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.
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 2021 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2021 will take place on June 27, 2021, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on start from November 21, 2021.
The online registration process has started from March 4, 2021, and it will end on March 24, 2021. 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 2020 Exam.
|Indian Forest Service 2021|
|IFS 2021 Notification||March 4, 2021|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Number of attempts||6|
|Number of vacancies||110 (approximately)|
|Starting date to apply online||March 4, 2021|
|Last date to apply online||March 24, 2021|
|IFS Admit card||May 2021|
|Preliminary exam||June 27, 2021|
|Preliminary result||August 2021|
|IFS Main Examination||November 21, 2021 (10 days)|
|IFS Main result||January 2022|
|IFS Interview||February 2022|
|IFS final result||March 2022|
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination 2021 notification on March 4, 2021. The IFS (preliminary) notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2021. Candidates who are aiming for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) can apply online between March 4 and 24, 2021. The IFS 2020 notification was released for approximately 110 vacancies. However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration.
The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 110. However, candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and PWD categories will be provided with the reservation according to the Government. According to the official notification released by the UPSC, a few vacancies are reserved. Check the details below.
|Total number of vacancies||110 (approximately)|
|Low Vision category: 2|
|Partially Deaf category: 2|
|Locomotor disability (sub‐category: Leprosy cured and Acid attack): 1|
Aspirants have to note that the final number of vacancies indicated are liable to further alteration.
Candidates who are aspiring for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) should apply only through the Civil Services (Preliminary). There is no separate IFS application form. However, there are a few important points aspirants should know before IFS registration.
Interested candidates are advised to visit our IFS online application form 2021 page for detailed information. One can also check the exam fee, exam dates and other important details here.
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.
A candidate must be
Centers in India
Age of a candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years on 1st August, 2021 of the year of examination, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000. 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 an examination will be counted as an attempt at the examination even if the candidate failed to qualify for the selection.
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Preliminary admit card 2021. The exam will be held through Civil Services. Candidates who have registered for the written exam can download the admit card on the official portal. One should take the printout of the admit card and carry the same to the examination centre.
The written exam will be held on October 10 in two shifts - General Studies (morning) and CSAT (afternoon). Candidates who qualify in the Prelims will be eligible for the Mains exam.17 September 2021
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Personal Test (PT) 2020 dates. It has released the schedule for the interview on the official portal - www.upsc.gov.in
The Interviews will be held from October 18 to 22 in the forenoon and afternoon sessions. A total of 222 candidates were shortlisted for the interview.10 September 2021
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service 2022 exam dates. The screening round which will be held through Civil Services Examinations 2022 is scheduled for June 5. The Mains exam will be held from November 20, onwards. (10 days).
Earlier, the Commission has released the Annual Calendar 2022. It has also released the tentative dates of all the examinations along with the date of notification and last date to receipt of online applications.16 August 2021
The UPSC has released the revised exam dates of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Mains 2021 exam. The IFS Mains exam will be held for a total of 10 days from February 27 to March 8, 2022. It will be conducting the screening round through the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021 scheduled on October 10.
The Commission has also revised the exam dates of IAS Mains and Combined Medical Examination 2021.26 June 2021
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2020 DAF 2 form on June 23, 2021. Candidates who have qualified in the results can fill the UPSC DAF form 2020 at upsc.gov.in. One can submit the UPSC DAF 2020 form till July 6, 2021.
Earlier, the Commission has declared the IFS Mains result 2021 on June 16, 2021. Candidates who qualify in the UPSC IFS Mains 2020 will be eligible to appear for the IFS 2020 personality test.23 June 2021