UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination – UPSC IFS Exam 2017 Eligibility

UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination – UPSC IFS Exam Eligibility 2017

  1. Nationality
    A candidate must be either :

    1. A citizen of India, or
    2. A subject of Nepal, or
    3. A subject of Bhutan, or
    4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
    5. A person of Indian origin 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. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him / her by the Government of India.
  1. Age Limits for IFS Exam 2017 :
    1. 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.
    2. The UPSC IFS Exam 2017 upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable :
      1. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
      2. upto 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.
      3. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
      4. upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof :
      5. upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2017 and have been released.
        1. on completion of assignment ( including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2017 ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
        2. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
        3. on invalidment.
      6. Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs / SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2017 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
      7. upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of Low Vision and Hearing Impaired persons.
        Note I :Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3 (ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, Low Vision and Hearing Impaired person etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.Note II :The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen ( Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts ) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.Note III : The age concession under Para 3 (ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs / SSCOs, who are released on own request.

        Note IV :Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under para 3 (ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe ) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services / posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government. Save as provided above the age limits for IFS Exam 2017 prescribed can in no case be relaxed.The date of birth accepted by the Union Public Service Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised 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. These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

        The expression Matriculation / Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

Note 1 : Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation / Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of IFS Exam applications 2017 will be accepted by the Union Public Service Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Union Public Service Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination for IFS, no change will be allowed subsequently ( or at any other Examination of the Union Public Service Commission ) on any grounds whatsoever.

Note 3 : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the Online IFS Exam 2017 application form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Union Public Service Commission under the Rules.

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78 Responses to “UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination – UPSC IFS Exam 2017 Eligibility”

  1. abhishek saxena January 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm # Reply

    respected sir/madam, i have done diploma in electronics and communication engg. after 10′th(PCM), can i join any course of aggriculture, my no-9897608620

  2. vijay singh January 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm # Reply

    i am graduate i have dune BA AM I ELIGIBAL FOR IFS OR NOT PLZ LE ME KNOWN

  3. mahija January 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm # Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have done B.Sc in Biotech and Life Sc.
    I have studied all the biology subjects, but the degree is in Biotech.
    Am I eligible for IFS? I wish to take Agriculture and Zoology as my optional subjects

  4. jana February 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm # Reply

    Am doing bsc visual comunication am i eligable for this xam pls reply

  5. imran February 11, 2012 at 12:42 am # Reply

    sir,with due respect is than any more post for a graduate mechanical engg in indian forest service.if yes than please give me the detail i shall be highly obliged….

  6. Archana choudhary February 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm # Reply

    I am a student of physiology,can I apply for this exam?

  7. Priya P. February 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm # Reply

    Dear sir/madam,
    I am doing my PhD in Agriculture. I am interested to write IFS exam. I want to know the physical standards/physical fitness for writing IFS exam or for IFS recruitment. Kindly reply.

    Thanking you,
    Priya P.

  8. saptarshi mondal February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm # Reply

    i have done in computer science . am i eligible for the ifs exam

  9. praveen kumar February 27, 2012 at 8:41 am # Reply

    i am studying mtech in computer networks. am i eligible for indian forest service . pls replay sir

  10. Chirag March 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm # Reply

    I am doing my Bachelors in Business management so will i eligible to write the Indian Forest Service exam since i am very much interested in it.

  11. ghanshyam March 10, 2012 at 10:50 am # Reply


  12. garima singh March 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm # Reply

    respected sir/madam
    i have 49 % in my (botany) , so please inform me that m i eligible for IFS or not.

    • UpscExam March 15, 2012 at 9:54 am # Reply


      Yes you can apply.

  13. Abhishek Ghosh March 18, 2012 at 10:37 am # Reply

    sir,I am B-Tech in Biotechnology. Can,I appear for IFS exam with Agriculture & zoology as optional subjects.pls help its urgent.

    • UpscExam March 19, 2012 at 9:53 am # Reply


      Yes you can apply for Indian Forest Service Exam 2012.

  14. saurav pundir March 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm # Reply

    sir please tell me height in ifs candidate

  15. Sukhinder Singh March 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm # Reply

    Sir,my graduation is with Bcom….I am a post graduate in economics presently pursuing Phd in the same……. Am i eligible to sit in the INDIAN FOREST SERVICE exam with animal husbandry and agriculture as optionals……. Kindly feedback…..Thanks

  16. manpreet March 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm # Reply

    Sir, i studied STATISTICS as one of my subjects in graduation and post graduation……… Am i eligible to appear in INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAM with agriculture and animal husbandry as optionals……… Please reply as i desperately want to clear this exam……. thanks…..

  17. akash March 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm # Reply

    sir i`m a bca graduate, so will i be able to appear for indian forest services

  18. vishal March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm # Reply

    sir i`m a bba graduate, so am i eligible to appear for indian forest services

  19. aniruddha sharma March 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm # Reply

    Reena :Dear sir,I have done electronics enginnering which of the above courses can i apply to

    i m a student of electronics & communication engineering.m i eligible for indian forest service exam

  20. madhuri chowdary March 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm # Reply

    does candidates r eligible for this exam

  21. raghavan March 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm # Reply

    where did i get IFS applicationform.pls send me that link.

    • UpscExam March 27, 2012 at 10:45 am # Reply


      The notification for IFS Exam 2012 is not yet issued.

      The IFS Exam 2012 application issue date : 31.03.2012

      Last date for submission of IFS Exam 2012 application : 30.04.2012

      Exam date for IFS Exam 2012 : 14.07.2012

      For applying IFS Exam, please visit :

  22. samir behera March 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm # Reply

    Dear sir,i m a student of electrical engineering{last year}.m i eligible for this IFS EXAM 2012.

  23. VIKRAMADITYA March 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm # Reply

    SIR/MADAM , I AM STUDENT OF B.Sc.(Hons.)Horticulture. whether I am eligible to write IFS 2013?

  24. deepankar pant April 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm # Reply

    sir i have done B-Tech in electronices & instrumentation. am i eligible for indian forest service exam?

  25. deepankar pant April 6, 2012 at 9:55 am # Reply

    sir , i have studied maths & physices in my engineering . ihave done B-Tech in electronices & instrumentation . can i apply indian forest service by opting maths & physices.

  26. pankaj April 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm # Reply

    Respected sir/mam,

    currently i’m doing b-tech in comuter science, i was studied physics mathematics and chemistry in my first year, so my question is i’m eligible for IFS test after my graduation or not.

  27. anurag pandey April 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm # Reply

    myself anurag pandey and i am in from computer science trade in last year.
    can i apply for ifs 2012 form.

  28. Gopinath Jana April 9, 2012 at 10:36 am # Reply

    What are the required physical standards(i.e. height, weight etc.) for IFS 2012?

  29. M.Govindarajan April 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm # Reply

    Respected sir,
    I am not an zoology graduate. Shall I write IFS examination. Please reply to my mail.
    Thanking you

  30. pushpendra singh chauhan April 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm # Reply

    Dear sir/madam,

    i have completed B.pharma.
    i can apply or not for the post of IFS Examination

  31. Reena April 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm # Reply

    Dear sir,I have done electronics enginnering which of the above courses can i apply to

  32. Namrata Jugran April 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm # Reply

    @Namrata Jugran

    Candidates born between 2nd July 1982 to 2nd Aug 1982 have adverse impact due to change in age limit.

  33. G.Kavitha April 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm # Reply

    Respected sir ,
    Iam appearing my final year of B.EL.Ed (Bachelor of elementery education ) in Mysore under NCERT .Sir its a 4 year Teacher training course , do iam eligible for IFS Exam. Sir , in school i opted Arts subject , if iam eligible for IFS Exam,which subject i have to choose for applying IFS Exam.

  34. priya April 26, 2012 at 10:49 am # Reply

    respected sir,
    sir, I want to know the physical eligibility criteria for IFS(indian forest service).

  35. devanandh.p.r April 26, 2012 at 11:28 am # Reply

    respected sir,

    i am finishing (2003-2006)…i need the eligible and how to apply for ifs exams? do iam eligible for ifs exam.

  36. padmanabh shastri April 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm # Reply

    ex-service men want to appear in the IFS exam
    pls guide

  37. devendra sinha June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am # Reply

    sir ,
    does ifs exam requires any % criteria in 12th exam. iam having 44% in 12th exam ….. is it possible for me to appear in exam.

  38. VARUN June 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm # Reply

    (AS IN IFS Eligibility MENTIONED BY UPSC THAT “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” )

    Advance Thanks.

  39. jj June 12, 2012 at 2:00 am # Reply

    sir , am currently pursuing Bsc. biotechnology honors from panjab university and i wish to be a forest officer , could u plz tell me if am eligible to appear for the test .. i wud also like to know the number of seats in forest services ..and wud u plz guide me wat subjects shud i choose to crack the exam !!!!

    • UpscExam June 12, 2012 at 10:46 am # Reply


      The number of IFS vacancies for this year is approximately 85. As the application for applying IFS Exam 2012 has been closed, you can try it for the next year.

  40. Amit Saini June 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm # Reply

    Sir, i have done BSC in information technology, am i eligible to appear for this test.

  41. MOHAMED SAHAD KP June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm # Reply

    i am Bsc computer science student with maths ,so will i be able to appear for indian forest services

    thank you

  42. anosh June 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm # Reply

    respected sir, i want to know the best subject to do my graduation because after tht my aim is ifs. i had just cleared class12 with pcb. please rply me fast.

  43. NARESH June 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm # Reply

    Respected Sir
    Sir i am Naresh Chandak from Maharashtra , sir now i am studied in ” B. A-3 “, My Special subject is Geography , so can i eligibal for Indian Forest Servise Exam , and what can i do to give Indian Forest Servise Exam ?

    Thank You

  44. suganya .s June 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm # Reply

    respected sir i am 3 rd year student so i will be able to appear the IFS exam my num is 9688889941 my mail id pls reply me sir IFS is my aim sir

  45. Abhimanu kumar July 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm # Reply

    sir mae B.Sc.Biotechnology kar rha hu, kay mae IFS exam de sakta hu.

  46. shwetha July 3, 2012 at 4:26 am # Reply

    Dear sir, please be kind and tell me if paramedical graduates can apply for ( or b.p.t ) for Indian Forest Service Exams? please im very worried.

  47. nasrin July 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm # Reply

    what is the passing marks in IFS UPSC examination

  48. chandan bakshi July 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm # Reply

    Is there any min. percentage is requries for IFS Exmamination.I am B.Com passed out student.plz guied me

  49. vishav July 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm # Reply

    m doing btech,,,is i am eligible for this exam of ifs

  50. umesh kumar August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am # Reply

    i am BFSc i able to apply IFS exam

  51. ankit kumar August 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm # Reply

    i am bachelor of fisheries science graduate which is alide branch of i eligible for ifs exam?

  52. mounica August 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm # Reply

    sir,i am mounica,and i want to take IFS examination in future what engineering groups are eligible for a person to take IFS in CSE,IT are eligible groups.if not,is CIVIL ENGINEERING is an eligible group?Would you please kindly inform me with this question.

  53. guru August 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm # Reply

    dear sir i done computer science with maths . shall i apply for indian forest services.mail me as soon as possible.
    thank you

  54. karthi August 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm # Reply

    Dear sir ,
    i finished my p.g in computer science with maths(UG also same). shall i eligible for indian forest services exam. mail me.
    thank you

  55. manish sharma August 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm # Reply

    sir i am pursuing in computer science so please reply me whether i am eligible forIFS.

  56. Alpesh Ramani August 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm # Reply

    Respected sir/madam,
    i have done Degree in Information Technology, can i join any course of Indian forest services exam.
    So mail me.

  57. sandeepgoyal August 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm # Reply

    Dear sir/ madam ,
    Here I am complete the R.s.u.and can i attend. The i.f.s,exam please give me the knowledge of i.f.s.exam

  58. nani january September 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm # Reply

    i am in 5th semester of civil engineering, so will i be able to appear for exams?? Please reply as soon as possible.

  59. sheetesh from scope bhopal October 11, 2012 at 11:30 am # Reply

    espected sir i am B.E.(IT) 4 th year student so i will be able to appear the IFS exam my num is my mail id pls reply me sir IFS is my aim sir

  60. jatin dave October 18, 2012 at 11:43 am # Reply

    sir i m m.b.b.s student…can i apply for the IFS exam?

  61. rohit December 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm # Reply

    respected sir/ma’m,
    may i know what does “….. or possess an equivalent qualification…………” given in eligibility criteria for IFS exam mean given at

    I am a MBBS student, am i eligible for the exam?

  62. muzammil December 16, 2012 at 10:42 am # Reply

    sir, I have done MBBS ,am i eligible for the indian forest services exam?

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