IFS Exam 2018

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

Indian Forest Services exam acronym as IFS Exam is taken by the UPSC for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. The Indian Forest Service Officers (IFS) recruited through UPSC play a crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wild life.
Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration followed by specialised training at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.

How to apply for Indian Forest Services Exam?
Candidates are required to apply online only, by using the website http:// www.upsconline.nic.in. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the website itself.


However, candidates residing in certain remote areas specified in the official website may also apply through offline mode, by using the New Common Application Form (Form-E) being used for examinations conducted by the Commission.

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)

Paper I General English 300 marks
Paper II General Knowledge 300 marks

ii) Optional Papers ( Two subjects with two papers each)

Paper III First optional Subject Paper -1 200
Paper IV First optional Subject Paper -2 200
Paper V Second optional Subject Paper -1 200
Paper VI Second optional Subject Paper -2 200

Total Marks = (300+300+4x200=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):


S.No Subject Code
1 Agriculture 01
2 Agricultural Engineering 02
3 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary/Science 03
4 Botany 04
5 Chemistry 05
6 Chemical Engineering 06
7 Civil Engineering 07
8 Forestry 08
9 Geology 09
10 Mathematics 10
11 Mechanical Engineering 11
12 Physics 12
13 Statistics 13
14 Zoology 14

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

  1. Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  2. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
  3. Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
  4. Mathematics and Statistics.
  5. Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject;               
  6.    IFS Exam Test Centres in India         

  7.    he IFS(Mains) Exam is held every year in the main cities of the India i.e
    • Bhopal
    • Chennai
    • Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati)
    • Hyderabad
    • Kolkata
    • Lucknow
    • Nagpur
    • Port Blair and 
    • Shimla

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  1 Educational Qualification.

Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, geology, statistics, veterinary science and animal husbandry; OR

who holds a bachelor's degree in engineering, forestry, or agriculture; OR

a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.

2. Age
The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on 1st July of the year of examination and must not have attained 30 years of age on that date. The upper age limit will be relaxed by 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
3. Physical Standards
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination
4. Nationality
A candidate must be either:

A citizen of India, or

a subject of Nepal, or

a subject of Bhutan, or

a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

5. Fee

A candidate seeking admission to this type of UPSC Exam must pay to the Commission a fee of Rs. 100 (Rupees One Hundred only) through a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp of the requisite denomination. 

Application Start Date :
Application End Date :
Exam Date :

20th February 2018

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official Website : http://www.upsc.gov.in