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Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service

The Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service was constituted in 1968 to provide continuity in the functioning of the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army, Navy and Air), Defence Staff Headquarters and the Inter Service Organizations under the Ministry of Defence. The Service is contributing significantly in the functioning of Armed Forces Headquarters/Inter Service Organizations except those relating to technical and combat aspects in respect of the Armed Forces. Joint Secretary (Trg) & Chief Administrative Officer is the Cadre Controlling Authority and Head of the Department for AFHQ Civilian employees.


(i)  50%  of  the  posts  of  Section  Officers  are  filled  by  Direct  Recruitment through the Civil Services Examination. Unfilled DRQuota vacancies will be diverted  to  promotion  quota  in  the  fourth  year  (after  three  years  of  carry forward). The remaining 50% are filled by promotionof Assistants.

(ii)  At Assistant grade level also recruitment is  done by Direct Recruitment (50%) through Staff Selection Commission and 50% byPromotion from UDC grade.

(iii)  Conditions of service including leave, pensionetc of officers of AFHQ are  governed  by  the  rules,  regulations  and  orders  of  the  Central  Government issued from time to time. In addition, canteen facility is also available to the AFHQ Civilian Officers/Staff.

II-  CAREER PROSPECTS :  Under the existing rules and subject to availability of vacancies, Section Officers have the following promotional avenues :-(a)  Section  Officers  of  the  AFHQ  Civil  Service  will be  eligible  for

promotion to the grade of Deputy Directors on completion of 06 years approved service in the grade. In addition, there is upgradation (Non Functional Scale) to the Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-3 on completion of 4 years approved service as Section Officer.

(b)  Deputy  Directors  of  the  AFHQ  Civil  Service  will be  eligible  for appointment  to  the  Joint  Director  grade  and  to  other  administrative  posts  on completion of 05 years of approved service in the grade.

(c)  Joint  Directors  of  the  AFHQ  Civil  Service  will  be  eligible  for appointment  to  the  Director  grade  and  to  other  administrative  posts  on completion of 05 years of approved service in the grade.

(d)  AFHQ Civil Service has 04 posts of Principal Director (Group `A’, PB-4, Rs.  37400-67000,  Grade Pay  Rs. 10,000)  above  the  level  of  Director.  These four  posts  are  filled  by  promotions  from  amongst  Directors  with  three  years approved service.


III –  CADRE REVIEW COMMITTEE:  Cadre reviews are carried out from time to time for enhancing the career prospects of AFHQ  Civil Service. The third Cadre Review  Committee  has  been  constituted  in  Jul  2013  to  carry  out  the  cadre  restructuring/review of AFHQ Civil Service.


(a)  General  duties  such  as  management,  distribution  and  coordination  of work including supervision of staff.

(b)  Analysis and Independent disposal of cases.

(c)  Initiating notes and proposals in relevant cases.

(d)  Keeping track of ongoing cases and subsequent follow up.

(e)  Submission of periodic Reports & returns including collation of data.

(f)  Responsibility of efficient and expeditious disposal of work and checks on delays.

(g)  Ensuring  strict  compliance  with  instructions  regarding  treatment  and safeguarding of Classified documents and record maintenance.

(h)  Any  other  action  which  a  Section  Officer  is  authorized  to  take independently.






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