How IFS officers are groomed by Abhay Kumar
Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is unlike any other Civil Service such as Indian
Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Police Service (IPS). An IFS officer
spends two-thrid of her career time abroad, and only one third in India at the
headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) in New Delhi.
After joining the IFS, for which one has to be generally at the top of the
ranking order in Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC) of India, one is sent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Academy of Administration (LBSNA) in Mussorie for training for a period
of three months where she is known as Foreign Service Probationer.