(Notification) SSC : Recruitment of Junior Grade of Indian Information Service (Group ‘B’ Non Gazetted ) Examination 2012

Staff Selection Commission
Recruitment of Junior Grade of Indian Information Service (Group ‘B’ Non Gazetted ) Examination 2012.


Staff Selection Commission will hold on Sunday, the 22-07-2012, an open competitive examination for recruitment to the post of Junior Grade of Indian Information Service, a Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted post, in Pay Band-2 (Rs.9300-34800) plus Grade Pay of Rs.4200, all over the country.

If the number of candidates does not justify a written examination, the Commission may at its discretion dispense with the examination and shortlist candidates on the basis of percent of marks secured in the qualifying Degree/Diploma.

Indian Information Service

Salary: Pay Band-2 (Rs.9300-34800) plus Grade Pay of Rs.4200, all over the country.

Age Limit: Not exceeding 30 years as on 01.08.2012.


A candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Education Qualification:

  • Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Diploma in Journalism from a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Direct recruitment to posts in Junior Grade of IIS, Group’B’ shall be made language wise. The candidates must have studied the concerned Indian language upto the Secondary school.

Scheme of Examination:

The examination will be conducted in two stages:

  1. Written Test (300 marks)
  2. Interview (100 marks)

1 Written Test:

The papers with 150 marks each of 90 minutes duration. The paper-I will consists of 150 questions of objective multiple choice . Paper-II will be descriptive type carrying a maximum marks of 150.

Papers Subject Maximum marks  Duration & Timin
Paper-1 Objective Type (i) General Intelligence & Reasoning (50 Questions)
(ii) General English (50 Questions)
(iii) General Awareness (50 Questions)
One hour and thirty minutes

10.00 A.M. to 11.30 AM 2.00 Hours for VH candidates. (10.00AM to 12.00PM) One hour and thirty minutes

Paper-2 Descriptive (i) Journalism/Mass Communication 150 (1.30PM to 3.00PM) 2.00Hours for VH candidates. (1.30PM to 3.30PM)

Personality Test (Interview): Interview will carry 100 marks.


Paper-I (Objective Type)

(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning : The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

(ii) General English: English grammar, Vocabulary, Spellings, Synonyms and Antonyms, Comprehension, Correct and incorrect usages, etc.

(iii) General Awareness: General, physical, geographical, topographical, economic and climatic features of India. Current events. Matters of everyday observation and experience on scientific aspects and reasoning. History of India, its cultural heritage, freedom movement, salient feature of the Constitution of India. Economic and social aspect of the country and its people.

Paper-II (Descriptive Type)

Journalism/Mass Communication:

Communication and mediation:- Introduction to Communication: definition, basic concepts, models. Communication as Culture: subject position, location, cultural variables. Communication to mass communication: convergences and divergences. Technology as Mediation, deploying technology, medium and message. Encoding and Decoding: subjectivity, sender-receiver dynamic, context, reception.

Media and Democratic Policy:- Nation State and Citizenship: freedom of expression, right to dissent, information as entitlement. Media and the Making of Democracy: mediated democracy, civics ritual, secularization of entertainment, creation of public opinion.

Media and Multilingualism: India: Media and the Multilingual Challenge, Education, News, Civic rituals and Entertainment.

Computer Graphics & Multimedia: Principles and elements of Graphics communication, concept and theory of design and graphics.

Radio Production : Evolution and Growth of Radio, evolution of radio, broadcasting in India, Radio’s characteristics and role in a democracy. The grammar of radio, formats-simple(ants, interviews, reports, running commentaries, discussion) complex, radio features and documentaries, magazines, elements of production (acoustic, perspective, artificial echo, studio and mikes). The Aesthetics of radio, writing for the ear, the spoken word idiom, storytelling elements, sound and music. The voice behind the mike-different types of mikes, speech, personality(pitch, volume, timbre, tone,pace, vitality and enthusiasm)

Theoretical Perspectives on Communication : Communication as system: systemic study, structural attributes, functional attributes, behaviourism, communication as process: effect studies, models, scientism, multiplier effects empathy, Communication as Generation of Meaning: culture and test, codes, sign and signification interpretations. Political Economy of Communication : mode of production and consumption of communication production of social life. Idelogy as Communication: consensus as ideology, manufacturing consent, question of power and hegemony, the State.

Media Ethics and Laws: Constitutional scope of freedom and the Fourth estate. Media content and Morality. Media Regulations: Laws, Bills and Acts, Ordinance, Regulations, Statute, Code, Norms, Conventions. Knowledge and Copyright: Copyright Act 1957, Intellectual Property Rights. Censorship and Proscription.

Film Appreciation: Introduction to Film Theory. Analytical Tools of the Audiovisual.

Media Economics: Basic Economic Issues: what to produce, how to produce, for whom to produce. Media Market & Consumer Behaviour : constituents of demand and supply, size of media market, use value of media products, choice of media, propensity to consume. Components of the Media Industry: ownership, funding, network of relations. Economic traits of Produce: supply chain and control, tangible and intangible components. Media Organisations and Industry: structures, modes of revenue generation, market and pricing.

Media and Advertisement: Role of Advertising. Understanding Ad as Media Market. Pricing Ad time and space. Encoding Ads: control of content and use value. Impact of the Advertisement.

Development Communication: Media, Social Change and Development Issues: gender, human rights, social inclusion, public health, family welfare. Strategic Approach to Development Communication: multimedia campaigns, KAP Gap and communication strategies.

Media and Globalisation: Media and Globalisation: global and regional integration, telecommunication technological advances, global networks, media and global market. Satellite TV in India: historical overview and impact.

New /Alternative Media: The internet/online activism. Mobile as a medium, citizen journalism.

Expanding Horizons-New Challenges(Flexible content): Media and Conflict Zones. Media ownership and news content.

The Documentary: History, Memory and the Documentary. Types of Documentary. Formats of Documentary. Instrumentalising the documentary. Production and distribution networks. Production in Hindi and English.

Application Fee:

Rs.100/-(Rupees One Hundred only)

Mode of Payment:

The candidates submitting their applications on-line should pay the requisite fee only through State Bank of India challan or using on-line payment facility of State Bank of India.

How To Apply:

Applications must be submitted ON LINE only in the format available On-line. Annexure-I provides the indicative lay out of the application format. For detailed instructions relating to the application form and how the application is to be submitted,

A candidate must select only one of the centres given below for the examination and must submit his/her on line application. Entire work relating to this recruitment will be handled on behalf of the Commission by the Kerala,Karnataka (KKR) Regional Office situated at Bangalore. Therefore, all correspondence relating to the examination clearly mentioning the Registration id should be addressed to:-

The Regional Director (KKR),
Staff Selection Commission,
1st Floor,’E’ Wing, Kendriya Sadan
Koramangala, Bangalore,

Important Dates:

  • Date of Exam: 22-07-2012
  • Closing/Last Date : 25-05-2012

Contact Details:

Helpline Numbers of the Regional Office are: 09483862010 and 09483862020

Website: http://ssc.nic.in

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