As of May 2015, an Indian Foreign Service Officer receives a monthly salary of 1 to 2 lakh rupees for entry level officers, 4 to 5 lakh rupees for mid-level officers and 8 to 10 lakh rupees for senior officers. Abbreviated as L, a lakh is equivalent to 100,000, which means that 1 lakh rupee is 100,000 rupees. Based on the May 14, 2015 dollar exchange rate, 1 lakh rupee is about $1,572.
An Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer is usually employed in Indian embassies, consulates, and high commissions, or is assigned in permanent missions such as the United Nations. The main duties of an IFS is to attend to external affairs of India in matters such as trade, diplomacy and cultural relations. Apart from relatively high salaries, IFS officers get to travel and enjoy diplomatic immunity.