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How to join RAW in India

if you are interested to be the part of The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is the foreign intelligence agency of India, check out this blog now.

August 02, 2022

By Coaching Select

Career Expert & Blogger


RAW primary function is gathering foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India's foreign strategic interests. The agency is also involved in the Security of India's Nuclear Programme.

Objective and Functions of RAW

The Research and Analysis Wing (R & R&AW) are not exposed to the public. However, the foremost responsibility is to preserve the integrity of India and also to protect confidential information. Some other functions include:

  1. To look after the scientific, military, political and economic developments of neighbouring countries.
  2. They have to go on a secret mission to safeguard India’s National interests.
  3. Conduction of Anti – Terror operations
  4. Restricting the supply of military tools to countries like China and Pakistan from the USA.

Indian officials are dependent on the intelligence data gathered by RAW to influence international public opinion, revise foreign policy and shift national security policy. Some other responsibilities and roles of RAW are:

  1. Giving security services for India’s nuclear program.
  2. Utilising the National Technical Facilities Organization (NTFO).
  3. Gathering information regarding the limitations, capabilities, leadership and structure of insurgent groups that work in neighbouring countries.


Requirements to Join RAW

The eligibility criteria to become a RAW agent involve the educational qualification, age limit and experience of the applicant.

Educational Qualification

Aspirants have to graduate from a reputed organization to apply for an Intelligence Officer post. In case of RAW, candidates should have a good education from a reputed University. Along with that, learning one foreign language is necessary to become a RAW agent.

Age Limit

To apply for Intelligence Bureau jobs, the applicant must be under 56 years of age. 20 years of service is also required to become a RAW agent.

Other Criteria

Other criteria include that the candidate must be a citizen of India. The candidate should not have any criminal background, and should not be a drug addict.

How to Get into RAW

It is tough to get recruited in the organization as the process includes a written examination followed by an interview. The Intelligence Bureau recruitment process needs the candidates to appear for CGPE (Combined Graduate Preliminary Exam) conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission).

To become a RAW agent, candidates have to take the ‘Group A’ Civil Services exam under the Central Staffing Scheme. They have to clear all the stages of the Civil Service examination and the qualified candidates are allowed to write the RAW test.

RAW Officer Recruitment through UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE)

Post Name

IAS, IPS, IRS & IFS Officer

Official Website for Registration



Group ‘A’ services


The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100 (TA, DA and HRA are extra)

Age Limit

The candidate must not be less than 21 years of age and more than 32 years of age

Upper Age Limit


Upper Age Limit Relaxation

Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribes

5 Years

Other Backward Class

3 Years

Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

3 Years

Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service

5 Years



Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized universities

Selection Process

The Indian Civil Service Exam (UPSC Civil Services Exam) is conducted in three stages:

Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) – Objective Type

Civil Services Exam (Main) – Descriptive Type

Personality Test / Interview


What does the Job of a RAW Agent Entail?

The job profile of a RAW agent includes monitoring the political and military developments in countries surrounding India. Some of the objectives are:

  • Gathering foreign intelligence
  • Conducting counter- terrorism operations
  • Advising policy makers in the country
  • Counter- proliferation
  • Securing nuclear program of the country

How to Join RAW- Job Profiles

Some of the job profiles for which RAW recruits include:

  • Secretary (group A officers)
  • Special secretary (group A officers)
  • Joint secretary (group A officers)
  • Deputy secretary (group A officers)
  • Senior field officer (B/C group officers)
  • Field officer (B/C group officers)
  • Deputy field officer (group B/C officers)
  • Assistant field officer (group B/C officers)

Direct Recruitment

Before being selected as a RAW officer, the civil servants must complete a foundation course from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. In the end, RAW conducts interviews where the candidates have to go through psychological tests and interviews. Shortlisted candidates start working at RAW for a period of one year.

A Career in RAW India – Training

In the necessary ten days of training, you are supposed to attend an introduction session in Delhi. You will be given an introduction to the basic terms of intelligence and how to deal with the real world. Apart from that, candidates will have to learn common techniques, information security, different languages and scientific knowledge. Moreover, you will also have to go through some case studies and solve some case studies of the intelligence agencies of Israeli MOSSAD, Australian ASIS, Russian KGB, Pakistani ISI, etc.

After completing the introductory training session, candidates have to go to the Indian military academy, Dehradun. The duration of the training period is one to two years. Here, you will be trained about real-life circumstances. They will also have to learn the following:

  1. Avoiding arrest
  2. What to do during an interrogation
  3. Exfiltration and infiltration
  4. How to use surveillance devices

Work Mechanism of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)

RAW provides intelligence support to various significant operations on foreign soil. It works closely with India’s Intelligence Organizations like Intelligence Bureau (IB). The agency collects military, economic, scientific, and political intelligence through covert and overt operations. It also deals in monitoring terrorist elements and smuggling rings that transport weapons and ammunition into India. RAW primarily focuses on India’s neighbours. The collected inputs by RAW also help Indian officials, which are further used in national security policy and revise the foreign policy.


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