26 Feb 2013


According to the official website of Indian Forest Service, there will be a new scheme of examination for Indian Forest Service, which is conducted by UPSC.

The salient features of the scheme are as under:-

(i) Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam will be of a two-tier examination similar to that
of the Civil Services Examination. The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
shall serve as the Screening Test for both the Civil Services as well as the Indian
Forest Service Examinations.

(ii) Notification of Indian Forest Service Examination will be done simultaneously with
the Civil Services Examination. The application form will be called as Combined
Online application Form for Civil Services and Indian Forest Service
Examinations. In the notifications for both Indian Forest Service Examination as
well as Civil Services Examination, candidates will be asked to exercise their
option to either choose Civil Services or Indian Forest Service or both, as per their
eligibility conditions.

(iii) There will be no change in the eligibility of the candidates in the Indian Forest
Service Examination.

(iv) The candidates who will be applying for Indian Forest Service, Civil Services or
both will be asked to appear in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which
will be a Screening Test for short-listing the candidates for Indian Forest Service
and Civil Services (Main) Examinations. Otherwise these two examinations will be
separate in all respects.

(v) Based on the performance of the candidates in the CS(P) Examination, the
candidates for the Indian Forest Service as well as the Civil Services examinations,
will be short-listed separately for the IFS(Main) as well as the Civil Services (Main)

The same principle of short listing 12 to 13 times the number of posts could be used at this stage. However, the criteria for selection of candidates for Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will be different – based on relevant functional matrices.

The Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination and the Civil Services (Main) Examination could then be conducted on different dates in order to accommodate candidates who may be
short-listed separately for both the examinations. The interviews and merit list for
both these examinations could be drawn up separately.

2. The tentative schedule for IFoS Examination, 2013 is as under:-

(i) Date of Notification : 9th March, 2013

(ii) Last date of submission of online application form : 8th April, 2013

(iii) Date of Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam for
screening of candidates for IFoS (Main) Exam,2013 : 26th May, 2013

(iv) Date of commencement of IFoS (Main) Exam : 21st September, 2013

By this, now it is very much clear that notifications for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2013 and IFS exam 2013 will come together on 9th March, 2013.There is a report in media that, weightage will be less for optional papers in CSE mains 2013 and total marks will be increased for General Studies (GS) papers. Let’s wait for the official notification from UPSC.



  1. Hello sir, I want to know that BCA/MCA qualified student can fill form of IFS or not?

    Actually I completed my MCA and want to fight for IFS (Indian Forest Service), so can I do this?


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