Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts India Forest Services (IFS) exam to recruit officers to forestry services of India for systematic management of forests in the country. IFS is conducted in three stage – prelims, mains and interview. Candidates must qualify each stage of the exam to be selected for subsequent exam stages. Prelims exam comprises two papers - Paper 1 and 2. Candidates will be shortlisted for Mains exam on the basis of marks secured in Paper 1 subject to them qualifying Paper 2 with minimum 33%. Candidates shortlisted for Mains will need to fill a Detailed Application Form (DAF). Candidates qualifying Mains exam will be called for Personality Test/ Interview. The Commission will prepare final cutoff on the basis of marks obtained in Mains exam and Interview.
The eligibility criteria of UPSC IFS is prescribed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) along with the notification. Candidates must fulfil all eligibility conditions provided by the Commission in order to be eligible to appear for the exam. UPSC IFS eligibility criteria 2019 has been given below.
Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India
Age Limit: Candidates must be between 21 and 32 years (as on August 1, 2019)
Educational Qualification: Candidates must hold Bachelor's degree with at least one of the subjects - Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Forestry or Engineering
Number of attempts: Candidates will be able to appear for the exam a maximum of six times
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the online application form of IFS 2019 for prelims exam on February 19, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form of IFS 2019 till March 18. The application fee for prelims exam is Rs 100. Candidates can pay the fee offline and online. Candidates who qualify the prelims stage will need to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Mains. The fee for DAF is Rs. 200 which can be paid either offline or online. Women, SC and ST candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.
Steps to fill UPSC IFS application form:
The preparation tips of UPSC IFS provide candidates suggestions and advice to prepare for Indian Forest Service (IFS). Candidates following these guidelines can secure better marks in the exam, increase their likelihood of recruitment to the post. The preparation tips for the exam are as follows.
The exam pattern of UPSC IFS prelims exam will be provided by UPSC along with the notification. The exam will comprise two papers of 200 marks each. Questions asked in Prelims will be objective type questions. 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. The exam pattern of UPSC IFS 2019 is provided in the table below.
UPSC IFS Exam Pattern 2019 - Prelims
Name of paper
Number of Questions
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
The Mains exam will comprise six papers and each paper will be held for 3 hours. All questions asked in the exam will be conventional type questions. The exam pattern of UPSC IFS is provided below.
UPSC IFS 2019 Exam Pattern - Mains
Interview/ Personality Test
UPSC IFS admit card for Prelims will be issued by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC IFS admit card 2019 Prelims contains information including name of candidates, roll number, registration number, date, time, venue of exam and guidelines to be followed on the day of exam. To download the admit card, candidates will need to click on the log in link and then enter registration number or roll number and date of birth. After logging in, the admit card for Prelims will be displayed on screen. Candidates must download and print copy of the admit card. Candidates must carry a copy of UPSC IFS admit card for Prelims on the day of exam to be allowed to appear for the test.
Candidates qualifying prelims will be issued UPSC IFS admit card for Mains exam by Union Public Service Commission. The admit card will be released online. UPSC IFS Mains admit card consist of details such as candidates' name, roll number, registration number, exam timing and centre details and exam day instructions.
Steps to download UPSC IFS admit card for Mains:
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the answer key of UPSC IFS Prelims exams after the declaration of final result. The answer key of prelims will be released online for all sets of General Studies - Paper 1 and 2. The answer key will be available in the form of PDF file. Candidates will be able to avail the answer key by clicking on the link which will be provided by UPSC. Upon clicking, the pdf file containing the correct answers to all questions asked in Prelims exam will be displayed on screen. Candidates must download and save the answer key for future reference.
UPSC IFS answer key for Mains will not be released by Union Public Service Commission as the exam is descriptive in nature and comprises only conventional type questions.
UPSC IFS result for Prelims will be announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the online mode. UPSC will release the result of IFS prelims in the form of pdf file containing the roll numbers of candidates who have qualified the exam stage.
Procedure to check UPSC IFS result 2019:
UPSC will declare the result of UPSC IFS Mains after the conduct of the exam. Based on the result of Mains exam, candidates will be called for Interview. After the Interview has been conducted, the Commission will prepare the final result on the basis of marks secured in Mains exam and Interview.
The cut off of UPSC IFS Prelims exam is the minimum marks that candidates are required to secure in order to be shortlisted for Mains exam. The Commission will determine the cutoff of prelims exam on the basis of marks obtained in Paper 1 subject to qualifying Paper 2 with minimum 33%. Candidates will be selected for Mains exam based on the cut off of UPSC IFS Prelims exam.
Union Public Service Commission will determine the cutoff of UPSC IFS for Mains after the conduct of the exam. Based on Mains cutoff, candidates will be selected for Interview stage of the exam. After the conduct of interview, a final cutoff will be released based on the combined scores of Mains exam and Interview. On the basis of the final cutoff, UPSC will recruit candidates for UPSC Indian Forest Services (IFS).
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct IFS exam in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates will need to qualify each exam stage to be shortlisted for the next stage of the exam. Candidates will be selected for Mains exam on the basis of marks secured in Paper 1 of Prelims provided they have qualified Paper 2 with minimum 33%. On the basis of performance in the Mains exam, candidates will be called for Personality test/ Interview. After the conduct of Interview, a final cutoff will be declared based on which candidates will be recruited for the post.
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