UPSC IFS Exam Pattern 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 09 Oct, 2018 13:17 IST


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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.



Type of questions

Objective type

Duration of exam

2 hours

Total Marks

200 marks for each paper


English and Hindi

Number of papers


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.



Number of Papers


Total Marks



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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