Know How to Become an IFS Officer in India by Ex-IFS Officer Navdeep Singh Suri- Legends of LBSNAA
Just like Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS) also attracts a large number of candidates every year. IFS is one of the most sought-after fields and is the administrative, diplomatic service under Group A and Group B.
IFS deals with the country’s external affairs, trade, and cultural relations, and the members of IFS represent India on the international level.
In this article, we will walk you through the diplomatic journey of Ex-IFS officer Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri and how he has carved a niche for himself.
A Distinguished Diplomat
Navdeep Singh Suri joined the Indian Foreign Service back in 1983. Having completed his distinguished 36 years in the Indian Foreign Service, Navdeep Singh Suri has served various diplomatic missions in Cairo, Washington, Damascus, Dar es Salaam, London, and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg.
Besides this, he has also headed crucial departments at the Ministry of External Affairs, such as West Africa and Public Diplomacy.
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During his diplomatic career, he served as the High Commissioner (Australia), Ambassador (Egypt), Consul General (South Africa), Counsellor (London), First Secretary (Washington DC), and the Ambassador (United Arab Emirates).
To recognize and acknowledge the efforts that Navdeep Singh Suri put to strengthen the relationship between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, the president of UAE conferred Mr. Suri with the Order of Zyad II, the country’s second-highest civilian award.
Now that we know his stint as a Diplomat let’s talk about the educational background of Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri.
As far as the educational credentials of Navdeep Singh Suri are concerned, he holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Apart from that, he also possesses a Diploma in the Arabic language from the American University in Cairo.
And that’s not it! He’s currently a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED).
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Suggestions on Becoming an IFS Officer
After having spent 36 years in the Indian Foreign Service, If I had to decide today what career I wanted, I would make the same choice all over again—wondering what’s so special about Indian Foreign Services that still persuades Navdeep Singh Suri to take the same career choice?
Well, he opines that by becoming an IFS officer, you get an opportunity and privilege to represent your country on the international level and contribute to building strong International Relations. You also get the chance to promote India’s national interest.
Passion, Conviction, and Commitment are needed if someone aspires to become an IFS officer, as per Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri. However, he also suggests aspiring IFS officers be open, social, engaging, and most importantly, curious to know about the culture and language of other countries.
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