Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam Notification - 2020


Indian Forest Service Examination (IFoS) is a national level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment officers into the forest services in India.


Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2020 Exam Date

The notification for the next year Indian Forest Service Examination (IFoS) is generally released on the February month.

Indian Forest Service 2020 Exam Schedule
Indian Forest Service Exam 2020 Dates
Indian Forest Service Notification Release 12 February 2020
Online Application Starts 12 February 2020
Online Application Ends 3 March 2020 (Till 6 pm)
Preliminary Exam Date 31 May 2020(1 day)
Preliminary Exam Result To be notified
Indian Forest Service 2019 Exam Schedule
Indian Forest Service Exam 2019 Dates
Notification Release Date 19 February 2019
Online Application Start 19 February 2019
Online Application End 19 March 2019 (till 6 pm)
Preliminary Exam Date 2 June 2019 (1 day)
Preliminary Exam Result 12 July 2019
e-Admit Card for Main Exam 7 November 2019
Main Exam Starts 01 December 2019
Main Exam Result 17 January 2020
Interview Schedule 21 January 2020
Final Result 4 March 2020
Indian Forest Service 2018 Exam Schedule
Indian Forest Service Exam 2018 Dates
Notification Release Date 07 February 2018
Online Application Start 07 February 2018
Online Application End 06 March 2018(till 6 pm)
Preliminary Exam Date 03 June 2018 (1 day)
Preliminary Exam Result 14 July 2018
e-Admit Card for Main Exam 12 November 2018
Main Exam Starts 02 December 2018
Main Exam Result 03 January 2019
Interview Schedule Declaration Date 07 January 2019
Final Result 06 February 2019

The aspirants must apply online through the official website of UPSC: https://www.upsc.gov.in/ Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/PwBD who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/‐ (Rupees One hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.

Indian Forest Service Examination Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications for IFS
The candidate must 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, Forestry or in Engineering of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission's examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Indian Forest Service Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application Form-I of the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2020 through on-line mode.
NOTE II : In addition, the candidates who possess qualification equivalent to those specified in Rule 7 will be required to produce a certificate from University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 clarifying that the degree is at par with the Bachelor degree specified in Rule 7 along with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidate will not be admitted to the Main Examination.
NOTE III : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
Indian Forest Service Age Limit
The age of a general category candidate must be between 21 and 32.
Age Relaxation
Category UPSC Age Limit Number of Attempts
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited (Up to age limit)
Defence Services Personnel 35 9
Persons with Benchmark Disability EWS (Economically weaker section) 35 9
Physical standards for ESE
Sl. No. Post Code Physical Requirements
1 MF Work performed by Manipulation by Fingers
2 PP Work Performed by Pulling & Pushing
3 L Work Performed by Lifting
4 KC Work Performed by Kneeling and Crouching
5 BN Work Performed by Bending
6 S Work Performed by Sitting (on bench or chair)
7 ST Work Performed by Standing
8 W Work Performed by Walking
9 SE Work Performed by Seeing
10 H Work Performed by Hearing/Speaking
11 RW Work Performed by Reading and Writing
12 C Communication
Nationality Criteria
The candidate must be the citizen of India.
Or a subject of Nepal.
A subject of Bhutan.
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India..

Indian Forest Service Examination Pattern

The Indian Forest Service Examination is conducted in three stages preliminary exam, main exam and interview.

Indian Forest Service Exam Pattern
Exam Name Indian Forest Service Examination
Abbreviation IFoS
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Medium Of Exam English/ Hindi
Mode of Exam Pen paper Mode (Offline)
Number of Stages Three
Total Marks 2400 (400+1700+300)
Stage I Preliminary (Objective Type)
Stage II Mains Exam (Descriptive Type)
Stage II Interview/Personality test
IFoS Preliminary Exam Pattern
Paper Type Marks Duration Negative marks
General Studies I Objective 200 2 hours Yes
General Studies II (CSAT) Objective 200 2 hours Yes
CMS Main Exam Pattern and Marks Distribution
Paper Subject Total marks Duration
Paper I General English 300 3 Hours
Paper II General Knowledge 300 3 Hours
Paper III Optional I 200 3 Hours
Paper IV Optional I 200 3 Hours
Paper V Optional II 200 3 Hours
Paper VI Optional II 200 3 Hours
Indian Forest Service Examination Interview
The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the Interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own state or country, as well as in modem currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth. 2. 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.
  • There will be 0.33 marks deducted as a penalty (Negative Making) for wrong answers marked by a candidates in the objective type question papers.
  • There are four alternatives for the answers to every question in preliminary.
  • If a question is left blank i.e no answer is given by the candidates, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • There are 6 papers in the IFoS mains exam.
  • In Mains examination the candidate have to choose 2 optional subjects.
  • The interview contain 300 marks.

Indian Forest Service Examination (ESE) Syllabus

Preliminary exam Syllabus of IFoS
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)
Main exam Syllabus of IFoS
General English Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.
General Knowledge General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.
Optional Subjects 1. Agriculture
2. Agricultural Engineering
3. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
4. Botany
5. Chemistry
6. Chemical Engineering
7. Civil Engineering
8. Forestry
9. Geology
10. Mathematics
11. Mechanical Engineering
12. Physics
13. Statistics
14. Zoology

Indian Forest Service Vacancy

Indian Forest Service Vacancy
UPSC Indian Forest Service Number of Vacancy in 2019 is 90.

Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 Cut Off

Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 Cut Off
Sl No. Category Preliminary (Out of 200) Mains (Out of 1400) Final Cut Off (Out of 1700)
1 General 116.00 686 918
2 EWS 112.66 615 839
3 OBC 114.66 661 876
4 SC 101.34 609 832
5 ST 101.34 598 849
Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disability (PwBD)
a. PwBD-1 - - No candidate available
b. PwBD-2 74.66 482 794
c. PwBD-3 42.66 258 No candidate available


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