About (PTC)


The Probationers Training Course (PTC)

Objective of the PTC

The Probationers’ Training Course (PTC) imparts training to newly inducted Group-‘A’ Civil Servants of Accounts & Finance Services in the core areas of finance and accounts and public financial management. It equips officer trainees with requisite skills, knowledge and attitude to shoulder responsibility as public servants. It tries to promote all round personality development of the trainee officers as public service officers. Alongside, it also aims to develop a strong spirit of inter-service camaraderie and cooperation.


The Services included:

  1. Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  2. Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  3. Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  4. Indian Postal & Telecom Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  5. Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  6. Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS)



First batch of PTC commenced in January 1994. For more than two decades all the Probationers/Officer Trainees (OTs) spent 44 weeks on AJNIFM campus which, coupled with an eight week project, fetched them an AICTE approved diploma (Diploma in Public Financial Management).


Present Course Structure and Duration

The duration of PTC from 24th batch (2017) onwards is 26 weeks.  Every year the course commences in January and concludes in June/July.  Presently the PTC at AJNIFM for the 26 weeks training is divided into two modules of 13 weeks each covering following papers:

Subjects (Module – I)


Public Financial Management


Government Accounting System


Financial Accounting


Financial Management


Data Analysis and Decision Tools


Organisational & Individual Behaviour

Subjects (Module – II)


Economics, Business and Policy


Cost and Management Accounting


Data Analytics & Use of ICT in Government


Public Policy, Good Governance and Sustainable Development


Public Procurement and Contract Management, including introduction to GeM


Business Communications


The Course comprises of two Modules covering ten full credit papers of 40 sessions each and 2 non-credit Papers of 20 sessions each.  Modern methods of teaching/learning are used for covering the syllabus.  Pedagogy includes:

  • Regular Class Room Sessions
  • Presentations- Individual as well as group presentations by participants
  • Case Studies
  • Discussions
  • Assignments Practical exercises, Quiz etc.
  • Field visits and attachment for practical exposure.



The regular faculty of the Institute including Associated Faculties & Professor of Practice as well as serving and retired senior officers from various Departments and Ministries of Government of India are engaged for delivering lectures in PTC.  For greater understanding of various macro issues, eminent speakers from various domains are also invited.



Considering the need of experiential learning and up gradation of knowledge and skills of Officer Trainees various visits & attachments are also organized as part of training: 



Detail & Duration


1 day visit to DoE, NB for interaction with Secretary (Expenditure)


1 day visit to President’s House


Visit to NGO/PSUs/CAPFs & Civil Police sensitization at BPR&D


1 day PFMS attachment


1 day visit to TRAI  or PSU -  Brief overview on transformation of the Telecom sector, role of regulatory bodies such as TRAI


3 days PRIDE (earlier known as BPST)


1 week attachment with NAAA Shimla for Audit Module


1 week domestic attachment to Mumbai (RBI, SEBI, NISM and other Financial Institutions)


3 days District Attachment with districts of Haryana State


1 week International Attachment /or GIM Goa or /Any other institution of repute


Examinations are conducted at the end of each Module. There is weightage of 50 percent for continuous evaluation and 50 percent for End term examination.  The continuous evaluation includes quiz, class test, group presentations and assignments.  The participants have to score minimum 40% marks covering both end-term paper as well as continuous evaluation and overall pass marks of 50% (taking all papers together in each module).



The Officer Trainees are engaged with various activities during the training.  The batch is divided into committees namely, cultural, sports, mess, discipline, eminent speaker, literary etc.  These committees ensures the conduct of cultural programmes, inaugural and farewell programme, sports meet, various competitions, publishing of ‘Reminiscence’, movie shows etc.