Indian Foreign Service to Expand India’s Footprint: Jaishankar on IFS Day

The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) will grow more and more in the coming years and help advance India’s interests in the world, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar said on Sunday as he greeted members of the Foreign Service on IFS Day 2022.

“Greetings to members of the Indian Foreign Service on #IFS Day 2022. In a rapidly changing world, they strive every day to advance India’s interests, expand our footprint and improve our position,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The minister said the service’s people-centered perspective is widely evident, at home and abroad. “The splendid manner in which he met the challenges of Operation Ganga has been recognized by the entire nation,” he said in another tweet.

The Foreign Minister expressed confidence that the IFS will grow in the coming years and reflect a new and confident India.

“Convinced that IFS will grow more and more in the years to come. It will reflect a new and confident India even as it helps to achieve our national goals for 2047,” he said.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), the origin of the Indian Foreign Service can be traced back to British rule when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established to do business with the “European foreign powers”.

Known thereafter as the “Indian Department of Foreign Affairs”, it continued to expand diplomatic representation, wherever necessary, to protect British interests, the MEA said.

In September 1946, on the eve of India’s independence, the Indian government decided to establish a service called Indian Foreign Service for the diplomatic, consular and commercial representation of India abroad.

In 1947 there was an almost seamless transformation of the Foreign and Political Department of the Government of British India into what later became the new Department of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations and in 1948 the first group recruited under the Union’s Combined Civil Service Examination System. The Civil Service Commission joined the service.

This entry system has remained the basic mode of entry into IFS to this day.

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