In exercise of the power conferred under the proviso of article 309 of constitution of India, the Indian ordnance factory service formed under ministry of defence government of India with cadre controlling authority as department of defence production. This service was constituted as Indian ordnance service in the year 1935 during British colonial time and later reconstituted as Indian ordnance factory service (IOFS) in the year 1954.

Presently Directorate of Ordnance (coordination and services) under ministry of defence is responsible for the policy decisions such as cadre structure, recruitment, training, cadre deputation, pay and allowances, and disciplinary matters.


Indian ordnance factories service (IOFS) is an organized Group A service, in which officers recruited by UPSC through prestigious CSE & ESE examinations. IOFS officers are highly qualified with graduation and post graduation degrees mainly from prestigious institutes like IITS, IIMS & NITS. The prime fields of specialisation are development and production of artillery guns, tanks, armaments & ammunitions, troops comfort products, armoured & B-vehicles, development of carriages, parachutes and mine protected vehicles. IOFS officers were entrusted with  responsibility of managing, maintaining and progressing  “ordnance factories organisation”, the oldest and largest industrial conglomerate of Indian comprising 41 production units spread across pan India with 25 plus subsidiary establishments/offices for responsible for training, safety & marketing.

IOFS is the only group a cadre of govt. of India, which is having diversity in roles and duties starting from administration to production to design & development to maintenance. IOFS cadre comprises officers from electronics & electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, metallurgy & leather technologies, textile engineering and so on. IOFS cadre consist of 1760 officers.

IOFS is a participating civil service under the central staffing scheme (CSS), which allows officers to move to any organisation, commission, institution, agency, department, ministry of the government of India on deputation basis. IOFS officers also serve at key managerial posts of PSUS and SEZs as advisors and secretaries to the union cabinet ministers and ministry. IOFS officers played vital role in strategic bilateral treaties for technology acquisition, indigenisation of technologies acquired through tots and licensed production of arms, ammunitions, tanks & weapons.


Grade Designation in the field Designation in Headquarters/Ministry
Junior Time Scale
Assistant Works Manager
Assistant Director/ Asst. Secretary
Senior Time Scale
Works Manager
Deputy Director/ Under Secretary
Senior Time Scale (Non Functional)
Deputy General Manager
Joint Director/Deputy Secretary
Junior Administrative Grade (Functional)
Joint General Manager
Senior Administrative Grade
Addl. GM / General Manager / Principal Director /
Regional Director / Regional Controller of Safety
Deputy Director General/Joint Secretary
Higher Administrative Grade
Senior General Manager / Senior Principal Director
Senior Deputy Director General
Higher Administrative Grade (+)
Additional Director General Ordnance (Coordination & Services)
Apex Scale
Director General Ordnance (Coordination & Services)


IOFS officers undergone induction training at National academy of defence production Nagpur (NADP) in the diverse field of management, latest technological development, public administration & so on. During the training programme officers send on Bharat Darshan (tour of India) along with attachment to various government offices/department like President office, Vice President office, Prime Minister office, Parliament, RMO, Sena bhawan, various establishments of Indian army, Air force & India Navy. IOFS officers after induction undergone service training at various prestigious institute of India and abroad.

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