Who is Indian Foreign Services Officer (IFS Officer)?
The Indian Foreign Service is the administrative diplomatic civil service under the Central Civil Services (Group A and Group B) of the executive branch of the Government of India for managing the external affairs of the country. Indian Foreign Service Officers are recruited on the recommendation of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by the Indian Government to serve in more than 162 Indian diplomatic missions as well as in worldwide organisations.
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What does Indian Foreign Services Officer (IFS Officer) do?
An Indian Foreign Services Officer has various roles and responsibilities like representing India in its embassies, high commissions, consulates, and permanent missions to international organizations like the United Nations and also to handle and manage all diplomatic relations between India and of the country they are appointed.
Job Description, Roles, Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities:
- Represent India at international, foreign location in its Embassies, Consulates, etc.
- Safeguard national interest in foreign country of posting as well as at home, in India
- Establish friendly relations with the with Non-Residential Indian (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs), and with the citizens of the receiving nation
- Report accurately about the posted country’s developments to the Ministry of External Affairs which may influence the formulation of policies in India
- Negotiate agreements on different concerns with the receiving state authorities
- Provide consular services to non-nationals, immigrants, and Indian nationals abroad
- Formulate, co-create, and maintain economic collaboration between India and other nations
- Watch closely and examine the developing situation in the host country and country of simultaneous accreditation and conduct comprehensive discussions, negotiations and diplomacy to advance the strategic interests of India
- Uplift and endorse commercial and economic benefits of India, Indian exports, industrial alliance, and trade events
- Develop trade, investment, and cultural relations with the foreign nations
- Collaborate with media to manage multilateral, domestic, and international relations and affairs
- Formulate and enforce policies, governing India's relations with other nations
- When foreign dignitaries visit India, maintain international diplomatic protocol
- Supervise multilateral and regional organizations’ activities
- Manage legal disputes, protocol issues, press and publicity interactions, administration, etc.
Abilities & aptitude needed
What are the skills, abilities & aptitude needed to become Indian Foreign Services Officer (IFS Officer)?
Individuals who are patriotic, passionate to serve the nation and have ample knowledge on Indian Constitution, Laws, and other rules and regulations is fit to become an Indian Foreign Service Officer. They need to have strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. They must be comfortable, firm and composed, while dealing with individuals, including talking to them during confrontational situations. They must also be skilled at interviewing, maintain diplomacy, and assertiveness in case of aggression and hostility. Other skills required are problem solving, negotiation, decision-making, commercial, organizational, and analytical.
They also need to be efficient in leadership, team and time management such as meeting deadlines, prioritize tasks, and take personal responsibility for a professional workload. The field also demands self-discipline, patience, punctuality, commitment, self-confidence and a desire to climb up the ladder. They must accept the responsibility attached to the limitless power. To handle things effectively a lot of hard work, stamina, alertness of mind, adaptability, and good team spirit is required. A proactive approach in planning and management is also expected. They need to have a very good understanding of international affairs and also must possess the ability to adjust, respect, and understand different cultures and languages.
Which course I can pursue?
Which are the best colleges to attend to become Indian Foreign Services Officer (IFS Officer)?
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, Chandigarh | INC, MCI, UGCNIRF Rank : 2
Loyola College, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | University of Madras, ChennaiNIRF Rank : 6
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
Puducherry, | DCI, MCI, UGCNIRF Rank : 8
Hans Raj College, Delhi
Delhi | Delhi University,UGCNIRF Rank : 9
King George`s Medical University, Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | UGC, NAAC-ANIRF Rank : 10
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Pune, Maharashtra | Savitribai Phule Pune University, PuneNIRF Rank : 10
St. Xavier`s College, Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal | UGCNIRF Rank : 10
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Sri Ramachandra University (SRU)NIRF Rank : 11
Madras Christian College, Chennai
Chennai | University of MadrasNIRF Rank : 13
JSS Medical College, Mysore
Mysuru, Karnataka | Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, KarnatakaNIRF Rank : 17
Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali
Jaipur, Rajasthan | UGCNIRF Rank : 19
SVKM`s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra | ?AACSB?, ?AMBA?, ?UGC?, ?AIUNIRF Rank : 20
Siksha 'O' Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar
Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha | Biju Patnaik University of Technology,UGC,NAACNIRF Rank : 21
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu | Bharathiar University, CoimbatoreNIRF Rank : 22
Symbiosis International University, Pune
Lavale, Maharashtra | Symbiosis International University, PuneNIRF Rank : 22
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur
Nagpur, Maharashtra | UGC,AIUNIRF Rank : 29
Scott Christian College, Nagercoil
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu | Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, TirunelveliNIRF Rank : 30
Women`s Christian College, Chennai
Chennai | University of MadrasNIRF Rank : 32
Thiagarajar College, Madurai
Madurai, Tamil Nadu | Madurai Kamaraj University, MaduraiNIRF Rank : 34
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu |NIRF Rank : 36
Lovely Professional University
Delhi | University Grants Commission (UGC)NIRF Rank : 38
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy, Thanjavur
Thanjur, Tamil nadu | NAAC, UGC, NAAC-ANIRF Rank : 38
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Varanasi | ACU AIU NAAC UGCNIRF Rank : 39
St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu | Bharathidasan University, TiruchirappalliNIRF Rank : 39
Alliance University, Bengaluru
Bengaluru | UCCNIRF Rank : 42
Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupathi
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh | UGCNIRF Rank : 46
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
Vellore | UGCNIRF Rank : 46
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Sathyabama University, ChennaiNIRF Rank : 47
Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
Raipur, Chhattisgarh | UGCNIRF Rank : 48
Panjab University, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,Chandigarh | Panjab University, ChandigarhNIRF Rank : 48
Amity University, Gautam Budh Nagar
NOIDA | UGC?, ?NAAC?, ?WASC?, ?AIU?, ?ACUNIRF Rank : 49
Bethune College, Kolkata
Kolkata | ?University of CalcuttaNIRF Rank : 50
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
Phagwara, Punjab | UGC, AIU, PCI, NCTE, COA, ACBSP,NIRF Rank : 52
VELS Institute of Science Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | ?UGC NAACNIRF Rank : 52
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Thanesar, Haryana | UGCNIRF Rank : 53
Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, Coimbatore
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu | Bharathiar University, CoimbatoreNIRF Rank : 53
St. Thomas College, Thrissur
Thrissur, Kerala | Affiliated to University of CalicutNIRF Rank : 54
Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, Pune
pune | university of puneNIRF Rank : 55
Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh | UGC, ACU AIU IAU IAUANIRF Rank : 56
Sacred Heart College, Ernakulam
Thevara, Kochi | Mahatma Gandhi University, KottayamNIRF Rank : 57
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University(K L College of Engineering), Vaddeswaram
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh | University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical EducationNIRF Rank : 58
Stella Maris College for Women, Chennai
Chennai | University of MadrasNIRF Rank : 58
St. Joseph`s College of Commerce, Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Karnataka | Bangalore University, BangaloreNIRF Rank : 61
St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam
Ernakulam Kochi, Kerala | Mahatma Gandhi University, KottayamNIRF Rank : 64
Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan
Solan, Himachal Pradesh | UGCNIRF Rank : 65
NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal | Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, KolkataNIRF Rank : 68
Farook College, Kozhikode
Kozhikode, Kerala | CALICUT UNIVERSITY, CALICUTNIRF Rank : 71
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu | SRM University, ChennaiNIRF Rank : 73
St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu | Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, TirunelveliNIRF Rank : 74
V. O. Chidambaram College, Tuticorin
Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu | Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, TirunelveliNIRF Rank : 77
Lady Doak College, Madurai
Madurai | MKU,MaduraiNIRF Rank : 79
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh | UGCNIRF Rank : 89
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
Chennai | NAAC; UGCNIRF Rank : 95
IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala
jalandhar | UGC, AICTENIRF Rank : 96
Sri Meenakshi Government College for Women, Madurai
Madurai, Tamil Nadu | Madurai Kamaraj University, MaduraiNIRF Rank : 97
Muthurangam Govt. Arts College, Vellore
Vellore, Tamil Nadu | Thiruvalluvar University, VelloreNIRF Rank : 98
The Northcap University, Gurugram
Gurgaon, Haryana | BCI, NAAC, UGC, MHRD, AIUNIRF Rank : 117
YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad
Faridabad, Haryana | UGCNIRF Rank : 144
PES University, Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Karnataka | AICTE, NAAC, UGCNIRF Rank : 149
Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
Pune, Maharashtra | UGCNIRF Rank : 154
Narula Institute of Technology, Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal | Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, KolkataNIRF Rank : 160
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad
Faridabad, Haryana | Manav Rachna International University, FaridabadNIRF Rank : 164
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They begin their careers as an Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director following selection.
- After the experience of 3 to 4 years, they are promoted to executive engineer, director, or work manager. Finally, after completing 8 years of services, they become deputy general managers or joint directors.
- After earning over 13 years of experience, they can get promoted to the joint general manager or chief engineer of level 2.
- Twenty years of experience is sufficient to advance to chief engineer or additional general manager.
- Providing 30 years of services to India's government will enable them to be at the position of senior general manager or engineer-in-chief.
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