defense Estates Management is located in New Delhi and is addressed at Ulan Batar Road in Delhi Cantonment near Domestic Airport. It is the prime body for imparting training to future IDES officers. Training to the lower staffs is also imparted through various courses spanning throughout the year round.
The institute is headed by director who is the chief SAG level officer. The director is further attained by a joint director in the overall functioning of the committee; these joint directors are JAG level officers. NIDEM is an autonomous body, reporting directly to the director general of the defense estates.
Appointment of IDES officers in other organisations or Bodies
Presently officers are posted in State government, Central government, autonomous or subordinate organizations, PSUs, Central staffing schemes, Cabinet secretariat of India, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of New and Renewable energy.
Functions of IDES officers
- Rule all the litigation case in terms of defense land acquisition
- Handling of litigation and suits on the ownership of Defense lands
- Checking the implementation of the Cantonments Act, 2006
- Disposing defense land
- Conducting permanent survey of defense lands
- Administering the cantonment boards
- Arranging and controlling regular audits of defense lands
- Discussing and suggesting the defense ministry on the concerns of cantonments and defense lands
- Avoiding the encroachment and removing the unauthorized constructions on the defense lands.
- Update and maintain the digitized and accurate records of lands.
- Taking into possession, hiring and requisitioning importable properties for defense purpose.
- Progressing, maintaining and developing cantonments with an aim to maintain good health of all the residents, imparting quality education to all the children, elderly regular checkups and social care system, differently abled and under privileged system of the society.
- Managing defense land which is measuring about 17.57 lakhs acres, through 37 defense estate offices which is spread all over the country.
- Check out the 62 cantonment boards the institutions of local self-governance in as many cantonments, notified as under the cantonment act 1924.
- Exercise quasi-judicial functions honored by the special laws like the Cantonment Act 2006, Public Premises (Under the evictions of unauthorised occupants) Act, 1971; Arbitration Act, ULC Act 1976, Rent Control Act, etc.
Promotion scheme in IDES scale
In an IDES scale an officer gets promotion, salary increment on the basis of Performance appraisal report, clearance of vigilance and scrutiny of an overall record by the concerned officers of the assigned committee of senior level civil servants from the Directorate general of defense estates, Ministry of Defense and UPSC.
The apex post in the organisation is of Director General Defense Estates, at a secretory level post in the government of India. For cadre review proposal is under consideration.
No matter how tough the entrance is, or how tricky the selection procedure deems to be all that matters here is ultimately based on the amount of effort you apply in the preparation of the same, hard work incorporated in the same and the planning intended in the same.
Many times a planned preparation with time management will give you final goal in to your note. All the Best!!!