UPSC or Union Public Service Commission is a constitutional body equips with a power and functions to take civil service exams like IAS Exam, IES Exam, CDS Exam, IFS Exam, NDA Exam, etc. All these exams are important as well as resulting in recruited in reputed government services.
Today, we will discuss one of the civil service exams named as IFS Exam which is undertaken with a motive to appoint IFS officers to deal with country’s external affairs such as diplomacy, trade, and cultural relations.
Throughout the article, you will find everything need to enter as well as crack this exam. Let’s find out more information for IFS exam such as for admit card, application date, important dates, syllabus, Eligibility, etc.
What is IFS?
IFS or Indian Forest Service exam conducts every year by the UPSC to select the candidates is becoming responsible to implement the government programmes and plans under the National Forest Policy. These IFS officers are selected only after the selection made by the State Cadres or Joint Cadres of State. In brief, these officers conduct functions as the administrative head of the forest area for which they got recruited.
IFS Examination Important Dates
|IFS 2019 Events||Dates|
|Date of notification||February 2019|
|Start of online registration||First week of February 2019|
|End of online submission||3rd week of March 2019|
|Admit card||Last week of May 2019|
|Date of prelim exam||First week of June 2019|
|Result of prelim||Last week of June 2019|
|Admit card of Mains||First week of October 2019|
|Date of Mains exam||November–December 2019|
|Result of mains exam||January 2020|
|Interview||February to April 2020|
|Final result||June 2020|
IFS Exam Eligibility Criteria
Before going ahead and filling in the applications the candidate must make sure that he / she are eligible for the examination. Let’s have a look at the eligibility criteria given below.
- The candidate must be a citizen of India.
- The candidate must be around 21- 32 years as of August 1st, 2019.
- The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree with at least one subject namely animal husbandry, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering etc.
Age Limit to participate in Indian Forest Service exam
|The minimum age to attempt IFS exam||21 years|
|The maximum age to attempt IFS exam||30 years|
Relaxable Age Limit to participate in IFS Exam
|For Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers||5 years|
|For SC/ST participants||5 years|
|For OBC candidates||3 years|
|For Ex-servicemen (Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs)||5 years|
|For the Blind, Low Vision, Partially deaf, and Orthopaedically handicapped participants||10 years|
|For J&K Domicile Candidates||5 years|
|For participants belong to the State of Jammu & Kashmir||5 years|
Number of attempts to clear IFS Exam
To clear IFS exam, the candidates can get more chances but these are restricted as per caste. The maximum number of attempts to clear IFS exam is prescribed as follows:
|For Physically handicapped participants||9 attempts|
|For General category participants||6 attempts|
|For OBC (Other Backward classes)||No limit|
|For SC/ST participants||9 attempts|
IFS Examination Pattern
The candidates must have a look at the examination pattern before going through the examination. Have a look below in order to gain a clear understanding about the examination.
Pattern of the UPSC IFS 2019 CSE Prelims
|Sections||Number of Questions.||Duration per Section||Maximum Marks|
|Paper I: General Studies||100||2 hrs.||200|
|Paper II: Aptitude test||80||2 hrs.||200|
Pattern of UPSC IFS 2019 CSE Mains
|Paper I||General English||300|
|Paper II||General Knowledge||300|
|Paper III||For subjects read the note below||200|
|Total Marks||1400 Marks|
The candidates will have to select two major subjects from the list that is given below. Each of these subjects will then have two papers.
- Agriculture Engineering
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
IFS Question Paper/ Mock Paper
The UPSC examination is known for repeating the questions like the other examination conducting bodies. So, if the IFS previous year question paper can actually give you an idea about what the examination pattern will be like.
So before appearing for the examination solving the paper out will actually give you a clear idea on what the questions will be like.
IFS 2019 Syllabus
Once the candidates have completed the registration process, it is important that the candidates gain a complete idea on what the examination is all about and then begin preparing themselves for the IFS Examination.
There are generally 2 papers involved in the IFS examination. The candidates are requested to have a look at the syllabus given below in order to gain a clear idea about it.
Paper I of the IFS examination is generally believed to be the same for both the IAS and IFS candidates. The candidates who qualify paper 1 are the ones who are considered to be eligible for paper 2.
General English – Candidates will have to write an essay in English. The Other questions in the question paper are designed to test their understanding in terms of the English language along with their communication level as well. Passages will usually be set for summary or precise.
General Knowledge – General Knowledge will include questions from the current affairs, the day to day matters and experience that we all come across in our daily lives. The paper will also include questions from Indian Polity or say the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nurture which the candidate should be able to answer without special study. The candidates must make sure that they have a clear understanding on it.
Optional Subjects – the candidate must have the complete knowledge of their selected subjects for detailed syllabus kindly visit the official website.
IFS Application Details
The Indian Foreign service examination application are made available in the month of February 2019. The candidates can apply for the application form via online mode only and by visiting the website of the concerned authority. The payment mode is online and not offline.
The candidates who are willing to pay via SBI net banking through out the country either by visa, credit or debit card. The fee structure for the male General and the OBC candidates is 100 rupees, where as the female SC/ST/PWD female candidates are being exempted from the fees.
Procedure to fill up UPSC IFS Application Form
For filling up the application form to attempt IFS exam 2019, the students consider to fill up the application form IFS 2019. To get it, they will need to open the official web portal of UPSC http://www.upsconline.nic.in. Once open the website, they will need to do the following steps:
- To fill up the application form IFS 2019, the candidates are required to register themselves first on the official website of the UPSC. For this, they need to write down their basic information such as name, address, mobile number, date of birth, and their valid email id.
- The UPSC will send them updates by the way of email. The students are recommended to keep checking their email until the procedure ends.
- After this, they need to upload their photo and signature. Both should be scanned clearly as well as in JPG format.
- Moreover, the size should not be less than 3kb and must not exceed 40kb.
- Once done with it, the last step will be to pay the application fee to UPSC.
It is recommended that the applicants should fill the application form for IFS exam 2019 in prescribed and accurate manner. They should have to read the instructions carefully as well as fill up in the proper format. The silly mistakes in the application form will not consider it approved.
IFS Exam 2019 Application Fee
- Candidates must pay an Application Fee of ₹ 100 only while filling up the form.
- The Female applicants are also no longer required to pay any Application fee.
- For reserved category candidates (SC/ST and Physically handicapped) are exempted from paying any Application fee.
- To pay through net banking, candidates can use only State Bank of India (SBI). Moreover, once done with the transaction, the students are supposed to take the transaction slip for the future references.
- Candidates pay the application fee via cash, internet banking or credit score/debit card.
IFS 2019 Admit Card
IFS 2019 Admit card is the important document in order to enter the examination hall. So, the candidates are requested to carry all the necessary documents along with them. The admit card for UPSC IFS prelims comes in the month of May 2019, and the admit card for UPSC IFS mains comes in the month of November/December 2019.
The Candidates can download the admit card through the online mode by visiting the official website of the concerned authority. The candidate would require the registration no./ roll no. (the one generated while filling the form) and password/ date of birth.
IFS 2019 Result
IFS 2019 Result is the important part of the examination. It is the authentic step for the next level of examination. UPSC announces the result of the UPSC IFS prelims in the month of July 2019 (tentative), UPSC IFS mains in the month of January 2020 and UPSC IFS final result in the month of March 2020 .
To check the result of IFS Exam 2019, go through the official website. To check the result the registration no./ roll no. (the one generated while filling the form) and password/ date of birth are required
UPSC IFS Personality Test/Interview 2019
Candidates, who clear the Mains exam will then be called for the next stage of the examination procedure which is the selection process done through the Personality Test. The personality stage of the Indian Revenue Service examination is generally believed to be off 200 marks.
The Candidates who be a part of this examination will be tested on the following basis personality orientation, that covers the dressing style of the candidate, communication skills of the candidate, their presence of mind, and the last but not the least the listening skills etc. In addition to this, the board of qualified and unbiased observers will also go ahead and check out their problem-solving and decision-making skills, leadership qualities, etc.
Candidates who are going to be a part of this examination are advised to dress formally on the day of the interview and use formal words while being interviewed by the panel of interviewers. They need to make sure that they do not use any kind of slangs or any informal words till the interview is over.
While answering the questions, they should speak moderately and avoid bluffing in between as this might lead them with a negative impact. The marks scored during the interview by the candidates play a crucial role in determining their overall selection in the Indian Foreign Service exam. All the best.
Responsibilities of IFS officers
- Comprising non-resident Indians or persons of Indian origin
- Representing India in its embassies, consulates, high commissions, and multilateral companies
- Enhancing and promoting friendship between India and other countries
- Notifying about the developments in the foreign country that might have an effect on India’s policy