UPSC IFS Recruitment 2021 Apply Online – Notification PDF Download

UPSC IFS Recruitment 2021 Apply Online – Notification PDF Download

Indian Forest Service (IFS) is Civil Services Exam (CSE) conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the scientific management of its forests. IFS is one of the three All India Services. This exam is conducted for recruitment to forestry services of India. Other two All India Services are Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). Main aim of IFS service is the National Forest Policy implementation for ensuring environmental stability and maintenance of ecological balance.

UPSC IFS Recruitment Apply Online Now

Activities Dates
Notification Date 4 Mar 2021
Organising body Union Public Service Commission
Number of prelim exam attempt 6
Exam Mode Offline
Number of vacancies 110 (tentatively)
Start date to apply online 4 Mar 2021
Last date to apply online 24 Mar 2021
IFS Admit card May 2021
Prelim Exam Date 27 Jun 2021
Prelim Exam Result Aug 2021
IFS Main Exam 21 Nov 2021
IFS Main result Jan 2022
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 24th Mar 2021

IFS Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying the IFS civil service.

IFS Education Qualification

  • Aspirants should 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 or Forestry or Engineering of a recognised university or equivalent.
  • Aspirants appearing for their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also apply. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they have to submit the proof of passing the required examination along with their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.

IFS Age Limit Criteria

A candidate age should be minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years on 1st August, 2021 of the exam year i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000.

Age Relaxation

There are some relaxation in some of the below caste/cases.

Category Number of Relaxation Years
SC/ST 5 Years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 Years
State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 1989) 5 years
Defence Services personnel 5 years
Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on and have been released 5 years
ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons 10 years


A candidate must be

  • A citizen of India, or
  • The subject of Nepal, or
  • The subject of Bhutan, or
  • 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, Sri Lanka, East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Candidate belonging to categories b, c, d, and e should produce a certificate of eligibility, which has been issued by the Government of India.

IFS Services Number of attempts

The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are given below based on category.

Category Number of Attempts
General 6
SC/ST No restriction
Physically handicapped 9 attempts for General/OBC but unlimited for SC/ST

Physical Criteria

Candidate must be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Exam. For more rules, visit to official notification pdf.

IFS Exam Centers

  • Exam will be held at the most of states Centres in India like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.
  • Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen.
  • Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.
  • Main exam will be held on the following Centres like Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Port Blair and Shimla.

Apply Link

IFS Recruitment Notification PDF

Candidates can download notification pdf – link.

IFS Application Fee

  • Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates – No Fee
  • All Others – Rs. 100/-

How can we apply for UPSC IFS (Indian Forest Services) exam?

Aspirants must keep in mind that online applications will be only invited for the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam and IFS (Indian Forest Services).Aspirants who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) exam will have to apply online again and submit on-line Detailed Application Form-I [DAF-I] along with scanned documents/certificates in support of date of birth, category {viz. SC/ST/ OBC (without OBC Annexure) /EWS [Economically Weaker Sections] (without EWS Annexure) /PwBD / Ex-Serviceman} and educational qualification with required Exam Fee.

Click on the above apply link for applying online.

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