Indian Foreign Service (IFS) - IFS Officer Exam, Syllabus, Salary and More

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : August 2nd, 2022

IFS - Indian Foreign Service is one of the most sought services in the UPSC Exam. An IFS officer is responsible for representing the country at an international level and is entrusted with dealing with India’s external affairs like cultural relations, trade, and diplomacy. IFS or Indian Foreign Service Exam is held by UPSC each year as UPSC Civil Services Examination. 

IFS- Indian Foreign Service is one of the Group- A services under the UPSC. It is one of the most popular and sought jobs after the IAS and IPS. Candidates qualifying for the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC get to the Indian Foreign Service as per their rank. After the service allocation and mandatory training at LBSNAA, the selected candidates go through the service training at the Sushma Swaraj Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi.

Compared to IAS, IPS, and IRS, the vacancies for the recruitment of IFS Officers are comparatively fewer. The Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus is the same as other UPSC Exams conducted by the UPSC. This article exhaustively covers the IFS Exam, Indian Foreign Service Eligibility, Indian Foreign Service Exam pattern, IFS Officer roles and responsibilities, perks of being an IFS Officer, etc.

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What is IFS? - Full form of IFS

The IFS- Indian Foreign Service is the diplomatic service under the Group-A Services recruited by the UPSC. Aspiring IFS Officers appear for the UPSC Exam, and based on their ranks, services are allotted to all successful candidates. Many civil services candidates aspire to become an IFS officer due to the challenging role, responsibilities, power, and sometimes the IFS's generous monetary benefits.

  • An IFS Officer frames foreign policies and manages the Indian missions abroad.
  • As an IFS officer, they get an opportunity to travel to different countries and represent India at the global level and in international forums.
  • Other than this, IFS Officers serve at the President's Secretariat, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Ministry of External Affairs headquarters in New Delhi.
  • They also head Regional Passport Offices throughout the country and hold key positions in several ministries on deputation.

Indian Foreign Service Exam 2022

The IFS Exam, also known as the Indian Foreign Service Exam is administered by the Union Public Service Commission under the UPSC CSE Exam. The IFS exam is conducted in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and the Interview/ Personality Test. The Prelims 2022 result has been declared on 22 June 2022, and the selected candidates need to appear for the UPSC Mains 2022. The application form for Mains 2022 was released on the official site on 6th July 2022, and the last date to apply was 15 July 2022. The UPSC Mains Exam Date 2022 has also been released on the website.

  • The UPSC Prelims for IFS screens the candidates for the UPSC Mains Exam.
  • The selected candidates, who clear the cutoff for Mains Examination for IFS, go through the interview stage.
  • The total score is calculated by combining the score of the UPSC Mains and the Interview or the Personality Test.

Latest News

  • UPSC Mains Exam Date 2022 has been released on 02 August 2022.
  • UPSC Mains 2022 Application Form released on 6th July 2022
  • IFS Prelims results have been declared on 22 June 2022.
  • IFS Prelims has been conducted on 5th June 2022

☛ Check the UPSC Prelims 2022 Result

IFS - Indian Foreign Service Exam Overview

Go through the highlights of the UPSC exam for IFS - Indian Foreign Service below.

IFS - Indian Foreign Service

IFS Full-Form

IFS stands for Indian Foreign Service. The recruits selected in the Indian Foreign Service are known to be IFS Officers (OTs). IFS is one of the Group A services under the UPSC.

IFS Exam conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

IFS Officer Training Center

Sushma Swaraj Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi.

Who can become an IFS Officer?

The IFS Eligibility has similar eligibility criteria as other services mentioned under the UPSC Notification. Candidates who hold a valid graduate degree from any recognized university in India and are within the UPSC Age limit can apply for the Indian Foreign Service Exam.

Subjects For Indian Foreign Service

The subjects for the Indian Foreign Service are the same as for the IAS, IPS, or the IRS. The Exam Pattern followed is as prescribed by the UPSC for the CSE Examination.

IFS Officer Exam

The IFS Officer Exam, like the IAS Exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. As mentioned earlier, the IFS exam is a part of the Civil Services Examination, and the conducting body is the UPSC.

To qualify for the IFS Officer Exam, one needs to clear all the three-level, i.e., Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Once qualified, the candidate is allotted the service according to their rank and preference disclosed in the DAF. IFS Officers recruited through UPSC are called direct recruits or probationers.

IFS Officer Exam 2022 Notification

The notification of the IFS Exam 2022 was released on 2nd February 2022 on the UPSC website. The UPSC Notification can be downloaded from the official website to know more about the IFS Exam. Eligible candidates were requested to apply through the website. Candidates can download the official notification using the direct link mentioned below.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Date 2022

The UPSC IFS Exam Date 2022 for Prelims Exam was held on 05th June 2022. The Indian Foreign Service Prelims Exam was conducted in two shifts:

  • Shift 1- General Studies Paper-1: 9:30 A.M to 11:30 A.M.
  • Shift 2- General Studies Paper-2 (CSAT): 02:30 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.

Events

UPSC Indian Foreign Service Exam Date 2022

Indian Foreign Service Exam Notification- Release Date

2nd February 2022

Indian Foreign Service Exam Application Date

2nd February 2022

Indian Foreign Service Exam Last Date of Application

22nd February 2022

UPSC Indian Foreign Service Exam Date 2022- Prelims

5th June 2022; Sunday

UPSC Indian Foreign Service Exam Date 2022- Mains

16th September 2022 onwards

Indian Foreign Service Officer Salary

The overall salary of an IFS Office, at the initial level is nearly 60,000 INR per month including all the perks and allowances, in India. However, the Salary of an Indian Foreign Service Officer who is appointed outside India is different because they get a special foreign allowance, which makes a huge difference in the Indian Foreign Service Salary per Month. The Salary of the Indian Foreign Service Officer increases with subsequent promotions. Apart from salary, IFS Officers are also entitled to:

  • Accommodation
  • Water and electricity (Expense borne by GOI)
  • Free phone calls
  • Retirement benefits and pension
  • Government Transportation
  • Security and House Help
  • Medical Expenses

Indian Foreign Service Salary per Month

The Indian Foreign Service Officer's Salary is tabulated below as per their grade:

Grade

Rank

Basic Pay/Grade Pay

Junior Time Scale

Under-Secretary

₹8000/₹5400

Senior Time Scale

Under-Secretary

₹10700/₹6600

Junior Administrative Scale

Deputy Secretary

₹12750/₹7600

Selection Grade

Counselor Director

₹15100/₹8700

Senior Administrative Scale

Joint Secretary

₹18400/₹10000

High Commissioner/Ambassador

Foreign Secretary

₹26000 (Fixed)

Indian Foreign Service Eligibility

There are no pre-required requisites or physical requirements needed for IFS. Indian Foreign Service Exam Eligibility is the same as the UPSC Eligibility, released in detail in the UPSC CSE Notification. The complete IFS qualification and eligibility requirements include:

  • IFS Exam Age Limit
  • IFS Educational Qualifications
  • Nationality

Indian Foreign Service [IFS] Age Limit

The UPSC calculates age as of 1st August of the year in which the UPSC Exam is conducted. The minimum age limit to sit for the IFS Exam is 21 years. Even the upper age for the IFS Exam is calculated as of 1st August.

  • For general category candidates, the upper UPSC Age Limit is 32 years.
  • The upper age limit prescribed is relaxable up to a maximum of five years if the candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
  • For an OBC candidate, a relaxation of 3 years is mentioned, making the maximum age to sit for the UPSC Exam to be 35 years.

Category

Minimum Age Limit for IFS

Maximum Age Limit for IFS

Number of Attempts

IFS Age Limit for General Category

21

32

6

EWS Category

21

32

6

IFS Age Limit for SC/ST

21

37

Unlimited

IFS Age Limit for OBC

21

35

9

Indian Foreign Service Exam Qualifications

To apply for the IFS- Indian Foreign Service Exam, there is no minimum qualifying percentage required. Candidates who have graduated from a recognized government institution/college can apply for the IFS exam. Also, candidates who are in their final year of graduation are also eligible to appear for the Indian Foreign Service Exam.

IFS Officer Nationality

For IFS, a candidate must be either:—

  • a citizen of India or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

How to apply for IFS - Indian Foreign Service?

As discussed earlier, the Indian Foreign Service Exam is conducted by the UPSC. UPSC releases the Indian Foreign Service Exam application form every year and the candidates eligible can fill up the application form on the official website of UPSC. To apply, the candidate must fill out the UPSC Online Application before the last date

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Then go to the Examination Tab, and select ‘Active Examination’.
  • Click on Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.
  • Click on the ‘Apply’ option.
  • Fill in all the required information and upload your latest photo and signature according to the desired size and file format.
  • Once filled, preview the application form, save a copy for your reference, and then submit.

IFS Exam Application Fee

IFS candidates are required to pay a fee of ₹100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of the State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI. Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates are exempted from payment of the fee.

Applicants who opt for the "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system-generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of the SBI Branch on the next working day only.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the IFS Exam is to test the academic expertise of the candidate. Aspirants who wish to appear for the IFS exam must check out the complete exam pattern and shape their preparation accordingly. The exam pattern for Prelims, Mains, and Interview rounds are discussed as follows. The aspirants must understand the UPSC Exam Pattern and with a strategic approach, fetch good marks in each stage of the IFS Exam.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Pattern for Prelims

The Indian Foreign Service Exam pattern for Prelims consists of two papers that are MCQs based.

  • These include General Studies-1 and General Studies-2 (CSAT).
  • The General Studies-1 paper is considered for cutoff while the CSAT paper is the only qualifying paper where candidates need to secure at least 33% to pass.
  • The marks obtained in the prelims are not counted for the final merit list.
  • Each paper carries 200 marks, and the time duration for both papers is 2 hours each.

IFS Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper

Type

No. of questions

UPSC Total Marks

Duration

Negative marks

General Studies I

Objective

100

200 (+2 marks per question)

2 hours

Yes (One-third of marks allotted to each question)

General Studies II (CSAT)

Objective

80

200 (+2.5 marks per question )

2 hours

Yes (One-third of marks allotted to each question)

Indian Foreign Service Exam Pattern for Mains

The IFS Exam Pattern for Mains includes 9 papers in total. The first two papers, Compulsory Indian Language and English are qualifying in nature. Other than this, the main papers include 1 Essay paper, 4 General Studies Paper, and 2 papers on the Optional Subjects. The score obtained in the mains exam decides the rank and service allocation to a great extent.

  • Paper A- Compulsory Indian Language
  • Paper B- English
  • Essay
  • General Studies- 1 (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)
  • General Studies- 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)
  • General Studies- 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)
  • General Studies- 4 (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
  • Optional Subject- Paper 1
  • Optional Subject- Paper 2

IFS- Indian Foreign Service Mains Exam Pattern

Paper

Subject

Nature

Duration

Total marks

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

Qualifying (25% Marks required)

3 hours

300

Paper B

English

3 hours

300

Essay








Merit Ranking in Nature

3 hours

250

Paper- I

General Studies I

3 hours

250

Paper-II

General Studies II

3 hours

250

Paper-III

General Studies III

3 hours

250

Paper-IV

General Studies IV

3 hours

250

Paper -V

Optional I

3 hours

250

Paper -VI

Optional II

3 hours

250

Indian Foreign Service Exam Pattern for Interview

Once the candidate has cleared the Mains level, they have won half the battle. For IFS Officer Interview, prepare your DAF well. Make notes and pointers on all questions asked in the DAF as the majority of the questions arise from the Detailed Application Form. They form the base of your IFS Officer Interview.

The second part of the IFS interview consists of questions based on your service preference. For IFS, questions may generally arise from recent international events, International Organizations, India’s stand on recent issues on the global level, etc.

Indian Foreign Service Syllabus for Prelims Paper 1

The candidates are advised to go through the UPSC Prelims Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination and prepare accordingly. The topics for IFS Exam- Prelims include:

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the
  • World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
  • Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Prelims Paper 2 CSAT

The candidates are advised to go through the UPSC Prelims Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination and prepare accordingly. The topics for IFS Exam- Prelims CSAT Syllabus include:

  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (Class X level),
  • Data interpretation

It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim)

Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in

case he/she does not appear in both the papers of the Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Mains

The candidates are advised to go through the UPSC Mains Syllabus published in this section for the UPSC Mains Examination. The questions in the IFS Exam for Mains test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and their ability to analyze, views on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives, and demands. The topics include:

Indian Foreign Service Syllabus for Qualifying Paper - English

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Qualifying Paper - Indian Language

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa

Indian Foreign Service Syllabus for Essay: Candidates are required to write essays on the total of two topics, selecting one from each section.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Mains General Studies 1: The IFS Exam Syllabus for Mains is similar to UPSC Mains Syllabus. The GS Paper 1 includes History, Indian Art and Culture, Geography, and Indian Society.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Mains GS 2: The IFS Mains Syllabus for GS 2 includes Polity, Governance, IR, and more. The UPSC IFS Mains Syllabus for GS Paper 2 has a good overlap with Political Science and International Relations UPSC Syllabus.

Indian Foreign Service Syllabus for Mains GS 3: The IFS Exam Syllabus for Mains is similar to UPSC Mains Syllabus. The GS Paper 3 includes Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management. The GS Paper 3 can be easily covered through Current Affairs and the economic development part through the Economy Notes for UPSC.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Mains GS 4: The IFS Exam Syllabus for Mains is similar to UPSC Mains Syllabus. The GS Paper 4 includes Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude, and all of these topics can be easily covered if one refers to the Ethics Books for UPSC.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Syllabus for Optional Subject Paper 1 and 2: Candidates can choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects given in the UPSC Notification. The UPSC has 48 optional subjects in total. Learn How to choose Optional Subject for UPSC to make the correct choice.

To make a clear choice for choosing your optional subjects, go through the following list of Optional Subjects offered by the UPSC.

UPSC Agriculture Syllabus

UPSC Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Syllabus

UPSC Anthropology Syllabus

UPSC Botany Syllabus

UPSC Chemistry Syllabus

UPSC Civil Engineering Syllabus

UPSC Commerce and Accountancy Syllabus

UPSC Economics Syllabus

UPSC Electrical Engineering Syllabus

UPSC English Literature Syllabus

UPSC Geography Syllabus

UPSC Geology Syllabus

UPSC Hindi Literature Syllabus

UPSC History Syllabus

UPSC Law Syllabus

UPSC Management Syllabus

UPSC Maths Optional Syllabus

UPSC Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

UPSC Medical Science Syllabus

UPSC CSAT Syllabus

UPSC Physics Syllabus

UPSC Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) Optional Syllabus

UPSC Psychology Syllabus

UPSC Public Administration Syllabus

UPSC Science and Technology Syllabus

UPSC Sociology Optional Syllabus

UPSC Statistics Syllabus

UPSC Zoology Syllabus


How to Become an Indian Foreign Service Officer?

The preparation for the Indian Foreign Service Exam is the same as for the IAS Exam. The Commission conducts a single exam to recruit candidates for IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, and all the other services mentioned in the UPSC Notification. There are no pre-required requisites for the IFS Exam, as in the case for IPS Exam. One needs to read all the NCERT Books for UPSC, UPSC Books, and books related to one’s optional subject to sail through this exam.

Indian Foreign Service Previous Year Question Papers

To ace the Indian Foreign Service or the IFS Exam, one needs to understand the pattern of the exam and how the questions are framed. For this, one needs to practice the Previous Year Questions extensively. Practicing the papers will help to understand the trend of the questions.

Books for Indian Foreign Service Exam

Keeping resources limited in the Indian Foreign Service Exam preparation is always advised. Keep the Books for Indian Foreign Service exams concise, but revise them thoroughly. The books to be consulted for the Indian Foreign Service exam, both for Prelims and Mains are given below. Choose them accordingly:

Indian Foreign Service Exam Admit Card

Indian Foreign Service Exam Admit Card for Prelims is generally released a few weeks before the exam on UPSC’s official website. IFS candidates, who have successfully registered for the UPSC Prelims Exam will be able to download the IFS admit card from the website.

Indian Foreign Service Exam Admit Card for Mains is released after the Prelims result are out and a few weeks before the UPSC Mains Exam. Candidates who have cleared the UPSC Prelims will only be able to download the admit card for UPSC Mains.

It is of utmost importance that the candidate carries the admit card to his/her exam center, along with valid ID proof. Not compelling to this may lead to denial of his/her appearance for the Exam.

Indian Foreign Service Training

On selection into the Indian Foreign Service through the UPSC Exam, the Officer Trainees (OTs) undergo a comprehensive and multi-faceted training program intended to give them diplomatic knowledge, qualities, and skills. The probationers commence their training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussourie, and thereafter they join the Sushma Swaraj Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi.

At the Foreign Service Institute, they undergo focused training in various disciplines The aim of the course at Sushma Swaraj Foreign Service Institute is to inculcate a strong sense of history, knowledge of diplomacy and international relations, and a grasp of general economic and political principles into the officers.

At the conclusion of the training program, the OTs are assigned their compulsory foreign language (CFL). After a brief period of desk attachment in the Ministry of External Affairs, the OTs are posted to an Indian Mission abroad as Third Secretary in a country where their CFL is the native language and enrolled in a language course. The OT is expected to develop proficiency in his/her CFL and pass the requisite examination before he/she is confirmed in service.

Life of an Indian Foreign Service: After Training

An IFS Officer begins his career abroad as a Third Secretary and is promoted to Second Secretary as soon as he/she is confirmed in service. After being promoted as the Second Secretary, they are assigned to one of the wings (Political, Economic or Commerce, Consular, Administrative or Cultural) at an Indian Embassy or as Consul at an Indian Consulate for a period of 3 years. Here they are expected to learn about the economic, commercial, political, and cultural nuances of their country of posting.

IFS Officer Functions

As an IFS Officer, an IFS is required to project India’s interests, both at home and abroad on a wide variety of issues. These include:

  • Protecting India’s national interests in the country of their posting;
  • Representing India in its Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, and Permanent Missions to multilateral organizations;
  • Reporting accurately on developments in the country of posting which are likely to influence the formulation of India’s policies;
  • Promoting friendly relations with the receiving state as also its people, including NRI / PIOs;
  • Negotiating agreements on various issues with the authorities of the receiving state, and
  • Extending consular facilities to foreigners and Indian nationals abroad.

In India, the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for all aspects of external relations. Territorial divisions deal with bilateral political and economic work while functional divisions look after policy planning, multilateral organizations, regional groupings, legal matters, disarmament, protocol, consular, Indian Diaspora, press and publicity, administration, and other aspects.

Indian Foreign Service Promotions

The designations within the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are as follows:

At an Indian Mission/Post abroad-

  • Third Secretary (Language Trainee)
  • Second Secretary
  • First Secretary
  • Counsellor
  • Minister
  • Ambassador

At MEA Headquarters-

  • Under Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary
  • Director
  • Joint Secretary
  • Additional Secretary
  • Secretary

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Indian Foreign Service FAQs

  • IFS - Indian Foreign Service is one of the three All Indian Services. It is under Group-A Central Civil Services, and the Ministry of External Affairs is its cadre controlling body. IFS includes civil servants who handle the foreign relations of India and provide consular services and many more to mark India’s presence at the international level. 

  • The IFS stands for the Indian Foreign Service. IFS or the Indian Foreign Service is a Group- A service under the Central Government. It is one of the three All India Services under the UPSC, where the cadre controlling body is the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • The Indian Foreign Service Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit IFS Officers. The officers are recruited on the basis of their performance in the Civil Services Examination. The exam is conducted in three-round- Prelims, Mains, and interview, and those who clear all three stages of the examination go through the training phase and become an IFS Officer.

  • The Indian Foreign Service Exam for 2022 will be conducted on 5th June 2022, for the preliminary stage, and those who are able to clear the Prelims, appear for the next stage i.e. Mains. The Mains Exam will be conducted from 16th September, 2022 onwards. Candidates need to apply for IFS 2022 on the official website of UPSC by filling up the required form.

  • The candidates who want to join IFS-Indian Foreign Service must be at least 21 years of age. Candidates willing to join IFS must be a graduate from a recognized university or the candidates who are in their final year waiting for results can also apply. Age relaxation is applied to candidates from certain categories only. 

  • To be eligible for IFS-Indian Foreign Service candidates need to be at least 21 years old. However, the upper age limit is different for different categories of candidates. For general category candidates, the upper age limit is 32 years, and for OBC candidates the upper age limit is 35 years. The candidates from SC/ST background get five years of age relaxation which extend their upper age limit to 37 years.

  • The IFS-Indian Foreign Service Syllabus is the same as the UPSC Syllabus. The syllabus for Prelims and Mains integrated to a great extent, leaving a few topics. The UPSC Prelims Syllabus covers topics like History, Geography, Polity, current events, etc, along with reasoning, numeracy, etc. The UPSC Mains Syllabus includes Essays, English, and Indian Language, GS papers, and optional papers. 

  • The overall salary of an IFS Officer at starting is around 60,000 INR per month including House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, and Travel allowance. However, the IFS Officers working outside India also get a special foreign allowance based on the country they are posted in.

  • The IFS- Indian Foreign Service Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Examination. UPSC conducts a common Civil Services Examination to hire for 24 different Civil Services including the Indian Foreign Service. Candidates who clear UPSC CSE will be recruited as IFS officers based on their marks and rank.

  • UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination to recruit candidates for the Indian Foreign Service. CSE is one of the toughest government exams in the country. However this shouldn't demotivate the candidates, and with sheer will and determination, candidates can easily crack IFS- Indian Foreign Service Exam.

  • By age, Muskan Jindal might be the youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer who cleared the exam at the age of 22 years. Other than that, talking in terms of being the ambassador to a country, Abhay Kumar, a 2003-batch IFS officer, is the youngest among India's current serving Ambassadors.

  • It is always good to start the IFS Preparation early. To prepare for the Indian Foreign Service the after 12th, start with the basic reading of the newspapers daily in your graduation. After that, strategize your preparation and then proceed with weekly and monthly targets

  • For general category candidates, the rank required for Indian Foreign Service is between 90-130th. The allotment of the Indian Foreign Service depends on the category of the candidate.

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