Indian Forest Service

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Plan & Scheme of Examination

Plan of Examination:

1. The examination comprises two successive stages:

a). Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and

b). Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written Exam and Interview)

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

3. This Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only.

4. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

5. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.

6. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test.

7. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

8. The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

9. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.

Scheme for Preliminary and Main Examinations:

2 hrs.
2 hrs.
Paper I: General English
3 hrs.
Paper II: General Knowledge
3 hrs.
Paper-III: Optional Subject 1 Paper-I
3 hrs.
Paper-IV: Optional Subject 1 Paper-II
3 hrs.
Paper-V: Optional Subject 2 Paper-I
3 hrs.
Paper-VI: Optional Subject 2 Paper-II
3 hrs.
Interview for Personality Test
Grand Total

Important: Any two subjects to be selected for Paper III- Paper VI from the list of the optional paper subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers.

A. Preliminary Examination:

(1.) The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

(2.) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(3.) 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.

(4.) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

(5.) It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Think before Ink: There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative-marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

(i) 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 (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

B. Main Examination:

1. The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers for the examination is broadly of the honors degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of engineering subjects, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

2. Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. One question in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question from each Part. In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.

3. All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

4. All question papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only

5. The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.

6. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. An extra time of 30 minutes for each paper will also be allowed to a blind candidate.

7. The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination.

8. If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.

9. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

10. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

11. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

12. Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) while answering question papers.

13. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-programmable type) calculators at the conventional type examinations of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning and interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

List of 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


11.Mechanical Engineering




NOTE: 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) Agriculture and •Forestry.

d) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

e) Mathematics and Statistics.

f) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering- not more than one subject;


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.

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.

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a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August, 2017, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.

b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable up to a maximum of five years for SC/ST candidates and up to a maximum of three years for OBC candidates

c) The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.


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 or possess an equivalent qualification.

NOTE: 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.


a) Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.

b) This restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of SC and ST candidates who are otherwise eligible.

c) The number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

d) Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts.

e) Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/ Regulations pertaining to Indian Forest Service is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.


(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.

(ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, as a candidate for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.

(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

4. FEE

a) Candidates applying (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only)

b) There will be separate examination fee for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, for those who will qualify for the same through the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, for which appropriate notice will be issued at the time of filling up of on-line application for the second stage.


a) Candidates are required to apply Online using the link for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

b) Candidates who wish to apply for Civil Services Examination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the on-line application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination.

c) Candidates, who will qualify for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Form subsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website ( of the Commission.

d) Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website.

NOTE I: While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the centre and optional subjects for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. More than one application from a candidate giving different centers and/or optional subjects will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed application, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission’s decision in the matter shall be final. If any candidate appears at a centre/optional subjects other than the those indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be valued and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

NOTE II: Candidates are not required to submit along with their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only.