Indian Foreign Service Exam: Indian Foreign Service Exam is known as IFS in short and it’s not quite hard to become as it is described by the people and institutes.
Yes, do not read it twice, I am saying it is not as much as hard as it is believed, but it is also true that it is not quite easy that anyone can do it with normal preparations.
It depends on your mindset and willingness to become an IFS officer.
Many people go through about how to become IFS officer and as long as they start journey, their enthusiasm starts to get down slowly.
Everyone knows that he has to give the Indian foreign service exam to be presented as an IFS officer.
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Indian Foreign Service Exam – Overview
Becoming IFS officer consists of few steps, strategies, limitations and some regulation which we will explore here.
- How much Qualification needed
- When we can submit the Indian Foreign Service Exam form
- What are the Age Criteria
- How many times you can attempt for this exam
- How many percentage required for submitting the form
- What is the exam pattern
- How many stages exam
- How much Cut off
- How much you are paid after selection
- How to prepare for Indian Foreign Service Exam
These are some aspects in order to become IFS officer and to clear the exam of Indian Foreign Service.
Indian Foreign Service Exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
IFS comes under the section of UPSC and there are many other government posts and exams are included in it.
There are 24 more services exams which are conducted by UPSC.
Important Note: There is a common exam for IFS, IPS, and IAS
IFS officer is called Diplomats and Ambassador.
Question: What is the minimum Qualification required for IFS?
You must have minimum graduation to apply for Indian Foreign Service Exam and post.
It doesn’t matter in which stream and with which subject you have cleared the graduation.
The requirement is just Graduation.
If you are pursuing the last year or last semester, then also you can apply for this exam as well.
If you have completed BA, B.com, B.Sc, BBA, BCA, Engineering, Medical, or any graduation, you are eligible to apply for civil service exam.
When to Fill and Submit the Exam Form
It’s quite easy to fetch the details about the declaration of application form of any government exam.
The form of 2019 exams were declared in February, and generally, the form of these exams are published in February each year.
You will have apply online for this.
You are advised to take care while filling and submitting the form because there are very few repeat attempts.
This question confuses many, in fact almost all candidates before applying, right?
The age criteria for IFS is as below.
|Category||Age Criteria (Years)|
For Jammu or Kashmir Students, then the Age criteria for General Category: 21-37 years.
The Physically challenged students can apply till the age of 42 years.
For the Disabled candidates like blind, they can apply till the age of 37 years (General), 38 years (OBC), and 40 years (SC/ST).
How many times you can Attempt
This segments of IFS exam (Indian Foreign Service Exam) is also designed on the base of the Community Category and it is as below!
|Category||Numbers of Attempts|
The attempt is considered when you appear in the prelim exam, if you do not appear in the prelim after submitting the form, it will not considered as an attempt.
Selection Estimated Data
|Reach to Prelim||5,00,000 Candidates|
|Face the Interview||2,800 Candidates|
The above figures show how much and in which way you will have to do the preparations, right?
These figures are mentioned here for the awareness, not to demotivate you!
Exam Pattern of IFS
This exam is conducted in 3 Phases.
- Preliminary Exam
- Mains Exam
How to Fetch Syllabus
In the first paper, you will be asked the general knowledge questions like Current affairs, history related, Geography related, Constitution related etc…
Syllabus can be managed yourself as well.
You have to read the news papers regularly, focus on the current affairs, what is happening in the world in the different segments.
You also have to refresh the books of 8 to 12 standards.
Suggestion of Toppers
The toppers suggest you to get updates daily of Rajya-Sabha because from this source you get that legit content which will help you to crack the exam of civil service.
Prelims Cut off
The percentage cut off of this exam is structured on the base of category.
You have to obtain the marks out of 200 as below.
|Category||Marks to Obtain (out of 200)|
The candidate is asked which services he/she prefers while submitting the form. IAS, IFS and IPS come under All India Services and the rest are come under Central Service.
What is the Salary of IFS Officer
This is a very interesting question, right?
Well, it depends on under which segment you are working.
It also depends on your Ranking and interview.
The salary range is: 60k to 2.5 Lacs.
If you are transferred in foreign, then this figure gets a big hike 🙂