The job profile of BIS Scientist-B is described in brief details below. This comes from a serving Scientific officer and is more accurate than any other entries you may find elsewhere. Please read and give your opinion in the comments section below. Also check out the current recruitment notification of Scientist-B at BIS.
If there’s anything a job seeker wants to know apart from the recruitment advertisement, how to apply and the selection procedure (or exam pattern), it’s the job profile or the nature of work, the salary and other perks etc. This is true for all job recruitment. With that in mind, today let’s take a quick look at the Job profile of BIS Scientist-B. We will also add other details you want to know. That includes in hand salary, challenges, probable place of posting etc.
Scientific Cadre Ranks & Career Progression
So without further ado, let’s dig right into the job profile of BIS Scientist-B. There are two cadres of employees at Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). One is the Scientific (and non Scientific such as Establishment) Officer Cadre and the other Staffs. While Scientific Officer Cadres form Group A employees, Staffs are categorized into Group B and C.
Scientist B at BIS is the entry level of Scientific Officer Cadre and upon further promotions into the service, the level goes as Scientist C, D, E, F and so on. The highest level known so far being Scientist G.They are usually Activity heads or Regional DDGs(Deputy Director General). Let’s see the basic work profile of BIS Scientist-B.
Job Profile of BIS Scientist-B
Upon appointment and joining of the Organisation, you will be on probation for a period of 2 years before confirmation. This is similar to most other organisations in the government sector. Once your induction training period completes, you will be give your first place of posting.
You may be posted either in the Standardization Department (HQ, New Delhi) or Laboratory or Product Certification (most likely) in Branch and Regional Offices. Besides, a few officers may also get posted in Training (NITS, Noida) or HRD or FMCD or ITS which are all located at BIS HQ, New Delhi. We will get into the details of each posting and job nature.
BIS Scientist-B at Head Quarters, New Delhi
Few Scientist B Officers get posting at New Delhi and they are in various departments as mentioned earlier. Standardization, HRD, FMCD and ITS are located at BIS HQ in New Delhi so your posting location will be there. Besides, very few may also get NITS (National Institute of Training for Standardization), Noida and Central Laboratory, Sahibabad. These are also counted as the same location as New Delhi for the purpose of transfer/posting.
In Standardization Department, the job profile of a Scientist-B includes organizing meetings of technical Committees who discuss and draft and prepare Indian Standards. The committees include technologist, researchers and industrialists apart from BIS Officer who acts as a Member Secretary. You also get to attend various ISO/IEC meetings worldwide and represent India through BIS in Standardization.
At HRD and ITS (IT Services) department, you will be doing the usual departmental work and nothing specific to mention.
At NITS, you will be organizing various training programmes for employees, other organisations from India and abroad all year round.
I’ll not post the details of work carried out here but will only mention what you want to know. It’s a 5 days work culture and a posting at new Delhi. This means that you will be among the best paid (read as highest HRA & TA) Officer compared to some others posted at smaller cities.
BIS Scientist-B at Laboratory Posting
You’ll be a lucky one to be posted at BIS laboratories as a Scientist-B. I’ll not mention the boring lecture about the whole organisation or departmental structure things. There are 8 BIS own laboratories which are situated at Sahibabad (Central Lab), Mohali (Northern Regional Lab), Kolkata (Eastern Regional Lab), Mumbai (Western Regional Lab), Chennai (Southern Regional Lab) and Branch Office attached labs at Bangalore, Patna and Guwahati.
So your posting will be in one of these labs and your job profile will including managing Lab Assistants as an Officer-in-Charge(OIC) in your respective field of Engineering. Just like HG posting, BIS Scientist B’s at Labs also enjoy 5 day work, with Saturdays and Sundays being holidays.
So in Lab posting, you get the real opportunity to learn the technical aspects and testing methods of hundreds of consumer products which comes under BIS Certification. It’s one of the best posting, no doubt, but very few will get the chance.
BIS Scientist-B at Regional/Branch Offices
Now comes the department also called RO-BO. The Regional and Branch Offices. This is where almost 80% of the activities of BIS (as on date) are carried out. This automatically means that a good 80% of you will get posting in one of the Branch or Regional Offices. This is where you want to know the real Job Profile of BIS Scientist-B (well, the majority which means with the highest likeliness).
On the positive aspects, BIS Branch and Regional Offices are located at State Capitals or Big cities only. This assures you that accommodation for you and your family is not an issue. Your main job will include dealing with a certain number of files which are usually of different products. The number of files dealt with will depend on the number of Officers as well as Number of Licenses operated at your RO/BO. So processing of files such as renewal of licence, change in details, addition of new varieties in the existing licenses etc are the paperwork involved.
You will also be assigned new Applications for scrutiny, recording and further processing by your BO head who is your reporting Officer. A BO Head is usually in the rank of Scientist E or F.
You will also get to be involved in various consumer awareness programmes, training programmes, enforcement activities of BIS as well. It’s thrilling, challenging and hectic at times.
BIS Scientist-B For Inspections
And here comes one of the most interesting and challenging part of the job profile of BIS Scientist B in Product Certification (also called Conformity Assessment). That’s inspection. Yes! An Officer carries out inspection – Preliminary inspection for applicants, to assess their capability to manufacture a product conforming to the particular Indian Standards (There are more than 19,000 Product Standards). Then there is a surveillance inspection for operative licences, and other special type of inspections.
As a Scientist-B, you get to visit a number of manufacturing units (mostly MSME) and learn from the field the actual manufacturing and testing processes. It’s thrilling and also tiresome as you have to travel long distances at times. BIS Branch offices usually look after the whole state. So you will be required to travel the length and breadth of that state. Meeting new people, experiencing new places is a very satisfying experience at the same time.
The experience at BOs are extensive and exhaustive. You also get opportunity to visit foreign manufacturer’s plant abroad after completing 3 years of service at BIS. This is an opportunity you will not get in many other analogous post even in the government job.
Conclusion and Thoughts
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a respectable organisation under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India. Formerly called Indian Standard Institution (ISI), the organisation has, over the years, evolved to be one Statutory Body with a corporate mindset of Working Style. As a Scientist-B, you must be open to serve anywhere in India and Abroad should you choose to join BIS. The schedule can be hectic many times but the experiences are also unique. Even officers at ROs/BOs follow 5 days working. Though sometimes you may be required to work some Saturdays depending on the urgency.
Work-Life balance is pretty good in BIS. You have sufficient time to spend with your family. Pressure can be high at times expecially during year ends, but you’ll be able to manage them. Remember that the grass on the other side always looks greener. There’s no perfect job out there. But it’s a government sector job at Group-A with a starting payscale of INR 56100 (Level 10 as per 7th CPC). Such jobs are not easy to come by.