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 Forest, Kerala Forest, TS Forest, Karnataka Forest, TN 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).
Eligibility criteria and pay scale
|Post Name||Age Limit (in years)||Educational Qualification||Pay Scale||Grade Pay|
|Deputy Ranger||21 – 37||Bachelor’s Degree in Botany/ Chemistry/Geology/Mathematics /Physics/ Statistics/ Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry/ Zoology.||Rs. 9,300 – 34,800||Rs. 4,600|
|Forester||20 – 32||Must pass 10+2 in Science stream and Odiya as a subject in M.E School Standard.||Rs 5200||Rs 2000|
|Forest Guard||18 – 32||H.S.C (10+) Passed and Odiya as a subject in M.E School Standard.||Rs 5200||Rs. 1800|
Table 1.1. Job positions, eligibility criteria and pay scale
|Candidate||Height (in cm)||Chest in cm (Normal)||Chest in cm (Expansion)|
|UR and SC||168||81||86|
Table 1.2. Physical Standards required
Age relaxations and reservations are applicable as per the rules and regulations of Odisha State Government.
- Current Notifications
- Upcoming Notifications
- Previous Notifications
Candidates are selected based on their performance in the written test, interview and physical events.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 Engineering
- Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry
- Botany/ Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
The physical test consists of walking and cycling. For details see the below table.
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
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