Indian Forest Service



Just like entrance exams for civil services, UPSC also conducts entrance exam for filling in positions for Indian Forest Service (IFS). Just like other all India examination for recruiting officers for IAS and IPS, the entrance exam conducted for the IFS is the one conducted each year for recruiting officers who work towards the conservation, protection and regeneration of forests of the country.

The job of the Indian Forest Services is extremely demanding and satisfying for young professionals. The fact is that preserving the Indian forest is extremely essential for maintaining the ecological balance of the world. Forests are renewable resources and also contribute substantially to economic development. Keeping in mind all these considerations, the job of a forest officer is extremely crucial.

Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers who are recruited through the exam conducted by UPSC under the aegis of the Central Government play a very crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wild life.

Personality Traits

  • A strong constitution
  • Nature loving
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Ability to work for long hours
  •  Intelligence 
  • Good team spirit
  • Common sense 
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Desire to serve one's country 
  • Ability to weigh facts
  • Emotional stability 
  • Balance of judgment
  • Optimism 
  • Positive thinking
  • Intellectual and moral integrity
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds 
  • Mental alertness
  • Adaptability 
  • Ability to effectively use power and authority that comes handy with the job
  • Willingness to work in a stringent bureaucratic set up

Course / Training

For those who are interested to join Indian Forest Service must have graduated in any one of the following subjects Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering from a recognized Indian university. Their age must also be between 21 and 30 years.

The candidates who are eligible to appear for the IFS examination can appear for a maximum of four attempts. The written exam is followed by a personality test. The written examination is a conventional essay type test. The paper pattern is as follows:

  • Paper I – General English for 300 Marks
  • Paper II – General Knowledge for 300 Marks
  • Paper III, IV, V & VI – Any two subjects has to be selected from the available list of optional subjects that are mentioned below. Each optional subject will have two papers for  200 marks each

List of Optional Subjects :
Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Forestry, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Zoology.

This written exam is then followed by a strict round of personal interview wherein the panel seeks to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidates who get selected after the written exam and personal interview are then sent for foundation training course to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is further followed by a specialized orientation program for the Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.

List of Institutes for Indian Forest Service

Institute Website
Union Public Service Commission

Career Opportunities

The candidates who clear the written exam and the interview finally get recruited as Assistant Conservator of Forests.

On gaining an experience of four to five years they are then promoted to the post of District Conservator of Forest (DCF) and further up to the rank of Chief Principal Conservator of Forests


Remuneration for each grade is as follows:

Grade Pay Scale
Director General Of Forests Grade 80,000 Rs. (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil
Apex Scale 80,000 Rs. (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil
Above Super Time Scale 37,400 Rs.-67,000 Rs. plus grade pay of 12,000 Rs.
Super Time Scale 37,400 Rs.- 67,000 Rs. plus grade pay of 10000 Rs.
Selection Grade 37,400 Rs.-67,000 Rs. plus grade Pay of 8700 Rs.
Junior Administrative Grade 15,600 Rs.-39,100 Rs. plus grade pay of 7600 Rs.
Senior Time Scale 15,600 Rs.-39,100 Rs. plus grade pay of 6600 Rs.
Junior Time Scale 15,600 Rs.-39,100 Rs. plus grade pay of 5400 Rs.
Indian Forest Service
Indian Forest Service - By : | Date Published : 19-04-2016 | Category : Career Options |
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