New Delhi: Changes in the selection procedures of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have been suggested by researchers, who found that candidates with less or poor general aptitude are getting attracted to intelligence jobs.

According to a report prepared by Delhi-based think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on 'Reforming India's Intelligence Structure', candidates who have no general knowledge and awareness on current affairs are appearing for interviews.

Citing examples, a researcher requesting on anonymity said a candidate identified Hyderabad as the capital of Karnataka instead of Bangalore while facing such an interview. Another candidate could hardly speak a sentence when asked to brief on the situation in Kashmir and cross-border infiltration.

According to the report, this is a "tail-end" syndrome which is attracting aspirants with less marks in the civil services exams to the country's intelligence agencies.

The report suggested a need for comprehensive reforms, improving recruitment, deputation, promotions, training for new recruits and better quality supervision of operations in intelligence agencies to get better result.

"With the growing threat to national security, there is a greater need for the strongest and most efficient structure of intelligence that can possibly be aspired to," the report said.

It also pin-pointed several deficiencies like lack of specialised staff for gathering intelligence, analysis and modern snooping equipment among others.

The report proposed the concept of National Intelligence Coordinator (NIC) to coordinate with central security agencies and directly discuss the matter with National Security Adviser (NSA), Home, Defence and External Affairs Ministers under overall supervision and control of the Prime Minister.

(Agencies)