IFS – Indian Foreign Service

Career and Rank Structure

Hi Friends, many of you must be dreaming of IFS- Indian Foreign Service. Do you know what if IFS and how the recruitment takes place? Many of the UPSC aspirants fill-up the choice as IAS/IPS/IFS but many of them do not know what IFS is all about, so here is some concise information.

Recruitment for IFS (Indian Foreign Service) is done by UPSC through Civil Services Exam. About 20 officers are selected every year.

IFS – Indian Foreign Service

Career and Rank Structure

At an embassy: Third Secretary (entry level)
Second Secretary (promotion upon being confirmed in service)
First Secretary
Deputy Chief of Mission/Deputy High Commissioner/Deputy Permanent Representative
Ambassador/High Commissioner/Permanent Representative
At a consulate: Vice Consul
Consul General
At the Ministry of External Affairs: Under Secretary
Deputy Secretary
Joint Secretary
Additional Secretary

 Training of IFS:

IFS officers are trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussourie near Dehradoon followed by specialized training at the Foreign Service Institute at New Delhi as well as attachments with different government bodies and tours both in India and abroad. The entire training programme is for a period of 36 months.

At the end of the above training, the IFS officer is given a compulsory foreign language (CFL). After a short period of desk attachment in the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, the IFS officer is posted to any of the Indian diplomatic missions abroad where the CFL is the native language.

There the IFS officer is given language training and after certain period (s)he is expected to develop proficiency in that CFL and then pass an examination before (s)he is allowed to continue in the IFS.

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149 Responses to IFS – Indian Foreign Service

  1. Pranay Sarawogi says:

    How to become an IFS officer??
    What are the steps and study which will make me to win my career??

  2. Rohit says:

    How are IFS offices seleced?
    Is it based on marks claimed or interview or rank?

  3. Nain says:

    I am 24 year old. And i Have done B.Com and M.B.A in hr. So, should i go for IFS Exams?

  4. Pradipta Bhattacharya says:

    Sir my name is Pradipta and I want to know whether it is wise to compete for state level PSC first and then UPSC for beginners like me? I have just passed my Post Graduation course.

    • AnilMD says:

      @Pradipta, it depends on the individual. If you are confident about yourself and also have time in your hand then prepare seriously for 1 or 2 yrs and then make an attempt at UPSC. If you are not sure about yourself then prepare for state PSC and after you build your knowledge base then shift to the preparation of UPSC.

  5. Tanisha says:

    Sir, are IFS trainees paid during their training and is it necessary to be fluent in english or any other language? -Tanisha Yadav

    • AnilMD says:

      @Tanisha, not only IFS trainees but all trainees of IAS and other services get paid from the day they join the training. Yes, of course, you need to be fluent in English as you will be handling lots of delegations from various countries, lots of communication from different embassies, etc. You will be taught a foreign language and you are expected to pass an examination in that language.

  6. rimpa polley says:

    Thank you sir.
    Sir i want to know that is there any special magazines only for upsc exam?
    Sir how can i join PGA???

  7. rimpa polley says:

    Thank you sir.
    Sir i want to know that is there any special magazines only for upsc exam?

  8. rimpa polley says:

    Respected sir,
    I am a student of B.Sc(h) (math)student.i am interested in IFS exam.kindly can you tell me how can i prepare myself for this exam.which book can i follow???

    • AnilMD says:

      @Rimpa, you need to prepare for UPSC Civil Services exam (IFS is part of it). Refer the syllabus, collect max books, subscribe to magazines, newspapers and after in-depth study of each topic of each subject, prepare your own Notes. If you wish you may join our PGP for personal guidance. All details are available under “Courses” menu.

  9. anirudh says:

    sir can you please suggest some of books for self study as iam a working professional

  10. anubhuti patil says:

    Just keeping connected to ur comments.my close relative deciding about upsc…ifs taking up

  11. jedidiah says:

    Sir, I am currently a masters student studying abroad. I want to start preparation for IFS. Does your institute provide long distance programs?

  12. mahesh b says:

    ifs saathi english madhye fluent asne required ahe ka???

  13. vishnu vaasini says:

    sir i am vishnu studying in 11th std what are the things i should do from now to be a good ifs officer

  14. amar says:

    sir,tilak maharashtra vidyapeethachi BA chi degree mpsc ani upsc la chalte ka?ani 12th pass compulsory ahe kay?

  15. Avirup says:

    Sir,I am Avirup Saha. I am in Class 12and want to pursue Chemical Engineering.Can i apply for IFS Exam..??

  16. KAMAL says:

    dear sir,
    your blog is really helpful for the upsc aspirants, i m kamal ,can u pls tell me that is it compulsory for a ifs officer to be posted in abroad or he/she can choose to work in india also in foreign ministry in new delhi.
    pls reply

  17. ASHAR NAWAID says:

    SIR, MY NAME IS ASHAR ,I did my 12th,I want to do IFS ,so is it compulsory to do graduation or directly I can prepare for upsc exam and give the upsc exam … and if I do my graduation then is It compulsory to obtain some specific percentage in that graduation degree or even if I get just passing percentage and got the degree then also I can apply for IFS …

  18. farhan khan says:

    Dear Sir,
    My name is farhan & I m Post graduate my question is my brother against divorce case in civil court & my name also include in this case. case are finished. I am eligible or not MPSC and Upsc.
    pls reply me…
    Thank you……….

  19. S M Ghalib Washim says:

    This blog is useful but please tel me what digress Required for IFS preparing exam.

  20. pinky says:

    Sir , this blog is very useful for preparation of ifs exam. Please tell me how to start preparing for this exam ?? Where to find your pgp program ??

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