Who can apply for the Indian Forest Service (IFS/IFoS) Exam?


Minimum Educational Qualification for Indian Forest Service (IFS/IFoS) Exam

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following subjects/ disciplines

1. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
2. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Botany.
3. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Chemistry.
4. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Geology.
5. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Mathematics.
6. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Physics.
7. Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects as Zoology.
8. Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.
9. Bachelor’s degree in Forestry.
10. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering

Graduation should be from of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.


What is the age limit to apply for Indian Forest Service (IFS/IFoS) Exam?


32 years on 1st August of the respective year of Preliminary Exam. But the upper age limit prescribed above will be relax able – up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such Candidates.
Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled In operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and Released as a consequence thereof:
Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment. up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of the offer of appointment.

up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of:-
(a) Low Vision
(b) Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf) and
(c) Locomotor disability (sub-category : Leprosy cured and Acid attack)
Also read: Civil Service Prelims: 6 Month Strategy - Part 1 To know about further relaxations, refer the UPSC notification.


The Plan of Indian Forest Service (IFS/IFoS) Exam

The Indian Forest Service Examination will consist of two successive stages.
1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.
2. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service.


How can you make sure that you clear Indian Forest Service (IFS/IFoS) Exam?


Due to limited vacancies, the cut-off score of IFS aspirants for the Main exam is often greater than that of Civil Service Exam Prelims. But once you clear Prelims, your chances of converting are very high due to different factors. Update: UPSC has released notification for IFS Prelims 2018. Apply before the last date, if you eligible. You can apply for Civil Services (IAS, IPS, IRS etc) and IFS on the same online form.


Syllabus for Indian Forest Service

IFS PRELIMS SYLLABUS SAME AS THAT FOR IAS,IPS

IFS Mains Exam Pattern

Paper Subject Marks
Paper I General English 300
Paper II General Knowledge 300
Paper III Optional Subject 1 200
Paper IV Optional Subject 1 200
Paper V Optional Subject 2 200
Paper VI Optional Subject 2 200
Total 1400
After written examination, interview for personality test will be of 300 marks.