IFS Promotion Chart With Years – IFS Ranks & Hierarchy

By Balaji

Updated on: February 28th, 2023

IFS Promotion Chart With Years gives a clear picture of the ranks of the Indian Foreign Service officer starting from the Junior time scale to senior administrative grade. Those who are targeting to clear the UPSC exam and become IFS officers must have an idea about the IFS Ranks. The IFS officer designation overseas is different from the designation in India. Here we will cover the IFS hierarchy, ranks, and roles & duties of IFS officers in detail.

The civil Services Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) every year to recruit candidates for various services. This article includes all the information related to the work of IFS officers, ifs job details and the IFS promotion chart with years.

Table of content

  • 1. IFS Promotion Chart With Years (more)
  • 2. IFS Ranks & IFS Hierarchy (more)
  • 3. IFS Officer Work – Roles & Duty (more)
  • 4. IFS Officer Salary (more)

IFS Promotion Chart With Years

The IFS full form is Indian Foreign Service. The entry-level IFS designation abroad is Third Secretary. Then IFS officer gets promoted to Second Secretary when they get confirmed about their selection in the Indian Foreign Service.

  • During the tenure of their service, they get promoted to various IFS Ranks.
  • They get promoted to the IFS ranks of First Secretary, Minister, Ambassador, High Commissioner, and Permanent Representative.
  • IFS officers also get appointed at the Indian Consulates abroad at the highest level of their service.
  • In India, the IFS Ranks are Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Joint Secretary, and Additional Secretary. IFS officer gets promoted based on their performance.

IFS Ranks & IFS Hierarchy

The designation of IFS officers overseas and in India is different. Below we have covered IFS ranks in the table.

Grade IFS Ranks (Overseas) IFS Ranks (India)
Junior time scale Attaché / Third Secretary Under Secretary
Senior time scale Second / First Secretary Under Secretary
Junior administrative grade First Secretary Deputy Secretary
Selection grade IV Director Counsellor Director
Senior administrative grade Minister/DCM Ambassador Joint Secretary
Ambassador/High Commissioner Additional Secretary
Ambassador/High Commissioner Secretary

IFS Officer Work – Roles & Duty

The IFS officer is responsible for various duties and responsibilities. Let’s discuss the role of the IFS officer and dirty of the IFS officer below.

  • IFS officer represent India in the high commissions, embassies, consults in and permanent missions to organizations like the UN.
  • IFS officer is responsible for safeguarding India’s concerns in the country he/she is posted in.
  • he/she negotiates various matters with the concerned authorities in a foreign country.
  • IFS officers who are working outside the country are informed about the developments in the foreign country that could benefit India.
  • IFS Officer work also includes protecting India’s national interests in the country where he/she is posted.
  • The duty of an IFS officer is also to promote friendly relations with the country of his/her posting.
  • The role of the IFS officer is to create and maintain economic cooperation between India and a foreign country and keep updating the Ministry of External Affairs.

IFS Officer Salary

The basic IFS Salary is Rs. 60,000 per month, and it can go up to Rs. 2.4 Lakhs per month for the rank of ambassador or Foreign Secretary. Apart from a handsome salary, the IFS officer also gets various perks such as transport facilities, good accommodation, household helps, free phone, etc. they also get retirement benefits and a pension. Those who are posted outside India get ‘Special Foreign Allowance’, which depends on the country they are posted in.

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