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Name: IFS
Exam Full Name:: Indian Forest Services Examination
Category: UPSC Exams
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UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Exam(IFS) every year for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. And this year a Common Test is going to be held on 18 June 2017. It is also an All India service like IAS and IPS. The Indian Forest Service was created in 1966 for protection, conservation and regeneration of forest resources. Being an All India Service, the members are recruited by the Centre but their services are put under the various State cadres, with the privilege of serving both under the State and under the Centre.


Indian Forest Service (IFS), offers a highly challenging and rewarding career.Maintenance of forests is so important for maintaining the ecological balance that the Indian Forest Service has been set up for this very purpose. The Indian Forest Service Officers (IFS) who are recruited through UPSC by the Central Government play a very crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wild life.



The pattern of IFS exam has been changed from current year.

  • UPSC introduces a new component for the screening mechanism through a Common Test Civil   Services(preliminary) Examination, and selection is done in three phases.
  • All the Candidate are required to appear in Civil Service Examination and the same for going to the second stage of IFS Exam.


Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is followed by specialized orientation for the Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy.



Exam Level

National level exam


Contact Information

Before appearing for IFS Exam, candidates should ensure that they are eligible for the IFS examination.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree wwith atlest one of the following Subjects:
  • Animal Husbandry &  Vaterinary , Science , Botany , Chemistry , Geology , Physics , Zoology , Physics , Mathematics


  • Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture,Forestry


  • Bachelor's in Engineering from a recognised University.


Age Limit:

A Candidate must attained the age of 21 years and not greater than the age of 32 years on the 1st August,2017.

  1. Relexation of 5 years is allowed for the SC Candidates.
  2. Relexation of 3 years is allowed for the Candidate of other Backward Classes
  • Selection will be based on the marks scored in the examination followed an Interview or Personality Test.
  • After that the UPSC will verify the original documents of the candidates.


Plan of the Examination

1. Written Examination.
2. Interview for Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission.

Examination Subjects: The following will be the subjects for the written examination:

  • Compulsory: (1) General English (2) General Knowledge (300 marks each).
  • Optional: Any two of the following subjects (Each subject will have two papers)-
  1. Agriculture
  2. Botany
  3. Chemistry
  4. Civil Engineering
  5. Geology
  6. Agricultural Engineering
  7. Chemical Engineering
  8. Mathematics
  9. Mechanical Engineering
  10. Physics
  11. Zoology
  12. Statistics
  13. Forestry
  14. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (200 marks each).


NOTE:The Examination in all the subjects will be of conventional (Essay) type.




The written examination is followed by a personality test in the form of personal interview. The interviews are held by the UPSC soon after the result of written test is declared. The marks obtained in the interview are added to the marks obtained by a candidate in the written test to draw up the final merit list.


Personality Test:

The main aim of this is to judge the suitability of candidates as officers of Indian Forest Service. The personality test also aims at testing leadership qualities, mental alertness, initiative, balance of judgement, analytical capabilities etc.


Candidate are allowed to apply online through the website:

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