The External Affairs Minister or the IndianForeign Minister is a position of office at cabinet level within the Government of India. The chief responsibility of the External Affairs Minister is to represent India and its government in the international community. The minister heads the "Ministry of External Affairs." Occasionally, a junior minister designated to the post of Minister of State for External Affairs assists the External Affairs Minister. In some cases, there have been Deputy External Affairs Ministers at a secondary level.
The External Affairs ministry is run by bureaucratic officials from the Indian Foreign Service. The head of this department is the Foreign Secretary. This department is also responsible for international Diplomatic postings. The position of external affairs minister hold significance in the sense that, when this position have been vacant, the Prime Ministers have been the only person to have held additional charge as External Affairs Minister. There have been a number of External Affairs Ministers who later went on to become the Prime Ministers of India.