IFS Indian Forest Service Examination | UPSC Exam

Details of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination - UPSC Exam

Indian Forest Service Examination

Indian Forest Service (IFS) offers a highly challenging and rewarding career. The maintenance of the natural resources of the country is very essential for a balanced all round development of the country. 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.

Exam Notification

Notification of exam will be published in the month of February/March every year
Exam will be conducted in the month of July

Application Procedure

Candidates can avail the application form from any of the Post office on payment.
Candidates must apply to the following address
The Secretary,
UPSC, Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi- 110069.

Age Limit

Age should be 21-30 years on 1st July of the year of the examination.
Certain categories have age relaxation.

Educational Qualification

Degree from a recognized university with Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Botany/Chemistry/Geology/Mathematics/Physics/Statistics/Zoology
Degree in Agriculture/Forestry/Engineering from a recognized university
Candidates those who are appearing for the degree examination are also eligible.

IFS Exam Details

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

List of Optional Subjects

Agriculture or Agriculture Engineering
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Combination of the following subjects is not allowed

Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Chemical and Chemical Engineering
Mathematics and Statistics
Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject


Shortlisted candidates shall be called for interview in the order of their ranking as per the marks obtained by them in the objective test.

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