IFS Exam

Indian Forest Service Exam

What is IFS Exam?

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment officers at the All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests. 


IFS is one of the three All India Services. The exam is conducted for recruitment to forestry services of India. The other two All India Services being Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS)

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 the state forest department are held by IFS officers.

Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2019

In order to become an Indian Forest Service officer, candidates need to appear for the examination conducted by UPSC. The IFS selection procedure consists of three stages – preliminary, main examination and personality test. 

Aspirants have to note that they need to appear for the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify the same for the second phase of the examination, i.e., IFS (Main Examination). Candidates who qualify in the Civil Services (Preliminary) and meet the eligibility criteria of IFS will be shortlisted for the IFS Main Examination. 

The desiring candidates can apply for the Indian Forest Service examination through a common online application form of Civil Services Examination (CSE). The applicant has to submit the application form through online mode only. The important details regarding IFS 2019 are given below. 

The UPSC has released the tentative dates of Indian Forest Service Prelims & Main 2019 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2019 will take place on June 2, 2019, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on start from December 01, 2019.

The online registration process will start from February 19, 2019, and it will end on March 18, 2019. The applicant has to submit the application form through online mode only, but there is no offline mode. Click here to know the important dates of the IFS 2019 Exam.

                                     Indian Forest Service 2019
IFS 2019 Notification  February 19, 2019 
Organising body  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam mode  Offline
Number of attempts 6
Number of vacancies  90 (approximately)
Starting date to apply online February 19, 2019 
Last date to apply online  March 18, 2019
IFS Admit card  May 2019
Preliminary exam June 2, 2019
Preliminary result August 2019 
IFS Main Examination December 1, 2019 (10 days)
IFS Main result  January 2020
IFS Interview  January 2020
IFS final result  February 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    Aspirants must be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination. Candidates are advised to visit the IFS official notification to check the detailed rules and regulations. 

  2. Nationality:

    A candidate must be

    • A citizen of India, or
    • The subject of Nepal, or
    • The subject of Bhutan, or
    • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • 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.

    Centers in India

    • The Examination will be held at the most of states Centres in India like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.
    • Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur,
      Kolkata and Nagpur
    • Allotment of Centres will be on the "first-apply-first allot" basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen
    • The Main Examination will be held on the following Centres like Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Port Blair and Shimla
  3. 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 for their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also apply. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they have to submit the proof of passing the required examination along with their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.
  4. Age Limit :

    Age of a candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 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): Up to 5 years
    • Other Backward Classes (OBC): Up to 3 years
    • State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989: Up to 5 years.
    • Defence Services personnel: Up to 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: Up to 5 years
    • ECOs/ SSCOs: Up to 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: Up to 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
  5. 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
    • Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while unlimited for SC/ST

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

Roles and Responsibilities

Few of the roles and responsibilities of Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer includes:

  • One of the main roles of an IFS officer is to protect and conserve the heritage of the forest and working towards preserving the forest resources.
  • Preserving the forest trees is another important task which needs to be taken seriously. As an officer one needs to keep a check on illegal logging of trees and work with the forest guards and security personnel to be alert at all times.
  • As an officer one has to work towards planting more trees in the forest are and also initiate and participate in such events.
  • Animals are another important forest resource and as a forest officer one needs to assure their safety and need to prevent any illegal activity that involves hurting or killing them. As an officer being alert of poachers and illegal entry in the forest area is also important.
  • As an officer one will be responsible for implementing the National Forest Policy.
  • As an officer one will have to chalk-out plans for legal commercial exploitation for timber etc.
  • As an officer one will have to do the required paperwork and complete reports that have to be presented to the forest department and ministry.
  • As an officer one will have to conduct regular surveys of the forest and guarantee that the work is rightly being done. Travelling will also be included.

Optional Subjects In Indian Forest Service (IFS) 

After Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, the shortlisted candidates will be called for the main examination, which will be about 12 to 13 times the total number of vacancies. In the IFS Main Examination, candidates are required to select two optional subjects. 


Agricultural Engineering

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science



Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering




Mechanical Engineering




Aspirants have to note that the following combination of optional subjects will not be allowed in the UPSC IFS Mains Exam:

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject
UPSC IFS 2018 Cutoff Marks Released

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the cutoff marks for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2018 examination. Candidates who have appeared for the examination can check the cutoff marks for IFS exam 2018. 

The Commission had released the IFS final result a week before, i.e., February 6, 2019. The 2018 exam was conducted for the recruitment of 110 vacancies. 

Minimum qualifying standards/marks approved in the written part of the Indian Forest Service  Examination, 2018: 

Category  Marks out of 1400
General 669
OBC 596
SC 595
ST 587
PwBD-2 541
PwBD-3 447

Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate of Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018: 

Category  Marks out of 1400
General 904
OBC 585
SC 595
ST 798
PwBD-2 787
PwBD-3 693

14 February 2019
UPSC Declared Indian Forest Service Final Result 2018

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the final result for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination, 2018. Candidates who have appeared for the personality test can check their result on the official website of UPSC. The personality test or interview was held from January 28 to February 1, 2019. 

A total of 89 candidates that include general, OBC, SC and ST categories have been recommended for appointment. The government will appoint the candidates based on the number of vacancies available and the fulfillment of other criteria. A total of 12 recommended candidates have been put in the provisional category. The provisional candidates will not receive the offer of appointment till the Commission verifies the original documents. 

Click here to check IFS final result 2018

The marks will be available to the candidates on the official website within fifteen days from the date of publication of the result. Aspirants who want any information/clarification regarding the examination/recruitment can contact the facilitation counter in the examination hall building in UPSC campus. 

7 February 2019
IFS 2018 Interviews Will Be Held From January 28 To February 1

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the personality test schedule for Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination 2018. The personality test, which is the final phase of the selection process, will be held between January 28 and February 1, 2019.

Aspirants who have qualified in the Indian Forest Service Main exam 2018 are advised to visit the official website of UPSC to download the interview call letter. Candidates can check their interview date and session with their roll number.

Click here to check the Personality Schedule for Indian Forest Service exam 2018

Candidates who are going to attend the IFS personality test 2018 should carry the original certificates such as educational qualifications and community. The Commission has conducted the IFS Main written exams from December 3 to 13, 2018.

9 January 2019
Indian Forest Service Main Examination 2018 Result Announced

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Indian Forest Services (Main) Examination result 2018. Candidates who have appeared for the examination held from December 2 to 10, 2018, can visit the official website of UPSC to check the main exam result. 

The Commission has released the roll numbers of the successful candidates in the pdf file. Candidates who passed with flying colours are qualified for the next stage of the selection process, i.e., personality test. Candidates need to produce all the certificates during the time of personality test. 

Click here to check the IFS Main examination result 2018 

The interview round or personality test for the qualified candidates will begin from January 28, 2019, onwards in the Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069. 

4 January 2019
UPSC Released The IFS Main Exam Admit Card 2018

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the admit cards for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Main Examination 2018. Candidates who are shortlisted for the main examination can download the admit cards from the official website of UPSC. One can download the admit card till December 10, 2018. 

The UPSC IFS Main exam will be held between December 2 and 10, 2018. The examination will be conducted in two sessions, namely, forenoon session (9 am to 12 pm) and afternoon session (2 pm to 5 pm). The candidates are shortlisted for the main examination after the preliminary examination which was conducted on June 3, 2018. 

Click here to download the IFS Main admit card 2018

The main examination will be held in major cities in the country. The number of IFS vacancies are approximately 110. The main exam consists of six papers which will carry a total of 800 marks. The general English, general knowledge will carry 300 marks each. To know more about the IFS Main exam pattern, click here

13 November 2018
IFS Main 2018 Exam Pattern:
UPSC IFS Exam 2017 Application Form Released: Apply Now!
UPSC IFS Results Declared!

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