IFS Syllabus 2019 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the syllabus of Indian Forest Service 2019 along with the notification. IFS exam is conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. IFS Prelims comprises two papers from General Studies of 200 marks each. On the basis of performance in the Prelims stage, candidates will be shortlisted for the Mains exam. IFS Mains exam consists of nine papers of which Paper A and B are qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in the remaining seven papers and Interview will be calculated while preparing the merit list. IFS Syllabus 2019 contains information including a total number of papers, sections, topics, units, duration and marking scheme of the exam.
The complete syllabus of IFS 2019 has been provided in the table below.
Part A - Prelims
General Studies 1
Current events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian National Movement
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
General Studies 2
Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem-solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level
IFS Syllabus 2019 - Mains
Part B - Mains
Name of paper
Candidates’ proficiency of the English language
Scientific observation of an educated person not have made a special study of the scientific subject
Indian Polity – Constitution of India; Political system
History of India
Optional Subject 1
Questions in the optional papers will be asked from the subject opted by the candidate
Optional Subject 2
IFS 2019 – Optional subjects for Mains
Candidates will have to select two subjects for optional papers. The optional subject will consist of four papers; two papers for each subject. The list of optional subjects provided by the Commission for the Mains exam has been provided in the table below.
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
In IFS 2019 Interview stage, candidates will be asked questions regarding matters of general interest. The aim of the interview is to evaluate the personal suitability of candidates for a career in public service and evaluate their mental capability. Through the interview, the Commission will also determine candidates’ social traits. The Interview, therefore, will test candidates’ mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
IFS 2019 Prelims exam is qualifying in nature and marks obtained in this stage will not be considered while preparing the final result. IFS Prelims consist of two papers – General Studies 1 and General Studies 2. Only objective type questions will be asked for both the papers. Based on marks secured in Prelims exam, candidates will be shortlisted for Mains and Interview. The written examination will contain total six papers. The questions asked in Mains exam will be conventional type questions. As per IFS exam pattern, one mark will be awarded to candidates for each correct response. One-third of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted for every incorrect answer marked by candidates in the exam. However, no marks will be deducted if a question is left unattempted by candidates.
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India Forest Services (IFS) exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit officers to forestry services of India for systematic management of forests in the country.
IFS exam is conducted in three stage – prelims, mains and interview.
The exam pattern of IFS prelims exam is as follows:
The exam will comprise two papers of 200 marks each. Objective type questions will be asked in the prelims exam. As per the marking scheme, one mark will be awarded to candidates for correct responses while 0.33 mark will be deducted for wrong answers.
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