Indian Forest Service Examination

Tell me Something about IFS

The Indian Forest Service serves as the backbone of India and carries great respect and responsibilities. It is one of the three All India Services of the Indian government, along with the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service; its employees are recruited by the national government but serve under the state governments or Central Government. In the Globe where Environment & Climate change have a major impact, IFS too have a greater influence on the development of India. About IFS Examination The Indian Forest Service Examinations conducted by the UPSC is one of the toughest in the world with only about 100 candidates selected out of more than 1, 00,000 that appear ever year

Why people consider joining IFS?

Indian Forest service is considered better based on the certain reasons. Among them some are as follows 1. Caters to the interest by providing opportunities in conserving environment 2. The scope and breadth of decision making in the service 3. Facilities that go with the service as perks 4. Chances for interacting with other departments than the parent dept 5. Stability of career

How the services are allocated to the candidate?

The services are allocated based on the final Rank the candidate had secured, Preferences of services executed by the candidate, Category of the candidate and Vacancy of the Post.

What are the Minimum Educational Qualifications required for appearing in the exam?

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 recognized university or equivalent.

Is a Candidate who has done graduation without Passing Class X & Class XII eligible for IFS Examination?

Yes. For IFS Exams, the candidate is eligible since the UPSC has not specified the mode of acquiring the degree.

What is the prescribed age limit for the examination?

To appear in the exam the minimum age is 21 years on 1st July, 2011. The upper age limit depends upon the category to which you belong. If you belong to, 4. General Category, the upper age limit is 30 years 5. Other Backward Classes, it is 33 years 6. SC/ST category, upper age limit is 35 For special categories, the age relaxations (from 30 years) are as follows Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons : 10 years Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations : 3 years Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers 5 years

Can I appear for any number of times in the Exam?

No. Generally, any one below the age of 30 years can attempt 4 times. If you belong to
1. Other Backward Classes, you get 3 more attempts
2. SC/ST category, there is no limit in the number of attempts you can make.

What is the Scheme of the Examination?

The Indian Forest Services Examination will consist of two successive stages
(i) Written Examination for the selection of candidates
(ii) Interview for Personality Test

What is the Plan of Written Examination?

The written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay (Descriptive) type in the subjects.

What are the papers contained in the Main Examination?

Paper I - General English
Paper II - General Knowledge
Paper III, IV, V & VI - Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers.

What are the Maximum Marks in the Main Examination?

The Written Exam has a total mark of 1400.
General English ? 300 marks
General Knowledge ? 300 marks
Two Optional Subjects ? 200 marks for each paper

What does the General English Paper Consists of?

Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or précis.

What does the General Knowledge Paper Consists of?

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study. General Knowledge Paper is similar to the General Studies Paper of Civil Services Exam.

What is the Course Content of the Syllabus of the Optional Subject?

The Course of the syllabi for optional subject will be of Degree level

How to choose an Optional Subject?

While choosing the optional subject, you have to analyze the following, a. Your interest in the subject b. Availability of guidance, coaching, material and opportunity to form group c. Abilities needed for learning the subject and your abilities d. Skill sets- Writing and presentation- needed for taking the exam with the subject

Whether I am permitted to choose any combinations of Subjects for mains?

The candidate is not permitted to choose the following combinations Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Mathematics and Statistics Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject.

In which language the Mains Exam questions will be provided?

The question papers other than language papers will be set in English only.

Tell me Something about Civil Services

No. Candidates will have to answer all the question papers in English only.

Is there any Negative Marking in Main Examination?


When will the Main Examination be conducted and results published?

The Main Examination commences in second week of July every year. The results will be published are normally published in mid of February every year.

What are the documents I have to keep ready for submission?

Candidates are requested to keep ready attested copies of the following document after the declaration of Preliminary Exam results.
1. Certificate of age.
2. Certificate of Educational qualification.
3. Certificate in support of claim to belong to Schedules Caste,
Schedules Triband other Backward Classes / Physically Disabled, where applicable.
4. Certificate in support of claim for age / fee concession , where applicable.

Does UPSC provide any cut-off mark for qualifying Main Exam?

No. However, the qualifying mark changes according to the overall performance of the candidates in that year of the examination.

what is the nature and object of the Personality or Interview test?

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service

What Quality are Judged in the Personality Test?

He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest and will be judged on the basis of Mental alertness Critical powers of assimilation Clear and logical exposition Balance of judgment Variety and depth of interest Ability for social cohesion Leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

What are the probable areas in which questions are asked in interview?

1.Your birth-date, birth place, home town and state.
2.Your educational and professional background. Your hobbies and extracurricular activities.
3.Your optional subjects in the main examination and reasons for opting for those subjects.
4. Applicability of your subjects of specialization as well as optional subjects.
5. Major current national and international events or any other burning topics.
6. Social, cultural, political and economics problems relating to India, their reasons and solutions.
7.Problems of various states in the country with special emphasis on your home state.

What is the maximum mark in Interview?

The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

When and where will the Interview be conducted?

Usually, it is conducted every year in the month of March. It will be conducted only in New Delhi.

How many days the Interview will be conducted?

It is a one day event followed by a medical examination by the experts in the following working day.

When will the results be published?

The results will be published in the first week of April, well before the commencement of the next Preliminary Examination.

Will the interview marks be included in final marks?

Yes. It will be included with the marks obtained in the Main Examination and a final rank list will be published based on qualifying marks.

How can I apply for the IFS Exam?

After publication of the notification of the Indian Forest Services Examination by UPSC in February/March, Candidates have to apply online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the abovementioned website.