IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit, No.of Attempts, Selection Process, Exam Pattern

IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria

It is very crucial to know the IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria before submitting the application form as if any candidate is not eligible, their application form will be rejected. Therefore, it is important to check all the eligibility criteria such as required qualification, age limit, etc with regards to the upcoming IFS Examination so that candidates can apply accordingly.  The Union Public Service Commission or UPSC is responsible for conducting All India Civil Services Examination where IFS is one of the 13 examinations considered as one of the toughest examinations.

IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC will be conducting IFS Prelims and Mains Examination where thousands of candidates are expected to appear as every year. The final selection will be done by the selection panel who will assess the marks obtained by the candidates in both the examination and then derive a list of selected candidates. In order to provide information on IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria, we have compiled all the criteria stated by UPSC for IFS along with other details such as selection process, exam pattern, etc.

IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Age Limit:

The aspirants applying for the Indian Forest Services (IFS) Examination must be between the age limit of 21 to 32 years as on the date of receipt of application form.

UPSC will provide expansion in the upper age limit for the reserved categories as per the norms for which the details are prescribed below –

  • OBC – 3 years
  • EX-SM – 5 Years
  • PH – 10 Years
  • Domicile of J&K – 05 Years.

Required Qualifications:

The participants who want to apply for the IFS Examination must have secured Bachelor’s degree in any of the given subjects that is Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Botany, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Zoology, Physics, Statistics or they must have acquired degree in Forestry, Agriculture, or Engineering.


The candidates must be an Indian Citizen or citizen of Bhutan or Nepal. THe aspirants who are Tibetan refugee who retreated to India before 01st January 1962 or the candidate who has migrated from countries listed on the website of UPSC can apply for the IFS Examination.

Number of Attempts:

Note that aspirants who are preparing for the IFS Examinations can try number of times according to their categories, that is –

General – 04 Attempts

SC/SC – There are no restrictions

OBC – 07 Attempts.

Selection Process:

The IFS Examination is a competitive examination that consists of various level of selection. The first is of Prelim Examination which is an objective based test where the candidates must score at least the cut off marks stated by UPSC to get shortlisted for the Mains Examination. The Mains consist of written paper and then Interview after which the final list of selected candidates is issued based on marks obtained by the aspirants.

Check here – IFS Salary Structure

IFS Exam Pattern:

Paper Subject Marks
Paper 1 General Knowledge 300 Marks
P-2 General English 300 Marks
P-3 Optional Subject – 1  



200 Marks each (Only 2 of 4 options )

P-4 Optional Subject – 2
P-5 Optional Subject  – 1
P-6 Optional Subject – 2

Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination conducted by UPSC for IFS is an objective based test where the questions asked are of Multiple Choice Questions. A threshold limit has been set up by the UPSC scoring above which the candidates is considered as qualified and then he/she is promoted to the next level that is Mains Examination.

Check – IFS preparation books

Mains Examination:

The Mains is an objective based test as well. Here, the candidates who are qualified from prelims are subjected to undergo Mains and similarly, they must qualify this round to enter the Interview round.


The Interview will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for Skill test and personality test. A total of 300 Marks are reserved for interview where the candidates will maximum marks in all the previous rounds and the interview round will get the job.

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Updated: June 10, 2017 — 12:31 pm

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