IFS 2018: Main Exam Result, Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Admit Card

IFS Exam

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is a constitutional body, which is entrusted with powers and functions under the Article 315 to 323, Part -14 of the Constitution of India. It is given a duty to conduct important exams for Indian Civil Services (IAS Exam), Indian Forest Service (IFS Exam), Engineering Services (IES/ESE Exam), Combined defence services (CDS Exam), Indian Economic Services/Indian Statistical Services (IES/ISS Exam), National Defense Academy (NDA Exam), etc.

About the IFS (Indian Forest Service) Examination

The UPSC conducts the IFS exam every year to select candidates for the post of Indian Forest Service Officer. The IFS officers after selection are assigned State Cadres or Joint Cadres of State and the centre. Their prima responsibility is to implement the government plans and programmes under the ambit of the National Forest Policy. They function as the administrative head of the forest area for which they are posted.

Indian Forest Service Exam is conducted in two stages, i.e. IFS Preliminary Exam and IFS Main Exam. Candidates must qualify the Preliminary exam to appear in the Main exam.

UPSC IFS Main 2018 Exam Latest Notification: UPSC IFS Main 2018 examination result is announced. The personality test is likely to begin from 28th January onwards. E-summon letter for the same can be downloaded from 10th January 2019.

UPSC IFS Main Exam Result 2018 - Click Here

IFS Exam Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam

Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official Website


Exam Occurrence

Once in a year (Preliminary & Mains)

Paper Language

Hindi and English

Mode of Exam

Offline (Pen and paper mode)

Exam Type

National Level

Age Limit

Minimum Age- 21 Years & Maximum Age- 32 Years

*5 Years relaxation for SC/ST

IFS 2018 No. of vacancies


Available Application Forms

IFS Exam 2018 Important Dates

UPSC IFS Exam 2018 (Prel. & Main) Important Dates

Indian Forest Service Exam 2018

Important Dates

Official notification Issue Date

7th February 2018

Closing date of Application form Submission

6th March 2018 (Till 6.00 PM)

IFS Preliminary Exam Admit Card Released

7th May 2018

Prelim Exam date

3rd June 2018

Prelim Exam Result Date

15th July 2018

Main Exam Admit Card

November 2018

Main Exam date

2nd December 2018 (Sunday)

UPSC IFS Main 2018 Exam Duration

10 Days

UPSC IFS Exam 2019 (Prel. & Main) Important Dates

Indian Forest Service Exam 2019

Important Dates

Preliminary Exam date

2nd July 2019 (Sunday)

Prel. Exam Duration

1 Day

Main Exam date

1st December 2019 (Sunday)

UPSC IFS Main 2019 Exam Duration

10 Days

IFS Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

IFS Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

The Indian Forest Service Examination consists of three stages -

  1. The Civil Services Preliminary exam
  2. The IFS Main exam
  3. Interview or Personality Test

IFS Preliminary Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam


Number of question papers

Two (Paper-1 and Paper-2)

Type of questions

Objective type

Total marks

400 marks (200 marks each paper)

Duration of the exam

2 hours for each paper (For blind candidates - 20 minutes EXTRA)

Exam Language

Hindi and English

Scheme of negative marking

For every incorrect answer 1/3 marks will be deducted

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Syllabus


General studies

2 hours

200 marks


CSAT- Civil Services Aptitude test

2 hours


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Note – The marks scored by the candidates in the IFS Paper-1 of the Preliminary stage is counted to get selected for the Mains exams. The Paper-2 of the exam is only qualifying in nature. The candidate is required to score a minimum 33% marks to be declared as qualified for the Mains exam.

Indian Forest Service 2018 Main Exam Pattern

Main Exam - IFS 2018 Exam


Number of Papers


Type of question paper

Descriptive or subjective

Duration of the exam

3 hours for each paper

Main Exam Language

English only

Total marks

1400 marks

UPSC IFS Main Exam Syllabus 2018






General Knowledge


3 hours


General English


3 hours


Paper-1 of 1st Optional subject


3 hours


Paper-2 of 1st Optional subject


3 hours


Paper-1 of 2nd Optional Subject


3 hours


Paper-2 of 2nd Optional Subject


3 hours

  Total Marks



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Candidates are required to select two optional subjects from the given list of 14 subjects for the Mains exam. Each optional subject has 2 papers.

Each question paper of the optional subject contains 8 descriptive type questions. It has two sections, ‘A’ and ‘B’. Each section contains 4 questions. The candidates are required to answer only 5 questions of the question paper.

List of Optional Subjects from which a candidate should choose two subjects -

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Agriculture Engineering



Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering




Mechanical Engineering





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It should be noted that candidates are not allowed to have the following combination of subjects –

Optional Subject-1

Optional Subject-2



Agriculture Engineering

Not Allowed


Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Not Allowed



Not Allowed


Chemical Engineering

Not Allowed



Not Allowed

Candidate cannot take more than one Engineering subject

Agriculture Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Not Allowed

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UPSC IFS Personality Test/Interview 2018

Candidates, who clear the Mains exam, are selected for the next stage of the selection procedure, i.e. the Personality Test. This stage of the exam carries 200 marks. Candidates are tested for their overall personality orientation, which covers their dressing style, communication skills, the presence of mind, listening skills etc. In addition to this, the board of qualified and unbiased observers checks their problem-solving and decision-making skills, leadership qualities, etc.

Candidates are advised to dress formally on the day of the interview and use formal words while being interviewed by the panel of interviewers. They should not use slangs or any informal words. While answering the questions, they should speak moderately and avoid bluffing. The marks scored during an interview by the candidates play a crucial role in determining their overall selection in the Indian Forest Service exam.

More info about IFS Exam Pattern & Syllabus.

IFS Exam 2018 Eligibility

Age Limit for IFS Exam

The candidate should not be less than 21 years of age and must not be more than 32 years of age on 01st August 2018. It means the candidates who born before 2nd August 1986 or after 1st August 1997 are not eligible for the exam.

Age relaxation

  • The SC/ST category candidates are given age relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.
  • The OBC candidates are given a maximum of 3 years of age relaxation.


Age Relaxation (in upper age limit)


5 years


3 years

Ex-servicemen (Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs)

5 Years

Low Vision/ Partially deaf

Up to 10 Years

J&K Domicile Candidates (1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989)

5 Years

UPSC IFS Nationality Criteria

  • A candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • The subject of Nepal or Bhutan is also eligible for the exam.
  • Tibetan who have migrated to India as a refugee before 1st January 1962 are also eligible for the exam.
  • In addition, PIO (People of Indian Origin) candidates migrated from some countries of the world are also eligible for this exam, if they have migrated to India with an intention to permanently settle down. These countries are Vietnam, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, or from the East African countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Kenya. It is required that the government of India should have issued a certificate in their favour.

Educational Qualifications for IFS Exam 2018

The candidate should have done Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University with at least one of the following subjects:

  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Statistics

Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry are also eligible.

Candidates possessing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering are also eligible for the exam.

Number of Attempts Allowed for Indian Forest Service Exam


Number of Attempts

General candidates

6 attempts

OBC Candidate

9 attempts

SC/ST Candidates

Unlimited attempts

General candidates with Benchmark disability

9 attempts

Physical Standards Specification for IFS Officer

Candidates, who qualify for the written test, will have to go for the physical standard test. This test will be carried out in accordance with the physical standards laid down in Appendix-III of the rules of Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018. They should note that this test is very important for their selection. If they do not fulfil the physical standards, they will be considered unsuitable for the Indian Forest Service.

Download the official Appendix-III

Recommended Books for IFS Exam 2018

IFS Exam 2018 Application Process

How to Fill UPSC IFS Application Form

Candidates should visit the official website of the UPSC for filling the IFS 2019 Exam application form. Here, they will be provided with the guidance to fill the Application form correctly.

  • Candidates should first of all reach the official website or portal of the commission.
  • They must try to fill the Application form without making any mistake. For which, they are required to read the instructions carefully. They must understand what is to be filled and in which format.
  • Candidates are required to register themselves first on the official website of the Commission. For this, they are required to provide information about their basic details like name, address, mobile number and their valid email id.
  • The commission sends updates and communicates with the candidate through his email id. So candidates must keep their email id until the end of the process of the exam.  
  • They must upload their photo and signature in the given size. They are required to keep the scanned copy of their photo and signature in the jpg format. The size of which should not be less than 3kb and must not exceed 40kb. This is to validate the Application of the candidate to the commission.
  • They must pay the requisite amount of Application fee to the Commission.

IFS Exam Application Fee

  • Candidates should pay an Application Fee of ₹ 100/.
  • However, the reserved category candidates (SC/ST and Physically handicapped) are exempted from paying any Application fee. Female candidates are also not required to pay any Application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the fee thru cash, net banking or credit/debit card.
  • For net banking, candidates can use only State Bank of India.
  • Candidates can also pay the application fee by cash in any branch of the SBI. They should also take a print of the Pay Slip.

Application procedure for IFS Exam 2018 is already over...

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Other Details

IFS 2018 Main Exam e-Admit card

The Union Public Service Commission will issue the IFS Main 2018 admit card in November 2018 i.e. one month before the exam. The Commission will not send hard copy of admit card to the postal address of candidates. They can only download the admit card from the "Admit Card" page of the official website of UPSC upsc.gov.in. To download the IFS e-Admit card candidates are required to enter their ‘Application number’ and ‘Date of Birth’. The admit card carries the roll number, date of exam, the centre of exam, name, and address of the candidate. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination hall. Without the admit card candidate cannot be allowed to take up the IFS Main exam.

IFS 2018 Exam Result (Prel. & Main)

The result of the IFS Exam comes in various stages. First, comes the Preliminary exam result and after that the Main exam result. UPSC has recently announced the IFS Preliminary 2018 exam result on the official website on 15th July 2018. The qualified candidates will now appear in the Main exam from 2nd December 2018. Those who clear Main Exam will be asked for the personal interview round. The final merit list of successful candidates will be prepared after adding up the aggregate marks of the candidates in the Main exam and the Interview.

IFS Exam FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. What is the date of IFS (Indian Forest Service) 2019 Prel. Exam?

The 2019 Prelims exam for IFS is scheduled to be held on 2nd July 2019 (Sunday).

Q. What is the date of IFS 2018 Main Exam?

The Main exam will be held on 2nd December 2018 (Sunday).

Q. When can one get the application form for the IFS exam 2019?

Candidate can get the Application form for IFS 2019 from February 2019.

Q. How many stages are there for the Indian Forest Service Exam?

There are 3 stages. The Preliminary exam, the Main exam and the Personality test or the Interview stage.

Q. How many papers are there in the Preliminary exam of the IFS?

The Preliminary stage of the IFS exam has two papers:

  • Paper-1 - General Studies
  • Paper-2 -  CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test)

Q. What is the question pattern of IFS Preliminary exam?

It is mainly objective type in nature.

Q. What is the total marks for which the Prelims exam of IFS is conducted?

There are two papers in the IFS preliminary exam - General studies and Aptitude test. Each paper is of 200 marks counting to the total of 400 marks.

Q. Is there any scheme of negative marking in the IFS Prel. Exam?

Yes, there is a scheme of negative marking in the IFS exam. For every incorrect answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.

Q. What is the question pattern of the Mains exam of IFS?

The Mains exam is descriptive.

Q. What is the age limit for the 2018 IFS Exam?

The candidate should be between the age group of 21 years to 32 years.

Q. What should be the educational qualification for the IFS Exam?

The candidate should have done a bachelor’s degree from any recognised university or institution.

Q. IFS exam Interview is conducted for how many marks?

The personality test or interview is the final stage of the IFS officer selection process, and it carries 200 marks.

Q. What is the Application fee for the IFS 2019 Exam?

The candidate should pay ₹100 as the Application fee for the IFS Exam. However, the reserved category candidate SC/ST/PH and the Female candidate are exempted from paying any Application fee for the exam.


Ganesh hagare - December 22, 2018REPLY

What is cut off ifs preliminary exam ??

Exams Planner - December 27, 2018REPLY

The UPSC IFS Preliminary exam cut-off has not been released yet. However, the result has been released.