IFS Exam

Indian Forest Service Exam

IFS Examination Pattern

The pattern of IFS examination has been designed to test the academic expertise of a candidate and that candidate's ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates.

The UPSC IFS Exam 2020 is conducted in two stages namely, Prelims and Main, which are then followed by an interview.  

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations 2021 are as follows:

1. IFS Preliminary Examination (400 Marks):

The Prelims consists of two papers of 200 marks each.

Both the question papers are of the objective type (MCQ) of two hours each

The question papers will be set in both Hindi and English. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.

Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time for each paper.

The General Studies Paper-II of the Preliminary exam will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

2. IFS Main Examination (1700 Marks):

  • Candidates who qualify Preliminary exam are called for the Main exam and on the basis of marks secured in the Main exam, they will be called for Interview
  • The total marks of the Main exam and Interview sum up to produce the final result

A. The written examination consists of the following papers:

Paper Subject Total Marks
Paper-I General English 300 Marks
Paper-II General Knowledge 300 Marks
Paper-III Any two subject to be selected from
the list of the optional subjects
200 Marks
(For Each Paper)

B. Interview Personality Test - 300 Marks

List of Optional Subjects for IFS Main Exam:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

The candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects:

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering not more than one subject
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