IFoS: Eligibility Criteria
Indian Forest Service Examination (IFS)
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 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 Under Section 3 of the University
Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which
would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have
not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at
such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary
Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking
the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of
passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination
failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Indian Forest Service
Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime
in the month of August, through on-line mode.
Note II : In addition, the candidates who possess qualification equivalent
to those specified in Rule 7 will be required to produce a certificate from University
incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational
institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as
a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 clarifying
that the degree is at par with the Bachelor’s degree specified in Rule 7 along with
their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidate will not
be admitted to the Main Examination.
Note III : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat
a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate
provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions,
the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission
to the examination.
NATIONALITY : A candidate must be either :—
- A citizen of India, or
- a subject of Nepal, or
- a subject of Bhutan, or
- a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention
of permanently settling in India. Or
- 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
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.
- A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the
age of 30 years on 1st August, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd
August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1992.
- The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:–
- upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled
- upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward
Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
- upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the
State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the
31st day of December, 1989.
- upto a maximum of three 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:
- upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned
Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as
on August and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those
whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from August) otherwise than
by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii)
on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on
- 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 August 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.
- upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped
NOTE I-Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes
and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para
3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons
domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped
etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
NOTE II-The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined
as exservicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts)
Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
Note III- The age concession under Para 3(ii)(b)(v) and (vi) will not be
admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who
are released on own request.
NOTE IV- Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii)
(b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible
for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government
or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy
the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts
to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.
SAVE AS PROVIDED ABOVE THE AGE LIMITS PRESCRIBED CAN IN NO CASE BE RELAXED.
The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation
or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian
University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates
maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority
of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for
the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.
No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from
Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the
instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.
NOTE 1: Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in
the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate
on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and
no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
Note 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed
by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission
to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination
of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
Note 3 : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date
of birth in the Online Application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage,
any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation
or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against
them by the commission under the Rules.