UPSC Recruitment Indian Forest Service Officer2024 – Apply Online for 150 Posts

UPSC Recruitment Indian Forest Service Officer2024


Welcome to the realm of conservation and management of our nation's precious forests! The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has unfurled the curtains for the much-awaited Indian Forest Services Exam 2024, inviting passionate individuals to embark on a journey towards environmental stewardship. This article serves as your compass, guiding you through essential details and crucial dates for this esteemed examination.

    Name of The Post:

    UPSC Indian Forest Services Officer 2024

    Important Dates to Remember:

    Mark your calendars with these significant dates:

    Date of Notification: 14-02-2024

    Last Date to Apply Online: 05-03-2024 up to 06:00 PM

    Correction Window: 06-03-2024 to 12-03-2024

    Preliminary Exam Date: 26-05-2024

    Examination Fee and Payment Mode:

    Aspirants from all walks of life are welcome to apply, with a nominal examination fee of Rs. 100/- for general candidates, while candidates from SC/ST/Female & PwBD categories are exempted from any fee. Payment can be conveniently made through various online modes, including Net Banking, Credit/Debit Cards, or UPI payment gateways, ensuring a hassle-free application process.

    Age Limit :

    For aspiring candidates, it's crucial to note the eligibility criteria:

    Minimum Age: 21 Years

    Maximum Age: 32 Years (as of 01-08-2024), with applicable age relaxation as per rules.

    Educational Qualifications: 

    A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree in 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, Forestry, or Engineering of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

    Vacancy Details:

    The Indian Forest Service Exam 2024 offers a total of 150 coveted positions, inviting individuals with a passion for environmental conservation to join the ranks of dedicated forest officers committed to safeguarding our natural heritage.

    How To Apply:

    Candidates are required to apply Online using the link for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. Candidates who wish to apply for the Civil Services Examination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the online application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination. Candidates, who will qualify for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Form subsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website ( of the Commission. The applicant needs to register himself/herself first at the One Time Registration (OTR) platform, available on the Commission’s website, and then proceed to fill up the online application for the examination. OTR has to be registered only once in a lifetime. This can be done anytime throughout the year. If the candidate is already registered, he/she can proceed straightway to filling up the online application for the examination. 2.1 Modification in OTR Profile: In case, the candidate wants to effect any change in his/her OTR profile, it shall be allowed only once in the lifetime after the registration at the OTR platform. The change in OTR profile data shall be available till the expiry of 07 days from the next day after the closure of the application window of his/her first final application for any Examination of the Commission. In this case, the candidate after registration of OTR applies for the first time in this examination last date of modification of OTR would be 12.03.2024. 2.2 Modification in application form (Other than OTR Profile): The Commission has also decided to extend the facility of making correction(s) in any field(s) of the application form for this examination from the next day of the closure of the application window of this Examination. This window will remain open for 07 days from the date of opening of the same, i.e., from 06.03.2024 to 12.03.2024. In case a candidate wants to carry out any change in his/her OTR profile during this period, then he/she should log into the OTR platform and do the needful accordingly. In other words, no change in the OTR profile can be made by visiting the window for Modification in the application form.

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    Selection Process:

    The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

    (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection

    of candidates for the 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


    The preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple-choice

    questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of

    Section II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in

    the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the

    Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of

    candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the

    total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only

    those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary

    Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year

    provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.

    Note I: Since there may be common candidates for the Civil Services Examination and the Indian

    Forest Service Examination, after the common Screening Test done through Civil

    Services (Preliminary) Examination, separate lists will be prepared for the candidates

    eligible to appear in the Civil Service (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service

    (Main) Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in

    General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total

    qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary)

    Examination as determined by the Commission on the number of vacancies to be filled

    through the Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination.

    Note II: There will be negative marking for incorrect answers as detailed below:-

    (i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a

    wrong answer has been given by the candidate; one-third of the marks assigned to that

    question will be deducted as a penalty.

    (ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one

    of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be the same penalty as above for that


    (iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty

    for that question."

     The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test. The written

    examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in subsection (B) of Section II. Also, see Note (ii) under para I of Section II(B).

     Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main

    Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by

    them for an interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section 'C' of Section II. The number of

    candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be


    The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

    Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as

    interview) would determine their final ranking.


    Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.


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


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

    (ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a

    qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

    (iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

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


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

     Paper I—General English 300 Marks

     Paper II—General Knowledge 300 Marks

    Papers III, IV, V, and VI. —Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects

    set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers — 200 marks for each paper.

    Note: Answer scripts of only those candidates who have obtained the minimum marks as

    decided by the Commission for Paper II (General Knowledge) will be evaluated.

    (B) Interview for Personality Test (See Part 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

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

     (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 subject.

    Medical & Physical Standards:

    Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian

    Forest Service Examination, 2024 as per regulations given in Appendix III of the rules for the

    Indian Forest Service Examination, 2024 published in Gazette of India dated 14th February

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    As the curtains rise on the UPSC Indian Forest Services Exam 2024, seize the opportunity to become a custodian of our nation's forests. Embrace the challenge, prepare diligently, and embark on a fulfilling journey toward shaping a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come. Stay tuned for updates, and remember, your adventure into the wilderness begins here!