Learning About The Indian Foreign Services 

Indian Foreign Services 

Hello aspirants! Hope you all are working hard to prepare adequately for the upcoming civil services examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). The syllabus is vast and requires a lot of study to be able to attempt the papers in UPSC CSE and qualify for the next stage. The examination as we all know is one of the most difficult exams therefore, any leniency during the preparation time would end up taking you far away from your aspired role as a civil servant. But sometimes we need to take out time from the syllabus and gather the information that will be useful to us after we pass the UPSC CSE selection process. 

The UPSC gives suitable contenders a chance to serve the country by joining different disciplines in administration. In this article, we will learn about one such discipline called the Indian Foreign Services (IFS). The foreign services department is one of the most pursued departments. We will find out the roles, responsibilities and opportunities of an officer in the Indian Foreign Services. Let’s get started now and begin with learning when the services came into existence.

When Did The Indian Foreign Service Come Into Existence?

  • The advent of the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) was in September 1946. 
  • It was the evening of India’s freedom when the governance of India chose to create a service called the Indian Foreign Service for the diplomatic, consular and commercial presentation of India overseas.

Know about the Indian Foreign officer (IFS) salary and understand more about the job profile, perks, pension and other benefits of an officer. 

How To Become An Indian Foreign Services Officer?

  • Firstly, one has to be at par with the eligibility criteria of the UPSC for the civil service examination to be able to appear for the selection process.
  • The first step is to pass the UPSC CSE selection process. The selection process would be of three stages. The first step would be the MCQ stage, followed by the written and descriptive stage and finally the personality test and interview.
  • On passing all the steps, based on the merit, preference of the candidate and training one successfully becomes an IFS officer.

How Is A Candidate Trained & Approved For The Indian Foreign Services?

  • On passing all the stages of the selection process, getting the results in favor and opting for Indian Foreign Services as the desired department an entrant undergoes a composite and comprehensive conditioning at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. 
  • In the beginning, an entrant begins the training, with colleagues from other services. Thereafter he/she joins the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi.
  • The course at FSI provides an awareness of general economic and political principles. The training process is intended to provide entrant diplomatic knowledge, diplomatic qualities and diplomatic skills. 
  • The course provides lectures, attachments with various wings of the Government as well as familiarization tours both within the country and abroad. 
  • At the end of the training programme selected officers are assigned a compulsory foreign language (CFL). 
  • After a short and straightforward duration of desk attachment in the Ministry of External Affairs, an officer is assigned to an Indian Mission abroad in a nation where the allocated CFL is the native language and further enlisted in a language course there to develop proficiency in his CFL.
  • In the end, officers have to pass an examination before he/she is approved for service.

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