Indian Forest Service Examination – IFS 2014 Exam Pattern
1. IFS Examination Scheme :
The competitive examination for the Indian Forest Service comprises two successive stages :
- Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination ( Objective Type ) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination; and
- 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.
2. The UPSC IFS 2014 Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type ( multiple choice questions ) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II. IFS examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through UPSC IFS examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Union Public Service 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 UPSC Indian Forest Service Main Examination.
Note I : Since there may be common candidates for Civil Services Examination and the Indian Forest Service Examination, after the common Screening Test done through Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination, separate lists will be prepared for the candidates eligible to appear in the Civil Service ( Main ) Examination 2014 and Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination 2014, based on the number of vacancies to be filled through the Civil Services Examination 2014 and Indian Forest Service 2014 Examination.
Note II : 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 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
- If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
- If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.”
Note III : 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, blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.
3. The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test.
The written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II. Also see Note (ii) under para I of Section II(B).
4. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Union Public Service Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section II. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks ( with no minimum qualifying marks ). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination ( written part as well as interview ) would determine their final ranking.
Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.
A. IAS Preliminary Examination :
The Civil Services IAS Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
- Both the question papers will be of the objective type ( multiple choice questions ).
- The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
- Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
- Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.
B. IAS Main Examination :
The IFS written examination 2014 consisting of the following papers :
|Paper I||General English||300 marks|
|Paper II||General Knowledge||300 marks|
|Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers.||200 Marks for each paper|
C. IFS Interview 2014 for Personality Test ( See ( C ) of Section II of this Appendix ) of such candidates as may be called by the Union Public Service Commission – Maximum Marks : 300 Marks
2. List of Optional Subjects :
|Agriculture||01||Chemical Engineering||06||Mechanical Engineering||11|
|Agricultural Engineering||02||Civil Engineering||07||Physics||12|
|Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science||03||Forestry||08||Statistics||13|
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :
- Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering.
- Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
- Agriculture and Forestry.
- Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
- Mathematics and Statistics.
- Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject;
Note : The standard and syllabi of the subjects mentioned above are given in Section III.
General Instructions for IFS Exam 2014 :
- All the question papers for the IFS examination 2014 will be of conventional ( essay ) type.
- All Question Papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only.
- The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.
- 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, blind candidates will be allowed to write the Indian Forest Service examination with the help of a scribe. An extra time of 30 minutes for each paper will also be allowed to a blind candidate.
Note 1 : The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his / her conduct inside the IFS examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he / she can help the blind candidate in writing the Indian Forest Service Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.
Note 2 : For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is forty per cent ( 40% ) or more. However, the extent of visual impairment should have to be corroborated by a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central / State Government along with their Detailed Application Form.
Note 3 : The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.
- The Union Public Service Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the IFS examination.
- If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him / her.
- Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
- Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the IFS examination.
- In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
- Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals ( e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc. ) while answering question papers.
- Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific ( Non-Programmable type ) Calculators at the conventional type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
C. Personality Test
1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his / her career. The object of the Indian Forest Service interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his / her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him / her both within and outside his / her own State or country, as well as in modern currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.
2. The technique of the IFS interview is not that of a strict cross examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal mental qualities of the candidate. The Board will pay special attention to assessing the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of observation and assimilation, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, initiative, tact, capacity for leadership; the ability for social cohesion, mental and physical energy and powers of practical application; integrity of character; and other qualities such as topographical sense, love for out-door life and the desire to explore unknown and out of way places.
Syllabi for The Examination
Note : Candidates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in this section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination.
Part A — Preliminary Examination
Paper I – ( 200 marks ) Duration : Two hours
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
Paper II – ( 200 marks ) Duration : Two hours
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy ( numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. ) ( Class X level ), Data interpretation ( charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level )
- English Language Comprehension skills ( Class X level ).
Note 1 : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level ( last item in the Syllabus of Paper – II ) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
Part B Main Examination
The standard of papers in General English and General Knowledge will be such as may be expected of a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.
The Scope of the Syllabus for optional subject papers for the IFS 2014 examination is broadly of the Honours Degree level i.e. A level higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Masters Degree. In the case of Engineering subjects, the level corresponds to the Bachelors Degree.
There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.
General English : Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.
General Knowledge : General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.
Optional Subjects : Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. One question in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question from each Part. In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.