Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)

The Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) is a prestigious civil service that focuses on communication and media management in the government.

Indian Information Service

The Indian Information Services (IIS) Officers are controlled by the Ministry of Defence (Directorate of Public Relations). The tasks

  • Managing government’s print media, electronic media, advertising agency, Union Ministeries (news desk),act as press advisors
  • Constitute a press party
  • Organise press conferences
  • Control official media
  • Organise festivals (national and international), etc

The work is interesting as it uses the flare for journalism, public relations and administration all together. There is a special requirement to enter this service. The officer needs to have some previous experience of work in a newspaper or news agency or ad agency. The promotional channel is more or less the same as that of other Services.

Indian Information Service Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the Indian Information Service exam is the same as for other services. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the Indian foreign service as per his rank, he has to go through specified training.

Indian Information Service Recruitment and Training

The training for Indian Information Service is of two sorts; one is the thought the Civil Service Exam which is conducted by UPSC every year (50%) and the other is upgrading the officers already working at senior position of IIS of Group B (50%).

After the distribution by Department of Personnel & Training, the newly appointed officers have to pursue three months basic training in any of the recognized national academies.

The other part of training includes nine months certified training in India Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and further one year being part of media in several outlets like PIB, DPD, NSD, RNI, AIR, DFP, DDN and NMW under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Indian Information Service Exam

The Indian Information Service exam 2022 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 27th of may 2015. The date of prelims exam is 7th August 2015. The next exam will happen in 2017 around the same time.

Indian Information Service syllabus

The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2016 and every other year is the same for the Indian Information Service as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Ranks and Salaries

Service Hierarchy

Pay scales
Designation in Field
Designation in Headquarters
Junior time scale 8000-275-13500 Assistant Director, Inspector of Exhibition, Assistant News Editor, New Reporter/ Correspondent, Assistant Director (Monitoring), Field Publicity Officer, Assistant Regional Officer, Assistant Research Officer Assistant Director, PIB
Senior time scale 10650-325-15850 Assistant Press registrar, Campaign Officer, Public Relations Officer, deputy Director, Editor, Copy Tester, Research Officer, Senior Correspondent-cum-Editor, Regional Officer, Officer on Special duty, Talks officers, Senior correspondent, Public Relations Officer, Special Correspondent (abroad) Deputy Director, PIB
Junior administrative grade 12000-375-16500 Joint Director (News), Chief (Media), Director (Media), Deputy Press Registrar, editor-in-Chief, Special correspondent (abroad), Joint Director Counselor Director
JAG (NFSG) 14300-400-18300 Director Director
Senior administrative grade 18400-500-22400 Director, Registrar of Newspapers for India, Additional Director General (News), Special correspondent (abroad) Deputy Director General, PIB
Higher administrative grade 22400-525-24500 Director General (News) Additional Director General, PIB
26000 (fixed) Director General / Principal Information Officer Director General, PIB

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