Indian Forest Services Examination

UPSC Indian Forest Services (IFS) Exam Pattern: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conduct exam for the recruitment of Indian Forest Services (IFS). Exam pattern details are given below…

Exam Pattern: – The competitive examination comprises three successive stages.

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and
  2. 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.


Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type):- The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

  1. General Studies, Paper l – is a paper on General Studies – 200 marks
  2. General Studies, Paper ll – is a paper on Aptitude Test- 200 marks

(Popularly referred to as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), the General Studies Paper-ll will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. This means that the marks secured in Paper ll will not determine the selection of the candidate or the marks secured will not be used for arriving at the cut-off. The cut-off will purely be determined by the marks secured in Paper l)


  1. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills (in Paper ll) of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  2. Both the papers will carry 200 marks and will be 2 hours in duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.
  3. Total Number of Questions asked in Paper I will be 100 and that in Paper ll will be 80.
  4. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.
  5. The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper ll of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
  6. It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.
  7. 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.

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.

  1. MAIN EXAMINATION: – 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 optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers, 200 marks for each paper.

PaperSubjectMax. Marks
Paper-IGeneral English300
Paper-IIGeneral Knowledge300
Paper-IIIAny two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjectsEach subject will have two papers, 200 marks for each paper


List of optional subjects:-

S. No.SubjectS. No.Subject
1.Agriculture2.Agricultural Engineering
3.Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science4.Botany
5.Chemistry6.Chemical Engineering
7.Civil Engineering8.Forestry
11.Mechanical Engineering12.Physics


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;

  1. Personality Test: – Candidates who qualify in the mains Examination will be called for interview Personality Test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Interview! Personality Test will carry 300 marks. The Interview for personality test will be intended to serve as a supplement to the written examination for testing the General Knowledge and ability of the candidates in the fields of their academic study and also in the nature of personality test to assess the candidate‘s Intellectual curiosity, integrity of character, initiative and capability for leadership.
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