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Indian Foreign Service Officer – How to become an IFS Officer

Filed in Education by on May 27, 2020


Indian Foreign Service Officer – How to become an IFS Officer

Indian Foreign Service Officer: Indian Foreign Services (IFS) is also considered as coveted position as IAS in the administrative setup of Indian democracy.

These services were specially created to handle the external affairs of the country inside and outside of it in various missions abroad or in the Ministry of External Affairs.

If you are interested to become part of them then keep reading  for information regarding IFF, eligibility, and career prospect

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer

But just before we proceed, I’d love you to note the following points

Fact about Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer

After the independence of the Indian union in 1947, these services attained all the more important because of India’s stand of not joining any of the existing two power groups in the world. For the third world country’s like India, it requires support from every corner of the world to develop itself. It becomes important to handle its external affairs with the utmost care.

To be at such a critical and important position where you are representing the whole country to the world, it requires a high level of intellect and intelligence. This responsibility of representing itself as a country give all the importance to these services.

That is why personnel manning these positions are held in high esteem in the society and taken care of by their respective Governments in every respect whether it may be of financial remunerations or social status.

But to reach this coveted position one has to be diligent and hardworking. To reach that level one has to toil hard and pass through rigorous tests involving written tests and interviews spreading throughout a year, which requires self-discipline, patience, punctuality, commitment self-confidence and a burning desire to be a part of the elitist group of the people in the country.

This is a kind of career that is ever demanding. you can not get relaxed after getting the post, infect you have to work harder after getting the job than before getting it.

Thus to handle things at such a high level efficiently a lot of hard work, stamina, alertness of mind, adaptability to follow difficult time schedules, good team spirit is required. This is a career in which you are supposed to convince the world in your country’s favor during various difficult diplomatic conditions.

This is the position where your one decision can make or break your country’s aspirations from the world. It is you whose diplomatic acumen becomes more important when the country you are representing is surrounded by a somewhat turbulent border. So it becomes your responsibility to use your political and diplomatic acumen within the framework of the constitution of the country to have good relations with every existing external agencies/ Government.

Eligibility to become an IFS Officer

How to become an IFS officer?

To be an IFS officer one has to follow the below-given steps:-
Step 1As a first step, the aspirant has to procure the “Application Form” along with “Information Brochure” from any of the “Head Post Offices or Post Offices” spread throughout the country and sent the filled Application form to:

The Secretary,
Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House,
New Delhi – 110011.

Note:- The notification for the examination with relevant details regarding rules and syllabus is published in December in the ‘Employment News’ / ‘Rozgar Samachar’, ‘Gazette of India’, and in some leading newspapers of the country.

Step 2

In May or June, the aspirants have to take the “Preliminary examinations”. Consisting of two papers. The papers are on:

1General Studies150 marks
2Some optional subject300 marks

The optional subject for the second paper may be chosen from the following given subjects –

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and veterinary science
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Commerce
  7. Economics
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. Geography
  10. Geology
  11. Indian History
  12. Law
  13. Mathematics
  14. Mechanical Engineering
  15. Philosophy
  16. Physics
  17. Political Science
  18. Psychology
  19. Public Administration
  20. Sociology
  21. Statistics
  22. Zoology.

Note:- This exam is just a qualifying exam for the Final exam and scores obtained in this exam are not added to make the final result.

Step 3

Those candidates who are declared qualified in the “Preliminary examination” are supposed to take the final exam (normally held in October) having following papers

1 Essay type Indian Language Qualifying Paper (300 marks)
1 English Qualifying Paper (300 marks)
1 General Essay type of paper (200 marks)
2 General Studies papers (300 marks each)
4 Optional subjects papers (300 marks each)

Step 4

Once you are through the final stage is the interview. The aspirants are grilled in the interview to test their personality and mental ability. Then the final list of the successful candidates is prepared and the candidates who have secured a very good rank out of 400-450(approx.) selected candidates to undergo a probationary period. Training begins at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussourie, where members of many elite Indian civil service organizations are trained.

After completing the initial training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, the probationers join the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi for more training as well as attachments with different government bodies and tours both in India and abroad.

The whole process of becoming a trained IFS takes nearly 36 months.

At the last stage of the training, the officer is assigned a compulsory foreign language (CFL). After a brief period of desk attachment in the Ministry of External Affairs, the officer is posted to an Indian diplomatic mission abroad where the CFL is the native language. There the officer undergoes language training and is expected to develop proficiency in his CFL and pass an examination before being allowed to continue in the service.

IFS Officer Job DescriptionAn IFS Officer deals with the external affairs of the country, which includes diplomacy, trade, and cultural relations. IFS officers are responsible for framing and implementation policies that govern India’s relations with other countries.

Indian Foreign Service Officer Career Prospects

Unlike other central services, IFS can be classified into three different categories as given below.

1. At an embassy:

  1. Third Secretary (entry-level)
  2. Second Secretary (promotion upon being confirmed in service)
  3. First Secretary
  4. Counselor
  5. Minister
  6. Deputy Chief of Mission/Deputy High Commissioner/Deputy Permanent Representative
  7. Ambassador/High Commissioner/Permanent Representative

2. At a consulate:

  1. Vice Consul
  2. Consul
  3. Consul General

3. At the Ministry of External Affairs

  1. Under Secretary
  2. Deputy Secretary
  3. Director
  4. Joint Secretary
  5. Additional Secretary
  6. Secretary.

Indian Foreign Service Officer Salary

The Government of India has fixed salary grades for IFS officers. Although keep on changing with new pay

Note:- The scales only provide an idea of the pay scales. Different branches of the services have different scales of pay. Even personnel of the same branches may have different pay according to their area of posting and responsibility they are holding at a particular time.

In addition to the salary, IFS officers receive various types of allowances such as Dearness Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance, Medical and subsidized housing, etc.

That’s all about becoming an Indian Foreign Services Officer, you can also invite your friends to read by simply sharing it with them on their social media handle.

CSN Team.

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