Indian Forest Service


All candidates (male/female/transgender) are requested to carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination notified by the Government (Department of Personnel and Training) and asked to check the Eligibility before applying for the exam.

Eligibility Conditions


Are you an Indian? if Yes skip the below content and check the Age limit. Indian Citizens are eligible for all services recruited under Civil Service Examination, UPSC.

  • 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, Sri Lanka, 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 (2), (3), (4) and (5) 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.

Age Limits

Are you between the age group of 21-32 Years? If Yes then you are eligible for IAS Exam so Pass over to check the Educational Qualification needed.

    1. Minimum age must be 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000
    2. The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable
      1. SC/ST Candidates maximum 5 Years
      2. Eligible OBC Candidates maximum 3 Years
      3. Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area – maximum of 3 years
      4. Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) up to a maximum of five years who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2021 and have been released
        1. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2021, otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency); or
          1. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
          2. on invalidment
        2. up to 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, 2021 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 months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
        3. up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) categories viz.
          1. low vision
          2. Partially deaf
          3. locomotor disability (Sub-category : leprosy cured and acid attack victims only).

Note‐I : Candidates belonging to either the SC or the ST or the OBC category who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(II)(2) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, Low Vision, Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf) and Locomotor disability (sub-category : Leprosy cured and Acid attack) person etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

Note‐II : In regard to Functional Classification and Physical Requirements of PwBD candidates, the same procedure as has been followed till the previous examination may be followed by the Government (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change).

Note‐III : The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as exservicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) rules, 1979 as amended from time to time.

Note‐IV : The age concession will be admissible to ExServicemen i.e. a person who has served in any rank whether as combatant or noncombatant in the Regular Army, Navy and Air Force of the Indian Union and who either has been retired or relieved or discharged from such service whether at his own request or being relieved by the employer after earning his or her pension.

Note‐V : Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under para 2 (d) above a person with benchmark disability 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 person with benchmark disability candidates by the Government.

Minimum Educational Qualification

A 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.

Number of attempts

General Eligible Candidate gets 6 (six) attempts at the Civil Service Examination.However, relaxation in the number of attempts will be available to the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category candidates who are otherwise eligible.

SC /ST Candidates – Unlimited attempts

OBC Candidates – 09 attempts

PwBD (GL/EWS/OBC ) – 09 attempts

PwBD ( SC/ST ) – Unlimited attempts

Note-I : The terms – GL for General, EWS for Economically Weaker Sections, SC for Scheduled Castes, ST for Scheduled Tribes, OBC for Other Backward Classes and PwBD for Persons with Benchmark Disability.

Note‐II : An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.

Note‐III : If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.

Note‐IV : Notwithstanding any subsequent disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the Examination will count as an attempt.

Restricted Candidates

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service will not be eligible to appear at the Civil Services Examination-2021

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS or IFS after the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021 is over and the candidate continues to be a member of that Service, the candidate shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 notwithstanding having qualified in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021.

If such a candidate is appointed to the IAS or IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 but before the result thereof is declared by the Commission and continues to be a member of that Service, the candidate shall not be considered for appointment to any Service/Post on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021.

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service shall not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021.

Medical and Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Services Examination.

Combined Geo Scientist Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination-2021 on 17.07.2021 to 18.07.2021 all over India - Download e-Admit Card
NDA Result NDA NA Examination, (I) 2021 held on 18th April, 2021, Result Released

Papers III, IV, V and VI.—Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects below. Each subject will have two papers.— 200 marks for each paper.

IFoS Preliminary Exam Date – 27th June, 2021 rescheduled to 10th October, 2021-IFoS Main Exam – November, 2021 ( Tentative )

For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates must use black ball pen

Download e-Admit card-No Admit Card will be sent by post-Preliminary and Main exam e-Admit card can be downloaded

Indian Forest Service Preliminary exam Fee is Rs.100/ -Main Exam Fee is Rs.100/-Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates are exempted from paying the exam fee.

Allotment of Centres will be on the “first‐apply‐first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. The candidates should note that no request for change of Centre will be entertained.

Paper I General Studies ( Compulsory ) – 100 Questions-Objective Type – multiple choice questions – 200 Marks (2 Hours duration )-Negative Marking-0.33 Marks will be deducted

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, separate lists will be prepared for the candidates eligible to appear in the Civil Service (Main)-based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination

Indian Forest Service Vacancies – 110 (approximately)

Last date for filling online Application is 24th March, 2021-withdraw Application-IFoS Main Exam Application form will be called in the month of August, 2021 (Tentative)