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|
The UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 notification on February 19, 2019. The IFS (preliminary) notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2019. Candidates who are aiming for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) can apply online between February 19 and March 18, 2019. The IFS 2019 notification was released for approximately 90 vacancies. However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration.
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)|
|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.
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 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:
(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 notification for the Indian Forest Service along with the Civil Services on February 19, 2019. Candidates who wish to serve the country as an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer have to apply online. Aspirants have to note that the last date to apply online for UPSC IFS is March 18, 2019.
Interested candidates have to keep their scanned photograph and signature ready for the online application. Candidates have to apply through the Civil Services to appear for the Indian Forest Services (IFS) examination.
The Preliminary examination will be common for both UPSC Civil Services and IFS, which will be held on June 2, 2019. Candidates who meet the IFS eligibility criteria and qualify in the Preliminary examination will be shortlisted for the IFS Main examination, which will be held in December 2019.12 March 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the much-awaited Indian Forest Service (IFS) notification 2019. The notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2019. Interested candidates can start applying online for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) through CS (P) between February 19 and March 18, 2019.
The IFS 2019 notification was released for around 90 vacancies. Aspirants have to note that the number of vacancies is liable to alteration. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements set by the UPSC are only allowed to apply online for the exam.
The preliminary exam for IFS will be conducted through Civil Services (Preliminary), which will be held on June 2, 2019. Candidates who apply for IFS and qualify in CS (P) will be called for Main Examination, which will be held in December.19 February 2019
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