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 for the recruitment officers at the All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests. 


IFS 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 state forest department are held by IFS officers.

UPSC Indian Forest Services 2018 Exam:

The result of the IFS Prelims exam has been announced on July 14, 2018, for candidates who have qualified for the IFS Main 2018 examination. On the basis of screening test held through the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 on June 3, 2018, the candidates have qualified for Indian Forest Service (Main) 2018 examination. Click here to know the list of candidates who have qualified for IFS Main 2018 exam.

The IFS Main exam will start from December 02, 2018, and it will end on December 10, 2018. Candidates who have qualified are advised to fill the DAF-IFoS application in the UPSC official website and have to pay the prescribed fee through online.

Admit Card of the Main Examination will be uploaded on the Commission’s website 3 weeks before the commencement of the examination. Click here to know more about the IFS Main 2018 Exam Timetable.

UPSC Indian Forest Services 2019 Exam:

 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 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
  2. 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 at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also compete. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they will have to submit the proof of passing the required examination alongwith their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.
  3. Age Limit :

    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:

    • 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
  4. Number of attempts:

    The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are as follows: 

    • General Candidates: 7 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 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.
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:

The IFS Main exam will start from December 02, 2018, and it will end on December 12, 2018. The examination will be held in two sessions from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

All the question papers for this examination will be essay type with a time duration of three hours for each paper. A candidate must write the papers in his/her own hand. However, Low Vision candidates with the minimum of 40% impairment will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.

Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus and exam pattern to tackle this examination. Click here to know more about the IFS Main 2018 Exam Pattern.

21 September 2018
UPSC IFS Exam 2017 Application Form Released: Apply Now!

The Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2017 has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Interested candidates can now register themselves now. Click here to know the details.

11 September 2017
UPSC IFS Results Declared!

In the UPSC IFS exams, 110 candidates have successfully cleared the examination. The UPSC IFS examination as held in November (2016) followed by personality test in February-March, 2017. For further information and to view your results, click here

22 March 2017

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