Indian Telecommunication Service

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Indian Telecommunication Service
Service Overview
Abbreviation ITS
Formed 1965
Country  India
Training Grounds National Telecom Academy and Advance Level Telecommunication Training Centre
National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training
Controlling Authority Department of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India)
Legal Personality Government Service
General Nature Policy Formulation
Policy Implementation
Association Indian Telecom Service Association
Service Chief
Director General of Telecom Vacant
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet Secretary Pradeep 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]

Further information: Indian Engineering Services

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 following officers of ITS are currently working in high positions:

  • Vacant, Member Services, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT[4]
  • Vacant, Member Technology, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT[4]
  • R.K.Mishra, Advisor, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT[4]
  • G.K.Upadhyay, Advisor, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and IT[4]
  • Anil Kaushal, Member, TRAI[5]
  • Sudhir Gupta, Secretary, TRAI[6]
  • A.K.Bhargava, Member, TDSAT
  • Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL[7]
  • P.K Purwar, Chairman and Managing Director, MTNL[8]
  • N.K.Mehta, Director (EB), BSNL[7]
  • Sunder Singh Yadav, Chief Executive Officer, Gramin Vikas Trust
  • Satish Tandon, Chief Vigilance Officer, IRCON


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) Additional Secretary to Government of India Principal 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. R K Mishra is currently working as Member(Services), Department of Telecom, Government of India[9]

Indian Telecom Service Association[edit]

The officers of ITS are represented by the Indian Telecom Service Association in different forums. P.K.Jain and A.K. Tripathi are currently President and General Secretary, respectively.[10]


Many members of ITS are awarded by many national and international organisations for their significant contributions.Few of them are enlisted below,

Shri G.B. Meemasi was the first ITS to receive Padma Shri (1998) for his work in Electronic Switching in DOT.[11] He was the founder Director of CDOT and father of RAX.[12] Shri SM Agarwal(Secretary DOT) and Shri P.S. Saran(Member Services) were other subsequent recipients, from ITS.


Present strength of ITS is 1690. Many ITS officers will be retiring from government service shortly on attaining current superannuation age of 60 years. Year wise retirement position is given below,

Year Number of officers retiring
2017 50
2018 62
2019 72
2020 80
2021 74

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. ^ a b c d [1]
  5. ^
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ a b "BSNL board of directors". 
  8. ^ "MTNL board of directors". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "ITSA portal". 
  11. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Saxena, S.D. Chapter 4. Page 77. Connecting India. Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd,Delhi.2009

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 :

External links[edit]

  • MB Athreya,January–February 1996,Chairman of the Telecom Restructuring Committee, Government of India (1990–91).'India's telecommunications policy:A paradigm shift' Telecommunications Policy Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 11–22
  • 'DOT sets deadline for ITS officers' India Telecom,Vol.11,No.1,January 2005, page 3
  • Gairola, Manoj (12 November 2009). "PM calls for BSNL's performance review as revenues fall". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 September 2010.