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Intelligence Services

By Ravi Mathur
[ Special Secretary | Government of India ]




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What is Intelligence Services?


Intelligence Services is a great Career option. One should first understand What a Career in Intelligence Services entails before investing time and effort to figure out How to start a Career in Intelligence Services. The internet is a great source of information on Intelligence Services, but it is second best to learning about the same from a real professional.

With 31 years & 4 months of professional experience, Ravi Mathur understands Intelligence Services. Here is how Ravi Mathur detailed Intelligence Services:

Intelligence services are carried out by government agencies that are responsible for the collection, analysis, and exploitation of information in support of law enforcement, national security, military, and foreign policy objectives. Means of information gathering are both overt and covert and may include espionage, communication interception, cryptanalysis, cooperation with other institutions, and evaluation of public sources.





How Ravi Mathur got into Intelligence Services?


I graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in History. After clearing my civil services exam in 1978, I joined the Government of India as an Indian Revenue Service officer. I was recruited as a Special Secretary to the Cabinet Secretariat between 1987-93 and 1999-2014 during which time I served in the Intelligence Services.





Ravi Mathur's Talk on Intelligence Services



Starts with what is:
     1) Intelligence Services  

Next, it covers Education. In this Talk Education was discussed as theoretical topics needed to excel at Intelligence Services, and not as Qualifications needed to enter Intelligence Services. It discusses following headings for Education in Intelligence Services:
     2) International Relations  
     3) History  
     4) Political Sciences  
     5) Science and Technology  
     6) Knowledge of Additional Languages  
     7) Economics  

Then, the Talk focuses on the most important component that is Skills. 90% success in Intelligence Services depends on Skills. It is crucial to understand these. It explains Skills needed in Intelligence Services with these items:
     8) Integrity  
     9) Interpersonal  
     10) Maturity and Good Judgement  
     11) Withstand Pressure  
     12) Communication  
     13) Intellectual Flexibility  

Positives of Intelligence Services are quite interesting. The Talk discusses following Positives of Intelligence Services:
     14) Intellectual Exposure  
     15) Exposure to Family  
     16) Interaction with Diverse Departments  
     17) Access to Sensitive Information  
     18) Wide Scope of Work  

It is important that one develops a fair understanding of the Challenges of Intelligence Services:
     19) Difficult Operational Environment  
     20) Low Appreciation, High Scrutiny  
     21) Need for Constant Motivation  
     22) Painstaking and Dull Job  

In the final section of the Talk, Ravi Mathur talks about How a day goes in a Career in:
     23) Intelligence Services  




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