Indian Forest Services

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) conducted by UPSC every year for recruiting officers for the Forestry service of India. This Service was created in 1966 for protection, conservation, and regeneration of forest resources. It is also an All India service like IAS and IPS. Its employees are recruited by the national government but serve under the state governments or Central Government. Exam pattern is similar to other civil services, and selection is done in three phases. Selected candidates are get trained at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is followed by specialised orientation for the Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun. After training candidates are posted as the assistant conservator, district conservator, chief conservator, principal conservator, and the inspector general of forests. The senior most post is that of the Environment Secretary in the Union Government.

Education Qualification: Entry is open to candidates who hold 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 Agricultural Engineering from 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.

Age Eligibility: ages of 21 and 30 as on July 1 of the year of the examination. Upper age limits are less restrictive for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes (SC/ST/OBC).

Exam Notification of the Indian Forest Service Examination is generally in February. The written essay-based examination is conducted in July and is conducted in English. Each paper is of three hours’ duration.

Scheme of Examination
I. Written Examination – Conventional (essay) type 1400 Marks
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 for each paper
II. Interview for Personality Test 300 Marks
List of optional subjects
Agricultural Engineering
Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Science
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :
(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(c) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(d) Mathematics and Statistics
(e) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject

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