Indian Forest Service Examination 


The Indian Forest Service, one of the three All India Services, was constituted in the year 1966 under the All India Services Act, 1951 by the Government of India.

The main mandate of the service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy which envisages scientific management of forests and to exploit them on a sustained basis for primary timber products, among other things. Since 1935 the management of the forests remained in the hands of the Provincial Governments and even today the Forest Departments are managing the forests of the country under the respective State governments.


(A) Tentative Schedule
(i) Notification of ExaminationFebruary/March
(ii) Conduct of ExaminationPRE- AUGUST/ MAINS- NOVEMBER  


(B) Age-limits
21-32 Years on 1st July of the year of examination
Certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation.

Such as:-

OBC- 3 years

SC- 5 years

ST- 5years




(C) Educational Qualification
A Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering of a recognised university or equivalent.
Candidates appearing at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) are also eligible to compete. Candidates qualifying on the result of the written part of the examination will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination alongwith their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage.

(D) Scheme of Examination

Paper I – General English300 Marks
Paper II – General Knowledge300 Marks
Paper III, IV, V & VI – Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers.200 Marks for each paper
Total marks for written examination1400 Marks

List of optional subjects

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :
(a)Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b)Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(c)Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(d)Mathematics and Statistics
(e)Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject


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