UPSC IFoS Exam: Indian Forest Service Exam

UPSC IFoS Exam: Indian Forest Service (IFoS) is All India Services of the Union Government. It is a very coveted position and a huge number of aspirants apply every year for this position. It was constituted in the present form in 1966, although the service dates back to 1864 when it was established as the Imperial Forest Service under the British Raj. In this article, Aspirants can read everything related to the Indian Forest Service Exam such as exam pattern, syllabus, how to apply, salary, etc.

UPSC IFoS Exam: Important Dates

Date of Notification 12.02.2020
Last date of Submission of Application 03.03.2020
IFOS Prelims Exam 04.10.2020
IFOS Mains Exam TBA

UPSC IFoS Exam: Educational Qualification

  • The civil services require any bachelor’s degree, the IFoS exam requires a science or engineering bachelor’s degree from UPSC recognized universities.
  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the following subjects: animal husbandry & veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, statistics, physics, zoology OR the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering.

UPSC IFoS Exam: Age Limit

The candidates can be minimum of 21 years and a maximum age of 32 years on August 1, 2020 on the year of examination. This means the candidate should not be born before August 2, 1988 and not after August 1, 1999. Age relaxation for different categories have been listed below:

  • For SC/ST- up to 5 years
  • OBC gets age relaxation up to 3 years
  • Those belonging to Jammu and Kashmir and Domiciled from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 get age relaxation up to 5 years
  • Defence service personnel- up to 5 years
  • Ex-servicemen and commissioned officers, ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered a minimum of 5 years of military service.
  • PWD candidates: 10 years of age relaxation

UPSC IFoS Exam: Selection Procedure

  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

UPSC IFoS Exam: Exam Pattern

The Indian Forest Service Exam is conducted in three rounds. A candidate has to clear one stage to qualify for the subsequent stage. They are explained below:

Stage 1: Prelims Exam

  • The prelims exam for IFoS is the same as the UPSC IAS Prelims exam. There are two papers, GS I and CSAT, both objective in nature.
  • The cut off for the IFoS exam is higher than for the IAS exam since the number of vacancies is markedly less.

Stage 2: Mains Exam

  • There are 6 papers in the IFoS mains exam.
  • All are descriptive in nature. Each paper is for a duration of 3 hours.
  • There are two optional subjects candidates that have to choose.

UPSC Indian Forest Service Mains Exam Papers:

Paper Subject Total marks
Paper I General English 300
Paper-II General Knowledge 300
Paper III Optional I 200
Paper IV Optional I 200
Paper V Optional II 200
Paper VI Optional II 200
  • List of optional subjects for the IFoS main exam:
  1. Agriculture
  2. Agricultural Engineering
  3. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  4. Botany
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Forestry
  8. Mathematics
  9. Mechanical Engineering
  10. Physics
  11. Statistics
  12. Zoology
  13. Geology
  14. Chemistry

Candidates will not be allowed the following combination of optional subjects:

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Of the Engineering subjects namely, Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject.

UPSC IFoS Exam: Exam Centres

There are 80 cities from all over the countries which have exam centres for IFS prelims 2020.

UPSC IFoS Exam Centres
Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji (goa)
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Gwalior Prayagraj (allahabad)
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry
Aligarh Imphal Pune
Ananthapuru Indore Raipur
Aurangabad Itanagar Rajkot
Bengaluru Jabalpur Ranchi
Bareilly Jaipur Sambalpur
Bhopal Jammu Shillong
Bilaspur Jodhpur Shimla
Chandigarh Jorhat Siliguri
Chennai Kochi Srinagar
Coimbatore Kohima Thane
Cuttack Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Kozhikode (calicut) Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Lucknow Tirupati
Dharwar Ludhiana Udaipur
Dispur Madurai Varanasi
Faridabad Mumbai Vellore
Gangtok Mysuru Vijayawada
Gautam Buddh Nagar Nagpur Visakhapatnam
Gaya Navi Mumbai Warang

UPSC IFoS Exam: Salary

The following table gives the salary and rank hierarchy of IFoS officers.

Grade Designation in state govt. Designation in GOI Basic Monthly Salary
Junior Time Scale Assistant Conservator of Forests/Asst. Dy. Conservator of Forests Assistant Inspector General of Forests ₹56,100
Senior Time Scale Deputy Conservator of Forests Assistant Inspector General of Forests ₹67,700
Junior Administrative Grade Deputy Conservator of Forests Assistant Inspector General of Forests ₹78,800
Selection Grade Deputy Conservator of Forests (Selection Grade) Assistant Inspector General of Forests ₹1,18,500
Super Time Scale Conservator of Forests / Chief Wildlife Warden Deputy Inspector General of Forests ₹1,50,000
Senior Administrative Grade Chief Conservator of Forests Inspector General of Forests ₹1,75,000
HAG scale Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests ₹2,00,000
HAG+ Scale Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Additional Director General of Forests ₹2,05,400
Apex Scale Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force) Director-General of Forests ₹2,25,000

How To Apply

Candidates can apply online by visiting the website

  • Only a single application must be submitted by the applicants.
  • Candidates must carefully fill all the details including name, age, qualifications, exam centre etc.
  • The applications must be submitted before the last date after which it will not be received.

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