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 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)|
|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|
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 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 an examination will be counted as an attempt at the examination even if the candidate failed to qualify for the selection.
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.
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Aspirants have to note that the following combination of optional subjects will not be allowed in the UPSC IFS Mains Exam:
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|
Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate of Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018:
|Category||Marks out of 1400|
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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