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) 2022

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 2022 are given below. 

The UPSC has released the tentative dates of Indian Forest Service Prelims & Main 2022 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2022 will take place on June 05, 2022, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on start from November 11, 2022 for 10 Days.

The online registration process has started from February 2, 2022, and it will end on February 22, 2022. 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 2022 Exam.

                                               Indian Forest Service 2022
IFS 2022 Notification  February 02, 2022
Organising body  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam mode  Offline
Number of attempts 6
Number of vacancies  151 (approximately)
Starting date to apply online February 02, 2022
Last date to apply online  February 22, 2022
IFS Admit card  May 2022
Preliminary exam June 05, 2022
Preliminary result July 2022
IFS Main Examination November 11, 2022 (10 days)
IFS Main result  December 2022
IFS Interview  January 2022
IFS final result  February 2022

The UPSC IFS Prelims 2022 qualified candidates must note that their candidature is provisional. In accordance with the Rules of the Examination, all of them have to apply again in the Detailed Application form-I (DAF) for IFoS (Main) Examination, 2022. The dates and important instructions for filling up the DAF-I and its submission will be announced in the due course on the commission's website.

Candidates are also informed that marks, cut-off marks, and the answer keys of screening test held through Civil Services (Prelims) Examination, 2022 for IFoS (Main) Examination) will be uploaded on the commission's website i.e. upsconline.nic.in only after the entire process of the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2022 is over i.e. after the declaration of the final result.

IFS Notification 2022

UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination 2022 notification on February 02, 2022. The IFS (preliminary) notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2022. Candidates who are aiming for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) can apply online between February 02 and 22, 2022. The IFS 2022 notification was released for approximately 110 vacancies. However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration. 

Download UPSC IFS notification (2022)

IFS Number of Vacancies 2022

The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 151. 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  115 (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 2022

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 11, 2022 Onwards.

Interested candidates are advised to visit our IFS online application form 2022 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, 2022 of the year of examination, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1990 and not later than 1st August, 2001. 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
    • Defence Services personnel: Up to 3 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: 9 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.
UPSC IFS Prelims Admit Card 2021 Released

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
IFS 2020 Personal Interview Dates Released

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
Indian Forest Service 2022 Exam Dates Announced

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
IFS Mains 2021 Exam Dates Revised

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
UPSC IFS 2020 DAF II Released

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
IFS Mains 2020 Result Declared
UPSC Defers IFS Prelims 2021 Exam
IFS 2021 Application Window To Close Today
IFS 2021 Notification Was Released For 110 Vacancies
IFS Prelims 2021 Notification To Be Released Soon
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