Civil Services in India

Indian Information Service

About the Service
•The Indian Information Service (IIS) is the administrative Group A civil service of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.
•Indian Information Service officers are the media managers of the Government of India.
•They act as a vital communication link between the Government and the people by way of disseminating information and communicating various Government policies and schemes to the public at large; and also collecting and providing valuable feedback to the Government for policy formulation.
•Most IIS officers work in various media units which are under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting such as DD News, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau, DAVP etc.
•During their tenure in Press Information Bureau, they are posted with various Ministries as spokespersons to handle the Ministry's information and communication needs and help in policy formulation.
•Indian Information Service (IIS) was established as an organised central service named Central Information Service (CIS) on 1 March 1960.
•Prior to 1960, these posts were manned by officers recruited separately by each media unit.
•In 1987, CIS was bifurcated into IIS Group 'A' and IIS Group 'B'.
Roles and Functions
•To plan and execute the media strategy to provide publicity to various programmes/schemes of the Government for the welfare of the people across the country.
•Organisation of press conferences and visual publicity campaigns for dissemenating information to the people on the various activities and policies of the Government of India through various tools of mass communication.
•Control, supervision and guidance to News Services units of All India Radio and DD News including regional news units.
•To look after administration and coordination work of PIB headquarters and day to day publicity works of the Government.
•To guide, supervise and control the field publicity units of the Central Government spread across the country and to issue timely directions for effective monitoring and evaluation of field units.
•To monitor the complex legal issues involved in the verification of titles, registration and circulation for Newspapers in India.
•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%).
•IIS officers have to pursue three months basic Foundational training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Mussoorie or 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.
Postings and Promotions
•After successful completion of the two years of probation, an IIS officer is posted to a media unit depending on the vacancy and requirement. During the various roles of his career, in Directorate hierarchy, an IIS officer progresses through following designations in ascending order of seniority-
•Assistant Director
•Deputy Director
•Joint Director
•Additional Director General (SAG)
•Director General (HAG)
•Principal Director General (Apex Scale)
Specific Inputs about IIS
•The work is quite interesting as it uses the flare for journalism, public relations and administration all together.
•The promotional channel is more or less the same as that of other Services.
•IIS officers are also posted as spokespersons to various constitutional bodies such as Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Election Commission of India and statutory bodies such as Central Bureau of Investigation.
•Besides postings all over India, an IIS officer also gets posted to a few foreign assignments under Prasar Bharati.


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