IB and RAW are well thought of Institutions in our country. Most of us have aspired for the secretive natured job in our childhood watching the hero/heroine officers protecting our country. Similar to that the RAW & IB officers will collect, do researches, and use information gathered in order to protect the country’s law enforcement, foreign policies, national security, and military. The missions conducted by such agencies include both overt and covert operations. In this article, let us understand more about the RAW & IB.
RAW & IB
India’s Intelligence Bureau is reputed to be the oldest such organization in the world. And, IB was created on 23 December 1887. IB is interfering with India’s domestic intelligence, internal security, and counter-intelligence agency. It was formed as part of the Intelligence Department for the British Indian Army in 1885.
Headquarters: New Delhi
Current Director: Arvind Kumar, took over from Rajiv Jain on 26 June 2019.
IB- Roles and Responsibilities
The Bureau comprises employees from law enforcement agencies, like individuals from the Indian Police Service (IPS) or the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and the military. However, the Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) has always been an IPS officer.
Domestic intelligence responsibilities, Intelligence collection in border areas (following the 1951-Himmat Singh Ji Committee). Human activity within India and in the neighborhood is to be monitored. It is also tasked with other external intelligence responsibilities as of 1951 until 1968 when the Research and Analysis Wing was formed.
One of the biggest amelioration, since 2014, was a cessation of indulgence in internal-political espionage. Agency has also boosted up its infrastructure and recruited more agents. IB has been successful in stopping the earlier pattern of frequent terror attacks in India and the IB has also been successful in counter-intelligence.
Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Special Director, Additional Director, Joint Director, Deputy Director, Joint Deputy Director, Assistant Director, Deputy Central Intelligence Officer, Assistant Central Intelligence Officer I& II, Junior Intelligence Officer I & II, Security Assistant and various other supporting and office posts in the Bureau.
Research and Analysis Wing- RAW
After suffering a heavy loss in both the Sino-Indian War 1962 and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the Indian Government felt the need to set up an intelligence wing that would take care of foreign intelligence gathering. Thus, the Research and Analysis Wing was established in September 1968.
The Research and Analysis Wing is the foreign intelligence agency of India. The agency’s primary function is gathering foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India’s foreign strategic interests. It is also involved in the security of India’s nuclear program.
Headquarters: New Delhi
R&AW Current Chief: Samant Goel
- The Radio Research Center and Electronics & Tech. Services (the 1970s and 1990s)
- Aviation Research Centre (ARC) (1971)
- National Technical Research Organization (NTRO)
RAW- Roles and Responsibilities
- To monitor the political, military, economic, and scientific developments in countries that have a direct bearing on India’s national security and the formulation of its foreign policy.
- Molding international public opinion and influence foreign governments.
- Covert Operations to safeguard India’s National interests.
- Anti – Terror Operations and neutralizing terror elements posing a threat to India.
Class I / Group A Officers
- Special Secretary/Additional Secretary
- Joint Secretary
- Director/Deputy Secretary/Attache
Group A Officers
- Senior Field Officer
Group B Officers
- Field Officer
- Deputy Field Officer
Group C Officers
- Assistant Field Officer
RAW & IB Educational Qualifications
- Graduates from any reputed organization or institute to apply for an Intelligence Officer post.
- In the case of RAW, willing candidates should possess good education from a reputed University and should know any one of the foreign languages at least to become a RAW agent.
- For Intelligence Bureau- candidates, need to be under 56 years of age.
- For RAW- candidates should have experience of 20 years of service.
- The candidate to be an Indian citizen. Aspirants should not have any Criminal background and they should not be drug-addicted.
RAW & IB: Selection Procedure
Recruitment into RAW & IB includes a Written Examination, a Descriptive Exam, and an Interview.
Intelligence Bureau recruitment process requires candidates to appear for CGPE (Combined Graduate Preliminary Exam) which is conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission) every year.
And for that of RAW, candidates should take Group A Civil Services exam, UPSC under the Central Staffing Scheme. Moreover, candidates have to clear all the stages of the Civil Service Examination and qualified candidates are allowed to write the RAW examination.
In 1983, RAW created its own service cadre, the Research and Analysis Service (RAS) to absorb talent from other Group A Civil Services, under the Central Staffing Scheme. Class, I executive level is from Civil services officers undergoing Foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. At the end of the course, RAW conducts a campus interview. Based on a selection of psychological tests and the interview, candidates are inducted into RAW for a lien period of one year.
Training: There will be basic training of ten days and Advanced training for 1-2 years.