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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