What are the subjects in the Indian foreign services examination?

 The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) includes a variety of subjects and papers. Here are the key subjects and papers in the IFS examination:

  1. Preliminary Examination:

   – General Studies Paper-I

   – General Studies Paper-II (CSAT – Civil Services Aptitude Test)

2. Main Examination:

   – Paper-I: Essay

   – Paper-II: General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

   – Paper-III: General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations)

   – Paper-IV: General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management)

   – Paper-V: General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

   – Optional Subject – Paper I

   – Optional Subject – Paper II


  1. Language Proficiency Test: Candidates need to demonstrate proficiency in English and a foreign language (usually one of the 22 scheduled languages of India).


  1. Interview (Personality Test): A comprehensive interview to assess the candidate’s suitability for a diplomatic career, knowledge of international affairs, and communication skills.


Candidates also choose an optional subject for the Main Examination, typically related to their educational background or interest. The list of optional subjects can vary from year to year, so candidates should refer to the UPSC notification for the most up-to-date information.

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