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West Bengal Forest Department Recruitment


West Bengal  with more than nine crore population, is the India’s fourth-most populous state of the country and its geographical area is equal in size to Serbia. West Bengal shares its borders with other countries like Bangladesh in the east and with Nepal and Bhutan in the north. West Bengal has 14% of the geographical area under forest cover, which is lower than the national average of 23%. A Part of Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, is located in southern West Bengal. The forests of West Bengal consists of 6 national parks and 15 wildlife sanctuaries.

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Ltd. was started in 1974. The forest department mainly focuses on the creation of new eco-tourism centers, large-scale harvesting of forest produces, production and marketing of forest products etc. The administrative set up of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited is headed by the officers of the Forest Directorate on deputation. Other important state forest service exams are Arunachal Pradesh ForestChhattisgarh ForestMeghalaya ForestManipur ForestHaryana Forest, HP Forest, etc.


The department recruits forest officers for the vacant positions in the forest department.


  1. The aspiring candidate must be a citizen of India as per the definition given in part-II of the constitution
  2. The candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with at least one of the following subjects- Agriculture,               Geology, Physics, Botany, Engineering (Agriculture/ Civil/ Chemical/ Electronics/ Electrical/ Mechanical),  Veterinary               science, Statistics, Horticulture, Mathematics, Forestry,  Zoology or Honours, from a recognized university
  3. Candidate must not be below 21 years and more than 27 years of age

 Physical Measurements

Physical standardMeasurement
Minimum Height



163 cm

150 cm

Chest for Men onlyWithout expansion 84 cm, after expansion 89 cm

Without expansion 79 cm, after expansion 84 cm


The relaxations for different categories are listed in the below table.

CategoryAge relaxed
SC/ ST/ OBC/Govt servantsAs per the Notification
Physical measurements for ST, Gorkha, Nepali, Garwali (Height)
Male152 cm
Female145 cm


Apart from this notification other important government job recruitment notifications in the WB Civil Service Executive ExamWB SSCWB PoliceWB Teachers Recruitment, etc. Drona provides complete guidance to clear these exams. 

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Application Procedure

  • Candidates should need to visit the official website and should fill the application form online
  •  Then the candidates need to pay the required fee amount before submitting the application.

Selection Procedure

The selection process consists of two parts namely Written and personality test. Candidates need to qualify in the Written Examination then the Personally Test. The Written Examination will carry 700 marks and personality Test will carry 100 marks.

First, the candidate should have the required criteria of height and other physical standards. Then they need to go through the walking test, then they should attend the written examination. Once the candidates clear the written examination, the interview will be the last step in the selection process. Based on the performance in written exam and interview the candidates are selected for the post.

Exam Pattern

Walking test

Male candidates should walk 25 km in 4 hours and female candidate needs to cover a distance of 16 km in four hours on foot.

Written exam

Preliminary exam

This exam is of qualifying nature carrying 200 marks and 2 1/2 hours of time is allocated. The question paper pattern and weightage of different topics in given below. The candidates qualified in prelims will be allowed to write the main examination. The commission will fix the qualifying marks based on the number of candidates applied, and vacant posts.

1English composition20 marks
2General Science25 marks
3World Geography25 marks
4Current Events of National and International Importance25 marks
5History of India25 marks
6Indian National Movement20 marks
7Indian Polity and Economy20 marks
8Arithmetic20 marks
9General Mental Ability20 marks

Written Examination

The written examination consists of two groups i.e., Compulsory Subjects and Optional Subjects

(a) Compulsory Subjects will be consisting of three subjects listed below

  • (i) English (Essay, Précis writing and Composition);
  • (ii) General Studies;
  • (iii) Bengali or Hindi or Urdu or Nepali (Précis writing, Essay, and Composition)

(b) Candidates need to select two Optional Subjects from the below list of subjects :

(i) Agriculture; (ii) Botany; (iii) Chemistry; (iv) Computer Application, Computer

Science; (v) Engineering (Agriculture, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical,

Electronics, Mechanical); (vi) Forestry; (vii) Geology; (viii) Horticulture; (ix)

Mathematics; (x) Physics; (xi) Statistics (xii) Veterinary Science; (xiii) Zoology

and (xiv) Environmental Science.

Interview/Viva voce

The candidates qualified in the mains examination will be called for interview. The interview boards assess the attitude, Mental strength, leadership qualities and personality of the candidates for their suitability to the job.  The interview/personality test carries 200 marks.

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