IFoS Exam Pattern
The IFOS exam is divided into 3 parts - Prelims, Mains and Interview.
IFoS Prelims Exam Pattern :
- The Prelims exam of both the forest services exams and UPSC CSE(civil services Examination) is
exactly the same.
- It is an objective type paper based on multiple-choice questions.
- It has 2 mandatory papers. Each paper comprises 200 questions and the time duration is 2 hours
- Moreover, there is a negative marking (1/3rd) for every incorrect answer. Also, candidates
should not select more than one answer.
IFoS Mains Exam Pattern (1700 Marks) :
- The IFoS exam’s mains is different from the civil services exam(CSE).
- The eligibility criterion for IFoS is also slightly different compared to the civil services
- It is important to note for candidates that the language of all the papers can be only in
English & is the only medium of examination in the IFoS.
- The mains exam of IFoS has 6 papers . In Mains, All 6 papers are written in nature. Duration of
each paper is 3 hours. Paper 3, 4, 5 and 6 are based on optional subjects.
- Paper 1(General English) and Paper 2(General knowledge) carry 300 marks each. But, Paper III,
IV, V, VI carry 200 marks each.
- After passing the Prelims exam, candidates get shortlisted for the IFoS Mains exam if they also
meet IFoS-related, especially criteria.
- The Prelims-qualified candidates must keep in mind that their candidature is provisional. As per
UPSC IFoS rules, the Detailed Application form-I (DAF) related to IFoS (Main) Exam is required
to apply candidates after passing the Prelims exam.
IFoS Exam Syllabus
To understand the IFoS exam properly, you must have a thorough knowledge of the syllabus. It is the
most qualified way to know the demand and extent of any exam.
IFoS Prelims Syllabus (Paper 1 – GS & Paper 2 - CSAT)::
It should be noted that the syllabus of IFOS Prelims is the same as Prelims of Civil Services.
General Paper 1
- Current affairs that are of national as well as international importance.
- Indian history with more attention on the Indian national movement.
- The world geography with a special focus on India- the physical, social and economic geography
of India is particularly important.
- Also, Indian polity and governance- thorough knowledge of the constitution, Panchayati raj,
political system, public policies and schemes, fundamental rights, etc.
- Sustainable, economic, and social development, demographics of poverty, employment, inclusion,
and social sector initiatives.
- Environment, biodiversity, social issues related to the environment, climate change, on a
generic basis, Subject specialization is not required.
- General Science
General Paper 2
- English comprehension
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Logical and analytical reasoning
- Problem-solving and decision making based questions
- General mental ability
- Basic numerical ability- orders of magnitude, number, and their relations, charts, graphs,
tables, data sufficiency.
- Basic English language, grammar, and vocabulary.
- 1st Paper is on General English
- 2nd paper is on General Knowledge
- Paper III, IV, V, VI are optional subjects
List of Optional Subjects are -
It is important to note that, unlike IAS, IPS or IRS exams where there is only 1 optional, here in
IFoS candidates have to choose 2 optional subjects.The candidate must know that some subject
combinations are not allowed. Also, we have created that list for you -
- Agriculture Engineering
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering and Agriculture
- Forestry and Agriculture
- Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
- Statistics and Maths
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Agriculture.
- Not more than one engineering subjects
IFoS Interview (300 Marks)
This is the last stage of the examination. However, the candidate must
keep in mind that this stage is much more than bookish knowledge. It is about the candidate's
calibre and presence of mind. Also, the selected candidate must possess the following qualities -
- Mind Alertness
- Leadership Qualities
- Balance judgement
- Physical and Mental Caliber
- The desire to explore unknown places and
- Positive attitude to the most unexpected questions
Moreover, a physical test is also a part of the selection process. In this test, the male candidates
have to walk 25 km in less than 4 hours and female candidates have to walk 15 km in less than 4
Officers are recruited through an open competitive examination conducted by the UPSC annually and then
trained for about two years by the Central Government. As forest service officials, the selected
candidates have to perform various duties ranging from administrative, judicial, financial, forest
resources-related crime management, thus their training curriculum follows a multi-disciplinary
approach. During the training period candidates visit Lal Bahadur Shashtri national academy of
Administration, Mussoorie for foundational training of nearly 3 months. After that, they are trained to
Indira Gandhi National Forest Institue Dehradun, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Sardar Vallabh Bhai
Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), etc. They also go on
tour in India and abroad.
Their services are placed under various State cadres and joint cadres, being an All India Service they
have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments. Thus they might serve in central
government, state government, or international organizations.
IFoS Eligibility Criteria (Nationality, Educational, Age & Attempts)
Citizens of India who are eligible for IFoS, can apply. Furthermore, the candidates can be from Nepal &
Bhutan. However, candidates who have an Indian origin & have moved to Pakistan, Burma, East African
countries of Kenya, Sri Lanka, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, Vietnam
and Ethiopia can also apply for the IFoS exam. As per physical standards for the IFoS exam, candidates
must meet physically fit physical criteria. Candidates should carefully go through IFoS official
notification to get an idea of detailed rules & regulations.
The candidate must be of minimum 21 years old and maximum of 32 years
- The candidates belonging to SC/ST caste have 5 years of relaxation.
- Other Backward Classes have 3 years of relaxation.
- Also, the ex-servicemen have 5 years of relaxation.
- Disabled people have 3 years of relaxation.