The Indian Forest Service is entrusted with the duty of protection, conservation and regeneration of forest resources in India. Although the Indian Forest Service is an all India service, appointments to it are not conducted on the basis of the Civil Services Examination, which recruits candidates for the other two branches, the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service.
Instead, a separate examination, slightly different from the Civil Services Examination requiring a compulsory Science background for candidates, is held for the Indian Forest Service. Careers in the Indian Forest Service are considered to be highly challenging and rewarding, carrying with it great respect and responsibilities.
Indian Forest Services Examination Application Details
Notifications of the Indian Forest Services Examination are published every year in the month of February / March in the Employment News, Rozgar Samachar and other leading newspapers of India. Application Forms along with the Information Brochure can be obtained from the designated Head Post Offices / Post Offices throughout the country on payment of Rs.20 only. Candidates are required to send the duly filled in Application Forms with the acknowledgment card in the special envelope supplied for the purpose to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission. The Written Examination is held in the month of July every year.
Indian Forest Services Examination Eligibility Criteria
Indian nationals who are above the age of 21 years and below 28 years on the 1st July of the year in which the examination is being held are eligible only. Certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation. Reservations as per governmental norms are applicable regarding age limits and job vacancies.
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 along with their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage.
Candidates must also be physically and mentally fit as per the standards stipulated by the UPSC for the Indian Forest Services Examination.
Indian Forest Services Examination Selection Procedure
The selection procedure for the Indian Forest Services Examination is divided into two stages:
- A Written Examination comprising of six papers carrying a total marks of 1400. Sections 1 and 2 comprises of questions on topics like General English and General Knowledge while the other four Sections comprises questions on any two optional subjects chosen by the candidates. The standard of questions asked in all the papers are of the graduation level.
- Successful candidates in the Written Examination are required to appear for an Interview and Personality Test, which is the final stage of selection. This Test carries a maximum of 300 marks.
- Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, followed by specialized orientation in Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun after which they are inducted into service as Officers on the Senior Time Scale.
Scheme of Examination
I. Written Examination – Conventional (essay) type
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 for each paper
Total marks for written examination 1400 Marks
List of optional subjects
- Agricultural Engineering
- Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Science
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
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