P & T Accounts & Finance Service Examinations are a part of the Civil services exams. The selected candidates undergo a lengthy training schedule after their selection.
The P & T Accounts & Finance Service began in 1972 with an aim to professionally manage the finances of the postal and telecommunications departments. The initial batches had a small number of officers. But gradually the number was increased and the cadre currently has over 225 officers.
The training procedure comprised of various stages:
- Candidates selected for the P & T Accounts & Finance Service are required to undergo a foundation course at the National Academy of Direct Taxes at Nagpur. Other selected candidates of the IAS, IFS and some other Group A services also train at this centre. It is a four-month course.
- The next step is rigorous professional training in financial management for a year at the National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad. The institute falls under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
- To learn more about Telecom technologies and postal procedures, the candidates are deputed for a period of 10 months at National Institute of Communication Finance (NICF) situated in Ghaziabad.
- The officers are also deputed in various areas for relevant on-job training.
After the training process is over, the officers are posted as Assistant Chief Accounts Officers in junior grade at the Department of Post or Department of Telecommunications.
Training has many benefits:
It aims to increase the competence of the officers through which organisational goals and objectives can be met.
They are also taught to apply their training to the work expected from them.
It forms the basis for future strategic planning.
The officers learn to differentiate between what they must know and what is only partially important.
They also learn about relevant organisational needs.
The P & T Accounts & Finance Service officers can be posted and transferred anywhere in the country, similar to any other government official.