Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer – Who is the Youngest IFS Officer?

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Updated on: November 14th, 2023

Abhay Kumar is the Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer. He belongs to the 2003 IFS batch. Abhay Kumar was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Madagascar in 2018 when he was only 38. Presently, he works as the Deputy Chief of Mission for India at the Indian Embassy in Brazil. Abhay penned his first documentary in Moscow, describing the story of his journey from a humble town in Bihar. He believes that diplomacy and poetry complement one another and there is an in-depth relationship between the two.

Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer

The Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer, Abhay Kumar was born and brought up in Rajgir, Nalanda district of Bihar. He completed his studies at Nehru Jawaharlal University.

Being an IFS Officer, Kumar performed his duties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Indian Government, and correspondingly in the missions of India and overseas positions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kathmandu. The important years of his career are as follows:

  • 2010: Employed as Under Secretary of Digital Diplomacy at the Ministry of External Affairs office (New Delhi)
  • 2012 to 2015: Worked as the spokesperson for the Embassy of India (Kathmandu)
  • 2015: Designated as Director of the Nehru Centre, in London.

Abhay Kumar: Educational Background

According to his UPSC mark sheet, Abhay Kumar scored a total of 1228 marks out of 2300. He secured 167th rank and entered the Indian Foreign Service in 2003. He learned Russian Language, Literature, and History, at Moscow State University.

  • He knows languages such as English, Hindi, Nepali, and Portuguese.
  • As a renowned poet, his famous creations include the Colors of Soul, Earth Anthem, and Seduction of Delhi.


Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer

Abhay Kumar was nominated as the Ambassador of India to Madagascar at the age of 38 earning him the title of Youngest Indian Foreign Service Officer. His biggest accomplishment was to discover the power and motivation to keep composing new poetry and be capable of doing it with the most challenging job of an Indian diplomat.

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