The Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
India has a vast natural resources. For the balanced and all
round development of these resources vast machinery are also required. India has
an area of 635,400 km to designated as forests, about 19.32 percent of the
country. The Indian Forest Service( IFS) is the Forestry service of India. It is
one of the three All India Services of the Government of India. It was created
in 1966 for protection, conservation, and regeneration of forest resources.
Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Academy of Administration at Mussourie. This is followed by Forest
Service-specific orientation at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy at
Dehradun, with training on forest and wildlife management, soil conservation,
surveying, Scheduled Tribes, and handling weapons.
After completing the academies, candidates go through a year
of on-the-job field training in the state to which he or she is assigned. There
is a probationary period three years during which they are posted as Assistant
Conservators of Forests. On completion of this,and after a total period of four
years of service in the junior scale, officers are appointed to the Senior Time
Scale and are entitled to be posted as the Deputy Conservators of Forests or
Divisional Forest Officers in charge of districts/forest divisions.
Ranks of the Indian Forest Service are as follows:
- Probationary Officer / Assistant Conservator of Forests
- Deputy Conservator of Forests
- Conservator of Forests (CFs)
- Chief Conservator of Forests (CCFs)
- Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Addl.PCCFs)
- Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) - highest post in a State
- Director General of Forests - highest post at Centre, selected from
amongst the senior-most PCCFs of states.