Top 10 Intelligence Agencies in the World 2022-2023

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You must be excited to know about top 10 intelligence agencies in the world 2022. The key role of an intelligence agency starts with national security. Let’s uncover best 10 intelligence agency in the world here.

Intelligence Agency of a country plays an important role in maintaining its national security. They are basically government agencies that are responsible for collecting, analyzing and using the information gathered for the purpose of law enforcement, maintaining national security and accomplishing foreign policy objectives. These agencies recruit the best personnel who can extract even the deeply buried information with their tricks. The intelligence agencies can be of two types- security intelligence that is related to domestic threats and foreign intelligence that involves collecting information relating to activities of foreign states. Check out a list of top 10 Intelligence Agencies in the world along with other details related to them from this article below.

How these Intelligence Agencies work?

There are so many ways in which these intelligence agencies can serve their national governments. One of their major work include counterintelligence which means providing Defence against the efforts of other national intelligence agencies. They can provide warning of impending crises beforehand and serve in national and international crisis management. They coordinate with the military operations (military intelligence) as well and help in national defence planning. Their major work also involves protection of sensitive information about their sources, activities and other state agencies.

How to become a part of Intelligence Agencies?

Different Intelligence Agencies in the world use different method of selection for recruiting individuals to their organization. Certain age limit, educational qualification, etc are set by different countries to select candidates for their intelligence agency. A set of tests are also conducted by these agencies to test the candidate physically, emotionally and intellectually. Let us understand this with the help of an example of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), an intelligence agency of India.

First of all, the aspirant should be a citizen of the country with no criminal background. It is mandatory for the aspiring candidate to hold a graduation degree from a reputed institute and should be fluent in any one foreign language. Age of the applicant should be under 56 years and should have an experience of 20 years of service. Drug addicts are not allowed to be a part of the RAW.

To become RAW agent, candidates need to clear the Group A Civil Services exam conducted by the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS). After clear all the stages of Civil Service Exam, the qualified candidates are allowed to appear for the RAW exam.

Top 10 Intelligence Agencies in the World 2022

Below presented is the list of the 10 Intelligence Agencies in the world 2022-2023 along with some basic information about them like their headquarters, year of establishment, etc. Check them out.

1. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), USA


Headquartered at Virginia, Founded in 1947

The CIA is primarily focused to provide intelligence for the President and Cabinet of the United States and it also plays a major role in maintaining dominance of USA over the world. CIA has no law enforcement function and works primarily on overseas intelligence gathering, with very little domestic intelligence gathering. CIA played a major role in establishing intelligence services in several allied countries, like Germany’s BND and has also provided support to many foreign political groups and governments.

2. Mossad


Headquartered at Tel Aviv, Israel, Founded in 1949

Being one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world, Mossad belongs to Israel. The agency is responsible for secret operations, intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, and counter-terrorism. The estimated employees of this agency is 7000. They have successfully covered a number of undercover operations against opponents of Israel .

3. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India

raw india

Headquartered at New Delhi, Founded in 1968

The Research and Analysis Wing of India came into existence after the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistan war of 1965. There were some holes found in the intelligence gathered by the Intelligence Bureau after these wars and the time was felt for an agency that could protect India before it went to war or hit by an attack. Primary task of RAW is to monitor the movement and activities of the neighboring countries.

4. Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australia


Headquartered at Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), Founded in 1952

Founded originally in 1952, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, also called as ASIS, was able to hide its identity from the Australian government. After coming into spotlight, it was examined by the Royal Commission three times for its operations in the year 1974 and 1983 and in 1994. It is now a government intelligence agency responsible for collection of foreign intelligence, undertake counter-intelligence activities and cooperate with other intelligence agencies of the world.

5.Military Intelligence, Section 6 (MI6), UK

Military Intelligence, Section 6

Headquartered at London, Founded in 1909

MI6 is considered as one of the oldest intelligence agencies that was founded back in the year 1569 by Sir Francis Walsingham. When he became the secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth I, Military Intelligence, Section 6 was established in its present form in 1909 by Commander (later Sir) Mansfield Cumming. It was constituted as part of Britain’s attempt to coordinate intelligence activities before the occurrence of World War I. MI6 works in close coordination with agencies like the CIA and helps them with their missions.

6.Ministry of State Security (MSS), China

MSS china

Headquartered at Beijing, Founded in 1983

Also known as Guoanbu, the MSS is considered as one of the most secretive intelligence organizations in the world. The organization is responsible for counterintelligence, foreign intelligence and maintaining political security in the People’s Republic of China. The MSS was preceded by the Central Investigation Department (CID), which was China’s primary civilian intelligence organization from 1955 to 1983. It was established by the merger of the Central Investigation Department and the counterintelligence elements of the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China.

7. Directorate General for External Security (DGSE), France


Headquartered at Paris, Founded in 1982

Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (French) or Directorate General for External Security (English) is the external intelligence agency of France that operates under the direction of the French Ministry of Armed Forces. The DGSE works alongside its domestic counterpart, the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security) and helps in maintaining the national security of France through means of gathering intelligence and conducting paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad.

8. Federal Intelligence Service- Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany

BND germany

Headquartered at Berlin, Founded in 1956

The Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst in German) is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany and is the world’s largest intelligence headquarters. With main headquarter at Berlin, it has a total of 300 locations in Germany and foreign countries. It collects and evaluates information on a variety of areas such as international terrorism, WMD proliferation and illegal transfer of technology, etc. The BND directly subordinate to the Germany Chancellor’s Office.

9. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan

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Headquartered at Aabpara, Islamabad, Pakistan, Formed in 1948

Being a leading intelligence agency of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is responsible to gather, process, and analyze information linked for national security. It was founded on January 1, 1948 and is headquartered at Aabpara, Islamabad, Pakistan. Both members of of the armed forces and civilian are permitted to join Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan.

10. Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB RF), Russia

Headquartered at Lubyanka Square, Founded in 1995

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation preceded the Soviet Union’s KGB, its main security agency from 1954 to 1991. Its main responsibilities are within the country only and include surveillance, counter-intelligence, internal security, border security, counter-terrorism. In 2011, the FSB prevented 94 “crimes of a terrorist nature”, including eight terrorist attacks.

11. Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada

Headquartered at Ottawa, Founded in 1984

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service or CSIS works on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation and reports directly to the Minister of Public Safety. CSIS is one of several federal departments that has been granted a heraldic badge. The CSIS works closely with the intelligence agencies of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand (an alliance called as Five Eyes or FVEY).

We have tried to list top 10 intelligence agencies of the world 2022-2023 with some basic information. Hope, it gave you an overall idea about best intelligence agencies in the world and how they work.

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  1. ISI fooled CIA in Afghanistan. Foiled every outside attack in Pakistan including Balochistan movement, Sindh movement.
    Even MOSSAD and RAW together couldn’t come closer to halt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions. Both failed to halt Pakistan from becoming a nuclear state.

    Only ISI number 1.

  2. Love you isi Number 1

  3. I proud of raw

  4. I read all comments. In the comment box all types of people is available here for emphasize and promote our nation but no one is here for promote our India till but now I’m here for emphasize our India and their Intelligence agency RAW because I’m interested to join RAW and serve our nation with dignity and respect because it’s my responsibility.. Thanku Jai hind ❤️😎

    1. Dinesh Chandra Shukla

      Good idea

    2. I like to join the r a w

  5. I love ISI

  6. Totaly wrong information…..because ISI is most powerful egency in world…🇵🇰🇵🇰👍👍

  7. There is no such Organisations in the world who ranks Intelligence agencies. and the article you see in the Google is basically according to the server of the country

  8. Mohammad Arshad Asif

    Do you want to evaluate ISI performance just read the event of Kabul fall on 11th September 2021 where ISI had been in action against atleast 27 intelligences of the world and of course ISI won.

  9. We love ISI 🥳🥳🥳🥳🤩😍🥰🤫

  10. INTER SERVES INTELLIGENCE is the No1 in the world.
    Love and Respect for ISI

  11. I love ISI . Top one agency in the world 💓❣️💕❤️💝

  12. I love ISI ❤️ 1st agency in the world’s

  13. I Love Isi Is No One in World .

    1. Yes it is no one but sadly In your dreams bro
      Uth jao bhai morning ho gae 😂

  14. This list is compiled by an Indian. ISI is father of all agencies everbody knows it.

    1. Yes dear your 200% right.
      I love ISI.

      1. I agreed to you 1000p%
        I love inter service intelligence pakistan army
        Its my childhood dream
        Isi is the top agency in the world

    2. yes ISI is no one all over the world.

    3. yes why not but not everybody only Pakistani knows it
      You must be proud that isi is in top ten atlist ….hahahaha
      Otherwise you don’t deserve that only
      Not only in intelligence you were last in every field and every sector
      You can only no one in terrorism thats it

  15. U cant understande the working and perfomance of intelligence agencies.
    U need some more knowlege about intelligence .let check the US crime news report about INL agencies.


  17. ISI is the top and no. 1 agency all over the world

  18. ISI is currently number 1 intelligence agency in the world
    I think this chart written by indian

    1. exactly. May be, he didn’t know who defeated the superpower in Afghanistan.

  19. Wrong Analysis. At the top position, there is ISI. You can search on other sites

  20. Very nice analysis

    1. Thank you so much for your precious feedback, it means a lot to us.

      1. But isi is no one in the world CIA is in no 3 raw is in no 6

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