UPSC: Indian Forest Service Examination (IFS)

Indian Forest Service Examination (Overview)

(A) Tentative Schedule

  • (i) Notification of Examination : February/March
  • (ii) Conduct of Examination : July

(B) Age-limits

  • 21-30 Years on 1st July of the year of examination
  • Certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation.

(C) Educational Qualification:

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 recognised university or equivalent.

Candidates appearing at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) are also eligible to compete. Candidates qualifying on the result of the written part of the examination will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination alongwith their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage.

(D) Scheme of Examination:

  • I. Written Examination - Conventional (essay) type
Paper I - General English 300 Marks
Paper II - General Knowledge 300 Marks
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. 200 Marks for each paper
Total marks for written examination 1400 Marks

List of optional subjects:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(c) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(d) Mathematics and Statistics
(e) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject

II. Interview for Personality Test : 300 Marks

NOTE : For further details, please refer to the Commission’s Notice for the Examination when it is published in the Employment News and some of the daily newspapers.

Important Links:

Contact Address:

Shri Vivek Saxena, IFS
Director (IFS)
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Room No. 431, Paryavaran Bhawan
C.G.O Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi - 110003

Phone # +91-11-24362065 (O)
E-Mail: hr062[at] , dirifs[at]

Shri Hem Pande
Joint Secretary (IFS)
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhawan
C.G.O Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi - 110003

Phone # +91-11-24362551 (O)
E-Mail: hempande[at]

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