Indian Information Service

Indian Information Service
Service Overview
AbbreviationIIS
Formed1960
Country India
Training GroundsIndian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Controlling AuthorityMinistry of Information and Broadcasting (India)
Legal PersonalityGovernment Service
General NatureMedia Managers of Govt.
Official Spokespersons
Media Adviser to Ministries
AssociationIndian Information Service Association
Service Chief
Principal Director GeneralSmt.Neelam Kapoor
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet SecretaryShri N K Sinha

The Indian Information Service (IIS) (Hindi: भारतीय सूचना सेवा) is the administrative 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 Prasar Bharati.

History

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

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