Indian Forest Services (IFS) is one of the eminent Civil Sevices of India and belongs to the apex All India Services group like IAS & IPS. The IFS Examination is conducted every year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). An IFS officer is largely independent of district administration and exercises administrative, judicial and financial powers in their own domain. All top positions in state forest department are held by IFS officers. Positions like Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Conservator of Forest (CF) ,Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), IG Forest etc. are some examples. In power & position IFS are equivalent to IPS.
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August, 2015, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1994.
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Medical or Engineering stream 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.
The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:
I. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main/Written) Examination.
II. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates against the vacancies identified and reported for the Indian Forest Service Examination.
Exam Pattern details:
IFS Exam consists of two stages:
I. Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
II. Indian Forest Service Main Examination (Written and Interview).
I. Preliminary Examination: The Examination comprises of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
Each paper will be of two hours duration.
Blind candidates will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.
II. Main Examination:
1) The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination consists of the following papers. All Question Papers must be answered in English. Question Papers will be set in English only. Time duration will be three hours for each paper.
Paper I- General English of 300 Marks
Paper II- General Knowledge of 300 Marks
Papers III, IV, V and VI- Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects given below. Each subject will have two papers, 200 marks for each paper.
List of Optional Subjects:
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :
Agriculture and Agricultural Engg.
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
Agriculture and ·Forestry.
Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
Mathematics and Statistics.
Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering- not more than one subject.
NOTE: Mains written exam is of 1400 marks in total.
2. Interview: The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.
The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination.
Number of Attempts: Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in case of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible. Number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.
Duration of the Course at NAM Institute: