UPSC releases the notification to fill approximately 110 vacancies in Indian Forest services. The first step of the recruitment is the Screening test which is Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and qualify the same for going to the second stage of Indian forest service (Main) Examination which consists of written exam and interview.Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

UPSC IFS 2018   UPSC IFS 2019


The Union Public Service Commission held a Screening Test for selection to Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination through Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which held on generally in the month of June every year. Candidates who qualified the first stage appeared the main written examination and personal interview rounds.

Events Preliminary Mains
UPSC IFS Exam 2018 03 Jun 2018 onwards 02 to 10 Dec 2018
UPSC IFS Exam 2019 02 Jun 2019 01 Dec 2019

UPSC IFS Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: A candidate must a citizen of India.

Age Limits:  A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on  August 01. The Age relaxation policy is also applicable for the reserved category candidate.

Minimum Education Qualifications

The candidate must 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, Forestry or in Engineering of any of Universities in India or other educational institutions, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination as per the rules set by UPSC.

How many times one, can appear in UPSC IFS examination?

  • Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.
  • This restriction will not apply in the case of SC/ST candidates.
  • The number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to OBC category,shall be nine.
  • The physically handicapped candidates of General category will be provided 9 attempts whereas for the other physically handicapped candidates will be given as many attempts as given to the non-physically handicapped candidate of that community.

Important points to be noted by the candidates

  • n attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, as a candidate for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  • Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

UPSC IFS Exam Pattern

There will be three exams which are to be attempted by the candidates.

Preliminary Exam: The candidates applying for Indian Forest Service exam have to sit for the Combined Preliminary examination of Civil Services. Preliminary Examination will be objective type and be qualifying in nature. The candidates need to qualify the exam for attempting the next stage. The exam consists consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions).

  • Paper-1  General Studies
  • Paper-2  C-SAT Civil Services Aptitude test

The marks of this Paper-1 is counted to get selected for the Mains exams. The candidate is required only to qualify in this paper by scoring 33% of the marks

Main Examination: The main examination will be written the examination and will consist of six papers.

  • Paper I    General English  300 Marks
  • Paper II General knowledge 300 Marks
  • Paper II Any two subjects to be 200 marks
  • Paper IV, Paper V, Paper VI selected from the list of for each the optional subjects set paper to have many subjects, which further have two papers.

Personality Test: The selected candidates will be invited for the Personality Test cum interview.The object of the Interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate would be tested there according to their knowledge.

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