How to Join RAW in India?

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How to Join RAW in India

If the ‘James Bond’ series makes you want to become just like him, or the ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ franchise has you intrigued about special agents in India, then you must know about RAW. Working for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs you can get in India. But it surely is not a cakewalk to be a part of the Intelligence agency. There are various criteria that need to be fulfilled if you want to apply for a job at RAW. Let’s know about this job and how to join RAW in India.

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.

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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.

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. 

This is all you need to know on how to join RAW in India! If you have any doubt regarding your eligibility or application to be a RAW agent, Leverage Edu will help you tackle it! Feel free to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We wish you the best in your future. 

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  1. I love to serve my country and yes iam fascinated by seeing James bond movie but I know that it is not as simple as watching a movie to become a RAW officer…I lived for 38 years still living and want to do something useful to my country.

  2. Sir I don’t know how to become a raw agent….but when I join the raw I make sure I will give my 100 present ..I want to become raw agent for my india

  3. I think I is small thinks for raw because it’s means you have training, how to talk ,how to handle extra but you have no practical work to other place ,other people

  4. does 12th percentage matters in qualifications of RAW agencies i want to work in a RAW cyber cell
    thank you

  5. Sir, at present I’m working as a Hospital Administrator in government medical College and hospital, Bhavnagar, I’m always try to give best. But sir still I’m not satisfied. I want to give more to my Indians till my last breath. Please sir give me chance.

  6. Mujhe apne desh ke liye kuch Krna h or ma apne desh ke liye kuch bhi kr slakta hu mujhe Desh ki sewa ka moka Dijiye mera bachapn se Dream h desh ki sewa krne ka

  7. I am 48 year old single women and working for an MNC but I have a deep deep desire to make more meaningful contribution to my country.

  8. I want to join raw or some intelligence wings of India but I am graduate just ….just to serve our nation n die for our country

    1. Hi Madhura,

      We wish you all the best for your future endeavours to become a RAW agent! We assume that you must have read our blog thoroughly to be aware of the eligibility criteria and important exams in order to become a RAW agent. 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.

  9. I wanted to do hard for the Nation and for it’s pride & praise, Ready to serve whole life with all respect

  10. I need to get into raw… I am a Computer Science Engineer with Mtech qualification.. Guide me to get into RAW!!!

    1. Hi Yash!

      Please follow the application process mentioned in the blog! If you have more questions, please drop us a comment and we will get back to you!

  11. I want to join raw but i don’t want to give exam upsc I am only 12th pass student because i like raw how i join directly raw

    1. Hi! Please follow the guide mentioned in the blog! If you have more questions, feel free to drop us a comment!

    1. Hello, to join RAW, you need to pass entrance exams as mentioned in the blog after your graduation and learn one foreign language. Army training is not required for the CGPE exam as of today.

    1. Hello! As mentioned in the blog, you have to first appear for the CGPE (Combined Graduate Preliminary Exam) conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission) to take the first step towards joining RAW. All the best to you!

    1. Hello,

      RAW hardly does recruit anyone part-time since it is a secretive intelligence wing handling foreign intelligence and security.

    1. The minimum academic eligibility is to be a graduate from a reputed university in India. Therefore, you will have to wait until you graduate to become an intelligence officer.

  12. I have to join this but i am 18 years old
    And IHave a exam of indian army on 30 January after that i will

    1. Hello Pragya,

      As you know RAW is a secretive intelligence agency that has no visible selection criteria. They do not advertise or publish such information officially therefore whether eyesight is a criterion or not is unknown. However, good eyesight is always recommended.

    1. Hi Balbir,

      You are required to be a graduate and know one foreign language to be eligible for Raw Service apart from the entrance exams. All the best!

  13. Want to serve for the country. I have a PhD degree in chemistry. I know all criteria maentioned here can not be 100% true because of the safty norms of RAW. And I know that I can not get all answers of my doubt about how to join RAW, here in this comment box. Thank you.

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