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Indian Information Service ISS

The Indian Information Service (IIS) earlier known as Central Information Service, is a Group A Civil Service to manage various Media Units of the Government of India, namely the Press Information Bureau, News Service Division All India Radio, Directorate of Field Publicity, Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity, Registrar of Newspapers for India, Publications Division, etc. with effect from 1st March, 1960.

The officers are recruited through the Civil Services Examination conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Officers are posted in the following Media Units

i) Press Information Bureau [PIB]
ii) News Service Division: All India Radio [NSD:AIR]
iii) Electronic Media Monitoring Cell [EMMC]
iv) Doordarshan (News) [DDN]
v) Directorate of Advertisement and Visual Publicity [DAVP]
vi) Directorate of Field Publicity [DFP]
vii) Registrar of Newspaper for India [RNI]
viii) Publication Division
ix) Research, Reference & Training Division [RR&TD]
x) Directorate of Public Relation (Defence) [DPR(Defence)]
xi) Apart from these media units, there are some isolated posts in other Departments viz. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Rural Development and CRPF, Planning Commission, PMO, BPR & D and IIMC.

How to Apply / Join for Indian Information Service ISS ?

A person wish to join Indian Information Service ISS must appear for the civil Service Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. The successful candidates of preliminary examination will be required fill up the online main application form. The candidate should mention his first preferred choice of service as Indian Information Service ISS. Depending on the Rank in Civil Services Examination ( Mark Obtained in Main + Interview) , No of vacancies and Reservation if any, candidates will be allotted the preferred services mentioned in his main application.


Duration of IIS Training: 24 months (3 months at Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration) and 21 months at Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

The entire IIS training and probation period of two years for officers trainees of IIS is divided into eight trimesters out of which one trimester will be spent in Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie for the Foundation Course and remaining at IIMC for Foundation Courses in Communication.

The training will attempt to bring out the best in each probationer and try to develop her skills so that they can achieve their full potential. The syllabus has tried to give a greater emphasis to practical training, which is initially to be imparted under stimulated condition. Later on in the training the probationers will be placed in an actual job situation where their practical knowledge and experience will be tested

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