INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (IFS)

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. Importance 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.
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Course Duration : 2 years
Price :20000

Availability District: Chennai,Coimbatore,
Namakkal,Salem,

IFS officers while in field postings in their state cadres work for conservation, protection and development of forests and wildlife along with an aim to enhance livelihood opportunities of forest dependent communities of rural and tribal areas.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is the cadre controlling authority of Indian Forest Service.

IFS officers are recruited through the IFS examination conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission. The examination is open to graduates in any science or engineering discipline and has a three-stage selection process spanning nearly seven months.

In 2015, 4.6 lakh aspirants appeared for the combined preliminary exam, out of which 85 were finally selected for IFS; this selection percentage of less than 0.02 per cent makes it one of the toughest open competitive exams conducted in India. The number of aspirants is also on the increase every year.


Qualifying Papers-
1. Paper A: (One of the Indian Languages to be selected from the ones included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution – 300 Marks)
2. Paper B: English – 300 Marks
Merit Exams- Candidates will have to score a minimum percentage in the qualifying exam to qualify for the exam. The question papers are prepared to test the intellectual and interpersonal skills of the candidate. The essay type questions will test the students understanding of the subject and the concept. The students will be tested on the strength of an Indian Language.

IPS Marking Scheme for Mains
• The total marks of the Mains Examination are 1750 marks.
• Each question will carry 2.5 marks.
• Candidates will be graded on basics of opinion, Content flow, understanding the problems/ situation, offering feasible solutions/strategies, presentation, and language
• Candidates can choose two optional papers on which they will be questioned. IPS Syllabus 2019
Preliminary Round

Paper 1 – General Awareness

This paper will test candidates’ knowledge and passion towards the country. The questions will be from various aspects like history, geography, economy, etc pertaining to the country. Some of the important topics include:
• Events and Happening of National Importance
• Impact of Geography in the country
• Governance and Constitutional Structure
• Current Issues faced by the country
• Economic and Social Development
• Research and Development
• Scientific Developments

Paper 2 – English & General Aptitude
The command of English is mandatory in the field of Public Service and candidates have to score a minimum of 33 % to qualify the exam. The aptitude of a person determines his ability to solve complex problems, time management and agility. The important areas to practice for IPS Exam includes
• Logical Reasoning
• Problem Solving Capacity
• Interpersonal Skills
• Numerical Ability
• Analytical Skills
• Comprehension
• Antonyms / Synonyms

Mains Round

Paper 3 – Essay Writing
Candidates can write the essay on the topic of their choice

Paper 4 – General Studies I
This paper will contain questions relating to ancient India pertaining to History, Geography, Heritage, Culture etc. Some of the topics include
• History of India – Ancient and Modern
• Significant changes in Architecture, Literature, etc.
• Geographical Significance
• Notable events in World History
• Diversity
• Globalization

Paper 5 – General Studies II
This paper will contain questions about the reforms in Indian Governance post-Independence. The topics include
• Constitution of India
• Constitutional Analysis of the world
• Parliament and Legislatures
• Key issues faced by the nation and solutions
• Welfare Schemes by the Government
• Department and Structures in Government

Paper 6 – General Studies III
This paper will contain questions about Modern India and recent Key developments. The topics include
• Indian Economy
• Farming
• Science
• Research and Development
• Information Technology
• Environmental Studies
• Achievements in various fields
• Security Challenges
• Industrial Growth
• Infrastructural developments

Paper 7 – General Studies IV
This paper will contain questions about Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. The topics include
• Ethics in Public Administration
• Emotional Intelligence
• Behavioral Analysis
• Functional Values

Paper 8 & 9 – Candidates can select their desired subject from the list of subjects given below
• Agriculture
• Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
• Anthropology
• Botany
• Chemistry
• Civil Engineering
• Commerce and Accountancy
• Economics
• Electrical Engineering
• Geography
• Geology
• Indian History
• Law
• Management
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Medical Science
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science and International Relations
• Psychology
• Public Administration
• Sociology
• Statistics
• Zoology

IFS officers while in field postings in their state cadres work for conservation, protection and development of forests and wildlife along with an aim to enhance livelihood opportunities of forest dependent communities of rural and tribal areas.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is the cadre controlling authority of Indian Forest Service.

IFS officers are recruited through the IFS examination conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission. The examination is open to graduates in any science or engineering discipline and has a three-stage selection process spanning nearly seven months.

In 2015, 4.6 lakh aspirants appeared for the combined preliminary exam, out of which 85 were finally selected for IFS; this selection percentage of less than 0.02 per cent makes it one of the toughest open competitive exams conducted in India. The number of aspirants is also on the increase every year.