Indian Forest services

UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Exam every year for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. Indian Forest Service (IFS) offers a highly challenging and rewarding career. Being an All India Service, the members are recruited by the Centre but their services are put under the various State cadres, with the privilege of serving both under the State and under the Centre.

UPSC conducts the Indian Forest Service Exam generally in the month of July. The pattern of the exam is similar to that of civil services, and selection is done in three phases. Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is followed by specialized orientation for the Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.

After training candidates are posted as the assistant conservator, district conservator, chief conservator, principal conservator, and the inspector general of forests. The senior most post is that of the Environment Secretary in the Union Government.

Eligibility Criteria:

Nationality: The candidate must be either
(a) A citizen of India, or
(b) A subject of Nepal, or
(c) A subject of Bhutan, or
(d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
(e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limit:

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.

The upper age limit relaxations are given below.

(a). Relaxed up to 5 years for SC and ST candidates.
(b). Relaxed up to 3 years for OBC candidates.
(c). Age relax able for 3 years in case of defense services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or disturbed area.
(d). 5 years relax able for Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who have completed an initial period of an assignment of 5 years in military service .
(e). 10 years relaxation for blind, deaf, mute and orthopedically handicapped candidates.
(f). 5 years relax able if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Educational Qualifications:

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry or Engineering from any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Number of Attempts:

Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in case of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible. Number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

Physical Standards:

The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination.

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