In the Indian Civil Service, an Integrated financial advisor (IFA) is attached to the Indian Administrative Service to assist it in the exercise of financial powers. The IFA is of the rank of joint secretary and of additional secretary. The IFA is selected jointly by the administrative machinery and the finance ministry. He or she is under joint control and answerable to both.
The post of IFA was first introduced in the ministry of shipping and transport in 1974 on an experimental basis and after then extended to all ministries of the central government in 1975 and 1976