Indian Foreign Service: Recruitment, Training, Cadre Allocation

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Indian Foreign Service 

In this blog, we are going to show the details of Indian Foreign Service Selection, training, Career and many more…

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Indian Foreign Service Recruitment

Ministry of External Affairs

UPSC has a responsibility to choose officers for Indian Foreign Service. After completing the civil service exam, UPSC chooses 8 to 12 candidates every year for foreign service. Indian Foreign services recruitment is same as IAS or IPS. A candidate can choose either IAS or IPS or IFS. Mostly, Ranking impacts anyone selection. If anyone gets rank under 150 in civil service exam then, the chance is high to get IFS.

Indian Foreign Service Training

Indian Foreign Service Officer training duration is 3 years. The training transforms a common person into IFS officers. The interesting fact is that IFS officer trainees get around one-year training in India. The other two years, they get training either abroad or other Foreign offices or attached department. They have to complete training under those titles.

  • Foundation Course 15 weeks
  • Induction Training programme 9 to 12 month
  • Attachments with Foreign Ministry
  • Language Training

Let’s have a brief study of all training programme

Foundation Course

LBSNAA

After completing the selection process. All IFS trainees have to report at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNNA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. It is the first step of IFS training. As you know this is the common training phase for All India services. the duration of this phase is three months. In this phase, IAS, IPS and IFS get training together. The object of this training is that Officers must learn the fundamental value of administration and develop esprit de corps.

Induction Training Program 

Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service

After completing the foundation course successfully, All IFS trainees move from LBSNAA to Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service in New Delhi. This training phase is very comprehensive. This training period duration is 9 to 12 month. The purpose of this training to prepare an IFS for the challenges of IFS services. This training comprises of …

Orientation Phase

The duration of this phase is 2-week. In this phase, Indian Foreign Service Officer trainees interactive with Ministers and secretaries. In this training, they learn about the administration of the Ministry of External Affairs, protocols, rules of the financial accounts of the Ministry.

Phase-1

This phase duration is 8-week. In this phase, Officer trainees learn India’s political and strategic diplomacy. This phase content is defence diplomacy, basics of bilateral & multilateral relations, foreign policy, rules related to visa or passport, diaspora matters. Experts teach them diplomatic skills focusing on improving communication skills, persuasion skills, negotiation skills, analytical skills, problem-solving and decision making skills, and critical & strategic thinking.

Phase-2

This training phase is also 8-week. In this phase, Officer trainees learn economic-commercial diplomacy, soft power projection, protocol issues, etc. The content of phase-2 is India’s trade, investment, tourism facilitation and promotion, trade agreements, cybersecurity, Mission security, international law, cultural diplomacy, appreciation of art forms, personality development, etc.

Along with classroom programme, they learn social skills, media (including social media) skills, public speaking skills, event management, crisis management, and written communication skills.

Other Activities

A Foreign Officer has a dynamic personality and a broad area to work. While training programme an IFS officer trainee has to take part in many curriculum activities Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Annual sports meet, Photography competition, Quiz competition, Cultural programmes, Appreciation of world cinema, and mentoring.

A shot attached programme also part of induction training. The officer trainees are attached with Army, Air-force, Navy, ROW, State services, Bharat Darshan, protocol attachments, etc.

Attachments with Foreign Ministry

Professional Training is over, Now it is time to learn some practical work. In this training phase, Officer trainees are attached to Indian foreign ministry. While this training, they are deployed in the ministry. Senior IFS officers supervise them about ministry work cultures. A part of this training, there is a foreign tour, where they get practical diplomatic training. An under trainee officer get the post of the third secretary.

Language Training

We know well, Many languages are spoken all the words. Foreign relation is based on good communications. IFS trainees have to complete language training before being a part of the Indian High Commission. They are assigned with compulsory language training. They have to learn any foreign language such as French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Russian, Spanish or others.

Indian Foreign Officers Cadre Allocated

Indian Foreign Service cadres are totally different than IPS or IAS. The Ministry of External Affairs allocates cadre to IFS officers. There is one major cadre IFS (A). The major cadres have two sub cadres, first IFS (B) General and second IFS (B) Stenographer. The Ministry of External Affairs does not appoint any officer to IFA (A) cadre directly. The officer is promoted from IFS (B) General to IFS (A) cadre. After completing the training, an IFS officer is allocated IFS (B) General Cadre and appointed as Second Secretary.

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