Indian Telecommunication Service

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Indian Telecommunication Service
Service Overview
Country India
Training GroundsNational Telecom Academy and Advance Level Telecommunication Training Centre
National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training
Controlling AuthorityDepartment of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications (India)
Legal PersonalityGovernment Service
General NaturePolicy Formulation
Policy Implementation
AssociationIndian Telecom Service Association
Service Chief
Director General of TelecomVacant
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet SecretaryPradeep Kumar Sinha

The Indian Telecommunications Service, widely known as ITS, and earlier known as 'Telegraph Engineering Service Class I'(TES Class I)is an organised civil service of Government of India.[1] The appointment to this service is done through Combined Engineering Services exam held every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. ITS is a Group 'A' Central Civil Service(Gazetted) post of the Union of India. The service was created to meet the technical and managerial functions of the government in areas related to telecommunications.The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) had been run for years by this permanent cadre of technical civil servants called the Indian Telecom Service (ITS).

The officers of ITS are working in senior management and administrative positions in the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM Cells), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Unique Identification Authority of India (UID), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Metro Rail Corporations etc. At present, ITS officers are also working in many other central and state government assignments on deputation.

Recruitment and induction.[edit]

A competitive examination called combined engineering services examination is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the ITS. Recruitment to Group A and Group B Services/Posts are made under the following categories of Engineering:

I. Civil Engineering
II. Mechanical Engineering
III. Electrical Engineering
IV. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

Appointments to ITS are made in category IV, i.e., Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.


After recruitment through Combined Engineering Services Examination, the officers undergo a two years course at National Telecommunication Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training( at Ghaziabad.Department of Telecommunication has set up this new training centre named as "National Telecommunicatios Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training" at Ghaziabad for its officers belonging to technical cadre i.e. ITS and TES. Previously (prior to 2010 Batch) ITS officers used to be trained at Advanced level telecommunication training centre (ALTTC),[2] Ghaziabad and Bharatratna Bhimrao Ambedkar institute of telecom training (BRBRAITT),Jabalpur[3] for management and telecommunications engineering. The officers are also deputed for on job field training in various areas.The ITS officers were trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) until 1980.

Appointments and responsibilities[edit]

As in the other Central Services, the officers are liable to be transferred and posted in anywhere in India. The officers of ITS work in the DOT, TRAI, TDSAT, BSNL, MTNL,Ministry of Home Affairs,UID,Ministry of Power,Department of Pharmaceuticals, Department of Defence, National Highway Authority of India, RITES, IRCON,TCIL,UPSC,SSC and various other Ministries and Statutory bodies of India.


The designations and time-scales within the Indian Telecom Service are as follows after cadre restructure

Position / Pay Grade in the Government of India Level and Rank Equivalent Position or Designation in the Administrative Service/ Police Service
1 Junior Time Scale Assistant Divisional Engineer Telecom / Entry-level (Equivalent to Under Secretary Trainee) Additional District Magistrate/Assistant Superintendent of Police
2 Senior Time Scale Assistant Director General (Equivalent to) Under Secretary to Government of India District Magistrate/ Superintendent of Police
3 Junior Administrative Grade Director (Equivalent to) Deputy Secretary to Government of India District Magistrate/Special Secretary/Senior Superintendent of Police
4 Selection Grade Director (Equivalent to) Director to Government of India Divisional Commissioner/Additional Secretary/Deputy Inspector General of Police
5 Senior Administrative Grade Deputy Director General (Equivalent to) Joint Secretary to Government of India Divisional Commissioner/ Secretary/Inspector General of Police
6 Higher Administrative Grade Senior Deputy Director General (Equivalent to) Additional Secretary to Government of India Principal Secretary/Additional Director General of Police
7 Higher Administrative Grade + Advisor (Equivalent to) Special Secretary to Government of India Additional Chief Secretary/ Director General of Police
8 Apex Scale Director General of Telecom / Member (Equivalent to) Secretary to Government of India Secretary to the Government of India

Cadre controlling authority[edit]

Member (Services), Telecom Commission of India is cadre controlling authority of ITS, Group A. Member(Services)is ex officio Secretary to Government of India. is currently working as Member(Services), Department of Telecom, Government of India[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Notification dated 29 May 1992 published in part II, section 3, sub-section (1) of the gazette of India, Government of India
  2. ^ "ALTTC". Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  4. ^

Further reading[edit]

  • Connecting India: Indian Telecom Story, by S.D. Saxena. Published by Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi,2009 ISBN 978-81-220-0768-8.
  • Indian bureaucracy at the crossroads, by Syamal Kumar Ray. Published by Sterling, 1979.
  • Daily Indian Telecom Digest :

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