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How to get a job in the Indian Embassy

How to get a job in the Indian Embassy

Edited By Sneha Vinod | Updated on Jun 12, 2024 06:04 PM IST

Indian embassies are staffed by personnel dispatched from India, including ambassadors, diplomats, and administrative staff, who serve for designated periods. These officials collaborate with locally hired staff from the host country, responsible for consular services, translation, security, and facility maintenance.

Securing an Indian Embassy job can be done directly through two ways: aspiring individuals can either aim for membership in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) through successful completion of the Civil Services Examination administered by the UPSC, or they can opt for lower-tier roles within the embassy by undertaking the SSC examinations.

How to get Indian embassy jobs?

To land an Indian Embassy job, candidates should also monitor the official embassy websites for openings and tailor their resume to highlight relevant skills, and pursue academic qualifications in fields like international relations. Candidates are also encouraged to network with embassy staff and attend events to build a solid resume for the Indian Embassy job role.

Indian embassy job - Eligibility criteria

Some of the eligibility criteria that candidates need to qualify for employment at the embassy are:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in relevant fields.

  • Proficiency in the language of the host country, as well as English.

  • Prior experience in diplomacy and international relations

  • Citizenship from that country.

  • Security clearance due to the sensitive nature of the work

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to deal with diverse people from around the world.

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Indian Embassy Exams - Direct recruitment

The exams which are usually opted for an Indian Embassy job include:

  1. Indian Foreign Services Examination (IFS exam): One of the most common routes to a diplomatic career is through the IFS exam under the Civil Services Exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates who qualify for the UPSC CSE can choose the Indian Foreign Service as their preferred service.

  1. Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL): Candidates can also secure jobs in the embassy through the “Assistant Section Officer Post” in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) under SSC CGL Recruitment.

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Indian Embassy Jobs - Other exams with Embassy postings

Some other options that could result in embassy postings are through:

  1. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS): The CDS exam is conducted by the UPSC twice a year for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Officers' Training Academy. Candidates who qualify for the Indian Military, Naval, or Air Force Academy and complete their training may later be posted to Indian diplomatic missions abroad.

  1. Engineering Services Examination (ESE): For candidates with an engineering background interested in technical roles within the embassy, the ESE exam conducted by the UPSC is an option. Selected candidates may be assigned roles related to engineering and technical affairs at Indian embassy postings abroad.

  1. Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE): Medical professionals aspiring to work in Indian diplomatic missions abroad can appear for the CMS exam conducted by the UPSC. Successful candidates may get recruited to medical positions within the embassy.

  1. Indian Economic Service (IES): The UPSC conducts the IES exam for recruitment to Grade IV officers in the Indian Economic Service. Candidates with a background in economics or related fields may get embassy postings in economic and commercial roles within Indian diplomatic missions.

  1. Indian Statistical Service (ISS): The UPSC also conducts the ISS exam for recruitment to Grade IV officers in the Indian Statistical Service. Candidates with a background in statistics or related fields may find roles in statistical analysis and research within the embassy.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the salary of an Indian embassy job?

 Average annual salary in the Embassy of India is Rs 7.5 lakhs 

2. What is the highest post in the Indian Embassy?

The highest position in the hierarchy is that of an ambassador or the Foreign Secretary.

3. Do Indian diplomats get paid well?

An entry-level Diplomat with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of Rs 400,000.

4. What is the best degree to work at an embassy?

A bachelor's and then master's degree in a major like international relations, political science, cultural anthropology, sociology, or foreign policy is the best degree to get embassy postings.

5. Do Indian diplomats pay taxes?

No, diplomats and consular officers are only exempt from paying taxes on their allowances and benefits received as part of their diplomatic or consular duties.


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