Indian Forest Service Examination (IFS) UPSC


      Indian Forest Service Examination is organized by Union Public Service Examination. It is combined competitive exam all over India for different Central Government forestry posts. The exams are conducted for the following posts,

  • Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
  • Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
  • Chief Conservator of Forests
  • Conservator of Forests
  • Deputy Conservator of Forests
  • Junior Administrative Grade
  • Senior Time Scale

Eligibility Criteria:

    The candidate must be either

  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • Citizen of Nepal

Before Applying Read Carefully:

  • Migrated to other countries with the intention of permanently returning to India
  • The candidate must have an age limit between 21 to 32 years
  • The upper age relaxation for SC/ST candidate is maximum five years
  • The upper age relaxation for Other Backward Caste is maximum three years
  • Candidate must have a degree in Animal Husbandry, Physics, Statistics and Zoology, Agriculture, Forestry and Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
  • Aspirant must be physically and mentally fit

Number of Attempts:

  • The candidate in general Category only have 6 attempts
  • The candidate in SC/ST have any number of attempts
  • The candidate in other Backward Caste have 9 attempts

Selection Procedure:

      The stages of Selection are

  • Civil(Preliminary)Exam
  • Main Examination
  • Personal Interview


        The syllabus for the examination is

Civil Service Preliminary Exam Syllabus

 Paper I

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science

Paper II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

 Compulsory Subjects:


  1. General English
  2. General Knowledge

Optional Subjects:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

 Agricultural Engineering:

  • Soil and water conservation, Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing
  • Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Structures
  • Farm Power and Machinery, Agro-energy
  • Agricultural Process Engineering, Instrumental and computer applications in Agriculture

 Animal Husbandry:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Physiology,
  • Livestock Production,
  • Genetics
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Animal Diseases
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Milk and Milk Product Technology
  • Extension


  • Microbiology
  • cryptogams
  • Phanerogams
  • Plant Utility
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Forest type of India


  • Linear Algebra, Calculus, Analytics Geometry
  • Differential Equations, Dynamics, Vector Analysis
  • Algebra, Real Analysis, Linear Programming
  • Partial Differential Equations, Numeric Integration, Numeric Analysis, Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics

Exam Pattern:

         The candidates who are selected from the Civil service Preliminary Examination are moved to the main Examination .the main examination consists of two main papers general English and General Knowledge with 300 marks each and four optional papers with 200 marks each .The papers are as stated above. The optional papers are selected by the candidates. Shortlisted candidates from the written examination is moved to the interview process

How to apply:

  • Log onto the official website
  • Fill all the necessary details
  • Upload the signature and photo of the candidate
  • Pay via Internet Banking, Credit/Debit Cards
  • Recheck the application for any error
  • Agree to the declaration
  • Submit the application
  • Take the printout for future reference


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