(Info) Civil Service : Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Civil Service : Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

  • The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) was formed in the year of 1946.

  • The cadre controlling authority is Foreign Secretary.

  • Cadre size: 618 posts (direct recruitment – 87%, promotion 13%).

  • After selection, the training program consists of two stages, at  Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussourie and then at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi .

Functions of IFS Officers

As a career diplomat, the Foreign Service Officer is required to project India ’s interests, both at home and abroad on a wide variety of issues. These include bilateral political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison as well as a whole host of multilateral issues.


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