IFS Exam 2023 – Indian Forest Services exam acronym IFS Exam is taken by the UPSC for recruiting officers for the Indian Forest Service. The Indian Forest Service Officers (IFS) recruited through UPSC play a crucial role in the management and supervision of the country’s forest reserves and wildlife.

Selected candidates are sent for foundation training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration followed by specialized training at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.


IFS Exam 2023 Important Dates

Date of Notification and Start of Online Registration

  •  February 2023

Last Date of Submission of Application Form

  • 28th February 2023

Date of Entrance Exam (

  • 28th May 2023

Date of Declaration of Result

  • To be notified.


IFS Exam  Eligibility

Educational Qualification
Age Limits
  • The aspiring candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in at least one of the subjects namely mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, geology, statistics, veterinary science, and animal husbandry OR
  • Who holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, forestry, or agriculture OR
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery can apply for this examination.
  • Also, candidates who are in their final year/semester can also apply for this examination.
  • The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on 1st August of the year of examination and must not have attained 32 years of age on that date.
  • The upper age limit will be relaxed for the candidates who belong to the reserved categories.


Upper age limit Relaxation for Candidates
CategoryAge Relaxation (in yrs)
SC / ST5
Defense Services Personnel Disabled3
Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs5
In Case of:

  • Low Vision
  • Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf)
  • Locomotor disability (sub-category: Leprosy cured and Acid attack)


Physical Standards
  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination.
A candidate must be either:

  • A citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


UPSC CSE IFS 2023 Exam  Syllabus

IFS Exam consists of questions from the compulsory and optional subjects taken by the candidate from the given list.


IFS Exam 2023 Pattern

The IFS exam consists of a screening test (same as that of the Civil Services Exam’s Preliminary Test) followed by a main written test comprising of the following given papers and a Personality test of such candidates who qualify on the basis of the written examination

(A) The written examination consists of the following papers:

i) Compulsory Papers (Both)

General EnglishGeneral Knowledge
300 marks300 marks


ii) Optional Papers ( Two subjects with two papers each)

First optional Subject

Paper -1

First optional Subject

Paper -2

Second optional Subject

Paper -1

Second optional Subject

Paper -2



Total Marks = (300+300+4×200=800)=1400

(B) Interview for Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission– Maximum marks: 300

2. List of Optional Subjects and their codes (Subject to Provisions Below):

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Veterinary Science
  • Zoology


Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
  • 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;

Personality Test

  • The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of their career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of academic study but also in events that are happening around him.
  • The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

Important Instructions about the level of the Test

  • The standard of papers in General English and General Knowledge will be such as may be expected of a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.
  • The Scope of the Syllabus for optional subject papers for the examination is of the Honors Degree level i.e. A level Higher than the Bachelor’s Degree and lower than the Master’s Degree. In the case of engineering subjects, the level corresponds to the Bachelor’s Degree.
General English
General Knowledge
Optional Subjects
  • 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 précis.
  • General Knowledge includes knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday 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, the History of India, and the Geography of nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.
  • The total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight.
  • All questions will carry equal marks.
  • Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions.
  • Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted.
  • One question in each part will be compulsory.
  • Candidates will be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question from each Part.


IFS Exam 2023 Fees

  • A candidate seeking admission to this type of UPSC Exam must pay to the Commission a fee of Rs.100/-(Rupees One Hundred only) through a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp of the requisite denomination.
  • Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any fee. No Fee exemption is, However, Available to OBC
  • Physically disabled persons are exempted from the payment of the fee. A physically disabled candidate claiming age relaxation/fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with their detailed application form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital/Medical Board in support of his claim for being physically disabled.

Important:– ‘Postage Stamp’ will in no case be accepted in lieu of ‘Central Recruitment Fee Stamp’.Fees sent through Indian Postal Orders, Bank Draft, Money Order, Crossed Cheque, Currency Notes, or Treasury Challan, etc. will also not be accepted by the Commission.

Note 1: Applications not accompanied by the prescribed Fee (Unless remission of Fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.

Note 2: Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

How to apply for Indian Forest Services Exam 2022?

  • Candidates are required to apply online only, by using the website i.e. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the website itself.
  • Howevercandidates residing in certain remote areas specified in the official website may also apply offline mode, by using the New Common Application Form (Form-E) being used for examinations conducted by the Commission.
  • This Form can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices throughout the country against cash payment of Rs. 30/- (Rupees Thirty Only). Each such Form can be used only once and only for one examination.  In case of any difficulty in obtaining Application Forms from the designated HPOs/ POs, the candidates should immediately contact the concerned post-Master or UPSC’s “FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL” over Telephone No. 011-23389366/ FAX No. 011-23387310. It may be noted that all offline applications, if any, received from candidates residing in normal areas/ abroad, shall be summarily rejected by the Commission.
  • The option of offline application is available only to candidates residing in specified remote areas.


IFS Exam 2023 Dates

The Indian Forest Service Exam is generally held in the month of July on the pattern of the civil services exam, and selection is done in three phases.

IFS Exam 2023 Test Centres in India

The IFS(Mains) Exam is held every year in the main cities of India i.e.,

  • Aligarh, Allahabad, Anantapur, Aurangabad, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Agartala
  • Bengaluru, Bhopal
  • Chennai, Cuttack
  • Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Dehradun, Dharwar
  • Gangtok, Gaya, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore, Itanagar
  • Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat
  • Kolkata, Kohima, KozhiKode
  • Lucknow
  • Nagpur
  • Port Blair, Patna, Panaji, Puducherry
  • Ranchi, Rajkot
  • Shimla, Shillong, Siliguri, Sambalpur
  • Thane, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli
  • Varanasi, Vellore, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
  • Warangal


IFS Exam 2022 Contact Details

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi- 10069
Phone Number- 011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543


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