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The RAW or R&AW is an independent agency and works on its own under the prime minister’s office. Who doesn’t want to serve for the nation? The basic qualification you need to join RAW is: you must be an Indian citizen, a graduate, must have knowledge about computer, must not hold any office of profit, and if you are currently at a job then you have to leave it before joining. If you think that working as a RAW agent is a cakewalk you are wrong, this requires a lot of hard work and dedication. The main objective of the RAW agents is to keep an eye on the other countries that can hamper the developments of India’s security and foreign policies. The RAW agency plays a very vital role in countering terrorism in India, gathering foreign intelligence, and advancing India’s strategic interests on the global level. RAW does not recruit candidates directly rather they turn towards the other government departments like the armed forces, police services, administrative services, intelligence agency, etc. Here are some steps that you can follow to become a RAW agent:
In order to become a RAW agent, the first step is to get selected in any of the elite government jobs, such as IAS, IPS, intelligence bureau, or armed forces. Nowadays mostly RAW agents are recruited from the ones who are already in their foundation course. They are interviewed by RAW officials and tested whether they are psychologically fit for the job or not. Armed forces officers can get the opportunity by lateral deputation.
Majorly the RAW agents are selected from armed or civil services but recently RAW officials have begun a direct entry of agents from universities and colleges. This system of entry is criticised at a very high level. You need to have a strong career for joining the RAW agency. RAW is not limited only to secret agents but it also involves jobs like an analyst, stenographers, clerks, accountants, etc. If you are hungry of name and fame, this job isn’t for you since there is no recognition in it.
Once you get selected for the job you need to pass the national aptitude test in intelligence as well as psychology and personality tests followed by an interview. You need to be an overall fit and smart candidate to join the RAW agency since this is not as easy as you think. You represent your country and a single mistake can cost you lots. Therefore, there are certain tests in order to check you and make you suitably fit for the job.
You should not hold any office of profit when you get recruited. You will have to resign from whatever job you are doing. After resigning, you will be sent for the training. You cannot board on two boats at the same time. you have to give up your old job, in order to serve for the nation selflessly.
You start with the basic 10 days training that is simply an introduction held at Delhi. Here you are introduced to the basic terms of intelligence and the real world. You are provided with an overview and summary of what the job is about. You are trained in different languages, information security, common techniques, scientific knowledge, etc. you are also required to solve certain case studies so as to train you mentally. You are made to solve case studies of various intelligence agencies such as Australian ASIS, Pakistani ISI, Israeli MOSSAD, Russian KGB, etc.
After the basic training is over, you are sent for extensive training in the Indian military academy, which is in Dehradun. The training period is usually from 1-2 years, where you will be taught about real-life situations. During this period, you are taught about how to avoid the capture, infiltration and exfiltration, how to handle and what to do during an interrogation, how to use espionage devices and trained in Krav Maga, etc.
After the rigorous training, you are finally eligible to become a RAW agent and handle any mission easily and smartly. Once you have completed your training you are fit for the mission and you can handle any real-life situation. If they wish to, the civil servants or armed personnel’s can even join their earlier jobs once they complete a mission. They can even stay in RAW permanently, it is completely their choice.
Some of the legendary spies that have contributed enough and have done a brave and outstanding job for the nation are Ajit Doval, Ravindra Kaushik, M K Dhar, R N Rao, Rabindra Singh, etc. They have done a commendable job and they are an inspiration to many aspirants out there who wish to serve for the nation.