IB, RAW job aspirants lack 'intelligence': Report

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  1. ajtr

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    IB, RAW job aspirants lack 'intelligence': Report


    In a worrisome trend, researchers have found that candidates with less or poor general aptitude are getting attracted to jobs in the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) among other agencies and suggested changes in selection procedures.
    According to a report prepared by Delhi-based think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF)and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on 'Reforming India's Intelligence Structure', interviewers are encountering candidates who have no general knowledge and awareness on current affairs.

    Citing examples, a researcher requesting anonymity said a candidate identified Hyderabad as the capital of Karnataka instead of Bangalore while facing such an interview. Another candidate could hardly speak a sentence when asked to brief on the situation in Kashmir and cross-border infiltration.

    This, according to the report, is a "tail-end" syndrome which is attracting aspirants with less marks in the civil services exams to the country's intelligence agencies.

    The report suggested a need for comprehensive reforms, paradigm shift of working, improving recruitment, deputation, promotions, training for new recruits and better quality supervision of operations in intelligence agencies to get better result. "With the growing threat to national security, there comes a greater need for the strongest and most efficient structure of intelligence that can possibly be aspired to," the report said.

    It also pin-pointed several deficiencies like lack of specialised staff for gathering intelligence, analysis and modern snooping equipment among others.

    A former bureaucrat, who was part of a deliberation held here recently on the report's findings, said the interview board often gets a list of candidates who are basically rejected for the other services or get low marks in the civil services examination.

    Researchers have expressed concern over vacant posts in the intelligence units like Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the National Technical Research Organisation.

    The report proposed the concept of National Intelligence Coordinator (NIC) to coordinate with central security agencies and directly discuss the matter with National Security Adviser (NSA), Home, Defence and External Affairs Ministers under overall supervision and control of the Prime Minister.

    It also envisaged the role of NSA as main diplomatic adviser under the proposed concept of NIC and National Grid for quick and secure communications.
     
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  3. Bangalorean

    Bangalorean Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    In general, just out of curiosity, do RAW/IB have standard selection procedures and schedules to induct people? Or do they take people only from other government departments, after scrutiny? Does anyone know?
     
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    All threads from *********** are recreated here WTF??
     
  5. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Im sure most here would pass interview with flying colours.
     
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    And still pakistan blames raw for all their ills.
     
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    How to get a job in RAW?
     
  8. Rage

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    They have both. The R&AW has its own cadre, called the RAS (the Research and Analysis Service) formed by deputation from the Armed Services or Civil Service Officers. There are two options herewith: i) join for life, resign your parent cadre and take up a R&AW position for the rest of your career; ii) serve on "assignment" deputation, for anywhere from 3-5 years; with the option of returning to the parent cadre upon completion.

    They also recruit from Universities and other fields, mostly linguists and other analysis experts. The recruitment procedure is pretty darn good, with one exception: that most directors have been former IPS cadre, when they should, ideally, have been Military intelligence (Defence Intelligence Agency) officers.


    What do you expect? The news is common to all of us. Whatever's common to India, at least.
     
  9. sesha_maruthi27

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    The R&AW directors must be from the DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE and not from other domestic or civil security background.
     
  10. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    Is that a serious question? Or just a figurative 'ask'?

    You have to be physically fit, of the highest fitness standards. Because you will usually be going through the IPS cadre, and be one of its shining lights, if your intent is to become a Field Officer. In that case, you will have to clear the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which at last count, was the second most-difficult civil-service examination in the world. If you intend to become an analyst, you will have to excel in your field. Whatever that is, and the R&AW usually picks linguistics experts or professors from universities and low-level managers at corporates. If you have a major in Math, or have a Maths, electrical engineering or computer science background, you're again better off joining the Joint Cipher Bureau (JCI), and proving yourself there, as a route to the R&AW, than attempting to go the IPS route. Whatever your choice, determine yourself to be the best in your field, work on your physical standards and develop contacts in the police cadre. That will stand you in good stead in the long run. In the long-run, of course, you can move to joining the Defense Intelligence Council, if you're a long-standing bureaucrat officer or sitting member of Parliament, if your intent is to work against foreign enemies, or move to join the National Investigation Agency, under the Home Minister himself, if your intent is to combat domestic terror.
     
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    Absoloutely, i agree. When the head is less than competent, usually the organization follows.
     
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    There is a saying in hindi which says "YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA".............
     

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