Exam Pattern of IFS (2014)

UPSC conducts Indian Forest Services Exam for recruitment to forestry services of India.

Change in pattern for 2014-2015

A new component of screening mechanism through civil services (preliminary) examination has been added.

If you are applying for Indian forests service examination, then you are required to appear in the civil services (preliminary) examination and qualify the same for going to the second stage of Indian forests services main examination (written and interview)

Prelims Pattern


CSAT (Prelims) Pattern

  •          The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks.


  •          This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.
Prelims Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I – General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
Paper II – Aptitude 2 Hours 80 200
Total   400




Mains Exam Pattern

Paper Subject Marks
Paper I General English 300
Paper II General Knowledge 300
Paper III Optional Subject 1 200
Paper IV Optional Subject 1 200
Paper V Optional Subject 2 200
Paper VI Optional Subject 2 200



Syllabus for Mains

  •          Two optional subjects have to be selected from the following subjects.
  •          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.
  •          In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.

List of Optional Subjects in IFS exam

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


The candidates are not be allowed to take the following combination of subjects:

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Not more than one of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


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