Indian Forest Services - 2020
Indian Forest Service (IFoS) is different from Indian Foreign Service (IFS). It is one of the civil services conducted by UPSC. For the recruitment of...
Indian Forest Service (IFoS) is different from Indian Foreign Service (IFS). It is one of the civil services conducted by UPSC. For the recruitment of officers at the All India level for scientific management of forests. It is one of the three All India services. Others are IAS and IPS. IFoS service officers are placed under various state cadres and joint cadres. They have to serve both under state and central governments.
Indian Forest Services examination -2020
The selection procedure is in three stages.
1) Preliminary 2) Mains 3) Personality Test
Candidates have to appear Civil services preliminary examinations and qualify for the second phase- Mains. They will be short listed for Mains. It is a common application form online for Civil services and Forest services. The following are the dates:
I FoS notification – 12th February 2020
Last Date for application – 3rd March 2020
Prelims exam along with civils – 26th June 2020 Friday
FoS Main examination – 2nd Nov 2020 (10 days)
Total No.of vacancies will be around—90 to 100 every year
Bachelor's degree in Animal husbandry and Veterinary science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, mathematics, Physics, statistics and Zoology. Or BSc Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering
Age: Minimum 21 years, Maximum 32 years as on 1st august 2020. The age relaxations for other categories are same like Civils examination.
Number of attempts
General candidates - 6 attempts
SC, ST – No restriction
OBCs – 9 attempts others as usual
After Civil Services (Preliminary) examination, the shortlisted candidates will be called for the Main examination, which will be about 12 to 13 times of the total number of vacancies i.e: 1080.
Candidates have to select two optional subjects
1. Agriculture Agricultural engineering
2. Chemistry Botany
3. Civil engineering chemical Engineering
4. Geology Mathematics
5. Mechanical engineering Physics
6. Statistics Zoology
Mains examination pattern is as follows
Paper I General English - 300 marks
Paper II General Knowledge- 300 marks
Paper III to VI Two optionals x2 - 800 marks Total 1400 marks
Candidate has to choose two optionals from the above list.
UPSC cut off marks -2018
UPSC has released the cut off marks for IFoS examination. The examination was conducted for 110 vacancies.
Minimum qualifying standards/marks approved in the written part of the exam 2018:
Category Marks for 1400
PwBD -2 541
Pw BD -3 447
Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate:
Category Marks for 1400
Pw BD-2 787
Pw BD-3 693
A total of 89 candidates that include general, SC, and ST categories have been recommended for appointment.
The Forest officers play a key role in conservation, protection, and development of forests and wildlife, enhancing livelihood opportunities of forest dependent communities of rural and tribal areas at present time. Their role is going to increase further.
The service comes under Ministry of Environment, Forests and climate change. From 2008 onwards IFoS officers are allotted to State cadre at the beginning of their service.
Cadres strength : 3131
(2182 Direct recruits, and 940 promotion posts)
The highest post is Director General of Forests. The general nature of these officers is administration of Forests and wildlife resources.
Newly recruited officers are trained at Indira Gandhi National Forest academy, Dehradun. Indian Forest College was established in 1938. From 1987 it is functioning as a Staff college for the officers of IFoS. The primary mandate of the Academy is to impart knowledge and skills to the professional foresters and help them to develop competence for managing the country's forest and wildlife resources on a sustainable basis. It nurtures young foresters capable of making difference in the management of ecological assets of our country besides inculcating human values and professional ethics amongst them. The Academy provides training at different levels of seniority in the service besides training the new entrants.
Mid-career training programmes in three phases of the service viz III, IV, and V meant for the seniority 7to 9, 16 to 18 and 26 to 28 years respectively are arranged by the academy. It aims to provide best training opportunities to the officers by roping in some of the leading training institutions in the country and abroad. The officers get a chance to interact with the experts of respective fields and also get exposure to best management practices of natural r sources in the foreign countries.