The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment officers at the All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests.
IFS is one of the three All India Services. The exam is conducted for recruitment to forestry services of India. The other two All India Services being Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).
Indian Forest Service is one of the Civil Services of India and belongs to the apex All India Services group. IFS services are placed under various State cadres and joint cadres though they have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments.
The main mandate of IFS service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy which aims to ensure environmental stability and maintenance of ecological balance.
An IFS officer is largely independent of district administration and exercises administrative, judicial and financial powers in their own domain. All top positions in the state forest department are held by IFS officers.
In order to become an Indian Forest Service officer, candidates need to appear for the examination conducted by UPSC. The IFS selection procedure consists of three stages – preliminary, main examination and personality test.
Aspirants have to note that they need to appear for the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify the same for the second phase of the examination, i.e., IFS (Main Examination). Candidates who qualify in the Civil Services (Preliminary) and meet the eligibility criteria of IFS will be shortlisted for the IFS Main Examination.
The desiring candidates can apply for the Indian Forest Service examination through a common online application form of Civil Services Examination (CSE). The applicant has to submit the application form through online mode only. The important details regarding IFS 2022 are given below.
The UPSC has released the tentative dates of Indian Forest Service Prelims & Main 2022 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2022 will take place on June 05, 2022, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on start from November 11, 2022 for 10 Days.
The online registration process has started from February 2, 2022, and it will end on February 22, 2022. The applicant has to submit the application form through online mode only, but there is no offline mode. Click here to know the important dates of the IFS 2022 Exam.
|Indian Forest Service 2022|
|IFS 2022 Notification||February 02, 2022|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Number of attempts||6|
|Number of vacancies||151 (approximately)|
|Starting date to apply online||February 02, 2022|
|Last date to apply online||February 22, 2022|
|IFS Admit card||May 2022|
|Preliminary exam||June 05, 2022|
|Preliminary result||July 2022|
|IFS Main Examination||November 11, 2022 (10 days)|
|IFS Main result||December 2022|
|IFS Interview||January 2022|
|IFS final result||February 2022|
The UPSC IFS Prelims 2022 qualified candidates must note that their candidature is provisional. In accordance with the Rules of the Examination, all of them have to apply again in the Detailed Application form-I (DAF) for IFoS (Main) Examination, 2022. The dates and important instructions for filling up the DAF-I and its submission will be announced in the due course on the commission’s website.
Candidates are also informed that marks, cut-off marks, and the answer keys of screening test held through Civil Services (Prelims) Examination, 2022 for IFoS (Main) Examination) will be uploaded on the commission’s website i.e. upsconline.nic.in only after the entire process of the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2022 is over i.e. after the declaration of the final result.
UPSC has released the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination 2022 notification on February 02, 2022. The IFS (preliminary) notification was released through the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2022. Candidates who are aiming for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) can apply online between February 02 and 22, 2022. The IFS 2022 notification was released for approximately 110 vacancies. However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration.
Download UPSC IFS notification (2022)
The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 151. However, candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and PWD categories will be provided with the reservation according to the Government. According to the official notification released by the UPSC, a few vacancies are reserved. Check the details below.
|Total number of vacancies||115 (approximately)|
|Low Vision category: 2|
|Partially Deaf category: 2|
|Locomotor disability (sub‐category: Leprosy cured and Acid attack): 1|
Aspirants have to note that the final number of vacancies indicated are liable to further alteration.
Candidates who are aspiring for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) should apply only through the Civil Services (Preliminary). There is no separate IFS application form. However, there are a few important points aspirants should know before IFS registration.
Interested candidates are advised to visit our IFS online application form 2022 page for detailed information. One can also check the exam fee, exam dates and other important details here.
Aspirants must be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination. Candidates are advised to visit the IFS official notification to check the detailed rules and regulations.
A candidate must be
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Age of a candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years on 1st August, 2022 of the year of examination, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1990 and not later than 1st August, 2001. While the upper age limit will be relaxable in the following cases:
(Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment)
Cumulative Age relaxation:
The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are as follows:
Appearing for one or more papers of an examination will be counted as an attempt at the examination even if the candidate failed to qualify for the selection.