Indian Telecommunication Service

The Indian Telecommunications Service, widely known as ITS, and earlier known as 'Telegraph Engineering Service ClassI'(TES ClassI)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 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), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), Telecom Consultants India Limited (TCIL), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),Telecom Dispute Settlement Administrative Tribunal (TDSAT), Unique Identification Authority of India (UID), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) etc.At present, ITS officers are also working in many other central and state government assignments on deputation.

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. The appointment to following services are also made through the same exam:

* Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
* Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/Electronics Engineering posts)
* Engineer in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring organisation; Ministry of Communications (DOT)
* Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Engineering branch) (Electronics Engineering posts)
* Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering posts)
* Central Power Engineering Service (Telecommunications Engineering posts)
* Survey of India Service (Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering posts)
* Assistant Executive Engineer, Group A (Electronics Engineering posts) in the Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence


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