|Controlling Authority||Ministry of Defence|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government service|
|General nature||Defence Finance, Accounts and Audit|
|CGDA||Sh. SANJIV MITTAL|
|Head of the Civil Services|
|Cabinet Secretary||Sh. Rajiv Gauba|
The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) (Hindi: ? ? ) was established to provide Financial Advice, Accounts and Audit services to the Defence Services and allied organisations viz. Ordnance Factories, Indian Coast Guards, Border Roads Organisation, Defence Research and Development Organisation etc. IDAS officers are Group-A gazetted civilian officers under Government of India, Ministry of Defence. They are primarily recruited through the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commisiion (UPSC) every year. The Defence Accounts Department has a history of more than two hundred years having been established to look after the Pay Accounts of Military Services of India. IDAS is one of the Group Á'Central Civil Services of Republic of India. The cadre controlling authority of IDAS is the Ministry of Defence. The selected candidates(IDAS officers) training academy is at Pune(Maharashtra).
The Defence Accounts Department is mandated to provide financial advice, accounts and internal audit to the three Defence Services, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),Ordnance Factories, Indian Coast Guard( viz Army, Air force and Navy) and other inter-services organisations. The concurrence of concerned financial advisors from the IDAS cadre at various echelons is needed before any expenditure is undertaken by these organisations under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence. The total number of IDAS officers is approximately 650. The Controller General of Defence Accounts(CGDA) is the head of the Indian Defence Accounts Service and functions as the Chief Accounts Officer for the Ministry of Defence.