The Indian Foreign Service is the diplomatic service of the country. Members of the IFS represent our country in international space. They are responsible for maintaining the diplomatic, cultural and trade relationship with the world. Also, they are in charge of the Indian mission abroad and of implementing the Indian foreign policy.
An IFS member can be posted at more than 200 Indian embassies and missions all over the world. They can also be posted at UN, SAARC summit, World Bank and WHO. This job offers extreme executive power. The salary is very high compared to other government officials. They also get the allowances and perks with the utmost facilities.
General knowledge and alertness of mind always help you crack the prelims. One has to have expertise in current national and international affairs which helps you crack the mains and personal interview. Civil servants should have flexibility, calmness, determination, patience, professionalism, leadership skills and crisis management skills. Physical fitness is very important to stay focused on work. Additionally one must have good communication and interpersonal skills. One has to be self-motivated and love traveling.
Candidate must have possessed a bachelor degree from any recognized university under UGC. A candidate must be above 21 years and not more than 33 years old. One will then be able to appear into prelims exam which is objective type of exam consisting of two papers namely general knowledge and aptitude respectively. After passing the prelims one has to appear for mains exam which is totally written exam consisting of 7 papers. A personal interview is a final hurdle. After that, based on the merit, one should get the appointment in Indian Foreign Services.
Merits and Demerits
Foreign service is a challenging, glamorous and thrilling. With India going global, this service holds promising career prospects. One main disadvantage is the potential of being assigned to remote or unpleasant areas. Continuous traveling and exposure to unwanted condition abroad are other discomforts.