Step By Step Guide to became High commissioners/Ambassadors being a Srilankan

The Sri Lanka Overseas Service (SLOS) which is most commonly referred to as the Sri Lanka Foreign Service is the foreign service of Sri Lanka. It is the body of career diplomats of Sri Lanka. The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also the head of the foreign service.

Sri Lanka Foreign Service is a distinct service governed by the government of Sri Lanka and this service was established in 1948. Sri Lanka Foreign Service was later known as Sri Lanka Overseas Service (SLOS) and this is the body of Diplomats of Sri Lanka. Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the head of this service. Sri Lanka Overseas Service has three grades, such as:

  • Grade I officers
  • Grade II officers
  • Grade III officers

Those who completed recognized degree in Sri Lanka are eligible to face the open competitive examination for Sri Lanka Foreign Service and the grade which recruited for this service are grade III. Those who are willing to join this prestigious service need to face a written exam and interview. The total mark received by Written examination plus interview take in to consider to recruited for this position. This is another highly competitive examination in Sri Lanka and for this position examinations were held on once a few years. Those who successfully selected for Sri Lankan Foreign Service will follow a training program under several institutes such as Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute and the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration. Based on their duty station they may hold one of the following areas

  • At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • At a Diplomatic mission
  • At a consulate

Entrance Qualification for Sri Lanka Foreign Service

  • Applicant must obtain a degree from recognized university in Sri Lanka.


  • Those who followed foreign degree must have approved by University Grant Commission of Sri Lanka and applicant need show the written evidence of this approval while facing the interview.
  • Applicant must be a Sri Lankan citizen.
  • Applicant must have a good character.
  • Those who select for this position must have a physical and mental strength to work in any place in Sri Lanka or Aboard.

Age Duration

Applicant must between age of 22 to 30 but those who work as public servant bellow 40 years of age can also apply for this position.

How to Get Know the Dates of Applications

The advertisement to recruited under this position normally advertise on Sri Lanka Government Gazette. The previous Open Competitive Examination for Recruitment to Grade III of The Sri Lanka Foreign Service was held in the year of 2016 and details and application was called in 17th March 2017 Gazette.

Sri Lanka Foreign Service Open Competitive Written Exam & Interview

The exam will have held on normally Sinhalese, Tamil and English Medium and applicant have the ability to chose the one medium of above languages. There are 6 exams which included 100 marks for each exams and following are the papers which come for this exam.

  • General Question Paper
  • World Facts I
  • World Facts II
  • Essay
  • Summary Writing
  • General Knowledge and IQ

Those who qualified to face interview must obtain at least 300 marks for the all six examinations and at least 40% of each question paper. The total mark for Interview is 100.

Hope that the mention information’s will helpful if you have any intention to enter this service. For more information’s visit following sites.

Gazette Notification SINHALA TAMIL



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