Indian Forest Service Examination – IFS 2018 Exam Pattern

Indian Forest Service Examination – IFS 2018 Exam Pattern

IFS Examination Scheme

The competitive examination comprises two 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.

The UPSC IFS 2018 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. This 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 this examination. 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.

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 and Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination as determined by the Commission on the number of vacancies to be filled through the Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination.

Note II : There will be negative marking for incorrect answers 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.”

The IFS 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).

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the 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.

Section II

Scheme and subjects for the IFS Preliminary and Main Examination 2018

UPSC Indian Forest Services Preliminary Examination 2018 :

The Civil Services IAS Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

Note :

  1. Both the question papers will be of the objective type ( multiple choice questions ).
  2. The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  3. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  4. 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, Low Vision candidates (minimum 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Low Vision candidates will also be allowed an extra time of forty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of two hours duration.

IFS Main Examination 2018

The IFS written examination 2018 consisting of the following papers :

Total1400 Marks
Paper IGeneral English300 marks
Paper IIGeneral Knowledge300 marks
Paper III

Paper IV

Paper V

Paper VI
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

IFS Interview 2018 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

List of Optional Subjects :

01Agriculture06Chemical Engineering11Mechanical Engineering
02 Agricultural Engineering07Civil Engineering12Physics
03Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science08Forestry13Statistics
05 Chemistry10Mathematics

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

  1. Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering.
  2. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
  3. Agriculture and Forestry.
  4. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
  5. Mathematics and Statistics.
  6. Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject;

General Instructions for IFS Exam 2018 

  1. All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional ( essay ) type.
  2. All Question Papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only.
  3. The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.
  4. 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, Low Vision candidates ( minimum 40% impairment ) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Low Vision candidates will also be allowed an extra time of sixty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of three hours duration.
  5. The Union Public Service Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination.
  6. 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.
  7. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  8. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
  9. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  10. Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals ( e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6, etc. ) while answering question papers.
  11. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-programmable type) calculators at the conventional type examinations 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 and interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

Note 1 : The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his / her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he / she can help the Low Vision 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 Low Vision 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 Low Vision 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 Low Vision candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

Personality Test

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 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 modem currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

The technique of the 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.

Section III

Syllabi for the Indian Forest Services Examination 2018

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.

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science.

Paper II – ( 200 marks ) Duration : Two hours

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy ( numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. ) ( Class X level ), Data interpretation ( charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level )

Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Note 3 :  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 ( Prelim ) Examination.

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 2018 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.

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52 Responses to “Indian Forest Service Examination – IFS 2018 Exam Pattern”

  1. Manoj January 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm # Reply

    Respected sir,
    I did B.Tech in Bio-Technology and if I take Maths and chemistry as my optional
    subjects, am I eligible for the IFS examination.?


  2. stalin raju January 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm # Reply

    I have complited BE(Electronics and Communication Engg.) in 2009. My date of birth is 10-11-1983.
    Am i eligible for this exam? If Yes,
    how many years upto?

    Thank You.

  3. parimala January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm # Reply

    hello sir,

  4. Annie Diana Kunder January 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm # Reply

    I have complited M.Sc in Environmental science. Am i elegible for this exam? If yes , till what age , my date of birth is 31st May 1981.

  5. JASWIN RATTI January 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm # Reply

    sir please tel me whuch book i should refer for IFS mathematics?
    is grewal is sufficient?

  6. mohideen.k February 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm # Reply

    hi sir,

    my full name actually is K. Md Mohideen Abdul Kather Jailani. Will the application form have enough space to write my full name?

    hoping to hear from you …



  7. meera santhosh February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm # Reply


    i had completed B Sc in age is 21 running. my date of birth is 8/10/1989. i m eligible for thisexam

  8. SWETA February 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm # Reply

    wen result of ifs 2012 will be declared?

    • UpscExam February 10, 2012 at 10:11 am # Reply


      Please keep watching our UPSC website : The Result for IFS Exam 2012 not yet declared. Please wait…

  9. SACHIN S PANDEY February 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm # Reply

    I don’t know, why Environment Science is not including in IFS exam Paper.While, Environment science is one of the main paper in all of them. Kindly, insure me the reason behind it.
    thanks & Regards,

  10. sk abdus sayeed February 23, 2012 at 12:00 am # Reply

    IFS should be the only property of Life Science students. Here in this , aptitude test should be occoured also like IAS for an experience of forest management

  11. Iaisan February 24, 2012 at 10:07 am # Reply


    im going through this page and searching the syllabus of 2012 for the optional subjects Agriculture and Zoology , but they are not listed anywhere on the page … please update them as soon as possible .

  12. manoj March 9, 2012 at 10:28 am # Reply

    Respected sir,
    Could you please let me know the books (with specific book name and author) to be refered for the preparation of Indian Forest Service Examination. I would be highly grateful to you.
    Thank You!

  13. Manisha Barmera March 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm # Reply

    hello sir,
    i have completed biology now i persueing MBA in HR am i eligible for IFS exam

  14. jagveer singh March 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm # Reply

    sir i m pursuing from environmental engg. branch final year. can i apply by civil engg. branch?

  15. PRAVEEN March 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm # Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I have complited B.A.L.L.B,am i elegible for this exam?


  16. Lhouvisakho punyu March 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm # Reply

    Respected Sir, I have graduated on the following main subjects- History, Political science, sociology, English. Am i eligible for IFS examination.
    thank you

  17. saravanan March 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm # Reply

    Respected sir,
    I did B.Tech in Bio-Technology , am I eligible for the IFS examination.?


  18. rahul kumar ratti March 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm # Reply

    I Rahul Kumar Ratti
    iam completed M.Sc. Bio-Technology can i elegible for IFS Exam.
    i done B.Sc. Botany Zoology and Chemistry…
    Which Option i take for Easy to study for IFS Exam…….
    AND Also
    Can you Please Tell Me… why this Eaxm Take 10 DAYS…
    In This Days What Type of Exams and Training and Tests Conducted and also want Books List please send as a List Form in My Email.

    Thank You,

    Rahul Kumar Ratti

  19. sadik April 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm # Reply

    sir i am studying my final year B E MECHANICAL i.e,(2007-2011) can i apply for the exam.

  20. Amulya April 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm # Reply


    I have completed MCA, and in my graduation i have B.Sc(MPC),am I eligible for the IFS examination.?

    Thank you.

  21. manoj April 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm # Reply

    i have complited B.Sc. with chemistry .Am i take chemistry &Botany as optional subject

  22. shubhi Ahuja April 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm # Reply

    can i choose anthrotology as optional subject

  23. sameer j April 16, 2012 at 9:43 am # Reply

    sir i have completed my b .e in mechnical so there is neccessary to choose two subject

  24. ambreen April 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm # Reply

    i want to know that the objective type question papers and how many marks considered for that?

  25. Zion April 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm # Reply

    What is the pass mark for UPSC IFS examination?

  26. somit singh April 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm # Reply

    Pls sir ifs syllabus

  27. subha May 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm # Reply

    pls tell me ,why this exam take 10 days

  28. Ganesha Halikatti May 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm # Reply

    Sir, I am an Agriculture student. I did my master degree in Entomolgy. Now i am going to take IFS as my career, so please let me know the optional subjects which will suit to my qulificatioin…

  29. ARIF kHAN June 2, 2012 at 11:29 am # Reply


  30. ARIF kHAN June 2, 2012 at 11:31 am # Reply


    i want to know that when will issue the hall ticket ?

  31. ramya June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm # Reply

    can people doing electrical enginnering also write IFS exam?

  32. priya June 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm # Reply

    i am pursuing in electrical and communication engineering. Am I eligible for IFS exam?….if yes what are the subjects i can choose….?

    • UpscExam June 11, 2012 at 10:19 am # Reply


      You can try for IES Exam, but not for IFS exam and you can apply next year. Please wait for the 2013 notification…

  33. Mandeep June 19, 2012 at 8:16 am # Reply

    Helo Dear, I am looking for Test Papers of GK and English for Indian Forest Service. I U can help me with it.. Thank You.

  34. shreekant yadav July 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm # Reply

    Respected sir
    my D.O.B Is 28/09/1982 . should i prepare for IFS?, I AM PURSUING GRADUATION(B.SC III), I BELONG TO OBC

  35. Anil Kumar July 19, 2012 at 3:52 am # Reply

    i did B.E BIOTECHNOLOGY,if i wil be takes agriculture and forestry as it my optional subjects,may i eligibles for IFS examinations.

  36. ranjeet August 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm # Reply

    im a vet graduate give me information about IFS
    how im apply

  37. Vinod August 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm # Reply

    Respeced sir i just completed B.Sc. agril. please suggest me regarding which subject will be better suited to me as 2nd optional subject

  38. justin August 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm # Reply

    There are total of four subjects of two hundred marks each. If two of them are optional what are the other two subjects?

  39. justin August 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm # Reply

    Is +2 pass enough for appearing for this test?

  40. soumya September 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm # Reply

    i have completed in computer science and engineering.Am i eligible for IFS(forest service) exam?
    if eligible which subjects can i choose ?

  41. pravallika December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm # Reply

    i completed my,am i eligible to write this exam,pls reply me sir/madam..

  42. Sk Maynul Hasan December 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm # Reply

    I have complited B.Sc(pure) in 2009. My date of birth is 02-04-1988.
    Am i eligible for this exam? If Yes,
    how many years upto?

    Thank You.

  43. manjare sujit shankar February 21, 2014 at 10:49 am # Reply

    sir I am M sc agriculture pass out student and i have permant Disability of Hearing impaired 64% loss . Could i apply ifs exam?

  44. banu November 7, 2015 at 9:52 am # Reply

    UPSC Indian Forest Services Main Exam 2015 E Admit Card download from 06.11.2015 to 02.12.2015

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