UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination 2019

Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) invites Application for the post of Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 through Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination 2019 for 110 Vacancies.

UPSC IFS Eligibility 2019

The 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 incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification

Note I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Indian Forest Service Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of December, 2019 through on-line mode

NOTE II : In addition, the candidates who possess qualification equivalent to those specified in Rule 7 will be required to produce a certificate from University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 clarifying that the degree is at par with the Bachelor’s degree specified in Rule 7 along with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidate will not be admitted to the Main Examination.

NOTE III : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he / she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his / her admission to the examination.

Age Limit

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August, 2019, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998.

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable

  • upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
  • upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
  • upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof :
  • upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2019 ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
  • upto 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, 2019 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 month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

UPSC IFS Application form 2019

Candidates are required to apply Online using the link for Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination. Candidates who wish to apply for Civil Services Examination also, [ subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions ] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the on-line application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination. Candidates, who will qualify for the Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Form subsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website ( ) of the Commission. Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website.

The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however, if due to any unavoidable situation, if he / she submits another / multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID ( Registration ID ) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID

All candidates, whether already in Government Service, or in Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission. Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office / Department that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for / appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected / candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

NOTE : While filling in his / her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his / her choice for the centre and optional subjects for the Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination. More than one application from a candidate giving different centres and / or optional subjects will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed application, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission’s decision in the matter shall be final. If any candidate appears at a centre / optional subjects other than those indicated by the Commission in his / her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be valued and his / her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

Application Fee

Candidates applying ( excepting Female / SC / ST / PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee ) for Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rupee 100/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur / State Bank of Hyderabad / State Bank of Mysore / State Bank of Patiala / State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa / Master Credit / Debit card.

Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 18th March, 2019 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have generated their Pay-in-Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing date i.e. during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reasons whatsoever, even if holding valid pay-in-slip will have no other offline option but to opt for available online Debit / Credit Card or Internet Banking payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 18.00 hours of 18th March, 2019

For the applicant in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank, they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission’s website within two weeks after the last day of submission of Online Application. These applicants shall also be intimated through e-mail to submit copy of proof of their payment to the Commission at the address mentioned in the e-mail. The applicant shall be required to submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicant, their application shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.

All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / Physically Handicapped categories are not required to pay any fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee. There will be separate examination fee for Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination, for those who will qualify for the same through the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination, for which appropriate notice will be issued at the time of filling up of on-line application for the second stage.

Physically Disabled Persons are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services / Posts to be filled on the results of this examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Services / Posts ( including any concessions specifically extended to the physically disabled ). A physically disabled candidate claiming age relaxation / fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with his / her Detailed Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital / Medical Board in support of his / her claim for being physically disabled.

NOTE : Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision for age relaxation / fee exemption, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or the 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 Physically Disabled candidates by the Government.

UPSC IFS 2019 Exam Centres

The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centers


The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur. 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. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.

NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Commission reserve the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

All the Examination Centres for CS(P) 2019 Examination will cater to examination for Low Vision Candidates in their respective centres. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.

UPSC IFS Selection Process 2019

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages

  • Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination ( Objective Type ) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination; and
  • Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination ( Written and Interview ) for the selection of candidates against the vacancies identified and reported for the Indian Forest Service Examination.

The preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.

Note I : Since there may be common candidates for Civil Services Examination and the Indian Forest Service Examination, after the common Screening Test done through Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination, separate lists will be prepared for the candidates eligible to appear in the Civil Service ( Main ) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination as determined by the Commission on the number of vacancies to be filled through the Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination.

Note II : There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

  • There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.”

The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II.

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section II. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks ( with no minimum qualifying marks ). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination ( written part as well as interview ) would determine their final ranking.

Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.


  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type ( multiple choice questions ).
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, Low Vision candidates ( minimum 40% impairment ) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Low Vision candidates will also be allowed an extra time of forty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of two hours duration.

Main Examination

The written examination consisting of the following papers

Paper IGeneral English300 Marks
Paper IIGeneral Knowledge300 Marks
Paper IIIAny two subjects to beselected from
the list of for each the optional
subjects set paper out in below.
Each subject will have two papers
200 marks
Paper IV
Paper V
Paper VI


Interview for Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission – Maximum Marks : 300 Marks

UPSC IFS Results 2019

UPSC Exam Date

UPSC IFS 2019 Exam will be conducted on 12th June, 2019.

UPSC Result Date

UPSC IFS Results are likely to be declared in the month of July, 2019.

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UPSC IFS 2019 Important dates

S NoEventDate
Indian Forest Service ( Preliminary ) Examination, 2019 through CS ( P ) Examination 2019
1Date of Notification19th February, 2019
2Last Date for receipt of Applications18th March, 2019
3Date of commencement of Exam02nd June, 2019
4Duration of Exam1 Day
Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination, 2019
5Date of Notification19th February, 2019
6Last Date for receipt of Applications18th March, 2019
7Date of commencement of Exam01st December, 2019
8Duration of Exam10 Days

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