Plan of the Examination of IFS

In the beginning of the year 2014, there has been a breakthrough change in the IFS exam. The IFS selection for prelims will be now made through Civil service Prelims exam for the respective year, candidates who will pass the prelims examination will be eligible to give the IFS Mains exam which will last for 10 days. Atlast those who got selected will be called for a personality test or an interview.

  1. The examination consists of: Prelims, Written Examination in mandatory as well as optional subjects.

  2. Interview for personality test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission.

Prelims for IFS

Prelims exam will cover topics quoted below-

  1. General Studies: Covering polity, economics, science, geography, history, recent developments etc.

  2. Mental Ability and Aptitude Test: This would cover english comprehension, logical and analytical reasoning, basic mathematics and verbal reasoning. For more details refer IFS Prelims Preparation for CSAT

Examination Subjects

The subjects for the written examination are as follows:


  1. General English.

  2. General Knowledge (150 marks each).


Any two of the following subjects:

  1. Agriculture

  2. Botany

  3. Chemistry

  4. Civil Engineering

  5. Geology

  6. Agricultural Engineering

  7. Chemical Engineering

  8. Mathematics

  9. Mechanical Engineering

  10. Physics

  11. Zoology

  12. Statistics

  13. Forestry

  14. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (200 marks each).

Scheme of Exam

The Examination will be of Essay type in all subjects.


After The written examination, a personality test which will be in the form of personal interview will be conducted. Interviews are held by the UPSC soon after the result of written test will come out. Marks scored by candidates in the personal interview are going to be added in the marks obtained by candidates in the written test for the final merit list.

The sole objective of the personality test is to find out the suitability of candidates as officers of Indian Forest Service. The candidates who are coming in the interview have to prepare some questions on current affairs, forest related issues, Indian Polity, Planning Process, Budgeting and Economic Geography. However, The above test also aims at testing leadership qualities, mental alertness, initiative, balance of judgement, analytical capabilities etc.


Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, which is followed by specialised orientation in Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun with inputs on wildlife management, tribal welfare, soil conservation, forest management, engineering survey, weapon handling etc.

The standard of papers in general English and general knowledge will be as may be expected of a Science/Engineering graduate of an Indian University. The standard of papers in other subjects will be approximately that of Bachelor's degree of an Indian University.

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