IFS Syllabus 2019
Updated on Oct 18, 2018 - 11:52 a.m. IST by Aklanta Chetia Wanniang

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.

IFS 2019 Syllabus

The complete syllabus of IFS 2019 has been provided in the table below.

Part A - Prelims


Paper Name


Paper 1

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 Science

Paper 2

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


Paper 1

General English

Essay writing

Candidates’ proficiency of the English language

Precis writing

Paper 2

General Knowledge

Current events

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


Paper 3

Optional Subject 1

Paper 1

Questions in the optional papers will be asked 
from the subject opted by the candidate

Paper 4

Paper 2

Paper 5

Optional Subject 2

Paper 1

Paper 6

Paper 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.



Agricultural Engineering


Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science



Mechanical Engineering



Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering


IFS 2019 Syllabus for Interview

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 Exam Pattern 2019

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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which degree we should opt for upsc exam?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 12th Feb, 2020

There's no such thing as best degree for UPSC,the reason because in the past years if we look at the top candidates who qualified have been from different background whether it's engineering, arts,medical or anything else. Also, there have been many toppers taking science subjects as optional and still passing the exam.So,taking optional depends to a large extent to one's interest level because it requires a huge level of studies, almost graduate level studies.

Yes, there's no doubt that UPSC is more inclined towards humanities subject whether it's history,geography, economics, polity etc. But,people from different background have qualified this in the past and continue to do so.


Ruchika Chauhan Expert 20th Sep, 2019


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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