upsc ifs exam complete detail

Update on 27th April, 2016: UPSC announced the official notification on 27th April, 2016 for Indian Forest Service Examination 2016. The last date to apply for UPSC IFS exam 2016 is 27th May, 2016. The examination notice no.09/2016 issued in this regard.

Check complete information about latest notification for IFS exam on 27th April, 2016 here

UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination is commonly known as UPSC IFS Exam. It is combined competitive exam held all over India by Union Public Service Commission during the month of July/August (This year on 7th Aug, 2016). UPSC publish its official notification in employment news and on its official website in the month of April. The notification contains complete information about the IFS exam like eligibility criteria, selection procedure, application procedure, application fee, online application form, number of vacancies, etc. So the candidates who are interested to make the career in Indian Forest Services should read the following article and download new upcoming notification issued by UPSC.

UPSC IFS Exam Dates 2016

27th April, 2016 Registration Starts
27th May, 2016 Till 11.59PM Registration Close
26th May, 2016 Application Fee Payment Last Date by Cash
27th May, 2016 Application Fee Payment Last Date Online
7th Aug, 2016 Preliminary Written Exam

The candidates who belongs to SC/ST/PH category are exempted from payment of for UPSC IFS and Civil Service Exam. The female candidates are also exempted from fee. But the candidates who belongs to general category should pay fee of Rs. 100 by depositing in any SBI branch by cash or by online banking facility of SBI or SBI associates banks.

The candidates who are paying fee by cash should note that the closing date to deposit fee is one day before the closing date of online fee i.e. 26th May, 2016 and for online it is 27th May, 2016.

UPSC IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria 2016

The eligibility criteria as prescribed in UPSC past notification is given below. But if there is any change or amendments, you have to read the new notification regarding eligibility criteria for UPSC IFS Exam 2016. There are various eligibility conditions mentioned in the official notification like age limit, minimum education qualification, number of attempts and physical standards etc.

  • Age Limit: The age limit as prescribed by UPSC in the previous official notification for Indian Forest Service Exam is 21 to 32 years as on 1st August 2016. The upper age limit relaxation will also be applicable as per the Government reservation rules. 
  • Minimum Education Qualification: As you all know the graduation/bachelor’s degree is required to apply for UPSC IFS exam. But you should also know that the bachelor’s degree must be cleared with one of the subjects named Animal Husbandry, Physics, Statistics and Zoology, Agriculture, Forestry, Engineering etc. 
  • Number of Attempts: There are very much important to mention that you have not unlimited attempts to apply for the UPSC IFS exams. The candidates who belong to general categories only have 6 attempts to apply for IFS exam. The schedules caste’s category have unlimited attempts to apply. If you belong to OBC category then you can apply only for 9 times.  (as per the new notification 2015).  
  • Physical Standards: There are some physical standards as prescribed in the Official notification by UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination. So you have to fit according to those particular standards. It has very detail rules and regulation. So you can refer notification to read more about physical standards. 
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UPSC IFS Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure 2016

Indian Forest Service Examination consist of two stages i.e. preliminary and main exam.  The civil services (preliminary) examination (objective type) will be held for the screening and selection of the candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.  After passing preliminary exam you will go through Indian Forest Service (Main Examination which consists written test and interview.

(i) Preliminary Examination: The exam will have two papers, which are compulsory, and having 200 marks each. The duration of each paper will be of 2 hours. Extra time of 20 minutes will be available for blind candidates.

(ii) Main Examination: The following papers will be held for the Main IFS Exam.

Paper I -> General English -> 300 marks

Paper II -> General Knowledge -> 300 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 each

The syllabus for optional subject is based on the Bachelors Degree and lowers than the Master Degree.

(iii) Interview for Personality Test: 300 marks

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Optional Subjects for UPSC IFS Exam

The number of questions will be eight for the optional subjects. The Part A and Part B will be provided in the paper and having 4 questions in each part. One question in each part will be compulsory and five questions are to be attempted out of eight questions. All eight questions have equal marks.

List of optional subjects (Subject to provisions below):

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry & 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:
  • Agricultural and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject;

Note: For the standard and syllabi of the subjects mentioned above see details in the Notification published in the Employment News from time to time.

  • All the question papers for the examination are of conventional (essay) type.
  • All Question Papers must be answered in English. 
  • The duration of each of the papers referred to above is three hours.  

Updates: UPSC IFS Written Exam Schedule 2015

Other UPSC IFS Exam Important Pages

UPSC IFS Application Form 2016 – Apply Online

UPSC IFS Admit Card 2016 – Download Here

UPSC IFS Results 2016 – Check Result Online

UPSC Recruitment 2016: Latest Vacancies