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    Job Title

    Research Assistant


    All Centres. For the complete list of centres please visit the following link:

    Job Family


    Number of Positions

    Total- Four (04)

    • Other Backward Classes (OBC)- 02
    • Scheduled Castes (SC)- 02

    Salary and Other Emoluments

    • For Non- Ph.D. holders- Rs. 13500/- (Fixed) + Allowances (HRA+ DA+ Medical Allowances) per month
    • Ph.D. holders- Rs 14760/- (Fixed) + Allowances (HRA+ DA+ Medical Allowances) per month

    On-Campus Accommodation

    • Residential accommodation is available at IDSA for scholars but not adequate to accommodate all
    • If available, the accommodation will be offered and the scholars will need to occupy or forfeit the HRA
    • In case, accommodation is not available, HRA will be permissible




    For fixed term of two years including a probationary period of initial six months from the date of joining the Institute and this will not confer any right of permanence

    Age Limit

    As on January 04, 2017

    OBC: 38 years

    SC: 40 years

    Educational Qualifications

    • Minimum of a Master’s Degree with a first class in social sciences and allied fields such as public policy, international relations, strategic affairs, development studies is essential
    • Preference shall be given to candidates who have a background in the respective fields and have completed M.Phil. or Ph.D. in the desired area

    Professional Experience

    Research experience in a think tank and published papers in respective area of research matters

    Overall Purpose and Role

    • Professional individual with research skills and excellent communication skills, drawing upon knowledge gained from postgraduate research or professional experience (if applicable)
    • Shall be associated with the respective Centre of the Institute and will contribute ideas for the enhancement of techniques or methodologies for research (at centre level) and be expected to take significant initiatives in its work, in consultation with the Centre Coordinator

    Job Description*

    The job profile inter-alia includes:

    • Preparing databases
    • Writing a Book review and/ or commentary once in three months for the IDSA Website (four in a year)
    • Will be encouraged to write an occasional paper/ journal article once a year unless handled significant institutional responsibilities
    • Participate in the capacity building activities like writing/research workshops, language training etc.
    • Work as part of a project undertaken (at any time by the Centre) and/ or assist Centre members on specific papers and compile monthly activity report
    • Providing research support for the Centre which may involve data mining by scanning journals and new arrivals in the library to provide a bibliography of the various articles/books relating to the subject matter concerned
    • Writing event reports of fellow’s seminars, roundtables, seminars, workshops, etc. held at the Institute
    • Provide administrative support for organising roundtables, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings under the aegis of the Centre, getting in touch over telephone and email with invitees (chairs, discussants, participants) under the supervision of the Centre Coordinator, coordinating with the conference cell to arrange transport, refreshments, lunch etc.
    • Assisting with major events organised by the Institute like the Asian Security Conference, South Asia Conference, Foundation Day, etc. every year. This responsibility will be shared among all Research Assistants in rotation/ proportionately

    Desired Skill-Set

    • Keen interest in analyzing current national and international affairs
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to attend to detail
    • Work under strict deadlines
    • Flair for teamwork

    Documents Required

    • Covering Letter (Please mention the name of the category under which applying)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of  Purpose
    • Two letters of References (atleast one of them from an Academic Supervisor)
    • Two Writing Samples
    • A copy of the Caste Certificate issued by a competent authority as stipulated by Government of India in the Central List  in case of SC / OBC category
    • Those applying under the OBC category reserved posts should also enclose a certificate of not belonging to 'CREAMY LAYER' signed by a competent authority

    Mode of Application

    • Interested candidates may send in their documents by e-mail with the subject titled as “Application for the Position of Research Assistant- (Mention Name of the Centre), IDSA” to the HR Cell at
    • Alternatively, hard copy of the application with the envelope clearly titled as “Application for the Position of Research Assistant- (Mention Name of the Centre), IDSA” can also be sent to:

    Human Resource Cell

    Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), 1, Development Enclave, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi-110010

    Last Date of Application

    January 04, 2017 by 5:00 PM

    General Information

    • Short listed candidates will be invited to attend interviews at Delhi and would be informed of the dates
    • Candidates presently serving with the Government sector or Universities and shortlisted for Interview must provide a ‘NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE’ from the present employer before/ at the time of Interview
    • Shortlisted outstation candidates will be paid AC- II tier rail fare, by the shortest route, on production of tickets
    • The Institute reserves the right to restrict the number of candidates for interview to a reasonable limit on the basis of qualifications and experience higher than the minimum prescribed in the advertisement and other academic achievements and feedback on past performance
    • The Institute reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all of the positions advertised
    • In case of non-availability of suitable candidates with prescribed qualifications, IDSA reserves the right to relax the prescribed qualifications for candidates found more suitable for the position with relevant experience and expertise in the specified field
    • Candidates belonging to OBC category but coming under the 'Creamy Layer' and/ or if their caste does not find place in the Central List are not entitled to OBC reservation
    • Candidates called for the Interview will be required to produce the originals of all the documents of which copies are enclosed with the application at the time of the Interview
    • In case a candidate joins the Institute accepting the Terms and Conditions contained herein, she/he will be required to give an undertaking in writing that she/he will not apply for any appointment or course, part-time or full-time, without obtaining the written permission from the competent authority of the Institute. Also, while in service of the Institute, she/he will not engage in any trade or business or undertake any other full-time or part- time appointment and submit list of assets, both moveable and immovable, at the time of joining, as laid down in the Lokpal Bill
    • The selected candidate shall be subjected to other rules and regulations as applicable to IDSA Scholars and Staff

    * The job duties and responsibilities listed are intended to describe the general nature of the role. The duties and responsibilities and the balance between the elements in the role may change or vary over time depending on the specific needs of the Institute at a specific point in time or due to changing needs of the Centre. Candidates should note that there may not be an immediate requirement to carry out all the activities listed.