Indian Forest Services exam acronym as IFS Exam is taken by the UPSC for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. The Indian Forest Service Officers (IFS) recruited through UPSC play a crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wild life.

Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration followed by specialised training at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.

Educational Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, geology, statistics, veterinary science and animal husbandry; or who holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, forestry, or agriculture; or

A Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.


The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on 1st July of the year of examination and must not have attained 30 years of age on that date.

The upper age limit will be relaxed by 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination


  • A candidate must be either:
  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

A candidate seeking admission to this type of UPSC Exam must pay to the Commission a fee of Rs. 100 (Rupees One Hundred only) through a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp of the requisite denomination. Central Recruitment Fee Stamp (NOT postage stamps) must be obtained from the post office and affixed on the application form in the space provided therein. The stamp may be got canceled from the issuing Post Office with the date stamp of the post office in such a manner that the impression of the cancellation mark partially overflows on the application form itself but within the space provided on the form. The impression of the cancellation mark should be clear and distinct to facilitate the identification of date and the Post Office of the issue. Candidates residing abroad should deposit the prescribed fee in the office of India’s High Commissioner, Ambassador or representative abroad as the case may be for credit to account head “051-Public Service Commission-Examination Fees” and attach the receipt with the application. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any fee. No Fee exemption is, However, Available to OBC Physically disabled persons are exempted from the payment of the fee. A physically disabled candidate claiming age relaxation/fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with their detailed application form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital/Medical Board in support of his claim for being physically disabled.

Important:- ‘Postage Stamp’ will in no case be accepted in lieu of ‘Central Recruitment Fee Stamp’.Fee sent through Indian Postal Orders, Bank Draft, Money Order, Crossed Cheque, Currency Notes or Treasury Challan etc. will also not be accepted by the Commission.

Note 1: Applications not accompanied by the prescribed Fee (Unless remission of Fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.

Note 2: Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Note 3 : If any candidate who took the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination held in 2007 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he must submit his application so as to reach the Commission’s Office by the prescribed date without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.

IFS Exam Syllabus

IFS Exam consists of question from the compulsory and optional subject taken by the candidate from the given list.

IFS Exam Pattern

IFS exam consists of a screening test (same as that of Civil Services Exam’s Preliminary Test) followed by a main written test comprising of the following given papers and Personality test of such candidates who qualify on the basis of the written examination

(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers:

i) Compulsory Papers (Both)

Paper I General English 300 marks
Paper II General Knowledge 300 marks

ii) Optional Papers ( Two subjects with two papers each)

Paper III First optional Subject Paper -1 200
Paper IV First optional Subject Paper -2 200
Paper V Second optional Subject Paper -1 200
Paper VI Second optional Subject Paper -2 200

Total Marks = (300+300+4×200=800)=1400

(B) Interview for Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission– Maximum marks : 300

2. List of Optional Subjects and their codes (Subject to Provisions Below):

S.No Subject Code
2 Agricultural Engineering 02
3 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary/Science 03
4 Botany 04
5 Chemistry 05
6 Chemical Engineering 06
7 Civil Engineering 07
8 Forestry 08
9 Geology 09
10 Mathematics 10
11 Mechanical Engineering 11
12 Physics 12
13 Statistics 13
14 Zoology 14

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

Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
Mathematics and Statistics.
Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject;
Personality Test

The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal mental qualities of the candidate.

Important Instructions about the level of the Test

The standard of papers in General English and General Knowledge will be such as may be expected of a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.

The Scope of the Syllabus for optional subject papers for the examination is Broad of the Honors Degree level i.e. A level Higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Master's Degree. In the case of engineering subjects, the level corresponds to the Bachelors Degree.

General English
Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or précis.

General Knowledge
General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Optional Subjects
The total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. One question in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question from each Part.

The IFS(Mains) Exam is held every year in the main cities of the India i.e

  • Bhopal
  • Chennai
  • Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati)
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Nagpur
  • Port Blair and
  • Shimla

The Indian Forest Service Exam is generally held in the month of July on the pattern of civil services exam, and selection is done in three phases.

Candidates are required to apply online only, by using the website

Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the website itself.

However candidates residing in certain remote areas specified in the official website may also apply through offline mode, by using the New Common Application Form (Form-E) being used for examinations conducted by the Commission.

This Form can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices throughout the country against cash payment of Rs.30/- (Rupees Thirty Only). Each such Form can be used only once and only for one examination. In case of any difficulty in obtaining Application Forms from the designated HPOs/ POs, the candidates should immediately contact the concerned post Master or UPSC’s “FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL” over Telephone No. 011-23389366/ FAX No. 011-23387310. It may be noted that all offline applications, if any, received from candidates residing in normal areas/ abroad, shall be summarily rejected by the Commission. The option of offline application is available only to candidates residing in specified remote areas.

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