Career as Indian Foreign Service

Job Profile

Career as Indian Foreign Service

IFS officers on foreign assignments

  • Represent India in various countries and international organizations and protect India’s interests, both at home and abroad on a wide variety of issues related to trade and investment, bilateral economic and political cooperation, cultural appreciation and interaction, media relations etc.
  • Monitor closely and assess the emerging situation in the host country and country of concurrent accreditation and carry out detailed discussion, negotiations and diplomacy to promote India’s strategic interests
  • Report all matters which may influence policy formulation and also the views of the host country
  • Promote India’s commercial and economic interests as well as Indian exports, industrial collaboration, trade events and fairs
  • Protect national interests and develop and promote friendly relations with the state and its people
  • Provide consular facilities for non-resident Indians and foreigners staying in the country
  • Liaison with media to manage relations in multilateral, domestic and international affairs
  • Represent the country in permanent missions, multilateral organizations like the United Nations

IFS Officers on Home Posting

  • Deal with bilateral political and economic issues specific to a region
  • Frame and implement policies, which govern India’s relations with other countries
  • Are responsible for managing international diplomatic protocol when foreign dignitaries visit India
  • Oversee activities of multilateral and regional organizations
  • Handle legal disputes, protocol issues, interactions with the diaspora, press and publicity, administration etc.
Skills required
  • Diplomatic acumen
  • Leadership skills
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Strong feeling of nationalism
  • Decision-making ability
  • Balance and poise
  • Statesman like demeanor
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Good understanding of international affairs
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to adjust in different cultures

Employment Opportunities

  • Embassies
  • High Commissions
  • Consulates
  • Permanent Missions
  • Multilateral organizations like UN
  • Ministry of External Affairs


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