Indian Forest Service Main Examination

Last modified by Vishal E on 2019/01/11 13:28

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Overview

Indian Forest Service Logo

AbbreviationIFoS (Main)
Exam conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
Total papers6
General English and General Knowledge300 marks each
Two optional subjects with total four papers200 marks each

Examination Pattern

The Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination is for 1700 marks (1400 marks for written exam and 300 marks for the personality test).

  • It is a written exam and has has 6 papers of the conventional essay type for a total of 1400 marks.
  • The question paper would be set only in English and the exam has to be answered in only English as well.
  • Each of the six papers would be 3 hours long. An extra 30 minutes per paper would be allowed for blind candidates.
  • Candidates must write the papers themselves. No candidate, except for blind candidates, can take the help of a scribe to write the exam.

The UPSC has the right to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination. Marks can be deducted if a candidate's handwriting is not clear and easy to read. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

Paper NumberSubject NameTotal Marks

Paper I

General English

300 marks

Paper II

General Knowledge

300 marks

Paper III

Any 2 subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects mentioned in below table.

Each optional subject will have 2 papers.

200 Marks

Paper IV

200 Marks

Paper V

200 Marks

Paper VI

200 Marks

 

Total

1400 Marks

List of Optional Subjects
AgricultureForestry
Agriculture EngineeringGeology
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary ScienceMathematics
BotanyMechanical Engineering
ChemistryPhysics
Chemical EngineeringStatistics
Civil EngineeringZoology

Following combination of subjects is not allowed:

  1. Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  2. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 
  3. Agriculture and Forestry. 
  4. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 
  5. Mathematics and Statistics 
  6. Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject.

Other instructions:

  1. SI units should be used wherever required. Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) while answering question papers. 
  2. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-programmable type) calculators at the conventional type examinations of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators will be considered as equivalent to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning and interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

Syllabus

Standard or scope of papers:

  • General English and General Knowledge: Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.
  • Optional subject: broadly of the honors degree level, i.e. A level higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Masters Degree.
  • Engineering subjects: Bachelors Degree.

There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

General English

Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.

Syllabus decoded:

  • An essay in English.
  • Understanding of English
  • Workmanlike use of words.
  • Summary or precis.

General Knowledge

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nuture which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Syllabus decoded:

  • Current events and matters of every day observation and experience
  • Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India
  • History of India
  • Geography of a nuture

Optional Subjects

There will be 8 questions in each question paper of optional subjects. 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.

Syllabus for optional subjects
AgricultureForestry
Agriculture EngineeringGeology
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary ScienceMathematics
BotanyMechanical Engineering
ChemistryPhysics
Chemical EngineeringStatistics
Civil EngineeringZoology

References

  • UPSC civil services exam notification - 2017
  • WikiNote Foundation
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