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Odisha Forest Department Recruitment


The Forest Department in Odisha came into existence during 1883-84, when Odisha was an integral part of Bengal. On 1 April 1936, Odisha emerged as a separate state and a new Forest Department was formed under the charge of Conservator of Forests. With the merger of states on first January 1948 new boundaries were demarcated. Orissa has vast forest cover of around 33% of total area and 10% of it comes under protected area. The other important state forest service exams are AP forest, Chhattisgarh ForestKerala Forest,  TS Forest, Karnataka ForestTN Forest, Madhya Pradesh Forest, etc.

Forest Department of Odisha

Forest Department comprises five organizations

  • Territorial Organization – that looks after, forest conservation & development, forest administration, working plants preparation & implementation, research, and training,
  • Wildlife Organization – that controls protected areas and wildlife management
  • Kendu leaf Organization – looks after production, storage and marketing of kendu leaves
  • Project Organization – responsible for project formulation & its implementation

For example, Orissa Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP) is now being implemented with the guidance of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

  • OFDC Organization – Marketing agency of the forest produce

Orissa Forest Development Corporation Ltd (OFDC) came into existence on 14th November 1990 by the merger of three forest corporations of the state, namely Orissa Composite board (1983), Similar Forest Development Corporation (1979) and Orissa Plantation Dev. Corporation (1983).

Job Positions

Eligibility criteria and pay scale

Post NameAge Limit (in years)Educational QualificationPay ScaleGrade Pay
Deputy Ranger21 – 37Bachelor’s Degree in Botany/ Chemistry/Geology/Mathematics /Physics/ Statistics/ Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry/ Zoology. Rs. 9,300 – 34,800Rs. 4,600
Forester20 – 32Must pass 10+2 in Science stream and Odiya as a subject in M.E School Standard.Rs 5200Rs 2000
Forest Guard18 – 32H.S.C (10+) Passed and Odiya as a subject in M.E School Standard.Rs 5200Rs. 1800

Table 1.1. Job positions, eligibility criteria and pay scale

Physical Standards

CandidateHeight (in cm)Chest in cm (Normal)Chest in cm (Expansion)
UR and SC1688186

Table 1.2. Physical Standards required


Age relaxations and reservations are applicable as per the rules and regulations of Odisha State Government.


Orissa JL, Orissa PoliceOrissa TET, etc., are the other state government job exam conducted in the state. Drona provides expertised guidance to the aspirants.

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Application Procedure

Selection Procedure

Candidates are selected based on their performance in the written test, interview and physical events.

Exam Pattern

Written Examination

  1. a) Forester

The exam consists of two Papers with 20 Marks each and one-hour time is allotted for each paper.

❖  Paper I – Odiya language

❖  Paper II – Mathematics (Class HS.C level)

  1. b) Forest guard

This exam consists of two papers with 25 Marks each and each paper is given with one-hour time.

❖  Paper I – Odiya language

❖  Paper II – Mathematics (Class IX level)

  1. c) Forest Ranger

This exam consists of 2 sections, first compulsory section and for the next section, the candidate has to choose an optional in the listed subjects.

  1. Compulsory section

This section consists of two papers of 300 Marks each, and each paper is allotted with 3 hours of time

Paper 1 – General English

The question paper consists of following segments

  •   Comprehension of a given Passage
  •   Translation from Odiya to English
  •   Precise Writing with a passage of around 1000 words
  •   Grammar
  •   Vocabulary
  •   Usage of Words
  •   Short Essay of around 1000 words
  •   Expansion of an Idea

Paper 2- General Studies

The questions will be from the below topics

  •   Current affairs – International & National
  •   Personalities in News
  •   Science and Technology
  •   Indian Polity
  •   History – India
  •   Indian Economy
  •   Indian Constitution
  •   Geography – India
  •   Sports
  1. Optional section

Candidates have to select an option from the below list. This section consists of four papers with 200 Marks each and each paper is given 3 hours of time.

List of optional subjects

  •   Agriculture
  •   Agriculture Engineering
  •   Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry
  •   Botany/ Chemistry
  •   Chemical Engineering
  •   Civil Engineering
  •   Forestry
  •   Geology
  •   Mathematics
  •   Mechanical Engineering
  •   Physics
  •   Statistics
  •   Zoology

Physical Test

The physical test consists of walking and cycling. For details see the below table.

GenderTestDistance (Km)Time
MaleWalking254 Hours
Cycling1.65 Minutes
FemaleWalking164 Hours
Cycling1.610 Minutes


After written exams and physical test, Interview is the last step in the selection process. Candidate’s attitude, approach, and decision-making skills, will be tested by the interviewing panel.


Candidates can find the detailed syllabus in the below-given links

For Asst.Conservator of Forests Syllabus – Click Here

For Odisha PSC Forest Ranger Optional Subjects Syllabus – Click Here

For Forest Rangers Officers Syllabus – Click Here

Exam Resources

Previous papers

General English Paper – Click Here

English Paper – Click Here

Forestry Paper – Click Here

Forestry Paper I – Click Here

Forestry Paper II – Click Here

Geography Paper – Click Here

General Knowledge Paper I – Click Here

General Knowledge Paper II – Click Here

General Studies Paper – Click Here

History Paper – Click Here

Mathematics Paper I – Click Here

Mathematics Paper II – Click Here

O.J.S Preliminary Examination – Click Here

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