Monday, March 26, 2012

Indian Forest Service at a Glance

UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Exam every year for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. It is also an All India service like IAS and IPS. 

The Indian Forest Service was created in 1966 for protection, conservation and regeneration of forest resources. Being an All India Service, the members are recruited by the Centre but their services are put under the various State cadres, with the privilege of serving both under the State and under the Centre.

Indian Forest Service (IFS), offers a highly challenging and rewarding career. The maintenance of the natural resources of the country is very essential for a balanced all round development of the country. Maintenance of forests is so important for maintaining the ecological balance that the Indian Forest Service has been set up for this very purpose. 

The Indian Forest Service Officers (IFS) who are recruited through UPSC by the Central Government play a very crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wild life.

UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Exam generally in the month of July. The pattern of exam is similar to that of civil services, and selection is done in three phases. Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is followed by specialised orientation for the Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.

After training candidates are posted as the assistant conservator, district conservator, chief conservator, principal conservator, and the inspector general of forests. The senior most post is that of the Environment Secretary in the Union Government.

Tentative Schedule
(i) Notification of ExaminationFebruary/March
(ii) Conduct of ExaminationJuly

21-30 Years on 1st July of the year of examination
Certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation.

Educational Qualification
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 or Forestry or Engineering of a recognised university or equivalent.
Candidates appearing at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) are also eligible to compete. Candidates qualifying on the result of the written part of the examination will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination alongwith their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage.

Notification along with application forms for the Indian Forest Service Examination will appear in all daily newspapers and the Rozgar Samachar/ Employment News in the month of January / February. The examination is held once a year, generally in the month of July. A candidate seeking admission must apply to The Secretary, UPSC, Dholpur House, New Delhi 110011 on prescribed application form.

Scheme of Examination
I. Written Examination - Conventional (essay) type

Paper I - General English300 Marks
Paper II - General Knowledge300 Marks
Paper III, IV, V & VI - Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers.200 Marks for each paper
Total marks for written examination1400 Marks

List of optional subjects

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

  • Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :
    (a)Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
    (b)Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
    (c)Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    (d)Mathematics and Statistics
    (e)Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject

    II. Interview for Personality Test300 Marks