Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service Exam

What is IPTAFS Exam?

The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) is civil service or a competitive exam in India conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) India.

The exam is held for the recruitment of Department of Telecom & Department of Posts in India. The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service is a Group "A" Central Civil Services of the Union of India


  • Main Syllabus

  • Prelims Syllabus


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    A candidate should fulfill any of the following criteria :

    • A citizen of India, or
    • A subject of Nepal, or
    • A  subject of Bhutan, or
    • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Candidate belonging to categories any of the (2), (3), (4) and (5) categories should provide eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India.

    Ex-servicemen eligibility:

    The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen. The age concession will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

  2. Educational Qualification:

    The educational requirement of the candidates meet the following criteria for enrolment: 

    • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognised universities.
    • Candidates who have appeared or to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results can also apply 
    • Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply
    • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. It is mandatory for such candidates to submit a certificate from the concerned the University they have passed the final professional medical examination.
  3. Age Limit :

    A candidate should have attained the minimum age of 21 years and should not have completed the age of 30 years on 1st August, in the year of examination.

    The following candidates will have relaxation in the upper age limit:

    • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST):  Upto 5 years.
    • OBC: Upto 3 years.
    • State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to 31st December, 1989): Upto 5 years.
    • Defence Services personnel : Upto 5 years
    • (disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)
    • Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs: Upto 5 years
    • Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons: Upto 10 years.

    Cumulative Age relaxation:

    SC, ST and OBC who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

  4. Number of attempts:

    The maximum number of attempts restriction is effective from the examination held in 1984. In case other eligibility conditions apply:

    • For General Candidates: 7 attempts.
    • For SC/ST: No restriction.
    • For OBC: 9 attempts.

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilty of the Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance

  1. Assessment and Collection of License fee and Spectrum usage charges paid by Telecom Licencers
  2. Spectrum Auction of 2G, 3G and 4G
  3. Policy making in Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts
  4. Financial Management of Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications
  5. Internal Audit of Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts
  6. Designated Monitoring Authority of Bharat Net Project (backbone of Digital India)
  7. Accounting of Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications
  8. Pension Management of DoT, DoP, BSNL and MTNL
  9. Human Resource Development and Capacity Building of IP&TAFS, Gr.’A”
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