UPSC IFS 2017 – UPSC has released notification for Indian Forest Service Examination 2017. The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 110. Candidates applying for Indian Forest Service Examination should note that they are required to appear in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and qualify the same for going to the second stage of Indian forest service (Main) Examination which consist of written exam and interview.

Candidates can get here the complete details of UPSC IFS 2017 such as application form & fee, eligibility criteria, important dates, selection process etc. on this page.

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The Union Public Service Commission will hold a Screening Test for selection to Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2017 through Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2017 which will be held on 18th June, 2017. Candidates who qualified first stage will have to appear in main written examination and personal interview rounds.

Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Important dates for UPSC IFS (Main) 2017 examination are given below.

Events Dates
Download IFS (Main) Admit Card 2017 Three weeks before exam
Date of UPSC IFS Mains 2017 December 2017

UPSC IFS 2017 Application Form

Candidates are required to apply Online using the link for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. Candidates who wish to apply for Civil Services Examination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the on-line application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination. Candidates, who will qualify for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Form subsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website ( of the Commission.

  • Click here for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2017.

Last date for Submission of Application Form is 17 Mar 2017.

UPSC IFS 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Nationality : A candidate must be either :-

  • (a) A citizen of India, or
  • (b) a subject of Nepal, or
  • (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
  • (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01 January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
  • (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma,  Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government 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 1st August, 2017, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.

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 incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination, 2017 as per regulations given in Appendix-III of the rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2017 published in Gazette of India dated 22nd February, 2017.

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.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other nonphysically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category, shall be eligible for nine attempts. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to Indian Forest Service is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.


  • An 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.


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