Indian Ordnance Factories Service
|Training Ground||National Academy of Defence Production, Nagpur|
|Controlling Authority||Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence Production
|Legal personality||Civil Service|
|General nature||Research & Development
|Cadre Size||1760 members|
|Association||IOFS officers Association (IOFSA)|
|Service colour||Red, Navy Blue and Sky Blue
|DGOF & Chairman, OFB
Current: M. C. Bansal
|Head of the Civil Services|
Current: Ajit Seth
The Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) (Hindi: भारतीय आयुध निर्माणी सेवा) is a civil service of the Government of India. IOFS officers are Gazetted (Group A) defence-civilian officers under the Ministry of Defence. They are responsible for the management of the Indian Ordnance Factories, which provide the sinews of self-reliant, indigenous, defence production capabilities of the nation.
IOFS was formed in 1954 with the cadre controlling authority of Ministry of Defence – Department of Defence Production with a cadre size of 1760 posts. The source of recruitment was through direct recruitment 60%; by promotion 40% and no lateral entries.
IOFS is a multi-disciplinary composite cadre consisting of technical - engineers (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics), technologists (Chemical, Metallurgical, Textile, Leather) and non-technical/administrative (Science, Law, Commerce, Management and Arts graduates). Technical posts comprise about 87% of the total cadre. The doctors (Surgeons and Physicians) serving in OFB belong to a separate service known as the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service (IOFHS). IOFHS officers are responsible for the maintenance of health of the employees, and the hospitals of OFB. They report directly to the IOFS officers. IOFS and IOFHS are the only two civil services under the Department of Defence Production.
Ordnance Factories Board is engaged in research, development, production, testing, marketing and logistics of a comprehensive product range in the areas of land, air and sea systems. It consists of forty-one Ordnance Factories, nine Training Institutes, three Regional Marketing Centres and four Regional Controllerates of Safety, which are spread all across the country.
OFB is the world's largest government operated production organisation, and the oldest industrial organisation run by the Government of India. It has a total workforce of about 164,000. It is often called the "Fourth Arm of Defence", and the "Force Behind the Armed Forces" of India. It is amongst the top 50 defence equipment manufacturers in the world. Its total sales were at $2.7 billion (16,246 crores) in 2011-12. Every year, 18th March is celebrated as the Ordnance Factories' Day in India.
The recruitment in the Indian Ordnance Factories as a Group A officer is done by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) based on the performance in the rigorous and prestigious Engineering Services Examination (ESE) and the Civil Services Examination (CSE). Engineering posts are filled through the Engineering Services Examination while technologists are selected through interviews by UPSC. Posts in the non-technical streams are filled through the Civil Services Examination. IOFS is the only cadre in which officials are selected by all four means - CSE, ESE, interviews and promotions. IOFHS officers are selected through the Combined Medical Services Examination, conducted by UPSC. All appointments to the Group A Civil Services are made by the President of India.
National Academy of Defence Production, Nagpur provides training to the IOFS officers on the topics of technology, management, public administration as induction and re-orientation courses. IOFS officers are allowed to continue their higher studies at various national institutions such as the IITs, IIMs, IISc and DIAT, under the sponsored category. Interestingly, most of the officers who join the ordnance factories are graduates of these institutes as the recruitment in the ordnance factories is considered quite tough, only the brightest students make it through the whole process. They are also trained at these institutes, at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration,  Administrative Staff College of India and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, while in service. The officers are even sent for higher education to the countries which have defence friendly relations with India, such as the countries of erstwhile USSR, USA, UK, Sweden, Japan, Austria, Germany, Russia, France, Israel, Canada, Czech Republic, Singapore.
The main functions performed by IOFS officers while at the Indian Ordnance Factories include product research & development, project management, materials management, production planning and control, quality control, supplies management, industrial safety, labour welfare, personnel management, industrial relations, management and maintenance of residential estates etc.
In discharging these functions, the IOFS officers interact extensively with:
- R&D organisations such as ARAI, BPRD, CSIR, DRDO.
- Quality controlling agencies such as Bureau of Indian Standards, Directorate of Standardisation, Directorate General of Quality Assurance (Army), Directorate General of Naval Armament Inspection (Navy), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (Air Force).
- Inter-Services Organisations such as Military Engineer Services, Defence Exhibition Organisation.
- Educational institutes such as the IITs, IIMs, Indian Statistical Institutes.
- Public Sector Undertakings of the Ministry of Defence: HAL, BEL, BEML, BDL, MDL, GSL, GRSE, Midhani; other Govt. PSUs; various Indian and foreign, private as well as government companies.
- Industrial and trade associations such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM.
- Ministries such as the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and others.
- Besides, in order to meet the day-to-day operational requirements of the organisation, fulfill various statutory obligations, and ensure the welfare of the workforce employed in the ordnance factories, these officers also interact with the officers of the Indian Armed Forces, Central Armed Police Forces, State Armed Police Forces, Paramilitary Forces of India, Special Forces of India; and other bureaucrats from IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS, IA&AS, IDAS, IRS, IRTS, etc.
IOFS is a participating civil service under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS), which allows bureaucrats to move to any organisation, institution, agency, department, ministry of the Government of India on deputation basis (excluding posts which are specifically encadred within the organised Group A services), depending on their interests, educational qualifications, seniority, age and other eligibility criteria.
IOFS officers also serve at key managerial posts of PSUs; as advisors and secretaries to the Union Cabinet Ministers, Prime Minister and the President of India; as diplomats at various consulates, missions and embassies of India, located abroad; as Commissioned Officers in the Indian Armed Forces; and as Scientists in DRDO.
|Grade||Designation in the field||Designation in Headquarters||Pay Scale|
|Junior Time Scale||Assistant Works Manager||Assistant Director||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 5400|
|Senior Time Scale||Works Manager||Deputy Director||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 6600|
|Senior Time Scale (Non Functional)||Deputy General Manager||Joint Director||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 7600|
|Junior Administrative Grade (Functional)||Joint General Manager||Director||37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 8700|
|Senior Administrative Grade||Addl. GM / General Manager / Principal Director / Regional Director / Regional Controller of Safety||Deputy Director General||37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 10000|
|Higher Administrative Grade||Senior General Manager / Senior Principal Director||Senior Deputy Director General||67,000-79,000 plus grade pay-Nil|
|Higher Administrative Grade (+)||Nil||Addl. Director General & Member of the Board||75,500-80,000 plus grade pay -Nil|
|Apex Scale||Nil||Director General Ordnance Factories (DGOF) & Chairman of the Ordnance Factories Board||80,000 (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil|
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- IOFS Recruitment Rules of 1972
- IOFS civil list
- IOFS (Retd.) list
- IOFS Brotherhood
- Probationers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service call on the President of India on 30-05-'13
- Probationers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service call on the President of India on 17-02-'14
- National Academy of Defence Production
- Indian Ordnance Factories
- Union Public Service Commission
- The Central Civil Services Conduct Rules of 1964
- Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure 12th edition