The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is the administrative diplomatic civil service under group A and group B of the central civil services of the executive branch of the government of India.
It is considered to be one of the two premier civil services (the other being the IAS).
It is a central civil service as foreign policy is the subject matter and prerogative of union government.
The Ambassador, High Commissioner,
Consul General, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Foreign Secretary are some of the offices held by the members of this service.