Indian Forest Service Examination

Pen & Paper Mode

UPSC IFS Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 200
  • Number Of Attempts:6
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

UPSC IFS 2023: Exam Dates (Out), Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - March 01 2023 by Divyansh K

UPSC IFS 2023 preliminary exam will be conducted on 05 June 2023 and Mains will be held from 20-29 November 2023. Indian Forest Service exam is organized at All India Level by the government of India recruiting officers for the scientific management of its forests. It is mandatory in the IFS service, the implementation of the National Forest Policy which aims to ensure the environmental stability and maintenance of ecological balance. The IFS exam consists of three stages- 
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Personality test
Candidates can read about the criteria of IFS (Mains) in this article such as the exam dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, and so on.

UPSC IFS 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check the UPSC IFS 2023 exam status from the below table:


Indian Forest Service Examination 2023 Status

Examination from 20-29 November 2023(Mains)

offline mode

Latest Updates

  • Indian Forest Service 2023 result for Preliminary Examination has been released on 22 June 2023.
  • Indian Forest Service 2023 Preliminary Examination is scheduled to be held on 05 June 2023.
  • Indian Forest Service 2023 Main Examination is scheduled to be held in offline mode, from 20-29 November 2023.

UPSC IFS 2023 Important Dates

Given below are important dates of UPSC IFS 2023:

UPSC IFS 2023 Main Exam Dates
EventsDates (Announced)
Application start date02 February 2023
Application last date22 February 2023
Admit Card

Prelims- May 2023

Mains- October/November 2023

Exam date 2023
05 June 2023 (Prelims)
20 November 2023 (Mains)

UPSC IFS 2023 Admit Card

The Candidates can download  UPSC IFS admit card 2023 three weeks before the commencement of the exam. E-admit card will be released at the UPSC official website, Candidates can find their E-Admit Card under the ‘admit card’ tab. Candidates can download admit card with registration number or by roll number.

Candidates can follow the given steps to download the admit card:-

  1. At first, visit the official website of UPSC.
  2. Click on the link for the admit card tab
  3. Select IFS Admit card 2023 link to generate the hall ticket
  4. Login with the credentials properly and the admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Download and generate a hardcopy of the UPSC IFS 2023 admit card.

UPSC IFS 2023 Exam Pattern

Applicants must go through the given below detail about the UPSC IFS 2023 Exam Pattern for the main exam:

Exam ModeOffline Mode
Duration3 Hours
Medium of ExamEnglish
Type of Question Subjective Type Question
Maximum Marks300 each paper
List of Optional Subjects:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistic
  • Zoology

UPSC IFS 2023 Syllabus

Candidates are advised to check the Syllabus for better preparation of IFS prelims and mains exam:-

Syllabus of Preliminary exam

  • National & international current events
  • Indian History & Indian National Movement
  • Indian & world geography
  • Indian polity & governance
  • Economic & social development
  • General issues on biodiversity, environmental ecology, and climate change
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills & communication skills
  • Logical reasoning & analytical ability
  • Decision making & problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy

Syllabus of Main exam

  • General English
  • General knowledge
  • Syllabus of Optional Subject

UPSC IFS 2023 Previous Year Question Paper

Candidates can download the previous year question paper IFS examination which is mentioned below:

For Civil Service Preliminary Exam 
For Indian Forest Service Main Exam
Candidates can download the UPSC IFS 2023 Information Brochure Pdf here.

UPSC IFS 2023 Result

Aspirants can check their UPSC IFS 2023 Result will be declared on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. Given below are some important points regarding the IFS Preliminary Exam Score 2023:

  • Authority will release the result in the form list in which their name and roll number are mentioned.
  • Those candidates are mentioned in that list are qualify for the IFS Main entrance exam.
  • All the qualified candidates need to apply again for the Main exam through Detailed Application form-1 which is available on the official website.

UPSC IFS Exam Center 2023

The examination centre for IFS 2023 as per the official notification is provided below:

Preliminary exam centre
Gautam Budh NagarGaya
NagpurNavi Mumbai
Panaji (Goa)Patna
Port BlairPrayagraj (Allahabad)
Kozhikode (Calicut)Lucknow

UPSC IFS 2023 Application Form

The Application form of IFS 2023 has been available on the official website of UPSC. The application form filled at the time of Civil service(prelims) will act as the screening test for the selection of candidates for IFS mains. Those who qualify for this test will have to fill the detailed application form.

  • Candidates need to apply for the entrance exam on the official website only no other mode of filling the form is available.
  • Should give the valid detail of one of the following documents like Aadhar Card, Voter ID card, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License, and any other government photo ID proof which is issued by the state or central government of India.
  • Upload the scanned copy of required documents such as photographs and signature in the prescribed format.
  • Applicants must avoid submission of multiple application forms.
  • If due to some unwanted situation candidate submits multiple applicants then they must ensure that the application form with higher RID (Registration ID) must be completed in all the respect i.e., applicants details, exam centre, photograph, signature, photo ID, and fees.
  • Candidates whether already in the government job or government-owned industrial undertaking or other similar organization or other similar organization or in private employment must submit their application directly to the commission.
  • Application Fees can be paid through online mode only.

UPSC IFS Application Fees

Given below are the table of category wise UPSC IFS 2023 Application fees:

CategoryApplication Fees
General CategoryRs. 100/-
Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Exempted 
Mode of Payment: Aspirants can make payments through both modes of payment online as well as offline.
  • Online Mode: Via using VISA/Master/RuPay/Credit Card/Debit Card/or Net Banking of SBI bank.
  • Offline Mode: Via depositing the money in any branch of SBI bank.

UPSC IFS 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates need to go through the eligibility for UPSC IFS 2023 to sit for the Prelims and Mains. Following are the Eligibility conditions for the examination:

Nationality- A candidate must be either:
  • A citizen of India 
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 intending to permanently settle in India.
  • Candidates belonging to b, c, d, e shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt. of India. 
Age Limits- A candidate must not be less than 21 years of age and the maximum age to appear for the exam is 32 years.

The upper age limit shall be relaxable in the following conditions-

a) A maximum of 5 years if a candidate belongs to Schedule caste or Schedule Tribe.

b) A maximum of 3 years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes

c) Up to a maximum of 5 years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31 December 1989. 

d)  Up to a maximum of 3 years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released.

e) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs.

f) Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of persons with benchmark disabilities viz-

  • Low vision
  • Partially deaf
  • Locomotor disability
Number of Attempts: Every eligible individual shall be permitted six attempts for the examination counting each prelim.

However, this restriction in no of attempts will not be applicable to Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe.

For the OBC( Non-creamy layer), the no of attempts shall be 9 times.

Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to the physical standards set by the govt to get admission in Indian Forest Service Examination 2023.

UPSC IFS 2023 Highlights

Candidates can go through the given mentioned points of UPSC Indian Forest Service exam 2023:

Full NameUPSC Indian Forest Service
Conducting BodyUnion Public Commission Service(UPSC)
LevelNational Level
Mode of ExamOffline Mode
UPSC IFS Official Website 
Application LinkApply Now
PurposeRecruit officers for the scientific management of forests

About UPSC

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) appoints and conducts examinations for all India services and group A and B posts of central services. Earlier UPSC was known as Federal Public Service Commission which was renamed into today’s Union Public Service Commission after independence. UPSC is consulted by the government of India in matters relating to the methods of recruitment to civil services and for civil posts, transfer, promotion, and disciplinary matters. Being a constitutional body it is autonomous and free, along with the Election commission and the country’s higher judiciary. UPSC is headquartered at Dholpur, New Delhi, India. UPSC's current chairman is Mr. Arvind Saxena.

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UPSC IFS Important Dates

Form Date02 Feb - 22 Feb 2023
Exam Date05 Jun 2023
Result21 May 2023 (Tentative)

Indian Forest Service Examination Exam Pattern

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Form Start Date:

02 Feb 2023

Form End Date:

22 Feb 2023

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