The Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) is a formally established Group A Central Service within the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India. The UPSC’s annual Civil Services Examination serves as the basis for hiring new members of the Service. There is a history of this service closely linked with the history of our nation. The Department was established on December 16, 1926. The recent history of our country and the development of the IDES are intimately related.
The Service was initially known as the Military Lands and Cantonments Service, and then Defence Lands and Cantonments Service. In 1985, the Service came to be formally known as the Indian Defence Estates Service.