A Comprehensive Guide on How to Join NIA?

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There are a lot of people and agencies in the country who work day and night to protect us. But they never come forward to take credit for doing all this. The people who work in these agencies never get recognition for their sacrifices and deeds. Recently many movies released in theaters featuring some of the real stories of such heroes. Everybody knows that the job they do is not like a normal job, it is full of rush and dangers. But there are some people for whom this type of job is a dream.

They also want to get into investigation agencies like NIA to experience that secret world of investigation and at the same time want to serve their country. So if you are also one of those people who are searching for a way to join NIA then you are in the right place. In this article, we will discuss the ways through which you can join this agency, what is the whole process, and other things. So make sure that you read the article till the end because we are sure that this article is going to be very informative.

First of all, we will give you some basic information regarding the NIA and then will talk about the recruitment process.


NIA: Overview And Important Facts

NIA the Nation Investigation Agency is a central agency in India. This agency is coming under the Ministery of Home affairs. Unlike other investigation agencies, this agency is not very old. It was created after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. A bill was passed by the parliament of India on 31st December 2008 which lead to the foundation of this agency.

But you might think that there are already many investigation agencies in India, then why NIA was created? So actually the Mumbai attacks exposed many flaws in the internal security against these types of threats. The establishment felt that there should be a dedicated agency to investigate and stop such types of incidents from happening in the future. Therefore they introduced the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 and laid the foundation of this agency. They gave them some special powers and jurisdictions to investigate such activities.

With their investigation, NIA ensures the security of the people of India. NIA implements the scientific methods of investigation to make them most effective to ensure speedy trials. 

1. Headquarter and Chief of the Agency  

The headquarters of the National investigation agency is present in Delhi. But they have their branches or यू can say offices in cities like Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Guwahati, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jammu, and Raipur. With the help of these offices, they can operate in different parts of the country very easily.

Now we come to the chief of this agency who leads them. So the chief of NIA is called Director-General and the present Director General of NIA is Yogesh Chander Modi (Y.C. Modi). According to the Wikipedia page of Y.C. Modi, he is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Whereas Radha Vinod Raju was the first Director-General of NIA in 2008 and he served in the organization till 2010. After him, Sharad Chandra Sinha was appointed as chief of NIA and he served till 2013. Since this agency directly comes under the Ministery of Home Affairs so these appointments are done by the Ministery only.

2. Aim and Powers Given to NIA

There are lots of unique powers given to the organization which they can use to do their investigation without any interference. One of the major powers which are given to this agency is that they can investigate terror-related crimes in any state of India without the special permission of the state government. They can do the investigation without any interference and can register the case under the National Investigation Agency Act 2008.

After the investigation of the cases, they are placed before the special NIA courts. Yes, this agency has its special courts to deal with its cases. Apart from the cases related to terrorism they also investigate matters like the circulation of fake currency and many more. Central Government assigns cases to NIA and state governments can also request the central government to transfer a particular case to NIA.

Recently in 2019, the government of India made an amendment to the National Investigation Agency Act. According to this amendment, now the NIA can investigate the crimes that were committed outside India according to the laws of other countries and international treaties. Apart from that, the NIA officers will have the same powers as the other police officers to investigate such offenses.

The main aim of NIA is to investigate and prevent terror activities that threaten the sovereignty, integrity, and security of India. Other than that this agency also maintains the list of NIA’s most wanted.

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3. Who is Appointed in NIA?

Officers in NIA are appointed from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). But there is a direct recruitment process as well and we will discuss it in the latter part of this article.

How to Join NIA?

Since now you have understood the aim and other important things related to NIA it is time to know how to join NIA? So to join the NIA there are different methods for different posts. But first of all, we will talk about the recruitment process for the post of an officer which is a sub-inspector. This recruitment is done via an exam called SSC CGL, you have to clear this exam to become a sub-inspector in NIA.

We are talking about this post specifically because it is the best officer post to start your career in this agency. If you successfully qualify for this post then only you will get the real experience of this job profile. So we are explaining the whole process below.

1. Exam and Selection Process for SI in NIA

So as we have already told you that you have to first clear the SSC CGL exam to become a SI (Sub Inspector) in NIA. Basically, there are four stages in this exam namely tier 1, tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4. All the exam tiers check the candidates on various parameters. So in the tier, 1 exam candidates are asked questions from subjects like mathematics, reasoning, GK/GS, and English. The total marking of all these subjects are is 200. There are 25-25 questions from each subject and each question is of 2 marks. The total duration of this exam is 1 hour and you have to complete your exam within this time period only.

Now comes the second tier of the exam which includes two subjects Mathematics and English. The duration for these exams is a total of 4 hours (2 hours for each subject).

Tier 3 is a test of letter writing and you have to write a letter using pen and paper. Then comes tier 4 which is a computer probability test in which they will test your knowledge on a computer using various methods.

To become an NIA officer you have to clear all the four tiers of the SSC CGL exam. Before this SSC CGL exam, there was a different process for recruitment on the post of SI in NIA. The officers on this post were recruited out of those who have completed their two years of service in agencies like CBI, IB, etc. But now the recruitment is done directly via this exam.

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2. Age and Education Criteria

So to become a SI in NIA through the SSC CGL exam the candidate should be between the age of 20 to 30 years. Talking about the educational qualification then the candidate should have completed his/her graduation in any stream from a government recognized university.

3. Physical Fitness

Sometimes the job of SI in the NIA can be physically demanding to do the fieldwork. So there are some physical standards set by the NIA, the candidates who match these standards become eligible for the post of SI.

  • Firstly your distant vision should be 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other eye, your near vision should be 0.6 in one and 0.8 in the other eye. This vision can be with or without glasses.
  • For the male candidates, the chest should be 76 cm with expansion. There is no such requirement in the case of female candidates.
  • The height criteria for men is 170 cm and for women is 150 cm. Height is relaxable up to 5 cm for tribals and hillsmen.

4. Salary  

Here your salary depends on which type of area you are posted in. But we talk about the average salary that you can get according to the 6th pay commission is somewhere between 37,000 to 43,000 INR per month. Apart from that, you get many allowances as well.

Note:- We will advise you to check the official notification for the recruitment before applying for the exam. This way you can get the exact details regarding eligibility criteria, salary, and other things.

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Final Words

At last, we would like to say that the Job at NIA is full of challenges and you think you are capable to take them then this you can join them. I think now you have an answer to how to join NIA? If you like this article feel free to share it with your friends.


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