1. Divisional Accountant is treated at par with Sub-Divisional Officer or Sub-Divisional Engineer (GP: 5400), therefore, holds a respectable position in the division in which he is posted. Also, he is the head of Accounts Branch of the division where he is posted.
2. Divisional Accountants acts as auditor and compiler of accounts of the division as well as gives advices on financial and administrative affairs to the Executive Engineer, the head of the Division.
3. There is definitely a scope of extra perks or under the table income in the cadre and it remains the same in every state, because every state has some development or maintenance projects undergoing at all times of the year. The perks do vary from division to division due to undergoing of works in that area. There is no under the table income in Dead Division, i.e., where there is currently no work is going on.
4. Regarding attendance of Divisional Accountants in the office he is posted, the prerogative of going late or not going at all varies from division to division and also state to state. There are divisions where there is no need to go at all but to mark attendance at the end of the month, also there are divisions where you actually go and return to room in an hour or so. In some divisions you may not have any such prerogative, you have to attend office daily as well as stay for full office hours.
5. When we talk of work pressure, it is zero or very low in this job. You can go to your office, sit back and relax and have a nice casual talk with your fellow staff and return to your room. However, the pressure of work increases once you take charge of works in the division (You take charge after you have successfully qualified the DAGE or Divisional Accountants' Grade Examination).
6. Job satisfaction is about how much you expect of this job. In other jobs where people daily go to the office and spend their office time doing a lot of work and are happy and satisfied with their lot, here people neither want to go office nor they want to do any work and when they have to go office daily or do some work, they start complaining. Therefore, it is adviced that go to this job with a mind free of thoughts of comforts and luxuries and try to be happy with whatever prerogatives you get.
7. Divisional Accountants' salary depends on which city you are posted in. There are three categories of cities with variable HRA rates, viz., 10%, 20% and 30%. A person posted in 10% city gets a gross salary of about 31.8k and those posted in 20% and 30% cities get Rs. 1350 aur Rs. 2700 more respectively.
8. You become eligible for appearing in SAS examination after completing 2 years' of continuous service. If you are qualified, you are appointed to the post of AAO with GP 4800 and are posted in the head office itself. Those who have qualified for DAGE find it easier to qualify SAS examinations.
9. All the leaves admissible to the Divisional Accountant are same the leaves admissible to any other Central Government employee and are governed by CCS Leave Rules, 1972. During 1 year you have 8 Casual Leaves + 2 RH (Restricted Holidays), 30 Earned Leaves (credited bi-annually 15 each time on the first day of the months of January and July each year), 20 Half-pay Leaves or 10 Commuted Leaves (used as medical leave) and several other leaves like the maternity leave, paternity leave, Extraordinary leave, etc.
10. Casual leaves are not treated as leaves and are intended for use in sudden emergency conditions. These can be availed upto 5 at a time, more can be availed when duly sanctioned by higher authorities. These leaves cannot be used in combination with other leaves however every other leave can be used in combination. Plus, Casual Leaves can be availed in intermittent periods (with gaps in dates of application), whereas, others are used in continuance even if there is a holiday in between.
11. At the end of year, CLs and Commuted Leave Lapse, whereas, where all other leaves are carried forward.
12. No accommodation is provided by the division where you join, you have to make your own arrangements. Also, no accommodation is provided by the AG Office during training session, there also you have to make your own arrangements.
13. Advantage of SAS: In case you are unhappy with the work atmosphere of DA or its job profile and seeking for stability and peace of mind, this is the best option. By clearing SAS examination you are appointed to the post of AAO (GP: 4800) and are posted to your head office for a lifetime. Clearing SAS Examinations also opens up the portals for getting posted as AAO in your respective state AG Office, in case you are posted in some other state and could not make it back to your home state.
14. Promotion in DA cadre is limited, i.e., DA > DAO II > DAO I > Sr. DAO (GP: 5400). But here what matters is under the table income and lesser work pressure. Best job if you intend to prepare for Civil Services without getting interrupted much by your job.
15. There is a provision of mutual transfer in DA Cadre during probation period of two years. This option cannot be availed after you clear DAGE and get confirmed or become permanent. The transfer is only within the state every three years and you can remain in one district continuously for 6 years and return to the same after 12 years for remaining another 6 years and so on.
16. No annual increment is provided to a probationer in DA Cadre unless he clears the DAGE in Punjab. In UP, however, there is no such boundation and annual increment of 3% is provided as long as you remain in the job. I am not sure of this provision in other states, please confirm by yourself.
16. DAGE consists of 5 subjects (Public Works Accounts (PWA) Theory, PWA Practicals, Book Keeping and Accountancy, Fundamental Rules and State Rules (FR SR) and English/Hindi) + 1 regional language paper. You are given 3 attempts to qualify the same. However, if you do not qualify the same in first three attempts, another three attempts are provided by Pr. AG on his/her discretion (which he/she always provides) on your explaining him/her the circumstances due to which you could not clear the paper in the first three attempts in a letter addressed to him/her provided to you by the respective AG Office where you have joined. If you fail to qualify DAGE in all 6 attempts provided to you, you stand terminated from your service. However, the DAGE is a piece of cake, therefore, such conditions shall never arise.
17. You can choose to clear DAGE in the first attempt (considered best case scenario) or take multiple attempts for that. Advantages?
a) It is easier to make it through in the first attempt because the cut-off for exemption is lower, 45% aggregate with 40% minimum marks in every subject. Otherwise, 50% is the cut-off marks for exemption in each subject. Once you are exempted in one subject, you need not appear in the examination of that subject in your next attempt.
b) The seniority list also builds up in accordance to the marks scored and attempts taken in DAGE. Those who clear DAGE early, go up the top of the list.
18. SAS: You become eligible to appear in SAS examination after two years' of continuous service. One additional paper add us in the SAS examination, therefore, it consists of 7 papers, but I am not aware of the 7th subject, sorry.
Additional Info: One point u forgot to mention about working days. It is six days working except Haryana(5 days working).
Additionally he is also entitled to state holidays n not central holidays.
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