Making policies and laws is one thing, but ensuring that the information reaches all is another. No program designed by the government of Indian and various ministries would make a difference in the lives of lakhs out there if the information is not circulated through the right media channels and in a manner that will probably be most acceptable to all. Considering the importance of this department, Group ‘A’ Indian Information Service (IIS) are the ones who particularly take care of the information, publicity and media needs of the country.
Apart from dealing with dissemination of information, as an IIS officer they are also expected to work through various government media units such as Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP), Press Information Bureau (PIB), Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan etc. An IIS officer fulfils the need of projecting the country in a positive manner; deal with the overall publicity needs of various government units, etc.
- Intellectual and moral integrity
- Integrity and love for the country
- Extremely good communication skills
- Always abreast with national and international affairs
- A strong constitution
- Good physical and mental health
- Ability to work for long hours and away from country
- Common sense
- Sense of responsibility
- Desire to serve one's country
- Ability to weigh facts
- Emotional stability
- Balance of judgment
- Positive thinking
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds
- Mental alertness
- Ability to effectively use power and authority that comes handy with the job
- Willingness to work in a stringent bureaucratic set up
For all those who are interested in taking up Indian Information Services (IIS) have to first appear for the Civil Service Examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The civil service examination is conducted in various stages that are enlisted below. The stage one of the Civil Service examination is the preliminary exam which is also the qualification exam. The prelim is an objective type test that basically comprises two tests. The each test is a 200 marks test for two hours each. The first paper comprises questions on current events, Indian and world geography, Indian policy and government, economic and social development, environment ecology, bio-diversity, general science etc. Whereas the Test II covers questions related to comprehension, interpersonal & communication skills, logical & analytical reasoning, decision making & problem solving skills, Mathematical ability and English language. This is just a qualifying examination and the scores gained by students at this stage are not included in the final marking scheme.
For students who qualify the preliminary examination, become eligible to appear for the mains examination. The mains examination consist of a written exam and an interview. The written exam for the mains paper includes nine subjective type papers.
The list of the same is as follows:
|One Indian language paper||300|
|General Studies paper – I||300|
|General Studies paper – II||300|
|Optional Subject – I (a)||300|
|Optional Subject – I (b)||300|
|Optional Subject – II (a)||300|
|Optional Subject – II (b)||300|
Students need to also appear for a round of personal interview that is conducted by board.
On getting selected for IIS Group ‘A’, the successful candidates are given a compulsory 3 months training as a probationer at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and on completion of the same they have to the undertake a 21 months training at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Indian Information Service
|Union Public Service Commission||www.upsc.gov.in|
|Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussourie||www.lbsnaa.gov.in|
|Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi||www.iimc.nic.in|
List of Institutes abroad offering Indian Information Service related courses
|Manipal Education Dubai Campus||www.manipaldubai.com|
Amity Dubai Campus
The officers of the Indian Information Service (IIS) are posted in various media organizations and departments of the Central Governments such as the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI),News Service division of Doordarshan and All India Radio, Directorate of Film Publicity, DAVP, etc
|Junior Time Scale||8000-275-13500|
|Senior Time Scale||10650-325-15850|
|Junior Administrative Grade||12000-375-16500|
|Senior Administrative Grade||18400-500-22400|
|Higher administrative grade|