Exam Pattern (IFoS)



Tentative Schedule
(i) Notification of Examination 27th April, 2016
(ii) Conduct of CS (Prelim) Examination 7th  August, 2016
(iii) Conduct of IFoS (Main) Examination 12th  November, 2016

 Age Limits

21-32 years as on 1st August, 2016 for General Category/Creamy Layer OBC Candidates.

Relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST Categories, for 3 years for OBC Non Creamy Layer and 10

years for PH Category candidates.

 Educational Qualification

The candidate must hold 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, Forestry or in Engineering.


The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks. The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi. There will be negative marking of one-third marks of the question as penalty for answering it wrong.

General Studies Paper – I 200 Marks, 100 questions
*General Studies Paper – II 200 Marks, 80 questions

* General Studies Paper-II is qualifying with having minimum marks as 33% of the total marks i.e. 66 marks.
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Indian Forest Services(Main) Examination based on the minimum qualifying marks in General Studies Paper- II and total marks in General Studies Paper-1.

The written examination consisting of the following papers:‐

Si.No  Subject Maximum Marks
Paper 1 General English 300
Paper 2 General Studies 300
Paper 3 Optional subjects 1 200
Paper 4 Optional subjects 1 200
Paper 5 Optional subjects 2 200
Paper 6 Optional subjects 2 200
Personality Test 300
Total 1700