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UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam


Apart from this forest service notification released by UPSC other important notifications are combined medical services, engineering services, Economic services,  civil services. RRB, SSC, Banking sector also release some popular notifications to recruit eligible candidates into various government posts.

Current Notification


Indian Forest Service was started in 1966 under All India Services Act 1951. India forest service comes under all India civil services. UPSC conducts competitive exam namely Indian Forest Service exam to recruit eligible candidates into this service. Drona provides required guidance to the aspirants to clear this exam. Similar kind of notification at state level will be released by the concerned state PSCs or the forest departments to recruit eligible candidates into forest department that comes under government posts.

Eligibility Criteria


Aspiring candidates must not be older than 32 years and less than 21 years of age


All the aspiring candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with minimum one of the subjects mentioned below Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Statistics and Zoology,Mathematics,Physics, or a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or Agriculture, or Engineering from any recognised Universities.

Physical Standards: Candidates must have the physical standards prescribed in the notification



  1. Five years of upper age limit will be relaxed for SC, ST and Kashmir domicile candidates and OBC candidates three years.
  2. Defense Services Personnel who are disabled in operations with any foreign country or a disturbed area will be given three areas.
  3. ECOs/SSCOs who have completed five years of Military Service will be given maximum of five years relaxation
  4. Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopedically handicapped candidates will be given a maximum of 10 years of age relaxation.


Number of attempts for candidates belonging to different categories are listed below.

  • General category candidates – 6
  • OBC category candidates – 9
  • SC/ST candidates – unlimited attempts (till 37 years of age)

Exam Fees

  • SC/ST/ Female/Physically Handicapped candidates are exempted from paying the fees

How To Apply

  • Aspiring Candidates must apply online through the official website http://www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Candidates must carefully choose the exam centre for prelims and mains.
  • Full details of filling online application form will be given in the notification advertisement.

Selection Procedure

The Forest Services Examination has three stages.

  • a. Preliminary Examination which will be along with the prelims for civil service exam
  • b. Main Examination
  • c. Interview.

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers which are of objective type, and each paper carries 200 marks. Prelims exam is just a screening test, and the marks obtained in the exam will not be considered for the final selection. The Main Examination consists of 6 papers of conventional essay type, out of which four papers will be from the two optional subjects chosen by the candidates. Candidates who obtain qualifying marks in the Main Examination will be called for an interview. The interview carries 300 marks.

Examination Pattern

Preliminary Examination

This Exam consists of two papers which will be having multiple choice questions. Each paper carries 200 marks, and the papers will be set both languages of English and Hindi (except the English language questions). Each paper will be given two hours time, and Blind candidates will be given an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

S. NoName of PaperAllotted marks
Paper IGeneral Ability Test200 marks
Paper IIEnglish Language & aptitude200 marks
Total400 marks

The minimum qualifying marks in General Studies Paper II will be 33%, and the candidates will be selected based on the marks obtained in general studies paper I.

Mains Examination

Mains examination consists of six papers and the first two papers carry 200 marks each, and the next four papers will be from the two options chosen by the candidate. Two papers will be there for each optional.

The exam pattern of the mains exam is given in the below table.

Paper – IGeneral English300 Marks3 hours
Paper – IIGeneral Knowledge300 Marks3 hours
Paper – IIIAny two OPTIONAL subjects200 Marks3 hours
Paper – IV200 Marks3 hours
Paper – V200 Marks3 hours
Paper – VI200 Marks3 hours


Candidates need to select their subject as their option from the below-listed subjects. There will be two papers for each optional.

List of optional subjects:

  • (i) Agriculture 
  • (ii) Agricultural Engineering 
  • (iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 
  • (iv) Botany 
  • (v) Chemistry 
  • (vi) Chemical Engineering 
  • (vii) Civil Engineering 
  • (viii) Forestry 
  • (ix) Geology 
  • (x) Mathematics 
  • (xi) Mechanical Engineering 
  • (xii) Physics 
  • (xiii) Statistics 
  • (xiv) Zoology 

Candidates will not be allowed to take the following combination of subjects 

  • (a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engg. 
  • (b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science. 
  • (c) Agriculture and ·Forestry. 
  • (d) Chemistry and Chemical Engg. 
  • (e) Mathematics and Statistics

Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering not more than one subject.

Interview/Personality Test

The UPSC board will determine the cutoff marks for the mains exam and calls the qualified candidates for interview. The interview panel tests the suitability of the candidates for the post and assesses their personality, attitude, etc., and maximum marks allotted will be 300. Based on the total marks obtained in both mains examination and personality test the candidates will be selected for the service.


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Previous Papers


General Papers

Optional Subjects


General Subjects

Optional Subjects