Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination

 

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds a competitive examination named Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. The Indian Forest Service was created in 1966 for protection, conservation and regeneration of forest resources. 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.

Since 2013, anew component of screening mechanism through civil services (preliminary) examination has been added. Candidates has to appear in the civil services (preliminary) examination and qualify the same for going to the second stage of Indian Forests Services main examination (written and interview).

UPSC conducts the examination during the July month, and exam notification is out during February/March.

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Important Dates

Date of Notification 27 April, 2016
Date of Exam (Prelims): 7 August, 2016 (CSAT)
Last Date of Application 27 May, 2016
IFS Main Exam 12 November, 2016

Eligibility Criteria

Age limits

The candidate should be aged between 21 to 32 Years on 1st August, of the year of examination. Upper age limit relaxation is applicable as per government rules.

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.

Number of Attempts:

Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at  the examination for general category and OBC candidates. Provided  that  this restriction on  the number of attempts will not apply in  the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Physical Standards

The Candidates should be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination, 2016 as per regulations given in Appendix‐III.

Application Fee

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs 100/- for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The Female / SC / ST / PH candidates who are exempted. The candidates should pay either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala / State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa / Master Credit / Debit card.

IFS Mains Exam Pattern

The UPSC indian forest Services Exam have 3 papers in total.

Paper Subject Marks
Paper I General English 300
Paper II General Knowledge 300
Paper III Optional Subject 1 200
Paper IV Optional Subject 1 200
Paper V Optional Subject 2 200
Paper VI Optional Subject 2 200
Total   1400

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

Optional subjects are: Agriculture , Agricultural Engineering , Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science , Botany , Chemistry , Chemical Engineering , Civil Engineering , Forestry , Geology , Mathematics , Mechanical Engineering , Physics , Statistics , Zoology

Upon clearing the written test, candidates have to appear for Personality Test that carries 300 marks.

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.  

Mobile phones, pagers, Bluetooth  or any  other communication devices are not allowed inside  the  premises  where  the  examination  is  being  conducted.

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How to Apply

Before start filling up of Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

1) The Candidates are required to apply Online through official website www.upsconline.nic.in.
3) Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part‐I and Part‐II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through drop down menus.
3) The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/‐ (Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Physically Handicapped candidates who are exempted from payment of fee]

The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E‐Mail IDs as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of examination process.

The applicants are advised to check their emails at regular intervals and ensure that the email address ending with @ nic.in are directed to their inbox folder and not to the SPAM folder or any other folder

Exam Centers

 The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centers:  

Centres Centres Centres
AGARTALA GAYA NAVI MUMBAI
AGRA GHAZIABAD PANAJI (GOA)
AJMER GORAKHPUR PATNA
AHMEDABAD GURGAON PORTBLAIR
AIZAWL GWALIOR PUDUCHERRY
ALIGARH HYDERABAD PUNE
ALLAHABAD IMPHAL RAIPUR
ANANTHAPURU INDORE RAJKOT
AURANGABAD ITANAGAR RANCHI
BENGALURU JABALPUR SAMBALPUR
BAREILLY JAIPUR SHILLONG
BHOPAL JAMMU SHIMLA
BILASPUR JODHPUR SILIGURI
CHANDIGARH JORHAT SRINAGAR
CHENNAI KOCHI THANE
COIMBATORE KOHIMA THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
CUTTACK KOLKATTA TIRUCHIRAPALLI
DEHRADUN KOZHIKODE (CALICUT) TIRUPATI
DELHI LUCKNOW UDAIPUR
DHARWAR LUDHIANA VARANASI
DISPUR MADURAI VELLORE
FARIDABAD MUMBAI VIJAYAWADA
GANGTOK MYSURU VISHAKHAPATNAM
GAUTAMBUDDHNAGAR NAGPUR WARANGAL

The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur. Allotment of Centres will be on the "first-­apply-­first-allot" basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.

Interview

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. The Board will pay special attention to assessing the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of observation and assimilation, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, initiative, tact, capacity for leadership; the ability for social cohesion, mental and physical energy and powers of practical application; integrity of character; and other qualities such as topographical sense, love for out‐door life and the desire to explore unknown and out of way places.

Training:

Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, which is followed by specialised orientation in Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun with inputs on wildlife management, tribal welfare, soil conservation, forest management, engineering survey, weapon handling etc.

Facilitation Counter / Guidance Center

In  case  of  any  guidance/information/clarification  regarding  their  applications,  candidature  etc. candidates  can  contact  UPSC's  Facilitation  Counter  near  'C'  Gate  of its  campus in  person  or  over  Telephone No. 011‐23385271/011‐23381125/011‐23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.  

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