WHY IFS?

  • seema

    I select ifs as my 1st priority because i want to represent india at international level. I dont have sports quality which help me in fullfilling my dream. And ifs is the best option for this. And i want to change world’s negative preceptions towards india, i want to contribute in this field as much as possible.
    Second is i want experience the all meeting such COPs.etc because till now heard them only on television and read in newspaper.

    • van

      BOARD:myself
      s miss seema ……good to hear….
      Q)how do u say the world have – ve impression on india?are u a pessimist
      Q)further if at all u wish to change -ve perception ,u need to work from with in the system, am i right?
      Q)u think ifs is just for experiencing cops and other conference?
      Q)what do u get by representing india , and by the by what nation gets out of u?
      Q)fulfilling your dreams ……..what dreams?so if some other option provide u to fulfill your dreams ,whether you would swap from ifs?
      Q)sports quality ….what do u mean?
      Q)now a days cops have allowed corporates to be a party too…….what is your opinion ?

      • seema

        Thanks van.
        Well i know my answer is not up to mark but i really dont know how to answere this..because what i write here is actually what i m feeling for ifs..
        Plz give me your valuable advise in this regard. πŸ™‚

    • sreejith S

      Hi seema.
      I would suggest that let us not show ourselves in a poor light. For example, you can avoid the statement of you not being good at sport and hence IFS as a means to an end. Again, the negative perception on India. Also, just experiencing those meetings could be replaced by being a part of the negotiations to change the world. It makes a more serious statement.
      Just my personal opinions.
      All the best

  • seema

    And your cross ques are amazing.. I have to think on these before answering them..

    • van

      seema …..good that u have tried it ………..
      me too not an expert .seema ……
      further its easy to ask questions …….which i have been doing through my college days ………me too wish opt for ifs ….but not this time ………….well if u could post your ans here ,……hope ..i could further shoot out questions …………. in that way even i could critically think of situation…….u too get benefitted ……and seeing this …even many could benefitted……..win win for every body…..
      i have started to read the book “the ambassador s club” -by krishna v rajan ……..-its is good – it changed my perception about ifs ………….(particulary its about experiences several of our seniors in various countries………)………..
      why prefer this service==>one could say
      1)i love diversity ….this service depicting diversity at large scale……so…..
      2)curious to know about differnt cultures ,different religion…….
      3)importance of ifs==>bec it is the service which allows even the much coveted ias ,ips …..to administer the area ……..case of our pok(where diplomatic solution is and should only be feasible -for the benefit of all ……..)…in that way i call ifs =mother of all service…….
      further if could get to buy any material …..where in experiences of several candidates in interview………….is depicted …….then would be useful ………..just a suggestion………..hope so in time to come our guruji(vinay sir )will show the way/……….all the best seema

      • to my view ifs is all about “getting a good deal” …to the ……benefit of india
        in that case even if we have hundreds of negatives …….we should always project our advantage ……..culture……diversity……

      • seema

        Van
        Thank you.
        And i will surely put my ans. On this site.. Plz reveiw them with your valuable advise.
        Thanks for the book’s name.

        • van

          welcome seema…please carry on

      • dv

        van,yours is a meaningful and crisp answer…

        • dv

          nice discussion going on here..go ahead all of you

          • van

            thanks dv …………. looking for every ones involvement……..

  • seema

    Van
    My ans. To your quetions are as follows:
    1. I m not pessimist but practical while saying this.. Generally people think that india as poor countary, illeteracy and bed condition of women. Hence i want to change it as much as possible by me.
    2. Yes, i work towards it from within the system because,To fullfil some responsibility we need authority.
    3. No i dont think so but it is my personal desire to attend them, to learn the practical aspects and the grassroot level of planning. It become a new experience for me.
    4. As i said my dream is to repreasent india and make india proud.
    I have good perssuance power hence it gives me way to creat social influance, hence it help in maintaining good relation between india and other countries.
    5. No i will never swap from ifs because now it become a passion for me and i will enjoy working as ifs. And for me job satisfaction is more important.
    6. From sports quality i mean that i m not expert in any sports or game which help me to play for india.
    7. Accroding to me it is a good step, this because now adays corporates plays significant role in politics, environmental issues, financially. There presence is necessary in cps and international meeting.

    • van

      wrt 7 th …….it is a good move …..from this dimension…..
      ===>corporates with huge money power………usually have greater lobbying power(at the back stage) ,,,,,which they have been so……….which will continue in the future………under such condition bringing them to stage and pressurize them to have deals across the table formalLy……..is the best eg of MANIPULATIVE DIPLOMATIC ABILITY…….

  • van

    take these seema
    Q)do u think ifs personnel are relevant to be called as civil/public “servants”?
    Q)what special attributes does the personnel in ifs makes him/her different from other services?and do u have any of them………
    Q1)when hundreds of officers (ias,ips …..)working from with in the system ……struggling to improve perception……how an ifs girl could change the perception………mention the ways…………
    Q)does ifs has to do with any grass root planning …………..if any thing of that sort …..mention how?
    Q)if i say corporates entering the governing dimension is the cause of all ills ……….will u agree with with my stand?
    Q)”world is turning out into a flat screen”(pardon me for not using the exact words-van)-said by who- as well mention the context
    Q)whether u r an expert or not,(like it or not)……i say sports is becoming an important tool of diplomatic relations………explain how……………..Has india had from any benefit of them…..if so mention the event
    Q)gauge the importance of ifs in the globalized era
    Q)what is the difference between embassy and consulates……….brief the recent event which brought the difference into lime light ………….
    (UR HOBBY—?)

  • seema

    Yes they are civil/ public servants because they to serve indian overseas, and indirectly hepling in getting fair deal in international market and resourses.i.e civil nuclear deal, trade agreements, etc Ifs act in india’s interest and this help general public of india.
    According to me Attributes of ifs are: good influancing power, polite in nature, knowldegable, basic knowledge of language where he is appointed. I have two attribute among these, good influancing power, and polite in nature.
    Sorry i didnt understand the question.
    Yes, they are involve in making strategy, n plan to improve relation with different countries and improve bargainning power of india at international stage.
    No i dnt agree with this because there were also many weakness earlier before entering of coperates in governing. Yes it has a ill effect but we cant completely blame coperates.
    I dnt knw…
    Yes it is true to say that sports is becoming an important tool for diplomatic relation. Such as cricket mach between india n pak attend by both pm of the countries. It connent people to peolpe emotions.
    India had in common health games etc.
    In the globlalzation era tne importsnce of ifs has increased. Now india is connecting with world. And when the world become single economy or market then it is very important to maintain strategic relations n get best deal for the country.
    Ambassy has office in the capital of the country and consulates has office in big cities of the same country and embassy is head of consulates.
    Recently the issue of devyani khobragade who is consulate in new york city of usa, create a difference between both of them..she was arrested by us cops, this leads to question on the immunity of diplomats.

    • seema

      Sorry by mistake the numbering is deleted.

      • seema

        But go by sequence..

      • attributes can also be added:(specially wrt ifs)
        ==>adaptability(not stuck with ones one established conventions )
        ==>easy but cautious befriending of others
        ==>attracting people with power of speech :words

        • seema

          Thank you rvanes… πŸ™‚
          I got your point.

    • Q)the question is>: ias ,ips officers ….working cllosely with the public ……..find it very hard to change the ground scenario……….at that situation ……..how could an officer posted abroad or closely attached to MINISTRY could solve prob …………let alone think about changing perceptions?

    • Q)last question was directed towards=====>does the person posted in consulates have same diplomatic immunity to that of offiers posted in embassy

  • seema

    My Hobbies are cooking, dancing, listening to music, art and craft.
    And also like to teach small kids as well as youth.. So that it keeps me touch with new generation and new n fresh ideas.

  • seema

    Van
    Would u have the ambassador’ club book’s e copy or ebook?

    • van

      sorry seema i bought it through flip kart…….(only hard copy with me)
      q) as soon as u think of ifs , could you please say some of quotes regarding the same (eg – A SERVICE WITH STYLE AND SUBSTANCE -as said by respectd nirupama menon rao mam )
      q)to me ifs is all about formally spying on other countries ,back beating, manipulating situations , playing to the tune of others (countries) emotions,for ones own(india) benefit(BOARD SAYS NEVER DENY THIS) in that case does this service have any ethical working environment?if so how?
      q)should india follow some south east economies in forming a no of bilateral fta s( as they become much advanced) or india should focus on getting atleast a small chunk of cake from multi lateral trading system…….if so why?
      q)is the recent episode of repected deputy consul gen……..to be led into the blame game against other countries or it could be considered as a blessing in disguise for entire ifs personnel community………..if so mention how
      (wrt hobby)
      q)to which country bethoven belongs …………and to what he is famous for ?
      q)italian cuisine what it is famous for……….how it became much famous
      q)what do u mean by “the hole in the wall” and why did it acquire such a name
      q)with india credited with culture (difference art,variety of dances , this that …….)……what is happening is that unidimensional hollywood:tasteless pizzas , bulky to eat burgers………… has its greater say…………why is that?
      q)what we need is indianization of western thoughts and ideals : and not westinization of indian thought s( as i consider later is the root of all evils in our society)………what do u understand by this

      • seema

        Thank u van.
        Plz review my ans. With suggestions..coz without knwng mistake i will commite it again n again.
        Thank u for ques.
        N i didnt found the book on flipkark thats y i ask u for the softcopy.

        • it is me( rvanes alies van) who commented above ………further i just checked in flipkart it is available………probalbly i should have typed clearly
          “the ambassador s club:the indian diplomat at large”……..now please have a check seema (blue cover with the picture of south blck-hope so)
          edited by :krishna v rajan
          publisher : harper collins(2012)

          • seema

            Oho ..thank you.
            I will check..
            My other ans. Are Ok or need a direction in thoughts?

            • van

              to a diplomat==> words are his/her best tool , ur ans are good ………if possible employ word selection (i am not talking of jargon ) …….though it is not a necessity (i believe bec we are just aspirants )……..but such usage could make our stand apart (particularly in intercview)

  • seema

    Van. Ur last qes..
    I can ans. Most the ques only after google search.
    Hence lpz tell me a direction because it is not possible to cover all gk.

    • van

      last question related to ur hobby====>youth
      what happens is —–we intend to modernize based on what WEST …….its good ….bec…….several concepts liberty ,fraternity ,demean superstituous,,,,,we got REVIVED(bec of medival period)” through them……so we look them for their western thought and ideals ……………but we should apply indianization process………ie suited to our conditions (for eg ………in any problem …..we often see placards saying “THIS IS MY RIGHTS , NO BODY CAN Q IT”……..this i say is wwesternization(my rights concept) ………….instead indianization refers to ” CHECKING AN ACT ,EVEN WHEN I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO,SOCIETAL GOOD SHOULD PUT BEFORE IT”(what my action would bring to society……)
      eg :the culture of going to gym is mere imitation of west………(nothing wrong in it ………..)but when you apply INDIANIZATION(what happens is …….along with steps to put body in shape we would focus on putting our mind right (yoga)……….)…..so every act of youth could be related and what brings is societal transformation…. so need of hour is “question”

      • anud

        Westernization or Modernization…
        people often gets confused between two and they think modernization is what westernization is due to their applicability of perception of developed concept in everything they come across.

        • van

          was it a question to me anud?

        • anud

          So what we need is modernization (advancement) be it from applicability of our old age principles, knowledge or from any culture..anything advance, progressing, useful for our country we come come across and not just on the basis of what a bunch of country develops.

          Focus should be on progress thats what defines & distinguish us – the Homo Sapiens !

          • anud

            @ van

            No it was not a question but an extension of westernization/indianization topic…an approach which should be followed for the better advancement of everyone.

            • kk anud thanks …………….i thought it was a q to me …..and answed below ……….haha

          • great point.anud…….but ..the way i use the word INDIANIZATION is not to restrict myself to an inadjustable indian…………(thats the reason i said that westen thoughts are good)……….since we have completely lost what india means ………(either due to continuous outward orientation/ridiculous beliefs)……and i wish we would revive them (as it would naturally suits our system) ………thats it …anud

            • anud

              yes.. πŸ™‚

              our much modernized (during ancient time) ancestral knowledge is now lying in dust behind our so called adapted westernization in every form (I am against some of them)…
              Their philosophy be it Vedic, Dharma, is not applied anywhere…people are just following traditions & Beliefs…hindering our progress from a long time…

              What we need is some sort of eclecticism in our approach..not just sticking to one system (even not to ours!).

              • rightly and exactly said anud……….”vivekanada could be highlighted”

  • further wrt direction …….i really doubt of myself to give a definite direction(not yet faced the board) ……hope so these q were asked relating to current events and purely UR opinion (in that case i think editorial justification is not required in interview,………….)forEG Q4) :devyani issue brought to front issues of deficient man power (maid) in such highly accorded services ……so it mooted govt to think over them and have them (maid services)to be formally appointed ………..a great relief to personnel…..(this is just mY dimension.,……so can have a better judgement tooo………)but hope so this would suffice…….

  • seema

    Thanks anud for joining us…
    N thanks van..but my que is not last que but the whole ques of that post…coz the name n cusinies are some questions which need google search and hence it is not possible to cover all things like this..so plz direct me in this.

  • seema

    Van ques for u
    Q. Why u want to be a ifs?
    Q. According to u why people choose ias instead of ifs… Is less scope in ifs?
    Q. What is the role of diplomats in war time?
    Q. How india can improve relation with pakistan?
    Q. U want to join ifs because u want to work aborad?
    Q. According to u the steps taken by govt. In deviyani case is right?

    • van

      as i already said asking questions is far a easier job (and i wish to bit be away taking a tough situation…now haha ………. reason : tight schedule jam packed right now+still a long way to attend board)…………but since you have asked to me ………iam sure to ans these without much refence(please pardon me for that-so mistakes admissable())………….(further these are diplomatic ans -which surely is not mine ,just to satisfy board)
      Q1)ALREADY SAID……………(please do visit my first comment)
      Q2)first these jobs are service oriented professions …thus acc to (fake van) there is no question of scope ,power ,previliges,social status coming into play,,,, every thing about is about SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE….(((cant believe myself))))))))))………further why people choose ias bec
      ======>ias enables to directly perceive peoples problem particularly grass root problems and help them to have favourable situat….to down trodden..,,,,,
      ======>ias appears to be more working with in the system thus enbling them “vocally” to be part of solution.
      ======>further journey to ias is largely influenced by “situations and experiences” (ie……situations showing harsh realities of life in developing country …….thus candidates have a deep cherished burning desire to be a part of solution)((((((biggest ever lie))))))))
      as ias ,with accorded responsibility and subsequent authority enbles them to immediately cater the needs
      =====>further ifs happens to be more about” choice”—-which may be liking to serve india through a service which is about style and substance………and several other choices……..which depend upon candidates
      Q4)going abroad may be a reality but the motive behind going is far more important -which i believe to truely experience the persisting unity behind the perceived divversity(which is the true noble mission)this is my own true statement from real van
      Q6)PREDICT OTHERS BUT BE UNPREDICTABLE the best dictum for devyani episode
      with respect to the episode-i never exactly referd what actions have been taken………but my view is as follw:
      us- a real “hawk”
      thus they doesnt know that they gonna arrest deputy consul gen(india) is unbelievable:was it a planned effort-doubt raised -further us asia pivot but now not so stiff with china – i hope they voluntarily want to irk india(may be change in game plan enter asia through india rather than china) -so i believe hand cuffing our general is just an act and the stiff reaction from india is the victory for them ………..thus india should “predict” it (if any thing of that sort)and never ever create a troble some relation with US under the guise of disrespecting us……… even though for name sake raising concern—-“this may be hidden visctory)……..this is what we are doing hope so(never call this as suduction-but it manipulating reality-we not a global power)
      NOTE:rest q require coverage from mains portion ……..which i am yet to do.(lagging behind) …….thus prevents me from actively contribute…….sorry hard pressed for time……..
      now sarang has done a great job in helping us…………soon many would come hope so…….
      other famous DICTUM for ifs:BEFRIEND EVERY ONE BUT BELIEVE NO ONE

  • seema

    I ask these que bcoz i also have doubts or need others opinion in these ques..

  • Sarang

    http://ifsdream.weebly.com/discussion-forum.html

    go through these 300 odd questions asked by various people and replied to by the MEA officials.
    Hope it helps you guys.
    Cheers!

    • thanks dude ……….really good

      • Gautam Jayasurya

        yup rvanes… i hv gone through this. i believe every ifs aspirant shud go thru this. xcelent stuff

        • van

          thans gautam

  • seema

    Van
    Ok you can ask ques. To me…as most of the things are asked from biodata..
    Some info from biodata…
    …….10th n 12th cbse kendriya vidyaliya. B.com,m.com,pgdbm pune uni.
    …..Hobbies i already posted.
    …..father in IAF.
    …..no job exp. But taking pvt tuition…..
    Van
    Could u post ques. Every day n i will ans. On the same day n u can review them..this will help me in regular improvement….and honestly i really dnt like to ques but like give ans. πŸ™‚

    • sure no prob in asking question……….less time consuming for me………..based on ur qualification i better cal u mam…..
      Q)ifs defies dictum”action speaks louder than words” and even reverses it …… what do u say
      Q)whether indias soft policy has any influence on pakistan
      Q)indian diaspora – where they they go ,,,,,creates a lot of troubles …why is that so…..any problem with us?
      Q)even proclaiming as a soft power ……..how is that we are successful in attracting more enemies in our neighbour than friends?
      Q)mention any event where india has substantial benefit from soft policy
      Q)mention why ifs probationers are being attached defences desk during probationers period (please ask ur dad and post here mam )

      • seema

        Plz dnt call me mam…it creat a glass ceiling barrier in communication…now i m just ifs aspirant.
        1. In ifs the core value is lying in the words…a diplomat use his words very carefully and many things are depends on it. But action is also worth because finally they impliment your words.
        2. Yes, india’s soft policy has influence on pak. But to a certain extend..but by at large it shows incapability and tolerance. And pak is still countineu with his activities…
        3. We do not have any problem but circumtances creats..and in my opinion may be indias soft policy is responsible…
        4. This is due some historical issues i.e with pakistan., and the soft policy of india creste a image of big brother for its neighbouring..hence it is not liked by every one.
        5. In cold war…we get benefit of soft policy….
        6. I think because in every country where there are indias diplomats is present then some defenece officers are also posted with them..and diplomats are involve in joint exercise of defence conducted between two countries…
        Plz correct me que by que.

        • van

          bio dat Q)do u suggest economic model of singapore suited to india ,…..as state conrolled (china-impending failureas no domestic demand) and 2008 financial crisis reveal
          Q)what is indias stand wrt [email protected] ……particulary towards maps(of india) of several international org (such as un)which shows kasmir as part of china and pak……has india responded to such map markings
          biodataQ)how is the nature of relationship bt our defence sector and foreisn policy sector(for eg:in america it is called ==militarization of diplomacy)
          Q)russian though militarily outdated(wrt u.s)it is still a strong diplomatic power ……mention the event
          Q)is india in a position to take a lead role in middle east …..if u.s preeminence in middle east falls…..if so how

          • seema

            No i will not suggest the economic model of sing.. for india because it is too open economy and based on both manufacturing n service sector while india’ s economy is based on service..n we r import surplus country..well this model also shows negavtive face in 1990s..
            India is accepting it…but i dnt knw much about the response of indias response..
            3.no idea..
            Yes this true but still it has strong diplomatic power..we can this in the case of syria..the stand of russia against usa is remarkanle.
            yes india can take lead in middle east…the area of middle east is unexlpored and india can invest in the infra. N in equity..to get the lead role this is as per my knowledge….
            Plzzzzz review ans. Otherwise all goes in vain…..

            • van

              Q)why india is much obsessed about fdi…….what is green field investment -brown field investment -why the name
              Q)nri s are often comically named( non reliable indian)- why is that-arent they contributing to india s devt
              Q)brief the experience during the ifs probationers period
              Q)why is controlling inflation is not that easy as given in economic textbook
              Q)20 th century is the era of “geopolitics of oil”-but 21 st century is gonna be era of “shale gas and earth metal”-such being the case does india still have to focus on middle east for strtegic gains………..ur opinion….if so why?
              (even i too understand the importance of review but mam even i dont have ready made ans……..if have to review and give suggestion (VALID)………i have to google and it kills my time a lot mam……..thats the reason………

              • seema

                Ok..
                I think we should call vinay sir now….! πŸ™‚

              • seema

                India is a developing country and its requirement of money is huge. Hence india is obessed for fdi. Green field investment means investment in new projects. And brown field investment means investment in existing project or plant.
                This is because they left india for better opportunity…n contribute to our development through remittence…n fdi…
                No idea.
                It is because the theories of inflation content losts of assumptions which r not applicable in real life..n many different factors are responsible for inflations which acts in same time..whilein books the are studied individually..
                5.in 20 th century the oil is the main sourece of fuel n now as it reduces n its alternstive i.e shale gas become more feasible… Hence it plays a stratergic role. N has to look forward to other regions where the researves of shale gas are sufficient i.e south america region…

                • seema

                  Insights plz review and provide some directions…

  • Dr George

    NSIGHTS!!!!!!! please open up the WHY IPS column….. its my first option. πŸ™ πŸ™
    ive always been saddened by the prejudice against the INDIAN POLICE SERVICE. ive gotta long essay to write now i guess…

    • Dr George

      my bad. there is a section.its just not clickable on the main page.. sorry Insights.

      • seema

        Dr george.
        May be there is a big surprise for ips from insights… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  • sreejith S

    Hey friends, the discussions seem interesting. And thanks for all the information and related question.
    Answering some of the above questions:
    1- Why IFS: Among all the services, i am personally interested in the IFS the most because of some particular reasons. First and foremost, IFS gives me an opportunity to represent my country at the international level. As a diplomat, i will have the opportunity not only to represent my country but also gives me a scope to bring about policies and decisions that can better the prospects of my country be it in trade and commerce or in climate change negotiations. Through these mechanisms, the job of a diplomat becomes immensely important to the process of development.
    Secondly, Being a Diplomat is again a challenging career where one has to constantly adapt and improve to different circumstances, be it different postings in diverse culture or be it intense diplomatic negotiations. Learning new languages, meeting different people, settling to different cultures are all bright prospects but is also a challenging one. I am confident that i can live upto this challenge of adapting to the varying roles the life of a diplomat may call for.

    Question: IFS is generally perceived to be all about backstabbing and one’s own gain. Can we conclude that there is a lack of ethics with respect to diplomacy in international relations.
    Ans:I do definitely agree that this service do stress on the aspect of “gains”- the gains of one’s nation ie India. But the aspect of backstabbing is not a general phenomenon i believe. India’s relations with most of the countries are not build on backstabbing but on cooperation and needs. It is true that the diplomat is required to gauge the movements of the nation he is posted in and also collect the required information his headquarters needs. But this need not always be referred to as backstabbing and spying. International relations is no more a zero sum game. Everyone has something to gain.
    Also, I don’t agree with the notion of a lack of ethics as mentioned above. What i can say is that the present international scenario has forced the diplomat to adopt a realist view than an idealist view. Such a view need not be devoid of ethics. Infact, i believe ethics is a very important attribute for a diplomat to build important relations with other sovereign nations. As we go for a cooperative and inclusive world, being ethical and gaining trust is very important for long term relationship between nations.

    • seema

      Sreejith.
      Welcome πŸ™‚
      Your ans are good but they long..n which is sometime become impractical at interview time..short ans is more prefrable as what i think…. πŸ™‚
      Rest only vinay sir can help!

      • sreejith S

        Yea, that is true. I shall keep it in mind. Thanks

  • sreejith S

    Indianization of the western thoughts is the need of the hour. Westernization of Indian thoughts are the root of all evil. Opinion.

    Ans: i believe its not a yes or no answer. The issue with which the indianization or westernization is happening determines what is right. For example, the westernization had a positive effect on the Indian society with respect to the gender question is concerned. Also, all our great leaders and thinkers from Ram Mohan Roy to Nehru didn’t believe in an outright rejection of westernization. Even with Gandhi, Thoreau was a great influence. But one also needs to agree that there are certain aspects of westernization which does not necessarily be blindly accepted as better. The ideas cultural superiority (which the whites maintained initially), a view of seeing tradition as old and antique and opposing it as a sings of being modern etc have no basis. The views on religion and family etc needs not be blindly bought but has to be personally analysed with one’s own reason. Westernization has something to give us, we have things to give the west too. But we can conclude easily that junk food is bad and yoga is good. So it depends on what is needed to be westernized or indianized. Both has its benefits.

    Diplomats role during wartime?

    i have no idea but is seems to be an interesting question.
    On a lighter note, war is the failure of diplomacy i believe. But one can continue to negotiate and stop the war with minimum damage.

    • van

      hope so we could link some thing with safety of diaspora

  • seema

    Van, plz post ques….

    • Q)there is situation of revival of” silk trade route “-what is that -why revival
      -any hinderance(afghanistan situation)
      Q)why there is persistent demand of treating “ifs” apart from other services (in the methodology of reruitment)
      Q)india foreign service or indian feudal service – why is that?

      • Q)indian foreign policy never has an independant stand as it mostly veiw through irrelevant players (case of india iran relations wrt america)—-is that so or it acts so bec os necessity -if so what neessity

      • van

        Q)india should focus on EXTENDED NEIGHBOURHOOD through immediate neighbourhood rather than viewing them independently of each other -how is the current perspective

        • van

          Q)mention the stalwarts diplomats whom u like and why …..their style and achievement in the field….(eg BRAJESH MISHRA)

        • van

          Q)mention the stalwarts diplomats whom u like and why …..their style of working and achievement in the field….(eg BRAJESH MISHRA)

      • van

        Q)mention the stalwarts diplomats whom u like and why …..their style of working and achievement in the field….(eg BRAJESH MISHRA)

    • van

      Q)mention the stalwarts diplomats whom u like and why …..their style of working and achievement in the field….(eg BRAJESH MISHRA)

      • sorry for this multiple post

  • sreejith S

    According to u the steps taken by govt. In deviyani case is right?

    I do agree with the steps the government has taken. Reciprocity is the keyword for driving relations in international relations. And US has always treated the IFS officials as a minor diplomatic pack, unlike those of Russia, EU or even China. But we have been magnanimous enough to continue extra benefits to consular officials of the US in India. As no reciprocity has been shown by the US in this, we need not extend the benefits.
    Posting of Devyani to the UN is highly significant. The government of India has given clear signal to the members of the system that no one will be abandoned. It is a brave step and needs to be applauded. It reiterates Devyani is at no wrong.
    The security clearance around the US embassy in Delhi was also based on a relook in to the reciprocity US had extended to India.
    What can be more constructive is a discussion driven by this incident to a solution to the wage dilemma of the IFS officers as well as an upgradation of the consular status of India as US understands the fact that India is also a major player in International relations.

    India is a soft power? Why are we attracting too many enemies in the neighborhood?

    India with its rich culture and tradition, great visionary leaders from Buddha to Gandhi, has been endowed with considerable soft power. And as a nation respecting other sovereign nations, we do make use of our soft power.
    I would not go to the extend of saying that India attract too many enemies in the region. India has friendly disagreements within the neighborhood but that doesn’t make them enemies. Afghanistan, the latest addition to SAARC is an ally. Bangladesh and Maldives except for the water treaties and disputed enclaves, and the GMR airport fiasco, are small mishandlings that can be corrected. Nepal and Bhutan are dependent on India. Srilanka and India have a disagreement over the treatment of tamils and the need for an inquiry into war related crimes. This is not just a bilateral issue but ahuman rights issue. We are not alone in calling Srilanka to do the necessary. Finally, Pakistan is openly regarded as our adversary but the times of bitter enmity must pave way for better diplomacy and better development. And with the way things are progressing, there is a good scope for betterment of our relations.

  • sreejith S

    Just a personal opinion.
    For those preparing for the interview now, some relevant issues could be:

    1- Devyani incident and the related- wage settlement of help, consular officials, diplomatic immunity, vienna convention, previous incidents of US mistreating Indian officials. Also, the Italian Marines incident and the related might also come up including maritime diplomacy and India.
    2- some terms like persona non grata, expulsion, recall etc of a diplomat
    3- Relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan etc, decision on commmon wealth summit in Lanka, china’s recent declaring of need for identification in contented air space, bangladesh’s election and india’s response of being supportive etc.

  • van

    Q)india should try to emulate or atleast learn from indonesia in dimensions of international relations – why is that ?(points :deal broker,friendly relations,power driver of regional org)
    Q)to me -the recent interest of india in arctic region seems to be contrary to the long held stand in environmental issues -global warming-thus india is taking a double stand ? what do u say

    • seema

      Yes india is taking a double stand in arctic issue..it is because arctic circle recently become an attractive area for natural gas n fuel…. And this is highlighted after melting of arctic at a significant rate..china is also showing huge interest in it.
      Where as one side we are showing high concern to environment n climate change…

  • Anonymizer..

    Why IFS–
    being an Indian diplomat means being a part of a psychological warfare in which a slightiest mistake can lead to unwanted circumstances which may or may not be good for relations between the countries. which makes it a most intersting and difficult job.Thus by being a foreign officer it will help in making a person psychologically strong and s/he can handle any situations irrespective of his posting.
    secondly diplomats help in maintaing world peace because majority of global issue are majorly solved through negotiations and diplomacy(in which diplomats are good at) thus preventing happening of World war 3. It will a honour to be a part of foreign services.
    third and most important job is to represent INDIA in the world full of competitions thus helping INDIA to maintain its image of a friendly and helpful country .

    please review..

    • seema

      Your is good but i think most of the part of your ans. Is discribing what is ifs…where as you have tell why u choose ifs as career option…. πŸ™‚

      • seema

        Oues..
        Q. What is india’s interest in south sudan n what steps should india take in sudan crises…?
        Q. Are you feeling proud to be an india.. When it come to human development index n poverty issue..and how you will help india in this field after getting in ifs…?
        πŸ™‚

  • Anonymizer..

    @seema thanku for reviewing..
    giving the ans for why IFS is very difficult task… because we know what they are and what they do ..

  • Anonymizer..

    and i donot able to find the ans why ….

    • seema

      Actually i m also not confident about my ans. But…i think we should correlate our ans. With our qualities..so it become esay to explain…
      And now only insights can help us in this… πŸ™‚

  • van

    Q)does indias interest in africa represents the underlying colonial aspirations of india

    • seema

      Ans. No i dnt think so….it is all aspiration of liberlisation and growing interest in world trade…not to make africa a colony…

  • van

    Q)what is abetter tool to contoll inflation monetory policy /fiscal policy>if so why?

    • van

      Q)could ifs personnel be called nri??

      • seema

        Q.1 ans. According to me the best tool to control the inflation is CRR n open market operation..this decrease the money supply in market effectively..
        Q.2. Ans. No ifs are not nri..they are govt. Employees n work outside for india n for govt.
        As what i thing…..van pls give ur advise on it. πŸ™‚

        • van

          Q)in international relations the trade relations is often considered as a neutralizer in any strain relation , but in case of indo china relations ,china uses it as powerful diplomatic tool………. it is not so ? am i right
          Q)india standing for its much claimed democratic ideals – why is that india not so against military regime of burma,even have ties with (radical)parties of bangladesh and maldives…..

  • Avinash

    IFS provides a wide diversity of personal and professional experiences and gives us an oppurtunity to contribute in matters of war,peace and development of our country.

  • Why IFS? That’s very obvious because it’s INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICES, for heaven’s sake!!
    You get an opportunity to represent and add to image and strength of the nation at internationals. Long before IFS was introduced or even India was scaled on the map, Chanakya and other great intellectuals provided enough importance to foreign policy of nation and hence to ambassadors. They were next to king in kingdom and were lynchpin to relations with other nations
    However, the postulates of Chanakya’s foreign policy are less significant today but importance of ambassadors to balance relations with other nations is still the same.
    I want to be a part of nation’s foreign services batch coz it won;t only benefit my nation;s pride but will also provide immense to me while travelling across the globe meeting range of personalities and people. πŸ™‚

  • Ram

    It is a diverse field giving lot of oppurtunity to develop your personality with it also provide an oppurtunity to me to explore the beautiful manmade and natural creation around the world, to meet different people, to know different culture, and to be a part of national org who is trying to make this world a beautiful place to live in. Apart from this it also provide me an oppurutnity to create my identity nationally as well as internationally.

  • Hem

    I want to be a part of IFS as it not only gives me a chance to represent my country on an international level but also gives me a chance to influence policies to cater to my countries interest. It also gives me a chance to travel the world and meet different people and get the taste of different cultures.

  • rakesh

    i want to become an ifs officer to fullfill
    the best interest of india and indian citizan
    in foriegn country. in this golbalised world
    where whole wolrd is just a big village due to
    advancement of different mode of communication
    and transportation facility.those days are
    over where a country can live in isolation. being
    second most populated and young country india need to
    serve the need of world for the betterment of not only
    india but also whole world.so as an ifs officer i will
    try my best to influence indian and foriegn policy for
    the betterment of this golbalised world

  • Urvi

    Really Remarkable discussion!

  • Mayur

    India is a globally developing country and for being a developed country it needs to improve its foreign relations. As currently Modi Ji is trying to bring in more and more FDI’s in country so that it generate more employment and more employment will lead to more per capita income and more growth,
    So IFS has a very great hand in improving country’s global position and growth.
    So this was my reason to become an IFS
    and at last I want serve my country on international level.

  • Abhilash

    According to me being an IFS officer is not just about representing India in international arena. Today world is very closely linked. I believe service in IFS is very closely linked to domestic development. Its extremely challenging today to get our country needs duly recognized in world arena and our development is not hampered. I would like to be part of this challenge.

  • Gaurav

    A service which is of immense importance for the country in an interdependent world. It provides platform for contributing my skills and knowledge for developing a better nation and world. Exposure to wide diversity of cultures.

  • Ajitesh Panwar

    why can’t i see the post ?

    • Nishi

      u probably might haveclosed ur eyes ………. just open it and u’ll see it ………………..

  • Viraj Ghosh

    A bengali befriends an bengali, when he is in an unknown place, and same is the case with people from all languages. We feel very close and comfortable with people who speak the same language, follow the same religion, belong to the same place, or share any such common identity. But as homosapiens, at the end of the day, we all share the common identity of being global citizens. However, today’s world is a hostile world, where procurement and management of scarce resources by interest-driven nation-states is getting tougher and tougher, in the multipolar economic and security architecture. Thus, as an IFS Officer, I would want to keep the spirit of unity among nation-states alive and promote international peace, but at the same time, I will also use all diplomatic means available to promote and protect national interest beyond international boundaries.

  • Ananya Bhattacharjee

    According to me,today if our country needs to be developed,then the only challenge is our internal as well as our international relations.Through IFS ,the challenge in representing a developing nation at an international arena and also the strengthening of the international relations with different countries can minored.To strengthen the relation and to bridge the gap from developing to developed India through proper reforms internationally and with proper recognition,I want to be a part of IFS.

  • Nishi

    because you get paid from both the countries . You get a nice long holiday and free tickets for your family ( wherein u can disguise ur friends in the name of family ) . You get a nice handsome diplomat passport .

  • Kandhan Sankaranarayanan

    Iam planing for UPSC-IFoS, probably in next 3 years, i might crack it with hard work using my smart brain, wit the help of various coaching institutes and seniors. If i cleared and get into he interview,
    my self kandhan, finished my post graduation in biotechnology and so and so…. IPS, IFoS,IFS, IAS are extreme powers of the administration,and using this power, to do service to mankind, with the help of politicians, and if selected as IFoS, iam ready to serve the human and also for nature, conserving the resources, with my applied biotechnological engineering skills, preventing pouching, conserving ENVIS listed animals, plants and entire consortium, and also if govt permits, implementing various programs to young kids about to educate the importance of forest resources, and the habitat which makes them to breath easier in future. since iam an M.tech graduate, so teaching is my passion, giving lessons to my co-workers able their health, wealth and others. being a biotechnologist. applying whatever i learned to put the community into top, it will definitely work towards in achieving the goal !.. and mostly preventing illegal plant and animals products trade. and In India totally 10 geographically locations are available and conserving the resoucres wherever government appoints me. helping peoples in hilly areas for medical relief and if any natural calamities occurred. doing research to improve the field of forestry!!!!!!

    • Aditya kumar sahu

      Hello! Kandhan
      I got really motivated and filled with courage to take this( cse 2017) exam after reading your post. Surprisingly,i am aslo a biotechnologist(btech).
      It wuld be a great benefit for me if we continue our conversation from now on.
      Thanking u!:-)

  • gaurav koranne

    Being a diplomat is a tough job, challenges your mental and overall capacities to the extent,now a) to project India’s interests in the world b) painting India’s picture in the world as a global leader c) creating a global viewpoint that India wishes global development and India’s alignment with global vision of removing extreme poverty, sustainable development, and projecting peace in the world and I would be honoured if I am able to play a part in this vision and mission of Indian diplomacy