Indian Foreign Services Papers


The foreign service of India is the functionary body of the career diplomats of India. The Indian Foreign Service forms a part of the Central Services under the Government of India. The administrative head of the Indian Foreign Service is the Foreign Secretary of India.

Selection Procedure:

The Union Public Service Commission selects the officials of the IFS through the Civil Services Examination which is a three stage combined selection process. This exam is considered to be extremely challenging. This exam is also meant to recruit officers for 20 other Group A services and 5 Group B services.

The first stage is the Civil Services Prelims. It consists of two objective exams of which one is the General Studies and the other one is a subject of the candidate’s choice from a list of subjects. The candidates have the liberty to choose from a list of forty subjects, which range from Medicine and Mechanical engineering ti Accountancy and Chinese Literature.  This stage has no part to play in trhe final rankings and is purely an eliminatory stage. For the next stage about 5000-6000 candidates are selected.

The second stage is even more exhaustive. It consists of nine papers. Among these nine two only are of qualifying nature. A candidate is required to choose two optional subjects. There are two General Studies papers and the optional papers are 2 in number with each of 300 marks. Then there is one essay paper which carries 200 marks.

The third stage is the Interview. Around 1200-1400 candidates clear the mains and are called for the third stage. The Civil Services Interview is of 300 marks. Before the interview all of the candidates are asked for their preference of services. Most of them choose IAS as their first preference and a few go for the Indian Foreign Services.





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76 Responses to “Indian Foreign Services Papers”

  1. 76

    Respected Sir,
    I am in class 11 now and i have chosen science stream. I’m very much interested to be a part of IFS. I’ve few questions regarding the same. Please provide me the necessary information regarding IFS preparation.
    I want to start preparation right from now on. How will i start preparing now ? Which subjects r necessary ? What are the books that i should refer to acquire knowledge ? What r the critria for applying for the IFS exam ? Please provide me with the umpteen suggestions for this. Thank you. Waiting for your kind reply hopefully.

  2. 75
    pawan bagra:

    Sir i know more information about indian foreign servise officer .What is requirment at qualification & process.i during B.Tech in mechanical engg. plz tell me more info.

  3. 74
    shyam mohan kumwar:

    i want to be came an i.a.f officer. But till now i am studing in class 10 .sir,i have question-is there a degree want for aaplying in the civil examination..and which subjects and book required for the examination?

  4. 73
    shyam mohan kumwar:

    i want to be came an i.a.f officer. But till now i am studing in class 10 .sir,i have question-is there a degree want for aaplying in the civil examination..and which subjects and book required for the examination..?

  5. 72

    sir, i am studing in 9th standard i am so much interested to become a ifs-indian foriegn service .i need to know what group i should talk in 11th std to become a ifs…………

  6. 71
    Surbhi Bhargava:

    i have just completed my i want to prepare for ifs ie indian foreign services. i have few queries regarding this:
    1) as i have done in EC, first am planning to do ies. is it so tht having good rank in ies can give you the post of ifs. or should i directly go for ifs.
    2) if i clear ies & got a govt. job, then is there any relaxation in no. of attempts and age limit.
    3) is the syllabus of ias & ifs is same.
    4) which subject should i choose for ifs as am from engineering background. (am good in maths ans want to learn french).
    waiting for your reply

  7. 70

    i want study corporate law so should i take arts or commerce

  8. 69

    Sir, i am from rural area i am very much interested in ifs service can u pls send me previous year long i have to prepared for this?

  9. 68
    Arijit Guha:

    i have completed my graduation in accountancy honors in the year 2012. How Can i apply for Indian Foreign Service examination? and what are best books that are required for preparing myself for the examination and is it necessary to take private tutorial classes for the exam? is there any proper ifs coaching center in Kolkata?

  10. 67

    what is the syllabus of indian foreign service exam ?

  11. 66
    Rohan Bhardwaj:

    I AM A STUDENT OF BA 1st year in delhi university can i apply for IFS.
    how can i apply for IFS.
    i want to know about the exam pattern of IFS .

  12. 65
    p s varma:

    My son ( MADHU) is joining in B.Tech FIRST year and Daughter ( SWATJI) completing final year B.Tech Mechanical Engineering INTU HYD,she is JNTU TOPPER also,my son was STATE TOPPER in SSC, i need to prepare them for IFS from now onwards,could you please send us your views on this at yur convenient time please on postal coaching and also on face to face coaching, I AM LECTURER nad i am from HYDERABAD

  13. 64
    how would i select the optional subject for ifs a i an doing btech from electrical branchi:

    Sir i am very confused in selecting the subject for ifs as i m doing btech from electrical branch.dont know much about the detail of optional subject.also want to how to improve englísh.suggest some bonk. For both.

  14. 63

    I want to know that what is the requirement to become an IFS(foreign service) officer After and how much fees for the examination.also i want to know what are the best books required for the preparations. is there any proper ifs coaching centre in Madhya pardesh……….?

  15. 62

    does an ifs officer can have a meeting in UN organisation if neccesary ?

  16. 61
    janak priyani:

    i hav passed my sr sec xam n now want to go for ias/irs or indian foreign services..pls if u can advice particular subjects n gud colleges in rajasthan and delhi fr the above services

  17. 60
    Vishal oza:

    Hi i have just complete my 12 th exams and want to know the detail of an INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE

    plz help me

  18. 59

    I m in 10 th and i wanna be an IFS (foreign service) officer . i want to know what are the qualifying criteria for clearing the exams and what are the necessary study materials . also i want to know what are the best books required for the preparations of the above mentioned.

  19. 58
    sandipan ghosh:

    is there any proper ifs coaching centre in west bengal?

  20. 57

    I have done M.Sc. biotech.. i want to become an IFS officer.. please suggedst me.. what can i do..

  21. 56

    i am now in 3rd year of my b-tech, computer science and engineering.i want to know which optional subjects will be scoring to select.and also tell me about the books n references i have to prioritize in allocating thee time….

  22. 55

    i am study now in 2nd year.BSc.agriculture.what can i refers the books & notes for IFS.what is your opinians for i have study in through by the classes or self study.plz reply me.Thanking You.”

  23. 54
    rachit marodia:

    i m a class 9th stuident and wanted to do the Indian Foreign Service studies please guide me what is the study / course material and what should be my subjects of study. can it be accountancy, business orginazation, economice etc. I want to do the job only for foreign service.plz quide me.



  24. 53

    hey,i’m a class 9th student and want to start preparing for Indian Foreign Services examination, i need the entire detailed syllabus for ifs..,certain criteria and last year examination papers along with answers..and the interview questions…,definately i also need ur guidance so dat in future i would be able to clear ifs examination..

  25. 52

    i am preparing for aieee and i want to know about best college after 20,000 rank in it .

  26. 51
    Amanda Viegas:

    hey this is Amanda here from Mangalore. I am pursuing my Masters in English Literature . Im in my final yr now and planning to take up IFS exam . i need to know in detail everything about the course. since im a little confused as to what to do next.

  27. 50

    what studies are required for indian foreign service and for the exams ?

  28. 49

    what are subject there in Indian foreign service?

  29. 48
    mitali chaturvedi:

    i want question papers related to indian foreign services exam

  30. 47

    i am a BE(electrical and electronics) graduate. i want to become an IFS officer . please tell how i have to start preparing for it and also guide me with syllabus and best coaching classes in Mysore.

  31. 46

    Am studying BSc 2 , i want to start preparing for IFS , please guide me with syllabus and best coaching classes in bangalore or within karnataka state

  32. 45
    somia jain:

    right nw i m in class 11 n wanted to start preparin 4 IFS officer(foreign services)….wat should i do i m realy confu*9sed

  33. 44
    akshay kumar:

    sir iam in my first year of b tech and i want to an IFS officer(foreign services). plz tell how should i start preparation for it??? Am i suppossed to go tyhrough IAS coaching or i hav to go for seperate coaching for IFS???

  34. 43

    i am presentli in class 11 an want 2 start preparin for IFS studies .. wat wud be a gud for me right now..??? i am relli confused ..

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  36. 41

    want to know the papper pattern,and much more about the ifs exam…… there any monthly brochures published,by which we can get more info..

  37. 40
    yousuf vallil:

    eligibility criteria for indian foreign service exam and let us know humanity/economics graduate are eligible for the exam?

  38. 39

    sir i wanaa ask that the exams of indian forest services and ias are taken separately

  39. 38

    i am pursuing my graduation in german honours so can i apply for the IAS Exam through this

  40. 37
    niraj chawhan:

    sir please give the information for interview question and how to prepare for it?

  41. 36
    Priya jain:

    hey,wanna earn d full information about IFS… its scope D earnings,everything about preparation..let me tell u dat m in 1st year,want 2 start preparations 4rom now on.also guide mehow 2 prepare 4 it

  42. 35
    neeraj pal:

    I am doing Btech .i want to be a detective.please guide me kya i enter in this field through btech..? Please tell me about qualification for ifs.

  43. 34
    Supriya Ghosh:

    Hello sir,
    Last year i completed my graduation. I like to apply for
    Indian Foreign Service exam.please provide me the details of the exam & the syllabus of the exam also.

  44. 33
    Harpreet Singh:

    I am in final year of my graduation and i am pursuing BBA . I am looking forward for Indian Foreign Services, please update me with the details, so that i can proceed further.

  45. 32

    I have completed my and I like to apply for indian foreign service exam, please provide me the details

  46. 31

    what is the age to write the IFS exam

  47. 30

    sir could you please tell me what is the difference between indian forest services and indian foreign services. and how to get job as a indian foreign officer in embassy what the requirement is needed and what are the qualifications. i will be very thankful to you.
    when ever i seach about i.f.s. sometime it tell about indian foreign services which is connected to upsc and if i try to download paper it show only for indian forest services which is connected to upsc. please help me i will be very very thanksful you

  48. 29

    hello sir,
    i have decided to attempt m.p.s.c so is it possible to attempt i.f.s after m.p.s.c.

  49. 28
    Azam, Delhi:

    I have B. A. in Foreign Language (Arabic) as well as Pol. Science, now i wanna Indian Foreign Service, So plz let me know if i am educationally eligible for the same or not ?

  50. 27
    Bhaskar Dubey:

    I m a student of computer engineering can i fill indian foreign service form and for this which subject should study

  51. 26

    sir i have complited now i wana indian foreign service .so plese tell me about this.

  52. 25
    Abhinit singh:

    Hello sir ,
    I have qualified and now i want to do I.f.s but my favourite subject is geography and plese sow me the right way
    and tel me that what subject may be suitable for me .
    i will wait for your answer thanks.

  53. 24

    Respected Sir
    iam a student of iiit basar in andhrapradesh. my goal in life is to become an I.f.S officer. i request you to provide what are the subjects to study and how to approach the exam.

    thank you sir
    yours obediently

  54. 23
    Madhumita Sengar:

    Hi, I am willing to try for IAS, IPS, SSC and IFS. I’ve completed my graduation with 55% in 2008. I also have one year experience in Infosys BPO Limited. Are the Civil services exams, UPSC, alredy over for this year? Could you please let me know where to seek information from. The sites don’t seem to be updated.

    Thank You!!

  55. 22

    can you provide me with the list of subjects to choose from for the second stage of the exam….??
    how many subjects do we have to appear in total for clearing the second stage…???

  56. 21

    my name is hasin manzer in china studying international economy and trade and also doing chinese language.i am the first year student.i want to go for indian foreign services and i do not know any thing things abot please let me know and also what should i do what would be best for me

  57. 20

    i want the full information about the indian foreign service
    exam ,how can i prepare for exam

  58. 19

    how to apply for IFS?

  59. 18

    dear sir,
    i am doing b.architecture last year and want to apply for can you please give me some information about it.

  60. 17
    yogesh meena:

    Dear sir/madam,
    actually i’m doing B.Tech from mechanical branch 3rd year and want to apply for civil service i.e, IFS and related services. so can you please do this favour of providing the guidelines about the procedure and about the syllabus it covers. Your fast response can help me a lot.
    Thanking you.

  61. 16
    yogesh meena:

    actually i’m doing B.Tech from mechanical branch 3rd year and want to apply for civil service i.e, IFS and related services. so can you please do this favour of providing the guidelines about the procedure and about the syllabus it covers. Your fast response can help me a lot.
    Thanking you.

  62. 15
    abhishek rai:

    sir m just about to cmplete my graduation and now lookin to appear in preliminary exam of indian foreign service sir please tll hw cn i appear in its preliminary xam??

  63. 14
    Manoj Rajput:

    Q. I am in class 10. I want be a IPS Offiser so i have qst. My Q. is How i prepare IPS Requirements and Preaparing?

  64. 13
    supriya ghosh:

    After passing the graduation , I’m continuing my study at DOEACC-A level. i have keen interest about the study of IFS (Indian foreign service )
    So, how could i preapared myself . Plz.tell me . I also want to know about study material . Eligibility , etc .

  65. 12

    I am in b com previous yr i want to give upsc exam .
    what are the subjects i have to choose?

  66. 11


  67. 10

    urgently send IFS prelimary papper

  68. 9

    Dear sir/madam,
    I am a 2nd P.U.C student. I have chosen the commerce stream. I am very passionate about the Indian foreign services. What should I do to prepare for the civil services now itself?

  69. 8

    what are mainly the subjects for the enterance examination of IFS?I am really keen to give the enterance examination.
    please explain me the whole procedure.
    I am a 12 class student and will be appearing for my C.B.S.E Boards.

  70. 7
    swati shikha:

    i want to know that how can i aaply for the civil service examination…? does the rank wise analysis decides that in which service i can go for…?
    are the papers for IFS,IAS and others are same and the same syllabus come for all the respective examination…?
    where are the best preparation centers in Delhi for this..?
    please reply soon…

  71. 6

    how will i apply for Foreign services?
    will i need to learn a foerign language for it?
    what is the syllabus for it?
    whre did the exam held?
    where are the best preparation centers in Maharashtra?
    i was born in the year jan when i am supposed to give exam?

  72. 5

    how will i apply for IFS exam?
    what is the syllabus?
    what is the qualification?
    where did the exam held?

  73. 4
    Kushal Shrimnakar:

    how will i apply for IFS exam?
    what is the syllabus?
    what is the qualification?
    where did the exam held?

    I am going to appear for 12th boards, CBSE.I am planning to go for future cader of ifs…So let me know how to appear.??

  74. 3
    Kushal Shrimankar:

    I want to know what is the syllabus for IFS exam?
    What is the qualifications?
    Where is the exam held?
    How to prepare for IFS?

  75. 2

    how will i apply for IFS exam?
    what is the syllabus?
    what is the qualification?
    where did the exam held?

  76. 1
    vivek jain:

    plz give me requermet for this exam