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IFoS: Examination Pattern

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and

(ii) Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates against the vacancies identified and reported for the Indian Forest Service Examination.

Preliminary Examination:

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. 

Important Points

(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.

(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

Mains Examination

The written examination consisting of the following papers:

Paper 1- General English 300 Marks

Paper 2-General Knowledge 300 Marks

Papers III, IV, V and VI.

Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers: 200 marks for each paper. 

(C) Interview for Personality Test (See (C) of Section II of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called by the Commission-Maximum Marks : 300 


List of optional subjects
(i) Agriculture 
(ii.) Agricultural Engineering 
(iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 
(iv) Botany 
(v) Chemistry 
(vi) Chemical Engineering 
(vii) Civil Engineering 
(viii) Forestry 
(ix) Geology 
(x) Mathematics 
(xi) Mechanical Engineering 
(xii) Physics 
(xiii) Statistics 
(xiv) Zoology
The following combination of subjects are not allowed:
(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engg. 
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science. 
(c) Agriculture and ·Forestry. 
(d) Chemistry and Chemical Engg. 
(e) Mathematics and Statistics. 
(f) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical  Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering- not more than one