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IFS Exam

Indian Forest Service Exam

What is IFS Exam?

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is the Civil Services Examination or a competitive exam in India conducted by Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India.

IFS one of the three All India Services. The exam is conducted for recruitment to forestry services of India.  

About IFS: Indian Forest Service is one of the Civil Services of India and belongs to the apex All India Services group. IFS services are placed under various State cadres and joint cadres  though they have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments.

The main mandate of IFS service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy which aims to ensure environmental stability and maintenance of ecological balance.

An IFS officer is largely independent of district administration and exercises administrative, judicial and financial powers in their own domain. All top positions in state forest department are held by IFS officers.

IFS 2016 Exam Dates

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    A candidate must be

    (a) a citizen of India, or

    (b) a subject of Nepal, or

    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or

    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) should produce a certificate of eligibility, which has been issued by the Government of India.

  2. Educational Qualification:

    • Candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering of a recognised university or equivalent.
    • Candidates appearing at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also compete. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they will have to submit the proof of passing the required examination alongwith their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.
  3. Age Limit :

    Age of a candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years on 1st July of the year of examination. While the upper age limit will be relaxable in the following cases:

    • For Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC /ST) : Upto 5 years
    • Other Backward Classes (OBC): Upto 3 years
    • State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989: Upto 5 years.
    • Defence Services personnel: Upto 5 years
    • Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on and have been released: Upto 5 years
    • ECOs/SSCOs : Upto a maximum of five years.

    (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 offer of appointment)

    • Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons: Upto 10 years.

    Cumulative Age relaxation:

    • SC, ST and the OBC who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible to grant cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
  4. Number of attempts:

    The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are as follows: 

    • General Candidates: 6 attempts
    • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates: No restriction
    • Other Backward Classes: 9 attempts

    Appearing for one or more papers of examination will be counted as an attempt at the examination even if the candidate failed to qualify for the selection.

UPSC IFS Results Declared!

In the UPSC IFS exams, 110 candidates have successfully cleared the examination. The UPSC IFS examination as held in November (2016) followed by personality test in February-March, 2017. For further information and to view your results, click here

22 March 2017