IFS Examination – Indian Forest Services Exams
The Indian Forest Services Examination is divided in two successive stages:
- Civil Services (Preliminary)
This examination is for the screening and selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.
The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions).
- Indian Forest Service (Main)
The Main Examination will consist of written examination and a personal interview.
The written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type.
Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination will be called for personal interview.
The total marks obtained in written and personal interview will determine final ranking.
UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Main examination after the preliminary examination once every year.
Only Candidates who have written the preliminary examination and declared qualified by the Commission can apply online for the IFS main examination on www.upsconline.nic.in
A candidate must be at least 21 years old and should be less than 32 years old. The upper age limit is relaxable for some castes, Ex-servicemen and differently abled candidates.
As announced by UPSC
Subjects in Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam
|Paper Number||Type of Paper||Max. Marks||Duration|
|Paper I||Objective||200||2 hours|
|Paper II||Objective||200||2 hours|
Paper I Syllabus
Current Affairs (National and International)
History of India and Indian National Movement
Geography of India and the World
Indian Polity and Governance
Economic and Social Development
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change
Paper II Syllabus
Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. – Class X level)
Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
Subjects in IFS Main Exam
Written Examination (Essay Type)
|Paper Number||Name||Max. Marks||Duration|
|Paper I||General English||300||3 hours|
|Paper II||General Knowledge||300||3 hours|
|Subject Papers: Select two subjects from list of optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers|
|Paper III||Subject1 First-Paper||200||3 hours|
|Paper IV||Subject1 Second-Paper||200||3 hours|
|Paper V||Subject2 First-Paper||200||3 hours|
|Paper VI||Subject2 Second-Paper||200||3 hours|
List of optional subjects
Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Forestry, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Zoology.
Constraints in selection of two subjects:
Candidates will not be allowed choose the following specific combination of subjects:
(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(c) Agriculture and ·Forestry
(d) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(e) Mathematics and Statistics
(f) Of the Engineering subjects – Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and
Mechanical Engineering- not more than one subject
Interview for Personality Test
The personality test will be conducted by a board of members who will test candidate’s knowledge in Academic subjects as well as Current Affairs – State, National and International, General Knowledge, Latest discoveries and Inventions in the world.
The personality test carries maximum 300 marks.