Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is one of the important all India services under Civil services. Candidates who aspire to become an IFS officer should appear for the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC. Generally the preference for IFS would be after IAS and IPS by any Civil Services aspirant and allocation would be made by the UPSC based on the performance of the individuals shortlisted by the UPSC after consolidating the Prelimenary, Mains Examinations and Interview every year. Thus UPSC would take care of the Group A officers designated as IFS officers in the Ministry of External affairs. The Assistants, UDCs, Clerks and Stenographers under non-Gazetted category would be recruited through various comeptitive examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) like Assistants Grade Examination, Clerks' Grade examination, Stenographers' examination etc.,
The candidates recruited as Assistants in the Ministry would be promoted to the grade of Section Officer (Group B) through departmental examinations after rendering a qualifying service to appear for the examination. Such officers would /can reach upto the rank of Director in the Ministry.