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) 2020

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 2020 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2020 will take place on May 31, 2020, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on start from December 01, 2020.

The online registration process will start from February 12, 2020, and it will end on March 03, 2020. 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 2020
IFS 2020 Notification  February 12, 2020 
Organising body  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam mode  Offline
Number of attempts 6
Number of vacancies  90 (approximately)
Starting date to apply online February 12, 2020
Last date to apply online  March 03, 2020
IFS Admit card  May 2020
Preliminary exam May 31, 2020
Preliminary result August 2020
IFS Main Examination December 1, 2020 (10 days)
IFS Main result  January 2021
IFS Interview  January 2021
IFS final result  February 2021

IFS Mains Result 2019 

The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Services (IFS) Mains result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for the recruitment exam held between December 1 and 8, 2019, can visit the official website to check their Mains result. 

Click here for IFS Mains result 2019 (with name)

Click here for IFS Mains result 2019 (roll numbers)

IFS Notification 2020

The UPSC will release the Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 notification on February 12, 2020. The IFS (preliminary) notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2020. Candidates who are aiming for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) can apply online between February 12 and March 03, 2020. The IFS 2020 notification will be released for approximately 90 vacancies. However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration. 

Click here to download UPSC IFS notification (2019)

IFS Number of Vacancies 2020

The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 90. 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  90 (approximately)
Reserved vacancies  4
  Low Vision category: 1
  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. 

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, 2019 of the year of examination, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August,   1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998. 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.

What After UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Result

The UPSC will conduct the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Preliminary through Civil Services (Preliminary) exam. On the basis of a screening test through Civil Services Preliminary, candidates will be shortlisted for the IFoS Main Exam. After checking the IFS Preliminary exam result, candidates are advised to save the soft copy of the pdf file until the final result. The Commission will release the cut-off marks, answer keys of the Preliminary exam only after the final declaration of the IFS exam. 

All the qualified candidates in the screening test have to apply again in the Detailed Application Form-I (DAF) for IFoS (Main) Examination. The application will be available only on the UPSC website (www.upsconline.nic.in). All the qualified candidates are advised to fill up the DAF-I for IFoS and submit the same for admission to the IFoS Main Examination, which will be held in December. 

Note: The DAF-I will be available on the official website from September 3 to 18, 2020, till 06.00 PM.

Optional Subjects In Indian Forest Service (IFS) 

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. 


Agricultural Engineering

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science



Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering




Mechanical Engineering




Aspirants have to note that the following combination of optional subjects will not be allowed in the UPSC IFS Mains Exam:

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject
UPSC IFS Mains Result 2019 Declared

The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service 2019 Main Examination result. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination between December 1 and 8, 2019, can visit the official website to check their result. 

Candidates who stand out in the written examination should appear for the personality test/ interview, which will be held at UPSC office at Dholpur House, Delhi. In case of any issue, candidates can contact the Facilitation Counter. 

Click here for IFS Mains result 2019

The notice reads, “A candidate who qualifies for Personality Test /Interview on the basis of Result of Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2019, will be required to submit their Order of Preferences for Zone(s) /State(s) Cadre through DAF-II. DAF-II will be made available on the Commission’s website from January 21 to 28, 2020 (06:00 P.M.).”

18 January 2020
IFS Main Exam 2019 Question Papers Released

The UPSC has uploaded the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Main exam 2019 question papers on its official site. Aspirants who are aspiring for the examination are advised to access IFS question papers before kick-starting the preparation.

To access the IFS Main exam question papers, aspirants are advised to visit our question papers section. 

The Commission has conducted the IFS Main exam between December 1 and 8, 2019. The Main exam result likely to be announced in January 2020. Candidates who obtain the minimum cut-off marks will be called for the Interview/ Personality Test. The final result will be announced in April/May 2020. 

14 December 2019
UPSC IFS (Main) Exam Admit Card 2019 Released

The UPSC has released the admit card for Indian Forest Service (IFS) Mains Examination 2019. The IFS admit card 2019 is available only on the UPSC's official site. 

Candidates who have been shortlisted for the Main exam and submitted the application form can download the admit card with their login details. One should use their roll number or registration id and date of birth to access the admit card. Aspirants should take a printout of the admit card and carry the same to the examination centre. 

The Commission will conduct the UPSC IFS Main exam between December 1 and 8, 2019. Over 1000 candidates had qualified in the Preliminary exam. 

8 November 2019
IFS Main Exam 2019 Time-table Released

The UPSC has released the time-table for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2019. Candidates who have qualified in the Preliminary examination and shortlisted for the Main Exam can check the exam dates. 

According to the official notification released by UPSC, IFS Main exam will be held from December 1 to 8, 2019. The General English and General Knowledge will be held on December 1 in forenoon and afternoon session. 

The admit card for the IFS Main exam will be released at least three weeks before the exam. The Main result will be released in January 2020. Candidates will be called for the interview based on performance in the Main exam. The final result will be declared in February 2020. 

17 October 2019
UPSC IFS 2019: DAF Will Be Available Until September 18

The UPSC has released the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Indian Forest Services (Main) Examination 2019. Candidates who have cleared the preliminary examination and eligible for the Main Examination need to fill the DAF available on the official website. 

Aspirants should apply again and submit the online DAF along with scanned documents. The DAF online application will be available on UPSC's website until September 18, 2019, till 6 PM. The UPSC will conduct Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2019 from December 1, 2019, onwards. The written test will be held for a total of 10 days. The admit cards for the IFS Main Examination will be released at least three weeks before the examination. 

Candidates will be shortlisted for Interview based on merit. The final result will be released in February 2020. 

4 September 2019
UPSC IFS Preliminary Result 2019 With Name Released
IFS Prelims Result 2019: List Of Candidates Selected For IFS Main Exam
IFS 2019 Online Application Window To Close On March 18
UPSC Released IFS Notification 2019
UPSC IFS 2018 Cutoff Marks Released
UPSC Declared Indian Forest Service Final Result 2018
IFS 2018 Interviews Will Be Held From January 28 To February 1
Indian Forest Service Main Examination 2018 Result Announced
UPSC Released The IFS Main Exam Admit Card 2018
IFS Main 2018 Exam Pattern:
UPSC IFS Exam 2017 Application Form Released: Apply Now!
UPSC IFS Results Declared!
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