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 an 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 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.

UPSC rank wise post 2017

Service

Last Rank (General Category)

IFS

152

IAS

105

IPS

245

IRS (IT)

329

IRS (C&CE)

358

Table showing the last rank of candidates who got selected for the IFS:

Year

General

OBC

SC

ST

Rank

Marks

Rank

Marks

Rank

Marks

Rank

Marks

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

328

659

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

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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