Indian Information Service (IIS): Service Profile, Functions and Pay Scale

Salary Of Indian Information Service Officer/Indian Information Service Salary

The Indian Information Service (IIS) is one of the civil services you can get into if you clear the civil services exam conducted by the UPSC every year. Simply put, the IIS officers are the “media managers” of the government. They serve the vital purpose of acting as a communications agent between the government and the people. They work under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in various media units such as Doordarshan, Press Information Bureau, All India Radio, etc. The IIS is one of the many services you can get into on clearing the IAS exam.

Brief History of IIS

Originally named the Central Information Service, this service was established on 1st March, 1960. In 1987, CIS was split into IIS Group A and IIS Group B.

Functions of IIS Group ‘A’ officers

  • Administering and coordinating the work of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) .
  • Conducting the publicity work of the government.
  • Controlling, supervising and guiding the news service units including DD News and All India Radio (AIR).
  • Organising press advertising and visual publicity campaigns for spreading information to the people about the various policies and activities of the government through diverse media.
  • Monitoring legal issues involved in the verification of titles, registration and circulation for newspapers in the country.
  • Planning and executing media strategies for the government.
  • Officers can also be posted abroad especially in association with Prasar Bharati.
  • IIS officers can be posted to other departments/ministries on deputation. They can also act as Personal Secretaries in the Central Government on a co-terminus basis.

Training for IIS Officers

The IIS officers’ training is in three stages.

Stage 1: Three months Foundation Course at the LBSNAA.

Stage 2: Nine months professional training at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

Stage 3: Twelve months on-the-job training during which the officers are attached to various media units under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting including:

  • DD News
  • All India Radio
  • Press Information Bureau
  • Registrar of Newspapers for India
  • Directorate of Field Publicity
  • Publications Division
  • Electronic Media Monitoring Centre
  • New Media Wing of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  • Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity

Hierarchy and pay scale (Read about Indian Information Service Officers Salary)

Indian Information Service Salary


Designation in Field

Designation in Headquarters

Pay Scale

Junior Time Scale

Assistant Director, Assistant News Editor, News Reporter/ Correspondent, Inspector Of Exhibition, Field Publicity Officer, Assistant Regional Officer, Assistant Director (Monitoring), Assistant Research Officer

Assistant Director, PIB



Senior Time Scale

Assistant Press Registrar, Deputy Director, Editor, Copy Tester, Research Officer, Campaign Officer, Senior Correspondent-Cum-Editor, Regional Officer, Public Relations Officer, Officer On Special Duty, Talks Officers, Public Relations Officer, Special Correspondent (Abroad), Senior Correspondent

Deputy Director, PIB



Junior Administrative Grade

Joint Director (News), Deputy Press Registrar, Editor-In-Chief, Special Correspondent (Abroad), Director (Media), Joint Director, Chief (Media)

Counselor Director



Junior Administrative Grade (NFSG)






Senior Administrative Grade

Director, Registrar Of Newspapers For India, Special Correspondent (Abroad), Additional Director General (News)

Deputy Director General, PIB


Higher Administrative Grade

Director General (News)


Additional Director General, PIB


Director General / Principal Information Officer

Director General, PIB

26000 (Fixed)


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