Union Public Service Commission-Indian Forest Service (UPSC-IFS)
Exam Date: 27/06/2021 Exam State: All India Last Date: 24/03/2021

Exam Details

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)  conduct the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam once in a year.

The Indian Forest Service Examination will consist of two successive stages
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service.

Candidates applying for indian forest service examination should note thatthey are required to appear in the civil services (preliminary) examinaton and qualify the same for going to the second stage of indian forest service (main)examination (written and interview).

Candidates desirous of applyng for indian forest service examination as well asfor civil services examination can apply through a common online applicationform subject to meeting the requisite eligibility criteria by them. 

About exam

The Indian Forest Service Examination will consist of two successive stages (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and

(ii) Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service.

Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only.

Candidates who will be declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Indian

Forest Service (Main) Examination will have to apply again and submit on-line Detailed Application Form-I [DAF-I] along with scanned documents/certificates in support of date of birth, category {viz. SC/ST/OBC(without OBC Annexure)/EWS [Economically Weaker Sections] (with EWS Annexure)/PwBD/Ex-Serviceman} and educational qualification with required Examination Fee.


Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates must use black ball pen only. Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates are further advised to read carefully the "Special Instructions" contained in Appendix-III of the Notice.


The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 110. The number of vacancies is liable to alteration. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Economically Weaker Section and Person with Benchmark Disability Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Number of Attempts

Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

Provided further that a person with benchmark disability will get as many attempts as are available to other candidates who do not belong to person with benchmark disability of his or her community, subject to the condition that a person with benchmark disability belonging to the General and EWS Category shall be eligible for nine attempts.. The relaxation will be available to the persons with benchmark disability who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.


(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.

(ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, as a candidate for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.

(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

(V) Medical and Physical Standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination, 2021 as per regulations of the rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2021 published in Gazette of India dated 04th March 2021.

Withdrawal of applications: The online Applications can be withdrawn from 31st March 2021 to 6th April 2021 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications.

No request for withdrawal of candidature will, however, be entertained after the expiry of the specified period by the Commission under any circumstances. 


Date of Commencement of Examination: 27 June 2021

Duration of Examination: One Day


(i) Nationality:

A candidate must be either :

(a) A citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

(ii) Age Limits: 

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August 2021 i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1989 and not later than 1st August 2000.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

(i) upto a maximum of 5 years  for SC/ST.

(ii) upto a maximum of 3 years for OBC. 

(iii) upto 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 as a consequence thereof:

(iv) upto a maximum of 5 years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2021 and have been released

  • on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August 2021) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
  • on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
  • on invalidment.

(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August 2021 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month's notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vi) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of :

  • Low Vision
  • Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf) and
  • Locomotor disability (sub-category : Leprosy cured and Acid attack)


Candidates applying (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit card.

Admission process

(a) Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in for Civil Services(Preliminary) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates forthe Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

Candidates who wish to apply for Civil ServicesExamination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the on-line application form that they intend to appear for both theIndian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination.

Candidates, who will qualifyfor the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Formsubsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website(www.upsconline.nic.in) of the Commission.

Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications areavailable on the above mentioned website.

The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however, if due to any un avoidable situation, ifhe/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RIDis complete in all respects like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc.

Theapplicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

(b) All candidates, whether already in Government Service, or in Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applicationsdirect to the Commission.

Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as workcharged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department that they have applied forthe Examination.

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission with holding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled. 

Test Centres

Test Centres

  • Agartala
  • Agra
  • Ajmer
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aizawl
  • Aligarh
  • Ananthapuru
  • Aurangabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Bilaspur
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwar
  • Dispur
  • Faridabad
  • Gangtok
  • Gautam buddh nagar
  • Gaya
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gorakhpur
  • Gurgaon portblair
  • Gwalior prayagraj (allahabad)
  • Hyderabad puducherry
  • Imphal pune
  • Indore raipur
  • Itanagar rajkot
  • Jabalpur ranchi
  • Jaipur sambalpur
  • Jammu
  • Jodhpur
  • Jorhat
  • Kochi
  • Kohima
  • Kolkatta
  • Kozhikode (calicut)
  • Leh
  • Lucknow
  • Ludhiana
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Mysur
  • Nagpur
  • Navi mumbai
  • Panaji (goa)
  • Patna
  • Portblair
  • Prayagraj (allahabad)
  • Puducherry
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Rajkot
  • Ranchi
  • Sambalpur
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Thane
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Tirupati
  • Udaipur
  • Varanasi
  • Vellore
  • Vijayawada
  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Warangal

Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Commission reserves the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

Important Dates

UPSC-IFS 2021 Dates

Date of examination  UPSC-IFS  2021

27 June 2021

Date of notification

4 March 2021

Last date for receipt of applications

24 March 2021

Commission's website - www.upsc.gov.in