What are the career prospects of an IRS officer?

An IRS officer could rise up-to the Apex Scale at the post of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in the ITD. At the apex level, he can also get selected as a Member or Chairperson of the CBDT.

The intermediate grades in this career progression are Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner, Commissioner, Principal Commissioner and Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.

With increased scope for international cooperation in the work areas of exchange of information, transfer pricing, and taxation of cross-border transactions, the Government of India decided to create a network of Income Tax Overseas Units (ITOUs). Besides serving within the country, IRS officers also serve in such ITOUs which are part of the Indian Missions at select places abroad. An IRS officer is also eligible to be selected as Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Authority for Advance Ruling, Income Tax Settlement Commission and Income Tax Ombudsman as per the prescribed eligibility criteria.

IRS officers, at different levels, serve other Ministries/Departments Organisations under Central Staffing Scheme and other deputations on the lines of officers of All India Services (Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service & Indian Forest Service) and other Central Services

The Career progression is as follows:

Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Joint Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Additional Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Principal Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Chief Commissioner of Income Tax
->
Chief Principal Commissioner of Income Tax