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IFS vs IAS

edited January 22 in Social, Tips & Support
I really want IFS as my first career of choice because of my interest in IR & foreign policy & also due to less political interference, but confused. I want to make up my mind for one thing only. IFS is suffering from quality crisis these days as unlike before, mostly low ranks get IFS, and that too when it was chosen as their 2nd preference! Why is it not popular/preferred anymore? Is there anyone who'd choose IFS over IAS even today?
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  • edited January 24
    m3gh4 said:

    I really want IFS as my first career of choice because of my interest in IR & foreign policy & also due to less political interference, but confused. I want to make up my mind for one thing only. IFS is suffering from quality crisis these days as unlike before, mostly low ranks get IFS, and that too when it was chosen as their 2nd preference! Why is it not popular/preferred anymore? Is there anyone who'd choose IFS over IAS even today?

    Bhai final selection ho gya kya :open_mouth:

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  • Mungerilal
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  • Personal Preference I would say. Last year too (2015), AIR 37 chose IFS over IAS.

    Also, what is your definition of a "low rank"? AFAIK, IFS recruits around 40 per year, so you absolutely NEED to have a rank under 150 to get through!
    An Ounce of Action Is Worth a Ton of Theory
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  • My 1st preference will be IFS, and second will be IPS.

    Personally I don't like the nature of work of an IAS officer.

    Its all personal preferences. Nothing like there is a universal reason.
    "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope" - Stephen Hawking
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  • IFS is the coolest job ever provided if u have very understanding spouse.

    Bas itna sa.
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  • IFS is the coolest job ever provided if u have very understanding spouse.

    Bas itna sa.

    Maybe it is, if you get posted to the Russian Federation or Canada!
    An Ounce of Action Is Worth a Ton of Theory
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  • you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!
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  • you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!</p>

    bhaiya hamare school senior the.. physics olympiad gold medalist, iit jee rank45, cat 100 percentile.. upsc m 3-4 attempt pasar kar fir corporate m chale gye.. this exam is diff.. talent ya knowledge ka nhi h.. destiny bahot role play karti h isme
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  • edited January 22
    hemu said:

    you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!</p>

    bhaiya hamare school senior the.. physics olympiad gold medalist, iit jee rank45, cat 100 percentile.. upsc m 3-4 attempt pasar kar fir corporate m chale gye.. this exam is diff.. talent ya knowledge ka nhi h.. destiny bahot role play karti h isme
    Keval Density hi Role play karti hai yahaan CSE mein.

    Shuru ke attempts mein lagta hai ki Hum hamaare Dum par hi sab kuch haansil kar sakte hain ( Kuch nahi wo Turant College se pass out hone ke baad ek ALAG hi type ka Josh rehta hai logon mein Duniya jeet lene ka....)

    Par kuch attempts ke baad maalum chalta hai ki Civil Services mein toh kuch alag hi Niyam Kaayde chalte hain.

    This Exam is a pure Gamble...
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  • IFS is definitely not a popular choice these days as before. If I remember correctly ,2001 topper has chosen IFS over IAS . These are not the scenario presently . IAS is now all time favourite for the obvious reasons.
    In comparison to IFS :
    -IAS is stable job.
    -Going abroad used to carry a status symbol earlier.
    -Most of the avenues and opportunities are now available in the country itself.
    -The exposure to abroad is still available to IAS in terms of studying abroad or foreign assignments.
    It's just your personal choice that what u choose. If u like the job , other things subsides.
    But in civil services , choice rarely matters , nobody knows where his or her rank make it to the final list . So , my suggestion is do not like any particular service beforehand . Whatever service u get , just enjoy serving that . Otherwise the state of discontentment will always be there .
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  • hemu said:

    you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!</p>

    bhaiya hamare school senior the.. physics olympiad gold medalist, iit jee rank45, cat 100 percentile.. upsc m 3-4 attempt pasar kar fir corporate m chale gye.. this exam is diff.. talent ya knowledge ka nhi h.. destiny bahot role play karti h isme
    Keval Density hi Role play karti hai yahaan CSE mein.

    Shuru ke attempts mein lagta hai ki Hum hamaare Dum par hi sab kuch haansil kar sakte hain ( Kuch nahi wo Turant College se pass out hone ke baad ek ALAG hi type ka Josh rehta hai logon mein Duniya jeet lene ka....)

    Par kuch attempts ke baad maalum chalta hai ki Civil Services mein toh kuch alag hi Niyam Kaayde chalte hain.

    This Exam is a pure Gamble...
    ha bhai.. satya vachan.. but still be optimistic.. baaki jo upar waale ne karwana hoga life m woh hi hoga :) o:)
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  • For how long does an ifs officer stay outside India in his job ? And rest of the time when he stays in India does he stay in Delhi only or at other postings across India also?
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  • This debate reappears every year :D . i think one should take age factor into consideration while opting for IFS. IFS at younger age is actually much better than IFS at older age. In my first few attempts I gave IFS as first preference but my personal preference have changed now due to age factor and other personal responsibilities.
    "old wine in new bottle"....in with state services.
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  • @24madaeve during the span of 40 years service, IFS spends 30 years in indian embassies and rest 10 years in india in delhi (like secretaries in ministries, most probably MEA)
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  • sss123 said:

    @24madaeve during the span of 40 years service, IFS spends 30 years in indian embassies and rest 10 years in india in delhi (like secretaries in ministries, most probably MEA)

    As per my understanding, after every 6 years of posting in abroad (two posting comprising of 3 years each) there is a cooling period of 3 years in India. So the ration is 2:1, not like what you have mentioned.

    When s/he is in India s/he can work in HQ or regional passport offices.
    "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope" - Stephen Hawking
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  • Thanks @sss123 and I hope you understand the context of my query as you were the reason behind it ;)
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  • This debate reappears every year :D . i think one should take age factor into consideration while opting for IFS. IFS at younger age is actually much better than IFS at older age. In my first few attempts I gave IFS as first preference but my personal preference have changed now due to age factor and other personal responsibilities.

    Can you kindly explain why joining at later age say 29-30 is not going to be fruitful!! As far as i know one can be made ambassador after he/she reaches the level of joint sec(16-17yrs).
    Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles...
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  • @24madaeve yes i know.....
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  • @SteveOdinson Serving IFS diplomats have mentioned this in their blogs...........1/3 career in india and rest abroad. During initial phase there is no posting in india at least for 10-12 years and i haven't heard about any cooling period, but you are right about posting at regional passport offices
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  • sss123 said:

    @SteveOdinson Serving IFS diplomats have mentioned this in their blogs...........1/3 career in india and rest abroad. During initial phase there is no posting in india at least for 10-12 years and i haven't heard about any cooling period, but you are right about posting at regional passport offices

    Brother Who told u that there is no posting in India at least for initial 10-12 years??
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"
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  • @MD47 actually I read somewhere on internet, there are some serving IFS officers who have their blogs plus I used to research this during initial phase of my preparation, from that I found that IFS serve abroad for 10-12 years at least. There may be some exception to this rule
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  • sss123 said:

    @MD47 actually I read somewhere on internet, there are some serving IFS officers who have their blogs plus I used to research this during initial phase of my preparation, from that I found that IFS serve abroad for 10-12 years at least. There may be some exception to this rule

    This is not the rule. Rule is what has been mentioned above - 2:1 with at max 6 years outside and 3 years inside the country.
    The thing you're mentioning might happen in exceptional circumstances, like if the embassies in some region are shortstaffed, and you have shown interest in serving there earlier (or your CFL is one of the languages of those countries).
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  • hemu said:

    you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!</p>

    bhaiya hamare school senior the.. physics olympiad gold medalist, iit jee rank45, cat 100 percentile.. upsc m 3-4 attempt pasar kar fir corporate m chale gye.. this exam is diff.. talent ya knowledge ka nhi h.. destiny bahot role play karti h isme
    True, same story here. Even my friend, who was brilliant at his JAM score (AIR- 20th) didn't get into CSE. Looking at his example many of the CSE aspirants changed their mind & opted for JAM 2017 instead of CSE.
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  • hemu said:

    you need a rank <150 to get IFS. I mean even if you have secured <150 in JEE or PMT, its an hurculean task to get this kind of a rank in CSE. stop daydreaming bro!!!</p>

    bhaiya hamare school senior the.. physics olympiad gold medalist, iit jee rank45, cat 100 percentile.. upsc m 3-4 attempt pasar kar fir corporate m chale gye.. this exam is diff.. talent ya knowledge ka nhi h.. destiny bahot role play karti h isme
    + So much :blush:
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