Intelligence Bureau (IB) – UPSC Prelims

  • It is India’s internal intelligence agency which is used to gather intelligence from within India and also execute counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism tasks
  • It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • It was established in 1887 by British India Government and later recasted as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • The IB comprises employees from law enforcement agencies such as Indian Police Service (IPS) or Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and the military.
  •  IB director is part of the Strategic Policy Group as well as the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the National Security Council, and can report directly to the prime minister.

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