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. 

Importance

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) 2021

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)
Exam mode  Offline
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

IFS Notification 2021

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. 

Download UPSC IFS notification (2021)

IFS Number of Vacancies 2021

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)
Reserved vacancies  5
  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. 

IFS Application Form 2021

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.

  • Candidates should satisfy the educational prerequisites set by the Commission to get eligibility for IFS. 
  • Aspirants should register for the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify in the screening test for going to the second stage of IFS (Main) examination. 
  • The qualified candidates in the Preliminary will be eligible to fill a Detailed Application Form available on official site.  
  • The IFS Main Examination will be held from November 21, 2021. However, the Civil Services (Main) exam will be conducted from September 17, 2021, onwards. 

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.


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 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:

    • 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.
IFS 2021 Application Window To Close Today

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) application window to close today, i.e., March 24. Interested candidates who have not yet registered for the exam apply online till 6 PM. The online applications will be accepted through the common application process - Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021. 

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility conditions such as education qualifications will be eligible to apply for the exam. The Commission will conduct the IFS Prelims exam 2021 on June 27. The admit card will be released in May 2021. 

24 March 2021
IFS 2021 Notification Was Released For 110 Vacancies

The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2021 notification. Interested candidates who satisfy the eligibility requirements can apply online for the IFS 2021 examination through the Civil Services exam between March 4 and 24, 2021. 

The selection of the candidates will be based on the Civil Services Preliminary exam 2021. Candidates who qualify in the Prelims will be eligible to appear for the IFS Mains exam 2021 scheduled in December.

The IFS notification was released for a total of 110 vacancies. The Commission will conduct the Civil Services or IFS Prelims exam on June 27, 2021. 

4 March 2021
IFS Prelims 2021 Notification To Be Released Soon

The UPSC has ended the rumours regarding the postponement of the Indian Forest Service 2021 Prelims exam. The Commission is likely to release the Civil Services notification 2021 soon.

The official site reads, "CS(P)E-2021 (including IFoS(P)E-2021) shall be conducted as per already declared schedule on 27.06.2021. Detailed Notifications for CSE-2021 and IFoSE-2021 shall be published in due course."

IFS Prelims 2021 exam will be held through the Civil Services exam scheduled on June 27. The admit cards will be released at least 10 days before the exam. 

11 February 2021
IFS Mains Admit Card 2021 Released

The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Mains admit card 2021. Candidates who have qualified in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 can download IFS Mains admit card 2021 on the official website. 

Aspirants should use their login credentials such as roll number or registration number. One can download IFS Mains admit card 2021 from February 4 to March 7. The IFS Main examinations 2021 will be held from February 28 to March 7. 

5 February 2021
No Extra Chance For IFS Aspirants Who Missed Exam Due To COVID

The Central Government has revealed that it is not considering an extra attempt to those candidates who missed the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Prelims exam 2020 held in October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing on behalf of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said, "We are not ready to give one more chance. Last night I received instruction that we are not agreeable"

IFS Preliminary exam 2021 will be held through the Civil Services Exam on June 27. The notification of CSE will be released on February 10, 2021. 

23 January 2021
UPSC Releases IFS 2019 Revised Result
Applications Invited From IFS Officers For Forestry Posts
IFS Main Exam Time-table 2020 Released
UPSC IFS 2020 (Main) DAF Released; Fill the form @upsc.gov.in
IF Prelims 2020 Result Declared
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