Indian Telecommunication Service
|Training Academy||National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training|
|Controlling Authority||Department of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications (India)|
|Legal Personality||Government service|
|General Nature||Policy Formulation|
|Association||Indian Telecom Service Association|
|Member (Services), Digital Communications Commission||Shri Debatosh Manna, ITS|
|Head of the Civil Services|
|Cabinet Secretary||Shri Rajiv Gauba, IAS|
The Indian Telecommunications Service, widely known as ITS, and earlier known as 'Telegraph Engineering Service Class I'(TES Class I) is an organised Group 'A' civil service of Government of India. 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 managed, both technically and administratively, 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) now known as DoT Licensed Service Area(LSA), 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.
ITS (Indian Telecommunication Service) is an organized Group-A services for which recruitment is conducted through competitive examination called Engineering Service Examination (ESE) which is conducted by the UPSC every year. Recruitment by UPSC to Group A 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 prestigious Combined Engineering Services Examination conducted by UPSC, the officers undergo a rigorous two-year probation course at National Telecommunication Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training(www.ntiprit.gov.in) at Ghaziabad where ITS probationers are groomed as Future leaders to handle various techno-managerial matters in Government of India. During probation, ITS Officers undergo various study visits across India to study various ICT best practices and practical exposure of various technological developments. To foster innovation and to create holistic development of probationers, ITS probationers also undergo various attachments to TRAI, NoCC, Smart City Mission, Election Commission of India, RBI etc. Officers also undergo a 15-week Foundation course where they are provided with Rural and Urban site visit exposure along with various management and administration functions like Law, Polity, Disaster Management, Management etc. As ITS Officers are backbone enablers of various digital technological developments in India, they are imparted latest training pertaining to various administrative and technical aspects. The officers are also deputed for on job field training in various areas like Disaster Management, Coordination with states, telecom operations etc. During probation, Officers also get the opportunity to meet various Government dignitaries like Hon'ble President of India, Hon'ble Vice President of India and Hon'ble Minister of Communications etc.
Appointments and responsibilities
After Selection through UPSC Engineering Services Exam, ITS Officers attend 2 years Probationary training. After probation, ITS Officers are posted in DoT HQs, Telecom Engineering Centre, DoT LSA Units (Field Enforcement Units of DoT) at all India locations. ITS officers are working at various positions across India and are liable to be transferred across India. The officers of ITS work in DoT, TRAI, TDSAT, Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, UIDAI, Ministry of Power, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Department of Defence, National Highway Authority of India, RITES, IRCON, TCIL, UPSC, SSC, Patents and Copyrights Office, Election Commission of India, IBBI, SFIO and various other Ministries and Statutory bodies of India along with various state governments. ITS officers are not only playing a key role in various ICT initiatives of Government of India but a key contributors in assisting states in formation of their ICT policies of states like IoT policies, Electronics Manufacturing etc.
Brief Duties and Responsibilities of Officers of ITS GR.'A' :
- I. Issuing various types of Licenses/Registrations to Telecom Service Providers, Internet Service Providers etc and other service providers etc.
- II. Handling Matters related to National Security, Lawful Interception
- III. Handling of Policy, Licensing and Coordination matters relating to telegraphs,Satellite, telephones, wireless, data, facsimile and telematic services and other like forms of communications in Department of Telecommunications
- IV. International cooperation in matters connected with telecommunications including matters relating to all international bodies dealing with telecommunications such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU), its Radio Regulation Board (RRB), Radio Communication Sector (ITU-R), Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), Development Sector (ITU-D), International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (INTELSAT), International Mobile Satellite Organization (INMARSAT), Asia Pacific Telecommunication (APT).
- V. Handling various National Importance projects like Bharat Net Project (backbone of Digital India), LWE Project, NE Telecom Connectivity plan etc.
- VI. Coordination with various state Authorities for Smart Cities, Disaster Management, RoW issues, EMF Monitoring.
- VII. Ensuring Network coverage/connectivity of villages for Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) mission and of Banks in rural areas under Financial Inclusion Planning (FIP)
- VIII. Design, Planning, Implementation of projects funded by DoT & USOF
- IX. Making various ICT related standards pertaining to various ICT products along with preparation of various GRs, IRs, White papers etc.
- X. Human Resource Development and Capacity Building of ITS, Gr.'A"
- XI. Investigation for various Illegal Telecom Set-ups, Telecom Traffic Analysis etc, Call drop issues etc..
- XII. Works related to inspection of sites related to EMR Measurement and monitoring etc..
- XIII. Various Audits related to CAF, Security Audit of TSPs etc.
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||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|
Member (Services), Telecom Commission of India is cadre controlling authority of ITS, Group A. Member(Services)is ex officio Secretary to Government of India. ' Shri Debatosh Manna, ITS' is currently working as Member(Services), Department of Telecom, Government of India
- ITS Officers' Association Official Website
- ITS Officers' Portal
- ITSA Site
- UPSC Official Website
- National Telecom Academy Website
- Cadre strength
- Notification dated 29 May 1992 published in part II, section 3, sub-section (1) of the gazette of India, Government of India
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- Daily Indian Telecom Digest :http://www.newstelecom.info
- 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