Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) is the apex intelligence organization functioning under the Central Board of Excise & Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, entrusted with the task of detection of cases of evasion of duties of Central Excise and Service Tax. The role of the Directorate General in tackling the menace of duty evasion is manifold. It develops intelligence, especially in new areas of tax evasion through its intelligence network across the country and disseminates such information, by issuing Modus Operandi Circulars and Alert Circulars to sensitize the field formations about the latest trends in duty evasion. Wherever found necessary, this Directorate General, on its own or in co-ordination with field formations, organizes operations to unearth evasion of Central Excise duty and Service Tax.

2. Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) was earlier known as Directorate General of Anti-Evasion (DGAE). It was established in the year 1979 as an independent wing under the control of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi with regional units located at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. It became a full-fledged Directorate in 1983, headed by a Director. In 1988, the Directorate was upgraded to Directorate General under a Director General with four Zonal Units located at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, headed by Additional Directors General.

3. The Directorate General was expanded in the year 2000 with the setting up of a number of Regional Units under the respective Zonal Units and was renamed as DGCEI. DGCEI was further strengthened in the year 2002 with the addition of two more Zonal units at Ahmedabad and Bangalore. In 2004, DGCEI was entrusted with the work of detecting cases of evasion of Service Tax also. In the cadre-restructuring of the department in the year 2014, the DGCEI was further strengthened and it now comprises of 9 Zonal Units (with the inclusion of Bhopal, Hyderabad and Lucknow Zonal Unit), having 3 Regional Units under each Zonal Unit, i.e. 27 Regional Units.