Indian Information Service
Service Overview
Formed1960; 64 years ago (1960)
Country India
Training Grounds
Cadre Controlling AuthorityMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
Legal PersonalityGovernmental : Civil Service
AssociationIndian Information Service Association
Top most post in the cadre
Principal Director GeneralShri Jaideep Bhatnagar (IIS)
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet SecretaryShri Rajiv Gauba (IAS)

The Indian Information Service (IIS) (Hindi: भारतीय सूचना सेवा) is the central civil service under Group A[1][2] and Group B[1][3] 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.

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 the Prasar Bharati.


Indian Information Service (IIS) was established as an organized 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'.


IIS Group-A officers are selected through two modes,

  1. Direct recruitment through Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to the various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
  2. And also through promotion to IIS Group-A from the Senior Grade officers of IIS Group-B.


With the exponential increase of private electronic and print media, and with the universal access to social media, the role of IIS officers has sharply shrunk in the recent years. The IIS officers have also not been able to keep abreast with the competition. The government is currently considering privatizing the broadcasting in India.[4][5]


After the officers are allocated the Service depending on their rank and preferences in the Civil Services Examination, they undergo a three months Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Mussoorie. This is followed by nine months of professional training at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. During the training period there is also a 3-week training module for IIS Officer Trainees at Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Thereafter, an IIS Probationer undergoes one year On-Job-Training, during which he/she is attached to various media units under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting such as-

The 2015 batch of IIS officers before IIMC with the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Career progression

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 or her career, in Directorate hierarchy, an IIS officer progresses through following designations in ascending order of seniority-


Job Post Salary INR/month
Director General of Information 2,25,000[13]
Principal Director of Information 1,50,000[13]
Director of Information 1,25,000[13]
Deputy Director of Information 1,00,000[13]
Assistant Director of Information 80,000[13]

Work profile

By its very nature of handling the information and communication, the Service enjoys a great diversity in its nature of work and responsibilities. The Ministry of I&B lists the functions of an IIS officer in its official mandate as[14]-

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Service Profile of Indian Information Service" (PDF). Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ Complete Civil Service Schedule of the Civil Services Group A of India." Civil Service Group A - Government of India 1 January 2011.
  3. ^ Complete Civil Service Schedule of the Central Civil Services Group B of India." Central Civil Service Group B - Government of India 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Parliament Digital Library: PRIVATISATION OF PRASAR BHARATI". 18 April 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Privatisation only solution". The Economic Times.
  6. ^ "OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPERS FOR INDIA". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Publications Division". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Welcome To DFP Website". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  9. ^ ".:: Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) ::". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Central Bureau of Communication | Ministry of Information Broadcasting". Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  11. ^ ".:: About Us - Bureau of Outreach & Communication ::". Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Electronic Media Monitoring Centre". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f IAS, Top IAS Coaching in Delhi-SHRI RAM. "IIS - Jobs, Roles and Salary | Best IAS Coaching in Delhi, India - SHRI RAM IAS". Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  14. ^ "Mandate of IIS Officer" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 13 February 2017.