Recruitment and Career Prospects

Recruitment to the Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) is made through the civil service examination conducted by the UPSC. After completion of the induction training at National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) located at New Delhi, Probationers are initially posted as Chief Executive Officers in Cantonments. The post involves carrying out executive functions of Civic Administration and Land Management. The post also carries an appointment house, suitable transport and other infrastructural support for discharge of executive duties.  

The Defence Estates Officer (usually a Senior Time Scale & above level Officer) has jurisdiction over large areas. His functions include land management and land administration.

Staff posts at various levels are in the Directorate General Defence Estates, New Delhi and also at the six Directorates of Defence Estates. List of Directorates is as under:
Directorate of Defence Estates, Central Command, Lucknow
Directorate of Defence Estates, Eastern Command, Kolkata
Directorate of Defence Estates, Northern Command, Jammu
Directorate of Defence Estates, Southern Command, Pune
Directorate of Defence Estates, South Western Command, Jaipur
Directorate of Defence Estates, Western Command, Chandigarh

Career prospects in the Indian Defence Estates Service is comparable with other Group 'A' Services. Officers of the 1980 batch have been promoted to the Higher Administrative Grade (in the pay scale of Rs.67,000 – 79,000) which is favorably comparble with the IAS.  

1 Director General Defence Estates 1 Rs. 80,000/- (Fixed) Secretary Level Post
2 Higher Administrative Grade 7 Rs.67,000 – 79,000 Addl. Secretary Level Posts
3 Senior Administrative Grade 19 Rs.37,400 – 67,000 [PB-4] Rs 10,000/-
4 Junior Administrative Grade (Selection Grade) 65 Rs.37,400 – 67,000 [PB-4] Rs 8,700/-
5 Junior Administrative Grade (Ordinary Grade) Rs. 15600 – 39100 [PB-3] Rs 7,600/-
6 Senior Time Scale 41 Rs. 15600 – 39100 [PB-3] Rs 6,600/-
7 Junior Time Scale 56 Rs. 15600 – 39100 [PB-3] Rs 5,400/-
Total   189    


For further details regarding career prospects please contact Deputy Director General (Administration) on email id ddgadm-dgde[at]nic[dot]in.