The post of Information officer is common at different ministries and departments related to the Public Relation of Central Government and State Governments, at various government schemes and programs, at different universities and higher educational institutions, higher technical institutions, etc. within the country. The appointment on Information officer post is done as Group ‘B’ personnel. Wherever a Information officer is posted his duty handle all the responsibilities related to the public relation or right to information. How to build the public image of the organization, what messages are to be spread out about the organization, etc. are the major responsibility areas of the Information Officer. At some organizations, the post of Information Officer is merged with the Public Relation Officer post, where press and media related tasks are also to be done by the Information Officer.
Role of an Information Officer is important when it comes to handling the tasks related to Public Relation and Right to Information for public. So, necessary skills required to become an Information Officer are thorough understanding of Right to Information Act, building public image of the organization, handling press & media related processes, etc.
Eligibility Conditions for Information officer
To become an Information officer a candidate needs to have qualified bachelor’s degree with any stream or subject from a recognized university or educational institution. The candidate must have done one year PG diploma or two years PG degree in Public Relation from a recognized institution. Proficiency in language and computer application are compulsory requirements for the Information Officer post.
Age Limit for Information officer
To become a Information officer a candidate’s age must fall into the range of 21 years to 35 years. However, the upper age limit could be 40 years or more at some of the institutions. The reserved category (SC / ST / OBC / PWD/ ExSM) candidates get relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the Government.
Selection Process for Information officer
The selection of candidates for Information officer posts is done on the basis of their performance in the Academic Records, Written Exam and Personal Interview. Questions related to the various provisions of the Act, current affairs, any related work-experience, are asked during the personal interview.
Salary Structure of Information officer
For the post of Information officer, initially, a salary is given according to the Pay Band - 2, i.e. Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/- of the Sixth Pay Commission. Salary could be according to the Seventh Pay Commission wherever it has been implemented. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. If the appointment is to be done on contract basis, the candidate is given Rs. 50,000/- or more per month as consolidated salary on the post of Information Officer.
Job Updates for Information officer
The post of Information officer is common at different ministries and departments of Central Government and State Governments, government schemes and programs, universities and institutions, etc. So the vacancies for Information officer are notified by the recruitment wing of these organisations directly. These notifications are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.