DIPLOMAT / IFS

DIPLOMAT/IFS

 

A BRIEF INTRO

An IFS officer works in several spheres like protecting and projecting national interests in bi-national economic and political cooperation, trade promotion, culture links, media relations, as also multilateral issues, domestic as well as overseas

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

Average day of an under-secretary for country X:

9-9:30 am: Scrutinize mail and country X’s media. Meeting with the JS

11:30 am: Prepare response to a correspondence from country X’s embassy. Prepare for the visit of a delegation from X

1 pm: Lunch

2 pm: Summarise reports from the Indian embassy in X

4 pm: Meeting with X embassy officials

SALARY STRUCTURE

The grade pay at the New Entrant (as third secretary) is Rs. 5,400 per month. Basic pay doesn’t change for up to the seventh year of service but the FA shoots up. FA ranges from US$3,500 per month at most stations. The foreign secretary’s pay is fixed at Rs. 80,000 per month plus DA. You also receive dearness allowance, 100 per cent medical cover and HRA and other allowances

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Good communication and iner-personal DESIRED QUALITIES
  • Interest in and knowledge of world affairs and your country’s politics, culture and economy.
  • Analytical DESIRED QUALITIES
  • Decision-making ability
  • Leadership quality
  • Physical stamina and poise
  • Ability to adapt to different environments

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Entry to the IFS is through the Union Puplic Service Commission’s Civil Services Examinationination, open to graduates in any discipline. The examination includes a written preliminary test and a Main examination, followed by an interview. For more details, scrutinize upsc.gov.in

RELATED WEBSITES

  • You need a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized Indian university, or equipment. More at upsc.gov.in

PROS AND CONS

  • Represent your country and work to achieve national objectives
  • International travel and work
  • Enjoy diplomatic immunity
  • On foreign posting, you may have to leave your family behind
  • Insular service – there’s not much public dealing at the HQ
  • The work requires you to not always stick to the truth.

 

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