UPSC IFS Selection Process 2019

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 08 Apr, 2019 23:38 IST

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UPSC IFS 2019 Selection Process

UPSC IFS 2019 Selection Process is the main game of the IFS selections. The process is conducted in stages to extract the best eligible candidates for the respective posts under the Forestry Department of the Government of India. The UPSC IFS 2019 selection procedure is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The selection process of IFS 2019 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 include the 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 are done for the candidates who qualify all the stages of IFS selection procedure.

The Selection Process starts with the Application Process followed by the Preliminary Exam. The Prelims will be conducted through offline mode and will consist of two papers - Paper I and Paper II. After the declaration of the Prelims Result, candidates marking their place in the Prelims cut-off list will become eligible for Mains Exam. The Mains Exam will then consist of six papers and 1400 marks qualifying, which will enable candidates to sit for the Personality Test or Interview Round organised by UPSC. This is the final round or stage of the UPSC IFS Selection Process. The Final Result of the Selection Process will be the combined marks of the Mains and the Interview round. Read the entire article to get a clear picture of the selection process.

UPSC IFS 2019 Selection Process – Important Dates



UPSC IFS 2019 Preliminary Exam Date

2nd June 2019

UPSC IFS 2019 Preliminary Exam Result Date

July 2019

UPSC IFS 2019 Mains Exam Date

1st December 2019

UPSC IFS 2019 Mains Exam Result Date

4th Week of December 2019

UPSC IFS 2019 Personal Interview

1st Week of January 2020

Detailed UPSC IFS Selection Procedure 2019

Preliminary Examination:

  • IFS 2019 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 2019, the Preliminary exam has Multiple choice questions (MCQs).

  • The mode of examination will be offline (pen & paper based).

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

Mains Examination:

  • Mains exam is the second stage of the UPSC IFS 2019 Selection Procedure.

  • Candidates qualifying in the cut-off list of the Prelims are eligible to appear for the Mains exam.

  • The applicants will be tested on different parameters through the written test comprising of six papers and 1400 marks.

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


  • Personal Interview is the third stage of the IFS Selection Process.

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

  • Candidates in this round will be tested on their personality and their thought process combined with their knowledge about the subject matter and the post for which they have applied.

  • A panel of experts will judge each candidate individually taking a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes.

  • The total marks for the Personal Interview will be 300.

Final Merit List of IFS 2019:

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 their ranks and availability of posts in the concerned department.

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