UPSC IFS Eligibility Criteria 2019

Updated By Nupur Kaushik on 08 Apr, 2019 17:28

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UPSC IFS 2019 Eligibility Criteria

UPSC IFS 2019 eligibility criteria are prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Applicants who wish to apply for Indian Forest Services Exam 2019 have to fulfil the eligibility norms of IFS 2019. The Preliminary examination is scheduled to take place on 2nd June 2019 at the various centers decided by UPSC. The eligibility conditions of UPSC IFS 2019 as prescribed by UPSC, and 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 fulfil the eligibility criteria of UPSC IFS 2019. If any applicant fails to satisfy the prescribed eligibility norms, he/she will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

Once the candidates have checked the eligibility criteria they can start with the Application Process of UPSC IFS 2019 and start preparing for the national level examination. In order to prepare well for this offline examination, candidates must prepare a plan. For this, candidates can go through the How to Prepare for UPSC IFS section where some tips and tricks have been described to help the aspirants.  

UPSC IFS 2019 Eligibility Norms

Given below is the detailed description of the eligibility norms for UPSC IFS 2019 examination. Applicants must go through these norms before they apply for the examination. It is important for candidates to know that if due to any reason they get involved in any legal implication with respect to their eligibility norms or documentation, then such candidates will be withheld and will not be allowed to sit for any UPSC 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 for candidates of different categories. See the table to check for the age relaxation according to UPSC rules and regulations.

CategoryAge Relaxation

Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 Years

Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC /ST)

5 Years

Ex-Servicemen including ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers with service of at least 5 years in the Military Services

5 Years
Personnel of the Defence Services

5 Years

State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989)

5 Years
Differently Abled Candidates ( blind, mute-deaf or orthopaedically handicapped)

10 Years

  • Candidates who fall in more than one category are allowed to cumulate their age relaxation as per the guidelines of the exam conducting authority.


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.


  • A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Srilanka, Burma or East African countries like Zaire, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • It is important for the applicants of above-mentioned countries to produce a certificate issued by the Government of India, stating the confirmation of their residency 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, to become eligible for UPSC IFS examination. 


  • Applicants should have obtained a graduate degree in Forestry, Agriculture or Engineering from a recognized State or Central University in order to be eligible.


  • Applicants who are about to appear for their degree examination from among the above-given subjects and/or candidates with their result awaited will also be eligible to apply for UPSC IFS Examination.

Eligibility for UPSC IFS Mains 2019 Exam

The Mains exam is a crucial part of the Selection Process of UPSC IFS. Therefore, the ones appearing in this examination must be well prepared and ready to face the obstacles of the examination in all possible way. Candidates who want to appear for the UPSC IFS Mains 2019 Examination, must know that their eligibility for this examination will be subject to their performance in the UPSC IFS Preliminary Examination. Applicants who successfully clear the Prelims will be allowed to appear for the written examination followed by a round of Interview. Eligibility of the candidates will be judged by the marks they score in the Prelims and the cut-off marks set by UPSC for the selection of the candidates. If the candidates match the cut-off scores then such candidates will be considered as eligible for the next level examination. Candidates who will make their way through the Mains Exam (written and interview) will be called for the open posts of Indian Forest Services.

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