Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Examination Eligibility Criteria 2021 – Check here


A candidate must be one of either for Indian Forest Service:

(A) A citizen of India

(B) or a subject of Nepal

(C) or a subject of Bhutan

(D) or a Tibetan refugee who has come to India before the date of 1st January 1962 intending to live in India permanently.

(e)  or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to live in India permanently.

In case if an aspirant is found to be any out of belonging to categories (b), (c), (d), and (e) will be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility will be issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits for Indian Forest Service:

To participate in this exam, an aspirant should be at least of the age of 21 years and would not be more than the age of 30 years. Although the Upper age limit can be relaxed in some of the cases like below: Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe: up to the limit of five years.

  1. Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe: up to the limit of five years.
  2. Other Backward Classes: up to the limit of three years.
  3. State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January 1980 to 31st): up to the limit of five years. December 1989:
  4. Defense Services personnel (disabled in operations during service with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released): up to the limit of five years.
  5. Ex-servicemen consisting of Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have already provided at least five years Military Service and have been released or on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or on invalided: up to the limit of five years.
  6. ECOs/SSCOs who have already completed a time duration of service of five years of Military Service and whose service had been extended beyond five years and in all situations the Ministry of Defense is going to issue a certificate that they eligible to apply for civil employment examination and that they would be released on three month’s notice of selection from the date of receipt of the offer of the appointment: up to the limit of five years.
  7. Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons: up to the limit of ten years.

Some serious things to note while applying for the civil services examination.


Cumulative Age relaxation:

Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, and the Other Backward Classes who are also categorized under other clauses mentioned above are simply eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

Ex-servicemen eligibility:

The term ex-servicemen are going to apply only to the persons who are called ex-servicemen according to the Ex-servicemen Rules, 1979, as amended along the time.

The upper age limit concession would not be granted to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on their own request.


Date of Birth Certificate:

The date of birth considered by the UPSC Commission board will be that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or a certificate recognized by an Indian University treated similar to Matriculation or maybe in some extract from a Register of Matriculates authorized to get along by a University, whose extract has to be certified by some known authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or a similarly treated examination certificate.

Any other document related to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records, etc is not going to be accepted by the authority.

After a date of birth has been recorded in the commission, for a candidate, there is going to be no change whatever the situation be like. So one should be careful while giving their date of birth.

Educational Qualifications for Indian Forest Service:

The candidate applying for the exam has to hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one out of the following subjects:

  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics and Zoology
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Forestry Engineering.

Moreover, the bachelor degree should be granted only from the Universities out of those incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions organized by the Act of Parliament or known to be treated as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or if they have some qualification deemed to be treated equally.

Several attempts for the Indian Forest Service:

The maximum limit on attempts that a candidate would be able to try for clearing the examination is going to vary for people of various groups. Some major cases of eligibility are as following:

  • General candidates: A maximum of four attempts can be applied for.
  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates: No restriction.
  • Other Backward Classes: Maximum of seven attempts can be applied for.

Appearing in one or more papers of examination is going to be counted as an attempt at the examination even in the case when candidature was later disqualified or canceled.

UPSC IFoS (Indian Forest Service) Exam Eligibility Criteria 2016

The eligibility criteria as already stated in the union public selection commission board after announcement details are as follows. There can be some changes in the amendments if needed, for that, you should read the latest notifications related to eligibility criteria for UPSC IFoS Exam 2016.

There are many such eligibility conditions stated in the norms of official criteria for the age limit, minimum education qualification, the number of attempts, physical standards, and other facts.

Age Limit: The age limit as stated by UPSC in the last official notification for the Indian Forest Service Exam between 21 to 30 years dated on 1st July of the relevant year. Relaxation in maximum age limit is also going to be good length norms as per the Government reservation rules.

Minimum Education Qualification: As every aspirant applying for the civil service examination knows that a bachelor’s degree is a must for getting eligible to sit in the exam. But the fact should also be known that the bachelor’s degree they hold has to be qualified with one out of the subjects named Animal Husbandry, Physics, Statistics and Zoology, Agriculture, Forestry, Engineering etc as stated in detail in the above paragraphs.

Number of Attempts: This is a very important fact to highlights as everybody will not get unlimited attempts to clear this exam. Being a general category candidate you have 6 attempts to clear likewise the SCs have unlimited, OBCs have 9 attempts respectively.

Physical Standards: Physical standards are also taken care of while selecting a candidate for the examination.  So one must be eligible through those criteria too to apply for that post as per the information by the updated notification from UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination. For more such details you can refer to the official site.

Indian Forest Service Examination (Overview)

(A) Tentative Schedule
(i) Notification of Examination February/March
(ii) Conduct of Examination July
(B) Age-limits
21-30 Years on 1st July of the year of examination
Certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation.
(C) Educational Qualification
A Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering of a recognized university or equivalent.
Candidates appearing at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) are also eligible to compete. Candidates qualifying on the result of the written part of the examination will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination along with their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage.
(D) Scheme of Examination
I. Written Examination – Conventional (essay) type
Paper I – General English 300 Marks
Paper-II – General Knowledge 300 Marks
Paper III, IV, V & VI – Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects set out below. Each subject will have two papers. 200 Marks for each paper
Total marks for written examination 1400 Marks
List of optional subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering



·Mechanical Engineering




Provided that the candidates would not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects:
Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Mathematics and Statistics
Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering – not more than one subject

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