I want to take up my career in IFS

I am a student of Class 10. I want to take up my career in IFS. Which subject should I opt for in Class 11?

An Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer represents the country on international territory. This service is very different from other services because it deals with diplomacy, trade and cultural relations. One of the primary goals of the service is to frame foreign policies and management of Indian missions abroad.

Entry to the IFS is through the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC. The examination consists of three levels: Preliminary Examination (two papers of multiple-choice questions), Main Examination (nine papers of essay type questions) and an Interview. This is truly an intense competitive examination and requires at least one year of dedicated preparation.

The basic eligibility for appearing is graduation in any stream. So you can choose any stream in Class 11. You have to be proficient in English as the questions are set and to be answered only in English. To make your base strong, you can start working on your English by practising comprehensions, essays, precis and vocabulary exercises from any standard grammar/Civil Services examination handbook.

Start reading at least two good magazines and two that deal with Indian and affairs, political, economic and business issues, and other current events, thoroughly.

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I aim to join the Indian Foreign Service in the future.

I’m a student of Std XI in the Humanities stream. I aim to join the Indian Foreign Service in the future. I’d like to know about the courses and colleges that I should go in for in order to pursue the same. I’m average in academics with an average percentage that ranges between 85 to 90%. My dream college continues to be St Stephen’s College, DU. But considering my percentage, I guess that is an option I shouldn’t be thinking of right now. In my understanding, an excellent college/university is mandatory to get into the field. Please guide.

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers are recruited through the combines Civil Services Examination administrated by the Union Public Service Commission. This examination has three stages – a preliminary exam, a main exam, and an interview – and is known for being extremely challenging. The entire selection process lasts 15 to 20 months.

Entry into the IFS is considered very difficult; the most applicants rank it and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) as their top choices because of the high prestige, salary, and benefits that come with such positions. Eligibility is graduation (any stream) from any recognized college. So it is not about the college, rather about succeeding in this examination, which requires thorough preparation.


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