UPSC is set to take the IFS Main Exam from December 3, 2017 (Sun) to December 13, 2017 (Wed)
The(UPSC) is set to take the Indian Forest Service Main Exam from December 3, 2017 (Sunday) to December 13, 2017 (Wednesday). View the entire time table here. The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the important Civil Services Examinations conducted by Commission. The other two All India Services are Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). The IFS exam is for the recruitment officers at All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests. IFS services come under various State cadres and joint cadres though they have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments. The main objective of IFS service is the execution of the National Forest Policy that aims to ensure environmental stability and upkeep of ecological balance. An IFS officer is principally independent of district administration. He has powers to exercise administrative, judicial and financial powers in his own domain. All the top positions in state forest department are held by the IFS officers.
Qualifying in Prelim:
The preliminary Examination which was held on June 18, 2017 (Sunday) had two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carried a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II. This examination served as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination are counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.
Papers in Main Exam: The Main exam has General English (300 Marks), General Knowledge (300 Marks) and any two subjects from the list of optional subjects. These two subjects will have 2 papers each. Optional subjects include (i) Agriculture (ii.) Agricultural Engineering (iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science (iv) Botany (v) Chemistry (vi) Chemical Engineering (vii) Civil Engineering (viii) Forestry (ix) Geology (x) Mathematics (xi) Mechanical Engineering (xii) Physics (xiii) Statistics (xiv) Zoology. ()