UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination – UPSC IFS 2013 Educational Qualifications
Minimum Educational Qualifications for IFS Exam 2013 :
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 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 possesses an equivalent qualification.
Note I :
Candidates who have appeared at an examination for Indian Forest Service 2013 the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Union Public Service Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the IFS Exam results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Indian Forest Service Preliminary examination.
All candidates who are declared qualified by the Union Public Service Commission for taking the Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application form for Indian Forest Service Main Exam 2013. The applications for the Indian Forest Service Main Examination 2013 will be called sometime in the month of August, 2013 through on-line mode.
Note II :
In addition, the candidates who possess qualification equivalent to those specified in Rule 7 will be required to produce a certificate from University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 clarifying that the degree is at par with the Bachelor’s degree specified in Rule 7 along with their application for the Indian Forest Service Main Examination failing which such candidate will not be admitted to the IFS Main Examination.
Note III : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he / she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Union Public Service Commission justifies his / her admission to the IFS examination.
Number of attempts :
Every candidate appearing at the IFS Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the Indian Forest Service examination.
The restriction is effective from the IFS examination held in 1984.
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven.
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 candidates belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
Note 1 :
- An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
- 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.
- Notwithstanding the disqualification / cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination for IFS 2013 will count as an attempt.
Physical Standards for IFS Exam 2013 :
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination, 2013 as per regulations given in Appendix III of the rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2013 published in Gazette of India dated 5th March, 2013.