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Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) once in a year. Being a challenging entrance exam, aspiring candidates need to put in a lot of hard work and planning into preparations.

The Indian Forest Service Examination will consist of two successive stages

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service.

Eligibility Criteria for IFS 2020:-


A candidate must be either:-

(a) A citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
(e) a person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits - 
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2020 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998. 
Upper Age Relaxation - 
up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;
up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
Minimum Educational Qualifications - The candidate must hold a degree 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.
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 result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.

IFS Registration / Application Form

IFS 2020 Registration and Application Form:-

UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam -
Apply online at website - https://upsconline.nic.in
The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature.
The candidate should have details of one Photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card / PAN Card / Passport/ Driving License / Any other photo ID card issued by the State / Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This photo ID will be used for all future references and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for the examination.

IFS Application Form

IFS Exam Dates

IFS 2020 Date:-


Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination 2020 through CS(P) Examination 2020 -
Date of Notification - 12.02.2020 
Last Date for receipt of Applications - 03.03.2020 
Date of commencement of Exam - 31.05.2020, Sunday
Duration of Exam - 1 Day
Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020 -
Date of commencement of Exam - 22.11.2020, Sunday
Duration of Exam - 10 Days.

UPSC Exam 2020 Dates

IFS Syllabus

IFS 2020 Syllabus:-


List of Optional Subjects:-

• Agriculture
• Agricultural Engineering
• Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
• Botany
• Chemistry
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Forestry
• Geology
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Physics
• Statistics
• Zoology

Click Here to download IFS Syllabus.

Paper Pattern

IFS 2020 Paper Pattern:-

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. 
(i)   Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions). 
(ii)  The General Studies Paper-II of  the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper  with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. 
(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. 
(iv)  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,  Low Vision candidates  (minimum 40% impairment) will  be allowed  to write  the examination with  the  help  of  a  scribe.  Low  Vision  candidates will also  be allowed an extra time of forty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of two hours duration. 
(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers:­
Paper I  - General English  - 300 Marks 
Paper II   - General Knowledge - 300 Marks 
Paper III / Paper IV / Paper V / Paper VI - Any two subjects to be selected from the list of for each the optional subjects set given below Each subject will have two papers - 200 marks
(B) Interview for Personality Test (See Part (C) of Section II of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called by the Commission - Maximum Marks: 300 Marks
List of optional subjects:-
(i)  Agriculture 
(ii.) Agricultural Engineering 
(iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 
(iv) Botany 
(v) Chemistry 
(vi) Chemical Engineering 
(vii) Civil Engineering 
(viii) Forestry 
(ix) Geology 
(x)  Mathematics 
(xi) Mechanical Engineering 
(xii) Physics 
(xiii) Statistics 
(xiv) Zoology 
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects: 
(a)  Agriculture and Agricultural Engg. 
(b)  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science. 
(c)  Agriculture and ·Forestry. 
(d)  Chemistry and Chemical Engg. 
(e)  Mathematics and Statistics. 
(f)  Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering- not more than one subject; 
1. All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. 
3.  The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours. 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.  

IFS Preparation

IFS 2020 Preparation:- 

There are certain private institutions/agencies imparting coaching and guidance for IFS examination. So far as optional subjects are concerned, most of the students are expected to do well.

IFS Books            IFS Sample Papers

IFS Preparation Tips               IFS Coaching Institutes

IFS Notification

IFS 2020 Notification:-


Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination 2020 through CS(P) Examination 2020 -
Date of Notification - 12.02.2020 
Last Date for receipt of Applications - 03.03.2020 
Date of commencement of Exam - 31.05.2020, Sunday
Duration of Exam - 1 Day
Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020 -
Date of commencement of Exam - 22.11.2020, Sunday
Duration of Exam - 10 Days.

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