Indian Information Service (IIS) - Service Profile, Functions, Recruitment, Pay Scale & Hierarchy

The Indian Information Service (IIS) is one of the Group ‘A’ Civil Services options available for candidates who successfully clear the UPSC Civil Service Examination. This is the media wing of the Government of India. They act as the bridge of communication between the Government of India and the Public. IIS cadre officers work under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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Indian Information Service (IIS) – History

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.

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Indian Information Service (IIS) – Group ‘A’ officers

  1. Administering and coordinating the work of the Press Information Bureau (PIB).
  2. Conducting the publicity work of the government.
  3. Controlling, supervising and guiding the news service units including DD News and All India Radio (AIR).
  4. 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.
  5. Monitoring legal issues involved in the verification of titles, registration and circulation for newspapers in the country.
  6. Planning and executing media strategies for the government.
  7. Officers can also be posted abroad especially in association with Prasar Bharati.
  8. 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.

Indian Information Service (IIS) – 3 Stage Training

The IIS officers’ training is in three stages.

Stage 1 -Three months Foundation Course at the LBSNAA.

Stage 2 – Probationers undergo training at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication for a duration of 9 months.

Stage 3 – At this stage, probationers will undergo training for a period of 1 year at various media wings of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

  1. DD News
  2. All India Radio
  3. Press Information Bureau
  4. Registrar of Newspapers for India
  5. Directorate of Field Publicity
  6. Publications Division
  7. Electronic Media Monitoring Centre
  8. New Media Wing of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  9. Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity

Indian Information Service (IIS) – Grade and Salary

There is a lot of scope for promotion in this cadre as the system is well structured with different grades and pay scale. The salary range for the following posts ranges from INR 15,600 – 39100 + Grade Pay of INR 5400 to INR 80000.

Grade Designation
Junior Time Scale Assistant Director, ANI, News Reporter/ Correspondent, Field Publicity Officer, Assistant Regional & Research Officer, Assistant Director (Monitoring),
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
Junior Administrative Grade Joint Director (News), Deputy Press Registrar, Editor-In-Chief, Special Correspondent (Abroad), Director (Media), Joint Director, Chief (Media)
Junior Administrative Grade (NFSG) Director


Senior Administrative Grade Director, Registrar Of Newspapers For India, Special Correspondent (Abroad), Additional Director General (News)
Higher Administrative Grade Director General (News)


Director-General / Principal Information Officer

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Indian Information Service (IIS) – Career Prospects

As soon as the Indian Information Service Officer completes his probationary period he is posted in the media wing of the Government of India.

  1. In the initial posting as Junior Grade Officer – he is posted as Assistant Director.
  2. The 1st promotion will be to the role of Deputy Director.
  3. In the Junior Administrative Cadre, the position is Joint Director / or as the Deputy Secretary to the Government of India.
  4. Also, attain the Post of Director in Junior Administrative Cadre.

The above details would help candidates preparing for UPSC 2023 in setting up their goals.

If you are sitting for CSE 2023, don’t forget to check the details regarding the IAS Online Application mentioned in the linked article.

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