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.
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.
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:
(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)
Cumulative Age relaxation:
The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are as follows:
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.