UPSC IFS 2018 Exam

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About UPSC IFS 2018

UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination is a national-level entrance exam conducted for the recruitment of eligible aspirants into forestry services. The Indian Forest Service examination consists of two successive stages- Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written Test and Personality Test). For the selection into Indian Forest Services, aspirants have to qualify both Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Eligibility Criteria

UPSC IFS 2018 eligibility criteria is prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Applicants who wish to apply for Indian Forest Services Exam 2018 have to fulfill the eligibility norms of IFS 2018.

The eligibility conditions of UPSC IFS 2018 are based on educational qualification, nationality and age limit of the applicants applying for the entrance exam. Applicants must note that it is mandatory to fulfill the eligibility criteria of UPSC IFS 2018. If any applicant fails to satisfy the prescribed eligibility norms, he/she will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

Age Limit

  • Applicant should have attained the age of 21 years and should not have attained the age of 32 years.

  • There is an age relaxation of upto a maximum of five years if an applicant belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe category.

  • There is an age relaxation of upto a maximum of three years in case an applicant belongs to Other Backward Class category.

Nationality

An applicant must be either-

  • Indian citizen or

  • A subject of Bhutan, or

  • A subject of Nepal, or

  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Or

  • A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Educational Qualification

  • Applicants should be graduates with one the following subjects namely Chemistry, Botany, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology and Statistics.

Or

  • Applicants should have obtained a graduate degree in Forestry, Agriculture or Engineering from a recognized State or Central university.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Syllabus

UPSC IFS 2018 syllabus is different for both Preliminary and Mains exam. Candidates willing to be recruited in forestry services should have a good understanding about the syllabus of UPSC IFS 2018. The detailed paper-wise UPSC IFS 2018 syllabus for Preliminary exam and Mains examination is specified below:

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam Syllabus 2018

Paper: I - General Knowledge

Economic and Social Development.

Indian and World Geography

General Science

Indian Polity and Governance

History of India and Indian National Movement.

General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change

Current Events of National and International importance

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Paper: II - General Studies

Decision Making and Problem Solving

General Mental Ability

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability

Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills

Comprehension

Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation

IFS Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

General English Syllabus (Paper 1)

  • Essay and Passages

  • General understanding of English and everyday use of words.

General Knowledge (Paper 2)

  • The syllabus of Paper 2 involves information on current events happening around the world.

  • This paper includes questions based on topics such as Indian Polity, Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of Nature.

  • Paper 3, 4, 5, 6 of UPSC IFS 2018 are optional subjects as opted by the candidates. Candidates have to choose any optional from the subjects like, Chemistry, Agriculture, Botany, Geology, Agricultural Engineering,, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Civil Engineering, Forestry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, Zoology.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination should have a good understanding of the exam pattern of the entrance exam. As per the exam pattern of UPSC IFS, the entrance exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) and Indian Forest Service Examination (Main). Candidates can check the prescribed exam pattern for Preliminary as well as for Main exam given below.

Exam Pattern for Preliminary Exam

  • Preliminary exam consists of two papers, Paper- 1 is on General Studies (GS) and Paper 2 is on Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT).

  • Both the Papers comprise of Multiple choice questions (MCQ’s).

  • UPSC IFS Prelims - Paper 1 and Paper 2 are of 200 marks.

  • The language mode of UPSC IFS Prelims is English and Hindi.

  • There is a negative marking of 1/3 marks.

  • Preliminary exam serves as a screening test to admit deserving candidates to the Mains exam.

Particulars

Details

Type of questions

Objective type

Duration of exam

2 hours

Total Marks

200 marks for each paper

Language

English and Hindi

Number of papers

Two

Negative marking

– 1/3 marks for each incorrect response

Exam Pattern for Main Exam

  • Mains exam consists of two parts i.e. Written exam and Personality test.

  • The Written exam for IFS Mains consists of six papers and all Papers are required to be answered in English only.

  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are on General English and General Knowledge respectively, and the exam paper comprises of 300 marks.

  • Paper 3, 4, 5 and 6 are set on any two subjects out of the optional subjects as chosen by the candidate. Here, each paper consists of 200 marks. Optional subjects are: Statistics, Zoology, Physics, Mathematics, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Forestry, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Botany, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

  • Candidates qualifying in the Mains exam are called to appear for the Personality test/Interview, which comprises of 300 marks.

Particulars

Details

Number of Papers

Six

Total Marks

300

Language

English only

Paper I

General English (300 Marks)

Paper II

General Knowledge (300 Marks)

Papers III, IV, V and VI

Candidates are required to select two optional subjects

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How to Prepare For UPSC IFS 2018

Preparing well for UPSC IFS 2018 should be the top most priority for the candidates. In order to ace the entrance exam, candidates may follow the tips listed below to score better and prepare better.

Plan Your Study Time:

Before you sit down to study for your UPSC IFS 2018 entrance exam, make sure that you have things planned accordingly. Plan your study time in such a way that you are able to cover your whole syllabus in the given time span and that it doesn't hamper your daily activities.

Study Consistently:

One of the best ways to crack the UPSC IFS 2018 entrance exam is to study in a consistent manner. Being steady and consistent will sharpen your memory as you will not easily forget the things that you study. So, don’t take big gaps during your preparation. Remember that consistent efforts yield best results.

Always Understand Your Mistakes:

For entrance exam preparation, keeping a check on your mistakes is vital. If you take out time to understand your mistakes, as to why you made a particular mistake, and what you should do to avoid it in the future, then, you’re virtually guaranteed a good score in the exam.

Don’t Be Stressed Out:

When it comes to getting ready for an entrance exam such as UPSC IFS, you should try and avoid taking stress about the exam. Keep yourself healthy and fit during exam time. Study hard and do your best to ace the entrance exam.

Best Books for UPSC IFS Preparation 

Public Administration by M Laxmikanth

Indian Forestry: A breakthrough approach to Forest Service by Manikandan & Prabhu

General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper I by Mcgraw-Hill Education

UPSC- IFS Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Main Exam Guide: Paper I and II by R. Gupta

Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examination by M. Laxmikanth

Forestry – A Subjective guide for IFS Aspirants by K T Parthiban

Competitive Forestry by Sangram Bhanudas Chavan Uthappa AR

UPSC-IFS Forestry Main Guide By RPH Editorial Board

UPSC-IFS Botany (Including Paper I & II) Main Exam Guide: Botany (Including Paper I and II) Main Exam Guide by R. Gupta

UPSC-IFS Main Examination Guide: A Complete Book for Paper I and Paper II (Paper I & II) by R. Gupta

India's Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947 by Bipan Chandra

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UPSC IFS 2018 Result

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declares the result of Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam. The result of UPSC IFS is usually declared on the official website of UPSC in a PDF format. Candidates can view their scores online by entering their Name or Roll number. On the basis of the result in Preliminary exam, candidates are selected to appear in IFS Mains, and candidates clearing IFS Mains are called for Personal Interview.

Note: Marks secured by the candidates in the Prelims are not counted while making the final merit list.

UPSC IFS Stages of Result Declaration

The UPSC IFS result is declared in three stages:

  • Prelims

  • Mains

  • Final result

UPSC IFS Prelims Result:

The first stage of UPSC IFS selection process is the Preliminary exam. On the basis of the result of Preliminary exam, candidates are considered to be eligible to appear in the second stage i.e. the Mains exam.

UPSC IFS Mains Result:

All the qualified candidates in Preliminary exam are selected for the Mains exam. Based on the result of UPSC IFS Mains, candidates are short-listed for further selection process.

UPSC IFS Final Result:

Candidates who qualify the Mains exam of IFS are called for Personal Interview/Personality Test. The final result is prepared for the candidates who qualify the Interview.

How to View UPSC IFS Result

Candidates can view their UPSC IFS Result by following the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC, i.e. www.upsc.gov.in

  • A link displaying IFS result will appear on the screen.

  • Click on the link.

  • A PDF file of IFS result is hosted on the new window.

  • If the candidate has qualified in the entrance exam, then, his/her roll number is displayed.

  • Download the IFS result file and keep it safe for future use.

UPSC IFS Cut-off

The cut-off of UPSC IFS is prescribed by the commission for all the stages of the entrance exam. The cut-off score is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates must score to qualify in the entrance exam. To be considered as qualified, candidates have to score equal or above the cut-off score to move to the next stage of the recruitment process.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Selection Procedure

UPSC IFS 2018 selection procedure is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The selection process of IFS 2018 is conducted for all the candidates participating in the recruitment process. As part of the selection procedure of IFS, candidates have to clear all the 3 stages of the entrance exam. The 3 stages includes Preliminary exam, Mains exam and Personality test/Interview. Candidates qualifying in the Prelims are eligible to appear for the Mains exam followed by Personality test/Interview. The short-listing of candidates for different posts under the forest services is done for the candidates who qualify all the stages of IFS selection procedure.

Detailed UPSC IFS Selection Procedure 2018

Preliminary Examination:

  • IFS 2018 Preliminary exam is the first stage of the selection process.

  • The Preliminary exam of IFS consists of two papers having 200 marks each.

  • As per the selection process of IFS 2018, the Preliminary exam has Multiple choice questions (MCQs).

  • Candidates qualifying in the Preliminary exam are eligible to appear in the Mains exam.

Mains Examination:

  • Mains exam is the second stage of IFS 2018 selection procedure.

  • Candidates qualifying in the Prelims are eligible to appear for the Mains exam.

  • Candidates who score the minimum qualifying marks in the Main exam are called for an Interview/Personality test.

Interview:

  • Personal Interview is the third stage of IFS selection procedure.

  • Candidates qualifying in the Mains exam are called to participate in the Personal Interview.

  • The total marks for the Personal Interview is 300.

Final Merit List of IFS 2018:

On the basis of result and performance of qualified candidates in the Mains exam and Personal Interview, UPSC prepares a final merit list. As per the final merit list, candidates are allotted posts based on the ranks in the entrance exam.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card

The UPSC IFS 2018 admit card release date is yet to be announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is expected to be released in the month of May 2018. The admit card will be available on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can download the admit card and take a print out of it.

It is important for aspirants to know that the UPSC IFS 2018 admit card will be allotted only to ones who successfully register for UPSC IFS 2018. Those who do not submit the application form on time or do not provide complete and correct details will not be issued the UPSC IFS 2018 admit card.

UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card – Important Dates

Events

Dates (Tentative)

Issue of UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card (Mains)

2nd Week of November 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 Exam (Mains)

2nd December - 10th December 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 Result (Mains)

4th Week of December 2018

Steps to Download UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card

  • Go to the official website of UPSC.

  • Go to the ‘Home’ page.

  • Click on ‘Admit Cards’ given on the right hand side of the home page.

  • A new page will open with ‘E-Admit Cards’.

  • Click on the link denoting ‘E-Admit Cards for various Examinations of UPSC’.

  • A new page with link for UPSC IFS 2018 will open.

  • Click on the given link.

  • Fill the required details and click on ‘Submit’ button.

  • Download the UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card and take a print out of it.

Important Instructions

  • Candidates are advised to cross check the information given on the UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card.

  • Admit card is a mandatory document that candidates must carry to the examination center.

  • An ID proof along with the UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card is also compulsory at the examination centre.

  • Pan card, Aadhaar card, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport can be accepted as identity proof.

  • Admit card is an important document that will be used in all stages of UPSC IFS recruitment process. Therefore, candidates are advised to keep their UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card in good condition until the selection process gets over.

Details Mentioned on UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card

Candidates must check below mentioned details on the admit card before downloading it.

  • Date of the Examination

  • Name of the Candidate

  • Time of the Examination

  • Photograph of the Candidate

  • Roll Number allotted to the Candidate

  • Venue of the Examination

  • Name of the Examination

  • Registration Number

  • Signature of the Head of the Concerned Department

ID Documents Required with UPSC IFS 2108 Admit Card

Check out the list of documents that can be used as ID proofs along with the UPSC IFS 2018 admit card.

  • Government approved ID Card or certificate with photograph.

  • Passport

  • Driving License with Photograph

  • Voter ID Card

  • Aadhaar Card

  • Disability Certificate (if the candidate is differently abled).

  • PAN Card

  • Service ID Card

Discrepancy in UPSC IFS 2018 Admit Card

Candidates must check each and every detail given on the admit card issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Any discrepancy found on the admit card should be reported to the concerned authority without any delay.

Contact Details

Address: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 10069

Phone number: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Website: www.upsc.gov.in

FAQs on UPSC IFS 2108 Admit Card

  1. What if I loose the admit card a day before the examination?

Candidates must keep their important documents safely. It is advised that candidates must keep a photocopy of the original documents for a situation like this. Photocopy of the UPSC IFS admit card can be shown at the examination center with proper explanation of the lost original admit card.

  1. Why is it important to carry admit card to the examination center?

It is a mandatory document that every candidate must bring. Without the admit card, no candidate shall be allowed to sit for the examination. Details mentioned on the admit card are also to be filled in the examination paper. Therefore, it is important to bring the admit card to start the examination.

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How to Apply for UPSC IFS 2018

The application process of UPSC IFS 2018 has commenced from 7th February, 2018. The entire application process of UPSC IFS 2018 is conducted in online mode. Applicants willing to participate in the recruitment process of UPSC have to fill the application form as part of the application process. Additionally, applicants have to pay an application fee of INR 100 through online or offline modes to complete the submission of the UPSC IFS 2018 application form.

Note: Female applicants and SC/ST/PwD category applicants are exempted from paying the application fees.

UPSC IFS Application Dates 2018

Events Dates

UPSC IFS 2018 Application Process Started From

7th February 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 Application Process Ended On

6th March 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 (Prelims)

3rd June 2018

UPSC IFS (Mains)

2nd December - 10th December 2018

Detailed UPSC IFS 2018 Application Process

Filling of Personal Details:

Applicants have to fill their Name, Parents name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Contact Address.

Educational Qualifications Details:

In this step, applicants have to enter their complete educational details such as, 10th, 12th and Graduation marks.

Choice of Branch Preference:

While filling the application form, applicants have to provide their preferences for Civil Services exam.

IFS 2018 Application Form Preview:

Before submitting the details entered in the application form, applicants should verify all the details mentioned.

Uploading of Photograph and Signature:

Applicants are required to upload the scanned copies of their latest Passport-size Photograph and Signature as per the following specifications:

  • All images have to be in .jpg format.

  • The file size for both Photograph and Signature should not be more than 40 KB and should not be below 3 KB for Photograph and 1 KB for Signature.

  • The signature image should be of 110 (height) x 140 (width) pixel size.

  • The photograph image should be of 140 (height) x 110 (width) pixel size.

  • The signature should be done on a white paper with a black pen.

Application Fee Payment

  • Applicants applying for UPSC IFS 2018 have to pay INR 100 as application fees for General & OBC applicants. SC/ST/PH and female applicants are exempted from paying the application fee.

  • The application fees of UPSC IFS 2018 can be paid through online and offline mode.

  • Applicants making offline payment can pay the application fees with a Challan at any State Bank of India Branch across the nation.

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UPSC IFS 2018 Answer Key

The UPSC IFS 2018 answer key will be released after UPSC IFS 2018 exam is over. Candidates can check the answer key on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC IFS 2018 answer key can also be downloaded by the candidates. The answer key is expected to be released in the last week of June this year.

The answer key will give candidates an idea of their performance in UPSC IFS 2018. It will also give them an idea of their chances of making to the next stage in the UPSC IFS selection process.

The answer key will be divided into two parts – answer key for Paper I and answer key for Paper II. It will be separated section-wise exactly the way it was in the main paper.

UPSC IFS 2018 Answer Key Important Dates

Events

Dates

UPSC IFS 2018 Exam (Prelims)

3rd June 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 Exam (Mains)

2nd December - 10th December 2018

UPSC IFS Answer Key

4th Week of June 2018

UPSC IFS 2018 Result

1st Week of July 2018

Steps to Download UPSC IFS 2018 Answer Key

  • Go to the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

  • Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Examination’ menu.

  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ given under the Examination menu.

  • Click on the link given below, denoting IFS Paper I and IFS Paper II.

  • PDF file will open with the answers keys of UPSC IFS 2018.

  • Download the PDF file and take a print out of it for future references.

Marking Scheme of UPSC IFS 2018 Answer Key

The table given below shows the marking scheme of UPSC IFS 2018 answer key.

Particulars

Marks

Paper I

200

Paper II

200

Total Marks

400

Note:

  • 1/3rd marks will be deducted for a wrong answer.

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UPSC IFS Conducting Body

Every year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFS) entrance examination. UPSC is a central recruiting agency of India responsible for the recruitment and conducting examinations for All India Services across the country. Head quartered at New Delhi, India, UPSC conducts various examinations like Civil Services Examination, Forest Services, Engineering Service Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, etc.

UPSC IFS 2018 Important Dates

Forenoon Session

(9.00 AM to 12.00 PM) 

Afternoon Session

(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)

Date & Day 
General English General Knowledge 2nd December 2018

Botany Paper I/ Mathematics Paper I/

Statistics Paper I 

Botany Paper II/ Mathematics Paper II/

Statistics Paper II 

4th December 2018
Physics Paper I/ Zoology Paper I Physics Paper- II/ Zoology Paper II 5th December 2018
Chemistry Paper I Chemistry Paper II 6th December 2018

Agriculture Paper I/ Animal Husbandry &

Veterinary Science Paper I

Agriculture Paper II/ Animal Husbandry &

Veterinary Science Paper II

7th December 2018
Geology Paper I Geology Paper II 8th December 2018
Forestry Paper I Forestry Paper II 9th December 2018

Agricultural Engineering/ Civil Engineering/

Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering Paper I 

Agricultural Engineering/ Civil Engineering/

Chemical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering Paper II

10th December 2018

 

UPSC IFS 2018 Exam Centers

Preliminary Examination Centres:

Aligarh

Srinagar

Puducherry

Allahabad

Thane

Tiruchirapalli

Ananthapuru

Thiruvanathapuram

Tirupati

Aurangabad

Raipur

Udaipur

Bengaluru

Rajkot

Varanasi

Indore

Ranchi

Vellore

Itanagar

Sambalpur

Vijaywada

Jabalpur

Shillong

Vishakhapatnam

Jaipur

Shimla

Warangal

Jammu

Siliguri

Pune

Jodhpur

Madurai

Kohima

Jorhat

Mumbai

Kolkatta

Kochi

Mysuru

Kozhikode

Gautambuddhnagar

Nagpur

Lucknow

Barielly

Gaya

Dispur

Bhopal

Ghaziabad

Faridabad

Bilaspur

Gorakhpur

Gangtok

Chandigarh

Gurgaon

Dehradun

Chennai

Gwalior

Delhi

Coimbatore

Hyderabad

Dharwar

Navi Mumbai

Agra

Agartala

Panaji (Goa)

Ajmer

Imphal

Patna

Ahmedabad

Cuttack

Port Blair

Aizwal

Ludhiana

Contact Details

Address: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 10069

Phone number: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Website: https://www.upsc.gov.in

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