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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 foriegn 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 2016

The Indian Information Service exam 2016 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 2016

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


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


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


Joint Director (News), Chief (Media), Director (Media), Deputy Press Registrar, editor-in-Chief, Special correspondent (abroad), Joint Director

Counselor Director





Senior administrative grade


Director, Registrar of Newspapers for India, Additional Director General (News), Special correspondent (abroad)

Deputy Director General, PIB

Higher administrative grade


Director General (News)

Additional Director General, PIB

26000 (fixed)

Director General / Principal Information Officer

Director General, PIB