Indian Foreign Service Rank in UPSC

The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is a coveted service in the UPSC civil services. Entry into the IFS is your window to a career in the foreign service. You can be a diplomat representing India in various other countries and international arenas, and even rise to be an ambassador of the country. However, it is not easy to get into this service. Just clearing the civil services exam is not enough for this service as you require a high rank here. On top of that, there are very few vacancies for the IFS each year. On average, only about 35 successful candidates are chosen for the Indian Foreign Service. This article tries to throw some light on the last rank needed for the IFS in the UPSC exam.

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi, who secured the all India rank of 2 in the UPSC civil services exam 2016 had opted for the IFS instead of the IAS. So, what rank should you secure in the UPSC exam to get selected for the foreign service? We give you a table that showcases the last rank secured by candidates for the IFS across all categories.

Indian Foreign Service – Category-Wise Last Rank to get IFS

The table below mentions the last rank of candidates from 2007 to 2018. Marks of a few last ranks are also given:

Year General OBC SC ST
Rank Marks Rank Marks Rank Marks Rank Marks
2018 134 1011 450 968 468 965 603 942
2017 152 1042 602 996 717 982 616 995
2016 208 1021 615 988 740 970 922 954
2015 157 917 624 870 727 852
2014 114 950 567 898 756 880 926 858
2013 141 830 448 793 621 780 824 756
2012 134 1006 328 966 659 936
2011 162 360 571 620
2010 140 283 514 676
2009 108 285 246 570
2008 103 257 417 586
2007 92 150 321 347

Next, we give you another table which shows the number of vacancies in the foreign service as given by the UPSC:

Year No. of Vacancies
General OBC SC ST Total
2019 24
2018 30
2017 44
2016 45
2015 25 13 7 45
2014 16 8 5 3 32
2013 17 9 4 2 32
2012 16 9 5 30
2011 23 9 5 3 40
2010 18 8 3 6 35

As you can see there are very few vacancies for the Indian Foreign Service as compared to the other services. So, you need a good rank to be eligible for selection into this service.

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