UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Syllabus & Exam Pattern
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UPSC Indian Forest Service Selection Process, UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains, UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Prelims Paper‐I (General Studies), UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Prelims Paper‐II (General Aptitude), UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Mains Paper I General English, UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Mains Paper II General Knowledge, UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Optional Subject

UPSC Indian Forest Service Selection Process

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening &
    selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination
  • Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written)
  • Interview/Personally Test
UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains
Subject Marks         Time(minutes)
Preliminary Examination
Paper‐I (General Studies) 200 120
Paper‐II (General Aptitude) 200 120
Total 400 240
Mains Examination
Paper I General English 300 180
Paper II General Knowledge 300 180
Paper III Optional I 200 180
Paper IV Optional I 200 180
Paper V Optional II 200 180
Paper VI Optional II 200 180
Total 1400
UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Prelims Paper‐I (General Studies)
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography- Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and
    the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance- Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public
    Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development- Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
    Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that
    do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.
UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Prelims Paper‐II (General Aptitude)
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
  • interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)

Note-: Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a
qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Mains Paper I General English
Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be
designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.
UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Mains Paper II General Knowledge
General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of
every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of
an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The
paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and
the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nature which the
candidate should be able to answer without special study.
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UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus for Optional Subject

Note- candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects-

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engg.
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
  • Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical
    Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering—not more
    than one subject

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on UPSC Indian Forest Service Syllabus

Question- What does it mean General Aptitude (CSAT) has been made qualifying”? Will only General Studies marks be counted for clearing Prelims examination?
Answer- Yes, provided you have scored at least 33% marks in CSAT paper.

Question- If I have given an attempt at Civil Services, is that counted in Indian Forest Service (IFS) Attempt too?
Answer- No. Your attempt for Civil service exam and Forest exam are counted separately. Even if you have exhausted all your CSE attempts, you can appear for IFS.

Question- Will my marks scored in Prelims affect my scores in Mains examination?
Answer- No. Prelims examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. Once you qualify Prelims, what you have scored before does not matter in Mains.

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