Indian Foreign Service Exam 2018

UPSC INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE (IFS) EXAM 2018

The Indian Foreign Service Exam [IFS] is a Central Service in Group A and the premier diplomatic service of our country. The Indian Foreign Service deals with the country’s external affairs, including cultural relations, diplomacy and trade. It is liable to the administration and activities of Indian missions abroad, and to the framing and implementation of the Government’s foreign policy.

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Indian Foreign Service Exam 2018 Dates

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Event Name   Dates
Notification date Of Indian Foreign Service Exam   Feb – 2018
Last Date to Submit Exam form  Mar – 2018
Examination date of Indian Foreign Service Exam  Aug – 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Indian Foreign Service offers enormous acknowledgement to different political, social, ethnic and cultural domain world over. An IFS officer is liable to be posted in more than 180 odd Indian Delegations and Missions abroad. They can also be assigned to institutions like United Nations, UNESCO, World Bank, SAARC, etc. Back home, they can be posted in various parts of the country as Passport and Visa Officers.

Along with IAS and other civil services exams, IFS is one the best opportunity for the toppers at the civil services exams. With limited vacancies, IFS is also difficult as this service grips a lot of assurances, commitments, promises and glamour.
INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM 2018

Exam Date
Date of preliminary examination 18th June 2018
Date of the main examination 28th October 2018

 

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM NOTIFICATION

The UPSC Indian Foreign Service Exam 2018 notifications will be updated soon.

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM APPLICATION FORM

The interested Candidates may directly apply for the exam by visiting IFS . All the required information should be provided with utmost loyalty.

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM ELIGIBILITY

The eligibility criteria for the IFS exam is the same as for other civil services. Once the candidate clears the civil services and as per his rank he/she gets an allotment to the Indian Foreign Service, and he/she has to go through specified training.

Age and number of attempts as per the effects from 2018

CATEGORY MINIMUM AGE MAXIMUM AGE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS
SC/ST 21 37 UNLIMITED
OBC 21 35 9
GENERAL 21 32 6
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED SC/ST 21 47 UNLIMITED
PHICALLY HANDICAPPED OBC 21 45 9
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED GENERAL 21 42 9

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Candidate should hold a degree from any of the recognised universities or must have an equivalent qualification.

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM SYLLABUS

Paper I:

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation
  • General Science.

Paper II:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including Communication Skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)

MAIN EXAM:

Paper – Any Indian Language:

  • For this examination, candidates have to choose one language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.
  • This exam is not compulsory for applicants hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Paper-B English:

  • This paper is conducted to test the eligibility of aspirants and to check skills of aspirants in English and Indian Language concerned.
  • Aspirants are selected on basis of some facts like how they understand these languages and how they express their ideas clearly and correctly.
  • The pattern of questions would be generally as follows:-

1) Comprehension of given passages

2) Precise Writing

3) Usage and vocabulary

Paper 1- Essay:

  • Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics.
  • They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper 2– General Studies 1:

Indian Heritage/ Culture, World History & Geography:

  • Indian culture will cover the main feature of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from olden to present times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and restructuring within the country
  • History of the world will include events from 18th Century.
  • Salient Features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • The role of women and women’s organisation.
  • Effects of globalisation on Indian Society
  • Social Empowerment
  • Salient Features of world’s Physical Geography
  • Distribution of Key Natural Resources Across the world
  • Important Geographical Phenomena
  • India and its neighbourhoods-relations
  • Bilateral, Regional and global groupings
  • Effects of policies
  • Important international institutions etc

Paper 3– General Studies 2:

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations:

  • Functions and duties of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and for- their structure, mandate.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government Policies and interventions for development in various sectors
  • Development process and the development industry
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable section of the population by centre and states.
  • Issue relating to development
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  • Important aspects of Governance
  • Role of Civil Services in a democracy
  • Role of external state
  • Challenges of internal security through communications networks
  • Security challenges
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate etc

Paper 4- General Studies 3:

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management:

  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organised crime with terrorism.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilisation of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of Liberalisation on the economy
  • Infrastructure: Energy, ports, roads etc
  • Investment models
  • Science and technology
  • Achievements of Indian in Science and technology
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers etc.
  • Conversation, environmental pollution and degradation.
  • Disaster and Disaster Management
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism etc

Paper 5– General Studies 4:

Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude:

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Emotional intelligence concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of  Public Service
  • Case studies on Above Issues etc

Paper 6 & 7 Optional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice):

Applicants can choose any optional from the subjects, which are giving.

List of Optional Subjects for Main Examination

S.No. Topics
1. Chemisry
2. Electrical Engineering
3. Physics
4. Agriculture
5. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
6. Anthropology
7. Botany
8. Civil Engineering
9. Commerce and Accountancy
10. Economics
11. Geography
12. Geology
13. History
14. Law
15. Management
16. Mathematics
17. Mechanical Engineering
18. Medical Science
19. Philosophy
20. Political Science and International Relations
21. Psychology
22. Public Administration
23. Sociology
24. Statistics
25. Zoology
26. Literature

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM PATTERN

  • The Prelims Examination is an Objective type of Examination with Multiple Choice Questions(the candidate has to choose an option from the given options for that question).
  • This examination consists of two papers namely Paper I and Paper II.
  • The Paper I contains 200 marks and Paper II also contains 200 marks.
  • The Duration for Paper I is 2 hours as well as Paper II is also 2 hours.
Paper No. Duration Max Marks
General Studies 1 2 hours 200
General Studies 2 2 hours 200
  • The Mains Examination is a written Examination.
  • It consists of 9 Papers out of which 2 are Qualifying in nature namely Paper A and Paper B; remaining 7 papers which are namely Paper I to Paper VII which is based on Ranking.
  • The Questions will be available in Hindi as well as English in the Question Papers.

Interview Test:

Contenders, who have declared qualified in UPSC Preliminary or Mains examination, are called to attend interview rounds. It is the final round to select an application for particular posts and the interview session will be of 275 marks.

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM CUT OFF

The cut off as per the 2015 exam is mentioned below:

Category Cut off (out of 2025)
ST 801
SC 810
OBC 834
GENERAL 877
PH1/2 802/830
PH3 697

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE SALARY

The current pay scale of various IFS officers who are posted in foreign missions abroad:

GRADE POSTED AS BASIC SCALE (MONTHLY)
Junior Time Scale Under Secretary Rs. 8000 – Rs. 14000
Senior Time Scale Under Secretary Rs. 10700 – Rs. 16000
Junior Administrative Scale Deputy Secretary Rs. 12800 – Rs. 17000
Selection Grade Counsellor Director Rs. 15100 – Rs. 18500
Senior Administrative Scale Joint Secretary Rs. 18500 – Rs. 22500
High Commissioner / Ambassador Foreign Secretary Rs. 26000 (Fixed)

With all the perks and allowances, the salary of a junior IFS officer comes to around Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 70,000 per month.

 

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6 thoughts on “Indian Foreign Service Exam 2018

  • January 9, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    Sr. I want job in any gcc( Arab ) country. Saudi Arabia.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    What’s the difference in the syllabus for IAS exam and Indian Foreign Services exams?

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    • January 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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      Can a person try for both IAS and IFS exam during the same year

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  • September 4, 2017 at 10:37 am
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    is upsc and ifs are same exams ?

    how to collect qualifying indian language paper ?

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    • September 8, 2017 at 8:23 am
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      UPSC Conduct IFS exam. UPSC is a exam conducting authority.

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