Indian Forest Service (IFoS) is one of the prestigious services of All India Services. UPSC IFoS 2021 is a part of the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam. The exam is conducted once a year. The purpose of this exam is to recruit Indian candidates for the scientific management of Indian forests.
This year, the official notification has been issued by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on March 04, 2021. As per the official notification, there is a total number of 110 vacant posts approximately.
The starting date for the UPSC IFos 2021 application form is March 04, 2021, onwards and the deadline for the submission of the application form is March 24, 2021. Read the latest government exam updates.
UPSC IFoS 2021 consists of three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The prelims exam will be conducted in the online mode. However, UPSC IFoS 2021 final merit list will be made based on the candidate’s performance in Mains and interview.
|Name of the Exam||Indian Forest Services|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Level of exam||National|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fees||INR 100/-|
|Mode of the Exam||Online|
|Language||Hindi and English|
The UPSC has released the UPSC IFoS 2021 Official Notification and opened the online application window to apply. The eligibility criteria, exam pattern and other details regarding the exam have also been released in the official notification. Here is a direct link to UPSC IFoS Official Notification.
|UPSC IFoS Official Notification||March 04, 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Application Form||March 04 - 24, 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Online Application Withdrawal||March 31 - April 06, 2021.|
|UPSC IFoS Admit Card||May 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Prelims Exam||June 27, 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Prelims Result||August 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Mains Exam||November 21, 2021|
|UPSC IFoS Mains Result||January 2022|
|UPSC IFoS Final Merit List||March 2022|
The application process for UPSC IFoS 2021 has started on March 04, 2021. The date for submission of the online application process for UPSC IFS Prelims 2021 is March 24, 2021. The last date for fees payment is March 24, 2021, till 6.00 pm.
The fees for the UPSC IFoS 2021 application is INR 100 for general category male candidates and OBC. SC/ST/PWD/ex-servicemen and women are exempted from fees payment.
The payment can be done through net banking, debit and credit card, or by submitting cash to the respective and authorised bank branch along with the print-out of the e-challan.
All the criteria are mentioned in the official notification by the conducting body. The primary criteria is that the candidate must be Indian to apply for the UPSC IFoS 2021 exam. Here are other important criteria:
The conducting body has specified the number of attempts for the UPSC IFoS exam. The maximum number of attempts that candidates may have are as follows-
|Category||Number of attempts|
|PWD||9 for OBC/general,
Unlimited for SC/ST
The candidates who fill the application form successfully will be able to download the admit card for UPSC IFoS 2021 Prelims exam. The conducting body releases separate admit cards for each test.
The UPSC IFoS 2021 Prelims exam is expected to be conducted on June 27, 2021. Therefore, the admit card for this exam will be released between May and June 2021.
The facility of downloading the UPSC IFS 2021 Mains Admit Card will remain available till the day of the exam. The candidates can download their admit card by using roll number, registration number and other details on the login page.
There are 80 cities from all over the countries which have exam centres for IFS prelims 2020.
|UPSC IFoS Exam Centres|
|Gautam Buddh Nagar||Nagpur||Visakhapatnam|
The UPSC IFoS has three stages of the exam as Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Here is the UPSC IFoS 2021 exam pattern for the mains and prelims exam.
|Paper||Subjects||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|Paper 1||General Studies||200||2 hours|
|Paper 2||Civil Services Aptitude Test||200||2 hours|
The syllabus for UPSC IFoS is vast and unlike IAS, in the mains, the syllabus gets limited and focused on the knowledge solely required for the job of an IFoS officer. Read UPSC IFoS Exam Pattern and Syllabus in Detail.
However, in prelims, The syllabus is the same for UPSC IAS and IFoS.
|General Paper 2||
The final merit list is however prepared based on the marks acquired in the mains along with the marks from the interview. The prelims marks are not considered though it is an important determinant on whether you qualify for Mains at all.
The candidate will have a face-to-face interview with the board of experts. The candidate will be expected to have a thorough understanding of their academic subject as well as curiosity and awareness about what is happening around them as well as outside their state.
|Relevant Links for UPSC Indian Forest Services (IFoS) Exam|
Also remember, that the choice of optional paper will play a vital role in the interview round and questions based on your choices can be asked. Read UPSC IFoS selection process
UPSC releases the results of both Prelims and Mains on their official website. The results are released in the form of a PDF and can be downloaded and printed out for future purposes.
This your, the result for UPSC IFoS 2021 Prelims exam is expected to be declared in the month of October 2021. The cutoff marks will also be released with the UPSC IFoS 2021 Result.
Here are the cutoff marks of the UPSC IFoS 2019:
|Category||Marks out of 1700|
The UPSC IFoS salary varies depending on the designation and place of posting. But what makes the job role most lucrative is the option to travel all over the country to some of the most spectacular locations. Here are the salary details.
|Job Profile||Annual pay package|
|Assistant Inspector General of Forest||Rs. 10,00,000|
|Deputy Inspector General of Forest (Deputy Conservator of Forest)||Rs. 12,00,000|
|Inspector General of Forest (Chief Conservator of Forest)||Rs. 13,00,000|
|Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest||Rs. 14,00,000|
|Principal Chief Conservator of Forest||Rs. 15,00,000|
Apart from in-hand salary, Travel allowances are very high and Personal and well-furnished bungalows and quarters in some of the best locations in the country, wherever you are posted.
The IFoS officers can get promoted based on their years of service as well as experience and skill developed in their tenure. There are posts like the forest range officer which is an entry-level post in this department.
Ques. Can I bring the digital copy of the admit card to the exam centre?
Ans. No, you cannot bring your admit card or Photo ID proof in digital form to the exam centre as no electronic device will be allowed inside.
Ques. If you undergo Lasik treatment, are you eligible for the IFoS exam?
Ans. For IFoS, Lasik treatment is not a problem and you will still be eligible for the post.
Ques. Will I be eligible for the IFoS exam if I hold a diploma degree in any of the prescribed subjects?
Ans. No, 3-year graduation or its equivalent is elementary for IFoS, and diploma is not considered equivalent to graduation and hence will not be eligible.
Ques. Are IFS officers transferred frequently?
Ans. Yes, IFoS officers will witness frequent transfers throughout their lifetime usually in remote and forest areas. However, often they are also posted in urban or semi-urban locations depending on the requirements.
Ques. What is the salary and benefits enjoyed by IFoS officers?
Ans. The salary package is lucrative for IFoS officers and depends primarily on the position that you hold. It can be anywhere between 7 LPA to 15 LPA.
Ques. If I fill-up the form but cannot attend the prelims exam, will it be considered as a chance lost?
Ans. No, in case you do not appear for the exam at all even after filling up the form, it will not be counted as an attempt.
Ques. Can I withdraw my application for the exam?
Ans. No, there is no option for the withdrawal of the application form once it is submitted and paid for.
Ques. Can you choose the location of posting for the IFoS exam?
Ans. For the prelims, the admit card for IFoS and IAS will be available from the same link but for mains, it will be different.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.