Functions: Negotiating agreements; Consular facilities; Press and legal matters
Other roles of IFS officers include:
Negotiating agreements on various issues with the authorities of foreign states.
Providing consular facilities to foreigners and Indian nationals out of country.
Further, territorial divisions deal with bilateral, political and economic work while functional divisions deal with policy planning, multilateral organizations, regional groupings, legal matters, disarmament, protocol, consular, Indian Diaspora, press and publicity, administration, among other aspects.
There are plenty of perks offered to IFS officers. Among these are top-class 2/3 BHK accommodation at cheap rates, a car for commuting, household helps and security guards, medical treatment expenses and official vehicles.
Furthermore, IFS officers also get free electricity and water facilities, free-of-cost telephonic services, abroad study options, retirement benefits and monthly pension scheme.