UPSC IFS Exam 2020 Notification, Dates, Application, fees

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UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam 2020

UPSC IFS Exam 2020 – The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the application forms for Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam 2020 for recruitment to 90 posts of IFS Officers. Applicants can apply online from 12th February 2020 till 3rd March 2020. Read on for more details on UPSC IFS Exam 2020.

UPSC IFS Exam 2020 Important Dates

Date of notification 12th February 2020
Last date to apply 03rd March 2020
Date of exam (Civil Services Preliminary) 31st May 2020
Date of exam (Mains) 22nd November 2020

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Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IFS Exam 2020

A applicant must either be:

(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 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or;

(e) A person of Indian origin (PIO) 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 applicant belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt. of India.


Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering of any of universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a university u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Age Criteria:

Minimum age 21 years
Maximum age 32 years
Age relaxation is as follows
OBC 3 years
SC & ST 5 years
PWD 10 years

Number of Attempts

General 6
SC & ST Till the age limit
PWD 9 (OBC),  SC/ST (Till the age limit)

Selection Process

Selection procedure of Indian Forest Service Exam 2020 will be done in three stages – Preliminary Exam (MCQ type), Mains Exam (descriptive type) and Personal Interview.

Qualified applicants of preliminary examination will be called for Mains Exam followed by personal interview for final selection.

UPSC IFS Exam 2020 Pattern

Applicants applying for Indian Forest Service Examination are required to appear in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 and qualify the same for going to the second stage of Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020 (Written and Interview).

UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam

Paper Total Ques. Marks Time Duration
Paper 1 General Studies 100 200 2 Hours
Paper 2:  GS (CSAT) 80 200 2 Hours

UPSC IFS Mains Exam

No. of Paper 6
Language English only
Total Marks 300

UPSC IFS Exam 2020 Application Process

Applicants are required to apply online using the link for Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of applicants for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Exam.

Applicants who wish to apply for Civil Services Examination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the online application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Exam and the Civil Services Examination

Application Fee:

GEN/OBC: Rs 100/-

SC/ST/PH/Women: Nil

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