The Civil Service Examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is on of India‘s prestigious and not surprisingly one of the toughest examinations. Aspirants who clear all three stages of this exam (Prelims, Mains and Interview) can become Civil Servants by joining the IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS or 20 other services.

Indian Foreign Service :

It was decided in September 1946 to create a service called The Indian Foreign service for India’s diplomatic, consular and commercial representation overseas. The Foreign and Political Department of the British India Government was transformed into the Ministry of External Affairs (cadre controlling authority of IFS) in 1947 and the first batch of the IFS was recruited in 1948.
The essence of the IFS can essentially be captured in 3 words- strategizing, positioning and liasing.
The roles and responsibilities of an IFS officer are as follows:
• Promotion of India’s economic and commercial interests such as exports to various countries, foreign investment in India and industrial and technical cooperation with various countries and global private firms.
• Constantly monitor and evaluate the developing circumstances in host nations and report it to the Ministry of External Affairs.
• IFS officers ensure security of the rights of Indian nationals, help them in settling their disputes, manage repatriation of downtrodden Indians and keep up contact with and give advice to Indian nationals who have been detained for infringement of local laws.
• Close participation and consultation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) promoting India and its culture and heritage to foreign nationals and people of Indian origin.