CBI- the Epitome of Integrity

Gauri Chabbra
Over the past few days, one organization that has been in the news is Central Bureau of investigation. Much talked and hyped, it is one of the most prestigious organizations that offers a lucrative and prestigious career option.
Owing its genesis to the royal dynasties that used to rule the different regions of the world, it has progressed with civilization, and today stands tall taking care of all the intelligence activities within and outside the country.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a government agency of India that serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agency. It is an elite force which plays a major role in preservation of values in public life besides taking care of the heath of the economy based on the barometer reports. It is also the nodal police agency in India which coordinates investigation on behalf of Interpol Member countries.
Let us travel back in time to the year 1941 when the Special Police Establishmentwas established. The Central Bureau of Investigation was later established on 1 April 1963. It has earned the sobriquet of “Industry, Impartiality, Integrity”.
Getting in:
Getting in this epitome of prestige, power and integrity is by no means easy. You can either find an entry by taking up U.P.S.C., examination or by Central Government Deputation. Otherwise you can also get into the CBI by taking up the examination for Sub Inspector category, as and when called for by the S.S.C.
This examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission once in a year, normally during the month of February and notification for this examination is normally issued by the SSC through leading employment newspapers in the month of October of the previous year. Last date for submission of application forms for this examination is generally fixed during the first week of November.
You must be in the age group of 20 to 25 years as on the first of January of the year in which you are applying. However, upper age relaxation is applicable for reserved category candidates according to the rules of government of India. As far as educational qualification is concerned, you must be degree holders from a recognized university.
In addition to age and educational qualification requirements, you will also have to fulfill certain physical standards like height of 157.5 cms and chest size of 81 cms, fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cms.
This examination tests the ability of the candidates through preliminary and main examinations.
Preliminary examination will have questions on English Comprehension, Numerical Aptitude, General Awareness, General Intelligence and reasoning ability while main examination will have questions to test Arithmetic ability, Statistics, English comprehension skills. Only candidates getting through the main examination will be invited for attending the interview. Candidates will also have to take up walking and cycling test as well.
Appointments to all Group – A posts are made by the President of India in consultation with the U.P.S.C. like the Director, Special Director, Additional Director,Joint Director,Deputy Inspector General of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police,Director of Prosecution, Additional Legal Advisor, Public Prosecutors, Principal System Analyst, Programmers.
Appointments to all Group – B posts like Assistant Public Prosecutors, Assistant programmers, Senior Library and Information Officer in the Central Bureau of Investigation, are made by the Director, CBI in consultation with the U.P.S.C., wherever necessary.
Appointments to all Group – C posts, Inspector, Sub Inspector, AssistantSub Inspector,Head Constableexcept the posts of Senior Clerk Stenos, L.D.Cs, Head Constables and Constables, Care Takersare made by the Dy. Inspector General of Police.
Appointments to all posts in Group – DLike the Dresses,Daftry, support staff are made by the Superintendent of Police.
All officers who are recruited directly are trained by the CBI at the Police Academy in Ghaziabad (UP). IPS officers are trained at Hyderabad. The CBI also runs a special training center at Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi.
CBI Spectrum:
Over all these years, the CBI has gained ground and footing and has established a reputation of being India’s premier investigative agency with adequate resources to deal with complicated cases. It has had a ripple effect and many more cases were brought under its umbrella such as murder, kidnapping, terrorism, etc. Apart from this, the Supreme Court and even the various High Courts of the country also started entrusting such cases for investigation to the CBI on petitions filed by aggrieved parties. Taking into account the fact that several cases falling under this category were being taken up for investigation by the CBI, it was found expedient to entrust such cases to the branches having local jurisdiction.
The year 1987 proved as a landmark year in the growth trajectory when CBI was made to broaden its spectrum and to constitute two investigation divisions , namely, Anti-Corruption Division and Special Crimes Division, the latter dealing with cases of conventional crime, besides economic offences.
The main areas of work within the intelligence services are in the following organizations:
Investigation Bureau (IB)
Barring legal powers, the Investigation Bureau (IB) takes care of collection and analysis of information.
Grade I and II officers work with the Investigation Bureau. Grade I include Assistant Director, Deputy Director, Joint Director, Special Director/Special Secretary. Superior posts are usually filled from State Police Service and IPS officers.
Grade II include Security Assistant (Constable), Junior Intelligence Officer, Assistant Central Intelligence Officer, Deputy Central Intelligence Officer, Assistant Director
There is direct recruitment for the junior posts. Deputy Central Intelligence Officers and Assistant Directors may be appointed through deputation or by direct recruitment.
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
Initially having come into being as an integral part of the Investigation Bureau (IB), it later emerged as a separate organization. Today, it has two main sections:The internal intelligence section and the Counter intelligence section.
The two divisions of RAW thrive on the rock solid information network that helps in acquiring sensitive information about crime and counter intelligence from all parts of the country. Itemploys Attaché (Undersecretary), Deputy Field Officer, Field Officers and Senior Field Officers.
Other personnel working in RAW include specialists in technical and scientific fields, Foreign language specialists etc.
If you are a Language specialist, you can find employment with RAW because it deals with foreign countries and is involved in the study of Foreign Service materials characteristics. Raw recruits interpreters who are promoted to assistant foreign language examiner and then to deputy foreign language examiner. Interpreters are recruited directly to the language cadre.
Detective Agencies
Detective Agencies come as a natural corollary to crime. They start with a thorough background analysis of the case looking at it from different perspectives and opening it threadbare. As a detective you may involve in collecting relevant information, analyzing them and documenting the findings or you may work in association with forensic experts, pathologists, criminologists and handwriting specialists. Retired CBI, Army intelligence and police officers provide training in this field to private agencies.
The path to glory:
With the modern psychology becoming more complex and human minds building corridors of wealth to instant success without caring much about the means, crime is going to be a major factor to deal with. And that too crime committed intelligently…
This is where as a CBI officer, you can actually tread your path to glory, refusing to be untainted, un tampered, untouched by nothing save integrity and impartiality…


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