About UPSC IFS 2019

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.

Frequency: Once a year
Languages English, Hindi
Conducting Body: Union Public Service Commission

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UPSC IFS 2019 Important Dates

UPSC IFS Main Exam (Session 2019)

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01 Dec, 2019 - 08 Dec, 2019

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07 Nov, 2019 - 08 Dec, 2019

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UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam (Session 2019)

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02 Jun, 2019

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01 May, 2019

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19 Feb, 2019 - 18 Mar, 2019

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UPSC IFS (Session 2019)

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19 Feb, 2019

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UPSC IFS 2019 Eligibility Criteria

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

UPSC IFS 2019 Application Process

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:

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  • Fill all required details
  • Upload scanned copies of documents
  • Pay application fee
  • Save and print copy of payment receipt

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Online, Offline Male ₹ 100

UPSC IFS 2019 Syllabus

UPSC IFS Main Exam Syllabus

General English
General knowledge
Ecology and its relevance to man
Natural resources and their sustainable management and conservation
Physical and social environment as factors of crop distribution and production
Climatic elements as factors of crop growth
Impact of changing environment on cropping pattern as indicators of environments
Environmental pollution and associated hazards to crops, animals, and humans
Cropping pattern in different agro-climatic zones of the country
Impact of high-yielding and short-duration varieties on shifts in cropping pattern
Concepts of multiple cropping, multi-storey, relay and intercropping, and their importance in relation to food production
Package of practices for production of important cereals, pulses, oil seeds, fibres, sugar, commercial and fodder crops grown during Kharif and Rabi seasons in different regions of the country
Important features, scope and propagation of various types of forestry plantations such as extension
Social forestry, agro-forestry, and natural forests
Weeds, their characteristics, dissemination and association with various crops
Their multiplication
Cultural, biological and chemical control of weeds
Soil-physical, chemical and biological properties
Processes and factors of soil formation
Modern classification of Indian soils
Mineral and organic constituents of soils and their role in maintaining soil productivity
Essential plant nutrients and other beneficial elements in soils and plants
Principles of soil fertility and its evaluation for judicious fertilizer use, integrated nutrient management
Losses of nitrogen in soil, nitrogen-use efficiency in submerged rice soils, nitrogen fixation in soils
Fixation of phosphorus and potassium in soils and the scope for their efficient use
Problem soils and their reclamation methods
Soil conservation planning on watershed basis
Erosion and run-off management in hilly, foot hills, and valley lands
Processes and factors affecting them
Dry land agriculture and its problems
Technology of stabilising agriculture production in rain fed agriculture area
Water-use efficiency in relation to crop production
Criteria for scheduling irrigations, ways and means of reducing run-off losses of irrigation water
Drip and sprinkler irrigation
Drainage of water-logged soils
Quality of irrigation water
Effect of industrial effluents on soil and water pollution
Farm management, scope, important and characteristics, farm planning
Optimum resources use and budgeting
Economics of different types of farming systems
Marketing and pricing of agricultural inputs and outputs, price fluctuations and their cost
Role of cooperatives in agricultural economy
Types and systems of farming and factors affecting them
Agricultural extension, its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes
Socioeconomic survey and status of big, small, and marginal farmers and landless agricultural labourers
Farm mechanization and its role in agricultural production and rural employment
Training programmes for extension workers
Lab-to-land programmes
Cell theory
Cell structure
Cell organelles and their function
Cell division
Nucleic acids-structure and function
Gene structure and function
Laws of heredity
Their significance in plant breeding
Chromosome structure
Chromosomal aberrations
Linkage and cross-over and their significance in recombination breeding
Polyploidy, euploid and aneuploids
Mutation-micro and macro-and their role in crop improvement
Variation, components of variation
Heritability, sterility and incompatibility, classification and their application in crop improvement
Cytoplasmic inheritance, sex-linked, sex influenced and sex-limited characters
History of plant breeding
Modes of reproduction, selfing and crossing technique
Origin and evolution of crop plants, centre of origin, law of homologous series, crop genetic resources-conservation and utilization
Application of principles of plant breeding to the improvement of major field crops
Pure-line selection, pedigree, mass and recurrent selections, combining ability, its significance in plant breeding
Hybrid vigour and its exploitation
Backcross method of breeding
Breeding for disease and pest resistance
Role of interspecific and inter-generic hybridization
Role of biotechnology in plant breeding
Improved varieties, hybrids, composites of various crop plants
Seed technology its importance
Different kinds of seeds and their seed production and processing techniques
Role of public and private sectors in seed production,
Processing and marketing in India
Physiology and its significance in agriculture
Imbibitions, surface tension, diffusion and osmosis
Absorption and translocation of water, transpiration and water economy
Enzymes and plant pigments
Photosynthesis modern concepts and factors affecting the process
Aerobic and non-aerobic respiration
C and Cam mechanisms
Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
Growth and development
Photo-periodism and vernalization
Auxins, hormones, and other plant regulators and their mechanism of action and importance in agriculture
Physiology of seed development and germination dormancy
Climatic requirements and cultivation of major fruits, plants, vegetable crops and flower plants
The package of practices and their scientific basis
Handling and marketing problems of fruit and vegetables
Principal methods of preservation of important fruits and vegetable products, processing techniques and equipment
Role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition
Raising of ornamental plants and design and layout of lawns and gardens
Diseases and pests of field vegetables
Orchard and plantation crops of India
Causes and classification of plant pests and diseases
Principles of control of plant pests and diseases biological control of pests and diseases
Integrated pest and disease management
Epidemiology and forecasting
Pesticides their formulations and modes of action
Compatibility with Rhizobial inoculants
Microbial toxins
Storage pests and diseases of cereals and pulses and their control
Food production and consumption trends in India
National and international food policies
Production, procurement, distribution and processing constraints
Relation of food production to national dietary pattern, major deficiencies of calorie and protein
Agricultural engineering
Soil and water conservation Scope of soil and water conservation
Mechanics and types of erosion and their causes
Rainfall, runoff and sedimentation relationships and their measurement
Soil erosion control measures
Biological and engineering including stream bank protection
Vegetative barriers
Contour bunds
Contour trenches
Contour stone walls
Contour ditches
Terraces, outlets and grassed waterways
Gully control structures, drop, drop inlet and chute spillways
Temporary and permanent
Design of permanent soil conservation structures such as chute, drop and drop inlet spillways
Design of farm ponds and percolation ponds
Principles of flood control-flood routing
Watershed management and investigation, planning and implementation
Selection of priority areas and water shed work plan
Water harvesting and moisture conservation
Land development and leveling, estimation of earth volumes and costing
Wind erosion process
Design for shelter belts and wind brakes and their management
Forest conservation act
Aerial photography and remote sensing Basic characteristics of photographic images
Interpretation keys
Equipment for interpretation
Imagery interpretation for land use, geology, soil and forestry
Remote sensing of merits and demerits of conventional and remote sensing approaches
Types of satellite images
Fundamentals of satellite image interpretation
Techniques of visual and digital interpretations for soil
Water and land use management
Use of gis in planning and development of watersheds
Forests including forest cover and water resources etc
Irrigation and drainage Sources of water for irrigation
Planning and design of minor irrigation projects
Techniques of measuring soil moisture
Laboratory and in situ
Soil-water plant relationships
Water, measuring devices and orifices, weirs and flumes
Methods of irrigation and surface, sprinkler and drip, fertigation
Irrigation efficiencies and their estimation
Design and construction of canals
Field channels
Underground pipelines
Head-gates, diversion boxes and structures for road crossing
Occurrence of ground water
Hydraulics of wells
Types of wells tube wells and open wells and their construction
Well development and testing
Pumps-types, selection and installation
Rehabilitation of sick and failed wells
Drainage causes of water logging and salt problem
Methods of drainage
Drainage of irrigated and unirrigated lands
Design of surface
Sub-surface and vertical drainage systems
Improvement and utilization of poor quality water
Reclamation of saline and alkali soils
Economics of irrigation and drainage systems
Use of waste water for irrigation
Standards of waste water for sustained irrigation
Feasibility and economics
Agricultural structures Site selection, design and construction of farmstead
Farm house, cattle shed, dairy bam, poultry shed, hog housing
Machinery and implement shed
Storage structures for food grains, feed and forage
Design and construction of fences and farm roads
Structures for plant environment and green houses, poly houses and shade houses
Common building materials used in construction and timber, brick, stone, tiles, concrete etc and their properties
Water supply, drainage and sanitation system
Farm power and machinery Agricultural mechanization and its scope
Sources of farm power
Animate and electro-mechanical
Thermodynamics, construction and working of internal combustion engines
Fuel, ignition, lubrication, cooling and governing system of ic engines
Different types of tractors and power tillers
Power transmission, ground drive, power take off (p.t.o.) and control systems
Operation and maintenance of farm machinery for primary and secondary tillage
Traction theory
Sowing transplanting and interculture implements and tools
Plant protection equipment of spraying and dusting
Harvesting, threshing and combining equipment
Machinery for earth moving and land development
Methods and cost estimation
Ergonomics of man-machine system
Machinery for horticulture and agro-forestry, feeds and forages
Haulage of agricultural and forest produce
Agro-energy Energy requirements of agricultural operations and agro-processing
Selection, installation, safety and maintenance of electric motors for agricultural applications
Solar thermal and photovoltoic, wind and bio-gas energy and their utilization in agriculture
Gasification of biomass for running ic engines and for electric power generation
Energy efficient cooking stoves and alternate cooking fuels
Distribution of electricity for agricultural and agro-industrial applications
Agricultural process engineering Post harvest technology of crops and its scope
Engineering properties of agricultural produces and by-products
Unit operations clearing grading, size reduction, densification, concentration, drying/dehydration, evaporation, filtration, freezing and packaging of agricultural produces and by-products
Material handling equipment belt and screw conveyors
Bucket elevators, their capacity and power requirement
Processing of milk and dairy products
Cream separation
Spray and roller drying
Butter making, ice cream, cheese and shrikhand manufacture
Waste and by-product utilization
Rice husk, rice bran, sugarcane bagasse, plant residues and coir pith
Instrumentation and computer applications in agricultural engineering Electronic devices and their characteristics-rectifiers, amplifiers, oscillators, multi-vibrators
Digital circuits
Sequential and combinational system
Application of microprocessors in data acquisition and control of agricultural engineering processes
Measurement systems for level, flow, strain, force, torque, power, pressure, vacuum and temperature
Computers introduction, input/output devices, central processing unit, memory devices, operating systems, processors, keyboards and printers
Algorithms, flowchart specification, programme translation and problem analysis in agricultural engineering
Multimedia and audio-visual aids
Animal husbandry and veterinary science
Animal nutrition Energy sources
Energy, metabolism and requirements for maintenance and production of milk, meat, eggs and wool
Evaluation of feeds as sources of energy
Trends in protein nutrition
Sources of protein metabolism and synthesis
Protein quantity and quality in relation to requirements
Energy protein ratios in ration
Minerals in animal diet
Sources, functions, requirements and their relationship of the basic minerals nutrients including trace elements
Vitamins, hormones and growth stimulating, substances
Sources, functions, requirements and interrelationship with minerals
Advances in ruminant nutrition-dairy cattle
Nutrients and their metabolism with reference to milk production and its composition
Nutrient requirements for calves, heifers, dry and milking cows and buffaloes
Limitations of various feeding systems
Advances in non-ruminant nutrition-poultry-nutrients and their metabolism with reference to poultry
Meat and egg production
Nutrients requirements and feed formulation and broilers at different ages
Advances in non-ruminant nutrition-swine-nutrients and their metabolism with special reference to growth and quality of meat production
Nutrient requirement and feed formulation for baby-growing and finishing pigs
Advances in applied animal nutrition-a critical review and evaluation of feeding experiments
Digestibility and balance studies
Feeding standards and measures of food energy
Nutrition requirements for growth
Maintenance and production
Balanced rations
Animal physiology Growth and animal production
Prenatal and postnatal growth
Growth curves
Measures of growth
Factors affecting growth
Conformation, body composition and meat quality
Milk production and reproduction and digestion
Current status of hormonal control of mammary development
Milk secretion and milk ejection
Male and female reproduction organ their components and function
Digestive organs and their functions
Environmental physiology
Physiological relations and their regulation
Mechanisms of adaptation
Environmental factors and regulatory mechanism involved in animal behaviour
Methods of controlling climatic stress
Semen quality
Preservation and artificial insemination-components of semen
Composition of spermatozoa
Chemical and physical properties of ejaculated semen
Factors affecting semen in vivo and in vitro
Factors affecting semen production and quality preservation
Composition of diluents
Sperm concentration
Transport of diluted semen
Deep freezing techniques in cows, sheep and goats, swine and poultry
Detection of estrus and time of insemination for better conception
Livestock production and management Commercial dairy farming
Comparison of dairy farming in india with advanced countries
Dairying under fixed farming and as a specialised farming
Economic dairy farming
Starting of a dairy farm
Capital and land requirement
Organisation of the dairy farm
Procurement of goods
Opportunities in dairy farming
Factors determining the efficiency of dairy animal
Herd recording, budgeting, cost of milk production
Pricing policy
Personnel management
Developing practical and economic ration for dairy cattle
Supply of greens throughout the year
Field and fodder requirements of dairy farm
Feeding regimes for day and young stock and bulls
Heifers and breeding animals
New trends in feeding young and adult stock
Feeding records
Commercial meat, egg and wool production
Development of practical and economic rations for sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry
Supply of greens, fodder, feeding regimens for young and mature stock
New trends in enhancing production and management
Capital and land requirements and socioeconomic concept
Feeding and management of animals under drought
Flood and other natural calamities
Genetics and animal breeding mitosis and meiosis
Mendelian inheritance
Deviations to mendelian genetics
Expression of genes
Linkage and crossing over
Sex determination
Sex influenced and sex limited characters
Blood groups and polymorphism
Chromosome aberrations
Gene and its structure
Dna as a genetic materia
Genetic code and protein synthesis
Recombinant dna technology, mutations, types of mutations
Methods for detecting mutations and mutation rate
Population genetics applied to animal breeding
Quantitative vs. qualitative traits
Hardy weinberg law
Population vs. individual
Gene and genotypic frequency
Forces changing gene frequency
Random drift and small populations
Theory of path coefficient
Inbreeding, methods of estimating inbreeding coefficient, systems of inbreeding
Effective population size
Breeding value
Estimation of breeding value
Dominance and epistatic deviation
Partitioning of variation
Genotype x environment correlation and genotype x environment interaction
Role of multiple measurements
Resemblance between relatives
Breeding systems
Heritability, repeatability and genetic and phenotypic correlations
Their methods of estimation and precision of estimates
Aids to selection and their relative merits
Individual, pedigree, family and within family selection
Progeny testing
Methods of selection
Construction of selection indices and their uses
Comparative evaluation of genetic gains through various selection methods
Indirect selection and correlated response
Inbreeding, upgrading, cross-breeding and synthesis of brees
Crossing of inbred lines for commercial production
Selection for general and specific combining ability
Breeding for threshold character
Health and hygiene Histology and histological techniques
Stains-chemical classification of stains used in biological work-principles of staining tissues-mordants-progressive and regressive stains-differential staining of cytoplasmic and connective tissue elements
Methods of preparation and processing of tissues-celloidin embedding
Freezing microtomy-microscopy-bright field microscope and electron microscope
Cytology structure of cell
Organells and inclusions
Cell division and cell types
Tissues and their classification
Embryonic and adult tissues
Comparative histology of organs
Vascular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal and urogenital systems
Endocrine glands-integuments-sense organs
Embryology of vertebrates with special reference to aves and domestic mammalsgametogenesis
Fertilization-germ layers-foetal membranes & placentation-types of placenta in domestic mammals
Teratology-twin and twinning-organogenesis-germ layer derivatives-endodermal
Mesodermal and ectodermal derivatives
Bovine anatomy-regional anatomy
Paranasal sinuses of ox-surface anatomy of salivary glands
Regional anatomy of infraorbital, maxillary, mandibuloalveolar
Mental and coronal nerve block-regional anatomy of para-vertebral nerves
Pudental nerve, median, ulnar and radial nerves-tibial
Fibular and digital nerves
Cranial nerves
Structures involved in epidural anaesthesia
Superficial lymph nodes-surface anatomy of visceral organs of thoracic
Abdominal and pelvic cavities
Comparative features of locomotor apparatus and their application in the biomechanics of mammalian body
Anatomy of fowl
Musculo-skeletal system
Functional anatomy in relation to respiration and flying
Digestion and egg production
Physiology of blood and its circulation, respiration
Excretion, endocrine glands in health and disease
Blood constituents
Properties and functions-blood cell formation-haemoglobin synthesis and chemistry-plasma proteins production, classification and properties
Coagulation of blood
Haemorrhagic disorders-anticoagulants-blood groups-blood volume-plasma expanders-buffer systems in blood
Biochemical tests and their significance in disease diagnosis
Physiology of heart
Cardiac cycle-heart sounds
Heartbeat and electro-cardiograms
Work and efficiency of heart-effect of ions on heart function
Metabolism of cardiac muscle
Nervous and chemical regulation of heart
Effect of temperature and stress on heart
Blood pressure and hypertension
Osmotic regulation
Arterial pulse
Vasomotor regulation of circulation and shock
Coronary and pulmonary circulation
Blood-brain barrier-cerebrospinal fluid-circulation in birds
Mechanism of respiration
Transport and exchange of gases-neural control of respiration-chemo receptors-hypoxia-respiration in birds
Structure and function of kidney
Formation of urine methods of studying renal function
Renal regulation of acid-base balance
Physiological constituents of urine-renal failure-passive venous congestion-urinary recreation in chicken-sweat glands and their function
Biochemical tests for urinary dysfunction
Endocrine glands
Functional disorders their symptoms and diagnosis
Synthesis of hormones
Mechanism and control of secretion
Hormonal receptors classification and function
General knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics of drugs
Cellular level of pharmacodynamics and pharmaco-kinetics-drugs acting on fluids and electrolyte balance-drugs acting on autonomic nervous system
Modern concepts of anaesthesia and dissociative anaesthetics
Antimicrobials and principles of chemotherapy in microbial injections-use of hormones in therapeutics
Chemotherapy of parasitic infections
Drug and economic persons in the edible tissues of animals
Chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases
Veterinary hygiene with reference to water, air and habitation
Assessment of pollution of water
Air and soil-importance of climate in animal health-effect of environment on animal function and performance
Relationship between industrialization and animal agriculture
Animal housing requirements for specific categories of domestic animals viz
Pregnant cows and sows
Milking cows
Broiler birds-stress
Strain and productivity in relation to animal habitation
Animal diseases Pathogenesis, symptoms, postmortem lesions, diagnosis and control of infection diseases of cattle, pigs and poultry, horses, sheep and goats
Etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment of production diseases of cattle, pig and poultry
Deficiency diseases of domestic animals and birds
Diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific condition like impaction
Bloat, diarrhoea, indigestion, dehydration, stroke, poisoning
Diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders
Principles and methods of immunization of animals against specific diseases-hard immunity-disease free zones-'zero' disease concept-chemoprophylaxis
Regional and general-pre-anesthetic medication
Symptoms and surgical interference in fractures and dislocation
Hernia, choking, abomassal displacement
Caesarian operations
Disease investigation techniques
Materials for laboratory investigation
Establishment animal health centres
Disease free zone
Veterinary public health Zoonoses
Classification and definition
Role of animals and birds in prevalence and transmission of zoonotic diseases occupational zoonotic diseases
Principles, definition of epidemiological terms
Application of epidemiological measures in the study of diseases and disease control
Epidemiological features of air, water and food borne infections
Veterinary jurisprudence
Rules and regulations for improvement of animal quality and prevention of animal diseases
State and control rules for prevention of animal and animal product borne diseases-s.p. c.a
Veterolegal cases-certificates
Materials and methods of collection of samples for veterolegal investigation
Milk and milk products technology Milk technology
Organization of rural milk procurement
Collection and transport of raw milk
Quality, testing and grading raw milk
Quality storage grades of whole milk
Skimmed milk and cream
Processing, packaging, storing, distributing
Marketing defects and their control and nutritive properties of the following milks
Toned and double toned
Sterilized and homogenized
Reconstituted, recombined and flavoured milks
Preparation of cultured milks
Cultures and their management, youghurt, dahi, lassi and srikhand
Preparation of flavoured and sterlized milks
Legal standards
Sanitation requirement for clean and safe milk and for the milk plant equipment
Milk products technology
Selection of raw materials
Production and processing
Storing, distributing and marketing milk products such as butter, ghee, khoa, channa, cheese
Condensed, evaporated, dried milk and baby food
Ice cream and kulfi
By products
Whey products
Butter milk, lactose and casein
Testing grading
Judging milk products
Bis and agmark specifications
Quality control nutritive properties
Packaging, processing and operational control costs
Meat hygiene and technology Meat hygiene
Ante mortem care and management of food animals, stunning, slaughter and dressing operations
Abattoir requirements and designs
Meat inspection procedures and judgement of carcass meat cuts
Drading of carcass meat cuts-duties and functions of veterinarians in wholesome meat production
Hygienic methods of handling production of meat
Spoilage of meat and control measures
Post slaughter physicochemical changes in meat and factors that influence them
Quality improvement methods
Adulteration of meat and defection
Regulatory provisions in meat trade and industry
Meat technology
Physical and chemical characteristics of meat
Meat emulsions
Methods of preservation of meat
Curing, canning, irradiation, packaging of meat and meat products
Meat products and formulations
Slaughter house by products and their utilisation
Edible and inedible byproducts
Social and economic implications of proper utilisation of slaughter house byproducts
Organ products for food and pharmaceuticals
Poultry products technology
Chemical composition and nutritive value of poultry meat
Pre slaughter care and management
Slaughtering techniques
Inspection, preservation of poultry meat and products
Legal and bis standards
Structure, composition and nutritive value of eggs
Microbial spoilage
Preservation and maintenance
Marketing of poultry meat, eggs and products
Rabbit/fur animal farming
Care and management of rabbit meat production
Disposal and utilization of fur and wool and recycling of waste byproducts
Grading of wool
Extension Basic philosophy, objectives, concept and principles of extension
Different methods adopted to educate farmers under rural conditions
Generation of technology its transfer and feedback
Problems of constraints in transfer of technology
Animal husbandry programmes for rural development

UPSC IFS 2019 Preparation Tips

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.

  • Candidates must examine the syllabus provided in the notification to identify the topics required for the exam
  • After going through the syllabus, candidates should thoroughly study the exam pattern of UPSC RAS 2019
  • Next, candidates must prepare the routine for preparation in a manner that will let them cover all topics required for the exam while leaving ample time for revision
  • Revision helps candidates brush up their knowledge of the topics they have covered for UPSC IFS
  • After revision, candidates must practice previous years’ question papers, sample papers, mock tests, etc. to help get a better understanding of the exam

UPSC IFS 2019 Exam Pattern

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Exam Pattern

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


Total             marks




General             Studies 1






2             hours


General             Studies 2






2             hours


UPSC IFS Main Exam Exam Pattern

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


Name             of paper


Total             marks




Paper             1




3             hours


Paper             2




3             hours


Paper             3




3             hours


Paper             4




3             hours


Paper             5




3             hours


Paper             6




3             hours


Interview/             Personality Test






UPSC IFS 2019 Admit Card

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Admit Card

UPSC IFS admit card for Prelims was issued by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC IFS admit card 2019 Prelims had information including the name of the candidate, roll number, registration number, date, time, venue of exam and guidelines to be followed on the day of exam. Candidates downloaded the admit card by visiting the website and logging in using the registration number or roll number. After logging in, the admit card was displayed on their screen. The same steps have to be followed to download the UPSC IFS mains admit card as well. Candidates must download and print a copy of the admit card and must carry it on the day of the exam to be allowed to appear for the test. 

UPSC IFS Main Exam Admit Card

Candidates who have qualified the prelims exam can download the UPSC IFS admit card for Mains exam issued by Union Public Service Commission. The admit card is released online on November 07, 2019 and is available to download till December 08. 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:

  • Click on the link
  • Enter registration number/ roll number and date of birth
  • Download and print copy of admit card

UPSC IFS 2019 Exam Centers

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Exam Centers

State City
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Gautam Budh Nagar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Andhra Pradesh Ananthapur
Maharashtra Aurangabad
Navi Mumbai
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chhattisgarh Bilaspur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Odisha Cuttack
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Assam Guwahati
Haryana Faridabad
Sikkim Gangtok
Bihar Gaya
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Kerala Kochi
Nagaland Kohima
West Bengal Kolkata
Punjab Ludhiana
Goa Panaji
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Puducherry Puducherry
Jharkhand Ranchi
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla

UPSC IFS Main Exam Exam Centers

State City
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Delhi New Delhi
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
West Bengal Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Nagpur
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Himachal Pradesh Shimla

Documents Required at Exam

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter Card
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Identity card issued by Government/ University/ College/ Institute

UPSC IFS 2019 Answer Key

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Answer Key

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 the screen. Candidates must download and save the answer key for future reference.

UPSC IFS Main Exam Answer Key

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 2019 Result

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Result

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:

  • Click on the link
  • The result will be displayed on screen in pdf format
  • The result will contain the roll number of candidates who have qualified the exam
  • Press ‘Ctrl + F’ and enter respective roll number to check whether they have qualified the exam
  • Download the pdf file for future reference

UPSC IFS Main Exam Result

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.

UPSC IFS 2019 Cutoff

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Cutoff

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.

UPSC IFS Main Exam Cutoff

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).

UPSC IFS 2019 Selection Process

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.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Class 10 certificate
  • Class 12 certificate
  • Degree certificates
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)

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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.

Go through the link below to check the detailed exam pattern and syllabus:


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