How to become an IFS Officer in 2021 & Serve Indian Foreign Services

The Full form of IFS is Indian Foreign services. IFS is one of the top and core services of India and the top rankers who secure the best marks are only eligible for IFS. Here in this post, we will discuss how to become an IFS officer also complete eligibility is mentioned here in this post.

You can also read the IFS Salary and Pay Scale

You can also Read Everything about IFS Exam

IFS is the top service among other 24 services that comes under UPSC services like






IES etc.

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The person who gets the job of an IFS work in the top position of the country like

  • At an embassy: in ascending order of rank
  • Third Secretary (entry-level)
  • Second Secretary (promotion upon being confirmed in service)
  • First Secretary
  • Counselor
  • Minister
  • Deputy Chief of Mission/Deputy High Commissioner/Deputy Permanent Representative
    Ambassador/High Commissioner/Permanent Representative

At the Ministry of External Affairs: in ascending order of rank

  • Assistant Secretary/Under Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary
  • Director
  • Joint Secretary
  • Additional Secretary
  • Secretary
  • Foreign Secretary of India (India’s Top Diplomat, Administrative Head of the Indian Foreign Service & Foreign Service Board)

Head of public sector unit

And other prestigious jobs in the country. Becoming an IFS is not an easy task, but yes, if you have spirit, then it is also not impossible. The job of IFS gives you the chance to make a difference in the livelihood of the Indians and help many Indians which makes this a prestigious job.

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To become an IFS, you have first to give an entrance exam which is popularly known as UPSC civil service exam in short CSE. UPSC exam is divided into three parts i.e

Preliminary examinations
Mains examination
Interview section

The people who will clear preliminary exams will be allowed to attend the main examinations, and then those who will pass the mains examination will be allowed to attend the interview section. More than nine lakes candidates appear for the exam of UPSC CSE every Year, but only 1000 will be selected for 24 services of UPSC. The top few hundred candidates are selected as an IFS.

How to clear the civil service examinations?

To clear a civil service examination or an IFS, exam candidates are advised that they should have a good strategy from the beginning. Many candidates take 10 to 12 months of preparation before the examination date, but it is not possible for everyone that is why you should start preparing after your higher secondary education till your graduation gets completed.

What are the eligibility criteria for giving UPSC examinations to become an IFS?

There are few small criteria that everyone has to follow, these are
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India
  • You should not be more than 32 years of age in case of open category and 35 if  reserved category
  • The candidate must be a graduate in any field or stream.
  • The starting age of giving an IFS exam is 21.

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