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Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Income Tax, Customs & Central Excise

The Indian Revenue Service comprises of IRS – Customs and Central Excise (C&CE) and IRS – Income Tax (IT). It is one of the Group a Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IRS is Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) / Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The Service was formed during the year 1946. The selected candidates go through training sessions in different institutes.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Missouri: 3 months foundation course.
  • National Institute of Financial Management at Faridabad: 15 months profession training for officers of Customs and Excise.
  • National Academy of Direct Taxes at Nagpur: 15 months profession training for officers of Income Tax.
Cadre size: 2311 (C&CE), 2500 (IT) posts (direct recruitment – 50%, promotion – 50%. Lateral entry – if any).

Functions of the Indian Revenue Service Officers

  • Indian Revenue Service officers are concerned with the collection, administration, and policy formation of direct (viz. Income, Corporate, Wealth, FBT etc.) and indirect (viz. Central Excise, Service Tax and even Customs Duty) taxes.
Service Hierarchy
Pay scales
Designation in Field (Commercial)
Designation in Field (Operational)
Junior time scale
Assistant commissioner
Senior time scale
Deputy commissioner
Junior administrative grade
Joint commissioner
Selection grade
Additional commissioner
Senior administrative grade
Higher administrative grade
Chief Commissioner or Director General
Member, CBEC / CBDT
26000 (fixed)
Chairman, CBEC
CBDT or Chairman CEIB

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