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)
ii) Optional Papers ( Two subjects with two papers each)
||First optional Subject Paper -1
||First optional Subject Paper -2
||Second optional Subject Paper -1
||Second optional Subject Paper -2
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):
||Animal Husbandry & Veterinary/Science
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;
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.
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 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.
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.